15 Companies That Let You Make a Serious Impact
There’s nothing more empowering than going into work every day knowing that you’re making a difference.
So we’re going to make this idea a reality! In fact, you’ll find that these 15 companies make all sorts of important impacts in the world, from saving the environment to changing the future of technology to supporting struggling families and students. You’ll even find that, within these companies, you yourself have an immense role in shaping the organization and its success. Pretty cool stuff, right?
Check out these company profiles and see which one speaks loudest to your own values—because they are all looking to hire people like you!
Bridgespan knows just how to mix business with philanthropy.
The Bridgespan Group helps social sector leaders scale the impact of their organizations, build their leadership, advance the effectiveness of their philanthropy, and accelerate their learning. Collaborating with some of the most important funders and nonprofit organizations in the sector, Bridgespan’s clients are working on society’s most important challenges in three critical areas: expanding pathways of opportunity for disadvantaged populations, pursuing of environmental sustainability, and furthering civic engagement.
With a lengthy list of social issues to take on, Bridgespan is hiring new employees who can offer fresh perspectives on these complex matters.
Launched in 2008, Cloudera is the first company to deliver Hadoop-based software solutions. The company offers a wide-ranging information-driven platform—Enterprise Data Hub—and comprehensive professional technical support, enabling users worldwide to answer big questions, make hunch-free decisions, and find quality solutions with big data.
With “Cloudera Cares”—a successful employee-run volunteer initiative—team members get the opportunity to give back by helping out at soup kitchens, school clean ups, and more. For intramural fun, Cloudera’s “Silicon Valley Sports League” members compete in volleyball, flag football, softball, basketball, and soccer—supporting familial camaraderie with fellow tech companies.
3. Dow Jones
Started in 1882, Dow Jones has delivered over 125 years of authoritative and ever-evolving journalism—innovatively bringing readers current events, issues, and insightful business information unfolding worldwide.
“Dow Jones is making certain that people are informed,” says Mark Musgrave, Chief Human Resources Officer.
At Dow Jones, the opportunities to launch a thrilling and rewarding long-term career are endless. The company keeps its pulse on the economic world, covering a range of significant stories from major natural disasters to popular culture—presenting assertive employees with wonderful opportunities to ultimately become world-class industry experts.
4. YES Prep
For over 17 years, YES Prep has redefined what is possible in public education—and a job here is the most challenging job you’ll ever love.
The company is giving students in under-served communities access to a nationally recognized education program. Since it was founded, 96% of high school seniors have matriculated to college within one year of graduating from a YES Prep campus. The company also has unparalleled growth opportunities through its new teacher development and certification program, Teaching Excellence, which is open to candidates from all college majors, and experienced teacher and leadership pathways as well.
“Every single day I have an opportunity to change a student’s life—and it is an honor to work here,” says Brie Olootu, a 7th Grade English Language Arts Instructor.
Black Mountain Systems is an information technology company, changing the way the financial industry manages workflow, data, and analysis—ultimately adding efficiency and reducing risk for this massive industry.
According to Christine Muller, Implementation Specialist at Black Mountain Systems, her managers treat her as an equal in all aspects of the organization—from trusting her to lead projects to valuing her opinions regarding hiring. Christine has only been with Black Mountain Systems for eight months, but she feels she’s had a lot of influence in the interviewing and onboarding process of new team members—and that’s contributed to her amazing team.
6. IEX Group
Since 2012, IEX has been transforming trading with its alternative trading system, and the company strives to create a fairer marketplace with its cutting-edge technology.
Bringing a fresh approach to a centuries-old business, a major part of IEX's mission is to demystify myths and misconceptions of today's equities markets. As pioneers and educators, employees and senior executives attend speaking engagements, press interviews, and live events with investors, executives, CFOs, and groups dependent on a thriving marketplace—encouraging transparency and tapping into the pulse of the evolving market.
“Everyone at IEX passionately believes in our mission to make markets fairer,” shares marketing and communications employee Gerald Lam.
With over 100 server applications and dev stacks available in a convenient one-stop shop, Bitnami is helping developers and tech enthusiasts succeed every day. Entering the technology scene only four years ago, Bitnami today sees over 1 million downloads a month.
“In the space that we’re operating in, there are a lot of developers doing really cool things that no one has done before. To be a part of that really excites me and inspires me every day to come to work,” shares Bitnami developer Connor Atherton.
Bitnami’s culture emphasizes collaboration and strongly encourages employees to take action throughout their workdays. Individuals are empowered to experiment, collaborate, and iterate to reach their individual and team goals. The company values curiosity—and it’s always on the lookout for candidates who possess the ability to translate good ideas into results regardless of previous experience.
