12 Companies That Will Help You Grow Your Career Like Never Before
If you just want to do the same job for the rest of your life, then this article isn’t for you.
But if you’re the type who doesn’t just want to get a job, but who wants to learn, improve, and grow within it (and ultimately beyond it!) then man, have we got some great companies for you to check out.
These companies truly want their employees to succeed, so they’ll help you get where you want to go by providing you with the resources, encouragement, and opportunities to work your way to the top. By working for any of these companies, you could have the chance to move up the ladder in no time—and you’ll love every second of the way up!
Priceline.com is one of the biggest players in online travel today, offering competitive flight, hotel, cruise, rental car, and vacation package deals for every traveler’s need.
As the travel industry and consumer demands evolve, priceline.com works to make sure its employees remain flexible, adaptable, and on top of the world’s emerging technologies. Every summer, a delegation of tech teams attend Google I/O and Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference to learn the latest industry trends and get inspired. Priceline.com also conducts iOS and Android development classes internally.
But even if you’re not in tech, priceline.com will give you plenty of opportunity for growth. Take Leslie Arvelo, currently the Senior Manager of Market Development, who began her hospitality career at age 21 as a hotel concierge. Five years ago, a contact within priceline.com convinced her to make the shift from her home in San Juan, Puerto Rico to a management position in Connecticut—and she’s never looked back! With so much growth at priceline.com, Arvelo sees it as a place that offers “endless opportunity.”
Hypertherm is a world-class manufacturer of high-performance handheld and automated plasma, laser, and water jet cutting technologies, consumables, accessories, software, and educational programs. The coolest part? It’s a 100% employee-owned company, complete with profit-sharing bonuses and a no-layoff policy. This encourages a participatory culture, where the right decisions are made collaboratively and you’ll be able to seriously get involved from the start.
Hypertherm emphasizes a holistic approach to employee engagement. Education is a huge priority for the company—it’s office includes several large spaces set aside to regularly bring in teachers for specialized training, and employees are required to complete a minimum of 24 hours of education related to what they’re working on a year—many people are excited to complete over 40 hours a year towards their own growth. Hypertherm also regularly sponsors continuing education for employees, putting them through MBA programs and the like. And, because the company believes employee health and happiness go hand-in-hand, Hypertherm also hosts an onsite medical center and wellness program for all associates.
Eventbrite is building more vibrant communities through social technology. By supporting the buying, selling, and promotion of events, the company enables people around the globe to host and attend shared live experiences—from music festivals to cooking classes.
Britelings are given autonomy to drive initiatives of interest—cultivating confidence while achieving each company goal passionately. Opportunities to learn and share new dynamic experiences with co-workers make every day at Eventbrite an adventurous journey to becoming their best possible selves.
Galen Krumel, Senior Director of Engineering at Eventbrite, says the company is the right place to grow a career for anyone who believes that technology should facilitate real-life experiences. “The people at Eventbrite are excited about what they’re doing, and we’re driven to do really well. These are the folks that I want to spend the next 15 years with.”
Moz’s mission is to make the web a better place. Since starting up in 2004, this ultra-intelligent group of experts has been offering unwavering, effective opportunities for rank-checking, SEO, and Twitter analytics to improve online visibility—at a price that’s affordable for all.
Moz makes a point of giving its members room to manage themselves and grow personally and professionally. In fact, Moz loves hiring remote employees—trusting them to work on their own, but always making sure they feel like part of the team.
Sarah Bird, the current CEO of Moz, worked her way to the top, proving just how much employees can grow at this company. After studying at the University of Washington, she worked as an associate attorney, then became Moz’s eighth employee—serving as the COO and President before eventually becoming the CEO.
Bluewolf is a global consulting agency that builds digital solutions designed to create results.
With top industry clients, three major product releases a year, growing offices around the world, and an impressive pool of technical resources and talent, Bluewolf is confidently headed for massive global impact. To scale its ever-evolving platform, Bluewolf wants to hire the right people to join the pack—enterprising game-changers who believe in its transformational business methodology and can enthusiastically move challenging ideas forward.
“At Bluewolf, you can start as consultant and become manager. The company values giving people the opportunity to grow—and gives them the tools to get the job done,” shares Jolene Chan, Chief of Staff at Bluewolf.
Since its founding in 1963, Comcast has grown to become the largest broadcasting and cable provider in the world.
