"OrderUp is perhaps the most transparent of all the food delivery apps out there today, offering constant and detailed updates from the moment you place your order to the instant it arrives on your doorstep."

-Top8, 2015

Baltimore's top workplaces help make Baltimore a top place to work

12/02/2015 Baltimore Sun

Baltimore’s top workplaces are also places where employees feel respected and have the trust of their bosses.

OrderUp, an online food delivery service that employs 80 people in the region and is making its debut on the list this year, has an unlimited-vacation policy. That means staff understand that if their work gets done, they can take whatever personal time they need, said CEO Chris Jeffery.

“We trust that they’re adults and know they have a job to do,” he said. “I think that goes to build a better culture and environment for the company.”

Sometimes, employees want to use that free time off to give back, Jeffery said.

On the day of Gray’s funeral, hundreds of city businesses were damaged when protests turned violent. The next day, dozens of OrderUp’s Baltimore employees asked for a couple of days off work to help clean up the city and repair damaged storefronts, Jeffery said. He was happy to oblige.

“It’s giving people freedom and the flexibility to do things they’re passionate about, outside of work,” he said.

Last year, OrderUp also participated in “Giving Tuesday,” pledging to donate $1 to the Maryland Food Bank for every order placed. The company ended up raising more than $15,000, Jeffery said.

“As we grew our footprint here in Baltimore, we wanted to do more,” he said.

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