20 of the Most Innovative Companies to Work for Right Now
Innovative. It’s a word that gets tossed around a lot. And, while plenty of companies try to lay claim to this desirable adjective, not all of them have the goods to back it up.
But, these 20 companies? Well, they not only talk the talk, they walk the walk, from making waves in traditional fields to disrupting the way things have always been done.
So, if you’ve been looking to join forces with a company that’s really taking things to the next level, you’re sure to find your calling at one of these amazing places.
If you hear AT&T and immediately assume it’s just another network services provider, think again. The company spearheads fast-paced sprint projects and deploys smart technology for external startups, innovators, entrepreneurs, academics, and inventors.
“At AT&T, we’re working on many different innovative and intuitive telepresence and applications projects—beyond cell phones,” says Nancy Dominguez, Traffic Manager.
2. Capital One
Daring to dream, disrupt, and deliver a better way to bank, Capital One brings ingenuity, simplicity, and humanity to the financial industry. The company’s “User Experience Labs” are hubs for innovation and its culture emphasizes taking chances, trying new things, and coming up with that next great idea.
“We love to find people who are problem solvers, who can handle ambiguity, and who are willing to try something proactive without explicit permission to do something different,” explains Ryan Page, Head of Design.
3. Docler Media
Docler Media is a global tech and entertainment company passionate about cutting-edge media platforms, with a diverse portfolio that includes TAG, SonicBox.com, Oranum.com, and Elvoline.com.
The company’s mission is to create high-quality interactive experiences designed to impact the future of technology—meaning there’s never a dull moment for employees.
“What I’m most excited about for the future of Docler is that every project I work on, I can already see being the next big thing,” shares Matthew Oquendo, Lead Videographer and Photographer.
The business of selling has been around for ages. But, ClearSlide is turning an age-old concept on its head by providing organizations with the insight needed to improve salesperson productivity, increase the ability to forecast more accurately, and align sales and marketing teams around high-impact content.
And, the company has its compass pointed toward even bigger things. “We’re going to make ClearSlide one of the best-performing companies on planet earth,” says Dave Goodmark, Manager, Sales East.
Yes, figuring out your health benefits can undoubtedly be a headache. That’s exactly why Collective Health is working to completely redefine the experience for companies and their people with the company’s data-driven platform.
“Every day, we try to deliver on the core promise of Collective Health, which is to really transform the healthcare market and deliver an experience that people love,” adds Akins Van Horne, Group Product Manager.
Established in 1927, Marriott International has a long history of innovation. The company’s entrepreneurial culture is all about taking creative risks to change the way we think about travel.
“We have a lot of change going on,” explains David Menda, Director, Mobile Marketing. “We’re doing everything that we can to make sure that we activate digital experiences on property and in travel by working on cutting edge projects.”
Software is only becoming more prevalent and more innovative. And, as a company that’s tasked with developing helpful products geared toward software developers and project managers, Atlassian needs to be at the top of its game when it comes to keeping an eye on what’s next.
Fortunately, the company seems to have innovation down to a science. “I joined Atlassian because I read a headline in Forbes magazine that said ‘Atlassian is to software what Apple is to design,’” shares Christophe Capel, Principal Product Marketing Manager.
Slack provides a real-time messaging, archiving, and search system that brings company and social communications together all in one place.
Slack is on a mission to make working life and communication simpler, more pleasant, and more productive. And, it’s working. The company has seen tremendous growth in the short number of years since its launch and is only going to keep growing—thanks to the company’s focus on truly listening to every employee.
“Everyone’s ideas are given equal weight here,” adds Duretti Hirpa, Senior Engineer Integrations.
Unilever is a global leader in promoting sustainable living and is the company behind many much-loved brands, including Dove, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Ben & Jerry’s, Suave, Pond’s, and Q-Tips.
Unilever really values sustainability and is committed to growing its business while reducing its carbon footprint. The goal is to make sustainable living commonplace not only by reducing the company’s environmental impact but by helping more than a billion people all around the world improve their health and hygiene by 2020.
Using technological innovations, Captora revolutionizes top of funnel marketing—which targets the first line of people interested in a company’s products and services—for a variety of different businesses.
“What gets me excited...is the people—solving challenging problems and bouncing ideas around with very smart people in how we can improve the product and the company,” says Brenden Palmer, Software Engineer.
