No matter how awesome a company’s culture is, sometimes the office is just not the best setting to spend quality, relaxing time with co-workers. More often than not, it’s the out-of-office events that allow employees to truly enjoy themselves without having to worry about projects and deadlines in the back of their minds.
These companies go beyond happy hours and “fun” office meetings and host everything from exotic retreats and summer parties to fishing trips and karaoke nights to make sure co-workers have plenty of fun with one another.
Best of all, they’re all hiring now.
Omnigon is all about fun and games: Most of the clients this digital consulting firm works with are major sports, media, and entertainment brands. Omnigon partners with clients from the likes of NASCAR to American Idol to understand digital goals, find new ways to engage audiences, and create beautiful digital products.
The fun doesn’t stop there. At Omnigon, you’ll not only be given plenty of opportunities to spend quality time with your teammates, but you’ll hang out with your clients as well. “The Fun Committee” has been known to organize weekly get-togethers for the team and clients to make sure they get to bond about things not related to work. Outings include everything from all-you-can-eat Mexican meals to comedy shows in Central Park—and, of course, a weekly happy hour, complete with a DJ booth.
Outbrain is the web’s leading content discovery platform—helping publishers track and increase their audiences. Premium publishers everywhere are using Outbrain’s technology to personalize content for users and recommend to them what to read or view next. Currently, brands and marketers are using Outbrain Amplify to get their content seen on sites around the world, like CNN, Fox News, and ESPN.
Socializing is key to Outbrain’s company culture—especially summer socializing. Every summer, Outbrain hosts a party for the entire office to kick back and mingle with co-workers and their families. The party offers a chance for the company’s more than 150 employees to get together and spend quality time outside of work. And really, who can say no to a rooftop, drinks, and great company?
CSBM, or Charter School Business Management Inc., is empowering charter schools by providing the financial tools they need to fulfill their missions. The company believes that school choice is an essential driving force in education reform and is committed to increasing educational opportunities for the nation’s youth. CSBM offers quality services ranging from bookkeeping to financial analysis to enable success for its clients.
Having a good time with co-workers is a norm at CSBM. Annual karaoke parties, bowling events, and off-Broadway shows are just a few of the get-togethers that employees look forward to. And, because the company values health, there are plenty of programs for employees to train together, like quarterly fitness challenges, dance classes, and even boot camps.
DogVacay is revolutionizing the way people find pet sitters. With its handy website and iOS app, pet owners can search for vetted, insured hosts, book stays, and pay online—all within a few clicks. And, because DogVacay reservations include free insurance, 24/7 customer support, and daily photo updates, pet owners can rest easy and know that their pets are in the best hands.
Community building activities at DogVacay are, of course, animal-oriented. Employees volunteer at NKLA’s Pet Adoption Center and are especially excited by the puppy playtime. And, when the team is in the mood for additional entertainment, DogVacay hosts a series of Los Angeles excursions, happy hours, and karaoke nights.
5. Black Mountain Systems
Black Mountain Systems is changing the way the financial industry manages workflow, data, and analysis. With clients in world-class hedge funds, private equity, and investment management, Black Mountain Systems adds operating efficiency and allows clients to focus on high-value activities and exceptional performance.
Co-worker getaways are big at Black Mountain Systems. According to employees, getting opportunities to go offsite with co-workers only makes working better. These offsite events happen every year, and the company takes employees all over the world for some fun, bonding, and relaxation. This year’s exotic destination? The beautiful coast of Mexico.
From mobile apps to social media sites, modern businesses need a way to collect good data for optimizing their products. At Factual, the team gathers, structures, and organizes facts and information from multiple sources to create very clean, high value databases for all types of businesses. Through its fast and rich APIs, Factual offers tools for data curation and analysis so companies can focus on their mission statements instead of data-hunting.
Sitting at your computer all day can be tiring, so Factual’s employees counteract office stress with a variety of activities. In the summer, co-workers head to Santa Monica beach for volleyball games, biking along the beach, and surfing. Apart from that, free weekly yoga classes are conveniently held inside the office, giving employees opportunities to bond while taking a break from work.
An integrated identity management and mobility management service, Okta securely and simply connects people to their applications from any device, anywhere, at any time. Built from the ground up, Okta allows companies to manage their applications and user access with ease—and it does so with an unwavering commitment to customer success.
Employees knows how to have a good time together. From office ping-pong tournaments to monthly wine and cheese tastings, Okta is committed to building a culture with the best work-life balance. Perhaps even more exciting are the outings. Okta’s team loves the outdoors, and past excursions have included fishing trips and tours of Lake Tahoe.
8. XO Group
XO Group is a premier consumer internet and media company devoted to weddings, pregnancy, and everything in between. Its flagship brand, The Knot, guides couples through the wedding planning process, while its newlywed brands, The Nest and The Bump, provide inspiration for everyone’s post-wedding adventures.
Ping-pong and foosball tables are guaranteed at XO Group’s office, but the socializing that happens at The Knot Gala, a New York Bridal Fashion Week event with approximately 1,000 attendees, is something all employees look forward to. The Knot recently planned its fifth gala, and co-workers enjoyed not just each other’s company, but the company of star-studded designers and fashion gurus.
9. GA Communication Group
A full-service healthcare marketing communications agency, GA Communication creates effective, educational, and easy-to-understand branding and marketing campaigns. The company provides strategy, content, and digital technology solutions for everyone from pharmaceutical companies and practicing physicians to the general public.
GA Communication Group makes sure employees take a break to celebrate special holidays. Every year on March 17, for instance, the office closes down as employees join in on the annual St. Patrick’s Day party. The company rents out a bar downtown to host fun limerick competitions, drink Irish-influenced beverages, and spend the day together not just as co-workers but as close friends.
CourseHorse is an online platform offering learning opportunities—making it easy for people to enroll in anything from finance to French. The company is committed to carefully curating its courses and takes the time to vet each of its lessons. Students are awarded for every new course enrollment, and CourseHorse is on a mission to keep education accessible by offering discounts towards future discoveries.
To show how much it loves its team, CourseHorse celebrates employees’ work anniversaries in style. Putting together intricate, idiosyncratic parties, office celebrations have involved everything from Uber piñatas to mock Tinder profiles to “What Does The Fox Say?” shirts. Regardless of the theme, CourseHorse festivities always end in lunch excursions to its go-to restaurant—Numero 28 in New York City.
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TopicsJob Search , Work-Life Balance , Company Profiles , Syndication , Finding a Job , Who's Hiring , Okta , CourseHorse , Outbrain , DogVacay , Black Mountain , Charter School Business Management , Factual , GA Communication Group , Omnigon , XO Group
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