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Eager to find an employer that values your big ideas and your desire to push the envelope? Well, today’s your lucky day.
We’ve rounded up 24 different companies that are all about innovation, and thus encourage their employees to step outside of their comfort zones, try new things, and challenge the status quo.
Sound too good to be true? We haven’t even gotten to the best part. Every one of these awesome companies is hiring right now. You know what to do.
Synaptics is a human-interface company. Founded in 1986, Synaptics developed the first touch-pad and has been instrumental in enabling the ecosystem of ubiquitous personal devices that exist today.
The ever-expanding market for personal electronics puts Synaptics in a great position. As, the current leader in touch and authentication technology, Synaptics is perfectly poised to outperform the competition in the high-growth landscape of human-interface technology. But, Synaptics doesn’t just rest on its laurels. The company is also busy moving into the Internet of Things arena.
2. Samsung NEXT
Samsung NEXT helps maintain and propel Samsung as a global technology leader by fostering innovative SaaS enterprises, supporting them with expertise and resources.
Samsung NEXT is deeply rooted in startup ecosystems, partnering with innovators to realize its vision of inspiring the world and creating the future. This forward-thinking mentality means employees at Samsung NEXT have the opportunity to impact the future direction of an established global powerhouse. “I feel like I’m getting paid to learn—if you love the freedom to think, create, and fund solutions, then this is a really cool place for you,” says Lily Chen, Global Strategy and Biz Ops.
3. ZX Ventures
ZX Ventures is a global disruptive growth group, incubator, and venture capital firm specializing in helping brewers around the world dream, build, and deliver innovative beverages.
“We’re more flexible and innovative than many other companies in the same industry,” explains Daniel, Global Manager, M&A. The entire team eagerly pushes the envelope of innovation and strives to meet the needs of their consumers. Leveraging AB Inbev’s networks, technology, and research while partnering with startups and innovators, ZX Ventures is quite literally brewing up the future.
Through a community of online consumers who share ratings and reviews of businesses in their area, Yext helps build the brands of clients all around the world.
As a company, Yext is pioneering an entirely new category called digital knowledge management. That spirit of innovation empowers employees to take advantage of big opportunities to take on new challenges and advance their own careers. “Yext really welcomes and embraces change,” shares Lexi Bohonnon, Senior Sales Engineer.
By setting new standards of reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing, scanning, and entertainment for clients all around the world, MakerBot aims to lead the next industrial revolution.
MakerBot is a global leader in 3D printing and operates Thingiverse, the world’s largest 3D printing file library and community. Designers, engineers, teachers, and entrepreneurs everywhere use 3D printing to make their ideas reality. Working at MakerBot exposes talent to unseen emerging technology, new challenges, and exciting new solutions.
Pulte Mortgage is a brand of trust and integrity in housing. As a mortgage banker, Pulte Mortgage empowers families in their quest for the American Dream of homeownership.
Think there’s nothing innovative or exciting about the mortgage lending industry? Think again. Pulte employees have countless learning resources at their disposal, from vast internal opportunities to external conferences, memberships, and tuition assistance—all with ever-approachable colleagues and managers ready to show the way. Pulte is a great fit for people who are eager to grow a career, rather than just land a job.
For consumers overwhelmed by thousands of online offers, DealNews helps discover great deals. The organization’s experts guarantee it only lists the lowest-priced products from reputable companies.
Although hierarchy exists at DealNews, co-workers operate more as one team working toward a collective goal. Employees feel comfortable approaching a person of any title, at any time, to share ideas or concerns, and everyone works together to create and implement initiatives that can move the company forward into the future.
The AT&T Foundry is comprised of innovation centers, delivering business telecommunications technology applications and services to connect millions of AT&T customers more quickly than ever before.
AT&T believes in nurturing its employees as well as their big ideas. In order to empower team members with a greater understanding of the business, the company offers staff the chance to rotate through many different aspects of the company, including engineering, marketing, and staff support. “You can come in straight out of college and retire after having had very many different jobs and opportunities,” adds Hanny Patel, Vice President, Video Marketing.
