FOUNDATION SOFTWARE Fred Ode, CEO and founder of Foundation Software and Payroll4Construction. com, understands that employees are the companies’ greatest assets. And if the employees are happy and well taken care of then they take care of the customers and make sure they are happy. “Our philosophy starts with management and works its way down—work hard, treat everyone like family and take care of one another,” says Ode. “We know that life happens, and we try our best to take care of our employees in every way we can—from little things like free personal training and encouraging employee clubs to supporting employees through more difficult times, like rehab or illness.” Foundation Software, which has 303 employees and is located in Strongsville, develops job cost accounting, project management and mobile applications, along
with payroll and bookkeeping services, to help America’s contractors run the business side of construction. Foundation Software’s employees work intimately and collaboratively with employees from sister company Payroll4Construction.com, a payroll service just for the construction industry. The employee program of which he is the most proud started unofficially, he says. It’s an informal internship program where employees with a passion for programming but with no coding experience are taught to become successful web developers for the company. “This has now become an official initiative at Foundation [Software],” he says. “We hired a Ph.D. in computer science to lead our new in-house web development certification program and are looking forward to welcoming the inaugural class of 12 employees this month.” – Eric Spangler
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