13 Companies That Play as Hard as They Work
At most companies, work is, well, work. Employees arrive in the morning, do their jobs, and head home. Perhaps they’ll take some time to chat over coffee or enjoy a lunch break, but the “fun” parts of their lives are reserved for nights and weekends.
At these companies? Not so much. Sure, there’s work to be done—a lot of it—but the employees and management alike believe that making time for fun and games is just as critical. Workdays are infused with impromptu foosball matches or happy hours, weekends are spent hanging out with co-workers, and team milestones are celebrated with karaoke outings—not staff meetings.
So, if you love to play as hard as you work, you’ll want to check out these 13 workplaces ASAP. (Bonus: They’re all hiring now!)
Where: Austin and London
At vacation rental marketplace HomeAway, it’s always been important for colleagues to get along with each other and have fun. One example? Every year, HomeAway rents out a music hall in Austin to host its annual holiday party. It’s a time to get together with friends and colleagues in the office and give the hard-working team a chance to celebrate the year, the company, and each other.
Where: London and New York
The YPlan app makes it incredibly easy to find and attend the best events in London and NYC. And YPlan employees love joining in on the fun, often heading to wine tastings or shows as a group. (A recent favorite: A unique performance of Romeo and Juliet that took place inside a bar.) Back in the office, the team enjoys weekly Friday happy hours and the occasional round or two of beer pong.
Where: Washington, DC
First off, what’s not playful about a gecko mascot? In addition, though, GEICO offers its employees tons of group outings for anyone and everyone to join, from Zumba classes to softball leagues to soccer teams. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Never fear. GEICO encourages employees to start new clubs—and you’ll be sure to find some eager takers.
Where: San Francisco
The team at online dating site Zoosk is, not surprisingly, a pretty social bunch. The company has a resident party-planning committee that organizes activities from Oktoberfest and Halloween costume contests to summer picnics and potlucks, bringing people across the company together. There are also plenty of happy hours, workday foosball competitions, and a kitchen that feels like a diner—making every day a celebration of some sort.
Where: New York
Making hiring household cleaners and handymen as easy as buying a book online is hard work, but the Handy team knows that sometimes you have to hunker down—and sometimes you have to let the good times roll. The team hosts bi-weekly happy hours, opening up its well-stocked “drink cabinet” and challenging partygoers to foster their inner mixologists. Not one for cocktails? After-party beer pong is always a crowd favorite, or the crew treks to its favorite bar downstairs to play giant Jenga, drink champagne, or buy rounds of shots.
Where: Redwood Shores, CA
The iCracked team works hard fixing your broken iDevices, so it makes sure that everyone has a place to kick back, too. The office boasts a communal dock and a boat that employees can take out to relax on the water, and the team has a cabin in nearby Lake Tahoe, where they head on the weekends for some skiing or sunshine.
Where: Austin, San Francisco, and Sydney
Founded in 2009, Bigcommerce provides small businesses with access to software resources previously available only to larger companies—and the company’s already grown into a huge team with three offices around the world. How does the group make time for fun? Kicking off each morning with a fun ping pong match and getting everyone together for an intense annual paintball game, to name a couple.
Where: San Francisco
Pocket, the company that’s revolutionizing the way customers view, share, and rediscover the stories that matter to them, think the best teams are happy and healthy ones. So, all employees are given a membership to the Sports Club LA—conveniently located next door—and are encouraged to take a break and catch a yoga or spin class. There’s also an unlimited vacation policy, meaning employees can take time off and come back refreshed and recharged. And the team goes out a couple times a month, whether it’s for dinner and drinks or a friendly game of bowling.
The crew at network performance management and monitoring company SevOne is a driven bunch: As they work to beat out their billion-dollar business competitors, one thing has always held true—they’re playing to win. But, they’re also playing for the fun of it—enjoying everything from Friday Frisbee games to daily guitar jam sessions in the conference room to company-sponsored lunches.
10. Credit Karma
Where: San Francisco
Credit Karma has a pretty serious mission: to help people feel empowered by their finances, not confused by them. But after hours? It’s all fun and games—with team members regularly enjoying everything from game nights to karaoke. Credit Karma also likes to mark company milestones, celebrating its employees with evenings at local comedy clubs, baseball game outings, and more!
Where: San Francisco
At tech company Lithium, company values aren’t just written up on a poster and hung up in a room somewhere—they're taken to heart by every member of the team. Discussed daily, the values are to take customer success personally, build products Lithium’s proud of, learn fast—but act faster, be real, and play with excellence for the team. That last one’s taken particularly seriously, with plenty of ping pong, pool, foosball, video and board games, and puzzles to keep people playing around the office.
12. Mutual Mobile
Mutual Mobile creates rich user experiences that reinvent how businesses engage the world through mobile. When the team’s done working, it takes every opportunity to pause, reconnect, and have some fun. From delicious—and competitive—office potlucks to beach volleyball tournaments to weekly happy hours, Mutual Mobile co-workers seize every opportunity to spend quality time with each other outside the office and strengthen their famous family culture.
Where: Silicon Valley
At software company Kontiki, there’s always fun to be had: Employees are treated to a weekly lunch where they’re encouraged to chat, relax, and eat some good grub. Each quarter, everyone tries their hand at a cash-prize poker games, and colleagues also enjoy bonding with one another outside of the office—whether participating in community service events or springtime baseball games. Oh, and team members are often seen wearing Hawaiian shirts—and yes, there’s a tiki bar at the office.
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