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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
A subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., Taco Bell and its franchise organizations serve over 42 million customers each week through its restaurants and delivery ordering services.
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 is North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, providing members a full range of services related to travel, insurance, finance, and automobiles.
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.
1-800 Contacts makes it easier to buy and wear contact lenses. The company strives to keep contacts lenses affordable and to offer consumers as much choice as possible.
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.
YETI is an outdoors lifestyle brand, creating high-quality products devised from necessity and innovated out of experience. Beginning with the YETI Cooler, the brand is expanding rapidly.
Since their founding in 2006, brothers Roy and Ryan have worked hard to define just what YETI stands for—uncompromising quality, the value of people, and constant improvement. And at YETI, employees aren’t performing the same rote tasks day after day. It’s a company with room to learn and grow that prefers to cultivate leadership from within. With continual development programs and interdepartmental training, employees at YETI have the opportunity to constantly progress and hone their strengths.
Etsy creates an alternative commerce experience for creative entrepreneurs. The company connects people from around the world in a marketplace to sell and buy unique goods.
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.
With an unparalleled mastery of true digital creative, Fresh Digital Group generates unique marketing solutions and strategies to improve the digital life of its clients’ products.
Fresh Digital Group believes in creating an environment where people aren’t afraid to speak up and voice their ideas or share their opinions. They hire candidates who are focused on creativity, and they strive to allow those creative vibes to flourish. Leadership is found across title lines as CEO, manager, and employee work side-by-side on a daily basis.
Dropbox changes the way the world stores, shares, and collaborates with a clean hosting platform that offers individuals and enterprises a secure way to manage files and photos.
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 an experimental new-model media company on a purposeful mission to support a thriving, vibrant democracy by cultivating independent creators in the digital space.
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 is a fast-growing corporate investment and incubation firm committed to pioneering into new areas of digital innovation, product development, and commercialization.
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.
10. Custom Ink
Custom Ink offers a better way to design and order custom t-shirts for groups, companies, and events, and provides unmatched quality service, whether it’s one shirt or ten thousand.
Innovation is a core value at Custom Ink, and team members appreciate the chance to have real ownership over their careers while rolling up their sleeves and getting creative. This philosophy permeates through Custom Ink’s office space as well. “The Custom Ink offices are open and inviting, and really push people to collaborate and be innovative,” explains Grace Smith, Key Account Manager.
An international leader in the industry, Scality offers clients across three continents a software-defined storage solution that can be deployed on any industry standard server.
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.
Optoro is out to revolutionize the way retailers manage returned and excess inventory by tackling the latest logistics puzzle or building a more efficient way to connect goods to customers.
Nothing inspires more creativity than a big problem that needs to be solved—just ask Optoro. The retail industry faces a large and growing challenge in managing the 3.5 billion products consumers return every year, resulting in financial losses and environmental impact. Optoro connects buyers and sellers, reducing waste and limiting carbon emissions typically generated from transporting returned and excess goods. How’s that for creativity?
Take-Two Interactive Software—owner of Rockstar Games and 2K—is a leading developer, publisher, and distributor of creative and inventive interactive entertainment globally.
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
VSA Partners creates stunning aesthetics for companies around the world by fusing strategic design and creative marketing to deliver top-of-the-line branding with end-to-end perfection.
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.
Prezi helps over 160 million users in all corners of the world create and deliver memorable presentations with their cloud-based presentation software.
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 is a consulting firm that helps manufacturers, distributors, and retailers through a strategic and intelligent use of product information management and master data management technologies.
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 is a men’s apparel company that provides a full line of personalized and tailored clothing with a perfect fit that feels and looks great.
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 operates as the digital arm of the greater CBS Corporation by using advanced media products to run an online content network that dives into subjects people care about most.
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
Kendra Scott designs globally-inspired luxury goods and fine jewelry that have an equal emphasis on fashion and giving back. The company promotes philanthropy through a beautiful lifestyle.
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.
HireVue offers high-powered digital video and predictive analytic programs that help businesses, big or small, build and coach top teams in every industry.
Disrupting the digital human resources space requires plenty of innovation. Fortunately, HireVue knows that employees who feel supported will be comfortable bringing their big ideas to the table. That’s why one of the first things that new hires do is sit down with their manager and set short- and long-term personal and professional goals, as well as talk about expectations. After that? Leaders get out of the way and let team members succeed on their own terms.
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TopicsScality , Ideosity , Kendra Scott , 1-800 Contacts , Taco Bell , Optoro , Fresh Digital Group , Etsy , YETI , AAA Club Alliance , Custom Ink , BCG Digital Ventures , VSA Partners , CBS Interactive , Who's Hiring , Hirevue , Dropbox , Prezi , First Look Media , Take-Two Interactive Software , Bonobos , Company Roundup , Job Search , Sponsored
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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