14 Companies That Let Employees Have Fun at Work
Just as you’d want to surround yourself with people who like to have fun, wouldn’t you want to be a part of a company that knows how to have a good time? (That is, when it’s a well-deserved break from doing great work.)
If this sounds like your type of place, check out these 14 employers that play just as hard as they work. Whether it’s with wild holiday parties, over-the-top birthday celebrations, or in-office robot tournaments (yes, that’s a thing), they make sure their employees love coming into work every day and enjoy each other’s company outside the office.
Let the good times roll—and apply to work for any of these companies today!
1. Taboola | See Open Jobs
Taboola recommends editorial and sponsored content across many of the world’s most highly trafficked sites. The company helps publishers both to monetize their content and to drive higher engagement, but above all, Taboola helps people discover content they love that they may otherwise have never been able to find.
From ping-pong tables in the office game room to Friday afternoon beers, Taboola employees are offered ample opportunities to enjoy each other’s company. And in the London office, Taboola shows its appreciation for employees through an assortment of social events. Catered lunch is brought in once a week, and on the first Friday of each month, the office celebrates employee birthdays with cake and games. Taboola also hosts cool seasonal celebrations, including summer luaus and ’70s disco-themed holiday parties.
2. Knot Standard | See Open Jobs
Knot Standard is a custom clothing platform that allows consumers to make their own unique pieces.
Creating a fun, close-knit atmosphere is Knot Standard’s number one office priority. Upbeat music is always playing, sports rivalries temporarily trump particular projects, and every Friday finds co-workers SoulCycling as a team.
Some of Knot Standard’s finest out-of-office events, according to its “family” Instagram, include wine tastings, sailing retreats, crazy holiday parties, and trips to Mexico!
3. CarGurus | See Open Jobs
CarGurus is an online car shopping website that helps consumers find the best deals from the best-rated local dealers.
The team members at CarGurus have a lot to look forward to, including company-wide outings to spend time together outside the office. From go cart racing to beach days and lobster bakes, the team has a great time getting to know each other, and employees bring that fun-loving attitude back into their day-to-day work.
“One of my favorite aspects of the office is that not only does it cater to a work space, but there is also ample space to socialize or take a break—like in the game room, where you can play ping-pong or a video game,” says Kyle Lomeli, VP of Dealer and OEM Solutions.
4. Good Apple Digital | See Open Jobs
Good Apple Digital is a nimble boutique media agency focused on targeted digital media planning and buying in the independent media marketplace.
Employees at Good Apple Digital appreciate any occasion for a celebration, and over the years they’ve been known to put together a number of creative holiday activities. From taking themed team photos to creating holiday music videos to hosting formal black tie galas, the Good Apple Digital office loves getting together and making unforgettable memories.
“Just coming into the office, the vibe is so amazing,” says Erik Hamilton, Search Supervisor.
5. RevZilla | See Open Jobs
Founded in 2007 by a team of riders, RevZilla brings the best possible shopping experience to motorcycle enthusiasts, both in-store and online—carrying all the premium-brand motorcycle jackets, apparel, helmets, gear, and accessories that a rider might need.
RevZilla values the great work its employees are doing, showing that appreciation publicly by ringing the company gong any time someone goes above and beyond to support a customer or co-worker. The company also has a prize wheel that employees get to spin to celebrate accomplishments and offers regular team outing, from go cart races to ice cream truck visits to an annual paintball event.
Plus, 80% of RevZilla’s team members are riders—making time outside the office just as fun as inside.
6. W4 | See Open Jobs
Founded by Cost Per Action (CPA) marketing pioneers, W4 connects successful, high-quality publishers with leading advertisers across existing and emerging online channels.
Even hard at work, W4-ers know how to have fun. If a teammate pulls off a notable achievement, the whole office will join together to chant his or her name to show support. Birthdays are always an occasion to eat more cake in the office, and every Halloween, there’s an office party and laugh-inducing costume competition.
7. Bounce Exchange | See Open Jobs
Bounce Exchange is a cutting-edge digital marketing platform—enabling its clients to transform their web traffic by serving content tailored to different visitor segments.
At Bounce Exchange, karaoke is king. The entire office loves to kick back for a fun evening belting out ballads—and no one ever knows who’s going to take the prize for performance of the night. From surprising song choices to rebellious refrains, one thing’s certain—Bounce Exchange karaoke is hard core. Even a Wednesday night outing is bound to last well into Thursday morning.