Sestra’s wine-on-tap system allows people to dispense the perfect glass of chilled, high-quality wine and provides insights to help customers make data-backed inventory decisions.
You might think there isn’t much room for innovation when it comes to wine. But, Sestra is about to challenge everything you thought you knew. The company’s wine-on-tap system eliminates waste and oxidation from glass bottles by drawing from KeyKegs and ensures every pour is precisely measured, chilled, and recorded—creating a seamless experience for customers and retail operators alike.
AstenJohnson leads the papermaking industry and its technology as a supplier and global manufacturer. The company also helps customers maximize profits as a business partner.
Now a leader in the paper industry, AstenJohnsen started as a small business. And the company has stayed true to its roots. There are no boundaries at AstenJohnson—they have an open door policy to encourage a mentality of "we're all in this together." And that openness with company executives is what has led to their employees' freedom to think big and find adventurous careers.
U.S. BMW Group is a nation-leading luxury and performance automotive distribution company, transforming extraordinary ideas into exceptional driving machines.
As the technology development arm of BMW, the Chicago team enjoys the benefits of being part of a long-trusted brand while being able to operate in a fast-moving, agile environment, bringing rapid innovation to the company while leveraging the long vehicle life cycle. BMW employees in every office enjoy an open leadership style that allows employees the autonomy and flexibility to hit the target and make their own distinct mark in the industry.
Wallaby Financial’s app and browser extension help consumers select the best credit card to use for any given transaction in order to save money and maximize their credit card rewards.
The overall ethos at Wallaby is one of understanding the connection between ability and responsibility. The company’s management style is very hands-off, giving employees a lot of freedom and ownership of their work. At the same time, managers have high expectations of the people they hire. The bar is set high—meaning you aren’t just allowed to innovate, but encouraged to.
540 brings full-stack development and support to government clients who value the same modern, agile approach as startups by offering innovative services across entire product lifecycles.
Decision-makers exist at 540, but 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 constant oversight isn’t needed.
14. 3Play Media
3Play Media is a leading provider of cost-effective transcription and captioning services for online video, with a specialization in time synchronization and archive video search.
3Play Media’s interactive online services equip customers with cyber-savvy tools, bridging the communication gap in education, entertainment, government, business, and media for deaf and hard of hearing consumers. To achieve this mission, the company also encourages each team member to learn interdepartmentally, to think independently, and to live extraordinarily.
DealerSocket creates and delivers one of the automotive industry’s most comprehensive car sales and overall management technology platforms, serving more than 10,000 dealerships in North America.
One way that DealerSocket keeps innovating? With a supportive atmosphere. Employees are encouraged to seek help and guidance from one another whenever needed. The company feels it’s important to foster an environment where people can continue to learn and grow every single day. It accomplishes this by hiring top talent and creating a place where the process can occur organically among peers.
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit technology trade association that enables mass innovation through open-source collaboration across companies, developers, and users.
The Linux Foundation doesn’t just innovate to solve difficult technology issues, the company also innovates when it comes to the makeup of its own workforce. The company is powered virtually and 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.
Since 1962, this world-famous retail store has combined the affordability of a discount chain with department store-quality merchandise, prioritizing innovation and philanthropy every day.
Because of its progressive company culture, some employees describe Target as a start-up masquerading as a Fortune 500 company. An ethos of enthusiasm and an emphasis on delivering high-quality work pervade the Target workplace. Empowerment is a huge part of the management style—as long as they’re doing good work, team members are encouraged to work in whatever way suits them best.
Hearst Digital Media boasts a powerful web portfolio that serves as a companion for publications like Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Popular Mechanics, with combined readership of over 120 million.
