14 Companies People Are Truly Happy to Work For
Getting an outside opinion is almost always helpful, especially when it comes to careers.
And who knows certain jobs better than the people who already have them? Well, these 14 organizations are rated, ranked, and reviewed by their own employees—and the verdict is that people absolutely love working for them. From high quality of life to scheduling flexibility, these companies ensure that every single employee comes to work excited to start the day and leaves excited for more.
So if you want to be the next employee to rave about your new job, check out who’s hiring!
Dyn is a cloud-based internet performance company that helps companies monitor, control, and optimize online infrastructure for an exceptional end-user experience.
At Dyn, the passion that employees feel for their jobs and their customers shows in the company’s quality of work. Employees put every ounce of effort into doing their best every day—and the company puts a lot of trust in them, constantly testing its products, gathering feedback from its employees, and often implementing suggestions for new ways to do things.
“Dyn really invests in its people—we think a lot about professional development and how people transition from an entry-level position all the way up,” adds Jeremy Hitchcock, CEO and co-founder, to the reasons employees love working at Dyn.
Bitnami is the hub for tech enthusiasts everywhere, offering businesses and consumers optimized cloud and software server installations, convenient app packaging, and simple deployment.
At Bitnami, happy employees are essential to cultivating a creative office environment and producing great work as a team. Individuals are empowered to experiment, collaborate, and iterate to reach their individual and team goals.
“Every day I find new things that make Bitnami an awesome place to work—and the cool thing is that part of my job is to make that list grow!” says Inaki Izaola, Director of Operations at Bitnami’s Seville office.
Bitnami rewards hard work with fun, including snacks and beer on tap in the office lounge, ski trips, wine tastings, futbol matches, and more!
Clarity Staffing is renown as a top 10 recruiting agency in New York. With offices all around the country, Clarity Staffing places people in positions in any field—from publishing to finance to legal to IT—as well as at any level from entry-level associates to executive.
“We work really hard, but we have fun doing it,” says Courtney Keegan, Account Executive for the Direct Hire Division at Clarity. “We celebrate everything here and that keeps the atmosphere so fun and so supportive.”
According to Jessica Bernido, Account Executive for the Temporary Division, co-workers take time from their busy days to support and celebrate one another in any wins or tough trials. Some days, Clarity Staffing colleagues celebrate individual department successes, birthdays, or anniversaries, while others they bond over ice cream at the office bar—catching up and cheering each other on in new endeavors.
Founded on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the unconditional love of a dog, Rover makes it easy for pet parents throughout the U.S. to find and book five-star dog sitters. Rover.com connects dog owners with the nation’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers, offering in-home boarding, pet sitting, dog walking, and day care.
As a Rover Premier sitter, there’s no such thing as a typical day for Chelsea Dickson, and Rover’s flexible hours makes it easy for her to make her own schedule and work from home. Chelsea loves that Rover has enabled her to spend time outdoors with animals. She has built up a reliable stream of part-time work—all while spending time with her daughter and introducing her to different experiences.
“I love dogs, so it’s really fun for me to be able to stay home and do what I love,” she says.
CloudPassage offers a comprehensive, SaaS-based cloud security platform that helps security, compliance, and IT operations teams gain instant visibility into their virtual infrastructure, making them super efficient and giving them the power to respond faster to threats.
CloudPassage employees love the close relationships they are able to build with both their teams and their customers by working closely with customers on product design and enhancements.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today were I not working with such incredibly professional, warm, and passionate people,” says Tatiana Crawford, Product Manager at CloudPassage.
The company makes sure to take care of its employees in every aspect of their lives, which is why employees are able to enjoy all kinds of extras, including anything from bi-weekly catered lunches to a $200 home internet and cell phone reimbursement plan.
With a relentless mission to pioneer an advertising technology revolution, Rubicon Project enables publishers and applications to process trillions of digital ad transactions with record-breaking efficiency.
According to Ryan Bulaon, Product Marketing Manager, executing Rubicon Project’s product initiatives is an extremely rewarding and educational experience. The company also promotes an open and easy-going team setting, strongly ingrained in the everyday work experience. It’s never taboo for team members to randomly approach management for direction or to curiously inquire about the company’s future goals—creating an outstandingly communicative company ethos.
“Rubicon Project makes culture its number one priority—and the people here reflect that,” adds Big Data Engineer Byron Dover.
Balsam Brands is an e-commerce retailer with roots in holiday and home décor. The company’s bread and butter—or rather milk and cookies—are stunningly realistic, handcrafted, artificial Christmas trees. To further enhance homes for the holidays, Balsam Brands also designs and sells high-quality Christmas decorations.
If you asked Balsam Brands’ CEO Thomas Harman about the company’s culture, he’d tell you to go ask everyone he works with daily. He’s a firm believer that you can’t create culture; it develops organically based on the team, and his team is passionate, obsessed with data, and in love with food!
When employees need a break from their busy days, they can find endless possibilities at Balsam Brands. From foosball games to puzzles, to daily outings in downtown Redwood City, all Balsam Brands employees are encouraged to step away from their desks to have fun during the workday.
