While starting a new job is always exciting, it can also be a little nerve-wracking. You don’t know how any of the tools or software work. You don’t know anybody’s name. You feel like you need to leave a trail of bread crumbs just to find your way to the break room.
But, if there’s one thing that helps you to feel a little more at ease, it’s knowing that your new employer and your colleagues won’t just throw you to the wolves and let you fend for yourself. Instead, they put in the effort to get you adjusted and up to speed.
Don’t think that exists? Well, think again. These 19 companies boast awesome new employee programs that will help you learn about your workplace, meet your colleagues, and have you feeling right at home.
The best part? They’re all hiring right now. So, submit your application and hopefully you’ll be joining in on one of these programs in no time.
A lot can be done at Booking.com. Users can search and book any kind of accommodation, from over 28 million listings in more than 130,000 destinations. They can find fun things to do while there. And when it comes to getting around—whether that’s to and from the airport, or a set of wheels to explore with—Booking.com has that covered too.
With an annual meeting that dives into company-wide goals and regular events that encourage bonding between team members, Booking.com is serious about ensuring that all employees—rookies and veterans alike—are on the same page. In fact, one of their core values is reaching success together, not as individuals. Another thing they're passionate about? The power of curiosity and experimentation. This empowers employees to tackle new challenges and even make mistakes, with the support and guidance of the company behind them.
2. Quicken Loans
Quicken Loans is the nation’s largest mortgage lender. The company’s unbeatable advancements in digital technology have been revolutionizing the industry for more than three decades. Its tech tools, combined with the expertise of 33,000-plus employees in the real estate, sports, media, entertainment, venture capital, property management, publishing, and gaming industries have helped improve the financial lives of millions of Americans, as well as earned the group repeated awards for both innovation and customer satisfaction.
QuickenLoans is big on setting employees up for success. “What really makes Quicken Loans special is that we want to make sure that if you’ve been here for a day or even 10 years, you have someone who’s holding you accountable, giving you feedback, and making sure you’re as successful as possible,” says Dana Staniec, Senior Director of Mortgage Banking.
HotelTonight is the leading mobile app for hotel bookings last-minute and beyond, ensuring there’s always a quality hotel room at the lowest possible rate in 1,700 cities and nearly 40 countries. When hotel partners have unsold rooms, they load them onto the app at big savings. Launched in 2011, HotelTonight has more than 30 million downloads and is available on iOS, Android, and mobile and desktop browsers.
HotelTonight knows that the best thing to have when you’re starting a new job is a friend in the office. So, every quarter, the company puts on a happy hour hosted by its newest employees so that everyone gets a chance to get to meet the team. The new hires get together to pick a theme, and then they serve up a couple signature cocktails at the HotelTonight Bar.
4. Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo’s historic bank has been serving communities since 1852—with clients in one in three households nationwide and 8,700 locations across 36 countries today. Wells Fargo—“Most Admired” among the world’s largest banks by Fortune magazine—offers an extensive portfolio of banking, mortgage, insurance, investment, consumer, and commercial expertise for every financial need.
Wells Fargo’s learn-and-grow management style prepares, then pushes, its employees to excel. Managers teach best practices with early hands-on training, adjust approaches to accommodate individual personalities, and motivate staff to move mountains. With trust, assistance, and advocacy from leadership, every employee has tremendous mobility to quickly advance careers and ideas.
Thryv champions and empowers their clients to thrive in today’s competitive environment and they feel good about that. The company specializes in providing what local businesses need in order to compete against the big, national chains that are dominating the marketplace. Thryv's tools will save them time, money, and keep them connected with their customers, wherever they may be. They also allow them the ability to control their operations at anytime, anywhere, from the palm of their hand.
DexYP doesn’t just want to get new employees up to speed. The company wants to make sure that team members are encouraged to continue climbing the ladder. “The learning culture is truly top-down. We don’t just support the rookies—we want everyone to expand their breadth of experience, no matter their level,” says Chris Joeckel, Director of Sales.
6. 1-800 Contacts
Dedicated to providing consumers with a simple, hassle-free way to buy and replace contact lenses, the company was founded with an intimate understanding of the two key frustrations among contact lens wearers—namely, that contacts are both expensive and inconvenient to replace. The organization solves these issues for customers by delivering prescriptions lenses to their door—at the lowest possible price.
1-800-Contacts has a very people-oriented culture, and all employees—new and old—love that they can feel comfortable in a work environment where they’re appreciated and recognized. “Everyone is friendly here, and everyone knows your name. It’s a big company—no one who works here is regarded as a number,” says Yessenia Figueroa, Software Engineer.
GLG is a professional learning platform that connects industry experts to client companies—changing the way the world’s business leaders learn and share information. New hires at GLG quickly realize that the company is all about learning, and it’s reassuring for newbie employees to know that you can turn to a colleague for advice on everything from a project to the best thing to order from the in-office barista.
“Everyone at GLG is eager to learn from one another and because no day is ever the same, you can always feel the culture of curiosity and learning,” explains Keith Hoare, Senior Research Manager—Legal, Economic, and Regulatory Affairs.
