19 Companies That Will Never Let You Stagnate in Your Career
Even more valuable than a company that pays you well for work you’re passionate about is one that’s actively involved and invested in your professional growth.
We rounded up 19 employers just like that—companies that help people learn and grow all the time, that promote often and from within, and that generally keep their employees moving up. If that sounds like something you could get on board with, then check out these hundreds of available opportunities and apply today.
Clara de-mystifies the process of getting a mortgage. The technology developed by the company makes the home financing process easier to navigate—and a lot more efficient.
Employees are expected to contribute a lot—and meaningfully—but how, when, and where they do is at their discretion. People who work at Clara are bright and extremely motivated. “We’re hiring people who are highly capable and highly trustworthy,” says one employee. “Those people should be given the latitude they need to exercise their creativity.”
The results? Team members at Clara are constantly growing and advancing in their careers—and with a position there, you can too.
Pandora is a personalized radio service, available anytime and anywhere through connected devices. The company’s goal is to play music that its listeners will love every time they tune in.
Pandora is committed to enriching its employees so they stay focused and excited about going to work. Understanding that people are three-dimensional in their interests and growth points, the company does whatever it can to support people in learning and improving, on and off the job.
Canvas is revolutionizing how companies collect and use business information through its cloud-based software service and mobile app platform.
At Canvas, the culture of creativity, innovation, and personal growth is an essential component to the company’s success. On top of that, Canvas has a strong grow-from-within mentality—nearly a quarter of the existing 70 employees at Canvas have been promoted into a new position since joining the company.
OptionsCity is a financial technology company—providing cutting-edge software solutions to simplify electronic trading.
OptionsCity’s founders wanted to create a company that required employees to adapt to a culture where hard work, contribution, and creativity were highly valued. On top of that, the company trains its employees to become confident leaders in the world of technology.
According to team members, at OptionsCity there are always exciting opportunities to apply new skills, wear different hats, and gain more responsibility. Everyone is empowered to learn the inner workings of the business—and become a driving force in the company’s success.
Stylight is the best place to discover and shop fashion from the best online stores around the world—whenever, wherever.
At the beginning of each quarter, the Stylight team sits down and creates personal and department goals, which are revisited at the end of every quarter to ensure people are progressing professionally. Better yet? Each employee is allocated with a personal development budget for taking take coding classes, studying languages, attending conferences, or ordering reading materials—whatever they feel will best assist them in reaching their fullest potential.
APL brings research applications to life in the space science, asymmetric operations, force projection, and air and missile defense categories, pioneering solutions to push scientific boundaries.
Though APL team members boast impressive resumes, the collaborative working environment pushes them to continuously learn. While generous tuition reimbursement and a part-time master’s program give staff the opportunity to learn in a traditional classroom setting, APL allows people to become lifelong learners by attending industry conferences or taking on projects outside the norm.
APL’s employees stick around for many years, moving around and gaining experience in different projects and disciplines. “We have all this history of the laboratory and its successes, but this team is also so appreciative and open-minded,” shares Electrical Engineer Gianni Pablos-Vega. “There’s no boundaries to what you can accomplish.”
AppFolio creates cloud software for small-to-medium-sized businesses in specific industries. Its products streamline and simplify business operations for property management companies and law firms.
Employees at AppFolio are recognized for their hard work by the clients and the company. At the beginning of each year, AppFolio’s employees have an open discussion about challenges and priorities for the year. Then, as a team, they define three initiatives that everyone can impact. This keeps the team focused on specific goals and activities that are central to the company’s success. In turn, employees can find the inspiration and motivation to challenge themselves and grow.
“The benefit of working with very smart people is that we have a culture of learning and knowledge-sharing,” says Software Engineering Director Damon Valenzona. “Being around very smart people helps you improve yourself.”
MediaRadar is a SaaS company—providing real-time advertising insights and customizable tracking software for over 1.9 million brands across 1,500 publishers.
According to employees, MediaRadar is a very transparent place where one can grow and succeed professionally. There aren’t any closed rooms, so everyone is available to talk, collaborate with, and answer questions.