8. Oak Mortgage
Oak Mortgage guides customers to choose the lending option that best suits their needs and is quickly earning a reputation as a hometown lender that’s always there for its customers.
Oak Mortgage is also always working to ensure its employees feel happy and connected with their co-workers, and strives to keep them actively involved in the company initiatives that matter most. So, in addition to team bowling and happy hours, the company has monthly B-12 shots for energy and focus, weekly yoga, and monthly massages. The entire office also takes time to help with the company’s charity—Oak for the Oppressed—giving back to impoverished families around the world.
But the thing employees love most about working at Oak is that it’s not like any other mortgage company around—instead, it’s one that gives them a sense of purpose each day and is constantly innovating in the space. “Oak really takes the mortgage industry from a different angle. What I’ve learned most here is how to help others,” shares Senior Loan Officer Brian McCauley.
HelloSign is a cloud-based electronic signature tool, enabling millions of users to sign, fill out, send, retrieve, and save documents paperlessly.
HelloSign has an eye toward maintaining a culture that values lifestyle, fun, and continuous improvement—and the company was even recently awarded the Hirepalooza Culture Award for Lifestyle in early 2015.
According to team members, it’s easy to go to work when you are surrounded with such smart and driven people like those who work at HelloSign. Everyone is genuinely interested in building a great product, and everyone is able to do so by following a motivating set of company values—like being fun, creative, and collaborative. And the unlimited PTO and sweet perks don’t hurt, either.
“Since I started, there hasn’t been one day that has gone by that I haven’t felt challenged or excited to come to work,” says Chris Paul, Web Development Manager.
WillowTree is a new breed of mobile engagement partner with a simple goal in mind—to craft the best mobile experience possible. WillowTree partners with impressive clients like GE, PepsiCo, and the NCAA to deliver functional, intuitive, and elegant applications that solve real-world challenges for businesses and consumers alike.
“What I love most about WillowTree is that it retains a little bit of a startup feel despite its rapid growth. I get all the perks of working for a cutting-edge mobile and web shop with the peace and tranquility of a college town nestled near the mountains of Virginia,” says Jordan Schreuder, a software engineer.
With its culture of autonomy, WillowTree not only trusts its employees to be self-motivated and accountable—it also trusts them to have fun while doing it. Weekly team lunches, Friday happy hours, company parties, and even Bug Bashes (think beer and debugging) are considered important parts of life at WillowTree.
11. Boost Media
Boost Media is the only crowdsourced creative optimization platform in the world. Striving to change the face of the online advertising industry, Boost works tirelessly to gather and analyze data on human language and behavior, thereby enabling marketers to have personal conversations with their customers.
At the core of Boost Media lies a healthy, fun, and cooperative culture. Each month, Boosters gather for a company outing to bond away from the fast-paced startup environment. Boost also encourages its employees to be healthy and active, with employee gym memberships and two kitchens stocked with organic snacks. In general, Boost works hard to keep employees happy, healthy, and hard working in the creative optimization space.
“A typical day starts with me dancing to my desk,” shares Bill Sherby, Data and Analytics Manager, of the fun life at Boost.
The world’s largest food service packaging company, Pactiv provides high-quality products to every major retailer and distributor in North America, including McDonald’s, Target, Costco, and Tim Hortons.
Employees at Pactiv naturally get along with one another, often goofing around together during their breaks and downtime. They also enjoy hanging out outside of the office, gathering for drinks after work or fun activities over the weekend. One daily ritual for employees commuting in from Chicago? Teammates love taking the train back together before grabbing a bite to eat.
But beyond that, people at Pactiv are happy because of the pride they have in what they’re doing and the opportunities in front of them. “Joining Pactiv five and a half years ago was the best move that I’ve ever made because it brought me an entire new world of opportunities that I never knew existed,” says Sarah Kircher, National Account Manager.
With Squarespace, even an inexperienced web user can build and design a creative, professional presence on the web. Users choose from a variety of customizable templates and extensive features to create a great site, which they can then connect to their favorite social media platforms.
“Squarespace’s culture is very laid-back,” says Marisa Beltramini, Experience Lead. “You can dress how you want; you can be how you want; you can make your own hours—and I think that makes people very accountable for their work.”
Everyone at Squarespace gets some special perks to make them even happier, from the employees who get to enjoy the company’s Women @ events that promotes leadership and community among women to its interns who get to participate in the Initial Commit program, which includes a beachside hack day.
Serving hundreds of youth, high school, college, and professional sports teams across the country, Hudl offers a web-based platform where coaches and athletes can collaborate to dominate the competition. From Hudl’s website, coaches can upload game video, make comments, and break down data for their athletes, while players can make highlight reels and learn new techniques—improving team performance both on and off the field.
A core value at Hudl is, “We’re a Family,” and, according to Kyle Murphy, VP of Design, the team takes it seriously. Through fun traditions like fantasy football and softball leagues, Hudl focuses on strengthening team bonds and uses those bonds to foster a culture of openness and accountability. Employees learn to provide both encouragement and constructive criticism—keeping ties close and the company functioning at its best.
“It’s great when you can come to work and not have it feel like work,” he says.
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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