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Chances are, you’ve worked a job that you hated. One where your stomach was in knots every Sunday night and your walk into the office felt like you were trudging through wet cement.
But, what if we told you that work didn’t have to be that way? What if you could have a job that made coming into the office each day a treat rather than torture? Believe it or not, it’s more than possible.
If you think we’re lying, you need to check out these 23 companies. Employees here love their jobs so much, they actually look forward to heading into work day in and day out. The best part? These places are all hiring right now.
1. Capital One
Daring to dream, disrupt, and deliver a better way to bank for customers, Capital One brings ingenuity, simplicity, and humanity to the financial industry. The financial services company provides domestic credit and debit cards and offers financing, deposits, and lending activities, delivering great value to people across the country.
“We are not a boring financial institution,” explains a Capital One Data Scientist, “It’s not all about making money—it’s about helping people. It’s a bright culture of people who enjoy what they’re doing.” Capital One’s employees don’t only enjoy the work, but also the environment they do it in—thanks to the company’s family-like culture. The snacks offered and informal after-work activities certainly don’t hurt matters either.
Persado generates strategically automated content for clients all around the world, so each word of a company’s marketing material speaks to the greater goal—meeting customer needs and targeting their emotions. The platform takes out copywriting guesswork and testing, so companies know just what to say and how to say it. The result? Profitable insights and content that truly does all the talking.
Aside from building an exciting product, Persado employees have plenty to look forward to at work. Social events are just as common as business opportunities—starting with Selfie Parties, product release bowling trips, and a happy hour or two. Plus, a fully stocked fridge and holiday celebrations make it easy to enjoy daily duties.
Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment for consumers around the globe. The Company develops and publishes products principally through its wholly-owned labels Rockstar Games and 2K, as well as its new Private Division label and Social Point, a leading developer of mobile games. Our products are designed for console systems and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets, and are delivered through physical retail, digital download, online platforms and cloud streaming services.
The environment at Take-Two is relaxed and curated to empower employees. There are tons of developmental opportunities, including customized learning itineraries. And, there’s also the company’s Energizer Series—a way for employees to bond, to blow off steam, and to flex some creative muscles. Whether it’s yoga, zumba, coloring on the roof, or a summer favorite—the ice cream social—these events encourage employees to tap into what keeps them going.
Dropbox is a leading global collaboration platform that’s transforming the way people and teams work together. With more than 500 million registered users across 180 countries, Dropbox is on a mission to unleash the world’s creative energy by designing a more enlightened way of working. Dropbox is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, and has 12 offices around the world.
From summer picnics to board game nights, the Dropbox culture is the very definition of “work hard, play hard.” “We have fun every day,” explains Justin Bethune, Diversity Program Manager, “In fact, I think the culture of this office is built on having a good time. All we take seriously is the work.”
Founded in 1849, Fort Worth, Texas is one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities, currently boasting a population of more than 800,000 people. The city’s offices and online resources are the community’s one-stop shop for all things related to the area, including development, permits, transportation, garbage, recycling, social services, utilities, public records, animals, and more.
The City of Fort Worth knows exactly how cool its community is, and encourages employees to get out and take advantage of it all. Although city employees love their work, managers are also always happy to work with people who request time off—fostering a true sense of work-life balance where employees get to experience cool activities around town as well.
BCG Digital Ventures aims to insert startup-based innovation into the corporate world. The organization creates new profit pools for its corporate partners and transforms corporations into disruptive market forces by reinvigorating their current models with new designs and technology, sophisticated product management, and revolutionary business initiatives.
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, regardless of their departments, due to the interdisciplinary approach the company takes for each project.
By eliminating the pressure to perform, Outdoor Voices is building a community of exercisers who approach activity with ease, humor, and delight—and designing the highest quality apparel to support daily recreation.
With things like walk-and-talk meetings and a bike commute to work (instead of the subway!), employees at Outdoor Voices know how to incorporate both joy and movement into even the most mundane office tasks. “We have a lot of fun—but don’t let the laid-back approach fool you,” says Andrew Parietti, President, “The people at Outdoor Voices are some of the smartest and hardest-working I’ve ever met.”
Village Capital recruits leaders from around the world to join in the mission of democratizing entrepreneurship. The company builds communities around entrepreneurs and their ventures to improve opportunities for growth and success. Using a peer-selected investment model, Village Capital is able to deliver better results for entrepreneurs and those who back them.
Team members at Village Capital love that no two days are the same. As a startup environment, things are rapidly changing, so what employees are doing one day could look very different from what they’re doing the next day. This requires an open mind and being able to shift gears quickly—and, employees love the thrill of being kept on their toes.
Quartet is a technology company improving the integration of behavioral and physical healthcare through a platform that relies on advanced analytics, proven treatment programs, and modern technology.
Every few months, Quartet rolls out a new initiative to encourage team bonding. A recent program challenged teams to participate and compete in exercise and wellness challenges. People were spontaneously doing jumping-jacks or pushups during meetings—and doing squat reps while working. Employees say that it keeps things around the office fun and light, and fosters an atmosphere they simply love being a part of.
12. Trunk Club
Trunk Club is a service for men and women that aims to make sense of style. As part of the service, clients receive a highly personalized experience to help them look their best—either through ordering custom-made trunks filled with clothes and accessories from their stylist online, or by visiting one of the seven Clubhouses to meet face-to-face with a stylist and try on apparel specifically selected for them.
