18 Companies Where You’ll Find Mentors and Friends
If for you it’s the people who make the job worth doing, then we’ve got a treat today.
Here are 18 companies where the people are cited as the best part, where folks really get along and have fun with their co-workers in and out of work, and where everyone talks about really learning from those around them, whether that’s their peers or from their managers.
Check them out now to find your next work family—and send out those applications!
Radius is a marketing intelligence platform—helping companies understand and leverage B2B marketing data to drive success.
Radius’ work environment encourages collaboration and drives employees to succeed. Each employee has a direct impact on the company, which drives momentum and motivation across every team. Passion for the work and the company as a whole motivates employees to support one another in their goals.
“Our culture really revolves around the employees and cross-functional collaboration,” says Director of Product Marketing John Hurley.
2. Swoon Group
Swoon is a fast-growing, award-winning professional staffing and recruiting firm bringing together top-tier talent and powerhouse companies with a progressive approach and impressive results.
Swoon may be a young company, but the exploding, female-owned firm has a wealth of resources and highly experienced leaders and mentors. Always open to innovative ideas and helping everyone on the team excel, management collaboratively sits beside employees to level the playing field. Plus, swooning over its passionate, hardworking people, Swoon shows big appreciation for its staff from day one with welcoming first day lunches and other community traditions.
REVOLT aims to bring music back to television by developing the first and last channel built entirely from the ground up in the social media age.
At REVOLT, a weekly content meeting—where ideas for linear and digital shows can come from anybody and anywhere—allows team members across all departments come in to participate in fun, open dialogue.
Plus, team members have the opportunity to make friends and connections with other music, marketing, and media lovers at an annual REVOLT Music Conference. Taking place in Miami, this exciting conference includes panels, keynotes, and live performances where everyone can have a little fun together.
Plum Organics is a values-driven food and beverage company, nourishing the next generation with nutritious, inventive, and flavorful products.
Innovation is part of the DNA of Plum Organics. Plum Organics employees work flexibly and creatively—together. They are encouraged to challenge the status quo, and they fundamentally believe there is a better way to create business value. And the fact that they actually enjoy working together helps them succeed.
“There’s a very special human element that’s refreshing about Plum Organics. We’re not just colleagues—we are friends. We support each other at work and outside of work,” shares Nika Memar, Customer Business Manager.
HealthcareSource is a talent management software company, helping healthcare organizations find quality talent and provide quality care to their patients and customers.
Employees at HealthcareSource are proud of the company culture—it’s the foundation for how the team works with customers, products, and each other. It’s not just the benefits and perks—although they have some great ones—but a core set of “Live It!” values that help the team to be the best versions of themselves and exceed expectations.
And one of the values HealthcareSource holds dearest is team collaboration. HealthcareSource knows that when employees get together to share ideas, the products they create are better for its clients. In times of need, each member of the HealthcareSource team is ready and willing to chip in.
Fortegra is a versatile insurance and warranty portfolio, providing adaptable, everyday coverage for customer needs outside traditional insurance companies.
According to employees, at Fortegra, there’s no red tape between senior management and entry-level employees. Senior managers’ approachable demeanors give new employees the chance to ask questions and voice their opinions, no matter their status within the company. This transparent environment gives Fortegra employees the power to create impactful mentoring opportunities and develop exponentially as professionals.
Fortegra employees have a strong sense of camaraderie in the office that makes the experience so much more meaningful. The team can often be found discussing everything from fantasy football picks to funny stories about their children to weekend plans.
LegalZoom is the premier online destination for legal services for businesses and consumers, offering convenient and cost-efficient legal solutions.
LegalZoom enables its employees—also called Zoomers—to be authoritative visionaries in their roles by giving them the green light to innovate. LegalZoom allows employees individual freedom to curiously explore imaginative solutions and eliminate challenging legal problems. The results? Zoomers shine brightly—making the company the success that it is.
“I love the support that people offer here,” shares Senior Product Manager Kirk Banks. “I always feel like people have my back and go above and beyond their job descriptions to get projects through, improve the company, and make sure that we all have the right tools and resources.”
Symphony makes the exchange of sensitive business content more secure and efficient through multi-channel communication platforms that enhance company collaboration.
At Symphony, each employee is encouraged to take ownership of their particular vertical, giving everyone from the HR to the engineering to the compliance teams the freedom to work in an entrepreneurial environment. Symphony employees take pride in knowing each and every contribution is key to reaching the office and company-wide goal of delivering secure communication platforms to the worldwide marketplace.
And while Symphony is searching for candidates proficient in programs like Java, Angular, ReAct, and Backbone, the primarily value in hiring is finding good, collaborative people and applicants who have a solid knowledge in their field. So, you can bet that the people you’d be working with at Symphony are experts—and friendly ones, too.
