At Top 100 winner Copper Mobile, collaboration starts at the top

NO. 1 SMALL COMPANY

2 TIME WINNER
Dallas-based IT consulting and services company with one office and 60 employees

Rupak Lohit has an unusual leadership attitude.

The co-founder and CEO of Copper Mobile doesn’t even like the word.

“The term leadership introduces an invisible barrier that leads to reduced collaboration and hesitation,” Lohit said. “Teamwork is more collaborative and, in my personal experience, more successful.”

His formula in one sentence?

“Learn to break the ice; the break will eventually flow!”

“When I’m talking to one of my champions for the first time, I make sure I leave something they can look forward to with an open channel to communicate,” he said.

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Their “champions” get it.

Their enthusiastic responses propelled the Dallas-based mobile app development company to the top spot in the small category.

“There is complete harmony in the team,” said one happy camper. “Management focuses on our individual growth as well as organizational growth. We often synchronize together to work on various business issues.”

“I have clear and predefined job responsibilities and I have all the tools and resources necessary to meet these expectations,” said another. “My success in my role is measurable and gives me great satisfaction.”

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With most of the Dallas workforce still working remotely, Chief Technology Officer Aakash…
With most of the Dallas workforce still working remotely, CTO Aakash Sareen participates in a video conference meeting at Copper Mobile’s offices on Sept. 23 in Dallas.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)

Lohit says there is no going back to pre-pandemic norms. He doesn’t want to.

As challenging as it was before, he says, Copper Mobile has taken flexibility seriously by equipping its employees with what they need to be productive, connected and cyber-secure, wherever they are in geospace.

And employees are not expected to be “always on” and are encouraged to balance their work and work lives, he said.

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“We believe in learning from each other, taking care of each other and doing things for each other. There is no white/blue collar culture.”

Why do employees love their jobs?

“I switched fields very late in my career, and Copper Mobile gave me that opportunity even though my past experience wasn’t relevant. I love the energy of the team and the environment.”

“There is a lot of diversity. Everyone feels welcome and treated with equality and respect. Therefore, I can focus more and achieve my desired goals.”

Read all about the 100 best places to work in 2022 here.

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