17 Companies That Are as Great as Google (and Hiring Now!)
Move over Google—there are some new guys in town, and they have a whole lot of perks, energy, and influence.
Employees love working for these 17 companies, clients love their products, and office life is a total blast. So, if you’re looking for a job at a company you want to fall in love with, these openings won’t disappoint.
TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. The company offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices, planning features, and booking tools.
TripAdvisor’s vast new office allows employees to enjoy everything from state-of-the-art gym equipment and an on-site culinary team to game rooms and—an employee favorite—even a private pub. The company knows the importance of creating a space where people feel laid-back and comfortable in order to keep the most creative ideas flowing freely.
Outbrain helps people discover interesting and relevant content across the internet. Premium publishers use Outbrain technology and tools to personalize content for users and recommend what to read or view next.
Outbrain is a growing international company that has just “scratched the surface” of content discovery technology. The company has beautiful offices all around the globe, but it’s never wanted to feel like a stuffy, corporate company. Outbrain prides itself on its ability to feel local, and whether the team is in the U.K., Israel, Australia, or the U.S., each office has a uniquely homey and completely Outbrainy feel.
3. MD Insider
Established in 2012, MD Insider offers users a unique behind-the-scenes look at the medical industry. The company’s software provides a factual database on physician performance, quality of care, experience, and medical costs. Everyone on the MD Insider team is excited to be “shaking up the healthcare industry” and providing life-changing solutions to huge problems.
Situated in the heart of Silicon Beach’s competitive tech hub, MD Insider’s fun-loving culture, latest big data technology, rapid growth, and well-funded initiatives continue to attract the very best talent. In addition to being part of an exciting time in MD Insider’s upward trajectory, employees enjoy its unique office location—which is only two beautiful blocks from sunny Santa Monica Beach.
“Seeing the people, passion, talent, and knowledge here at MD Insider is so inspiring,” shares CTO Eric Wilson.
Handy is revolutionizing the world of household chores by connecting individuals to top-notch professionals—with just the click of a button. The company started with the goal to really shake up the household chores industry with the help of technology. “We want to make it as easy to book a handyman as it is to buy a book on Amazon or reserve a car on Uber,” explains CEO and co-founder Oisin Hanrahan.
A small and tight-knit group, the Handy team works at communal desks in an informal and collaborative atmosphere right alongside its co-founders Oisin and Umang. No divide exists between management and employees and—from morning stand-up meetings to lunch time catch-ups—everyone is encouraged to engage, ask questions, and challenge one another to improve. And, of course, everyone is encouraged to have fun together with bi-weekly happy hours, beer pong, and giant Jenga.
JAMF Software is a world leader in Mac OS X and iOS management. JAMF Software helps commercial, educational, and government organizations succeed with the Apple platform.
JAMF is really looking for big-picture thinkers to join the team, so while education and experience are important, critical thinking, collaboration, and empathy are even more necessary. The company hires people who demonstrate immense passion, who work hard, and who possess a self-service mentality. And in return, JAMF will help you become even better at what you do. “JAMF is willing to invest the right amount of time, resources, and trust in its employees in order to allow them to grow and rise to their potentials,” shares Daniel Klingensmith, Software Automation Engineer.
Other cool perks include free massages, a dog-friendly office, an onsite fitness facility, and a zen garden!
Swirl is an independently-owned and independent in spirit full-spectrum ideas agency—offering clients advertising, marketing, communications, retail experiences, and brand actions.
Swirl is on a mission to be innovative every day. “Where Swirl is headed, there are no rules. By creating a brand technology platform that no one has seen before, we get to write our place in history,” explains Tom Sebastian, co-CEO and Chief Creative Officer.
At Swirl, employee integration is top priority. Swirl delivers an exciting onboarding process and a variety of activities for diverse interests, like softball, bowling, and knitting. The company has also built several unique traditions to bolster employee engagement. New hires receive signature Kidrobots to decorate as they wish, and peer-nominated "Matty Awards" are given for demonstrating outstanding company value.
Codeup is a San Antonio-based career accelerator that prepares people for a career as a software developer.
Just like at Google, technology is key at Codeup—specifically continuing to learn more of it. Codeup employees themselves get the chance to jump in on classes, while instructors constantly refine their teaching skills.
But while code is key, people come first. At Codeup HQ, the students and staff have been known to order Cookie Cab at every opportunity, rent out an entire theater to watch a Star Wars premiere, and host an “Ugly Sweater Party” during the holidays. Whether watching an epic game of chess between CEO Michael Girdley and a program student or chatting about the latest tech meetup while in line at a taco truck, there are plenty of ways to engage with your fellow techies at Codeup.
