20 Companies That Want You to Be Happy
Have you ever felt like you were working for a company that was fighting you every step of the way? Maybe it had a destructive team culture, unreasonable expectations, or generally negative policies—in any case, you knew you needed to get out, ASAP.
Luckily, we found 20 employers that are the exact opposite. These happiness-driven organizations have everything from awesome perks to work-life balance initiatives—anything, really, that’s geared toward keeping their employees happy. So what are you waiting for? Make those final touches to your resume and send it to these companies now!
Taboola is the world’s leading discovery platform company, connecting people around the world with content they may like, but never knew existed.
According to employees, Taboola makes every effort to create a healthy, happy, and creative atmosphere throughout the workday. For example, in the company’s New York office, yoga balls can be found all around the space, treadmill desks are accessible for energized work sessions, and a grand piano is even available for people to enjoy playing throughout the day.
But for a lot of Taboola staffers, it’s the simple things that keep them smiling and enjoying their jobs day-in and day-out, from conversation with smart people over a cup of coffee in the company kitchen to solving complex technical problems.
SendGrid is a cloud-based service offering its customers fast, accurate, and cost-efficient email delivery to help their businesses grow.
SendGrid defines its culture through the “Four Hs”—Happy, Hungry, Honest, and Humble. SendGrid hires and promotes employees based on these values, and they're infused into daily life across the company. “This is the most transparent company I’ve ever worked for,” explains Technical Account Manager Lauren Wasp. “You can really collaborate with your team and determine your own paths to take.”
Speaking of collaboration, each day in the office at SendGrid starts the same way, with the whole team gathered in the kitchen, sipping coffee and swapping their stories about everything from work to personal lives. This is where the group builds the rapport needed to hash out tricky challenges or interesting ideas every day.
FTD Companies is a floral and gifting company that strives to inspire, support, and delight customers as they express life’s most important sentiments.
At FTD Companies, staying happy and playing often is a vital part of sustaining employee energy and morale. The team loves finding creative ways to have fun, such as hosting a variety show and games with exciting prizes. But happiness at FTD isn’t just about playing around. “FTD is a collection of bright minds with seemingly unlimited growth potential for its employees,” shares IT Supply Chain Ops Engineer Bobby Wolfe. “Security, transparency, competitive compensation and benefits—what’s not to love about all of that?”
ThoughtSpot is helping the world’s most successful companies analyze their data with its browser-based search interface.
One of the biggest things employees love about the company? The open environment. No matter what department they’re in, ThoughtSpot employees are encouraged to communicate and collaborate. This creates an incredibly supportive culture that is centered around professional growth—empowering employees to gain expertise as they learn from their peers. At ThoughtSpot, employees also enjoy the company’s positive focus on freedom and flexibility, which allows them to determine what they need to do their best work.
CarGurus is dedicated to making the online car shopping experience more transparent by providing the data and information users need to make smart, empowered car shopping decisions.
The CarGurus staff members are fulfilled and joyful in their jobs for a number of reasons. Not only is the office is full of fun perks—like catered lunches, fitness memberships, and bi-weekly happy hours—but CarGurus does its best to hire people you’ll actually want to work with. “It makes you more of a whole person inside work when you are working with people who are great outside of work,” explains Sam Zales, President of International and Dealer Operations.
Bonobos is a men’s apparel company that provides a full line of personalized and tailored clothing with a perfect fit that feels and looks great.
Bonobos is a rapidly growing business that maintains a fun and casual work atmosphere, keeping its employees active and adaptable. In addition to providing employees with unlimited vacation, summer Fridays, and opportunities for professional enrichment, the company also plans an annual retreat to ensure maximum team happiness. Every fall, they head to Camp Bonobos—a two-day adult field day where everyone can unplug and create relationships with their awesome co-workers.
Duarte creates visual presentations and software training, applying storytelling and visual thinking to craft persuasive communications.
The Duarte team is a close-knit group of people that feels more like family than colleagues. In fact, employees frequently comment on how easy it was to make some of their very best friends while working at the company because Duarte hires for culture fit first and foremost—cultivating a rich environment of happy, generous people who can grow and develop their skills together.
“The only things you have to have to be a Duarte person is to be kind, creative, and open to new experiences,” shares one employee. “It’s a good home for a lot of different types of people.”
TomTom is an international consumer electronics company, empowering movement with its industry-leading navigation, mapping, and traffic technology products and services.
TomTom’s leaders give their employees autonomy to excel in their roles, but they also make a point to ensure that they’re always approachable and available—giving teams assurance, assistance, and approval whenever necessary. As a company, TomTom strives to cultivate a happy entrepreneurial spirit, encouraging its teams to stay adventurous as they develop superior products.
"The culture at TomTom is very relaxed,” adds Senior Planning and Inventory Manager Matt Bates. “People generally feel free to express their opinions and find their own way of doing their jobs.”
VideoBlocks curates stock videos and photos for individual creative professionals and large enterprises to use. The spread of studio-quality media is accessible through a members-only marketplace.
The VideoBlocks founder compares life in the office to a group vacation. Aside from the open floor plan, well-used ping-pong table, and frequent dog appearances, the team enjoys a light-hearted environment where achievements are celebrated and co-workers consider each other friends.
