If you’ve ever tried to find a mentor, you know that it’s hard enough to find the perfect person to help push your career forward, let alone put in the time to develop a relationship.
Well, we have good news—these 10 companies are handling that first step for you. Whether it’s through formal mentorship programs, accessible leadership, or teams that love learning from each other, each one will connect you with amazing people who could take your career to the next level.
If you’re ready for the chance to meet your future mentors, apply to one of their many open positions ASAP!
Unilever is a global leader in promoting sustainable living and is the company behind many much-loved brands, including Dove, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Ben & Jerry’s, Tresemme, Vaseline, and Q-Tips.
But Unilever is also a global leader in, well, growing leaders. In addition to offering an impressive Future Leaders program that uses training and mentorship to fast track development from college graduate to management in just three years, Unilever encourages managers and co-workers alike to learn about how you want to grow—and help you get there. Everyone who joins the company even gets paired with a “buddy” on their first day to help them hit the ground running.
The result? Interns who regularly become full-time employees and people who stick around for 10 or 20 years—all because they were given a support network from the start.
Founded by musicians and music-lovers, Pandora aims to create a world inspired through listening. Using musicological DNA and constant listener feedback, Pandora crafts personalized stations from a growing collection of recordings. Tens of millions of people across the U.S. use Pandora to listen to their favorite artists—and discover new ones—every day.
Pandora employees love that they get to learn from their brilliant colleagues, from the people they sit next to all the way to the top. “Our CEO Tim Westergren is such an incredible person to work with,” shares Marta Riggins, Director, Employee Experience and Marketing. “He’s the most humble and kind leader I’ve ever worked with... and having him lead us forward is very exciting.”
Standing for Government Employees Insurance Company, GEICO was originally founded in 1936 to provide quality insurance for government employees and military personnel. Today, GEICO has kept its tradition of exceptional service alive, but has expanded its coverage. GEICO serves over 14 million people across the U.S. and offers a diverse array of policies from auto to homeowners to identity theft insurance.
GEICO is definitely dedicated to developing its employees—especially its tech talent. The company’s three-year rotational program offers the chance to learn on the job and gives access to mentorship from upper management.
Beyond the formal training, employees love the genuine relationships they’re able to build. “The family feel here is the best. From meet-the-CEO and the open-door policy to daily interactions, it’s easy to feel a connection between everyone,” shares Team Lead Soumya Padmanabhan.
6. Rainforest QA
Rainforest QA helps companies rethink their approach to QA by bringing it into the era of continuous delivery. Their focus is solely QA, and they have spent the last five years helping hundreds of companies hit their business goals through a smart QA strategy.
Rainforest QA is a distributed team. They're headquartered in San Francisco and have team members in over 15 different countries. Rainforest QA was built as a distributed team from the very beginning and the company invests heavily in tools and processes to make the work experience a good one for all of its team members, near and far.
While the company has a unique “self-management” style that gives staff the power to oversee themselves, this doesn’t mean that employees at Rainforest QA are all on their own.
“We work in self-managing teams, which really gives us the ability to give each other feedback to help each other grow,” explains Akhila Iruku, Customer Success Manager. Meaning you can get mentorship from every angle at Rainforest QA.
Asana is a company on a mission "to help humanity thrive by enabling all teams to work together effortlessly." The fast-growing app makes it easy for teams to track their work and projects with greater clarity and accountability—and to be more effective. Asana is one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies, and one of its Top-Ten Best Apps of 2016. It's also the top work-tracking vendor on Forbes's inaugural Cloud 100 list, one of Entrepreneur Magazine's best workplace cultures of 2017, on Fortune's Best Workplaces for Women list, and one of Glassdoor's 2017 Top Ten Best Places to Work.
Unsurprisingly, the Asana team works well together, not only to get the job done but to help each other grow. Employees describe their managers as “life coaches” who want to help them develop and say that feeling supported by their colleagues helps them take bigger risks.
"There are so many smart people here, and there are so many avenues to engage with them and work on really cool things that you have to stop censoring yourself and be fearless in how you approach work," says Michael Nguyen, Customer Success Manager.
Ara and Vahe started ServiceTitan in 2013 to help their families manage their growing home service businesses. The founders wanted to help thousands of their peers in the home services industry that have traditionally been underserved by software. Today, they’re humbled that so many businesses use ServiceTitan to increase revenue and improve efficiency.
Not only do ServiceTitan employees report learning from leadership, they’re truly inspired by them every day. “My manager is awesome... he trusts his employees, and at the same time he gives us the resources that we need in order to succeed professionally,” shares Technical Project Manager Kindle Scott.
“Your manager should feel like an ally as well as an advocate and, of course, a mentor,” adds Senior Account Implementation Specialist Dalena Nguyen. And you can find those relationships at ServiceTitan.