And Bounce Exchange bosses know how to boost their employees’ energy, even in the strangest ways. That’s why Office Manager Christina goes to great lengths to give everyone at the office a chance at their favorite foods. From KIND bars to chicken McNuggets, Christina orders it all—and she even takes special requests once a month. One of her favorites? An order for an office popcorn popper.
8. RepEquity | See Open Jobs
Launched in 2007, RepEquity develops high-performance digital tools, programs, products, and services to improve brand visibility, online reputation, community reach, and inspired targeted audience action.
The RepEquity motto is all work and all play. According to the team, employees put forth exceptional work, and the company ensures its people are rewarded appreciatively. RepEquity plans internal team lunches and quarterly outings regularly—constantly recognizing jobs well done and building camaraderie with company planned boat trips, basketball games, lively after-work bowling sessions, and more.
9. Polaris | See Open Jobs
Polaris is a multinational management consulting firm that supplies biomedical and pharmaceutical companies with the efficient and comprehensive solutions they need to solve problems.
When the hard work is done, Polaris employees enjoy the fun side of life with their colleagues. Polaris has a “fun committee” that is responsible solely for coming up with new initiatives to boost morale. In recent years, employees have bonded over happy hours, a kickball tournament, and even a murder mystery party.
“We work hard, but we also play hard. We have social committees that organize in-house happy hours, sports events, and city tours. This is not your usual 9-to-6 job,” says Erik Mercier, Senior Consultant.
10. Fetch Robotics | See Open Jobs
Fetch Robotics—a venture-backed Silicon Valley startup that launched in 2014—is creating innovative robotic solutions for the logistics market.
Fetch Robotics has plenty of fun events for employees to kick back and spend time with each other—such as go carting and laser tag. It also has a “weaponized plastic fighting league” where employees “fight to the death” with plastic robots.
“We’re a close-knit family with a casual atmosphere. Everyone gets along with each other, and we have a lot of fun,” says Tashana Simon, Procurement Manager.
11. Blinds.com | See Open Jobs
Blinds.com is the world’s largest online window covering store, selling custom designer blinds, drapes, and shutters since 1996.
The Blinds.com office offers a plethora of fun ways for the company’s diverse staff to relax and have a bit of fun. Lunch might include a round of ping-pong or a game of Dungeons & Dragons—and the company often plans group outings for laser tag and indoor skydiving.
The company also celebrates Employee Appreciation Day with in-office massages and mani-pedis. And in April, Blinds.com hosted unique events such as a Crawfish Boil, Astros Day, and PJ Day.
12. Rubicon Project | See Open Jobs
By engineering one of the largest and distinct models of real-time cloud and big data computing, Rubicon Project enables publishers and advertisers to process trillions of digital ad transactions with record-breaking efficiency.
With offices in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, Rubicon Project employees know how to enjoy themselves no matter where they are. Team members may blow off steam with office games, rock climbing, surfing, or snowboarding on Bear Mountain. But a favorite office tradition is for employees to gather together for daily catered lunches to bond, brainstorm, and explore new ideas.
13. Andela | See Open Jobs
Andela is a comprehensive developer training program that vets, trains, and supports only the best of the best—so companies can trust their ideas with Andela-approved developers.
Andela’s environment is like family, and team members share in each other’s personal and professional joys. Slack channels are filled with praise, curious questions, shared challenges, and lots of jokes. When an Andelan is going out to represent the company, everyone sends the employee off with a Clap Out, letting that colleague know that all of Andela is behind them, and, like family, they celebrate with a hug.
And in their free time, Andela employees love to go out and joke around together: “We have a couple of karaoke queens here. Our COO and HR Director are vying for the title of best karaoke,” says Matthew Heider, Director of Strategic Accounts.
14. DMC Atlanta | See Open Jobs
Founded in 2003 with just eight people, DMC Atlanta has grown to over 700 employees in 50 offices around the country through a results-driven philosophy and a commitment to bringing its clients life-long customers.
DMC Atlanta encourages employees to have fun with the work they do. The team comes into the office expecting to have a good time—with each other, with the work, and especially with clients. Each experience at DMC Atlanta tries to cater to all different learning styles, and the company encourages employees to work together and grow through weekly team nights and philanthropy events. And with an in-office foosball table and mini-golf, as well as “Ugly Sweater” holiday parties and Secret Santas, there’s always time to fool around.
“I come into the office with great energy—happy and excited to come to work—and I show others how they can do the same thing,” says Shamar Robinson, Account Manager.
Think your company should be on a list like this? Learn more and get in touch!
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