Great Little Box Co. B.C.’s best for being great to its staff
Magazine’s kudos personal highlight in life, says president and CEO of more than 185 employees
could be described as the little company that could. Actually, it’s the Great Little Box Co. (GLBC), a Richmondbased designer and manufacturer of custom and stock corrugated boxes and displays that’s just been named “the best company to work for” by BC Business magazine.
The magazine rated B.C. companies using a survey by Watson Wyatt Worldwide, a global HR consulting firm.
With four locations in B.C. and Wa s h i n g t o n , m o r e than 185 employees and a 23,225-sq.-metre production plant and head office in Richmond, GLBC is not so little any more.
“Personally, this [the BC Business rating] is one of the highlights of my life,” company president and CEO Robert Meggy said in an interview. “I work very hard to create a good company with good people.”
G L B C ’s re c o g n i t i o n by BC Business magazine comes on the heels of being named by Maclean’s magazine as one of Canada’s top 100 employers — for the third consecutive year.
Meggy said that’s proof that his company’s corporate culture is as devoted to a healthy workplace as is it to making profits.
He said that when he started out 25 years ago to turn around a company that was in receivership, his focus quickly became his employees. Over the years, he said, GLBC set out to engage and empower employees as much as possible.
“People want to know what’s going on in a company and we’re good at t h a t . We r e v i e w the financials every month for everybody — the income status and balance sheet. People know how we do — the good, bad or ugly.
“Our turnover is about one per cent [annually] that’s within our control. It [someone leaving] is very rare.”
Me g g y sa i d G L B C ’s h u m a n resources practices include a monthly profit-sharing program, an open book management style and BOX, which stands for Big Outrageous eXtravaganza. That means employees go on an allinclusive weekend trip to such destinations as Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta or Las Vegas, if profit goals are met.
“We took 150 people to Cabo San Lucas,” noted Meggy. “We paid for everything. It was about $1,200 a person. But for us, it’s well worth it. When you’re sitting in a hot tub, drinking margaritas to ge t h e r, yo u ge t re a l ly go o d bonding.”
Meggy said t h e No. 1 thing employees want is recognition and appreciation — and his company works hard at that. “We spend a lot of time hiring to get the right people. And we have lots of social events and the company generally pays for everything. We have a party for all the kids. We buy all the toys, generally about $60 to $70 each.
“A n d they’re fairly paid. Nobody’s ever left because of money. Our benefits package is pretty good.”
However, he said that because they run a manufacturing facility — which also produces foam protective packaging and distributes shipping and moving supplies — telecommuting cannot generally be offered.
Carrie Dawson, 35, a scheduler at GLBC for seven years, wouldn’t think of working anywhere else.
“I started as a very pregnant
Great Little Box Co. president and CEO Rober t Meggy and seven-year employee Carrie Dawson.