“The most exciting thing hands-down is the sheer number of interesting problems,” says Development Lead Robert Christ. “I’ve been at places before where you would just get bored working on the same thing every day, and that hasn’t been the case here.”
Redbubble is an online art community that features custom wall art, graphic design, photography, and t-shirts, all created by individual artists from around the world.
At Redbubble, people are pushed and encouraged to go beyond the obvious—to take the driver’s seat in their career. Although Redbubble employees are always available to offer each other support, the company prefers to keep a hands-off approach in its management style. Department leads coordinate with team members to set individual goals, schedule check-ins at pivotal points, and then ultimately allow employees to decide how to accomplish those tasks in their own way.
Marriott is a leading travel company, offering a broad portfolio of brands and hotel experiences. Its Brand, Marketing, Sales, and Consumer Services Team drives the customer experience.
At Marriott International, staff members are encouraged to travel as much as possible, not only to grow from the experience personally but to be more empathetic employees who can understand the diverse needs of the company’s clients. If you’re interested in working for a company that pushes you to be the best you can be for the people you serve, then apply to Marriott International now!
With a wide selection of energy plans, North American Power provides its customers with affordable home energy rates and allows them to make informed decisions about their energy use.
With less than 100 staff members, each person is high-impact. That means employees get a lot of responsibility early on, are afforded tremendous opportunity for personal and professional growth, and are strong candidates for promotions from within.
If you want strong industry experience, you can bet that you’ll find it at North American Power, so apply now!
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.
Allstate managers want nothing more than to help their people succeed. To do so, they make sure to get to know each of their employees’ strengths and motivations. Once they know the passions of the team and how staff works best, Allstate managers are able to pair their employees up with opportunities to succeed.
14. DMC Atlanta
DMC Atlanta specializes in direct sales and marketing acquisitions for top cable and satellite, retail, and telecommunications companies across the country, focusing on a relationship-based approach.
DMC Atlanta believes that collaboration is important at every level, especially between management and employees. Managers work alongside the team, helping everyone work harder and better together. This approach provides each member of the team the opportunity to learn how to lead—and to become great managers in their own right when the time comes.
“We truly believe that professional growth and personal growth go hand-in-hand,” explains HR Director Rae Stafford. “Happy people tend to be more successful.”
Collective Health provides a complete health benefits solution so companies can more intelligently design, administer, and operate their benefits while giving a premium experience to staff.
“Every day, we try to deliver on the core promise of Collective Health, which is to really transform the healthcare market and deliver an experience that people love,” says Group Product Manager Akins Van Horne.
With a mission that they can believe in, and the ability to see tangible results, you can bet employees are always working their hardest to improve the world of healthcare—and themselves.
Kabam creates, develops, and publishes several massively multi-player games for mobile devices, all available to a global audience via the company’s own dedicated app channels.
With perks like flex hours, education and fitness reimbursement, and a family-like team environment, Kabam gives its employees everything they need to succeed and thrive in whatever ways work best for them.
“The games that we’re making are exciting and innovative, and there’s a general feeling that everybody wants to do the best job they can,” explains Art Director Adam McCarthy. “It’s really great to work with professionals who are really focused on a common goal.”
PVH is one of the largest apparel companies in the world with a diversified portfolio of iconic lifestyle brands including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and more.
Associates at PVH love that the company is invested in their professional development. Through PVH University, staff can take classes on everything from becoming a good manager to learning how to use Excel. It’s a great opportunity to brush up on important skills and meet colleagues from across the organization.
18. Owens & Minor
Owens & Minor is an award-winning global healthcare logistics company, supplying and manufacturing premium medical products.
Employees at Owens and Minor would say that the culture of friendliness, encouragement, and support inspires learning and professional development in an extremely refreshing way.
“There’s always room for innovation and room for growth,” shares Supply Management Analyst Sue Kallamadi.
L2 is a benchmarking and education firm—helping member brands shape their digital roadmap and achieve greater ROI on human, creative, and financial capital.
With a strong culture of embracing curiosity, it’s clear that L2 wants the best for its employees and is ready to cheer each one along the way. “Come in and be prepared to learn,” says Research Analyst Guilia Prati. “You’re not going to know a lot of things at first, but that shouldn’t put you off.”
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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