New recruits take notice of Passport, a Top Workplaces winner 3 years running


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Passport, the enterprise software company based on South Tryon Street in Charlotte, wants to keep the momentum going following three wins in the Observer’s Top Workplaces program.

“We are thrilled to have Passport on the Observer’s Top Workplaces list for the last three years,” Kate Haffey, vice president of people operations, said via email.

“We have great teammates here at Passport, and they have helped us create an amazing culture. Receiving this recognition was a testament to all of our teammates’ work in driving our business forward to support our customers and clients, and also creating an environment where we all want to be.”

Passport builds software used by the parking and transportation industries. The company services the CATS Blue Line mobile application, giving LYNX riders a mobile option to purchase tickets.

“We’re changing the way transportation systems operate, which has huge impacts on our clients and the lives of people that live in cities,” an employee wrote in last year’s workplaces survey.

The company’s philanthropic work includes opening its offices to local STEM students. All Hands on Deck, Be an Evangelist and Respect the Individual are among the company’s values.

As Passport shared stories about its culture and successes through the workplaces program, Haffey said others took notice.

“It has helped draw more attention to our company in the Charlotte market,” she said. “A number of our candidates reference the award in the interview process … We enjoy talking to those candidates because they’re doing extra research to understand what it means to receive the award, and are excited to learn more about us.”

Feeling engaged? Nominate your business

Now in its fourth year, the Observer’s annual workplaces program recognizes the Charlotte region’s top employers.

Do you think your company belongs in the program? Are you proud of where you work? Then nominate your organization for recognition. Charlotte-area organizations with 35 or more employees are eligible to participate. Nominations can come from Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Union in North Carolina, and Lancaster and York in South Carolina.

The Observer will announce the area’s best workplaces in a special report publishing this fall.

Tell us about your business now. Visit or call 704-954-8760. Nominations are due April 13.


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