DogVacay is an online platform, connecting pet owners with dependable pet sitters in cities all across the country.
With an office full of fun-loving employees and furry friends bouncing off every corner, it has a playful energy that’s hard to resist. But with a mission like DogVacay’s, that’s no real surprise: Its team loves providing pet services, and its company canines just add to the appeal—making life at DogVacay a howlin’ good time.
“Everyone here is so positive and motivated,” says Head of Communications Rachael King. “And obviously it’s a lot of fun—being surrounded by four-legged animals all day brings us a lot of levity.”
10. BAE Systems
BAE Systems pushes the edge of innovation by doing work that matters around the world. The company builds and optimizes technology that revolutionizes defense and safeguards security.
BAE Systems employees appreciate the coaching they receive from their managers, as well as the opportunity to participate in a formal mentorship program where they get to choose someone at the company they really want to learn from. Plus, the work environment also lends itself to informal coaching among employees. Employees are encouraged and challenged to be innovative, work hard, and make a difference together, yet there are many opportunities to kick back with co-workers at informal social events, trips to pro-sport games, and sporadic office celebrations.
Smashbox Cosmetics is a prestigious and creative international beauty brand, developing picture-perfect makeup for everyone.
Team members at Smashbox get ample opportunities to gain new expertise—and if they need support, management listens. Mentorship and collaboration have always been a big part of the company culture, which makes taking risks for bigger rewards truly feasible.
To keep up an office culture that encourages this productive spirit, the brand maintains an open, studio-inspired space that makes it easy for team members to collaborate and cultivate the connections that form the foundation for game-changing ideas.
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.
The SPJA fosters a culture of creativity, openness, and overall acceptance. In a niche industry where people participate in roleplay and cosplay events, the organization finds it important to ensure that everyone feels safe being themselves without being concerned about judgment. For employees, this is especially emphasized—and enjoyed—inside the office.
Plus, employees of the SPJA feel privileged to enjoy the perks of traveling with each other to fan conventions and trade shows as a part of their job.
Inspirato is a private luxury vacation company, curating custom travel experiences for adventurers around the world.
By adopting a supportive service-leadership style, Inspirato empowers employees to move forward autonomously and dive deep into creativity-driven projects, removing any roadblocks that might impede productivity and instead pushing employees across the company to reach their full potential.
“Inspirato’s a culture full of vibrant, happy people, all excited to come to work every day,” shares Regional Supervisor Brianna Huber.
14. Maven Wave
Maven Wave assists clients in creating and capitalizing on change opportunities through a unique blend of strategic insight, business knowledge, and technology expertise.
Maven Wave’s management style is structured around ownership and autonomy. The office has an open-door policy, which encourages employees to ask partners, managers, and other team members to collaborate on issues—and find the resolution together.
DriveTime is one of the nation’s largest used car dealers, specializing in helping people with tricky credit issues find financing for the vehicle of their dreams.
DriveTime knows that, by building on individual strengths that become apparent in tough situations, it’s ultimately able to assist in growing careers more quickly. The open atmosphere of the office encourages employees to work together and be inspired by the energy and ambitions of their peers—even the CEO sits out in the middle of the office.
“It doesn’t feel like you’re going to work on a daily basis, but like you’re hanging out with friends and bouncing off ideas,” explains Michael Donnelly, Internet Sales Manager.
16. NAS Insurance
NAS Insurance helps clients grow their businesses with unique, integrated services and capabilities from product development, underwriting, and marketing to risk management and claims handling.
Employees at NAS Insurance would call their peers self-motivated and ambitious, with a healthy dose of competition amidst the light-hearted fun. At NAS Insurance, having fun is just as important and part of the process as working hard is—and this can be seen at every level of the company.
“My co-workers are the best part of coming to work, they keep things competitive in a fun way,” shares Senior Underwriter Ari Giller.
Insikt aims to help underserved families and small businesses find responsible credit options through a proprietary lending and investing platform.
At Insikt, your co-workers are as invested in and innovative with their work as you are—and you can bet that means there are breakthroughs and new exciting solutions every single day.
“This is hands down the most talented and fun team I have ever worked with,” says Senior Director of Product Innovation Eric Burton.
18. Area 1 Security
Area 1 Security actively pursues and provides visibility into the next generation of sophisticated targeted cyber attacks by identifying campaigns and their delivery systems before they unfold.
Area 1 does its best to make the office feel like home for its employees, and that starts by cultivating a friendly, open atmosphere that lets staffers be themselves and get to know each other doing it. If you want to be part of a team that’s fast moving, energized, and genuine, you would love working at Area 1.
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Caroline Liu is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and computer programmer studying at Wesleyan University. She is pursuing majors in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Computer Science in order to bridge her passions for tech, design, and social justice. Learn more about Caroline on her website or follow her on Twitter.More from this Author