Employees at Trunk Club love the company’s collaborative atmosphere. Another thing they love? A themed happy hour that occurs every other Thursday. People tend to naturally congregate at the bar—or even the rooftop—to enjoy a drink before the weekend. The biweekly event remains a fun employee tradition that helps co-workers get to know each other better and share plenty of food, drinks, and laughs.
For more than 20 years, Financial Engines has been helping folks from all walks of life create a successful financial future. The company works with everyone from Fortune 500 companies to ordinary individuals with little to no industry knowledge, offering clear financial advice and guidance on everything from asset management to economic analysis and more.
Financial Engines’ employees aren’t just co-workers—they’re friends too. And, it’s those exact tight-knit bonds (not to mention the Food Truck Fridays) that make the workday so fun. “Financial Engines is all about building a community. We’re not just trying to be a bunch of people who work together—we’re trying to be a family,” explains Dimas Lizardo, Outbound Investment Advisor.
14. Next Century
Next Century was founded on February 4th, 2002, in direct response to the September 11th terror attacks. The company has committed itself to providing critical insight solutions to protect the United States and its allies by coupling elite technology teams with innovative software applications, ultimately allowing end users to make smarter decisions in difficult situations.
Next Century ranked #3 in the small to medium business category of Glassdoor’s 2018 Best Places to Work, competing against hundreds of thousands of companies in the nation.
While Next Century does plenty of things to add to their overall fun environment and social atmosphere (hello, monthly game nights and regular gatherings at the ball park!), ultimately it’s the work itself that keeps employees excited about heading into the office. “What’s more fun than playing with software all day?” says Clark Dorman, Chief Engineer.
Founded in 2005, Etsy operates markets that allow millions of people around the world to connect—both online and offline—to make, sell, and buy unique goods. Etsy’s global community of entrepreneurs, shoppers, manufacturers, and employees are the heart and soul of its business, and with more than 40 million listed items, Etsy has something for everyone.
The Etsy office is a dream for lifelong learners. Just take Etsy School, for example—a Hack Day-born program where employees can teach and learn new skills from one another. From productivity tips to jewelry-making, Etsy School offers employees a fun and easy way to learn more about each other while continuing to strengthen the company’s vibrant culture that prizes curiosity and creativity.
PagerDuty is the leading digital operations management platform for businesses. It empowers DevOps, IT operations, support, security, and business leaders to turn any signal into insight and real-time action across any operational use case. When revenue and brand reputation depend on customer satisfaction, PagerDuty helps teams prevent and resolve business-impacting incidents and deliver exceptional digital experiences.
PagerDuty has an environment where everyone is valued for who they are, encouraged to share their ideas, and always be authentic. “Don’t be afraid to fail here because everyone has your back. Try new things, open up, and be yourself,” shares JD Cumpson, Software Engineer. From the connectivity they share over daily lunch to the expansive opportunities to learn, employees at PagerDuty have a growth-minded, community-centric experience that drives them to be their best.
18. Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo’s historic bank has been serving communities since 1852—with clients in one in three households nationwide and 8,700 locations across 36 countries today. Wells Fargo—“Most Admired” among the world’s largest banks by Fortune magazine—offers an extensive portfolio of banking, mortgage, insurance, investment, consumer, and commercial expertise for every financial need.
Wells Fargo fosters a creative culture that lets its people take a chance and make a change—and adopts a "family first" approach that makes balancing work and leisure easy for employees. Far from the rigid, buttoned-up banking scene, Wells Fargo supports flexibility and fun. Employees can keep it casual and comfortable while doing work they love.
Bridgestone Americas, or BSA—and its subsidiaries around the world—develop, manufacture, and market a wide range of tires, air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles for private and commercial customers in the automotive, agricultural, forestry, and mining industries. BSA also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers.
Team members at BSA are energized by their work—but, that doesn’t mean they don’t also want to be recognized for it. Fortunately, the company is big on rewarding and applauding a job well done. “My department keeps a weekly reminder on our calendar to take time and recognize our teammates’ hard work,” says Jeffrey Freeman, Digital Media Manager. BSA also offers something called DRIVE Points—which allow employees to cash in on their success for prizes ranging from golf clubs to televisions.
Together with the worldwide open-source community, The Linux Foundation aims to solve the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. By partnering with the world’s leading developers and companies and providing the necessary tools, training, and events to scale any open source project, the nonprofit's services help create vibrant ecosystems to support the long-term growth of numerous open source projects.
If you’re someone who enjoys working independently (and, occasionally in your pajamas), you’ll love the model of The Linux Foundation—which is powered virtually. The company employs individuals in 36 different states and four countries. To help make this possible, a stipend is provided for employees to equip their home offices, buy their own computers, and rent co-working spaces around the world.
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TopicsVillage Capital , Trunk Club , Etsy , Bridgestone Americas , Financial Engines , The Linux Foundation , BCG Digital Ventures , City of Fort Worth , ERDMAN , HealthTap , Pager Duty , Quartet , Wells Fargo , Next Century , Big Switch Networks , Company Profiles , Pure Storage , Finding a Job , Who's Hiring , Dropbox , Conversant , ClearSlide , Persado , Outdoor Voices , Take-Two Interactive Software , Company Roundup , Capital One , Job Search , Sponsored
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