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When it comes to your next position, “innovate” and “ideate” are two words you’d like to see in the job description. You’re eager to roll up your sleeves and make big things happen.
Sound like you? Well, you’re in luck. These 20 companies all place a big emphasis on innovation. And, as a result, they’re making major hires in their tech departments right now.
Check out their open positions, toss your hat into the ring, and get ready for a job that challenges you to think outside of the box.
Ibotta is a mobile technology company that rewards consumers as they shop. Instead of traditional rebates and credits offered by competitors, the Ibotta app offers real cash back on everyday purchases, both in-store and online. Through valuable partnerships with more than 500 retailers—including grocery stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and more—Ibotta enables brands and consumers to connect dynamically in a highly active marketplace. With more than 28 million app downloads, the company continues to grow its reputation as a key leader in retail business and global commerce.
Ibotta is busy making waves in the legacy industry of coupons—which means employees are equally busy coming up with ways to take the company to the next level. “You have a lot of really smart and intelligent people in the company, and the management allows you to iterate and find new ways of doing things—and is very supportive and collaborative when you’re onto a new idea,” explains Bijal Shah, VP of Analytics & Data Products.
Atlassian builds enterprise software that helps every member of every team and department stay on track, on point, and on top of their game. Atlassian develops products geared towards software developers and project managers, including its first application, JIRA, which helps track issues within a project, making it indispensable to teams around the world.
Need evidence of how much Atlassian employees love to innovate? Just take a look at one of the company’s most beloved traditions. During a quarterly event called ShipIt, Atlassians have 24 hours to build a solution for a product, the company, or the greater world—and then they create three-minute lightning talks to present their projects to the entire company. The audience votes for a winner via mobile app—a product of a previous ShipIt—and winners get the glory of company-wide bragging rights.
Empyrean is a top-tier HR tech and service company that supports a business’ imminent need to deliver compliant health and welfare benefits across a broad range of employees. The organization offers state-of-the-art technology and professional human resource domain expertise to help reduce costs and provide higher levels of service to each client’s employees.
“One of the things that drew me to Empyrean is how they’ve taken an old idea and reenergized it,” says Scott Mesteller, Director of Operations and Client Services. Indeed, the fact that they’re shaking up an industry is what keeps team members excited to return to the office day in and day out—resulting in a workplace that’s buzzing with a palpable innovative energy.
Every day Better fights to get more families in homes they love by making homeownership so simple it feels magical. Its backers have helped build some of most transformative tech and finance companies in history. Kleiner Perkins, Goldman Sachs, IA Ventures, Ally Bank, and others have already invested over $85 million in Better's vision of making homeownership magical, making it one of the fastest growing homeownership companies in America.
When it comes to ideas at Better, everybody’s input is not only welcomed—it’s encouraged. The company stresses that it’s not just about having the best idea, but it’s about actually making it happen. “It’s amazing to create something from scratch and then see it work and take off in the company,” says Jillian White, Chief Valuation Officer.
Yelp is an online guide and mobile app that connects people with great local businesses. With instant access to millions of reviews, Yelp helps users locate local hot spots, make reservations, and order their favorite foods. Yelpers can read helpful tips, view photos, and chat about dos and don’ts before planning their own fun-filled experiences.
Yelp’s transparent, supportive culture pushes its people to excel and innovate. Constant constructive feedback, goal-focused one-on-one sit-downs, team meetings, and thank you shout-outs for a job well done reinforce each employee’s achievements, ambitions, and unique strengths. Employees are free to implement independent ideas and lead confidently while they learn, knowing that Yelp stands behind them.
8. San Francisco Chronicle
With honest, fearless, and startlingly original reporting, the San Francisco Chronicle delivers its discerning readers engaging news and entertainment stories from the Bay Area. As one of the largest newspapers in northern California, the Chronicle prides itself on bringing readers world-class journalism that’s bolder, brighter, and more fearless than the rest.
Think the newspaper industry is the same-old, same-old? Think again. The team at the San Francisco Chronicle is constantly finding ways to push the envelope. “It’s been a very exciting time over the last two years. From a revenue standpoint—and how much we’ve been able to grow this product—I think it’s a very exciting time to be in the newspaper business,” says Alison Pfaff, Creative Services Director.
10. Capital One
Daring to dream, disrupt, and deliver a better way to bank for customers, Capital One brings ingenuity, simplicity, and humanity to the financial industry. The financial services company provides domestic credit and debit cards and offers financing, deposits, and lending activities, delivering great value to people across the country.
