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.
5. Collective Health
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.
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.
Launched in 2014, Slack is the fastest-growing business application in history. Millions of people around the world use Slack to connect their teams, unify their systems, and drive their business forward. From Fortune 100 companies to corner markets, Slack helps people communicate better.
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.
On any given day, 2.5 billion people use Unilever products to look good, feel good, and get more out of life. From nutritionally balanced foods to indulgent ice creams, luxurious shampoos, and everyday household items, the company develops a diverse range of products from more than 400 brands. Whatever the brand, Unilever is deeply committed to creating sustainable products that improve health and wellbeing.
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.
Founded in 2012, TrackMaven is a competitive intelligence platform, aiming to provide competitive intelligence data that helps digital marketers create amazing content. By analyzing trends across 15 different content platforms, TrackMaven gives marketers the insights that will lead to brand success—counting big brands like Cisco, The Marriott, AOL, and the NBA among its hundreds of clients.
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.”
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-menswear company—allowing clients to meet in one-on-one appointments to create their own unique garments. Knot Standard makes fashion-forward custom clothing accessible to the masses—from suits, shirts, and pants to overcoats, rain jackets, and hoodie and jogger sets. Catering to the sophisticated man who is looking to attain a high-quality, fitted look, consumers can make their very own bespoke creations online or in one of Knot Standard’s eight 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 acquired its first customer in 2008—and the company has been exceeding expectations for cloud-based business solutions ever since. Today, the more than 500-strong team is still excited about revolutionizing business communications and simplifying UCaaS. That mission seems to be working, since the company is regularly recognized for its fast growth and exceptional workplace.
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.”
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.