10 Companies That Are Just as Cool as Apple (and Hiring Now!)
Imagine calling your friends and loved ones and telling them that you’ve just scored a job at Apple. They’d be pretty impressed, right? But Apple is just one company, and there are plenty more out there that are equally awesome.
Whether you’re drooling over Apple’s employee perks or obsessed with its inspiring culture, we’ve got the perfect, just-as-cool-as-Apple workplaces for you. So check these offices out, apply for a job, get a great gig—and then call everyone you know with the news.
1. Warby Parker
Warby Parker, which is disrupting the eyewear industry with its chic yet affordable frames, takes the idea of being consistently great to a whole new level. So if you love how Apple’s core values are inculcated in every project and product it produces, you’ll love Warby Parker even more.
“We want to be holistically good—that includes good to our customers, our employees, our environment, and our community,” says Neil Blumenthal, co-CEO and founder.
For every pair of frames sold, Warby Parker donates a pair. It’s one of the only carbon-neutral eyewear brands in the world. The company even sponsors a local Little League team, the Coyotes. It also works hard to make sure its factories have great working conditions and satisfied employees.
Just like Apple’s employees are die-hard fans of their own products (there’s no way you’d ever catch them with, say, an Android phone), the team at Squarespace is equally in love with what they’re creating.
“We’re not just builders, but also users of our own product. That helps us understand what might frustrate customers and keeps our standards really high,” says Thomas Chau, a software engineer.
And like Apple products, Squarespace products are beautiful. The company allows users to create their own, professional-looking websites, even if they have no experience in web-building.
“There’s a willingness to go the extra mile to build something extraordinary,” says Michael Heilemann, interface director. “Everyone here wants to do something special.”
Most people associate GEICO with awesome insurance deals, but the company deserves equal acclaim for its technology. Like Apple, GEICO’s digital presence is rapidly expanding. Automated phone attendants, mobile apps, and web pages are just a few of the high-tech tools this company is using to make its customer experience even better.
If you’re impressed with how quickly hard work and talent are rewarded at Apple, you’ll love GEICO’s culture. “What I love about this company is the opportunity for growth and career advancement,” says Carolyn Tran, UI design team lead. Robel, a programmer analyst, enthusiastically agrees: “You have all of the opportunities in the world to excel at GEICO.”
Do you lust over Apple’s legendary employee perks? Work at HomeAway, a vacation rental marketplace, and you’ll never covet another company’s benefits again.
For starters, HomeAway’s Austin headquarters are gorgeous, with a huge, fully-stocked kitchen, soaring ceilings, cool art, and a great view. However, the company has locations all around the world, so you’ll get the option to indulge your wanderlust. And to boost your travels, HomeAway has quarterly peer-nominated awards. Whoever wins gets a $2,000 vacation.
In keeping with HomeAway’s mission, employees also get a generous vacation policy. If you’re thinking about visiting Spain but haven’t spoken any Spanish since high school, HomeAway will provide you with Rosetta Stone materials so you can brush up.
Like Apple, Prezi is changing the way people communicate. Instead of boring presentations, Prezi’s software allows its users to present stories in a super-engaging, powerful way.
The emphasis on communication continues with Prezi’s lively, collaborative workplace culture. “The office culture here at Prezi is really collaborative, conversational, and open,” says Callie Wheeler, website marketing manager. “We’re a very industrious office, so there are lots of things going on all the time.”
You won’t be sticking to your little cubicle, either. Not only is Prezi an open office, but employees are encouraged to work on many different teams and projects. Experimentation is the name of the game.
Maybe you’d jump at a chance to work at Apple because you want to have an impact on people’s everyday lives. Well, work at PayPal, and you’ll definitely be able to see how your work in action 365 days a year. PayPal is a secure, easy way for users to pay for purchases and send and receive money—all via online or mobile platforms.
The company doesn’t just want to make the everyday lives of its users better. It’s also dedicated to improving the everyday lives of its employees. That translates to a friendly, open, honest workplace. “PayPal is the best startup you’ve ever been at—or could be at—only on a massive scale,” says Arnold Goldberg, the vice president of customer engineering.
7. The NFL
For job seekers with resume descriptors like “driven,” “thrives on challenge,” or “immune to complacency,” we’ve got your dream office. As you probably know, the NFL is the highest level of professional football in America. Since the NFL is all about making victories on the field, it makes sense that its office culture is defined by the pursuit of excellence. (Kind of reminds you of a certain, fruit-logo tech company, are we right?)
“All NFL culture and activities are rooted in the sport, but we are so much bigger than a game on the field,” says one employee.
That doesn’t mean it’s all work and no play—quite the opposite, in fact! The NFL team loves events like its “Back to Football” campaign. At the beginning of each season, the employees dress up in their favorite team apparel and host a massive pep rally with tailgating, games, and photobooth sessions.
There’s no doubt one of the most enviable things about working at Apple is the freedom to explore whatever catches your interest. OptionsCity, an electronic trading software company, cultivates that same open, supportive environment where you can really grow.
“You can learn every aspect of the business at OptionsCity and grow your skill set,” says Ben Sandmann, a software engineer. “You don’t have to be involved in every single role—but you can be. The sky is the limit at a company like this.”
Fellow employee Patrick Gardner agrees: “On any given day, you can go in a lot of different directions. While I’m not a software programmer myself, I now know different things about coding, software, labor intensity, development cycles, and scrum.”
Like Apple, working at Shutterstock means you’ll be surrounded by some of the best people you’ve ever met.
“We have an amazing team,” says Dan McCormick, who runs Shutterstock’s developer team. “We have really smart people, not only smart and intelligent, but also just nice.”
This teamwork reaches a pinnacle with Shutterstock’s annual Hackathon—a 24-hour, company-wide event where people from across departments work together to create, well, anything! From new mobile apps to interactive 404 pages, dozens of teams compete for exciting prizes and a chance to have their project officially funded and launched by Shutterstock.
10. The Nerdery
You know any company with “nerd” in the name is going to have passionate, interesting, creative people. The Nerdery, which partners with advertisers, marketers, and other creatives to build interactive projects, has a lot in common with Apple, which arguably was founded by one of the biggest nerds in history.
“It’s amazing being at work every day with people who are some of the smartest people you’ve ever met—and who push you to do work you’re really proud of,” says Lisa Mason, director of resourcing and pre-production.
After a productive week, the team loves to unwind with Fun Fridays. There’s food, beer, socializing, and even funny shout-out videos.