20 Companies With Seriously Inspiring Missions
There’s a sense of accomplishment that comes along with putting in a hard day’s work, isn’t there? Nothing beats that feeling of knowing you poured your all into your workday.
Well, except for knowing that you put in that elbow grease for an amazing company with a rewarding and fulfilling mission!
Those are exactly the types of places we’ve pulled into this list. Whether you want to help people make more informed healthcare choices or build the leaders of tomorrow, these companies send you home with not just a paycheck, but also an irrefutable sense of pride about the work you do.
One Acre Fund gives smallholder farmers the financing and training they need to grow their way out of hunger and poverty, offering complete service bundles of seeds, fertilizer, and training.
The organization is committed to putting the world’s farmers first with comprehensive services from seed sourcing to market education. And, this mission is undoubtedly far-reaching—the company will serve one million farmers by 2020.
"It’s an honor to approach every day knowing that I am working for and with amazing people to affect tremendous change for farm families in the world," says Grace Twesigye, People Operations Associate Recruiter.
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.
The team of passionate colleagues at Philips love that the work they do affects the lives of 3 billion people per year. But they love even more when they can see these effects firsthand.
“What brought the mission back to me was earlier this year—my wife told me we were expecting. At one point, we ended up going to the ER. Our baby was only a few weeks old, and they used an ultrasound. That was the first time I heard my baby’s heartbeat—and that was with a Philips system,” shares Systems Engineer Jose Villar.
3. City of Hope
City of Hope is a leading nonprofit clinical research center—fighting life-threatening diseases and delivering hope with exceptional treatment, prevention, and educational programs.
Established over 100 years ago to transform the future of health against cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and other serious illnesses, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more rewarding place to work. With expert staff, patient-centered care, innovative treatment, and a first-class educational training campus, City of Hope is committed to finding cures and saving lives.
“City of Hope is a community of people who believe in making a difference,” elaborates Sharee Davis, Organization Development Training and Data Analyst. “We believe in delivering quality patient care, coming together to find a cure for cancer, and leaving a strong footprint within the medical world.”
Students and faculty in higher education approach USEED with brilliant ideas and initiatives. Partnering with their institution, USEED helps them crowdfund their plans from ideation to celebration.
This modern-day approach to fundraising is improving donor engagement and empowering students to take charge of their education. And, it’s incredibly rewarding for employees as well. As Director of Content Development Kristen Gluch says, “It’s very exciting for us to see a community come together and rally behind unique causes that our students really care about.”
With a network of nearly 925 hospitals in 42 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, Banfield Pet Hospital leads the veterinary industry in pet health and preventive care. With over 2,600 veterinarians, Banfield oversees 8 million pet visits per year to make sure beloved animals are well taken care of.
“I think pets make us better people,” shares Elizabeth Lund, Senior Director of Research. “And if I can do anything to help pets live longer, healthier lives, I feel a sense of gratitude that I can contribute to that.”
ReadyTalk’s purpose is to address all of those headaches that pop up during online meetings. Because today’s employees demand seamless communication across every device, ReadyTalk is building the technology that powers this experience, enabling the future of work.
When it comes to finding purpose in his work, Tim Myers, the company’s Product Manager, Operations breaks it down simply: “My main goal is to build innovative products that make people happy.”
Esri builds digital mapping software and other tools used by people who want to achieve a better geographical understanding of the world.
To put it simply, the company shows people how to use geography and technology to design more efficient cities, deliver clean water and electricity, slow climate change, and more. And, Esri’s employees are motivated by the company’s lofty ambitions to shape the planet.
“You look at the company—you look at the impact it’s making on the world,” says Whitney Kotlewski, User Experience Architect. “There’s an attitude of wanting to give back and an understanding that you’re making a difference.”
ServiceTitan is a mobile, cloud-based software platform that helps home service companies streamline operations, improve customer service, and grow their business.
When ServiceTitan’s founders started the business, their mission was simple: To help thousands of their peers in the home services industry that have traditionally been underserved by software. Today, they’re humbled that so many businesses use ServiceTitan to increase revenue and improve efficiency.
“Everyone who’s joined our team shares that same passion and same goal of serving the underserved and trying to make our product better, the industry better, and our customers’ lives better,” shares Dalena Nguyen, Senior Account Implementation Specialist.
Argen is the world’s largest manufacturer of dental alloys and a leader of innovation within the industry, dedicated to improving people’s lives by preserving their greatest physical asset—teeth.
No, most people don’t look forward to heading to the dentist, but everybody knows it’s important. And, Argen is all about improving people’s lives through new products and services for the dental industry.
As CEO Anton Woolf says, “We are innovators in the dental industry, and the products that we make and sell to our customers actually improve the way that patients live.”
