Want to Help Protect Lives and Improve Public Safety? You May Want to Consider This Tech Company!

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Fairygodboss
May 23, 2024 at 12:20PM UTC

This is more than a career — it’s a calling.

At Axon, women work with passionate people who are collectively pursuing the company’s shared mission to Protect Life.

The Axon ecosystem provides law enforcement officials, emergency medical professionals and other public safety personnel with the tools they need to protect life including, connected cameras that capture truth, personal safety gear, de-escalation solutions, digital evidence management and more. Axon’s vision is to make the bullet obsolete so public safety leaders can focus on what matters, getting to the truth faster, and make the world a safer place.

“We’re explorers, pursuing society’s most critical safety and justice issues with our ecosystem of devices and cloud software,” the company tells Fairygodboss. “Axon works every day to make the bullet obsolete,” Axon says. “To make this a reality, we live by six core values: be obsessed, aim far, win right, own it, join forces, expect candor.”

In this article, we’ll learn more about why employees love working at Axon.

What employees have to say about Axon.


 Although Axon was founded in 1993, the company acts more like a tech startup than a nearly 30-year-old public company. “We challenge our colleagues to think big, without confining them to specific processes or departments,” the company explains. “We encourage cross-company collaboration and celebrate unique thinking so that we can better innovate for law enforcement, public safety and greater communities at large.”

Don’t just take the company’s word for it; their employees agree. 

“I've worked in supply chain roles for big global brands — and my previous employers have been around a long time and have unspoken, established cultures that don't allow for flexibility or contribution,” says Faith Young, a quality assurance data analyst. “At Axon, there are people of all ages and backgrounds. I appreciate the open-door policy from my manager and the broader leadership team. There’s excellent communication, which lets everyone relate to one another more casually. It doesn't feel like there’s a hierarchy of ‘bosses’ and ‘employees.’ It’s a team-oriented culture that supports individual growth.”

 Axon’s technology is crucial in preserving the truth and accelerating justice for all — and they don’t take that lightly, empowering their own people along the way. 

“People who work at Axon fully embrace the mission and are truly passionate about their work and the impact they have on communities across the globe,” says Gabrielle Mellon, Senior Director for Talent Acquisition with Axon. “Our mission and values inspire people to show up every day, innovating to improve social justice and to make sure everyone gets home safe. Ask anyone at Axon, and they will say that it’s one of the top reasons they chose to work with us.” 

Employees at Axon also stick around because they’re given a gamut of opportunities to build their careers. For example, some have even made significant strides in their careers and on projects within their first 90 days. 

“I wanted to pivot into the technology industry (from structural engineering) to become a software engineer,” Alicia Broederdorf, software engineering manager, tells Fairygodboss. “Out of the opportunities I had, I was drawn to Axon because of the mission and ability to make a positive impact on our community.” 

And she’s not alone. 

“Working at Axon has allowed me to partner with some of the most impactful team members in my career,” Laura Egan, SVP of Sales, says. “The collaboration and partnership across business teams allows us to support our customers, continue to learn, and solve problems with impactful solutions. I truly feel like I am surrounded by a team of colleagues I ‘get’ to work with rather than ‘have’ to work with.”

Benefits and Employee Resource Groups at Axon that we think you’ll love.

Some of the benefits women particularly love at Axon are the work flexibility, 20 weeks of paid parental leave, child development experts who provide personalized support for new parents, mental wellness resources, health programs like onsite biometrics and mammograms and more.

“At Axon, we empower our employees to manage their work-life balance,” says Elizabeth Hart, Senior Vice President for People Operations. “We offer thriving work environments, both at the office and remote. Additionally, we offer unlimited paid time off for salaried employees and ‘quiet weeks’ when we encourage our teams to take time for themselves and the ones they love.”

Mental wellness is a priority for employees. Leaders encourage mental health days in addition to paid time off. The company also partners with Ginger, a 24/7 on-demand mental healthcare resource for employees and their families. Physical health is also a priority, and that’s why Axon offers free onsite events with screenings, dental check-ups and more.

And, of course, the Women at Axon affinity group — one of six employee-led groups at the company — is another crowd-favorite perk. The employee resource group hosts bi-monthly ‘Lean In’ circles, as well as panels and book clubs, to address a variety of topics impacting women.

Axon strives to support employees at every stage of their careers. The company prides itself on encouraging employees to follow their passions and pursue work projects, even if they seem outside of the box. Axon is committed to fostering tomorrow’s leaders by investing in early career talent with opportunities to rotate through innovative, impactful projects across the business during a two-year rotational program. All employees also receive opportunities to follow their passions, even when that means shifting positions within the organization or pursuing passions outside of the office.

“I first learned about AfroTech, the largest annual Black tech conference, in 2017, and it’s been on my vision board to attend ever since,” says Chiara Cooper, who runs performance marketing and lead generation for the Leadership Development Program. “In 2021, shortly after being hired at Axon, the company sponsored me to attend. I love working for a company that supports me and encourages me to go. It was a true honor to represent Axon and talk about our mission and products with other industry professionals.”

It’s for these many reasons that FGBers rate Axon so highly. 90% believe that women are treated fairly and equally to men and that their CEO supports gender diversity, and 90% would also recommend the company to other women.

“I love working for an employer that truly considers all ideas, from any level of the company,” says Bella Giannini, director of Customer Loyalty. “Axon Aid, the company’s socially responsible philanthropic arm, came to life due to the support and trust of our leadership team. Watching the team and impact continue to grow over the last three years inspires me for the next three." 

If you’re feeling inspired, too, know that Axon has a powerhouse team of women in every department — and some come from ‘nontraditional’ backgrounds, the company says.

“Don’t let having a non-traditional background, degree or previous job dissuade you from applying to your dream position,” Axon tells curious job seekers. “We have former game designers working on life-saving software coding, USMC veterans-turned-coders and former dispatchers on staff. If you’re passionate about making a positive world impact, saving lives and making the bullet obsolete, please keep an eye on our open positions.”

 


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