20 Companies to Work for if You Want Your Job to Have Meaning
Supportive leadership, a cool culture, and awesome perks. Ideally, they’re all things you’d like to find in your next employer.
But, what’s another thing you’d love to have? Meaning. You don’t want to just roll into the office every day, check off your to-do list, and then head home. You’re looking for work that fulfills you, and you want to know that you’re not only making a difference at your company—but in the world.
Think that sounds too good to be true? Think again. We’ve pulled together 20 companies that are the total package. And, even better, they’re all hiring right now!
GlaxoSmithKline is a uniquely science-led global healthcare organization on a mission to help people do more, feel better, and ultimately live longer.
“Being at a company like GSK means that I can make a difference in the global perspective—that’s what drives me,” explains one of GSK’s Medical Affairs Managers. It’s that very mission of creating a healthier population across the entire world that motivates every single one of the company’s team members. And, while employees definitely work hard to achieve this inspiring purpose, they still enjoy a relaxed culture that encourages fun and collaboration.
Facebook is the largest social media network, enabling over a billion users to openly connect with friends and family, share content, and discover the world.
With a mission of making the world more open, Facebook has been critical in changing how people communicate, designing products and delivering services that create a more human world. The company’s team members are incredibly connected to that mission. “As employees, we all feel like we own and affect all the experiences at Facebook,” adds Peter Cottle, Software Engineer.
MWH is a global engineering firm that seeks to create a better world in water and natural resource sectors through management services, technical engineering, and construction services.
MWH commits itself to the communities in which it works, ultimately leaving a lasting impact on both people and the planet. And, while the company works to build a better world, employees are also encouraged to give back on an individual basis. Team members participate in everything from student mentoring through STEM programs to raising resources for disaster relief efforts around the world.
Mosaic makes solar energy more accessible and affordable for homeowners. With its online lending platform, people of all financial means can invest in and profit from solar power.
Every single employee is equally passionate about Mosaic’s vision of 100% clean energy for all, and they work hard to make strides in the energy industry. However, it’s not all work and no play in the Mosaic offices. With a collaborative atmosphere, locally sourced organic coffee, and plenty of healthy snacks available, team members genuinely enjoy their time spent at work.
Circa Healthcare provides high-quality print and digital advertising to the healthcare industry.
Because Circa Healthcare focuses its efforts on the animal healthcare industry, the company’s team full of animal lovers feels incredibly inspired by the work they do each day. “Because we're helping animals, which we all love, we feel it's worth the time and effort—and it's really fulfilling,” shares Lee Perkins, Copywriter.
Yotpo is revolutionizing the way businesses harness user-generated content to boost their brands through word-of-mouth marketing and reviews, turning trust into sales by increasing engagement.
While Yotpo’s employees get tons of fulfillment from helping businesses gain visibility online, many team members feel most inspired by the fact that their own success is dependent on the success of the colleagues around them, as well as the businesses they assist. As a result, Yotpo has fostered a collaborative culture that’s big on celebrating each other’s wins—as evidenced by the fridge that’s always stocked with champagne.
Galileo designs and runs an evolving series of innovative educational and summer camp programs for kids Pre-K through 8th grade—encouraging explorative learning and failing without fear.
It’s not hard to see why working at Galileo would be incredibly rewarding. But, mission aside, the company’s employees feel equally fulfilled by Galileo’s emphasis on serving the community. From an ongoing commitment to reserving 7% of camper spaces for low-income kids to working with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative on expanding educational impact—it's easy to see why team members are proud to say they work for Galileo.
For over 30 years, InfoCision has stayed true to its family-friendly Midwestern roots. It was recently honored with its 22nd consecutive TMC MVP Quality Award, a feat in the telemarketing industry.
If you think telemarketing is all about sleazy phone calls during the dinner hour, InfoCision will challenge everything you thought you knew. Its dedicated team of more than 3,000 employees work tirelessly 24/7 to provide extensive customer service, sales, and even non-profit fundraising efforts to the world’s most notable brands—meaning employees pack up and leave their desks each day knowing that they did some good.
Revcontent transforms native advertising into an art form with fully responsive, custom widgets that enrich users’ site visits with premium partner content to generate revenue.
At Revcontent, leaders champion a work methodology based on leveraging personal strengths and having freedom—and, each team member identifies with the company’s core values. That’s definitely what’s most important to Revcontent’s team members. But, they don’t complain about the stocked bistro and kitchen, gym, and themed meeting rooms—which is all held together by a slide connecting the two floors—either.
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.
Recognized as one of America’s most promising and fastest-growing companies, the team at North American Power is dedicated to making a difference. With less than 100 employees, every single person is high-impact—which means that not only are their opinions are heard and valued, but also that there’s plenty of room for growth and advancement.
11. Plum Organics
Plum Organics is a values-driven food and beverage company, nourishing the next generation with nutritious, inventive, and flavorful products.