Fivestars' mission is to help businesses and communities thrive by turning every transaction into a relationship. Over 30 million people use Fivestars to get rewarded at over 12,000 local businesses with one rewards program, while local businesses use Fivestars to bring more customers into their stores with one powerful program.In 2017, Fivestars drove $2 billion in local commerce across its network, and the company has raised $105 million from HarbourVest, Menlo Ventures, Lightspeed, DCM, Y-Combinator and others.
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FiveStars has a custom training program designed to develop people’s leadership skills to their maximum potential and help them do their very best work. Managers, called “Coaches,” take on the role of leading, managing, and mentoring team members. Coaches model and live out the values, focusing on the growth and well-being of people—and improving the community.
11. First Western
First Western is a private bank and trust company that delivers holistic wealth planning solutions for a person’s personal, business, and philanthropic needs. The firm’s Colorado, Arizona, California, and Wyoming offices offer comprehensively tailored financial solutions—from investment management and retirement planning to insurance and mortgage services—as well as full access to a team of local experts.
First Western Trust is big on encouraging co-workers to foster relationships both inside the office and out—and, the company knows it’s a great way for new hires to feel more acclimated. As a result, the company plans plenty of fun events. Whether it's hosting a cornhole tournament on the fifth floor, taking an outing to Top Golf, or gathering for team lunches or happy hour, the entire company enjoys getting together.
12. Entertainment One
eOne is a premiere global independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution, sales, merchandising, and licensing of film, television, music, family, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, eOne delivers high-quality content to the world.
Every other Wednesday, eOne hosts one-hour panel discussions for employees interested in learning more about how the business runs. These events, cleverly named “Think Outside the Box Office,” include any topics pertaining to the industry, and have thus far focused on issues like industry piracy, as well as Q&A sessions with senior executives. They’re a great way for new hires to get even more familiar with the business.
SoundCloud is the world’s largest music streaming catalog that helps people share, discover, and influence global music culture. Due to the open, authentic nature of the platform—plus its connected community of listeners, curators and creators—SoundCloud is constantly driving culture and creativity forward while creating new trends. In many cases, what’s breaking or new everywhere else is born on SoundCloud.
SoundCloud believes that encouraging employees to develop professionally and personally is a worthwhile investment. People who work at the company enjoy learning new things—and frequently take advantage of training and education opportunities. The company regularly puts together “open houses,” for example, where team members can learn more about what other departments are working on.
Founded by musicians and music-lovers, Pandora aims to create a world inspired through listening. Using musicological DNA and constant listener feedback, Pandora crafts personalized stations from a growing collection of recordings. Tens of millions of people across the U.S. use Pandora to listen to their favorite artists—and discover new ones—every day.
All employees feel like they’ve found the perfect fit in the Pandora office, whether they’re brand new or well established. This feeling of being right at home is largely credited to the company’s welcoming culture and the Pandora Employee Resource Groups (PERGs), which allow employees to create interest groups to share their passions with co-workers.
16. Hanna Andersson
Since its founding in 1983, Hanna Andersson has inspired families with its assortment of children’s apparel. The company engages customers through e-commerce, catalogues, and nearly 100 retail locations. Generations of families have relied on Hanna Andersson's high-quality clothes. With an increased social media presence and an ever-expanding retail operation, Hanna Andersson will continue to provide excitement to happy families.
New employees feel right at home at Hanna Andersson, thanks to the company’s welcoming and supportive culture. “The culture is extremely collaborative,” says Kristen Drzayich, Girl’s Designer, “Brainstorming, talking about our concepts for the season, and working on brilliant ideas together are some of my favorite things about my job.”
The Bridgespan Group is a global nonprofit organization that collaborates with mission-driven leaders, organizations, and philanthropists to break cycles of poverty and dramatically improve the quality of life for those in need.
Passionate about finding solutions to ensure equal opportunity and core human and civil rights, Bridgespan concentrates its efforts on four broad fields—education; children, youth, and families; public health; and global development.
The organization's services include consulting with nonprofits and philanthropists, leadership development support, and developing and sharing insights—all with the goal of scaling social impact.
With a lengthy list of social issues to take on, Bridgespan needs employees that offer fresh perspectives on complicated matters. The company cultivates and trains a diverse team of skilled and values-driven people who bring expertise to the social sector’s most complex problems—and who grow into leaders at Bridgespan and in the nonprofit and for profit worlds.
Founded in 2008, NewsCred has grown to become the leader in the content marketing space. Having expanded with offices across three continents, NewsCred helps some of the biggest companies in the world transform their marketing through creative storytelling. In the age of digital distractions, NewsCred helps clients break through the noise and connect with their audience.
Every employee at NewsCred is encouraged to "be their own CEO" and take ownership of their ideas, with the guidance of the company behind them. As a result, there’s great potential for team members to develop and grow. “New people who come in and make their interests known—they have the opportunity to grow into the role they want,” says Neil Barlow, Sales Director.
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