Want a company where your voice is actually heard? Where you can chime in with your innovative suggestions regardless of your rank or job title? Where no idea is considered too cutting edge or groundbreaking?
Well, look no further than these 21 awesome companies. They not only value the big ideas of their team members, but they also seriously consider (and oftentimes even implement!) them.
So, if you’re looking to land a role where your desire for innovation is encouraged rather than ignored consider today your lucky day, because all 21 of these companies are hiring right now. You know what to do.
AT&T is excited to announce the expansion of its entertainment and content services. The company is the largest provider of pay TV in the United States and is among the largest in the world. The company utilizes its broad media footprint and high-speed services to reach over 60 million locations to deliver primetime shows, sporting events, and movies to customers around the globe.
AT&T doesn’t just say it accepts ideas from anywhere—this company really puts its money where its mouth is. For example, AT&T instituted the ultimate suggestion box (known as The Innovation Pipeline) that encourages people from across the company to share their potentially game-changing ideas at any time.
4. 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. The speed of execution, paired with approachable managers who absorb ideas, gives the office a startup-like pace with similar employee engagement. In fact, team members are so excited by what colleagues accomplish that they hold regular project presentations for internal creations before the world sees them.
The organization was founded in 2007 with the goal of helping consumers save money, conserve energy, and improve the environment. Realizing that heating and cooling represent the largest portions of home energy usage, ecobee responded by creating its iconic smart thermostat. Since then, ecobee has continually refined its product and is now a leader in the burgeoning connected home marketplace.
“The common thread of culture that weaves its way through ecobee is the belief that good ideas come from everywhere,” explains Alan Hietala, Lead Front-end Architect. Whether it’s the common sight of a co-founder discussing solutions with technicians, the ease of finding test volunteers, or the open-ended yearly stipend for self-improvement, employees at ecobee are empowered by a system of support.
6. Gap Inc.
Doris and Don Fisher opened the first Gap store in 1969 with a simple idea—to make it easier to find a pair of jeans and a commitment to do more. Over the last 46 years, the company has grown from a single store to a global fashion business with five brands—Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix. Gap's clothes are available in 90 countries worldwide through 3,300 company-operated stores, almost 400 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites and is still growing.
Gap Inc. employees are given the autonomy to be hands-on decision makers from day one. The company's leadership assumes a supportive role and applies a collaborative management style. Gap Inc. empowers employees to speak up and take action, offering the guidance and insight to help them transform their suggestions into strategies.
Yelp is an online guide and mobile app that connects people with great local businesses. With instant access to millions of reviews, Yelp helps users locate local hot spots, make reservations, and order their favorite foods. Yelpers can read helpful tips, view photos, and chat about dos and don’ts before planning their own fun-filled experiences.
Yelp’s transparent, supportive culture pushes its people to excel. Constant constructive feedback, goal-focused one-on-one sit-downs, team meetings, and thank you shout-outs for a job well done reinforce each employee’s achievements, ambitions, and unique strengths. Employees are free to implement independent ideas and lead confidently while they learn, knowing that Yelp stands behind them.
Founded in 2014, Andela is a network of technology leaders dedicated to advancing human potential. By seeking out and supporting top software developers across Africa, Andela not only creates career opportunities in an untapped market, but also helps companies compile high-performing engineering teams for the future. With a slight twist on traditional employee acquisition initiatives, Andela is able to simultaneously stimulate tech industry ecosystems and solve the growing global tech talent shortage.
“The people, hands down, inspire me on a regular basis,” explains Jeremy Johnson, CEO and Co-founder. With a staff that’s packed with talent, Andela encourages team members to ask anything, learn a new skill, troubleshoot a project, and get critical feedback in an open and supportive environment—so that employees can achieve their full potential in an atmosphere that’s still a lot of fun.
Bizzabo, an award-winning all-in-one event success platform, is on a mission to bring people together and make events more rewarding for everyone involved. The Events Cloud software they offer empowers event marketers to manage, measure, and grow professional events around the globe. Reaching millions of people nationwide, Bizzabo is the world's fastest growing event technology company. They take pride in being pioneers of event technology and champions of their customer's success.
At Bizzabo, employees are encouraged and empowered to take ownership and become entrepreneurs. All members of the team have their own unique responsibilities, and everyone’s voice is heard equally. Plus, teammates are constantly learning from each other—and finding the time to share and listen to their coworkers' new initiatives.
MealPal’s smart bot app lets its subscribers conveniently lunch for less. Launched in NYC, London, Singapore, Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, DC, Miami, LA, and San Francisco—with more locations to follow—MealPal helps weekday lunchers please any palate with delicious choices from over 4000 local restaurants. Users skip long lines with MealPal’s money-saving pre-paid food discounts and enjoy lovely lunches daily, hassle-free.