The Honest Company is a leading lifestyle brand, creating effective, safe, delightful, accessible, and responsible products that empower people to live happy and healthy lives.
Recognizing that a healthy home is a happy home, the health and wellness brand provides its consumer community with education, support, and inspiration in addition to its products. “We are a really community-driven company,” shares Jonathon Ricaurte, Senior Engineer.
Giving back is a huge part of The Honest Company’s cultural code, and employee volunteerism and commitment to community are demonstrated in its many charitable initiatives. With Honest’s Social Goodness Program, team members have opportunities to help families and youth at work—whether that means developing the safest products possible or participating in blood drives.
The Broad Residency is a leadership development program that places participants in two-year managerial positions in public school systems.
If you look up the word “fulfilling” in the dictionary, we’re willing to bet this organization appears there somewhere. This leadership development program improves both the lives of participants, as well as public education for all children.
Many employees have firsthand knowledge of the impact they’re making. “As a first-generation immigrant and proud product of public schools, I know how powerful education can be in lifting families out of poverty and creating community leaders,” says Victor De La Paz, Chief Financial Officer, Achievement First Public Charter Schools.
There’s no denying that Facebook is a household name. But, the company’s purpose extends beyond sharing your vacation photos. With a mission to make the world more open and connected, Facebook has been critical in changing how people communicate, designing products that create a more human world—one connection at a time.
“Facebook's goal is to harness the greatest minds around the globe and singlehandedly work towards one vision—connecting the world,” adds Peipei Zhou, Manager, Global Client Solutions.
13. Credit Karma
Far too many people feel confused or intimidated by their own finances. But, Credit Karma is out to change that by making financial progress possible for everyone. The free financial service company empowers consumers to track, maintain, and improve credit health with expert advice and free tools.
“Credit Karma really wants to make it easier for people to make decisions about their finances,” explains Jonathan Chao, Product, “Everything we do is working toward that goal.”
Redfin is a customer-first real estate brokerage that represents people buying and selling homes. The company redefines real estate by building a team of experienced agents as customer advocates—and so far, has saved consumers over $100 million in fees.
While Redfin’s contributions to the industry are already impressive, the company doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon. Redfin continues to think of new ways to make the whole process simpler, more streamlined, and more intuitive.
15. IEX Group
IEX is the first platform and equity trading venue exclusively owned by buy-side investors—dedicated to making markets fair.
IEX is bringing a fresh approach to a centuries-old business. As the first new U.S. exchange in more than six years, IEX is on a mission to level the playing field, eliminating unfair advantages from the markets.
“Everyone at IEX passionately believes in our mission to make markets fairer. We have a market-wide lens, and we think about how we can elevate the industry,” shares Gerald Lam, Marketing and Communications.
Recombine was founded with the goal of improving health outcomes based on actionable and responsible genetic testing. The company works to make the concept of genetics more accessible by providing counseling to help patients make the best decisions for their families.
“Genetics remains this weird black box to most people,” says Sally Rodriguez, Manager, Clinical Affairs, “It’s our job as genetic counselors, and the goal of Recombine in general, to make genetics less of a mystery.”
Family-owned with over 1,800 stores worldwide, Panda Restaurant Group defines American Chinese cuisine by using bold flavors and fresh ingredients as the largest fast-casual Chinese chain.
We think delivering delicious cuisine to the hungry masses is enough to make this place inspiring. But, this company goes above and beyond with its commitment to people development, providing growth opportunities for associates at every level, both professionally and personally.
“Panda’s culture is very unique. The culture of developing and growing people—giving them the tools for success—is what makes Panda great,” explains Victoria Mariscal, General Manager.
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics is the world’s leading producer of high-performance polymer products, supplying virtually every major industry with innovative solutions for demanding challenges. From the delivery of pediatric vaccinations to the development of advanced technology cell therapy for cancer treatment, Saint-Gobain touches millions of patients' lives every day.
“The products that I help create really save lives,” says Kristina Dempsey, District Sales Manager, “It’s a meaningful place to work—with meaningful products to sell.”
Tapingo’s goal is to empower people to #StopWaiting for the things they need so that they can focus on the things that matter. And, the company does that through its innovative mobile app that lets users browse the menus of nearby locations, customize orders, pay, then choose between delivery or pickup.
“It’s awesome to be working on a product that’s becoming useful to so many people,” says Chad La Tourette, Senior Growth Manager.
Accolade’s combination of compassionate, trusted health assistants plus breakthrough science and technologies empower its clients to make more informed and cost-effective health decisions with better outcomes.
Accoladians describe the workplace culture as fun and fulfilling—a selfless and empathic mix of diverse, brave, and innovative team members who work to improve the lives of others. Join the team, and you’ll have a direct impact on the health and well-being of people as they untangle the complexity and costs associated with the healthcare process.
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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