An Incredible Year in Review: Seven Ways Company Culture Made Our 2015

By Peter Viele Jan 11, 2016

As our team returns from their well-deserved holiday time off, we are pausing to reflect on an amazing past year at N2 and all that our talented people accomplished. We are so grateful to have a team that has helped to create an incredible, thriving culture. Having grown to more than 800 publications countrywide, it’s remarkable that our culture and values have not only stayed intact, but have flourished. That’s no coincidence, though; it’s by design. We take careful steps to ensure that as N2 moves forward into the future, our work environment and cultural atmosphere will always be preserved as cornerstones. Amidst our publication count and personnel growth, we’ve also somehow managed to land some pretty significant cultural awards that serve as a testimony to what’s happening inside our office doors. Below is a highlight of the awards that N2 received in 2015.'s Top Entry Level Employers: Making this list at the beginning of the year projected our growth through the amount of people we planned to add to our team, naming N2 as a Top Entry Level Employer.

Business North Carolina’s NC Mid-Market Fast 40: For two years in a row, we’ve landed on our home state of North Carolina’s list of fast-growing companies, curated by Business North Carolina Magazine. This award celebrates the growth of our state economy through thriving businesses. We earned spot number 7 on this list of great NC companies.

Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work List 2015: Being one of the coolest awards we received this year, we are especially proud to land at spot number 67 on this esteemed list. Not only are we now identified as having, officially, one of the best places to work, they also bestowed on us number 7 in Best Company Cultures out of the companies on the list. Outside describes the list as, “The top companies on our Culture list have established themselves in some of the country’s most understated hubs of outdoor recreation while giving their workers plenty of incentives to stick around.”

Entrepreneur and Culture IQ Top Company Culture List – Best in Large Enterprise Award: This really exciting award also says that we have one of the best company cultures in America. In their words, “Culture isn’t just an attitude. It’s a set of behaviors. Culture is an intention of management, but it also has to be embraced by an entire organization. It takes more than a Ping-Pong table, startup-logo t-shirts or dense Japanese quotes carved into monoliths on your otherwise lifeless corporate campus to really be able to brag about culture. It takes a commitment, an understanding and an authenticity to truly have a culture that stands out from the crowd.”  At spot number 8 in the “Best Among Large Companies” category,  it’s safe to say that we’re more than proud to have been recognized as a company with a truly, authentically awesome culture.

Great Places to Work and Fortune’s 100 Best Workplaces for Women: Not only are we simply a great place to work, but we’re one of the country’s 100 Best Workplaces for Women according to this list! Fortune describes the methodology of this designation as, “Our inaugural list of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women is a “best of the best” ranking. The winners are decided from a pool of approximately 650 companies with published Great Place to Work reviews, meaning they are serious about creating a great workplace and comfortable with transparency.” 

 Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 List: Every year, Inc. ranks the fastest-growing companies in America, and this year marks the fifth consecutive year that we’ve made this list, garnering N2 a coveted five-year “Honor Roll” designation. We made it to spot number 17 as a Top Media Company for this prestigious recognition.

Best and Brightest’s 101 National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For: We wrapped up the year on a good note. In December, Best and Brightest revealed that our people are some of the best and brightest people in the nation. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!  

Our growth continues to propel us, but as evidenced by our awards this year, it’s our people that matter most to us. It’s our people that make N2 great and we are excited to see what our team can accomplish in 2016.

Considering a New Year’s Resolution to make a career change? We’re fairly confident that you just might find a great place to work right here.


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