MealPal builds valuable partnerships with employees to share knowledge and experience inclusively. Direct access to all leaders lets employees pick brains and form fresh ideas. MealPal balances its collaborative teaching with tough love by giving everyone equal entrepreneurial opportunity to take initiative and be a driving force of its thriving business.
14. Blizzard Entertainment
Founded in 1991 by three graduates of UCLA, Blizzard Entertainment has evolved over the years to become one of the most recognizable and respected names in gaming. With over 4,700 employees worldwide, Blizzard continues to redefine the industry—from pioneering esports and improving AAA franchises to creating all-new titles for players of all interests. Based on a culture of individuality, creativity, and growth, Blizzard Entertainment is an excellent place to build a career in entertainment.
Blizzard knows that the more informed employees are, the more empowered they are to chime in with their ideas. So the company places a great deal of emphasis on professional development, including coursework and an impressive roster of guest speakers. “Working with the best in the industry means I’m constantly able to learn and improve myself. It makes it really exciting to come into work each day,” says Megan Chang, Software Engineer.
15. Red Frog Events
Red Frog Events creates memorable and exciting large-scale events within the experiential entertainment industry. The company also contracts its food and beverage services and ticketing platforms to other agencies around the country. Red Frog Events has a wonderful partnership with St. Jude and has committed to donating 1% of its profits to the organization—as well as $25 million to the Proton Therapy Center on the Hospital's campus.
Don’t want the constant pressure of a superior breathing down your neck? You won’t find that at Red Frog Events. Leadership believes in the practice of hiring capable, talented, and trustworthy employees—and then actually trusting them to complete tasks without peeking over people’s shoulders. The company finds that with this philosophy in place, teams are more productive and take serious ownership over their work.
T-Mobile is a place for collaboration, creativity and fast-paced change. As the Un-carrier, and America's most loved wireless company, their 50,000 plus customer-obsessed team members are united in their mission to build the future of technology and change wireless for good.
When it comes to a supportive and empowering culture, T-Mobile knows just how to pull the best out of its employees. For example, the company has ditched old-school performance reviews for a personalized approach to increasing employee engagement and growth, including help with job-related classes, developing leadership skills, and on-the-job training.
GSK dedicates itself to creating a healthier population the whole world over by researching and developing a broad range of innovative products in pharmaceutical, vaccine, and consumer healthcare arenas. The company boasts commercial operations in more than 150 countries, as well as 89 manufacturing sites and R&D centers in the UK, US, and Belgium.
At GSK, employees are encouraged to speak up and seek new experiences—the company wants to build a workforce of ambitious, assertive leaders. It accomplishes this by offering a multitude of learning and training opportunities beyond existing roles and peer shadowing options at GSK global job sites to make sure its people get ahead.
18. Index Exchange
Index Exchange is one of the world’s premier ad tech companies, providing a transparent exchange for digital media publishers and suppliers to sell their ad impressions programmatically and in real-time. Headquartered in New York City with offices in San Francisco, Chicago, London, Toronto, Montreal, Kitchener, Sydney, Paris, Milan, and Düsseldorf, Index Exchange is defining the evolution of online technology today with the brightest minds in ad tech.
When employees are asked about a favorite benefit of working at Index Exchange, they always give the same response—the organization is energized by its vision. Index Exchange's technology-first approach to serve clients guides every employee's mission to deliver exceptional products, service, and performance to all clients.
19. The Meet Group
The Meet Group (Nasdaq: MEET) is a fast-growing portfolio of mobile apps designed to meet the universal need for human connection. Using innovative products and sophisticated data science, The Meet Group keeps its more than 4.5 million mobile daily active users engaged and originates untold numbers of casual chats, friendships, dates, and marriages. The Meet Group helps advertisers reach customers on a global scale with hundreds of millions of daily mobile ad impressions.
The Meet Group trusts their employees, giving them the freedom to work however is best for them. In turn, they get unique solutions to problems and people taking ownership of new ideas and projects. Plus, they hold a Hackd event once a quarter where employees take two days to be creative and think big. “The Meet Group stood out to me because of how open they are about innovation," says Mei Wong, Data Analyst.
BRPH designs the buildings and structures of tomorrow. The company offers all of its engineering, architectural, and design services in-house as means to reduce costs to the client and better collaborate internally. Whether it’s a complex manufacturing facility, a 21st century elementary school, or a physics-defying feat of engineering, BRPH conceives, designs, manages, and delivers a service that goes beyond clients’ expectations.
Innovation is at the core of what BRPH does. Whether it's designing iconic buildings or coming up with expert solutions for a client, BRPH values big thinking. And standing behind their employees is a management team with an open-door policy, so you can take any issues you have to them for help, and the opportunity for continuing education to keep your skills sharp.
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