But the most loved quality of VideoBlocks is the management style, which beats out a fancy kitchen and unlimited vacation (which the company also has). Leaders outline projects and are available to help, but employees have full flexibility to figure out all the in-betweens, which allows for plenty of innovation and professional development.
iMedicare is taking on the healthcare industry, using technology to simplify the convoluted Medicare process and empowering pharmacists to choose the best plans possible for them and their patients.
iMedicare is hard at work changing the face of the healthcare industry with powerful technology, and every step of the way, team members always remember to keep the fun in pharmaceuticals. The company frequently gets everyone together to celebrate birthdays, to go out for a night of bowling, and to catch the latest movies as a team.
And through its many perks, iMedicare walks the walk by making sure its employees are happy and healthy, just like its clients.
11. Korn Ferry
Korn Ferry is a global people and organizational advisory firm—helping leaders, organizations, and societies succeed by releasing the full power and potential of people.
Korn Ferry culture is strong across all its worldwide offices. Whether in London, Chicago, or Dallas, competitive camaraderie and team building are the foundations of Korn Ferry’s mission. The Dallas office, for example, developed a grassroots task force to seek out the best ways Korn Ferry can serve the people of the community. Employees jump at the chance to be involved in the various events and charity activities that impact the lives around them—ensuring their work is meaningful both in and out of the office.
Grasshopper is a virtual phone system company, striving to empower entrepreneurs with the tools they need to succeed.
Grasshopper has an amazing team and culture. The environment is open and inviting, which makes it easy for the team to collaborate and have fun. There are many perks—including a kitchen always stocked with snacks and drinks, flexible work hours, a pool table, the option for standing workstations, and even Uggs to wear around the office during the cold winter season.
“The culture is fun, vibrant, team-oriented, friendly, and creative,” shares Customer Engagement Manager Allison Canty. “I have the freedom to pursue what I’m passionate about while still doing my job.”
Esri builds digital mapping software and other tools used by people who want to achieve a better geographical understanding of the world.
Esri employees are motivated by the company’s lofty ambitions to shape the planet—and they appreciate Esri’s work environment, which is laid-back and relaxed. At Esri, employees know how to take a break from working hard to have some fun. From employee sports leagues—like cricket and ice hockey—to a quick game of foosball or a walk around campus, setting aside time for exercise is important to the team. Just as important is grabbing food together, whether that means team potlucks, heading to the company cafe for some international cuisine, or going out to one of Redlands’ many delectable eating spots.
Prosper Marketplace provides a platform that connects people who want to borrow money with people who have money to invest.
One of the company practices employees at Prosper appreciate most? The way Prosper’s management trusts every team to deliver high-quality work on time and without micromanagement. It’s this hands-off but supportive company culture that ripples throughout all of Prosper Marketplace’s policies and has made the company such a happy place for employees to work.
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.
“What has moved me most is everyone’s unrelenting desire to not only be a part of the conversation—but to help create it,” says Manager of Integrated Marketing Brandon Delesline. “Whether it’s being at the cutting edge of what’s hot musically or using our voice and influence to highlight socially responsible endeavors and topics, REVOLT truly lives up to our name and our chairman’s legacy.”
17. Ted Todd
Since 1986, Ted Todd Insurance has been providing versatile and reliable home, auto, commercial, and retirement policies to customers all across the sunny state of Florida.
Whether the company is buying Fitbits for employees, holding weekly fun celebrations, or traveling to events like Orlando, one strong goal of Ted Todd’s remains true: to invest in its employees as much as its employees invest themselves and their hard work into the company’s success. Sound like a place where you’d fit in well? Then, send in your application today!
18. Stack Overflow
Stack Overflow offers internet users free, expert knowledge on diverse topics—from parenting to programming—through a network of user-friendly question and answer websites.
Stack Overflow hosts the largest community of software developers on the internet, and that sense of camaraderie extends internally to its offices. When the company was founded, CEOs set out to create a company where people were put first. Through carefully conducted interviews, Stack Overflow hires smart people who can be trusted to perform without extreme supervision. Whether employees work from their desks, the coffee bar, the couch, or even one of the office’s many nap rooms, they’re given free range to complete their tasks without question.
Persado takes marketing to the next level with algorithms that craft language for businesses around the world. The platform generates copy that drives consumer action without traditional copywriting.
Since employees have the rare opportunity to help define the office’s culture, Persado SF is often likened to a startup within a startup. With over 15 languages spoken inside the building, a passion for Nespresso, Thursday office socials, a hefty supply of beer and non-GMO snacks, and even dating coaching services, it’s an understatement to say that Persado SF is a truly unique place to work. In fact, the company is certified as a “Great Place to Work,” so don’t miss out on the opportunity to join the exciting community!
Lithium is changing customer service with a platform that helps brands create social communities that connect passionate customers to each other.
While Lithium knows that well taken care of employees are productive employees—and has perks from catered lunch three times a week to an on-site gym to support that—it’s really the work and the people that keep employees happily coming back day after day. “I love my co-workers—they’re really amazing. We have a lot of fun together, and we work hard and play hard as a group,” shares one Lithium team member.
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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