TrackMaven is a competitive intelligence platform that provides digital marketers with the analysis they need to build great brands.
While TrackMaven boasts a ton of awesome perks, it’s the inspiring work that keeps employees coming back every day. TrackMaven’s team works together to shatter the perception of marketing technology and create true innovation in the world of marketing.
“I love learning how TrackMaven helps digital marketers, providing data and insights that they didn’t have before,” shares Alexandra Abbott, Business Development Associate. “It’s a fascinating product and it’s really unique.”
Let’s face it—people have been getting lost since the beginning of time, and TomTom’s navigation and mapping products have been helping to lead the way since 1991. And now, the company continues to innovate in the sports arena, territory that previously remained uncharted by a navigation company.
“TomTom is an innovative company,” elaborates Matt Bates, Senior Planning and Inventory Manger. “We are expanding our portfolio from GPS devices into the fitness realm. Every new project gives us more experience and more opportunity to implement and execute new processes.”
You can look at SmartBear as the partner in crime of global software teams, providing tools to help them create the world’s greatest applications and APIs.
To continue innovating, the company encourages and empowers employees to always think outside the box. “If you’re looking upwards to make decisions, you’re looking in the wrong direction,” says John Purcell, Vice President, Products. “We want to encourage informed risk-taking.”
14. Knot Standard
Knot Standard is a custom-clothing platform—allowing consumers to make their own creations over the web or in one of its six global showrooms.
Using a platform to design a completely custom suit might sound like something straight out of the future. But, Knot Standard took innovation to the extreme and made it a reality. “We identified a market opportunity for underserved gentlemen looking for well-priced, high-end, quality custom apparel—so we started a company,” explains John Ballay, CEO.
15. BAE Systems
Delivering everything from clean technology and zero emission solutions, to cyber security improvements and optimized aircraft and intelligence for the military, BAE Systems tackles each project and delivers end results that transcend what previously seemed possible.
To achieve that much innovation, the company looks for people who are always willing to be flexible. “Listen—be open to change and ideas,” shares one employee. “That’s the entirety of this company—adapting to the world’s needs and delivering them.”
16. KDM Engineering
KDM is an electrical engineering organization focusing on the development of medium-to high-voltage utility designs. Its mission? To create the best primary distribution design and project management firm the Chicago area had ever seen.
And in order to be the best, you have to keep staying ahead of the competition. “We’re looking forward to expanding into renewable energy,” shares Electrical Engineer Sankesh Jitendra Jain of one of the many big things to come for KDM.
Nextiva outfits modern businesses with unified cloud communications through a simple approach to UCaaS that includes bringing companies a slew of communication tools and cloud applications.
Nextiva’s team is all about revolutionizing business communications. And, things seem to be going well, as the company is regularly recognized for its fast growth and exceptional workplace.
“This field within the engineering realm is so new,” says Michael Capizzi, Software Engineer, “So there’s a lot of opportunity to be some of the first ones who figure it all out.”
18. Adlib Software
Adlib Software helps companies analyze and classify their unstructured data—identifying potential security risks and uncovering valuable information that companies can use to their advantage.
“The main purpose of Adlib is to teach organizations to see their information differently—a lot of organizations have unstructured data, and they don’t know what’s in there,” explains Chiku Gardiner, Product Manager.
Since the tech industry is constantly changing, the team at Adlib is always ready to adapt. The company itself has evolved from focusing on PDF conversions to working on this data classification that provides awesome, previously untapped insights to businesses.
With locations in more than a dozen cities throughout the United States and Central America, Pep is a full-service project management firm that frees up clients to focus on the bigger business picture. The company takes care of timelines, budgets, and vendor coordination for every project, from direct mail and sweepstakes to training and events around the country, all through custom created PepConnect programs.
Pep employees love that they get to constantly help build new and better things for their clients. “I found Pep to be really innovative and very focused on their goals in the marketing world,” says Danielle Bartos, Account Executive.
Vynamic is a healthcare industry management consulting firm that focuses on connecting clients with experienced experts in the healthcare sector for every project to help navigate a changing industry.
The company is always guided by its core purpose that there’s a better way.
“If you enjoy management consulting in the healthcare industry, a dynamic leadership team that listens, a vibrant fun social workplace, and a company that appreciates you, Vynamic is the clear choice,” says one employee.
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