When a company is about to hit it huge—or when it’s already successful and it’s about to get even more so—we get a Spidey-sense feeling. We look at each other and nod. You feeling what I’m feeling? Yup. This is one to keep an eye on.
And in this roundup, we’re sharing 10 companies that we’re pretty darn sure are going to do great things. The best part is, they’re all hiring—which means you’ve got the chance to do some great things with them.
Go on, apply for your next job. We promise we won’t say we told you so.
1. L2, Inc.
We’re trying to imagine not loving a place that has Champagne Fridays… and to be honest, we just can’t do it. At L2 Inc., an intelligence firm that judges how digitally competent brands are, bottles are popped every Friday. Not only is there champagne, there’s also beer, cocktails, snacks—and lots of socializing.
L2 also has a tradition of doing something fun as a team every month. In the past, team members have gone to a Yankees game, attended a rooftop party, and shuffleboarded in Brooklyn.
The company’s culture is also notable for how meritocratic it is. Age, experience, and tenure all take a back seat to talent—which is why 20-somethings are running entire segments of the company.
“L2 is growing rapidly, but the startup culture permeates throughout,” says Raj Das, a full stack engineer. “There’s freedom to take real responsibility for projects that will have a direct impact on the company and our clients.
There are few things more frustrating than arriving at a big event or an important meeting—and having to circle the block hoping for a spot to open up. In fact, it’s said that the average driver will waste 100 days looking for parking in their lifetime. Yikes! We have better ways to spend our time!
The team at ParkWhiz agrees—which is why they’re fighting together to solve the parking problem using a smart web and mobile app. And by doing this, they’re making lots of customers very happy. “The mission for ParkWhiz is to bring smiles to drivers across the world by making parking simple, efficient, convenient, and delightful,” shares Aashish Dalal, the company’s CEO.
And while customer happiness comes above all else, employee happiness isn’t left in the dust. “ParkWhiz is really good at appreciating the work that everyone does, and I think it helps you want to do more,” shares Farrah Davis, Director of Sales Operations. The management style is laid back and transparent, but you can still get feedback when you need it since everyone is working together toward the same goal.
“I think we’re a young and scrappy group ready to take over and dominate our industry,” says Davis.
The employees at Radius are pretty diverse, but everyone says the same thing about the company: If you want the opportunity to grow your career, Radius is the place to be.
“It’s really exciting to me to work at a company where you never feel stuck where you are,” explains Edbury Enegren, a lead UX designer. “I started out doing quality assurance, expressed a strong interest in working on the front-end design team, and—in a couple of months—that’s exactly where I was.”
And if you’re on the team, you won’t be stuck in a cubicle. Radius really values collaboration, so its employees are always working together on various projects.
“I like mornings the best,” says Megan Austin Karlen, Vice President of Business Development. “I like the energy when I step into the office and everybody is getting geared up.”
PetPlus is “like a super-duper Costco pet euphoria on the web,” as Shaun Hinklein, director of digital marketing, puts it.
The PetPlus folks love being able to help pet owners take great care of their pets—and they also love hanging out with each other. Holiday parties with lavish feasts? Check. Costume competitions with cash prizes? Check. Inter-office pranks? Check.
“If you work at PetPlus, everyone here is going to try and make you laugh,” Hinklein says. “Get ready for that.”
You should also get ready for the massive dose of fun and happiness that arrives in—surprise surprise—the presence of pets at the office. Because at PetPlus, every day is “Bring Your Dog to Work Day.”
At BluBØX, you’ll feel a sense of ownership in your work. We’re not just saying that—every contributor owns a portion of the company. That means all of your teammates will be super committed to BluBØX’s success. Plus, since the company isn’t interested in hierarchies, you won’t have to waste time worrying about pointless power dynamics.
“One of my favorite parts of the company is our weekly and quarterly meetings,” says Susan Goldman, regional sales manager. “As a startup, it’s incredible how much work there is for every department. There’s truly a team spirit in everything we do.”
Goldman also loves the fact that BluBØX is a virtual company, adding, “There’s always someone available through Skype, JoinMe, text, or email.”
Plus, employees get the opportunity to work from their home offices—so they get the benefits of a team-oriented culture and an independent schedule.
AlphaSights is a knowledge broker: When companies have questions that require more than a simple Google search, AlphaSights connects them with experts in very specific fields.
There are offices in NYC, London, Hong Kong, and Dubai. Not only do employees love the urban locales, they also love the offices themselves—and it’s easy to understand why. The New York office, for example, has conference rooms with themes including an art gallery, the public library, and Wall Street. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong location boasts a Hall of Supreme Harmony.
And the culture extends beyond the conference rooms.
“Since joining, I’ve done some amazing things with the team; I’ve experienced the madness of Oktoberfest in Munich, played football in Budapest, and gone speedboating on the Thames!” says Sam Jones, a lead analyst.
7. XO Group
One of the biggest gripes we hear about working at successful companies is that executive management doesn’t feel very accessible. But at XO Group, that’s definitely not a problem.
The CEO, Mike Steib, holds regular “Donuts With Mike” meetings where employees get a chance to talk with him, indulge in a morning dessert, and learn about the latest team achievements. Steib also encourages co-workers to meet with him any time they want.
And he loves making his team members’ days—like when he sent out an “urgent” email to the entire staff saying he’d recently acquired too many Starbucks gift cards and needed people to take them off his hands.
“Every great leader I have known or studied believes that the most important thing to an organization’s success is its culture. A culture is more than fun events—it is the cumulative effect of an inspiring mission, a clear vision, the shared values of the people in the organization, and the actions the company takes to pursue and reinforce the mission, vision, and values.”
Recombine is at a really exciting place: It’s marrying science and technology to, as Chief Product Officer Neha Kumar puts it, “constantly innovate and come up with new products that personalize medicine.”
Because the company is doing things that have never been done before, it needs a diverse staff that can bring lots of different experiences, perspectives, and skills to the table. One thing they have in common: They’re all very good at what they do.
“We have a lot of independent people that are really masters of their own domains,” says Chief Scientific Officer Russell Durrett. “But if something needs to be done, they’ll do it even if it’s outside their job description.”
MailChimp’s products help more than 7 million people grow their businesses. But despite the company’s reach and massive growth, you won’t find any signs of bureaucracy.
“We have no meetings—we have no Gantt charts or project managers controlling us, having us do things,” says Eric Muntz, Vice President of Product. “We essentially get to come to work and get awesomeness done however we see fit.”
The company likes to buck tradition in other ways as well. Every Friday, it hosts a Coffee Hour, where the whole team discusses updates. But to keep things interesting, MailChimp frequently invites innovative, creative, sometimes even downright weird people to teach employees a new skill or discuss something thought-provoking.
The company’s commitment to chaos, creativity, and “loving what you do” definitely comes through loud and clear.
Brightbox, Inc. is the world leader in the development, manufacturing, and deployment of intelligent platforms that securely recharge mobile devices. Whether in hotels, hospitals, theme parks, tradeshows, conferences, or airports, Brightbox’s devices help people stay connected while on the go.
Joel Martin, Vice President of Events, says he’s “in love with what we’re building.” And regular people are in love, too—which is why the company’s client list has rapidly expanded and now includes Coca-Cola, Heineken, Intel, and dozens of other world-class brands.
“Brightbox is a great place because of our dynamic platform and the great team of people I work with on a daily basis,” says Don Rossi, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Sales. “Brightbox is entrepreneurial and encourages freedom, teamwork, and flexibility in an ever-changing marketplace.”