Reinforcing the right values and recognizing employees for their dedicated vision
Every week an employee at alternative investments firm Satori Capital LLC may find he or she is the proud recipient of the Values cube.
There is also an annual award for the person who best embodies Satori's six core values throughout the year: create extraordinary outcomes; share freely; build lasting impact; be a great partner; never stop learning; and enjoy the journey, explained Randy Eisenman, founder and managing partner of the private equity firm making its first appearance as a Pensions & Investments' Best Places to Work in Money Management.
“It's not just to pat ourselves on the back ... (ours is) a very intentional culture. It's about reinforcing those values and embedding them into the culture,” Mr. Eisenman said.
Employees remarked on that intentional culture as part of what makes Satori a great place to work.
“Our dedication to the principles of conscious capitalism, which includes our firm having a purpose that extends far beyond making money,” one employee wrote in listing the best things about working at Satori. “In particular, we strive to be the best possible partners we can be to our stakeholders as well as thinking about the impact our business will have on the world over the course of generations.”
The Dallas-based firm was founded on the principles of conscious capitalism, Mr. Eisenman said. The firm's long-term vision statement says: ”We are a voice for progress and a catalyst for transformation in companies and organizations across the world.”
Satori invests for institutions, family offices and high-net-worth individuals, offering multistrategy alternative investment portfolios that include hedge funds, real estate, venture capital and energy.
“It's a very dynamic group. We work as a whole, as one unit,” said Faith Ciraci, executive assistant to Mr. Eisenman.
Satori does not have a human resources department. Mr. Eisenman calls Ms. Ciraci Satori's chief culture officer. “Each individual brings a very dynamic way of being to the firm and level of consciousness that affects the collective,” Ms. Ciraci said.
“It's about all of us instead of the individual,” Mr. Eisenman said. “We strive to be kind collaborative, entrepreneurial, creative ... We are very health aware; not only physically but emotionally ... and spiritually.”
To support that awareness, there are corners of the office where an employee can take a moment to meditate. Satori executives start their team meetings with journaling and seven minutes of meditation.
The journaling is “a combination of gratitude and checking in with physical, spiritual and emotional health,” Mr. Eisenman said.
Satori also offers spiritual meditation teachers who will do group and private sessions, he said.
But Satori is not only about the ohm.
Sustainability is a key part of the firm's mission.
“A lot of people may have a sustainable initiative. At Satori, it informs internally how we hire, train, develop, evaluate people, how we invest. It informs everything,” Mr. Eisenman said.
This article originally appeared in the December 14, 2015 print issue as, "First Place | Satori Capital".