TREVOSE, Pa. — SimpleTire L.L.C. prides itself in offering a family environment for its employees within a technologically advanced business.
This year the online tire retailer is marking its 10th anniversary and its third year as a finalist in the Tire Business Best Places to Work competition. The Trevose-based company was the winner in 2020.
The Best Places to Work survey is conducted by Best Companies Group (BCG), an independent research firm specializing in identifying and recognizing great places to work. In order to participate in the survey, each business must be a retail, commercial, OTR, retread or wholesale tire dealership in the U.S., and have at least 15 employees.
Each owner submits an online survey detailing company policies, practices, benefits and demographics. Employees, meanwhile, are asked to complete, a series of questions,rating the company. Tire Group International was named the overall winner, while other finalists include (in alphabetical order): Best One of Indy, Indianapolis; Big O Tires, Columbia, Mo.; Monteith's Best One Tire & Auto Care, Elkhart, Ind.; SimpleTire L.L.C. of Trevose, Pa.; and Sun Auto Tire & Service Inc, Phoenix.
In all those years, the company has attributed its commercial success, and as a best place to work, to its open culture with its employees.
Over the years, the company has grown to over 150 employees and expanded its online shopping experience with a network of tire installers around the country.
SimpleTire, founded in 2012 by brothers Andy and Josh Chalofsky and their friend Kenny Pratt, goes to market through an online tire sales website — simpletire.com — where consumers can purchase tires from an array of brands and then select a local tire dealership for installation.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit two years ago, SimpleTire employees began working from home, an arrangement the company has decided to continue indefinitely.
"As the pandemic prolonged, it became evident that having a remote work environment as a permanent way forward was best for our employees and also for the company, and that's where we are," SimpleTire President Karthik Iyer said.
"The overall effectiveness of that approach has been unbelievable and really, really strong both for our team members as well as a business. We now found the right balance between remote work and really bringing people back together."