Groundbreaking. It’s an adjective that everyone wants, yet very few can actually lay claim to. That is, unless you’re one of these 17 companies that are totally transforming their respective industries.
From shaking up age-old methods to innovating brand new technologies, these companies are the very definition of disrupters—making things bigger and better and constantly challenging the status quo. Best of all, you can be part of one of them: They’re all hiring right now.
SmartBear Software creates quality tools that assist over 4 million developers, testers, and operation teams to deliver the world’s best applications. SmartBear provides industry-leading development, testing, and monitoring software tools allowing global development teams to create the world’s foremost software and API’s.
With 25,000 companies and 4 million-plus global end-users leveraging its software tools, it’s safe to say that the company’s work is making a huge difference and quite literally changing what it means to build technology across the globe.
ScaleFactor powers growth at client companies through back-office automation, full-service accounting, CFO, advising, and countless additional services.
When employees clearly state that they joined the team because they recognized it as their chance to reshape the industry, you know this company’s on to something major. This startup’s completely fresh take on entrepreneurial finance is shaking up the way small businesses scale and grow.
One of the best perks of working somewhere that’s forging a path in uncharted territories? As ScaleFactor’s Director of Client Solutions Corey Bach says, “The coolest part about a growing company is that there’s always a new best moment.”
OptionsCity is a financial technology company—providing cutting-edge software solutions to simplify electronic trading.
Some of the most groundbreaking companies start with recognizing a need that needs to be filled—and OptionsCity is no exception. Noticing the gap in electronic trading software, this organization has quickly earned a solid reputation for pioneering technology.
Need further proof? The company has won the Chicago Innovation Award and was named Best Options Trading Platform in 2013 for the second year in a row. As OptionCity’s Chief Technology Officer says, “We look forward to releasing more software that will continue to change the way traders think and utilize technology.”
AbelsonTaylor is the world’s largest advertising agency for health and wellness, focusing on brands that help people live healthier lives.
You don’t grow to become the largest independent medical advertising in the world without doing some things differently. By employing new technologies and always staying focused on the company’s central purpose, AbelsonTaylor constantly finds new ways to help people live healthier lives.
“At AbelsonTaylor, what we’re really trying to find is the best medium between medical info and the creative spirit,” shares Senior Interaction Designer Jennifer von Glahn.
Allstate is dedicated to helping people live the good life every day and protect what matters to them most, whether it’s their home, car, or family.
Chances are, you’re already familiar with Allstate. But, you’re likely less familiar with the many things the company is doing to distinguish itself as a leader in technology. While you might assume that insurance has nothing to do with tech, Allstate is making huge strides in digitizing the customer experience.
Allstate also places a particularly strong emphasis on women’s involvement in the tech industry and is especially excited to participate in the upcoming Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.
Facebook is the largest social media network, enabling over a billion users to openly connect with friends and family, share content, and discover the world.
Can you even remember what life was like before Facebook? As a company that has completely transformed the way that people connect and communicate, Facebook has undoubtedly earned its spot on this list. But, it’s really only scratched the surface.
The platform is on a mission to make the world more open and connected. And, while the company has already changed the name of the social media game, one thing is for certain: Facebook’s groundbreaking innovations will only keep coming.
TomTom creates and offers dozens of navigation products and consumer services that manage and leverage information related to transportation, health and fitness, and even urban planning.
TomTom is already known worldwide for mapping and navigation products. But, now the company is staking claim in the fitness sphere in order to give consumers the freedom to move, explore, and navigate the world like never before.
“TomTom is an innovative company,” explains Senior Planning and Inventory Manager Matt Bates. “We are expanding our portfolio from GPS devices into the fitness realm. Every new project gives us more experience and more opportunity to implement and execute new processes.”
Odyssey is a social media platform democratizing how content is created and consumed, enriching people’s lives with new, honest, meaningful ideas and building relationships with engaged audiences.
As a hybrid between a publisher and a social media network, Odyssey is flipping the typical media industry on its head by democratizing content creation—and it’s working.
Odyssey empowers employees to think big so that the company can continue to innovate in the space. “It’s a really exciting and dynamic atmosphere that’s perfect for someone who’s interested in both being creative and taking their abstract thoughts about media and creating a definite plan,” says Assistant Managing Editor Tom Edathikunnel.
GrubHub quells hunger in urban areas across the United States, providing local menus, online ordering, and fast food delivery services.
GrubHub’s entire business is built around being hungry. But, the GrubHub team has a hunger of a different kind: An intense craving for new, fresh ideas that challenge the norms of online food ordering. And, it’s paying off in a big way—for employees, and also for consumers.
