Whatever job you dreamed of having when you were a kid, we’re pretty sure it was a job that you thought would excite you, challenge you, inspire you, and improve you.
In other words, not a job that made you feel like you were spinning your wheels.
Your younger self was onto something. Few things are worse than feeling like you have nowhere to grow, and you deserve a position and a company that’s going to focus on your professional growth and engagement—and then reward you with a promotion.
And for that reason, you should love these 10 places to work that regularly promote from within.
Bitnami provides businesses and consumers with more than 100 server applications and dev stacks—and it also provides its team with plenty of opportunities for growth.
Miranda Myerholtz is living proof. She started working for Bitnami as an office manager, handling onboarding, catering, office events, and the like, but was promoted within a year to Operations Manager.
“I currently manage human resources and culture, handle the operations of events and large projects on the marketing and business development teams, and manage the San Francisco office staff,” she says.
According to Myerholtz, management is supportive about everything she wants to explore.
“My curiosity and Bitnami’s trust in my abilities is the reason that I was able to be promoted,” she notes. “Without Bitnami’s trust in my drive and abilities, I would not have learned as much as I have within such a short amount of time.”
Millions of people use Imgur to find, share, and discuss images online. At its core, Imgur is a community. And this communal focus definitely is reflected in the company’s culture.
“We recognize that our biggest asset is our people, and therefore we focus on creating a work environment where professional and personal connections thrive to better be able to innovate, execute, and perpetuate success,” says Director of People Operations Jill Kelly.
“We focus on filling positions by promoting within whenever possible, encourage the attendance of conferences and tech events, provide opportunities for employees around the organization to showcase their expertise through meetups, create mentorships, and give an annual stipend of $500 to each employee for the Passion Fund.”
Recently, Imgur employees have been promoted from office manager to copywriter, full-stack engineer to back engineering manager, and Android engineer to engineer manager of Android.
Enterprise software is growing quickly, and MuleSoft is one of the fastest-growing companies in enterprise software. So is there any wonder that joining MuleSoft could make your career take off?
“At the rate we’re climbing the integration leader board, I’m just strapping in and getting ready for an awesome ride,” says Team Lead of Account Development Tracy Truong.
In fact, Truong began as an account development representative before getting promoted to her current leadership position!
“As a Comcast employee, you shouldn’t limit yourself to your exact job,” says Greg Bae, Director of Strategic Development. “You should identify the gaps in the team and really help address those needs.”
Bae himself wears many hats. In a typical day, you’ll see Bae partnering with the marketing and product teams on consumer research, driving monetization strategies with ad sales and engineering, and negotiating deal terms with legal.
And since employees report Comcast is a meritocracy, hard work and persistence pay off—often in the form of promotions.
A leader in cloud infrastructure, business mobility, and virtualization software, VMware entered the tech industry in 1998.
And while the company has grown significantly (it now has more than 18,000 employees around the world), VMware has never stopped rewarding those who take risks and push themselves.
Mike Valley, a systems engineer who’s been with the company for 10 years, has witnessed this first hand.
“VMware is really a culture of advancement,” he says. “If a person has the skills and interest to move up in their career, VMware makes it very easy to do so.”
Want to work on mind-bending challenges? (Of course you do.) LiveRamp, a leader of data connectivity, offers its team members plenty of fun, challenging technical problems and plenty of opportunities to take on bigger roles.
As software engineer Shia Liu explains, “We place tons of responsibility on everybody. The first project I got as an intern was addressing a stability issue that was of considerably high priority.”
Right now, LiveRamp is especially interested in hiring product implementation managers. This position allows you to quickly gain intimate knowledge of the company’s product and customers and is a natural progression to the product manager role.
Case in point: Tina Stutzman was promoted to the product team after working as PIM for six months. Andy Day, also a former PIM, is now a product manager working on strategic partnerships.
Founded in 2006, OptionsCity has earned a fantastic reputation—and many awards—for its software, which makes professional trading easy to manage.
OptionsCity’s explosive popularity has been great for its employees, including Tim Wheeler.
Wheeler started his career at OptionsCity as a support specialist three and a half years ago. He used what he was learning to transition into a lead position, simultaneously shifting toward a more development-focused role. About three months ago, an opportunity opened up for a product specialist—and Wheeler jumped at the chance to fully transition into product development.
“At OptionsCity, there are many ways to go with your career,” Wheeler says. “You can move both vertically and horizontally.”
Bozzuto is a private real estate services company handling development, construction, property management, and home building.
And to sustain its hallmark of quality resident service, innovative designs, and extraordinary community experiences, the company focuses on its employees’ professional growth.
“My favorite thing about the Bozzuto culture is the fact that they’re so hands on and so willing to help you get to your goals,” says Shaina Shuler, a sales and marketing associate. “There’s a lot of growth here, and everyone is willing to help you get into the position that you want.”
Not to mention the variety of training and certification programs available to those who want to prepare for their next role within Bozzuto.
Founded in 1996, eMarketer collects and digs through data to provide credible, sharp, and objective points of view about wide-ranging consumer trends, marketing technology, and strategy—leading competitive marketers and helping businesses thrive worldwide.
Its staff also thrives.
Take Mitchel Winkels. Winkels is currently the Senior Strategist of Planning and Analytics. However, he began as a research assistant, and thanks to eMarketer’s awesome professional development opportunities was promoted within just a few months.
“There are always opportunities for advancement related to your role within eMarketer’s organization,” Winkels tells us.
10. The Muse
The Muse is every professional’s most valuable resource, providing career advice, job opportunities, and the chance to peek behind the curtains of some of the world’s coolest companies.
The only thing better than using The Muse? Working here.
“Everyone at The Muse is not only passionate about his or her own goals, but also about helping everyone else achieve theirs,” says Adrian Granzella Larssen, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Muse.
Larssen has loved watching The Muse’s “explosive growth”: growth that allows the company’s employees to take on new responsibilities and roles incredibly quickly. Managers are always keeping pulse on how their employees want to grow, and almost every team has an example of someone getting to move up to take on a larger role within the company.
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