COPT is known for its distinctive architectural sculptures… (Photo by Doug Kapustin )
COPT might be a prominent real estate investment trust that specializes in serving U.S. government and defense information technology tenants, but it's also an arts patron. A big one.
In October, the Columbia-based firm was named one of the 10 Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America by the Business Committee for the Arts — putting the firm on stage with the likes of 3M and Walt Disney World Resort.
More than 1,000 pieces of artwork are displayed in properties managed by COPT, or Corporate Office Properties Trust, says CEO Rand Griffin.
"Our art program is really a tribute to how we are differentiating our company, how we give back and how our people feel very empowered and happy to be part of the company," he said.
Being in the presence of art, Griffin said, "[makes] you more successful."
Employees' responses to the WorkplaceDynamics survey were enthusiastic.
Wrote one: "[My job] has meaning and I feel I'm making a significant contribution."
Said another: "I love my job and I take my job very seriously. I do not cut corners not would I allow anyone else to do so."
Employees say they are heard and respected, are continually challenged, and are led by a fair and informed management team.
In fact, COPT took special honors for "clued-in senior management" in the WorkplaceDynamics survey.
"There's a lot of freedom to make decisions and to think outside the box," said Henry Johnson, the firm's IT project manager.
Employees have access to tuition reimbursement and training, including participation in the COPT Academy, a six-month program for up-and-coming managers. The staff also enjoys generous benefits, a scholarship program for children and an adoption benefit.
Sector: Real estate investment trust