You want to know that your work makes a difference. And, what better way to do that than by working for a company that has its sights set on shaking up industries and changing the future?
Check out these 18 companies where you can make a real impact—not just on your employer and your own career, but on the world as a whole.
Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through its family of apps and services, Facebook is building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and brings people closer together. Whether creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Its global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways.
At Facebook, innovation, technology, and social impact intersect every day. Teams across all disciplines work on projects that impact billions while being guided by five core values—move fast, focus on impact, be bold, be open, and build social value. Whether it's virtual or augmented reality, machine learning, artificial intelligence, or infrastructure projects, Facebookers are passionate about the company's mission to bring the world closer together.
Vanguard is one of the world's largest investment companies. After 40 years, the organization’s structure remains unique in the industry. Vanguard is client-owned, meaning fund shareholders own the funds, which own Vanguard. Today, the company is widely recognized as a leader in low-cost investing and a steadfast advocate for the interests of investors. Vanguard’s core purpose is "to take a stand for all investors, to treat them fairly, and to give them the best chance for investment success."
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Every single Vanguard employee is motivated by the mission of changing the way the world invests. But, when they’re not making a difference inside the office? They’re doing good outside of it. Throughout the year, Vanguard's crew donate their time and efforts to a wide variety of activities in order to make its communities stronger.
T-Mobile is a place for collaboration, creativity and fast-paced change. As the Un-carrier, and America's most loved wireless company, their 50,000 plus customer-obsessed team members are united in their mission to build the future of technology and change wireless for good.
As T-Mobile grows and expands into the home entertainment marketspace, it doesn’t simply look to join the ranks—it aims to change the game altogether. Teams are working on everything from 5G, IoT, and public cloud strategy to open source projects with blockchain and jazz. By focusing on the future and anticipating needs and trends, T-Mobile continues to awe its customer base and competitors with incredibly innovative ideas that push the industry forward.
Illumio, the leader in micro-segmentation, prevents the spread of breaches inside data centers and cloud environments. Enterprises such as Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas, Salesforce, and Oracle NetSuite use Illumio to reduce cyber risk and achieve regulatory compliance. Illumio’s Adaptive Security Platform® uniquely protects critical information with real-time application dependency and vulnerability mapping coupled with micro-segmentation that works in any data center, public cloud, or across hybrid cloud deployments on bare-metal, virtualization machines, and containers. For more information, visit www.illumio.com/what-we-do or follow @Illumio.
One of the biggest benefits of working with a growing company like Illumio is the all-around impact employees have on the overall product and business. Each person’s work directly affects the outcome of the finalized product and success of the business. Additionally, every individual has the opportunity to work cross-departmentally to learn new aspects of the product and business—and make a lasting impact on the future of data security.
5. Fetch Robotics
Fetch Robotics is the pioneer of on-demand automation. Its FetchCore Cloud Robotics Platform provides the only autonomous mobile robot, or AMR, solution that deploys in hours versus days or weeks and addresses multiple applications—including material handling and data collection—with a common, unified, cloud-based platform. Fetch Robotics offers turnkey and extensible systems that find, track, and move anything from parts to pallets in warehouses, factories, and distribution centers.
Fetch Robotics employees are literally building the future one nut and bolt at a time—turning the high-functioning robots imagined in science fiction into reality. After meticulous testing and development of their robotic systems, Fetch Robotics employees send the company's task-oriented VirtualConveyor and DataSurvey robots into the field to help warehouse associates work more efficiently.
6. Circa Healthcare
Circa Healthcare focuses efforts on the animal healthcare industry, but serves the needs of a range of other players as well—including pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostics, and biotechnology companies. Circa Healthcare helps clients manage brand strategy and marketing and develops advertising that’s both creative and engaging—whether it’s in print or interactive digital media.
Employees at Circa Healthcare love the office because of the open structure of the space. The ability to interact freely with co-workers and team members allows for enhanced collaboration and team bonding. Add in the "walk-and-talk" outdoor meetings and the casual and fun indoor meeting spaces, and Circa Healthcare has created a recipe for collaborative success in evolving healthcare marketing.
7. Consumer Reports
Every day, in every job, the team at CR makes a difference for consumers and society. Whether by testing products in its labs or cars on the track, exposing scams through fearless investigations, or advocating for policies that serve and protect consumers' interests, CR makes an impact on people's lives. A trusted independent voice the public can rely on, Consumer Reports continues its tradition of service using the tools of the 21st century—cutting-edge digital technology, sophisticated analytics, and an evidence-based approach to decision-making.
Consumer Reports tackles tough topics, like product safety and sustainability, healthcare, food, and digital privacy—issues at the forefront of people's minds and wallets. More than just ratings, Consumer Reports investigates consumer issues using an evidence-based approach to journalism designed to distill complex topics into actionable information. As a true fact-based organization, Consumer Reports brings this same evidence-based approach to product testing, marketing, and product development.
A career at Muscular Dystrophy Association—or MDA—is a career with purpose. Through its innovations in science, MDA is accelerating the deveopment of therapies and cures, and through its innovations in care is providing programs and services that enhance the lives of people with neuromuscular disease. Employees aid in MDA's mission every day by finding research breakthroughs, caring for kids and adults, and empowering families with services and support.
MDA is constantly looking for ways to improve the quality of care that families receive. That means listening to the needs of the adults and children that MDA serves. Powered with this information, they think strategically about how they can accelerate treatment and cures to give patients the chance to live longer and grow stronger.
9. Next Century
Next Century was founded on February 4th, 2002, in direct response to the September 11th terror attacks. The company has committed itself to providing critical insight solutions to protect the United States and its allies by coupling elite technology teams with innovative software applications, ultimately allowing end users to make smarter decisions in difficult situations.
