There’s something so thrilling about working for a startup, isn’t there?
There’s the collaborative spirit and the shared excitement of rolling up your sleeves and working toward something major together. There’s the emphasis on values, plenty of innovation, and a strong culture. There’s tons of hard work—but also tons of awesome perks that make your time in the office not only tolerable, but fun.
Think you can only get those characteristics at a small company that’s just starting to get off the ground? Think again. These 20 companies are well-established, while still making strides in technology and maintaining those startup vibes we all know and love.
The icing on that cake? Just like many startups, they’re all hiring right now.
1. New York Life Technology
Founded in 1845, New York Life is the largest mutual life insurance company in the country—and continues to hold true to its original values of integrity, humanity, and financial strength. In addition to offering life insurance and retirement services across the United States and Mexico, the company also specializes in investing, both domestically and internationally.
Since technology is constantly evolving, you’ll find plenty of hackathons and a fast-paced culture at New York Life. That pace is driving the business forward—and the company is looking for the ambitious tech professionals whose ideas will help shape its future. It's a unique opportunity to apply startup ingenuity to an industry leader that focuses on long-term growth—for clients, for the company, and for the people who work there.
A lot can be done at Booking.com. Users can search and book any kind of accommodation, from over 28 million listings in more than 130,000 destinations. They can find fun things to do while there. And when it comes to getting around—whether that’s to and from the airport, or a set of wheels to explore with—Booking.com has that covered too.
As a fast-paced and innately curious company where people are encouraged to take ownership of their work, Booking.com is experiencing rapid and expansive growth. The company now has 187 offices globally, due to a desire to have a strong local presence. Employees cite the awesome culture, emphasis on innovation, and the perks—which team members claim are right in line with big tech companies like Facebook and Google—as some of the many reasons to love being a member of the driven and creative Booking.com team.
4. Mohawk Industries
Mohawk Industries is the world’s largest flooring manufacturer and has been creating quality flooring products for over 100 years. The company not only employs an innovative and award-winning Design Team but also invests heavily in environmentally responsible practices—and even assembles 100 percent of its carpet products in the United States.
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Employees are all quick to remark on Mohawk Industries’ startup-like dedication to innovation. Management is always willing—and even excited—to lend an ear to big ideas and new sustainability initiatives. Team members also appreciate the warm and welcoming culture. “Mohawk feels like a family-run business, even though we’re a Fortune 500 company,” says Rebecca Richeson, Director, Operations Logistics.
Since 2003, VIZIO has brought smart, innovative electronics to life—and to market—so people could experience the things they love with unparalleled quality. Today, the company's top-selling TVs, displays, audio devices, and other consumer electronics continue to align with the brand's mission of creating beautifully simple products that redefine "smart" while putting the consumer first. Beyond delivering innovative and quality electronics, VIZIO is creating career opportunities for engineers to work with a next generation data analytics platform, which is working to collect meaningful data and change how the industry works.
For a multi-billion dollar brand whose name is synonymous with technology and innovation, VIZIO has a collaborative, open, entrepreneurial culture that inspires employees to bring unique ideas to the table. In fact, taking ownership of projects and having the freedom to exercise creative approaches makes the office feel similar to a startup—with the resources needed to actually execute those ideas and influence change.
LiveRamp is on a mission to connect the digital and physical world—helping companies to leverage the power of identity resolution to create innovative products and services that improve the world. As a team, LiveRamp is building expertise in a technology that will solve colossal problems for many industries in the coming years. As individuals, they're gaining experience that's not only relevant to improving the consumer experience with marketing, but experience that will also be equally valuable in the medical, energy, connected homes, self-driving cars, and a multitude of other industries. And given the company's values and culture, LiveRamp is proud to solve these problems in a high integrity way that’s great for customers and respectful of real people.
LiveRamp is growing rapidly. And, the company knows that it owes its success to it’s team of innovative employees. As a result, LiveRamp is willing to do anything to encourage them to keep pushing the envelope and own their ideas. To foster innovation, the company holds a Hackweek once every ten weeks to give everyone a chance to work on projects that might be useful to the company and its customers.
Thryv champions and empowers their clients to thrive in today’s competitive environment and they feel good about that. The company specializes in providing what local businesses need in order to compete against the big, national chains that are dominating the marketplace. Thryv's tools will save them time, money, and keep them connected with their customers, wherever they may be. They also allow them the ability to control their operations at anytime, anywhere, from the palm of their hand.
