We know. There are pros and cons of working at nearly every company on the planet.
But after getting a behind-the-scenes look at hundreds of companies —and talking to thousands of employees—we’re pretty sure that there are a few that rise above the rest.
These 10 companies definitely do. With world-changing missions, amazing perks, and employees who love coming to work every day, we can pretty much bet that you’ll love working at any office on this list.
So, what are you waiting for? Take a look, then find your next great gig today.
1. Black Mountain Systems
Black Mountain Systems is an information technology company, changing the way the financial industry manages workflow, data, and analysis. In a nutshell, BMS develops innovative, tailored solutions for data aggregation, process management, and business reporting.
What makes it so great? BMS truly values its employees, and because of that it encourages them to focus on getting their work done—not the hours they’re in the office. The company grants its employees the ability to create their own schedules; if they need to leave earlier to commute back home, make a doctor’s appointment, or just work remotely—they have management's blessing to do so.
But even when they are in the office a full day? “At BMS, working a 10-hour day feels like working a 4-hour day,” says one staffer.
You’ve likely heard about the perks a job at Facebook provides: free transportation and dry cleaning, paid parental leave, access to the company’s state-of-the-art-gym, free meals, the list goes on.
But what really makes employees excited to go to work every day is the social network’s mission to change the world. “There is literally no place on Earth like Facebook to work, because what we’re trying to do is connect all of humanity,” one employee explains. What’s more, staffers feel like they can really make the Facebook experience their own. “Facebook is a small company within a big company, and you can craft the experience that you want,” says product manager Deborah Liu. “I can be a mom and still have an amazing fulfilling career at the same time. Here, the career, job, and workplace are unique to you.”
Bigcommerce was founded in 2009 to provide small businesses with access to software resources previously available only to larger companies. Four years later, that mission is still strong, and the company continues to expand its products and business.
But while the worldwide team works hard to make that happen, they don't forget to play hard, too—with in-office and post-work activities ranging from Friday happy hours to daily ping pong matches to some epic office Nerf wars. “I would wish for everyone to have a chance to work at a company like Bigcommerce—where you have a great product that makes a difference, and you work with a smart, passionate, dedicated team,” says Meg Murphy, Bigcommerce’s VP of client experience.
Levatas is a next-generation ad consultancy firm, specializing in strategy, communications, and digital platforms. A blending of the words “levity” and “gravitas,” Levatas strives to be both lighthearted and serious. Though the quality of its work is never open for compromise, Levatas also values its employees. It aims to keep the office at 40-hour work weeks, making days productive and nights free for employees to pursue the things in their lives that matter most. (That said, Levatas employees enjoy each other so much, they tend to think of the office as their home away from home and make time to hang out outside of work.) “Levatas is a really great place to work because it sticks by its ethos, ‘Have happy clients and be happy ourselves,’” says director of public relations Zlata Faerman.
DogVacay makes finding great pet sitters simpler than ever. With its handy website and iOS app, pet owners can search for vetted, insured hosts, book stays, and pay online—all with a couple clicks.
The DogVacay company culture is infectious—in a good way. With an office full of fun-loving employees and furry friends bouncing off every corner, it has a playful energy that’s hard to resist. “Everyone here is so positive and motivated. And obviously it’s a lot of fun—being surrounded by four-legged animals all day brings us a lot of levity,” says one employee.
Founded in 2006, BrightRoll has grown into the industry’s only independent and unified programmatic video advertising platform. BrightRoll proprietary technology connects buyers and sellers of digital video advertising to help them reach audiences across web, mobile, and connected TV.
At BrightRoll, office culture springs from the top down, with company leadership setting a fun, lively, and positive office tone. Management makes a point to ensure their employees feel valued and always reward hard work with fun. (Think an in-office arcade and hammock, free catered meals, and a quarterly event where employees can explore other interests—whether related to work or not.)
mywedding.com inspires and influences couples with relevant, quality, and customizable resources—empowering brides and grooms to create a celebration that is uniquely theirs.
But the company also gives its employees top-notch treatment. As part of mywedding.com’s wellness campaign, employees can borrow mywedding.com bikes, travel, and attend various company events. And working from the office can be just as fun! A custom coffee cart is frequently brought in, and lunch is catered on the last day of every month to complement mywedding.com’s snack-packed kitchen.
8. The Nerdery
Founded in 2003, The Nerdery is a developer driven interactive production shop, partnering with advertisers, marketers, and other creatives to build award-winning interactive projects. Named one of Minnesota Business Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” The Nerdery has exploded into a fast growing company, working collaboratively to deliver top results—and be the best place in the world for nerds to work.
And it’s quickly becoming it. At The Nerdery, every Friday is Fun Friday, and team members take time to step away from their desks, unwind from their projects, and socialize with food and kegs. Live presentations about newly launched products are made by different teams, and hilarious weekly shout-out videos are screened to introduce new hires and entertain the masses. “It’s amazing being at work every day with people who are some of the smartest people you’ve ever met—and who push you to do work you’re really proud of," says Lisa Mason, director of resourcing and pre-production.
Founded in 1999, Zappos began as an online shoe retailer—and has since expanded to include clothing, accessories, beauty, and home items. The company has grown rapidly by building a reputation for phenomenal customer service, unrivaled selection, and—of course—a pretty famous company culture of open communication, hard work, and fun.
“Culture is Zappos’ number one priority,” describes one employee. “And colleagues choose to spend time with one another on the weekends.” In fact, Zappos teammates have helped each other pack, move, and settle into new apartments—and they work collectively to strengthen relationships outside of the boardroom and into their homes.
10. Pocket Gems
Pocket Gems is a leader in innovative and original mobile entertainment. With a portfolio of more than 20 gaming hits, Pocket Gems makes engaging, interactive entertainment free and accessible to all players.
Of course, the entertainment company has invested in making its office an amazing place to work—and in getting everyone involved in the effort. Each team member is given $100 to use in a creative way that contributes to the office environment and work space for everyone to enjoy. Employees frequently pool their funds for big-ticket items—which have ranged from a ping pong table to a keg. The result? An office that Pocket Gems employees find a fun and inspiring place to work.
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