Egnyte’s Hybrid Work Model Hits the Silicon Slopes

Egnyte recently celebrated the opening of its Salt Lake office—a space that will support collaboration, community, and a growing number of employees as the company continues to build out its hybrid work model.

More than 30 people came together for the event, which was the culmination of months of strategic planning to find the right space. Company leaders looked at dozens of sites that could accommodate training space for up to 60 people, breakout rooms for smaller meetings or calls, and enough square footage to support future growth. They zeroed in on Draper, located about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City and in the heart of the “Silicon Slopes.”

“This is the place,” said Chief Revenue Office Stan Hansen, an area native. “I love the location, and it was great to be back home and back in the office.”

Egnyte employees celebrate the opening of the new Salt Lake office.

Salt Lake is the sixth Egnyte office, joining the Mountain View, California, headquarters and offices in Raleigh, North Carolina, Spokane, Washington, Poland, and England. Egnyte also has a presence in India.

Hansen and more than 30 other members of the sales department have been working remotely from the Salt Lake area for several months. But with those employees now eligible to go into the office, Egnyte plans to expand its local hiring and open the space to other departments. 

The Silicon Slopes have become a tech hotbed in recent years, rivaling cities like Austin and Boston as the top places for U.S.-based talent behind New York and Silicon Valley. Draper is located near what is known as the Point of the Mountain that separates Salt Lake City and Provo, so the Egnyte office is a short drive from the most heavily populated cities and towns in Utah.

There are other strategic benefits to the location, too. Salt Lake City International Airport is a Delta hub, which makes it easy to get from Draper to Egnyte’s other national and international offices. There’s also quality-of-life benefits for those living there. For example, employees are just a stone's throw away from world-class skiing, hiking, and mountain biking.

Committing to a Hybrid Work Model

The shift to hybrid work has had a profound impact on Egnyte. The company’s content collaboration and governance tools are more in-demand than ever, propelling Egnyte to $150 million in annual recurring revenue in 2021 and expanding its employee headcount to just under 1,000, with plans to further accelerate hiring this year.

It has also impacted how Egnyte employees work together. While some companies are forcing all employees back in the office or going fully remote, Egnyte is doubling down on hybrid, favoring flexibility over rigidity. 

The ultimate goal is to have happy, productive employees. The pandemic has shown it’s possible to achieve that remotely, and employees see clear benefits in being able to work from home—or anywhere—but this approach isn’t foolproof. There’s still value in having physical spaces to meet for collaboration, training, onboarding, and other team-building activities.

“It’s been great to spend the past couple of days here and to see the team get into the office and build back an awesome sales culture,” Hansen said. “It’s much easier to collaborate and do teamwork when you’re together face to face.”

The exact implementation of the hybrid model will depend on the location and departmental needs. Salt Lake employees will generally work from the office two to three days a week, with Hansen noting the goal is to foster a culture and utilize the new facility so people actually want to come into the office.

Egnyte has been repeatedly recognized for its strong workplace culture, industry presence, and customer satisfaction. It has been among the top 50 sales and engineering teams in Comparably’s U.S. rankings, and Egnyte has maintained high customer ratings on the peer-to-peer software review platform G2. 

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