So, now more than ever, Comcast is where careers are established, developed, and transformed. Comcast employees deliver quality entertainment and a range of products to millions of customers—so you could find yourself working on the Olympics one day and developing an innovative new product the next. Continued education is also a major benefit at Comcast, from trainings at Comcast University to financial support for degree advancement.
“If you’re thinking about working for Comcast—don’t think about it. Just do it. One of the really interesting things about Comcast is having so many different companies within the Comcast Corporation. There is room to move—not just up, but laterally,” says Leslie Chapman, Principal Software Engineer at Comcast.
Stack Overflow works to build expert question and answer communities for online information seekers.
When Stack Overflow was founded, the CEOs set out to create a company where people were put first. Whether employees work from their desks, the coffee bar, the couch, or even one of the office’s many nap rooms, they’re given free range to complete their tasks without question.
Employees are also offered every opportunity to continue their education, learn new tools, and ultimately further their careers. From night classes to conferences to lunchtime share sessions, Stack Overflow is dedicated to giving its employees all the access and resources they could need, and managers are always eager to help.
January Digital is a boutique consulting firm and digital marketing agency with a focus on high-end brand building and content creation. Equipped with experienced agency and brand marketers, January Digital executes tactical paid search, retargeting, and other direct response marketing with brands like Tory Burch, Cole Haan, and Stuart Weitzman.
One of the best parts about working at January Digital is the small size of the team, meaning that—if you join on—you’ll quickly get a lot of ownership, be able to make a ton of impact, and ultimately be able to grow.
Another secret to success at January Digital? Taking time for fun! Right from the start you’ll be encouraged to get in on the action; each time a new member joins January Digital, the entire company takes a night out to celebrate. This encourages everyone in the office to open up—and it’s been instrumental in building better office bonds that will lead to the entire group’s success.
RepEquity develops high-performance digital tools, programs, products, and services to improve brand visibility, online reputation, community reach, and inspired targeted audience action. Its mission? Getting companies noticed by the right audiences for the right reasons.
RepEquity’s success is built on the enthusiastic spirit, inquisitive mindset, and clever problem-solving abilities of its devoted employees. That being said, Avelyn Austin, Director of Business Development at RepEquity, advises applicants to get a jumpstart on professional development training. RepEquity’s teams are consistently upping their game and enhancing digital skill sets with Google AdWords, Google Analytics, and HubSpot certifications as well as other relevant digital courses to remain influential online branding leaders.
10. City of Hope
City of Hope is a top comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute and well-known for its scientific excellence. With expert staff, patient-centered care, innovative treatment, and a first-class educational training campus, City of Hope is committed to finding cures and saving lives.
According to employees, there’s a lot to be discovered at City of Hope, and it’s absolutely rewarding to contribute to an ever-evolving, inclusive company that’s driven by smart, purposeful people. As new hires settle comfortably into ambitious roles, find their special place within the company, and come face-to-face with the many hope-filled patients whose lives they’ve touched—City of Hope’s mission resonates even deeper.
Besides airing your all-time favorite shows and movies, HBO has become a critically acclaimed innovator, ratings record-breaker, and multiple Golden Globe winner in the cable television industry.
But HBO also helps rising entry-level employees find their niche in the television industry. The company’s internship program runs year-round, with part- and full-time positions. Students are placed in all fields of HBO’s headquarters in NY and LA, including marketing, legal, finance, development, production, writing, and digital products—giving them the hands-on experience they will need to succeed (and often ultimately hiring them as a full-time employee at the company).
For employees, the company’s work-life balance enables them to manage and merge professional aspirations, personal commitments, and recreational interests. Whether it’s pursuing an advanced degree or spending quality time with family and friends, HBO wants its employees to experience healthy and fulfilled lives—on and off the job.
12. Rain Bird
Rain Bird offers a range of irrigation products—serving farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments, and homes in more than 130 countries around the world.
Working at Rain Bird means enjoying an open-door policy—managers and directors are incredibly approachable and love to hear creative ideas from employees. It also has a 25–30% internal fill rate, where employees take on new opportunities within their current area, or move to another cross-functional area.
“I think Rain Bird was a great opportunity for me because it offered a lot of autonomy and a lot of opportunity to diversify my background and experience,” says Regional Sales Manager Brent Barkley.
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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