In the early stages of your career, you’re understandably eager to find an employer that will let you start off with a bang. You want to find a company that won’t have you doing the grunt work—but will empower you to own projects, try new things, and really grab your future by the horns.
Think those sorts of companies only exist in your dreams? Think again.
The 20 companies are awesome workplaces for everybody. But they have a special spot in their hearts for new grads and entry-level employees who are eager to start doing big things.
So, check out their open positions, polish up that resume, and prepare to get your career started on the right foot.
1. FDM Group
FDM enables people with an interest in technology to launch successful tech careers. Recognizing the importance of investing in new talent, the FDM Careers Program provides talented individuals with rigorous training in a range of IT and business disciplines. FDM trainees go on to represent the company as FDM Consultants on client assignments for a minimum of two years.
FDM enables people with an interest in technology to launch successful tech careers. Recognizing the importance of investing in new talent, the FDM Careers Program provides talented individuals with rigorous training in a range of IT and business disciplines. The general consensus among people who work at FDM is that the firm’s company culture is pretty special—it’s what sets FDM apart. More than simply encouraging entrepreneurship, FDM inspires individuals to seek their dreams.
Launched in 1999, HomeAdvisor—an IAC owned company—is home improvement heaven to property owners and service professionals. Facilitating instant online booking, confident hiring, cost guides, and resources, HomeAdvisor matches homeowners seeking maintenance with the largest network of pre-screened home pros nationwide—all for free. Simultaneously, HomeAdvisor also connects qualified service providers with business boosting access to endless customers.
There’s plenty that employees love about working for HomeAdvisor (up for a ping pong or pinball work break, anyone?). But above all else, the company’s team members at all levels love the room for growth they have. “The growth opportunities at HomeAdvisor are unbelievable. It’s one of those companies that’s always growing—where they’re always trying to develop you as a leader and sales professional, to take your career to the next level,” says Connor Hayes, Sales Manager.
Vanguard is one of the world's largest investment companies. After 40 years, the organization’s structure remains unique in the industry. Vanguard is client-owned, meaning fund shareholders own the funds, which own Vanguard. Today, the company is widely recognized as a leader in low-cost investing and a steadfast advocate for the interests of investors. Vanguard’s core purpose is "to take a stand for all investors, to treat them fairly, and to give them the best chance for investment success."
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Vanguard takes pride in developing the leaders of tomorrow through plenty of career development sessions. And this emphasis on learning even extends to the company’s interns, who won’t be found on coffee runs. Instead, interns are placed on a team that matches their professional interests and make real contributions to the company—and after experiencing the amazing company culture, many come back to Vanguard after graduation.
Guidepoint is the expert in finding expertise. They connect institutional investors, corporate clients, and large consulting firms with industry experts for all of their research needs. The company offers young professionals a space to grow their careers in a fast-paced environment and learn about cutting-edge industries. Guidepoint itself is experiencing an exciting growth spurt and is avidly looking for new talent to join its ranks—the teams at each of its offices are tight-knit, positive crews who look forward to driving the company forward with equally hardworking new professionals.
Guidepoint is a place that welcomes the curious, motivated, and critical thinkers—from established professionals to fresh graduates. At Guidepoint, talent is nurtured, and there are countless opportunities to explore and learn—with HR and management guiding employees towards areas that they’re passionate about. Empowering mobility, both upwards and laterally, Guidepoint is a place of dynamic growth that values driven self-starters.
10. Better Mortgage
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.
Don’t think your voice will be heard when you’re just getting started? That’s not the case at Better Mortgage. The company values contributions and insights from employees—regardless of title or rank. “Ideas come from all directions,” shares Fil Zembowicz, Head of Product, “We’re not just a top-down show, and all the points of view contribute to our Ideas List.”
12. CBS Interactive
CBS Interactive carries the entertainment and information torch into the digital age by capitalizing on the company’s tradition of making riveting stories accessible beyond print pages or television screens. The premium content network tops charts as a global Top 10 Web Property, with diverse signature brands that cover everything from entertainment and technology to niche interests and sports.
Growth opportunities top the list of perks at CBS. Outside of regular training sessions, employees can access instructional content through online platforms or in-person courses with tuition reimbursement. However, the diversity of projects at the company also gives people the ability to dabble in areas of interest—which is a welcome prospect across the close-knit team, who regularly gather for lunch and happy hours.
Founded in 2003, Goosehead Insurance is changing the face of the insurance industry, making the search for great coverage a piece of cake. As one of the largest independent U.S. insurance agencies, Goosehead is committed to finding the best possible coverage and rates—and because it works simultaneously with different carriers, Goosehead finds clients multiple options and excellent deals.
