It’s been less than a year since Chesmar Homes Austin opened, yet the flexibility, freedom and work environment has helped it land the No. 1 spot in its size category on the Austin Business Journal’s 2014 list of Best Places to Work. 13 people work in the Austin branch of this Houston-based company. Boasting an open culture and relaxed work environment, Chesmar Homes-Austin is a company where strong opinions are valued. A respected company tradition is when employees thank each other if they have been helped by their colleagues in any way during the week. These acknowledgments appear in the company’s weekly newsletter to reinforce the culture of teamwork, which is critical for the company. Along with company values, Dr. Seuss’ book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” is read to employees at daily meetings. That’s just a snippet of what makes this such a great place to work.