Looking for a company where you’ll be inspired? Hearst will undoubtedly fit the bill. For many employees, a favorite part of being in the Hearst family is the opportunity to snag a front row seat at Hearst’s Master Classes, where experts, innovators, and luminaries—from Arianna Huffington to Barbra Streisand—come to Hearst Tower to chat with one of Hearst’s Editors-in-Chief to share their insights and experiences.
19. Quicken Loans
As America’s number one online mortgage lender, Quicken Loans has a client-focused culture that ignites passion, accelerates results, and leads folks to the right decision with certainty.
When it comes to Quicken Loans’ reputation, you’ll hear the term “fintech pioneer” used a lot. Employees are motivated by the company’s mission to help streamline the mortgage process, and they always celebrate their hard work. Colleagues can often be found exchanging high-fives as they walk down the hallway or chanting lively at a meeting’s end. It’s little things like this that characterize the company’s unique culture and keep every day exciting and full of energy.
Engine Room is a software consulting firm that provides the know-how to deploy software solutions—from updating legacy systems and building technology to implementing rigorous software security.
Employees at Engine Room Technology are incredibly driven and motivated to grab the reins, take charge of their careers, and put their own ideas to work in regards to complex software solutions. In fact, that’s something that the company actively looks for when hiring. “In order to do well here, somebody would definitely need to be a self-starter—a motivated individual,” adds Lindsey Nice, Project Manager.
CSC® offers solutions for every phase of the business lifecycle, and is a recognized leader for business, legal, and financial services worldwide.
One of CSC’s key messages is to “get stuff done.” Employees are trusted to make decisions that help businesses run smoother and smarter. And after all that hard work and innovation, employees enjoy kicking back and celebrating their success. Think special food days, lunch and breakfast potlucks, and on-site food trucks the company brings in to reward employees for their dedication.
Rocketmiles promotes the idea of “vacation faster” by incentivizing hotel bookings with airline mile rewards. The average Rocketmiles user earns 7,000 miles per hotel reservation.
Rocketmiles employees don’t just love to innovate ways that the company’s users can fuel their ideal vacations—they also love to travel themselves. Every team member receives travel credit to explore the world. Since it’s a travel company, staff have also done their fair share of jet-setting together, visiting places like Salt Lake City and Puerto Rico in the past.
23. Knot Standard
Knot Standard is a custom-menswear company—allowing consumers to make their own creations over the web or in one of its seven global showrooms.
One of the most exciting aspects of working at Knot Standard? According to employees, it’s how the company manages to maintain its start-up feel and mentality. By celebrating successes, and keeping everyone in the company inside the communication loop, employees are able to see the physical product their efforts produce—and stay motivated to keep pushing forward.
You might think there isn’t room for change in the sales industry. But ClearSlide is turning the traditional sales process on its head to deliver amazing experiences for both buyers and sellers.
Want innovation? The sales industry has been around for ages, but ClearSlide is quite literally transforming the industry and turning the traditional sales process on its head. The ClearSlide team fearlessly innovates to deliver an integrated platform that delights thousands of customers and leading brands around the world.
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TopicsPulte Mortgage , MakerBot , Rocketmiles , Sestra Systems , CSC , 3Play Media , Quicken Loans , The Linux Foundation , Empyrean , ZX Ventures , Samsung Next , DealNews , Company Profiles , Finding a Job , Who's Hiring , Innovation , Knot Standard , Yext , ClearSlide , DealerSocket , Wallaby Financial , Target , Engine Room Technology , Company Roundup , AT&T , U.S. BMW Group Companies , 540 , synaptics , Job Search , Hearst Digital Media , Sponsored
Kat is a Midwest-based freelance writer, covering topics related to careers, self-development, and the freelance life. In addition to writing for The Muse, she's also the Career Editor for The Everygirl, a columnist for Inc., and a contributor all over the web. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she's usually babying her rescued terrier mutt or continuing her search for the perfect taco. Say hi on Twitter @kat_boogaard or check out her website.More from this Author
Sponsored by Synaptics
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.