Akili Inc. was recently named one of the 2015Best Companies to Work for in Texas. This is Akili’s second appearance among the top 100 ranking companies, initially appearing in 2014 as the No. 26 small company winner. The annual Best Companies to Work for in Texas list was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Texas, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses.

“It is an honor for Akili to receive the Best Companies to Work for in Texas award for a second year in a row,” said Shiek Shah, Akili’s CEO. “We strive to create an environment at Akili based on our core values. The 2015 Best Companies to Work for in Texas recognition validates that Akili’s values and culture are indeed what today’s employees treasure.”

Anyone spending time in the company of the Akili team realizes that the core values on which the organization was founded are unusually present in its daily business.  These values guide all of the key decision making processes and are present at every layer within the organization. Akili has a culture and long history of investing in our employees and developing an environment that values our employees as individuals, provides the support of a team and enables employees to pursue their career goals without restraint. Akili’s vision is to create a work environment that gives our people the opportunity, encouragement, and recognition they need to truly excel at what they do.

Best Companies Group conducts a simple yet thorough two-part company assessment designed to gather detailed data about each participating company. In part one, the employer completes a questionnaire and in part two, employees of the company complete an employee survey. Akili’s Texas-based employees were anonymously surveyed and a third-party survey administer was solely responsible for reviewing responses. The results are analyzed and categorized according to 8 Core Focus Areas: Leadership and Planning; Corporate Culture and Communications; Role Satisfaction; Work Environment; Relationship with Supervisor; Training, Development and Resources; Pay and Benefits; and Overall Engagement.

Akili’s executive leadership values the employee survey results, using the report to influence the company’s changes in vision and direction for the following year.

The 2015 rankings will be revealed for the first time at the Best Companies to Work for in Texas event on March 31, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Austin, and will also be profiled by Texas Monthly in a special publication that will be released in conjunction with the event.

About Akili

Akili (pronounced (uh • kē’ • lē) meaning “knowledge” in Swahili) is a business and technology management consulting firm founded in 1992. Akili is headquartered in Dallas, TX, with locations in Houston, TX and Denver, CO. Akili delivers solutions for Fortune 1000 companies and is focused on Industry solutions for Oil and Gas, Telecommunications, Finance, Hi-Tech and Retail, among others.  Akili focuses on functional solution areas of Enterprise Performance Management (BPC), Analytics and Data Management (BI, EIM, DW), ERP (Including PRA, JVA, Asset Management), HANA, Organizational Change Management, and Cloud Services (Finance, Operations, Sales).

About Best Companies to Work for in Texas Program

The awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of Texas Monthly, the Texas Association of Business (TAB), Texas SHRM and Best Companies Group.

Companies from across the state entered the survey process to determine the Best Companies to Work for in Texas. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, systems, philosophies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Texas and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

– Have at least 15 employees working in Texas
– Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity
– Be a publicly or privately held business
– Have a facility in the state of Texas
– Be in business a minimum of 1 year

For more information on the Best Companies to Work for in Texas program, visit www.BestCompaniesTX.com.