11 Companies We Guarantee You'll Love
When you dream about your ideal job, what do you see? Maybe the company has parties even when it’s not a holiday. Or offers team camping trips and “bring your dog to work” days. Or perhaps you just see yourself getting up every day ecstatic to go to work!
Guess what? These types of workplaces don’t just exist in dreams. The following companies just have something special about them, and we’re pretty sure you’ll find one that’s a perfect fit.
Named one of the “Top Five Startups” at MakerCon, SproutUp is a unique project that you’ll want to be a part of. SproutUp’s goal is to create a new approach to commercializing emerging products, and its online platform works with brands to transition from early-stage to successful.
The SproutUp team is small and hyper-focused and encourages employee independence and constant involvement. And breaking for lunch is always a priority: Everyone puts down their devices and gathers around a table to get to know each other. SproutUp lunches ensure the entire team stays connected and engaged with the company’s collaborative culture!
LivePerson is the ultimate in customer service. Its goal is to help clients deliver superior customer experiences through chat, voice, targeted content, video—or whatever helps them best interact with their users.
The company is not only focused on its customer satisfaction, but also its employees’ happiness and career development. For example, LivePerson’s Inspire conference: two days of team bonding, discussion, and—get this—drinking wine and painting. The Inspire program helps employees develop meaningful relationships with one another, feel integrated into the LivePerson culture, and even increase their productivity.
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What’s better than getting to bake (or at least enjoy baked goods) on the job? King Arthur Flour is the leading flour company in the United States and is committed to making quality baking goods and supplies. Better yet, the company is 100% employee-owned, which means that staffers get a share of decision-making power—and receive a share of the profit.
But the company’s not just about giving to employees—it’s about giving back to the community as well. Every team member gets 40 hours of paid volunteer time a year, and some even get to give back in their day-to-day jobs. Take Nate Sandel, who travels around the country teaching kids how to bake for King Arthur Flour’s Bake For Good program. The organization helps raise money and bake food for local charities—and is always looking for more baking lovers!
Employees love CARFAX so much that many of them can be seen sporting CARFAX gear to work on the reg (and there’s no dress code!). In fact, the company scored in the 97th percentile for employee satisfaction. This is probably because CARFAX doesn’t have an “us” vs. “them” mentality—every employee believes in the quality of the products.
CARFAX provides tools through which used car shoppers and vehicle owners access vehicle history information to help them shop, buy, own, and sell cars and trucks with more confidence. It is a rapidly growing brand that employees are pleased to see gaining recognition. By applying today, you could be a part of this cohesive team.
Magoosh offers every kind of available study tool—from vocabulary-building apps to customizable practice quizzes—for students studying for the GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, SAT, or ACT. The company and its users boast more than 50 million practice questions answered and one million hours of video lessons watched in 185 countries—that’s a lot of improved test-taking!
If you have a passion for education, Magoosh is the perfect fit for you. Magoosh embraces a student-oriented culture; functioning as a small team with a common goal, employees work closely with students to constantly update their strategies to best suit the students’ needs. Because of this, there’s never a shortage of support and encouragement. The office exudes an air of energy as employees gather to bounce ideas off one another and offer a fresh set of eyes to fellow co-workers. By keeping each other on track and taking the time to work together, colleagues create bonds that last way past office hours.
HomeAway is a vacation rental marketplace, offering renters a chance to make their vacations memorable—and much more affordable than traditional hotel stays. If you apply now, you may have the benefit of getting to stay at one of the million listings HomeAway offers: every year, the company rents out a music hall in Austin to host its annual HomeAway Holiday Party, where employees have a chance to celebrate their hard work that year.
In the office, HomeAway employees feel comfortable approaching each other and even executives. It’s not uncommon for staffers to knock on their managers’ doors during the day to ask a question or discuss an idea. This relaxed environment makes for a stress—free workday and encourages employees to create lasting friendships with one another and the executive team.
Euclid Analytics empowers retailers to make positive, data-driven decisions. The company’s cloud-based analytics service helps retailers quantify impact, optimize performance, and understand customer behavior.
Better yet, Euclid Analytics regularly celebrates “Bring Your Dog to Work Day,” which makes for a fun work environment for all dog lovers. Whether you own a pup or wish you did, this could be the place for you. Plus the office encourages openness and collaboration: There are no desk phones, and employees occupy many open working areas—from couches to tall stools to bean bags.
Riviera is working to make recruiting a full-stack business, utilizing the latest technology to help exceptional individuals find their dream jobs and world-class organizations obtain unrivaled tech talent. The company works with brands such as Uber, change.org, Pinterest, and Warby Parker.
Riviera believes in a healthy and transparent workplace culture, which is why it’ll routinely whisk employees away for short walks, Survivor-style challenges, and offsite retreats or holiday parties in Lake Tahoe, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, and Napa.
Duarte has the exciting opportunity to shape ideas into impactful presentations. The company will work on anything—from keynote presentations to informal meetings—to ensure that its clients, some of the world’s best-known brands, are communicating as effectively as possible.
Duarte employees are also serious about having a good time, and the Party Planning Committee doesn’t stop at the typical Christmas and Halloween parties. Past fun events have included “Make Art, Drink Wine,” a employee-centric storytelling series titled “Speak Up,” and “Smash Party,” a birthday party for a co-worker who was gifted a sledgehammer and the green light to smash everything in sight—her birthday dream come true.
Black Mountain Systems is an information technology company that develops innovative, tailored solutions for data aggregation, process management, and business reporting. It values transparency, cleverness, and collaboration in its employees—and most importantly wants all employees to have fun.
If you’re an independent worker, apply to work at BMS. The company trusts its employees to work hard and encourages them to focus more on getting work done rather than counting hours in the office. Thus, the company grants its employees the ability to create their own schedules; if employees 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.
11. Peanut Labs
Peanut Labs initially began as a platform for market research, but soon expanded to helping companies monetize. The company has served millions of online consumers, grown to over 40 employees, and opened offices in San Francisco, Toronto, London, and Paris. Its mission to reinvent market research provides employees with new and exciting challenges every day.
Peanut Labs wants employees to have fun together in and out of the office. The company has an outing committee that plans and executes all kinds of fun activities—from bowling to white-water rafting to baseball games. The committee has even organized a trip to the Grand Canyon! “We have a very tight-knit family culture. Every morning when I get up, I don’t feel like I’m going to work, I feel like I’m going to hang out with friends,” shares Director of Client Services Zahara Malik.
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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