At DexYP, employees are empowered to grab the reins in their own positions and help push the company forward. “Act like an owner. If you see something wrong or off, go ahead and fix that. This is your house too, and you can treat it as such,” explains Fade Oguntona, Digital Web Consultant. When they need to take a break from all of that innovating? Employees blow off steam with everything from off-site movie days and trivia nights to tons of internal sports teams.
Lithium's technology allows companies to create tailored community platforms on their web and social properties. With its unique suite of advanced tools, Lithium help brands like Sephora grow their fan bases, drive sales, and reduce service costs—empowering passionate customers to connect to their brands and engage with other fans.
Core values are a big deal at startups—and that same rule holds true at Lithium, where their beliefs aren’t just written up on a poster and hung in a room somewhere—they’re taken to heart by every member of the team. Discussed daily, the values are to take customer success personally, build products Lithium’s proud of, play with excellence for the team, learn fast—but act faster, and be real—high standards that push the company and the employees to succeed.
12. Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman helps do the work that matters. Whether the company is developing the next generation of cyber-secure technology or pioneering a new kind of information network, they're doing it as one team on a single mission of helping enhance global security.
There’s so much to love as an employee at Northrop Grumman. From the commitment to diversity to the supportive management to the room to advance within the company, team members never run out of good things to say. One thing they appreciate most? The overall vibe in the office. “I love the culture here. Even though it’s a big company, it still feels like a tight-knit family,” says De’Shawnn Woods, Electrical Engineer.
Covius is a trusted provider of solutions, insight, and technology to leading financial services companies. Its technology-enabled solutions deliver operational efficiencies, mitigate risk, and empower confident, compliant decisions and borrower interactions. Covius businesses are recognized leaders in quality assurance, regulatory compliance, compliant document services, comprehensive settlement services, lien and title curative solutions, as well as rapid development, customizable cloud-based business process solutions.
While there are plenty of fun perks at LenderLive (are you up for a break on the in-office putting green?), the company also recognizes the importance of its values. The only thing more prominent than LenderLive’s charitable spirit and commitment to giving to the community is its advocacy for internal education and career development—including certifications, classes, industry trainings, and an in-house management training program.
Trustwave employees are excited to provide their clients with smartly managed cybersecurity services that help protect people’s privacy, fight cybercrime, and reduce online risk overall. Trustwave’s comprehensive and impressive portfolio of offerings includes in-depth security testing, expert consulting, customized technology solutions, and extensive cybersecurity education. Trustwave is the global security arm of Singtel, Optus, and NCS.
If you’re looking for a company that embodies the “work hard, play hard” philosophy, you’ll feel right at home at Trustwave. The company understands how easy it can be for employees to burnout after coding or creating for days on end during big projects. In order to counteract the effects, Trustwave strives to provide opportunities for internal teams to blow-off steam and encourages employees to take plenty of time-off to tend to their personal well beings.
Amplify's programs for English language arts, math, and science are leading the way in data-driven instruction and setting the standard for next-generation curriculum. Amplify has brought mobile assessments, instructional analytics, and riveting, rigorous curriculum to thousands of schools, supporting more than 300,000 educators and 3 million students in all 50 states
At Amplify, leaders don’t just dole out instructions without any explanation. Instead, the company believes that employees—regardless of their level—deserve to be in-the-know about what’s happening and why. So, managers make sure to sit down with individual employees to show them how and why each step is important. Employees say that approach helps them to learn and grow within the organization.
Addteq has been a leader of providing business solutions to enterprise clients for more than 10 years. Through the use of DevOps automation, Addteq strives to create innovative solutions to solve business processes. Clients depend on Addteq to provide Atlassian solutions, create custom add-ons, conduct training, offer hosting and staffing, perform DevOps services, and provide overall support services.
Addteq employees love the casual and laidback environment in the office. Team members enjoy relaxed relationships with their managers, as well as plenty of opportunities to celebrate their own accomplishments. Every other Friday, Addteq hosts a Beer & Brag event in the office. During the event, employees display or demonstrate new achievements they’ve completed during the week while enjoying cold drinks and delicious snacks.
20. San Francisco Chronicle
With honest, fearless, and startlingly original reporting, the San Francisco Chronicle delivers its discerning readers engaging news and entertainment stories from the Bay Area. As one of the largest newspapers in northern California, the Chronicle prides itself on bringing readers world-class journalism that’s bolder, brighter, and more fearless than the rest.
Creativity is paramount at the San Francisco Chronicle—its employees are always looking for new ways to engage their readers. Their latest idea? Hosting a series of dinner and discussion events encouraging readers to attend and influence the paper's restaurant guide, which appears in their revamped Lifestyle section. It's this kind of innovation that brings the startup vibes to a 152-year-old company.
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