“We bring a new way of getting all the food that you love,” shares Senior Director of Acquisitions Marketing Steven Young, “Whenever you want it, however you want it.”
Feeling hungry for a great gig? You know what to do.
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation brings fans, animators, and industry members together to celebrate all aspects of Japanese animated arts through community efforts and events.
You could argue that this nonprofit organization isn’t transforming an industry—it’s creating one. “The SPJA acts as a bridge between Japan and America, bringing content over and making people aware of its existence,” explains Industry Relations Manager Azusa Matsuda.
The organization also puts on Anime Expo, the largest convention of its kind in North America. Needless to say, the SPJA is undoubtedly forging the path in introducing people to the Japanese arts.
Voxy provides personalized English-language instruction to corporations, educational institutions, and governments across the globe.
Long gone are the days of using a textbook or boring audiotape to learn a new language—thanks to companies like Voxy.
Voxy’s English-language instruction solutions meet the needs of each user by combining patented technology that adapts lessons in real time with personalized live instruction. What’s even more impressive? It’s all delivered in a fully mobile experience.
Are you speaking this company’s language? Submit your application now.
Newsela helps students around the world build reading comprehension through hundreds of daily, engaging news articles at five different learning levels in various languages.
Newsela’s mission is to totally transform the way students access the world through words. And, if you ask Newsela’s employees, the company is doing a pretty great job at arming students with the knowledge they need to go out and make a huge difference in the world.
As Account Manager Stephen Caputo says, “We are a game-changing company for educational institutions everywhere.”
Goosehead Insurance is an independent agency and franchise company, taking pride in the power of choice and protecting clients without cutting corners.
As one of the largest independent U.S. insurance agencies, Goosehead Insurance is changing the face of the insurance industry, making the search for great coverage a piece of cake.
Who wouldn’t want to say goodbye to insurance headaches? This company is poised to continue growing to become number one in the industry.
TrackMaven is a competitive intelligence platform that provides digital marketers with the analysis they need to build great brands.
TrackMaven's employees are all working together to shatter the perception of marketing technology and create true innovation in the world of marketing through the company’s competitive intelligence platform. While the technology industry in Washington, DC has historically boasted lots of talented individuals, they’ve mostly worked within the government and public sectors. Recently, there’s been a significant shift toward creating innovation within the private sector—paving the way for rising stars like TrackMaven in the startup community.
15. Elevation Church
Elevation Church is a multi-site church led by Pastor Steven Furtick that spreads the message of Christianity, bringing the movement across the United States and Canada.
If the word “church” immediately inspires visions of stuffy Sunday morning services, there’s no denying that Elevation Church is about to challenge everything you thought you knew.
Through technology and creativity, this company is able to spread the Gospel like never before. “We have to approach this every day with a serious intensity,” says Associate Campus Pastor Scott Hosey, “Because we know the impact is so huge.”
Client Resources, Inc. provides customized information technology talent and software services to businesses, from mobile application development to infrastructure and productivity solutions.
The team at CRi is incredibly passionate about finding sophisticated solutions for the company’s clients. And, that spirit of creativity and challenging the status quo is just what keeps CRi moving forward with constant innovations.
“We are on the forefront of being able to give clients the technological advantage and expertise to evolve in the marketplace,” shares UX Designer Stephan Grot.
What do you picture when you hear the word “coupon”? If your mind immediately jumped to a vision of taking a pair of scissors to the Sunday paper, think again.
Ibotta is disrupting the old legacy industry of coupons and rebates by connecting consumers with a simple app that provides cash rebates based on purchases. No paper cutting and no nonsense.
Photo of team brainstorming courtesy of Izabela Habur/Getty Images.
TopicsGrubhub , Newsela , Job Search , Facebook , Company Profiles , Finding a Job , Who's Hiring , OptionsCity , Voxy , Goosehead Insurance , Allstate , TrackMaven , Scalefactor , AbelsonTaylor , TomTom , Client Resources, Inc. , Odyssey , Elevation Church , SmartBear , Company Roundup , Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation , Ibotta
Kat is a Midwest-based freelance writer, covering topics related to careers, self-development, and the freelance life. In addition to writing for The Muse, she's also the Career Editor for The Everygirl, a columnist for Inc., and a contributor all over the web. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she's usually babying her rescued terrier mutt or continuing her search for the perfect taco. Say hi on Twitter @kat_boogaard or check out her website.More from this Author