10 Companies With Truly Exceptional Bosses Who Will Help You Succeed
Bosses get a bad rap. Just look at all the TV shows and movies that depict horrible bosses (including an entire film with the title).
But it doesn’t always have to be this way! In fact, the right kind of managers can become your close confidants, your role models, your champions, your mentors. And best of all, they can even make work feel less like, well, work.
Not sure if there’s such a person who exists? You’re in luck, because we’ve found not one, but 10, companies that pretty much guarantee your boss will truly care about you. Think managers and CEOs who will buy you donuts or take you out to dinner, listen to your ideas and suggestions, and inspire you to be your best self.
Best of all? These companies are all hiring right now.
Prosper is a leading online marketplace for consumer credit, connecting people who want to borrow money with people and institutions that want to invest.
Megan Maynard, Brand Marketing Manager at Prosper Marketplace, says about her CMO Cheryl Law: “Working with Cheryl sometimes makes me feel superhuman. I am probably just catching her superhuman powers through osmosis, but she has this amazing ability to energize everyone around her. She makes time to know each of us professionally and personally, and in return she shares herself with us as well. We have visibility into all her decisions and rationale (I’ve never had such an inclusive leader!). She’s a real person you can really look up to, learn from, and be inspired by every day.”
Sound like the kind of boss you want? Apply to jobs today!
CloudPassage offers a comprehensive, SaaS-based cloud security platform that operates seamlessly across public, private, or hybrid cloud infrastructures at any scale.
CloudPassage employees report that the most enjoyable part of their jobs is their close relationships with both their teams and their customers. David Farber, Senior Manager of FP&A, says of his boss Steve Shevick, the company’s CFO: “Steve is a great manager who strives to always lead by example. He has very high expectations of his team, yet empowers us to work autonomously.”
Shevick himself hopes “to build the best team possible that works for both the company and for the team members. We value service, leadership, accuracy, integrity, and efficiency—and we try to drive those values in everything that the team does. I am always available to review their work, to offer guidance, and to dive into details as needed.”
Think you’ve got those values? Consider applying to CloudPassage today!
Worldwide Express offers its customers affordable, reliable, and flexible shipping solutions. Whether express delivery or scheduled service, trucking or tracking, regional or national transportation, Worldwide Express’ hundreds of franchise carriers cover all the logistics—so clients can focus on business.
The Worldwide Express Management Team works hard to reward team members who demonstrate tenacity and passion with motivational guidance and support—and they’re looking for more people just like this to join the team. Patrick Layton, Inside Sales Executive at Worldwide Express, describes the office culture as very “hands-on”: “You’re surrounded by management—not micro-managed in any way—but more coached.”
Named a Fortune 20 Best Workplaces in Healthcare, Crain’s Best Places to Work, and Inc’s Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2013 and 2014, ContextMedia continues to make massive impacts in the health industry. Sounds pretty awesome already to us, but there are plenty of other reasons to want to work there.
One big one: Employees are truly appreciated for their hard work. The company has a “Purple Man Award” for a ContextMedian who has redefined going above and beyond. The employee is offered a few custom awards based off his or her interests; the last winner was a skier, and he was awarded with a ski trip to Colorado for him and his girlfriend!
For new hires (this could be you!), employees are given constant one-on-one attention by management, including a night out with the company’s CEO and President. ContextMedia also has a flat management structure, meaning every employee has direct access to the leadership team and big projects.
Interested in real estate? Named as one of the top 10 lending startups to watch in 2014, AssetAvenue has successfully made its mark by transforming the traditional real estate industry with its future-forward crowdfunding platform.
Building a phenomenal company based on an extraordinary culture is a major priority for AssetAvenue’s CEO David Manshoory, and he’s highly involved in the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring process. It’s crucial for AssetAvenue’s team to preserve its integrity and work harmoniously alongside smart, down-to-Earth team members who are on top of their game: “We have an incredibly knowledgeable leadership team. We don’t just stick to one solution or one framework; we really look at what fits best, what gets the job done, and how we can best execute initiatives,” says Roman Wroclawski, a software engineer at AssetAvenue.
Vodori is a digital marketing consultancy that connects global companies to their customers, helping its clients market, sell, support, and service their products through a unique blend of consulting services.
At Vodori, every employee has a voice. Weekly all-hands meetings promote open dialogue, and 360 reviews and an anonymous suggestion box provide formal ways to give feedback to leadership. An open office environment reflects the company’s culture of transparency and ensures the entire team is connected and accessible.
The company also celebrates Someday, when employees are given the opportunity to work on the ideas they’ve always intended to get to “someday”—showing how the bosses here really care about your wildest dreams coming true!
Huge was founded on the idea that the principles of user experience should drive not just design, but also how companies do business and interact with their customers. The company has grown from a small design boutique into a global agency in a short timespan.
Huge is the perfect place for young professionals to start their careers. It gives employees the hands-on education they need to transition comfortably into new roles by providing them chances to learn while working—shifting approaches and new skill applications to solve unique challenges. Additionally, management gives employees the opportunity to represent Huge at conferences or seminars, sharing information and learning from organizations around the world.
After seeing that existing marketplaces weren’t suited for inexperienced sellers who had used goods to sell, Tradesy founder Tracy DiNunzio started Tradesy to make selling simple for all. Today, Tradesy is making that mission a reality by building technology that empowers women to cash in on their closets, hassle free.
Tradesy’s team values of transparency, autonomy, and personal responsibility inform the way everyone works—team members choose when to work, how to work, and what to work on. The result is an environment where individuals are empowered to do their best work.
“Our project and product management are here to support all of the teams and help remove any roadblocks that we might have, but at the end of the day, if we have everything we need they are very hands-off,” says Daniel Sposito, a senior software engineer at Tradesy.
In 2009, Thumbtack founded its online consumer service company as an easy way to connect people with the right professionals in their neighborhoods—helping local pros gain customers and users accomplish personal projects, from wedding planning to personal training.
Thumbtack’s team-bonding traditions are central to the company’s culture and overall success—and to managers being more than just your boss. Frequent company get-togethers positively strengthen work relationships and open communication. Employees anticipate favorite events like Wednesday night dinners—a time to sit as friends, play games, and chat—or Friday Quarterly Reviews, an entire day devoted to examining last quarter’s business activities followed by a big celebration of what’s yet to come.
10. XO Group
Can’t get enough of wedding season? 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.
XO Group’s greatest office feature? Easy exposure to its executive team. XO Group’s CEO, Mike Steib, holds regular “Donuts With Mike” meetings to highlight employee achievements—and he also encourages his co-workers to meet with him anytime. XO Group’s office also boasts an open floor plan, where all executives sit with their colleagues, ready to answer questions and lend support every single day.
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As an Associate Editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.More from this Author