If you’re looking for a new job, this might just be your best year yet.
How do we know that? Because we’ve discovered 15 companies that will make going to work every day pretty great. Some you’ve probably heard of before, and some might be new to you, but they all have engaging missions, ample work-life balance perks, and high employee satisfaction. Oh, and they’re also all hiring now!
Ready to make working for one of these companies your goal for 2016? Read on.
Founded in 1999, Zappos began as an online shoe retailer and has since expanded to include clothing, accessories, beauty, and home items. The company has grown rapidly by building a reputation for phenomenal customer service and unrivaled selection.
At Zappos, employees have the creative freedom to follow their passions in the way that suits them best. As a company that practices “Holacracy,” Zappos fights the strains of bureaucracy by replacing it with a self-organizing system that’s focused around fulfilling work. Zappos also encourages employees to be themselves, so they know there’s no need to hide their quirks or awkward dance moves from the office.
“It’s an adventure every day. We have a very unique balance of work and fun. We’re a very close-knit community of friends and professionals,” says user experience designer Lisa Marshall.
2. Condé Nast
Since 1909, the prestigious and multi-award winning Condé Nast enterprise has led the media industry with creativity, innovation, and style. The literary and entertainment icon—named one of LinkedIn’s “Top 25 Most In-Demand Employers”—has a celebrated portfolio of magazine brands, digital media, film, and TV ventures. Across its digital network, the company recently hit an all-time high audience of 91.2 million and has ranked as the number one network among affluent millennials for 23 months running.
“As the world continues to change how we communicate and interact with content, Condé Nast will continue to keep up with how people are connecting in every which way,” says Kiku Chaudhuri, Associate Director of Audience Development at GQ.
Meaningful friendships and outstanding teamwork are the backbone of Condé Nast’s business brands—and the essence of its rich culture. Employees spend quality time getting to know each other, whether by joking around on the job, sharing happy hour drinks, or participating in offsite team building events like “Escape the Room” games.
A leader in cloud infrastructure, business mobility, and virtualization software, VMware entered the tech industry in 1998—offering game-changing IT solutions and simplified automated delivery systems. VMware has been recognized as a Fortune “100 Best Company to Work For” and Forbes ’ “100 Most Innovative Companies in the World”—honors it credits to its over 18,000 talented employees around the world.
“Over the years, VMware has continued to have an innovative spirit and the thought leadership to push forward. It’s really exciting to be a part of a company that’s so innovative and so ahead of the game,” says Mike Valley, a systems engineer.
VMware knows the kind of people it takes to create the future. VMware’s shared values, EPIC₂—execution, passion, integrity, customers, and community—empower its team toward the goal of architecting what’s next for the company, the industry, and each other.
Since 2007, Plum Organics has been feeding the future by creating delicious organic food and snacks for babies, toddlers, and kids.
From the beginning, Plum Organics’ employees have started each week with a Monday morning huddle. Team members assemble for breakfast and company updates and share a weekly Love Bomb featuring a satisfied—and adorable—fan. Plum Organics also organizes employee volunteer events with local agencies and nonprofits to connect co-workers to their community and bring Plum Organics’ mission to life.
Because, as a Public Benefit Corporation, the mission is always at the top of everyone’s mind, serving as inspiration for one of Plum Organics’ core aspirations—fighting the good fight. “You have to come with a ‘yes’ attitude. There’s not a lot of ‘no’ here. It’s a lot of ‘let’s figure it out,’” says Gina Alamillo, R&D Technologist.
GEICO was originally founded in 1936 to provide quality insurance for government employees and military personnel. Today, GEICO has kept its tradition of exceptional service alive but has expanded its coverage, serving millions of people across the U.S. and offering a diverse array of policies from auto to homeowners to identity theft insurance.
Want to work for GEICO? You’ll fit right in—provided you love to learn. GEICO employees enjoy mastering new skills, attending GEICO University training courses, and tackling extra challenges. Team members may even switch their areas of expertise as they uncover hidden talents, and GEICO actively supports these ventures.
“I always come into work feeling like what my team and I do makes a difference,” adds Derek Switzer, Digital Experience Manager.
Stack Overflow works to build expert question and answer communities for online information seekers. By offering 136 outlets for users to post, answer, and peer review specific topics such as mathematics, science, cooking, and computer programming, the company bridges the gap between novice knowledge inquiries and expert advice—creating a rewarding experience for all involved.
Stack Overflow likes to hire people who get things done—which means the office is filled with creative people who constantly contribute to the company’s rapid growth. As a thought leader in tech recruitment, Stack Overflow uses its position to raise awareness about increasing diversity in the industry, hosting Tech Talent Week in London with events highlighting employer branding, candidate experience, and women who code.
“What excites me each morning is that every day presents a new opportunity to create something great. Everyone really values each other’s opinions, and there’s never a shortage of ideas or inspiration. It’s all about teamwork,” says Angela Nyman, Director of Marketing for Europe, Middle East, and Africa at the company’s London office.
The City of Houston is no ordinary municipality. With a diverse and growing populace, the city has learned how to innovate like a tech company—even crowdsourcing data on potholes and hosting annual hackathons. With a focus on data, learning, and results, the City of Houston gives the public sector a 21st century gleam.
One of the largest and fastest growing cities in the U.S. doesn’t keep up with the times by standing still. The City of Houston can change almost as rapidly as the people it services, and the folks in this government organization are dynamic, welcoming these ever-shifting circumstances with aplomb.
“It’s not a sink-or-swim type of culture. We’re very much wanting to invest in our employees and help them grow,” says Jesse Bounds, Deputy Assistant Director of Finance.
Blinds.com is the world’s largest online window covering store, selling custom designer blinds, drapes, and shutters since 1996. The company offers free expert design advice, empowering customers to pick the perfect product through awesome technology and customer service.
