15 Award-Winning Companies We Want to Work for Now
If you’re looking for the ultimate dream job, don’t you want proof that you’ll be working for the best of the best?
Well, look no further, because we have 15 companies here that are ranked top in their industries. Whether they’re big or small, new or old, these bad boys have racked up numerous awards, from being considered the best place to work by employees or the fastest growing startup in a major city, to making headlines in popular magazines such as Inc. and Forbes.
Doesn’t “I work at an award-winning company” have a nice ring to it? Then you probably want to check out the job openings here while they’re still hot.
Since 1937, Progressive has empowered insurance customers with quality, security, and protection. It conveniently covers multiple policy and claim services for auto, business, boat, and homeowners, and offers bundling options.
For the 12th time and the third year in a row, Progressive made CIO Magazine’s annual CIO 100 list. In particular, CIO recognized the company for its Business Innovation Garage (BIG), an internal think-tank for innovating products and services. Continuing its 16-year winning streak, the company also recently made InformationWeek’s list of “Top 100 Business Technology Innovators.”
Launched in 1999, HomeAdvisor—an IAC owned company—is home improvement heaven to property owners and service professionals. Facilitating instant online booking, confident hiring, cost guides, and resources, HomeAdvisor matches homeowners seeking maintenance with the largest network of pre-screened home pros nationwide—all for free.
HomeAdvisor was named a top workplace in Denver for three years running, and in Kansas City for the last two years, along with many other impressive awards for its mobile app and community engagement.
“HomeAdvisor has a really good vision for what we want to do. We're executing well, innovating this space, and coming up with really great products,” shares developer Eric Marshall.
Owens Corning is a global Fortune 500 company that has been developing residential and commercial insulation, roofing and asphalt, and composite safety-first solutions for over 75 years—and in 26 countries.
The organization has been recognized many times for being a great place to work for all, including ranking on both Chief Executive and Aon Hewitt’s lists of great companies for leaders, being included as one of Computerworld’s “Best Places to Work,” landing 27th on Vault’s list of the 50 top internships in the U.S., and receiving a perfect score on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, meaning it’s among the best places to work for LGBT equality.
Founded in 2012, TrackMaven is a competitive intelligence platform, aiming to provide competitive intelligence data that helps digital marketers create amazing content. By analyzing trends across 15 different content platforms, TrackMaven gives marketers the insights that will lead to brand success—counting big brands like Cisco, Marriott International, AOL, and the NBA among its hundreds of clients.
TrackMaven and its leadership team has earned tons of recognition for its great work environment, including Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in Advertising and Marketing, Northern Virginia Tech Council’s “Hottest Startup” in 2015, The Washington Post’s “Top Workplace” in 2015, and DC Inno’s “50 on Fire” in 2015.
Founded in 2010, Contently is a technology company that helps brands create great content by providing enterprise companies with smart technology, content strategy expertise, and vetted creative talent—journalists, photographers, designers, videographers, and everyone in between. Contently’s tools help brands become great content marketers and help independent content creators make a living doing what they love.
Contently believes in a better media world where marketing isn’t jargony schlock, sales pitches, or keyword-riddled clickbait—it thinks that marketing should be fundamentally helpful and interesting. This mindset helped the company win a spot amongst Inc.’s “100 Fastest-Growing American Companies” in 2015.
Founded in 1999, Financial Finesse’s financial wellness programs are changing lives and transforming organizations across the U.S. By providing people with objective financial guidance with no ulterior motive, the independent, employee-owned firm has helped more than 2.4 million employees in over 600 companies reduce financial stress, maximize benefits, and make wiser financial decisions.
Some of Financial Finesse’s big wins include Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” and Best in Biz awards for “Blog of the Year,” “Most Innovative Service of the Year,” and “Enterprise Product of the Year.” The company’s founder and CEO Liz Davidson is accomplished as well, with awards including L.A. Biz’s “Women of Influence.”
Redfin is a next-generation real estate brokerage that has saved consumers more than $100 million in fees. By putting customers first, Redfin is fundamentally changing the way people buy and sell homes. From its technology to the brokerage services it provides, Redfin makes the real estate process faster and more efficient.
Redfin was named one of the “Best Places to Work in DC” in 2015 by Washingtonian Magazine. It also received two awards from Inman Magazine in 2015—the “Innovator of the Year Award,” recognizing its efforts to expand to 40 real estate markets in one year, and “Most Innovative Technology,” recognizing its “book it now” technology, which lets you use the company’s website to book a house tour or showing with one click.
Bonus: The company has catered breakfast and lunch and annual conferences in places like Disneyland.
