You want a job you feel passionate about. But, just because you love what you do doesn’t mean you want to spend your entire life in the office.
Fortunately, these 16 companies understand that. Not only are they awesome and rewarding places to work, but they also recognize the importance of balance. So they encourage their employees to enjoy their lives—both in the office and out.
Is that just the type of employer you’re looking for? You’re in luck—each and every one of these companies is hiring right now.
Bridgestone Americas, or BSA—and its subsidiaries around the world—develop, manufacture, and market a wide range of tires, air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles for private and commercial customers in the automotive, agricultural, forestry, and mining industries. BSA also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers.
One of the many ways that Bridgestone encourages work-life balance? Alternative work schedules. With that approach, certain employees have the option to adjust their schedules and take every other Friday off—giving them the chance to extend their weekends, spend more quality time with their families, and enjoy some time away from the office.
Asana is a company on a mission "to help humanity thrive by enabling all teams to work together effortlessly." The fast-growing app makes it easy for teams to track their work and projects with greater clarity and accountability—and to be more effective. Asana is one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies, and one of its Top-Ten Best Apps of 2016. It's also the top work-tracking vendor on Forbes's inaugural Cloud 100 list, one of Entrepreneur Magazine's best workplace cultures of 2017, on Fortune's Best Workplaces for Women list, and one of Glassdoor's 2017 Top Ten Best Places to Work.
Asana gives its employees autonomy to manage individual work schedules, allowing everybody to have lives outside of their careers—and giving working parents free time to tend to family responsibilities. By placing an emphasis on passions instead of punching the clock, Asana enables its teams to work diligently yet flexibly at a healthy pace, supporting an enjoyable work-life balance without burn out.
From the headquarters in South Portland, Maine, to locations in Sao Paulo, London, Rome, Singapore, Melbourne, and beyond, WEX's team of over 3,500 employees leads the way in value-based business payment processing and information management solutions. The innovative technology, payment, and data solutions are working to enable customers and business partners to focus on what they do best—achieving their business growth objectives.
There’s no shortage of perks for WEX employees—from tuition reimbursement to onsite fitness centers. But the one that team members appreciate most? The emphasis on work-life balance. “We have a lot of flexibility—we can work from home or take breaks throughout the day to relax or unwind with friends in the game room,” says Riley Griffin, Senior Software Engineer.
Kaleidoscope is an independent brand consultancy with a global reach. The organization's teams connect insights with strategy, design, and prototyping to deliver integrated innovative solutions with speed and agility. Kaleidoscope began innovating after progressing beyond the brand imaging and prototyping services that put the company on the map in 1995.
Kaleidoscope understands the importance of giving employees plenty of time away from work. But the time they do spend in the office? They want it to be as enjoyable as possible. From dog-friendly spaces to the rooftop fit for summer barbecues, Kaleidoscope knows what it takes to make time spent in the office cheery—rather than a chore.
Together with the worldwide open-source community, The Linux Foundation aims to solve the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. By partnering with the world’s leading developers and companies and providing the necessary tools, training, and events to scale any open source project, the nonprofit's services help create vibrant ecosystems to support the long-term growth of numerous open source projects.
Very few companies are able to provide as much work-life balance as one that works entirely virtually. The Linux Fondation employs individuals in 36 different states and four countries. To help make this possible, a stipend is provided for employees to equip their home offices, buy their own computers, and rent co-working spaces around the world.
Since its launch in 2001, LegalZoom has helped over three million families and small businesses manage their legal needs. From estate plan documents to business formation and trademark registration, LegalZoom provides legal solutions built around providing exceptional customer experiences. Offering access to licensed, customer-reviewed, independent attorneys, LegalZoom is a trusted partner that places the law within everyone’s reach.
Considering employee happiness a major priority, LegalZoom creates a culture of comfort for its employees that supports flexibility and freedom—and motivates independence. The company cultivates a stress-free, relaxed atmosphere with lots of breathing room and zero micro-management—and affords its employees the luxury to work creatively from home when needed.
Dental One supports more than 160 practices in 13 states—a mission that started in 1981. Even then, Dental One’s trailblazers recognized the value in partnering with technologically advanced practices and forward-thinking doctors to push the limits on patient care. Today, that mission still holds true—and it’s paving the way for major industry milestones the team can see around the corner.
