If there’s one thing you don’t want to feel in your career, it’s trapped.
Even if you love your job, it’s always nice to know that there’s some flexibility to move around, try new things, and work your way up the ladder.
With these 20 companies, you’re in luck. Not only do they have awesome cultures and great perks, but they also offer all of the wiggle room you could want. With plenty of internal mobility and an emphasis on promoting from within, you can feel supported in your career—instead of stuck.
Caesars Entertainment runs some of the world’s finest casino resort companies, operating the Harrah’s, Caesars, Horseshoe, and Caesars UK brands, as well as the World Series of Poker.
Working for an organization as large as Caesars, employees have the capability and flexibility to move around and work in all sorts of different industries within the broader casino entertainment industry. Plus, team members have ample opportunity to grow in their careers, without having to even think about leaving the company. “Caesars is a meritocracy. I’ve been with this company just over five years, and I’ve had three promotions in that time," says Josh Margolis, Vice President of Customer Journey.
eMoney Advisor builds process-simplifying technology solutions that allow financial firm advisors to follow industry trends and build better relationships with their company clients.
“There’s so much room to grow at eMoney,” explains Nathanial, a Software Engineer. He knows firsthand about the paths to advancement within the company. He began his career with eMoney as a customer service representative. When he eventually expressed an interest in software development, his manager arranged for him to have a trial in the position. He demonstrated his skill set and was soon moved to the Engineering Team full-time.
POLITICO offers fresh perspectives in the world of modern politics. Since its early days in Washington, POLITICO has grown across the Atlantic, supplying a hungry new international audience.
As dedicated as POLITICO is to scaling great journalism, the company is equally committed to scaling its employees—which it does through a high degree of flexibility. “One of the best things about this company is the flexibility—that you can work toward one thing in your career and have 10 more opportunities open up in the process,” shares Rachel Schindler, Senior Audience Development Analyst.
Success Academy is the highest-performing free public charter school network in New York City, operating 41 schools and serving 14,000 students in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.
At Success Academy, everyone works together to make the school a better place for the entire community—employees, scholars, and families. The culture is forward-thinking and collaborative, but that doesn't mean that individual hard work goes unnoticed or unrewarded—often in the form of a promotion. “We work with people who are so driven and constantly trying to be better than they were the day before,” shares Maddy Levine, Education Manager.
Their two-year teacher residency program exemplifies that drive. It is designed to help those who are interested in teaching quickly learn the tools and skills needed to become an exceptional teacher. And participants in the program often find themselves with lead teacher roles as a result.
Slack provides a real-time messaging, archiving, and search system that brings company and social communications together all in one place.
The culture of Slack is truly collaborative, which means employees never feel like they’re required to stay in their lane. Everyone understands that their work affects and influences their co-worker's tasks. Engineers welcome implementation ideas from designers, designers appreciate product insights from engineers, and everyone heeds feedback from customer experience in order to keep clients happy.
CreditCards.com partners with leading banks to provide consumers with the largest selection of credit card offers so they’re equipped to choose cards that are right for them.
CreditCards.com doesn’t believe in pigeonholing employees. "You have the opportunity to skip across different sites and apps and find things you want to work on for a quarter or two, and then transfer to a completely different part of the platform and explore different technologies," explains Mitchell Stoutin, Front-End Engineer. Plus, with a company-wide emphasis on learning and development, employees always feel empowered to learn new skills that enhance their expertise.
Democracy Prep Public Schools is a network of open-enrollment, high-performing K-12 public charter schools committed to preparing students for success in college and a future of active citizenship.
Democracy Prep is big on making sure that employees know they have the freedom and wiggle room to grow with the organization. “I think our Talent and HR Teams are great at moving people when they see a skill set and an available opening that matches. They’re great at making sure Democracy Prep is respecting everyone’s personal career goals,” says Amanda Torres, Operations Manager.
Pulte Mortgage is a brand of trust and integrity in housing. As a mortgage banker, Pulte Mortgage empowers families in their quest for the American Dream of homeownership.
Pulte has great employee tenure, and it’s no secret why. When individuals are valued, have room to grow, and are supported in that growth, they’ll stick around and develop with the company. Pulte employees have countless learning resources at their disposal, from vast internal opportunities to external conferences, memberships, and tuition assistance—all with ever-approachable colleagues and managers ready to show the way.
Index Exchange equips enterprise sellers with custom architected solutions, fully transparent sell-side management technology, and access to programmatic demand organized and certified by humans.
While Index Exchange obviously wants to grow as a company, it’s equally as dedicated to ensuring that employees experience growth as well. “The goal for every employee when they start is to build out a growth plan, depending on where they want to go. There’s a heck of a lot of opportunity here—growing every day,” explains Andrew Green, Director, Emerging Media.
