Want to work somewhere with as much potential for growth as Google? What about an equal emphasis on employee happiness and job satisfaction? Or the same level of philanthropy and community service? Maybe you’re craving some Google-status perks, or the opportunity to create the next generation of technology.
We have good news. No matter why you covet a job at the tech giant, we’ve got 10 companies that are just as cool as Google.
1. Praytell Strategy
Google isn’t the only pioneer in its field. Praytell Strategy is a communications agency that blends social media and digital strategy with traditional PR, bringing together media, design, and tech in a way that’s never been done before.
And like Google, Praytell’s work helps communities both locally and nationwide. The company has collaborated with the NYC Food Bank and the MAC AIDS Fund and partnered with OfficeMax to help local teachers get classroom supplies.
If you’re drawn to how obsessed-in-a-good-way Google employees are about their jobs, you’ll love working for TicketLeap. Located in Philadelphia, TicketLeap offers several event management apps to help its clients create memories—a mission that those who work there seriously believe in.
“Our culture is our biggest asset. We’re all in this together driving toward a common goal,” says CEO Tim Raybould.
That enthusiasm extends itself into the company’s traditions. TicketLeap loves to take its clients around Philadelphia, offering them cheesesteak, brewery tours, and seats at Phillies’ games. That’s the type of user experience even a Googler would envy!
For those of you lusting over Google’s massive reach, check out Virool, a video service company that helps its clients spread the word to up to 100 million viewers.
And while you help brands explore this largely uncharted territory, you’ll also get to bond with a super-close team. Previous company-wide trips have included wine tours to Napa, camping at Yosemite, weekends away to Mexico—and visits to the local bar for weekly happy hours.
Professional development at PaperG, an advertising technology company, is a major theme—just like at Google. Employees get a budget for conferences, books, and online courses to ensure they always have access to the most current knowledge.
“I don’t have a background in online advertising, and neither do many of my colleagues—it’s not a prerequisite,” says Brooke Goodbary, senior account manager. “It’s more about a desire to learn and a demonstrated ability to contribute to the team.”
And PaperG definitely finds the fun in education. Lunch lectures, which give employees a chance to share hobbies and subjects they’re passionate about, are a regular feature and have covered topics such as hip-hop, fly-fishing, and puns.
We can see why PaperG was named one of Forbes’ 100 Most Promising Companies in America.
Google employees enjoy a respectful, open working environment—and so do the folks at mywedding.com, which connects engaged couples with wedding professionals and venues. The company has a non-hierarchical structure, so everyone, from the bottom to the top, is treated equally.
“Our executive team is not behind closed doors making decisions—they’re actually open to hearing from us and want to know our ideas,” says Brittany Thorson, vendor marketing manager.
We like the sound of that.
6. Social Tables
Daydreaming about the lack of limits at Google? At Social Tables, which provides software to the hospitality and events industry, opportunity comes as quickly as you can seize it.
“If you prove yourself here—and you can show that you respond well—the opportunities are just endless,” says Rohit Kalkur, a software engineer. “I’ve only been here for seven months, but I haven't seen the ceiling yet at this company.”
But don’t think this means employees never look up from their cubicles. “I don’t come to an office with all of my co-workers every day; I come to an environment that’s innovative with my friends,” business development associate Jesse Breaux says.
BrightRoll, a video advertising platform, has a couple of cool things in common with Google. First, the company is maintaining its position on the cutting-edge by expanding its research department and fostering even more innovation.
Second, like Google, BrightRoll has a startup vibe—even though it’s growing rapidly. There’s a big emphasis on cross-department collaboration—and tacos, karaoke, and flip cup keep co-workers close when they’re not working.
8. Trax Technologies
At Trax Technologies, a software service company for global shippers and their transportation providers, employee engagement is Google-status.
And that comes as no surprise. New hires are told to “have their passport ready;” opportunities to visit Trax’s four other offices around the world are given as often as possible.
However, back in Arizona, the work environment is just as engaging. You won’t find a single cubicle—instead, employees choose from open workstations, standing locations, or diner-style booths. To stay fueled, you can dig into a complimentary breakfast or visit the espresso bar.
Levatas, an ad consultancy firm specializing in strategy, communications, and digital platforms, knows all work and no play makes employees unhappy and de-motivated—so it strives for the perfect balance of “levity” and “gravitas” (hence the name). Sounds like the Google culture to us!
The office is encouraged to maintain 40-hour work weeks, meaning days are productive and nights are fun. And okay, some days are fun, too—like the company retreats and beach BBQs.
Google is famous for making sure its employees stay healthy while they’re working hard, and OwnLocal, a digital ad agency focusing on local media, can say the same. The Austin, Texas-based company gives each employee a FitBit when he or she arrives, which has spurred some friendly office competition (and fights over who gets to do the coffee run). Also offered? Healthy snacks, weekly power lunches at restaurants around town, and workout equipment.
“OwnLocal is that rare company that cares as much about the happiness and success of its employees as its own success. That's the right way to do it—I get free trail mix!” says Joe, a senior engineer.
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