15 Companies That Will Actually Let You Enjoy Your Summer
You could spend your summer sitting in a dark cubicle, trying to tan under the fluorescent lights (it will never work), and rationing out your vacation days to see if you can get just one more day at the beach before September.
Or you could join one of these companies that understand productivity and relaxation don’t have to be at odds with each other—and even want you to actually enjoy the summer months! From flexible vacation policies to company outings better than anything you could have planned for yourself, there are so many ways to make the most of your free time, no matter what time of year it is.
So send in your resume ASAP and get in on these fun summer traditions—while there’s still time left to enjoy the sunshine.
Since 2002, Galileo has inspired collaborative ways to excel by making educational summer camp programs available within communities. Excellent teams of instructors, counselors, and interns brilliantly shape the potential of each camper—using out-of-the-box learning tools that incorporate art, science, technology, and outdoor play.
Summertime is the best time at Galileo—because that’s when its camp programs are held! But if you love the leisurely feel of summer fun, you can get that year-round at Galileo—where staffers keep the good times rolling with a playful environment that feels both professional and relaxed. Employees regularly have low-key dress-up days and camp-like activities no matter the season. “Even though we’re in the office working, it still kind of feels like we’re just hanging out at camp,” shares Area Director Brandon Thomas.
Riviera is working to make recruiting a full-stack business, utilizing the latest technology to help exceptional individuals find their dream jobs and world-class organizations—like Uber, change.org, Pinterest, and Warby Parker—obtain unrivaled tech talent.
On top of being an awesome tech company, it also has killer perks that allow employees to enjoy the summertime months—and the unlimited vacation policy and work from home flexibility are just the start! Riviera is big on team bonding, with plenty of offsite retreats and team events to bring people together. This summer, those include a company-wide overnight river rafting trip, a major Fourth of July Party, and an ice cream social.
Founded in 1999, CRi helps companies stand strong and achieve success through solution-centered IT apps development, customized consultancy, and superior staffing. CRi's high-performance teams, top-notch technology, and "Get It Great" mantra lead companies to optimal productivity with expert talent search and superior software.
Looking for an office that will let you enjoy the summer with your family? Besides getting to enjoy flexible work hours all year round, in the summer CRi office employees can bring their loved ones to FunPlex for a big picnic, rides like the lazy river, and sand volleyball in the sun. Plus, considering the number of exciting company milestones lined up for the summer—from client events to an app launch—now is certainly an exciting time to be joining the team.
Since 2009, Imgur’s become a go-to site for exploring, sharing, and discussing images publicly online. With millions of online users, Imgur's visual storytelling community members can instantly and easily upload, comment, vote, or forward multimedia content for entertainment and fun discussion threads—from adorable dancing cat videos to hilarious viral celebrity memes to everything in between.
When your product is all about finding the best things on the internet, your job probably feels more like fun than work. But when you do want to step away from the desk, Imgur offers plenty of support for you to do so, from five weeks of PTO a year to a “passion fund” stipend that every employee receives to pursue hobbies and experiences that they love.
Cortina Productions is on a mission to create immersive storytelling experiences for museums everywhere. The company utilizes cutting-edge technology—from multi-user interactives to 4D theaters—to make exhibit experiences shine.
Cortina Productions takes a holistic approach to maintaining employee happiness. The company knows its people wouldn’t be able to produce their best work without work-life balance, so it makes a point to allow its team flexibility. So whether you need to come in a little later during the summer so you can get your kids off to camp or want to go on vacation to spend some quality time with loved ones, Cortina Productions will work with you to find the work schedule that fits your families’ needs best.
Committed to creating more meaningful workplace connections, LivePerson is a global leader in digital engagement. It enables its clients to deliver superior customer experiences through a variety of interaction solutions, including chat, voice, targeted content, and video.
LivePerson employees have so much fun available to them in the office that they barely want to leave—even to enjoy the summer months! The company has tons of toys scattered across the office, offers spaces dedicated to different activities (like a corner with a hammock or a room with a keg!), and boasts impressive stats in it’s offices across the world, like 160 slices of pizza eaten every Friday in its New York office and 6,400 popsicles eating during the hot summer months in Israel. And if you love to travel? LivePerson offers overseas team visits to its offices worldwide.
Good Apple Digital is a nimble, boutique media agency focused on targeted digital media planning and buying in the independent media marketplace. By establishing deep publisher relationships with clients, the company is able to create innovative and efficient campaigns that integrate analytics, improve results, and draw in the audiences most likely to engage with client brands.
At Good Apple Digital the client always comes first—but fun comes second. The team tries not to take itself too seriously and always looks for opportunities to wind down when the work is done, from annual company retreats to anywhere from Louisiana to Cancun to Puerto Rico to little moments of relaxation in its sun-drenched loft in the heart of Union Square, where there are occasional dogs to play with and a spiral track gumball machine that dispenses spa gift certificates and iPads.