Next Century ranked #3 in the small to medium business category of Glassdoor’s 2018 Best Places to Work, competing against hundreds of thousands of companies in the nation.
The work performed at Next Century isn’t always easy—but few worthwhile roles ever are. In a role at Next Century, it takes talent above and beyond that of most people working in the industry. It takes a non-stop craving to be better today than yesterday. The company doesn’t create “things”—it crafts solutions that help save lives, making it a challenging yet highly rewarding place to grow a career.
RX is a clean-label snack brand with products made from a few simple ingredients and no BS.
RX simplifies food by creating snacks that are real and delicious. It's honest and straightforward—no overblown claims, certifications, or gimmicks. With products including RXBAR, RXBAR Kids, and RX Nut Butter, RX makes food that not only tastes good, but is wholesome and nutritious too.
RXBAR uses its service-oriented philosophy to differentiate itself from other products in a crowded market. Customer feedback is taken very seriously, as employees are constantly striving to better understand their customer base. RXBAR’s healthy and inclusive work environment makes it possible for employees to deliver great customer experiences—because people who work at RXBAR feel valued, they're able to engage consumers in an authentic way.
11. Collective Health
Like many Americans across the country, Collective Health agrees that the current healthcare system is broken—and that’s the big challenge that the company is taking on. With cutting-edge technology and a healthy dose of empathy, Collective Health is rebuilding the health benefits experience from the ground up for more than 115,000 members across the U.S.
Collective Health has a mighty mission—to make the American healthcare system effortless. While the company’s employees come from diverse backgrounds, they’re united by this audacious vision. With a corporate culture focused on empathy, authenticity, curiosity, and a need to solve hard problems, they are building the mission-driven team needed to truly reinvent the healthcare experience for everyday people.
12. Teachers Pay Teachers
Founded by a NYC public school teacher in 2006, Teachers Pay Teachers was created to help educators better serve their students by facilitating the exchange of resources, lesson plans, and materials. Since then, the website has grown beyond its niche into an expansive service and marketplace with broad offerings, used by over 4 million teachers worldwide.
When it comes to education, it’s common for powerful interests with little experience or understanding of teaching to disrupt institutions and impose their ideas and methods on educators. Instead, TpT serves students by first serving teachers—listening to educators and crafting solutions to fit their needs. This “listen and learn” mentality continues to drive TpT’s success.
13. World 50
World 50 is the premier resource for senior executives from globally respected organizations to privately and candidly share ideas, solutions, and collaborative discovery. The World 50 community represents over 1,200 senior executives from 600 globally respected companies across six continents. Founded in 2004, World 50 accelerates the success of its members and their organizations. Membership provides unparalleled access to world-class gatherings and year-round peer-to-peer and team-to-team collaboration, delivering insights found nowhere else.
World 50's investment in learning for leaders in other industries extends to its own workplace. The company conducts an annual internal summit where associates and special guests exchange ideas. World 50 believes that the more employees know about what's happening in the world, the better they can serve their members—and the bigger difference they can make.
With items from more than 25,000 brands—ranging from Gap to Gucci—thredUP is quickly becoming the nation’s leading online marketplace for women’s and children’s consignment apparel. The company aims to reinvent the way consumers think about clothing by offering like-new outfits at nearly 90% less than regular retail prices, and allowing customers to resell their no-longer-needed items with a customized Clean Out Kit that lets them send in garments, shoes, and accessories in exchange for cash and credit.
thredUP wants each employee to truly feel as though they are a part of the larger company picture—so, they offer everyone in the organization stock options as a part of their bigger benefit package. In this way, each person is able to take ownership of their daily responsibilities with the full knowledge that they are moving both themselves and the company forward into the future.
Appian builds a world class low-code application development platform that enables businesses to rapidly develop powerful and unique software applications with flexible visual models instead of clunky custom code. The apps created on Appian’s platform help companies drive digital transformation and competitive differentiation.
At Appian, management positions are taken very seriously. When an employee moves up in the ranks, a lot of trust is placed in his or her judgment and decision-making abilities. Managers are given a lot of freedom to manage their teams while also getting the support and feedback they need to grow and make a real impact.
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 20 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.
17. Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project—or WWP—is transforming the way America’s injured veterans are empowered, employed, and engaged in their communities. WWP works with warriors and their families to create paths toward success as they transition back into civilian life. Through direct programs and services, WWP connects warriors to a network of support and resources to address their evolving needs. The WWP team is passionate about creating impact—and since 2003 have improved the lives of over half a million warriors and their families. In fact, many WWP employees are veterans themselves and have experienced firsthand the benefits of its programs and services.
WWP teammates are mission-driven and guided by their core values. An open, inventive, and joyful workplace helps visiting warriors feel comfortable and inspires the team to bring their best every day. With an emphasis on collaboration, innovative ideas, and open communication, teammates support one another and receive encouragement in their own professional growth, all while serving and supporting the veteran community.
Nexus is the leading provider of accounts payable and payments automation software for the real estate industry. Its procure-to-pay solution takes a 360 degree view of customer and supplier needs, addressing pain points unique to real estate. By putting people at the forefront of automation, the Nexus product suite offers more than efficiency, control, and insight—it makes it easier to maintain the relationships at the heart of business. When people connect, technology works.
Management and executives at Nexus take pride in working to grow each team member, both personally and professionally. By regularly meeting with each individual to discuss—and mark the progress of—long- and short-term goals, the company creates industry leaders inside its own walls, effectively growing the entire organization in the process.
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