Producing an extensive assortment of licensed clothing, toys, and collectables for the gamer community, J!NX is creating an expressive fashion hub for passionate video game players.
The J!NX team loves to play pranks and fool around—some fun examples include an April Fools release video, dressing up employees to model new video game shirts, and video game tournaments where the winners get custom trophies and bonus vacation hours.
Rocksauce specializes in designing and developing distinctive, beautiful, amazing mobile applications for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.
Rather than crank out endless applications assembly line style, Rocksauce takes a vested interest in every app it releases. Whether they’re building something for a large company or budding entrepreneur, employees take personal pride in each project, working hard to create experiences instead of flat, simple software so that everyone—Rocksauce, its clients, and its clients’ customers—can see success in the end.
“We have the opportunity to make people's dreams a reality,” explains Aaron Koontz, Director of Project Management.
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.
Employees love coming into work every day, a rarity that makes Goosehead Insurance truly special: “To walk into your job every day and really enjoy your environment is incredible. It keeps you coming back for more,” says Megan Bailey, Director of Business Development.
The company’s annual holiday party also brings its national teams together to celebrate achievements. Employees stationed in multiple locations get to meet, for the first time, many of the colleagues they’ve worked with remotely across the company.
12. Peloton Cycle
Peloton is more than just a stationary bike—Peloton has developed a way for people to workout at home without being alone. Peloton’s users can live stream studio cycling classes while simultaneously tracking their progress.
“The environment is really productive: We have access to all the imaginable tools we need. The people are dedicated, driven, and devoted both to their immediate work and to the product and company as a whole. A general atmosphere of openness, and the ping-pong table, are the icing on the cake,” says engineer Tatyana Shchensek-Nechiporuk.
Since 1990, ClaimTrak’s behavioral healthcare supportive services software has provided inpatient, outpatient, and residential organizations with critical clinical, billing, scheduling, and reporting infrastructure, as well as medication management and primary care integration.
ClaimTrack is creating innovative and much-needed technology—without giving up a great work environment. “ClaimTrak is beginning to tackle things that have before been too complex,” explains one employee. “I’m really excited to bring innovative technologies into behavioral health software.”
“There are elements of our business that mirror a start-up. We are laid-back people working to solve a problems—and there is no stuffiness. At the same time, it’s a proven concept, and we’ve been around for many years. It’s the best of both worlds,” adds Chris Yakscoe, VP of Account Management.
ScaleFactor is a partnership that provides growing businesses with back-office automation platforms designed to perform with the pulse of the company.
Just like at Google, at ScaleFactor you get to work with an amazing team. “Collectively, our team is extremely experienced. There’s always someone who can answer any question,” shares Senior Financial Analyst Bass Bauman. And amazing partners, too: “We work with some really incredible clients who have risked everything to start their businesses—and it’s so exciting to help them succeed,” he adds.
Besides excelling at their regular responsibilities, ScaleFactor employees really know how to have fun in the office. Music plays all day long, teams enjoy having lunch together, birthdays are celebrated by the entire office, and games take center stage—from fantasy football leagues running rampant all fall to corn hole and beer pong tables filling up the office.
15. Spencer Stuart
Spencer Stuart is one of the world’s leading executive search and leadership advisory firms. With 56 offices in 30 countries, the firm is considered to be the advisor of choice among top companies seeking guidance and counsel on senior leadership needs.
If you want to make the kind of impact Google makes, Spencer Stuart will help you get there. The firm prides itself on having a company culture made up of results-oriented individuals who are skilled at relationship-building and collaboration. Spencer Stuart strives for excellence in all that it does and on all of its teams, making it the perfect place to hone your skills and grow your career.
VigLink helps publishers ramp up in-text advertising and marketing efficacy by simplifying the process of affiliate linking. The outbound marketing platform powers content-driven commerce for large brands and individual publishers alike by turning outbound links into opportunities to generate revenue.
Not only can VigLink employees take advantage of flexible work hours, unlimited vacation days, and a relaxed work environment, but team members are also encouraged to beef up their skill sets. In fact, teams are allotted a budget just for continuing education—whether that means conferences, classes, or the company-wide subscription to an online learning hub.
OutboundEngine helps small businesses market themselves—with a unique technology platform and a team of talented marketers, OutboundEngine outfits its customers with content marketing, email marketing, and social media marketing to connect with their audiences and drive engagement.
Given their intense work ethic, OutboundEngine employees are good at blowing off steam. Fortunately, Austin is famous for its live music scene, so the team is often treated to private concerts. This year, OutboundEngine has huge plans for its holiday event: One top sales performer will be randomly chosen to win a car.
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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