The knowledge that they’re feeding the future is what gets Plum Organics employees up in the morning. But, another big thing they love about where they work? The collaborative spirit. “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,” says Nika Memar, Customer Business Manager.
12. The Trium Group
The Trium Group is a management consultancy firm that helps clients solve complex strategic, operational, cultural, and leadership challenges by changing how business leaders think and communicate.
Trium’s culture is built on its mission to change the world by changing the way business leaders think. That purpose is supported by the team’s emphasis on its own core values, which include responsibility, authenticity, persistence in mission, possibility, and relationship. “I feel way more in touch with who I am as a human being since I started working here,” adds Kent Harrel, Consultant.
Philips is a leading health tech company, improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum—from healthy living and prevention to diagnosis, treatment, and home care.
As you might guess, a focus on improving people’s health and well-being is rewarding for all of Philips’ employees. Beyond that, team members love that—despite the fact that Philips is a large company—it has the soul of the small one. The organization places a huge emphasis on the importance of culture, even going so far as to establish a Cultural Change Group, which is constantly looking for new ways to improve the office environment.
14. First Look Media
First Look Media is an experimental new-model media company on a purposeful mission to support a thriving, vibrant democracy by cultivating independent creators in the digital space.
By cultivating both emerging and established voices, the team at First Look Media uncovers and delivers compelling content to further the company’s vision of supporting independent storytelling. And, that’s a mission that all employees feel strongly about. “I love what First Look Media stands for. I was excited to join a company that had a mission and mantra to support independent creators,” shares Nicolas Borenstein, Director of Scripted Programming and Content.
Ceterus works to empower entrepreneurs by providing a high-tech, low-cost accounting solution and support system—Edge—freeing entrepreneurs to focus their time on improving their businesses.
“It makes you feel great to be able to help these small business owners spend their time on their businesses instead of their books,” says Michael Murray, Sales Associate. At Ceterus, accounting professionals love that they have the opportunity to use their talents while enjoying the exciting atmosphere of a technology startup—including flexible schedules and fun company outings.
For the last 25 years, DOAR has set the bar in legal strategy consulting and trial presentation through an unparalleled commitment to clients success.
DOAR’s employees really appreciate the progressive atmosphere, as well as the diverse backgrounds and life experiences of the people they work with every day. “If you want to work at a firm that’s forward-thinking and always trying to be on the frontline of litigation and technology, then come join us. You won’t be disappointed,” says Raymond McLeod, Vice President and Managing Director.
At Dropbox, people collaborate in small, fluid teams with the autonomy to solve audacious technical challenges and create products that simplify the way people work together. “Everyone at Dropbox has a very high sense of ownership and accountability,” says Clayton January on the Channel Sales team in Austin.”Everyone keeps up their end of the bargain and you can also trust they are aiming higher and pushing the limits.”
Whether it’s helping scientists share data to find cures for complex diseases, bringing designers and marketers together to create sales campaigns, or filmmakers working on a rough cut, Dropbox is the glue that ties together creators and innovators around the world. With a network of 3.3 billion sharing connections and over a billion files saved every day on Dropbox, your potential for impact is huge.
As the definitive voice of the Bay Area, the San Francisco Chronicle is on a mission to tell the story of the city by reporting on issues that have region-wide impact.
The team at the Chronicle goes beyond just writing about problems and aims to find solutions. In fact, raising awareness about important issues in the community is something that fills many of the employees at the Chronicle with pride. The newspaper recently spearheaded the San Francisco Homeless Project, which has brought together more than 80 media outlets across the city to cover stories on the causes of and solutions for homelessness.
Virid is an e-commerce company changing the way retail sales transaction technology is implemented in the industry so that customers can connect with growing businesses.
Leadership at Virid always makes sure to emphasize that the work of each individual employee matters. Aside from knowing that they’re making an impact on the big picture, Virid team members also love the room to grow within the company—and the supportive managers that help them get there. “We all wear a lot of hats here, so you don’t have to seek out a new company for career growth or change,” explains Megan Lilly, Account and Marketing Management.
G5 delivers digital marketing expertise to companies in the property management sector—providing best-in-class experiences and the tools to optimize results across search and social media.
G5 team members really have a say and are empowered to take ownership of their work. Management is hands-off—leaders communicate the issues clients have, but coming up with suitable and creative solutions is done by the staff actually producing the work. This flexible approach makes for a workplace that employees enjoy coming back to.
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Kat is a Midwest-based freelance writer, covering topics related to careers, self-development, and the freelance life. In addition to writing for The Muse, she's also the Career Editor for The Everygirl, a columnist for Inc., and a contributor all over the web. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she's usually babying her rescued terrier mutt or continuing her search for the perfect taco. Say hi on Twitter @kat_boogaard or check out her website.More from this Author