So much more than just a bank, Capital One is disrupting the entire financial industry—with a creative and forward-thinking team leading the way. “We are entrepreneurial. We love to find people who are problem solvers, who can handle ambiguity, and who are willing to try something proactive without explicit permission to do something different,” says Ryan Page, Head of Design, of what Capital One looks for in new hires.
11. Core Digital Media
Core Digital Media is an industry leader in direct-response advertising founded in 1999. CDM combines its proprietary Performance Marketing Platform with a state-of-the-art data analytics capability to optimize billions of online display, social, mobile and search marketing impressions acquiring millions of high-quality customers for its clients. CDM is a trusted partner to the largest names in the financial services and education industries.
“We're a leader in the industry, and we're constantly looking at how we can go to the next level and the next best thing,” shares a National Account Executive. To do this, the company looks for applicants that are clever, personable, and—most importantly—adaptable. Thought leaders that are flexible to the industry’s ever-changing technologies thrive in Core Digital Media’s innovative environment.
12. Rain Bird
Rain Bird Corporation—and its subsidiaries around the world—design, manufacture, and market top quality irrigation products serving farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments, and homes in more than 130 countries around the world. They craft innovative water-saving irrigation products that make beautiful landscapes and golf courses and grow productive agricultural crops while advocating for the Intelligent Use of Water.
Good ideas are always flowing at Rain Bird, and managers maintain an open-door policy to ensure that any and all employee suggestions are always considered. It’s this approach that allows the company to continually come up with new solutions and move the industry forward. “We’re really looked at as innovators. We’re a company that puts out high quality products, solves customer problems, and delivers solutions,” shares Brent Barkley, Regional Sales Manager, Southwest & Rockies.
BetterCloud empowers IT to define, remediate, and enforce management and security policies for SaaS applications. Now, IT can take control of their environment with continuous event monitoring, quickly remediating threats, and fully automating policy enforcement. Over 2,500 customers in over 60 countries rely on BetterCloud to enforce custom policies in their SaaS applications. BetterCloud is headquartered in New York City with an engineering office in Atlanta, GA.
BetterCloud is an idyllic environment for curious professionals looking to accelerate their careers. With transparent interdisciplinary connections from UX Teams to Sales Teams, knowledge is shared openly—giving everyone the freedom to learn from each other and push the company forward on its big, groundbreaking projects.
15. Strategic Mobility Group
Strategic Mobility Group strives to keep clients up-to-date on the latest technologies by creating exceptionally innovative software solutions that maximize an organization’s overall operational efficiencies. The company supports customers with every task from site surveys and evaluations to custom device configurations, staging, training, technical support, and much more.
At Strategic Mobility Group, leadership understands the importance of listening to the people that make up the organization. The company wants every employee to feel completely comfortable coming to managers with any ideas for improvements or contributions that come to mind. In this way, the group promotes extreme innovation creation.
Leanplum is building the marketing cloud for the mobile era. Its integrated platform delivers meaningful user engagement across both messaging and the in-app experience. Leanplum offers mobile companies messaging, automation, app editing, personalization, A/B testing, and analytics, all in a single solution.
At Leanplum, a culture of experimentation, exploration, and transparency are highly encouraged. With open office spaces, supportive management, and rapid growth, employees not only have the opportunity to generate bigger and better ideas—but they’re excited to do so.
Through its commitment to growth and innovation, Allstate is establishing itself as a leader of new technology in the insurance space. The company places a strong emphasis on professional development and career planning. Its culture of embracing opportunities and exploration makes it easy for employees to try new things and find out where they want to take their career. With opportunites around the globe, Allstate is hiring in an array of areas from marketing to product to pricing to corporate relations and beyond.
“Allstate is a place to learn, and it’s a place to experiment and try out new ideas,” says one of Allstate’s Agile Software Developers about what life is like in the office. Leaders empower employees to chase after their big ideas by taking the time to get to know their team members’ unique strengths and motivations. That way, employees can take action knowing that they have the full support of management behind them.
19. BAE Systems
BAE Systems turns defense, aerospace, and security blueprints into tangible realities by partnering with government agencies and other forces in the industry. From delivering technology and cyber solutions to equipping the military with superior resources and optimizing aircraft and intelligence, BAE Systems tackles each project and delivers end results that transcend what previously seemed impossible.
In order to continue innovating, BAE Systems knows that it needs to place a large amount of trust in team members. As a result, leadership is centered on coaching and mentorship—without crossing into micromanagement. Employees decide on a case-by-case basis which type of guidance works best for them, and managers more than appreciate that balance.
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