Bay Area News Group Honors Youth Technology Camp as a “Top Workplace” for 2010

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iD Tech Camps, North America's largest youth summer technology camp, ranks 5th among "Top Small Workplaces in the Bay Area."

Our culture and people define our company

iD Tech Camps, the largest youth technology summer camp in North America, has been named a “Top Workplace” by the Bay Area News Group in the recent June 20th publication.

Ranked 5th among small businesses, iD Tech Camps was one of over 1,200 Bay Area companies of 50 or more employees to participate in an independent, optional survey performed by Workplace Dynamics. Through the survey, employees were given the opportunity to rate their company across several dimensions, including company leadership, career management, values, work conditions, diversity, compensation and benefits.

“We’ve built our company one idea at a time. One person at a time. It feels really good to be recognized by our employees as a top place to work,” said Pete Ingram-Cauchi, CEO of iD Tech Camps. “And you know what they say…happy staff equals happy campers. Right?” As a small company, iD Tech Camps appears to be on the forefront with its culture and management style. The company offers a matching 401(K) plan, medical, dental and vision coverage, and a myriad of other benefits including flex time and generous paid time off.

Walking around the office, people are dressed in casual attire including sandals, shorts and T-shirts. Music is playing. Mr. Ingram-Cauchi, the CEO, does not have an office – nobody in the company does for that matter. Everyone works in teams and sits out in the open. “It’s a page out of the Michael Bloomberg playbook—but we’ve been doing it since day one. It just feels natural and organic to us. We’re one team—and closed doors are not conducive to a true team atmosphere. Our culture and people define our company.”

Having just gotten underway for their 12th straight summer season, iD Tech Camps operates summer camps for kids and teens ages 7-17 at 60 university locations across the U.S. and Canada, including Stanford University, Harvard University, UCLA, and Columbia University . While the camps take place for three months out of the year, prepping, planning and organizing occur on a year-round basis.

“The campers’ parents often ask what we do during the months that we are not running our summer technology courses,” Ingram-Cauchi noted. “The truth of the matter is it takes a ton of work to offer amazing summer camps. From revamping the curriculum, securing new locations, to marketing, staffing, staff training, application development, customer service—there is a lot that has to be done to make certain camps will run smoothly—and at the highest level possible.”

Established in 1999, iD Tech Camps employs over 50 full-time staff and over 500 seasonal faculty and summer camp directors. The average full-time employee has been employed at iD Tech Camps for six years. “Retention is really important to us,” said Ingram-Cauchi. “Most of our first employees are still here—they’ve witnessed our company’s expansion from a tiny Silicon Valley studio with a handful of camp locations to what the company has become today.” A significant amount of the company’s long-time employees started on the ground floor—and many of them are now managers, directors and VPs.

A first year employee, Megan Powell, summed it up this way. “Not only do my coworkers give 110%, but they also take pride in their work.” Powell added, “Each individual is recognized and is made to feel special, which is something I can’t say of previous employers. I matter, what I do at work matters, and everyone cares about each other. This really is reflected in the overall dynamic here, and one of the many reasons why I love iD.”

About iD Tech Camps
iD Tech Camps is North America’s #1 provider of summer computer camps and technology camps for kids and teens with programs at 60 elite universities in the USA and Canada. Locations include Stanford, Princeton and Harvard. Established in 1999 in Silicon Valley, the company is family-owned and operated. iD Tech Camps offers technology courses including Video Game Design, 3D Game Modding, Maya®, Game Development, Programming in C++ and Java, Programming iPhone® Apps, Robotics, Web Design, Flash® Animation, Graphic Arts, Digital Photography and Video Editing. The summer camps consist of weeklong day camps and sleep away camps, and multi-week teen academies. Courses are appropriate for beginner to advanced learners. The company teaches the latest technologies from Apple®, Adobe®, Microsoft®, Autodesk®, Sony®, Valve® and more.

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