From the famously cool culture and the sweet perks to the innovative atmosphere and the instant name recognition, feeling a little jealous of Google employees is more than understandable. But, if you think the tech giant is the only place that you can score as an employee, think again.
These 21 companies prove that there are plenty of other awesome workplaces out there and, they might be looking for people just like you.
So, check out their open positions and prepare to land in a place that’s equally as cool as Google—without needing to move to Silicon Valley.
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.
If you admire Google’s far-reaching presence, you’re sure to love Unilever, which operates in dozens of countries on every continent besides Antarctica. Whether it's working on an international rotation, collaborating across global teams, or studying abroad with the company's Tuition Assistance Program, Unilever delivers a global experience. North American team members have traveled to Mumbai, Singapore, London, and Cambodia, just to name a few.
With over 17,000 customers, AppFolio creates easy-to-use, cloud-based software built for specific vertical markets. AppFolio Property Manager allows property management professionals to more effectively market, manage, and grow their business. MyCase is an affordable, intuitive, and powerful legal case management software designed for the modern law firm.
There’s plenty to love about working at AppFolio, but employees especially appreciate how much they’re able to learn—not just from their managers, but from everybody in the office. “The benefit of working with very smart people is that we have a culture of learning and knowledge-sharing. Being around very smart people helps you improve yourself,” says Damon Valenzona, Software Engineering Director.
AppNexus, a Xandr company, enables and optimizes the real-time sale and purchase of digital advertising. The company’s powerful, real-time decisioning platform supports core products that enable publishers to maximize yield, while helping marketers and agencies harness data and machine learning to deliver intelligent and customized campaigns.
There are tons of things you’ll gain as an AppNexus employee. But, one of the big ones? Knowledge (and plenty of it!). One company event, SharkNexus, is an entrepreneurial group that was born out of an appreciation for the show Shark Tank. Every Friday, the group talks to different founders within the NYC start-up community—sharing ideas and experiences and expanding conversations around innovation and technology.
Over 25 years ago, CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. Today CarMax continues to disrupt the market by utilizing cutting-edge technologies and programs to create the future of car buying. This innovative thinking has helped them become the nation’s largest retailer of used cars with more than 195 stores nationwide.
“Put teamwork first. That’s central to our culture and to anyone’s success here,” says CarMax’s Manager of App Systems. One way the company does that? By focusing on mentorship rather than management. Under this philosophy, team members are given projects that support the business and align with personal development goals. Instead of harping on deadlines, managers focus on building career ladders and preparing teams for the climb.
eOne is a premiere global independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution, sales, merchandising, and licensing of film, television, music, family, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, eOne delivers high-quality content to the world.
Employees at eOne love to learn and not just about the business (which they do a lot of!), but also about other random skills and topics. Because of that, the company rolled out an initiative called “Check This Out,” where once a month an office employee volunteers to talk to different departments about any topic that they find personally interesting. Co-workers enjoy the opportunity to get together and socialize while learning something enlightening.
As the name suggests, Synaptics, a portmanteau of synapse and electronics, was originally founded by scientists interested in utilizing neural networks in technological devices. Pivoting into human-interface devices with the development of the first touch-pad in 1992, Synaptics now encompasses over 1,600 patents, 1,700 employees, and a $1.7 billion market-value.
If you want to work somewhere that’s at the forefront of an industry, you’ll feel right at home at Synaptics. With the ever-expanding market for personal electronics, the need for human-interface technology has never been greater—and this need will only grow as technology improves and more markets open up. The current leader in touch and authentication technology, Synaptics is perfectly poised to outperform its competition.
9. F5 Networks
Founded in 1996, F5 originally made a name for itself with load-balancing products. Since then, F5 has become a market leader and expanded its offerings to include the everything in the application delivery space—from load-balancing and acceleration to a whole host of security and authentication products, both on the cloud and at local datacenters.
“In this ever-changing technology landscape, we’re constantly adapting to stay ahead of the curve and remain a market leader,” shares Marcus Charles, Inside Channel Account Manager. Indeed, employees say that F5 is a place where great ideas can come from anywhere, opportunities abound, and motivated individuals are encouraged to take the initiative and pursue new paths, projects, and ideas that interest them.
10. Black Mountain
Black Mountain is an information technology company, changing the way the financial industry manages workflow, data, and analysis. BMS develops innovative, tailored solutions for data aggregation, process management, and business reporting. With world-class hedge fund, private equity, and investment management clients, Black Mountain adds operating efficiency and reduces risk—so its clients can focus on high-value activities and exceptional performance.