Bloomberg connects influential decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people, and ideas. With over 15,500 employees in 192 locations, Bloomberg delivers business and financial information, news, and insight around the world.
“People can say the people are amazing and the speed at which we move is incredible. But the underlying current that stands out in the culture is my ability to actually make substantive impact—real, tangible, tactile impact,” shares Jeff Fairbanks, Global Head of AV and Media Technology for Technical Operations.
At Bloomberg, people are measured by the quality of their contributions, not by their titles. The company boasts a creative and diverse workforce that’s fueled by the conviction that only the best is acceptable, so applicants should be excited to push the status quo every day.
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.
According to its team, TrackMaven offers a lot of great perks and work benefits, but the thing that keeps employees coming back every day is the inspiring work itself. TrackMaven is a collection of employees who are all working together to shatter the perception of marketing technology—and create true innovation in the world of marketing.
“At TrackMaven, our culture is about communication, respect, autonomy, and giving people the ability and headroom to be the best version of themselves,” says Allen Gannett, CEO and “Chief Maven.”
The New York Foundling was founded in 1869 as a safe haven for abandoned children. Today, the organization dedicatedly serves over 7,000 at-risk and vulnerable children, youth, families, and adults by providing reliable preventive and intervention resources that empower individuals and strengthen communities
With quotes like Steve Jobs’ “The people who think they are crazy enough to change the world are the ones who do,” you know the team at The New York Foundling is out to make even more major strides. The company is a $125 million agency with over 18,000 staff members, each dedicated to anticipating and responding to the needs of tomorrow.
“We get to leave work every day knowing that we’re part of something big and something really good,” says Kathleen Biemer, Manager of Individual and Corporate Giving.
Taboola is looking to make the internet better by helping people to discover content that they love that they may otherwise have never been able to find. The company recommends editorial and sponsored content across many of the world’s most highly trafficked sites, helping publishers to monetize their content and drive higher engagement.
As Taboola continues to grow around the world and expand its international footprint further into Europe, Latin America, and Asia, the potential for employees continues to exponentially increase as well.
“What I like the most about working at Taboola is having a direct impact on growth within one of the hottest startups of 2015,” says Harry Levy, Senior Team Lead of France and Europe Sales Research. “There’s still a lot of opportunities for new employees to carve out their own niche here,” adds Graeme Fouste, Senior Media Sales Manager.
DigitalOcean is a simple cloud infrastructure provider, built for developers. With the ability to deploy an SSD cloud server in 55 seconds, DigitalOcean has made it simple for developers to rapidly deploy, resize, and scale their production environments.
DigitalOcean has disrupted the cloud infrastructure market by delighting the developer community with a seamless experience. The company prides itself on building powerful infrastructure to provide customers with the performance and reliability they need to run their applications in production at scale. By providing simple and powerful solutions, DigitalOcean is quickly becoming the infrastructure layer for every software developer in the world.
“We’re building an infrastructure platform for startups all around the world. It really excites me to be a catalyst for all these blossoming tech scenes,” says Etel Sverdlov, Director of Community.
Karma is a startup with one mission: to make Wi-Fi so simple people never have to think about it. Karma Go, the company’s latest pocket-sized device, empowers everyone to bring Wi-Fi everywhere. Karma’s mission is to get people online and to get out of their way. In the words of Karma’s CEO and co-founder Steven van Wel, “Magic happens when Wi-Fi just works.”
Karma’s collaborative working style fuels limitless professional and personal growth: If an employee is working in marketing and wants to learn how to code, all he or she has to do is say the word. Karma’s engineers love to teach.
Can’t live without Wi-Fi either? Join the company that’s going to make sure everyone wins when it comes to the internet.
Company culture is a hot topic these days, and Corvirtus is helping companies perfect theirs. The company creates remarkable places to work with assessments and solutions on how to build culture, implement vision, and hire for today’s workforce—providing proven tools for companies seeking to develop, engage, and retain exceptional people.
The Corvirtus Team tackles big and small challenges with a fierce, can-do attitude. It strives for the opportunity to create solutions that help customers achieve the enhanced work environment they desire.
“I truly found my calling at Corvirtus. I am devoted to our mission of creating remarkable places to work and do business and am surrounded by a team that cares intensely about each other and our customers,” says Jennifer Yugo, PhD, Director and Chief Scientist.
King Arthur Flour is a leader in the baking industry. The company is a 100% employee-owned American supplier of flour, ingredients, baking mixes, cookbooks, and baked goods—with a 100% commitment to quality. It offers everything from premium flour to top-quality baking products, ingredients, and educational programs.
“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 at King Arthur Flour.
And the company is passionate about give back! It consistently contributes to non-profits such as No Kid Hungry, as well as donates 1% of its profits to “1% for the Planet,” an organization helping environmental causes.
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