I come from a family of slightly above average military participation. Both of my grandfathers (and other members of my extended family) served during World War II. Military service has always been in my blood.
Whether or not it is healthy to have a company culture that feels like family--and there are arguments on both sides--there is at least one interesting way that all organizations are like families: no two are alike.
Multiple studies have revealed that a hostile work environment is the primary reason women are leaving IT jobs in Silicon Valley. However, at the special few 100 Best IT Companies we see have proven that it doesn't have to be like this.
It's popular today to talk up people as a company's best assets. It's true -- people are in fact the secrets that elevate good businesses to great ones. But talk alone isn't going to get you far. To truly benefit from those great hires, you've got to invest actual energy in them.