When it comes to work-life balance, Dental One Partners takes things a step further than only focusing on schedules and time off. Between monthly get-togethers, targeted team-building, rewards and recognition, "Feel Good Committees," and having fun, workplace balance means being happy and engaged while at work and at home.
Medidata engineers analytic software that offers unrivaled therapy development expertise to pharmaceutical companies, biotech groups, medical device firms, academic medical centers, and contract research organizations around the world. With offices in the United States, Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore, and the United Kingdom, Medidata provides global opportunities for patients, physicians, and life science professionals to collaborate on projects that result in smarter, more precise treatment and care.
Medidata has built a company culture where everybody feels cared for and appreciated for their work. A high value is placed on teamwork at this company, whether through collaborative projects or team-building activities outside of work. Special events and intramural teams offer opportunities for employees to bond and establish rapport.
OpenMarket helps enterprises use mobile to transform their business—working with some of the biggest enterprises in the world to make their customers' lives better. Small enough so that every person counts, the team has a passion for technology that rivals any startup. OpenMarket likes having the best of both worlds—there are no meetings on beanbag chairs next to the ping-pong table, but it is a suits-and-bureaucracy-free zone.
One of the things employees love most about working at OpenMarket is the freedom and autonomy to grab the reins, work in the way that suits them best, and take charge of their own careers and lives. “OpenMarket is very much a place where you can be in charge of your own destiny,” shares Oisin Lunny, Chief Evangelist.
Since its fateful founding in 1921, Rust-Oleum has been crafting creative, durable solutions for every home and industry need, from surface protection to inspired looks for every idea.
Good is never good enough at Rust-Oleum. And that’s not a philosophy that just applies to the company’s products—it also applies to its culture. Rust-Oleum is always on the lookout for ways it can continue to make life better for its employees, both at work and at home. “Rust-Oleum is all about recognizing employees for their hard work and keeping up company morale,” says Ryan Malo, Material Handler.
Consumer behavior is rapidly changing. With billions of images shared daily, the 24/7 shopper is discovering products more often and in more places—from social sites and shopping apps to brand and influencer blogs. Curalate gives businesses the power to drive engagement, traffic, and revenue with images across every consumer touchpoint, empowering millions of people daily to easily take action on the products they want from the brands they love.
A few core values of the Curalate culture include collaboration, open communication, and transparency. Giving employees access to the proper tools, information, and the opportunity to grow allows team members to take control of their own success. Employees also enjoy fantasy football leagues, Lean-In Circles, company sports teams, happy hours, crafting, and game nights. Curalate is determined to create multiple venues for collaboration and teamwork, both inside and outside of the office.
Founded in 2003, Goosehead Insurance is changing the face of the insurance industry, making the search for great coverage a piece of cake. As one of the largest independent U.S. insurance agencies, Goosehead is committed to finding the best possible coverage and rates—and because it works simultaneously with different carriers, Goosehead finds clients multiple options and excellent deals.
Goosehead knows there’s one surefire way to ensure that employees are getting what they need from their career: open and honest communication. Leaders at Goosehead Insurance pride themselves on being approachable and accessible. With team huddles every week and one-on-one review sessions twice each month, employees continuously have the opportunity to ask important questions, offer feedback, and improve performance.
16. Index Exchange
Index Exchange is one of the world’s premier ad tech companies, providing a transparent exchange for digital media publishers and suppliers to sell their ad impressions programmatically and in real-time. Headquartered in New York City with offices in San Francisco, Chicago, London, Toronto, Montreal, Kitchener, Sydney, Paris, Milan, and Düsseldorf, Index Exchange is defining the evolution of online technology today with the brightest minds in ad tech.
Many employees note how the culture of Index Exchange is like that of a family. As a group of people dedicated to doing business honestly and transparently, colleagues feel connected and supported as they work towards a common business goal. It's important that employees interact and blow off some steam, away from their desk and with all teams—whether that's weekly catered lunches, mid-day Nerf gun fights, or coffee breaks in the kitchen.
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TopicsIndex Exchange , Rust-Oleum , Kaleidoscope , Medidata , Curalate , Bridgestone Americas , Dental One Partners , CSI globalVCard , The Linux Foundation , WEX , Work-Life Balance , Company Profiles , Finding a Job , Who's Hiring , Asana , Goosehead Insurance , LegalZoom , OpenMarket , O3b Networks , Company Roundup , Agile , Job Search
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