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Whether you consider yourself a creative brain or not, nobody wants to end up in a workplace that boxes them in and imposes limits on their big, out-of-the-box ideas.
Fortunately, the 20 companies we’ve hand-selected for this list are as far away from that as you can get. They’re all fueled by ingenuity and innovation.
With rewarding missions that make major impacts, brilliant teams of passionate professionals, and workspaces that are sure to get your creative juices flowing, there’s so much to love about these visionary companies—including the fact that they’re all hiring right now.
1. Taco Bell
Offering customizable tacos, burritos, and other craveable choices, Taco Bell is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant brand. From breakfast to late night, Taco Bell’s tasty and ever-evolving menu provides options to fit every lifestyle. However, Taco Bell is about more than just building restaurants—the brand connects with its fans through sports, gaming, and new music, and serves the community through its 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Taco Bell Foundation.
You might expect that Taco Bell employees crave tacos. But, another thing they feast on? Creativity—which Taco Bell encourages through professional development initiatives like tuition reimbursement, scholarship opportunities, and artistic outlets like a company art show. When team members need to take a break or get through a creative block, perks like the in-office gym and salon help them kick back and blow off steam.
AAA Club Alliance represents nearly six million members in 13 states and Washington, DC. AAA Club Alliance began by fixing tires and advocating for better roads—more than a century later, the company has grown its offerings to include more opportunities for its members and associates.
One of the many things that empowers AAA employees to be at their most creative? The accessible leadership. Throughout the year, all associates have the chance to ask the CEO and other senior leaders questions—something that makes working at AAA unique. From Buzz Sessions to Town Hall Meetings, senior leaders are approachable and listen to what associates have to say.
Dedicated to providing consumers with a simple, hassle-free way to buy and replace contact lenses, the company was founded with an intimate understanding of the two key frustrations among contact lens wearers—namely, that contacts are both expensive and inconvenient to replace. The organization solves these issues for customers by delivering prescriptions lenses to their door—at the lowest possible price.
Think there’s no room for creativity with contacts? Think again. 1-800-Contacts revolutionized how consumers purchase and replace contact lenses. And the company is always on the lookout for how it can continue to remove hassles—which means the team is constantly motivated to push the envelope, and individual employees are often recognized for doing so.
Founded in 2005, Etsy operates markets that allow millions of people around the world to connect—both online and offline—to make, sell, and buy unique goods. Etsy’s global community of entrepreneurs, shoppers, manufacturers, and employees are the heart and soul of its business, and with more than 40 million listed items, Etsy has something for everyone.
As a marketplace dedicated to unique goods, you’d expect that an ethos of creativity and curiosity would carry over to the Etsy office. The space features art and furniture from hundreds of different Etsy sellers around the world. And when they’re not enjoying their sweet digs, employees are taking advantage of Etsy School, an internal program where employees can teach and learn new skills from each other—from productivity tips to jewelry making.
Dropbox is a leading global collaboration platform that’s transforming the way people and teams work together. With more than 500 million registered users across 180 countries, Dropbox is on a mission to unleash the world’s creative energy by designing a more enlightened way of working. Dropbox is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, and has 12 offices around the world.
Dropbox knows no bounds when it comes to pushing the envelope—both as a company and for individual employees. “My comfort zone is constantly pushed here,” says Constance Duong, Software Engineer. As a company whose mission is to simplify the way people work together, Dropbox cultivates a rich employee culture that values diversity, hard work, and the creativity to solve problems for millions of creators and innovators around the world.
First Look Media is a combination of entertainment and journalism—uniquely structured as a hybrid for-profit commercial business and a non-profit operation, both with the shared goal of influencing culture and society through stories of consequence.
The very mission of First Look Media has creativity at its core. The company plays a critical role in the digital space by lifting up the voices of many who wouldn’t otherwise be heard. By offering young, talented, and often outspoken creators a vehicle through which to deliver a progressive message, First Look Media amplifies the voices of individuals dealing with significant social issues.
BCG Digital Ventures aims to insert startup-based innovation into the corporate world. The organization creates new profit pools for its corporate partners and transforms corporations into disruptive market forces by reinvigorating their current models with new designs and technology, sophisticated product management, and revolutionary business initiatives.
The people who work at BCG Digital Ventures are highly knowledgeable, hard-working, and incredibly excited about what they do. Every day is a new adventure—a sense of urgency and faced-paced forward-thinking pervades the office, and the employees love it. Team members inevitably grow close bonds with each other, and enjoy sharing their passions—from painting murals to 3D modeling.
