The eyewear company that uses ‘any excuse’ to
host employee celebrations was praised for the autonomy and
support it offers its employees.
Warby Parker is the disruptive eyewear retailer launched
online in 2010, taking on eyewear licensing giants like
Luxottica and Safilo with a vertically integrated model that
offers consumers style-conscious glasses at significantly
lower prices. Today, the company has an estimated value of
over $1 billion — a fact attributed as much to its
culture as to its disruptive business model.
Its employees agree.
“There is a happy and authentic vibe at Warby Parker
that I notice is different to what I experience when I visit
friends or peers. I look forward to seeing my co-workers and
we work together to solve problems, and never have a
‘not my job’ mentality,” says one
Warby Parker was also
consistently praised by its employees for the autonomy it
grants them. “My opinion is taken seriously: I get to
make my own decisions, take my own risks and try new
things,” says a brand specialist. “There’s
so much ability to work freely and explore ideas, but helpful
and actionable feedback is always given,” adds a
recruiting consultant. Having just crossed the 1,000 employee
mark in 2017, Warby Parker is as committed as ever to its
belief that employees are more engaged and impactful as a
united yet autonomous team.
Philanthropy is at the
heart of the company’s operations. For every pair of
glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need through
the company’s “Buy-a-Pair, Give-a-Pair”
programme. To date, Warby Parker has distributed over two
million pairs of glasses to people in need.