10. Philips Lighting
Philips Lighting is the global leader in lighting products, systems and services, transforming how lighting is used to enhance the human experience in the places where people live and work.
Working at Philips Lighting helps employees to grow as professionals. Whether it’s pursuing an MBA or attending technical workshops on lighting design, there’s always an opportunity to expand expertise. The company supports employees' professional development, including through innovative programs like Philips Lighting University, which helps employees build expertise with real-time learning.
MedXM works with health plans to create an effective approach towards engaging and connecting with members by customizing services based on client needs.
Aside from the free snacks and team sporting events, MedXM’s employees love that they can look toward the future and see nothing but bright things—both for the organization and for themselves. “Our company is growing in a spectacular way—the most exciting part is the job opportunities that are always presenting themselves,” says Marvin Carvajal, Quality Control Specialist.
Tamko is one of the nation’s largest independent manufacturers of residential and commercial roofing, decking and railing products, as well as waterproofing, cements, and other protective coatings.
When it comes to developing employees, TAMKO doesn’t just talk the talk—this company really walks the walk. TAMKO believes in continuously improving its people, which means the company provides plenty of learning opportunities. Additionally, employees are always encouraged to try their hands at new things. “Since I came to TAMKO, I’ve had the opportunity to try out so many different things in so many different roles,” adds Michele Damer, Corporate Strategic Pricing Analyst.
Veeva creates and engineers custom cloud-based business software solutions for clients, from pharmaceutical companies to emerging biotechs, within the growing global life sciences industry.
While the free, healthy lunches provided by in-house kitchen staff every day are enjoyable, it’s Veeva’s continuing education opportunities that employees love most. Managers are always available as mentors, budgets are set aside for those who want to further themselves professionally, and cross-departmental training is available for employees interested in learning about other aspects of the organization.
Illumio works with companies the world over to deliver adaptive security software for every computing environment—protecting 80% of data center and cloud traffic threats missed by perimeter programs.
At Illumio, employees are motivated by the fact that their work and opinions have a big impact on the outcome of the finalized product and the success of the business. But, beyond that, team members appreciate that they’re given the opportunity to work cross-departmentally to learn new aspects of the product, expand their knowledge, and collaborate with different colleagues.
16. Cogo Labs
Cogo Labs grows new businesses into profitability through the collaborative energy of the Engineering, Analytics, and Design Teams. Together, they turn ideas into successful web companies.
Team members at Cogo Labs have an excited eye to the future, as they know plenty of big things are in store. But, beyond that, employees also appreciate the company’s commitment to their learning and development. “Cogo Labs is absolutely amazing about professional development. I wanted to get certified as an Information Privacy Professional. They were supportive in helping me take the necessary classes and tests to become certified,” says Nina Huynh, Senior Manager, Compliance and Contracting.
17. Big Fish Games
Big Fish Games develops and delivers fun, safe, and free unique casual video and virtual games for PC, Mac, and mobile users.
Although Big Fish Games is a quickly growing company, it strives to maintain a nimble startup atmosphere. The company has an open-door policy, allowing employees easy access to any advice and support they might require. With the support of leadership, employees feel empowered to take on any challenges. “What excites me most about the future here is that I have no idea what it’s going to entail,” explains Jeff Brumley, Business Intelligence Engineering, Manager.
Stockpile democratizes stock ownership by bringing people an intuitive platform that makes investing affordable and easy so users can invest earlier—and without all the traditional hoops.
There’s no such thing as boredom in the Stockpile offices. Employees are always ready to tackle new projects and challenges. “I’ve learned to expect what I could never predict,” says Chris Scoville, Engineering, “There are projects that come in all the time that push my skills, even those outside strictly engineering.”
19. BAE Systems
BAE Systems builds and optimizes technology that revolutionizes defense around the world. The company helps sustain economies and safeguards security and commercial interests with pristine execution.
At BAE Systems, members are encouraged to attend conferences and add to their education—and the company helps to cover costs. Professional development doesn’t stop with sector-specific courses and seminars, as there’s also internal subcommittees that let people serve outside their usual duties. “This company invests in its employees. If you have the vision, they’ll give you what you need to make it happen,” says Christopher Ables-Sinclair, Contracts Administrator.
Backcountry supplies the best outdoor gear—through the company’s online marketplace—to adventurers around the globe. The organization helps people get outside and have fun doing it.
Working in a growing industry, Backcountry knows that it’s uniquely positioned to take advantage of some market forces. But, in order to do so, the company also knows it needs to have a passionate and dedicated team at work. “We want you to have a passion and bring that into the workplace. We’re looking for people to bring that authenticity to Backcountry,” says Georgia Steenberge, Senior Graphic Designer.
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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
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