Since 2010, Scality has been working to develop and perfect its disruptive approach to digital infrastructure. Over the years, the company has succeeded in deploying its software-defined storage all over the world, and has consistently achieved and surpassed its objective to deliver reliability and performance in service of end users.
Since 2010, Scality has been working to develop and perfect its disruptive approach to digital infrastructure—relying mostly on the ideas, input, and creativity of its employees. “We let everybody voice an opinion here, and we let everybody speak. We know that everyone involved in the conversation here can add value,” shares Curtis Smith, Director of Talent Acquisition.
Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment for consumers around the globe. The Company develops and publishes products principally through its wholly-owned labels Rockstar Games and 2K, as well as its new Private Division label and Social Point, a leading developer of mobile games. Our products are designed for console systems and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets, and are delivered through physical retail, digital download, online platforms and cloud streaming services.
In order to build video games and other interactive entertainment all day, employees need to be able to flex some serious creative muscles. Fortunately, Take-Two empowers them to do just that with a supportive leadership style and plenty of developmental opportunities that team members can take advantage of—including customized learning itineraries and access to e-learning modules.
14. VSA Partners
Design is not only a craft, but a tool for achieving business objectives—and VSA Partners is a master of both. The design-driven agency works across branding, design, and marketing to create unified customer experiences. The creative, strategic team offers end-to-end capabilities with pristine execution—and targeted results that help clients meet their business goals.
Minimal egos with maximum creative abilities summarize life at VSA Partners. The team of collaborative strategists and designers co-own successes and tackle client business challenges together with help from master facilitators. This flat hierarchy, along with plenty of support and professional development offerings, inspires employees to strive for their greatest creative potential.
Founded in 2009, Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software tool that helps users connect powerfully with their audiences. Unlike standard presentation slides, Prezi’s zoomable canvas shows relationships between the big picture and fine details, putting ideas into context and engaging viewers in a unique and visually exciting way.
There are two words you’ll hear used frequently to describe the culture at Prezi: creative and collaborative. “We often have ideas on how we can improve things,” shares Zoli Radnai, Director of Learn and Support, “Whenever such an idea comes from anyone in the team, they have the chance to make these ideas a reality. You can really have an impact.”
Ideosity partners with clients to digitally transform their businesses and reach their goals. This approach, combined with Ideosity’s product information management and master data management technologies, helps clients more effectively market their products in a multi-channel selling environment—resulting in increased sales, improved profitability, enhanced customer loyalty, and stronger channel partnerships.
It’s hard to find a company that’s more creative than one that manages to completely change course and reinvent itself. That’s exactly what Ideosity did. Founded as a web development company, Ideosity soon began helping clients organize their product management platforms. After a few projects, the team realized they were carving out a niche business for themselves—changing course and making the company an industry expert.
Bonobos was created to help men find pants with the perfect fit. Now the menswear company provides a full collection of clothing for men of all builds and preferences. With award-winning customer service ninjas, free shipping both ways, and Guideshops nationwide, Bonobos simplifies the online shopping experience—making the search for the perfect fit painless.
At Bonobos, it doesn’t matter what role an employee has—everyone’s input is expected and valued, and every team member is challenged to push their own creative boundaries. With Bonobos’ hands-on approach, employees are invested in helping where they can, regardless of job titles, and provide insight that allows the company to make informed decisions, to grow, and to succeed.
18. 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.
At CBS Interactive, teams are small and nimble, which allows employees to get things done quickly without hitting bureaucratic roadblocks. “We love the freedom to do our jobs our own way. We love the freedom to explore and test new ideas. And we love having the flexibility to do all of that,” says Farid Kazimi, Director, Project Management, CBS.com.
19. Kendra Scott
In 2002, Kendra Scott went from boutique to boutique—with her three-month-old in tow—selling jewelry she made with stones and designs inspired by global travel. Today, the multimillion dollar business continues to focus on family, fashion, and philanthropy by creating timeless pieces, luxury accessories, and a lifestyle brand that values community and quality.
The management style at Kendra Scott can best be described as nurturing—with leaders who encourage entrepreneurship and autonomy. Performance metrics matter, but employees get to help shape them and define the team’s success, which means anyone can get creative and contribute ideas in line with the company’s goals.
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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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