We’re thrilled to announce that Sprout Social founder and CEO, Justyn Howard, has been named Glassdoor’s No. 1 CEO for U.S. companies with 1,000 employees or less in 2017. This recognition is based entirely on reviews from Sprout employees, who awarded Justyn a 99 percent approval rating.

Since Sprout’s inception in 2010, Justyn has expertly built a company that balances a commitment to both team and customer success. It’s clear to our employees that he embodies the values Sprout shares: open communication, curiosity and accountability.

While he’s quick to emphasize that our culture has developed organically over time, Justyn works tirelessly to ensure that Sprout is the best possible workplace for our team. His efforts, in tandem with those of our leadership team, have ensured that career growth, meaningful challenges and personal fulfillment are all a part of each team member’s experience.

“I am honored to be part of this list and truly grateful to our team for their trust and recognition,” Howard said. “Sprout represents the best of what a company can offer—a talented, dedicated and diverse team—and together we’ve built an exciting and energetic culture and product. I’m humbled every day by the ways that team makes me a better leader, technologist and individual.”

So what are employees saying on Glassdoor about leadership at Sprout?

“The leadership is amazing…It’s rare that a CEO will pull you into his/her office to make sure you’re happy and get your input on organizational changes, but it illustrates Sprout’s focus on culture (and that starts at the top).”
Anonymous Employee, Marketing

“Everyone at the company is nice and supportive of each other with one goal in mind. This is in no small part thanks to our CEO and wonderful executive team. They understand what it takes to motivate, but also keep things fun and light so work is somewhere you want to be each day.”
Customer Success Manager

Glassdoor’s Highest Rated CEOs list is released annually as part of their Employees’ Choice Awards and is unique in that winners are determined based on feedback employees voluntarily and anonymously share in Glassdoor reviews. Among the 700,000 companies reviewed on Glassdoor, the average CEO approval rating is 67 percent.

Justyn was also recently recognized as CEO of the Year in Built In Chicago’s 2017 Moxie Awards and included in the Chicago Techweek 100.

We are grateful to our team members who have taken the time to share their experiences on Glassdoor. More than ever, we’re proud to have a leader whose vision not only drives the growth of our business, but also inspires our employees to do and be better each day.

Want to join Team Sprout? We’re hiring.

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