Founded in CEO Jay Steinfeld’s now-famed garage, Blinds.com continues to grow and enjoys a unique culture that helps people become better than they ever thought possible. And you don’t have to just believe us on that: Blinds.com was awarded one of the “Best Companies to Work for in Texas” by the Best Companies Group, one of the “Best Places to Work” by The Houston Chronicle , and one of the “101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For™” by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR), all in 2015.
Trax Technologies is a software service company that provides best in the industry services to large global shippers and their transportation providers. Trax Technologies’ unique software assures logistics service transactions are accurate, reliable, properly allocated, and optimally funded.
Trax Technologies was awarded one of the “Top Companies To Work For” in Arizona by its employees and CareerBuilder.com for the second consecutive year in a row. The company’s unique development opportunities and dynamic work environment have resulted in an exceptional level of employee engagement across the world—and that hasn’t gone unnoticed. The employee-nominated award speaks to the awesome culture Trax Technologies has created and how much employees love working there.
“Trax is the hardest I’ve ever worked with the most amazing people I’ve ever worked with,” says Agustina Auge, Data Optimization Manager.
Guggenheim Partners is a global investment and advisory firm. Across its three primary businesses of investment management, investment banking, and insurance services, Guggenheim has a track record of delivering results through innovative solutions. The firm is committed to advancing the strategic interests of its clients and to delivering long-term results with excellence and integrity.
Guggenheim prides itself on cultivating a diverse, energetic pool of talent. The firm gives young people the opportunity to work alongside leaders in the industry, tackling a range of challenges for clients and collaborating to deliver innovative solutions. Ensuring that Guggenheim puts forward its best ideas requires rigorous thinking, conviction, and debate—three prerequisites that everyone at Guggenheim seeks to bring to every opportunity.
“I think that Guggenheim does a great job of finding talent, cultivating that talent, and watching it grow,” says Danielle Ghess, Corporate Events Project Manager.
Created in 1996 during the digital revolution, eMarketer sets high standards as a unique and reliable source of marketing research—keeping pace with the fast-growing digital world. eMarketer collects and digs through data to provide credible, sharp, and objective points of view about wide-ranging consumer trends, marketing technology, and strategy—leading competitive marketers and helping businesses thrive worldwide.
With over 10 progressive years in the digital marketing business, eMarketer’s goal-setting techniques have evolved along with the industry in which it’s gained an outstanding reputation. Success is meticulously measured with detailed metrics as the company focuses on key performance indicators—analyzing data correlation with each department’s impact and efforts, empowering teams with accountability for achievements, and strategizing improvements to be made going forward.
LivingSocial is an innovative, web-based marketplace, offering amazing deals, from weekend trips to gourmet dinners to one-of-a-kind events. Working with local businesses to bring them new, enthusiastic customers, LivingSocial fosters community partnerships that translate into great deals. Through its online marketplace, members are able to create amazing memories in their own cities—and around the world—at uniquely low prices.
The local ecommerce space is still relatively young with only a handful of key players—including LivingSocial. With eBay veteran Gautam Thakar taking the reins in late 2014, the company is quickly moving away from its brick and mortar roots to a more personalized marketplace where customers are investing in their own user experiences.
“Where we want to go now as a company is to be more personalized, to help customers find the types of experiences they can enjoy and talk about,” says Thakar.
Serving the needs of creatives is the name of the Shutterstock game. With an easy-to-search marketplace of over 40 million photos, videos, illustrations, and music, Shutterstock is able to easily operate in more than 150 countries and 20 languages—adding the fast-paced solutions of a tech company to the traditional stock agency model.
As a company that merges the worlds of technology and creativity, Shutterstock loves working to make an impact for the world’s storytellers. Employees report loving Shutterstock’s fast pace and the rate at which the company is growing. And they also love the great perks that come with being successful (office favorites include daily lunches, weekly yoga classes, and in-office massages).
“What I love about Shutterstock is that it has this startup mentality while being this very established company,” says Ariane Carpenter, Account Executive for International Marekts.
Axial’s platform was launched in 2010 with a mission to connect business owners with expert financial advisors and accessible and reliable capital investors in order to grow, finance, and sell companies. By offering an expansive network of connections and a marketplace for transactions, Axial enables entrepreneurship and empowers professionals to establish the right deals and relationships necessary to build successful businesses.
Axial’s powerful team culture stands strong even as the company prospers in size and success—with each team member playing an important and critical role within the company at large. As Axial approaches the 100-employee mark, Axialites—creative problem-solvers who want to love what they do every single day—continue to work extraordinarily hard across the organization to build markets cooperatively.
15. Treasure Data
Treasure Data was founded in 2011 with the mission of building the first end-to-end cloud service for the entire data pipeline of collection, storage, and analysis. Treasure Data strives to simplify data management by providing an analytics infrastructure—allowing customers to focus on extracting the value of their own data and minimizing the resources, time, money, and effort clients spend on organization and analysis.
Facing the future, Treasure Data can’t help but be excited for the big data market opportunities to come. The company knows that just as it’s looking to grow and expand in the industry, so are each of its clients and users. According to employees, this knowledge motivates and makes each success that comes from the platforms they build that much sweeter.
“One of the things I love most about being in a startup is that we’re all in the trenches together—and we celebrate successes throughout the entire company,” says Lisa Nakahara, Director of HR.
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TopicsJob Search , Company Profiles , Finding a Job , Who's Hiring , Conde Nast , Plum Organics , Blinds.com , LivingSocial , Shutterstock , eMarketer , Geico , Trax Technologies , Treasure Data , Guggenheim Partners , Vmware , Zappos , Axial , Stack Overflow , City of Houston
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