Cardlytics is a purchase-based data intelligence platform that makes all advertising better. The company helps banks increase customer engagement, advertisers directly reach their audiences, and consumers save money on the things they buy the most.
If you’re a self-pacing and self-motivated worker, landing a position at Cardlytics could do wonders for your beach time this summer. That’s because Cardlytics is more concerned with the work that you’re doing than the hours you’re clocking in. “There’s a lot of flexibility in terms of work hours,” explains another team member. “Our main motto here is to just get your work done.”
OpenMarket is a global company that offers mobile messaging solutions to business and enterprises in every industry. From optimizing communication strategies and improving customer service experiences to driving brand awareness and ultimately increasing revenue growth, the company helps engage its target audiences through top mobile technologies and proven network performance.
Here’s just a few of the annual activities the company puts on each summer: a sailing trip, a lawn bowling competition, a “Bike Everywhere” challenge (cycling jerseys included!), a trip to the Mariners Game, and a family picnic. With so many awesome outings on the books, there’s a good chance that working at OpenMarket might be the best part of the whole season.
As an employee-owned firm with 43 founding partners, the Cleveland Research Company provides its diverse array of clients with the most accurate and reliable research and market insights available in order to assist them with their important business decision-making needs. By training and developing employees and partners alike, Cleveland Research Company drives businesses and people forward—both personally and professionally.
If you’re looking for a getaway this summer, Cleveland Research Company has got you covered. The company hosts company retreats several times a year for both employees and their families. During these, everyone can enjoy sand volleyball, 12-course meal tastings, fishing, corn hole, and other fun activities in the great outdoors.
Online audiences are far from homogeneous, and Quantcast helps its clients take advantage of that through its innovative technologies and large-scale data analyses—giving them insights and tools to deliver targeted advertising.
Quantcast encourages all kinds of activities to bring people together, and it goes to great lengths to enable its employees to pursue their favorite pastimes—in and out of the office. Chill out at in the office at a Home Brew competitions or a company pool tournament, or get out and enjoy the season at a Giants game—there are tons of opportunities for Quantcast employees to have fun and get to know one another.
Redbubble is a global online marketplace through which individuals can creatively express themselves while supporting independent artists. On Redbubble, artists sell their designs hassle-free on everything from T-shirts to home décor, and customers can browse and purchase the work of thousands of artists. Beyond a marketplace, Redbubble is a community, where creative individuals can buy, admire, and discuss art.
If summer to you is all about having a little extra free time to work on creative projects, then Redbubble is the place for you. Not only will you be surrounded by inspiring employees and artists day in and day out, you'll enjoy an office full of places to play, create, and—most importantly for the summer—recharge in the meditation room, a completely quiet space full of seats, pillows, and mid-day solace.
Duarte shapes ideas into impactful presentations that are designed to shift audience belief and behaviors. From high-stakes keynote presentations to informal meetings, Duarte can meet any client’s needs with more than two decades worth of experience creating presentations for some of the world’s best-known brands.
Located in Sunnyvale, CA, you can be sure to enjoy sunny warmth, well, all year round at Duarte. And with co-workers that feel more like family and events ranging from “Make Art, Drink Wine” to “Smash Party”—a birthday party for a co-worker who was gifted a sledgehammer and the green-light to smash everything in sight—you can be sure the fun vibes of summer will last year round, too.
CloudPassage offers a comprehensive, SaaS-based cloud security platform that operates seamlessly across public, private, or hybrid cloud infrastructures at any scale. CloudPassage’s Halo® product 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—providing confidence that their critical business assets are secure.
Employees at CloudPassage enjoy all kinds of extras. From food related rewards like free beer after four to bi-weekly catered lunches to doughnut deliveries to practical perks—such as paid-for conferences and a $200 home-internet and cell phone reimbursement plan—the company makes sure to take care of its employees in every aspect of their lives, no matter the season.
Entering the competitive viral web scene in 2013, Distractify has made a notable name for itself, becoming one of the fastest growing startups in Austin and a top website for social sharing. A rising star company masterminded by Millennial creatives, Distractify publishes attention-grabbing stories on culture, lifestyle, human insight, and current events happening around the world.
Working at the Distractify office requires a healthy sense of humor. As a company dedicated to lightening up the daily grind, Distractify finds that belly-bursting jokes come naturally with the territory. And when work is play—well what could be better?
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Caroline Liu is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and computer programmer studying at Wesleyan University. She is pursuing majors in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Computer Science in order to bridge her passions for tech, design, and social justice. Learn more about Caroline on her website or follow her on Twitter.More from this Author