Want flexibility? You’ll find it in the Black Mountain offices, where the company encourages employees to focus on getting their work done—not the hours they're in the office. Black Mountain grants its team the ability to create their own schedules. If employees need to leave earlier to commute back home, make a doctor’s appointment, or just work remotely—they have management's blessing to do so.
Vanguard is one of the world's largest investment companies. After 40 years, the organization’s structure remains unique in the industry. Vanguard is client-owned, meaning fund shareholders own the funds, which own Vanguard. Today, the company is widely recognized as a leader in low-cost investing and a steadfast advocate for the interests of investors. Vanguard’s core purpose is "to take a stand for all investors, to treat them fairly, and to give them the best chance for investment success."
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Vanguard may be one of the world’s largest investment organizations, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be just a number. Employees are empowered to take charge of their own growth and bring their big ideas to the table. “There are a lot of group projects here, but also a lot of opportunities to work independently to come up with your own solutions and reach your own goals,” shares Kelly Rumbaugh, Senior Developer.
Created in 1996 during the digital revolution, eMarketer sets high standards as a unique and reliable source of marketing research—keeping pace with the fast-growing digital world. eMarketer collects and digs through data to provide credible, sharp, and objective points of view about wide-ranging consumer trends, marketing technology, and strategy—leading competitive marketers and helping businesses thrive worldwide.
The eMarketer team knows how to work hard—they’ve even evolved their own goal-setting technique as the industry has changed. But, employees also know when it’s time to blow off some steam. Yearly, there are four company-sponsored happy hour events in addition to spontaneous after-work drinks with colleagues and the favorite and festive annual holiday party—all phenomenal moments perfect for catching up, regrouping, and letting loose with friendly co-workers.
What if government agencies delivered technology solutions with cutting edge capabilities that wowed customers? That’s the question 540.co has been answering since 2013 through full-stack development for federal clients. The team of tech geeks and consultants aims to inject a Silicon Valley mentality into the Department of Defense and beyond—without getting stale on the way.
Employees at 540 love knowing that they have a seat at the table and that their work really matters—because everyone is considered a leader. The decentralized management style feels flat because the division of work is equal. Plus, roles are shaped to fit individuals based on technical strengths and professional interests. This personalization also affords employees tons of responsibility and initiative—which circles back to the reason that constant oversight isn’t needed.
Gartner is known as the world's leading research and advisory company with a presence in 100+ offices. But what exactly does that mean? Gartner's teams conduct research, then design products and services based on those objective insights to help clients make the right decisions and be successful. The focus is C-suite senior executives and their teams across the enterprise.
Google is a company with a constant upward trajectory, but so is Gartner. And that rapid pace presents awesome opportunities for all of the company’s employees. “Gartner is growing every year, and that means we have new openings, new promotions, and expanded global opportunities that allow us to grow the success of each individual who works here,” shares Erin Hammock, Regional Vice President of Sales.
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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Mohawk Industries is a company where each employee truly has a voice. Management is always open to innovative ideas and new sustainability initiatives. The company as a whole is also supportive of improving each employee personally, offering numerous tuition assistance program opportunities to support all members of the Mohawk team to continue learning and grow their career.
Appian builds a world class low-code application development platform that enables businesses to rapidly develop powerful and unique software applications with flexible visual models instead of clunky custom code. The apps created on Appian’s platform help companies drive digital transformation and competitive differentiation.
With a mission of helping companies build their own software applications to meet their needs, a spirit of innovation permeates the Appian office. And beyond that, employees love that they’re encouraged to share close relationships with their colleagues. There’s even a yearly company mountain retreat where staff members are invited to bring their families and enjoy cabin life.
21. The Brand Guild
The Brand Guild prides itself on being a firm of specialists, with the expertise in-house across its departments—Public Relations, Marketing, Events, and Creative—to deliver meaningful results to its clients. This structure enables The Brand Guild to achieve unparalleled levels of depth as they learn about their clients, own their challenges, become their partner, and ultimately help craft and tell their stories.
At The Brand Guild, the management style is open and collaborative. In love with great ideas and recognizing that they can come from anywhere, everyone is not only welcomed but encouraged and expected to contribute. A close-knit and rapidly-growing company, The Brand Guild seeks to maintain its ethos of creativity and approachability as it expands.
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