A recently discovered article, written by Venngage, posed a unique challenge – discovering what Hogwarts house, Griffindor, Huffelpuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin, best describes your company culture. Although Venngage wrote this article about tech companies, the concept can be applied to any industry. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you know that each house has very unique characteristics; the house descriptions that Venngage created are as follows:

Gryffindor – Gryffindor’s emblematic animal is the lion, and its colours are scarlet and gold. Gryffindors are known for daring, nerve and chivalry. – Pottermore Wiki

Companies with a Gryffindor culture want to be the best in their niche (and maybe even the industry as a whole) and aren’t afraid to take risks to get there. Generally, they are the most likely to use competitive incentives, like sales targets, to drive productivity. Companies with a Gryffindor culture pride risk taking, determination and competitiveness in their team members.

Hufflepuff – Hufflepuffs are associated with trustworthiness, loyalty and a strong work ethic. Hufflepuff has produced the fewest Dark witches and wizards of any house. – Pottermore Wiki

An environment of community, collaboration and working towards shared goals is at the base of companies with a Hufflepuff culture. That’s why nonprofits and companies targeting education often align with this house. Companies with a Hufflepuff culture pride trustworthiness, loyalty and a strong work ethic in their team members.

Ravenclaw – Ravenclaws possess the traits of cleverness, wisdom, wit, and creativity. Many well-known inventors and innovators have come from Ravenclaw. – Pottermore Wiki

Companies with a Ravenclaw culture put a lot of thought into every aspect of their business. They pride themselves on creating the best product and on refining that product through rigorous testing. Companies with a Ravenclaw culture pride creativity, innovation and thought leadership in their team members.

Slytherin – Slytherins are associated with cunning, ambition and a tendency to look after their own.Slytherins are always striving to be the best, something they have in common with Ravenclaws. However, Slytherins will never leave their own behind.– Pottermore Wiki

Companies in Slytherin are resourceful and tactic-drive and are always looking for new and better ways to achieve their goals. They may see the value in more traditional hierarchical structures, with a more rigid chain of command.

But that doesn’t mean people in a Slytherin company culture don’t take care of their own–they simply regard experience as an important factor of authority. Companies with a Slytherin culture pride ambition and cunning in their team members.

We were curious what house our Xymox employees thought our company culture most aligned with, so we surveyed a number of teammates from throughout the company (many departments and job titles) – it was fascinating to see the difference in opinions.

Gryffindor: 5-1

Hufflepuff:  3-1

Ravenclaw: 5-1

Slytherin: 5-1

Your company may possess qualities of several or even all of the houses, but if you had to pick just one, which house best describes your company culture? Comment below!