Leadership at Goosehead Insurance remains approachable and accessible—making it easy for ambitious employees at all levels to achieve success. The relationship between Goosehead Insurance employees and management helps develop vital job skills and knowledge. With team huddles every week and one-on-one review sessions twice each month, employees continuously have the opportunity to ask important questions and improve performance.
SendGrid delivers email that matters. Email remains hands down the most effective way to build and nurture customer relationships today. Companies that think strategically about email as a set of meaningful customer touch points—taking care to send it at the right time, with the right content, and for the right people—yield a competitive advantage. SendGrid’s trusted platform, tools, and expert Services Team make it effortless for developers and marketers to craft, segment, test, and successfully deliver all of their email.
SendGrid knows that when employees feel heard, supported, and encouraged, great work occurs. So, that’s exactly what the company aims to do for team members on all rungs of the ladder. “I’m able to capitalize on my personal strengths here, and I’m not held back—instead, I’m encouraged to go after what interests me,” shares Lauren Wasp, Technical Account Manager.
HP aims to create technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. By engineering experiences that amaze, HP has a legacy of pushing the boundaries of technology to deliver life-enriching, world-changing innovations at every turn. The company believes that the ultimate driver of its success has been and will always be the power of its people—HP considers its diverse, inclusive global community of employees to be one of its greatest strengths and what truly differentiates it in the marketplace.
The HP work environment is autonomous. But, that doesn’t mean you need to totally pave your own way. At least twice a year, every employee will meet with a manager for personal performance reviews. They discuss what they’d like to see accomplished, and how to continue developing a successful career path. Then, together, they work out how those goals align with the company’s mission to create collective growth.
16. Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is a trusted provider of essential news, information and tools to the professionals who make the world work. Customers of Thomson Reuters operate in complex arenas that move society forward – tax, law, compliance, government, and media. In a disruptive digital age, they help professionals reinvent themselves.
Thomson Reuters encourages all employees to act as mentors to those they work with. This ideal is built into the very framework used for leadership goal-setting. From executives to managers to team leads, and all those in between, sponsorship trickles down until everyone in the organization is included in the collective knowledge.
SmartBear is behind the software that powers over 20,000 of the world's most innovative organizations. More than 6 million people use its tools to build, test, and monitor great software, faster.
SmartBear's high-impact tools are easy to try, easy to buy, and easy to use. The tools are backed by a team of people passionate about helping people create software that transforms the world.
Those tools are SmartBear tools. That team is SmartBear.
SmartBear believes in transforming the technology industry. But, it’s also passionate about transforming employee careers through numerous different development opportunities. "I'm really proud to say that well over half of managers came from the entry level positions here at Smartbear, and supporting that growth is something we've made a huge commitment to," says Rasika Rajagopalan, HR Business Partner.
Applicants interviewing at Smashbox HQ should check out the “Love Wall” on the side of the building. Painted by street artist Curtis Kulig, it’s Instagram gold—and also a great illustration of the company's culture. The team is comprised of passionate, creative people who believe everyone should have a voice. The company is growing fast, which means it’s also a work in progress—and they're looking for people to help them improve and excel.
Smashbox empowers its team members. In addition to assuming ownership over projects, team members also get ample opportunities to gain new expertise—and if they need support, management listens. Mentorship and collaboration have always been a big part of the company culture, which makes taking risks for bigger rewards truly feasible.
DOAR consults with lawyers and their clients involved in the largest, most high-profile civil and criminal disputes. The organization does this by providing unparalleled expertise, strategic insight, and innovative technologies in every situation. When the stakes are high, DOAR gives its clients the winning edge.
Learning is an everyday perk of working at DOAR. And, employees who are willing to take advantage of that and roll up their sleeves to expand their skillsets can end up building long and successful careers with the company. “The conversation around career growth is really open and encouraged here, whether you want to talk to your direct supervisor or the CEO,” says Marlee Dillon, Consultant.
What if government agencies delivered technology solutions with cutting edge capabilities that wowed customers? That’s the question 540.co has been answering since 2013 through full-stack development for federal clients. The team of tech geeks and consultants aims to inject a Silicon Valley mentality into the Department of Defense and beyond—without getting stale on the way.
Decision-makers exist at 540, but everyone is considered a leader. The decentralized management style feels flat because the division of work is equal. Plus, roles are shaped to fit individuals based on technical strengths—and professional interests. This personalization also affords employees tons of responsibility and initiative—which circles back to the reason constant oversight isn’t needed.
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FDM enables people with an interest in technology to launch successful tech careers. Recognizing the importance of investing in new talent, the FDM Careers Program provides talented individuals with rigorous training in a range of IT and business disciplines. FDM trainees go on to represent the company as FDM Consultants on client assignments for a minimum of two years. Learn more about working at FDM Group, and check out open jobs.