10 Companies That Are Great for Kicking Off Your Career
You’re just beginning your career and you’re ready to jump right in—don’t you want to join a company that’s going to push you to grow, learn, and become your best from the get-go?
Well, we’ve got 10 companies that love to hire people at the start of their careers and seriously invest in them. From offering tuition programs for continued education to providing opportunities for employees to work among leaders in their field, you’ll be sure to start your career with a bang at any of these awesome workplaces.
On any given day, two billion people use Unilever products to look good, feel good, and get more out of life. Whatever the brand, Unilever is deeply committed to creating sustainable products that improve health and wellbeing.
Unilever is also committed to helping develop the leaders of tomorrow. The company makes a habit of hiring people straight out of college and giving them big opportunities, whether it's working on an international rotation to working across global teams or being involved with projects that impact products around the world. “Unilever is heavily involved with developing young professionals because we not only want to attract talent, we want to build talent from within,” explains employee Sean Morrisroe, who was able to travel to London and India with the company in order to help grow his skills as a scientist.
With everything from a highly selective and globally recognized management training program called Future Leaders to a generous tuition reimbursement program to formal and informal mentorship relationships to a management style that’s supportive while also allowing people to learn from doing, it’s no surprise that employees at Unilever see endless opportunity to grow impressive careers with the help of the company. “If you’re genuine in your ambitions and desires to support this company’s growth, the company will help you grow in return,” adds Zi Lin, Associate Brand Development Manager in Marketing.
Guggenheim Partners is a global investment and advisory firm. Across its three primary businesses of investment management, investment banking, and insurance services, Guggenheim has a track record of delivering results through innovative solutions.
Guggenheim prides itself on cultivating a diverse, energetic pool of talent. The firm gives young people the opportunity to work alongside leaders in the industry, tackling a range of challenges for clients. The company constantly encourages employees to create their own opportunities—and because it has cultivated a culture of open communication and collaboration, it’s easy for employees to ask for support in strengthening their skills. Employees love working at a company that promotes professional growth, and at Guggenheim, the sky’s truly the limit.
“Even at a junior level, you can get your voice heard here, which at a financial institution is sometimes not the easiest thing to do,” says Investment Banking Analyst Andrew Koval.
Lighthouse Labs is a developer boot camp where people of varied backgrounds—with any experience level—are trained to become professional mobile or web developers in eight weeks.
Lighthouse seeks to create an ecosystem of collaboration, learning, and meaningful innovation. The organization provides the tools to enable students’ full potential by nurturing an environment where everyone who benefits also contributes. At Lighthouse, students learn more than merely how to code—they learn how to think and thrive in a rapidly changing world.
“Whether you’re a student, teacher, or staff, your background, in the traditional sense, is irrelevant. What matters is that you can get the job done in here—and have the confidence and initiative to do it,” says Sylvia Walker-Wavell, General Manager.
FreshBooks provides beautifully designed accounting software to help small business owners organize their finances so they can focus on their business. It has helped over five million people track time, organize expenses, and invoice clients online and in the cloud.
At FreshBooks, providing employees with a variety of learning opportunities is a key to growth and workplace engagement. Everyone is treated to a continuing education budget, regular lunch-and-learns, book clubs, workshops, and both the FreshBook’s School of Design for the creative team and the internal “Brain Food” University, which offers courses built by staff members.
“If you’re someone who loves to learn, this is a great place for you,” says Nik Mehrotra, a product manager.
With a mission to revitalize American cities, VFA recruits and trains top college grads to work at startups in emerging entrepreneurial hubs across the country. Throughout their two-year fellowship, VFA Fellows learn alongside experienced entrepreneurs at growing companies to gain the skills and experience they need to build businesses and create jobs. The ultimate goal? To help a new generation launch their careers as entrepreneurs and have an impact on the economy.
“I think in two years at VFA, I’ve gotten the equivalent of about five years of experience elsewhere,” says Megan Hurlburt, Senior Marketing Manager.
Want to become a VFA Fellow or work for VFA? People who thrive in a fast-paced, highly productive environment will fit right in—provided they also love to laugh. VFA Fellows and employees are known for their positive attitudes, and take any chance they get to bring the community together.
Daon was founded to help provide that peace of mind by tapping into what is unique to everyone—human authentication through biometrics.
Daon management has an open-door policy—all ideas and challenges are approached from a place of cooperation. The biometrics industry is evolving at lightning speed, and cultivating a hands-on, approachable environment and encouraging additional certification, training, and education fuels Daon employees and allows them to stay current, curious, and on the cutting edge.
“Management lets us be ourselves—lets us do what we’re good at and the things we’re interested in,” says James Wascak, a senior engineer.
Schoology is an education technology company putting collaboration at the heart of the learning experience. Schoology’s Education Cloud connects the people, content, and systems that fuel education, and provides all the tools needed to personalize learning and improve student outcomes.
“Schoology is a company where I can see myself grow along with the company—that’s a rare opportunity,” says Zach Davidson, Regional Sales Director.
Ambitiously determined to transform traditional learning, empower educators, and increase student achievement, Schoology enlists passionate and forward thinking employees who believe in its values and understand its challenging mission. The company seeks critical thinkers and problem solvers who are aware of the struggles faced by educators and who will collaborate effectively with clients to help them achieve their goals.
Founded in Denmark in 2007, Trustpilot exists to provide customers with insight they can trust as they navigate the sometimes murky waters of online commerce.
The culture at Trustpilot is focused on teamwork and learning. Each employee goes through an immersive training program, learning the ins and outs of the business across teams and departments to gain a true understanding of how Trustpilot works. Achieving the company’s mission is a team sport, and every individual and department plays a key position.
“We have an incredible training program in place to make sure we all have the tools needed to succeed,” says Katie Ditano, Account Development Representative.
Founded in 2006 with a focus on politics, policy, and power in DC, this digital-first company prides itself on creating journalism that informs and challenges all parties.
POLITICO is a fast-paced, agile workplace that is powered by creativity and guided by high achievers looking to make a difference. Employees are strongly encouraged to execute projects outside of their comfort zones and assess their professional ambitions and the company’s future—honestly and often.
“I really enjoyed the onboarding process because it’s so quick. POLITICO trusts me to obtain that information and put my own style and personality into it and present it confidently to lobbyists and members of Congress,” says Account Manager Ashley Hicks.
CarGurus is an online car shopping website that helps consumers find the best deals from the best-rated local dealers.
At CarGurus, staff members are given a great deal of freedom to do their work. Managers point their teams in the right direction and then leave them the flexibility to work out the details on their own. This kind of management style is well-suited for CarGurus’ independently-minded people, who like to solve problems on their own.
“They told me in my interview that we would be ‘the next big thing,’ and I have really seen that growth in the past year, which makes me so excited for the future,” says Colleen Dugal, Dealer Relations Account Manager.
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As an Associate Editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.More from this Author