10 Companies That Take the Entire Team on Vacation (No, Really)
What’s not to love about company retreats? They’re essentially company-sponsored vacations. And they provide a much-needed escape from your 9-to-5 and create the perfect environment for relaxed bonding.
Retreats are especially amazing when they take place in exotic destinations. Thankfully, there are plenty of companies that host insanely awesome off-site trips, from weeks in Cabo to wine tours in Napa Valley. The best part? They’re all hiring.
SendGrid is a cloud-based service offering its customers fast, accurate, and cost-efficient email delivery to help their businesses grow. Many companies, especially small startups, struggle with the logistical challenges of sending timely, accurate, and targeted emails. SendGrid is committed to solving this problem and getting every email on time and in people’s inboxes.
A strong believer of tight-knit teams, SendGrid hosts a yearly retreat to give employees a chance to let loose and spend some quality time bonding. Traveling to exotic locales like Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, the retreat is filled with fun team-building exercises and free time to chill out, enjoy the scenery, and build genuine friendships outside the office.
Magnetic is in the business of making brands, companies, and advertisers more efficient and effective in the way they spend their advertising dollars. A rapidly growing company leading the market in search retargeting, Magnetic consistently collects consumer behavior data and develops new tools that allow customers to use their research to the best advantage.
Once a year, Magnetic hosts an off-site retreat for employees, when the team enjoys awesome bonding activities ranging from gambling to jet-skiing. The most recent retreat location was Atlantic City, and Magnetic’s employees can’t wait for more.
myWebRoom is a social platform allowing users to express and organize everything they’re passionate about. The company helps users design dream rooms, bookmark favorite sites, discover cool products, socialize with friends, and share awesome finds in a visual and creative way.
The myWebRoom team regularly takes breaks for fun activities like crafting, movie nights, yoga, and even trips to Lake Tahoe. Apart from that, the company also hosts picnics in the park, sailing excursions, and visits to everything else the city of San Francisco has to offer. And, because myWebRoom has a very international team, international potlucks happen regularly to keep everyone fed and happy.
A next-generation ad consultancy firm, Levatas specializes in strategy, communications, and digital platforms. Formed in 2006, Levatas firmly believes in happy employees and happy clients. Offering clients a range of services from marketing to design, Levatas acts as a one-stop-shop helping its partners achieve their goals through both online and in-person support.
Levatas employees think of the office as their home away from home, so they enjoy making time to hang out outside of work. There is never a shortage of happy hours, and the team also looks forward to its quarterly company retreats and end-of-summer beach BBQ, where everyone can enjoy the sunshine and unwind with friends and loved ones.
Launched in 2013, Compass is on a mission to simplify the process of buying, selling, or renting a home. The company is revolutionizing real estate through a simple, technology-powered platform that’s transparent and efficient for every single user. After revolutionizing the New York market, Compass expanded to Maryland and Virginia—and has plans to continue expanding nationwide.
Compass employees never tire of spending time with each other. When they aren’t inviting each other into their homes for holiday potlucks, the Compass team is actively organizing weekend getaways—most recently a ski trip. As a result, bonding outside of work ends up being an incredibly supported and frequent occurrence, making office time even more fun.
The digital ad agency for local media, OwnLocal seeks to help traditional media companies by enabling them to offer sophisticated digital advertising to their small business partners. Traditional media is facing unprecedented challenges to its model, but OwnLocal is taking big steps to keep them alive and usher them into the digital age.
OwnLocal enjoys taking its teams on quarterly outings—most recently, a deep-sea fishing expedition. In addition, OwnLocal’s employees attend the SXSW conference together (since it conveniently takes place in the company’s hometown). The team gets to listen to great music, attend exclusive events, and connect with inspiring people and companies from across the country.
Virool is a powerful video service allowing clients to target desired audiences on its global network of more than 100 million viewers. With affordable campaigns starting as low as $25, Virool gives anyone the ability to distribute YouTube video content through a series of online publishers and offers clients full transparency with accurate and detailed analytics.
The Virool team has a love for the great outdoors, so co-workers always seize the opportunity to travel and explore their beautiful local Bay Area wonders. Company-wide excursions have included wine tours to Napa, camping at Yosemite, and even weekends away to Mexico. And, because Virool has offices in San Francisco, New York City, and St. Petersburg, employees from all three offices are encouraged to travel and visit—all on the company’s dime.
8. Black Mountain Systems
An information technology company, Black Mountain Systems is changing the way the financial industry manages workflow, data, and analysis. BMS develops innovative, tailored solutions for data aggregation, process management, and business reporting. The company adds operating efficiency and reduces risk, allowing companies to focus on high-value activities and exceptional performance.
BMS employees love getting to spend time together, and, according to the team, getting the opportunity to go off-site with co-workers only makes working better. Retreats happen once a year, and the company takes employees all over the world. This year’s exotic destination? The beautiful coast of Mexico.
9. Windsor Circle, Inc.
Windsor Circle is revolutionizing ecommerce marketing by providing automated, continuous analysis of customer, product, and purchase data to clients. The company makes it incredibly simple for retailers to access the data they need to build superior customer retention strategies.
Each quarter, Windsor Circle’s retreat—called “Team Day”—is structured so that employees devote half the day to volunteering in downtown Durham. The Windsor team strives to have a positive impact on its community through active support for initiatives like Real Durham. Windsor also uses these days to show its commitment to early childhood education organizations like Crayons2Calculators and Book Harvest.
10. Boost Media
Committed to changing the online advertising industry, Boost Media is the only crowdsourced creative optimization platform in the world. The company works tirelessly to gather and analyze data on human language and behavior, allowing marketers to have personal conversations with their customers.
This April, Boost Media is going back to summer camp! All 130 Boost employees will travel to the exclusive resort at Costanoa in Pescadero. There will be potato sack races, beach volleyball, bonfires, and other activities to encourage team bonding. Even better? At night, the executive team will take to the grills and barbecue for the entire company.
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A board member of Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs, Kat is either hosting inspiring founders or trekking across cities (Silicon Valley and London, anyone?) to discover the hottest startups. And, when she’s not putting together large-group gatherings for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Kat is planning food excursions to discover the best Taiwanese beef noodle soup in NYC. The only thing she loves almost as much as crafting content as an Editorial Intern at The Muse is studying content as an English Major at Columbia University. Say hi on Twitter @katxmoon.More from this Author