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.
Balsam Brands was recently named one of Forbes’ “America’s Best Small Companies of 2016,” which is a huge honor for the growing company. And employees are thrilled to see their company’s name up on local newsstands.
“We really believe in hiring the right people—putting our energies around that allows us to grow really effectively in the ways that we need to,” says Carl Winter,
Senior Manager of User Experience and Design.
Since its inception in 1990, Genesys has been the pioneer in advancing customer service. Creating one of the world’s first highly scalable computer telephony integration solutions, the company’s earliest innovations enabled call center agents to concentrate on resolving customer issues, not repeating questions they’ve already answered. Today, Genesys’ solutions provide maximum insight into—and control over—contact center operations.
In 2015, the company was named one of the “Best Large Companies to Work For” by the San Francisco Business Times due to its “creating opportunities for engagement that allow the teams to collaborate across departments and management levels,” and by enforcing a “‘family table’ atmosphere…where relationships are strengthened every day.” It was also named among Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work” in 2015 thanks to fantastic reviews from its own employees!
MuleSoft has emerged as one of the fastest-growing companies in enterprise software by providing a platform for rapid connectivity to solve the world’s integration problems. The enterprising company believes that when everything is connected, anything is possible.
MuleSoft was named one of the “Fastest Growing Companies in North America” on Deloitte’s 2015 Technology Fast 500. But even as an increasingly popular brand, the company still seeks to maintain that close-knit, family feel.
“We preserve our startup culture—even as we’re rapidly growing as an organization,” says Shuba Swaminathan, Manager of Solution Consulting.
MediaRadar is a cloud-based ad sales information service, helping websites, magazines, and newspapers dramatically improve ad sales and client management. MediaRadar provides detailed brand analysis and prospecting reports on over 2.3 million brands, culling advertising and editorial insights from more than 16,000 media properties and giving its 1,200 clients—including ESPN, Rolling Stone, and Bloomberg—a competitive edge by empowering their sales teams to enhance and streamline their sales processes.
MediaRadar is proud to be recognized by the Stevie Awards for Sales and Customer Service, a prestigious top sales award.
“MediaRadar is no longer a startup with a niche audience. We're a franchise that’s built relationships with over 1,000 clients over the course of eight years,” shares CEO Todd Krizelman of the company’s continued opportunity for success.
King Arthur Flour is a 100% employee-owned American supplier of flour, ingredients, baking mixes, cookbooks, and baked goods—with a 100% commitment to quality. As the leading flour company in the United States, King Arthur Flour offers everything from premium flour to top-quality baking products, ingredients, and educational programs—all backed by the passion and commitment of a dedicated team.
King Arthur Flour was recently named New England’s “Employee Owned Company of the Year”—and it shows in everything the company does, from community service to baking the best treats around.
“We’re all passionately committed to helping bakers bake better and bringing products that make a real difference to bakers around the country,” says Ralph Carlton, Co-CEO and CFO.
Whether people are prepping for the GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, SAT, or ACT, Magoosh guarantees great results. By offering every kind of available study tool—from vocabulary building apps to customizable practice quizzes—the company and its users boast more than 50 million practice questions answered and one million hours of video lessons watched in 185 countries.
Magoosh was named one of the “Fastest Growing Companies in the Bay Area” by the San Francisco Business Times and also received the “Happiest Company Award” in education from TINYpulse.
With its award-winning combination of smart people, cutting-edge ideas, and hard work, Affect is not a run-of-the-mill public relations, social media, and marketing firm. Specializing in technology, healthcare, and professional services, the Affect team works together to continually solve problems, provide exceptional service, and produce tangible results for clients.
Speaking of award-winning, Affect received the 2015 Bulldog “Stars of PR Award.” Overall, it has the feel of a small company with some really big perks.
“The boutique size, close-knit team atmosphere, true work life balance, and exposure to so many industries and opportunities are unparalleled—and truly make Affect a special place,” says Jonathan Moll, Account Supervisor.
15. Bounce Exchange
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. The team uses software to analyze everything about visitor behavior, from purchase history to traffic sources to engagement patterns to even the moment a visitor is abandoning a site. Bounce Exchange then uses that information to inform a variety of customer acquisition strategies designed to dramatically boost key business metrics for its clients.
“One of the most exciting things about the company is that we’re growing so fast. I’ve never been part of a company that’s hiring so quickly,” says Christina Barney, Office Manager.
And it’s not only growing fast, but growing well: In 2015, the company was ranked in the “Best Places to Work in IT” category by Computerworld.
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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