Philadelphia 76ers Recognized as 2015 "Best Places to Work" in Philadelphia
Sixers Vibrant Corporate Culture and Encouraging, Altruistic Leadership Generates Philadelphia Business and Sports Industry Acclaim
PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 21, 2015 – The Philadelphia 76ers were recently recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work” in Philadelphia by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Ranked as one of the Top 20 businesses, the Sixers credit the honor to the organization’s vibrant corporate culture and genuine commitment to generating positive change in the community. The team’s authentic attention to employees’ personal and professional growth, and zealously competitive and collaborative office environment, has generated a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.
“We are fortunate to work in an incredible industry and steward one of the most storied brands in all of sports; and that provides the backdrop and foundation for some of the most talented people in the world to create a work environment that is inspiring, diverse, challenging, and fun,” said Sixers Chief Executive Officer Scott O’Neil. “We take tremendous pride in the recognition of something we have known for quite some time, the Philadelphia 76ers is the best place to work.”
The Sixers Ten Core Values, written by employees, include “Root for Each Other”, “Think Big Risk Smart”, “Love Competition”, and “Know Thy Customer”; mantras that ring true for O’Neil, whose belief that talent wins, has led to the creation of the largest Ticket Sales Department in professional sports. O’Neil’s focus in attracting the top talent in the industry has created a veritable sports and entertainment melting pot within the Sixers Front Office, fusing expertise from the NBA, NBA China, NFL, NHL, MLS, IMG, NCAA, The Smithsonian, and The Harlem Globetrotters.
The Sixers CEO’s energetic and altruistic style of leadership has led to the implementation of “Project 76”, a Community Relations program whereby all employees serve 76 hours annually, “76 Seconds”, a Customer Service enrichment program wherein staff create memorable experiences for fans every game, Leadership Summits, and “Go Forwards”. O’Neil’s passion for employee growth runs so deep he upholds a promise to take each new employee to lunch over discussions of the book, Leadership and Self Deception. Initiatives such as “CEO For a Day” that allow winning employees to work from the CEO’s office, implement corporate initiatives, and reward fellow employees, offer increased motivation to perform.
The team’s upcoming (fall 2016) move to the Sixers new state-of-the-art Training Facility (the largest in the NBA) will include new offices for Sixers employees. Beyond the continually refreshed and fully stocked kitchens, team building paintball games, employee-to-employee recognition programs, and closed offices between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Sixers employees credit “their teammates” as the #1 reason they enjoy coming to work. Despite long days in the office, and late nights and weekends in the arena, Sixers employees, joined by their CEO, gather weekly to play basketball in an internal league comprised of only employees.
“Our employees do what they love in a work environment that is positive and supportive,” said Sixers Director of Human Resources, Tyneeha Rivers. “Our staff has the opportunity to create career paths that are well suited to their talents and passion. The quality and caliber of our people make all the difference; if our staff is happy and productive, it will directly impact the bottom line.”