What’s one thing you want out of your career? If you’re like most people, the word “growth” is one of the first to spring to mind.
Sure, it means that you want to move up when it comes to your title and your salary. But, there’s so much more to growth than your pay grade.
If you’re looking for an organization that recognizes the importance of challenging employees to explore new areas, expand their skillsets, and develop as professionals, you’ll love the 26 companies we’ve pulled together on this list.
Check them out and then dust off that resume of yours—each of these awesome places is hiring right now.
Availity delivers technology-based business solutions for health care professionals who want to build healthy, thriving organizations by working with patients and partners all around the country.
Individual educational perks are a favorite professional advantage among Availity employees. The company encourages everyone to participate in online learning classes and sends anyone interested to conferences around the country. The organization finds these opportunities allow personal growth while also helping everyone keep a pulse on current trends throughout the healthcare tech industry.
The Washington Post is a historic pillar of American journalism, renowned for in-depth political reporting and investigative journalism—with over a dozen foreign bureaus committed to excellence.
The Washington Post may have been around for well over 100 years, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing left to learn. Every single employee is motivated by finding new ways to disrupt this era in journalism and position itself as a leader in technology. “I love our attitude to actually experiment—to innovate without a fear to fail,” shares Bhavya Kilari, Lead Developer.
SmartBear Software creates quality tools that assist over 6 million software professionals in delivering the world's best applications.
At SmartBear, team members have complete ownership of their day-to-day tasks, which enables them to learn in a hands-on environment. The company prides itself on being a place where people can grow their careers, and thus provides plenty of professional development opportunities as well as career mapping so team members are in the loop on progression.
Triose is a nationwide logistics management firm that specializes in delivering smart, full-service inbound and outbound freight management solutions to clients in the healthcare industry.
Triose realizes the importance of helping employees further their careers and reach personal development goals. So, they dedicated an entire department to supporting people in their educational endeavors. This department sets up one-on-one meetings to track and encourage employees’ career goals and growth, and is also available for individual interest ideas.
SoundCloud is the world’s largest audio streaming platform. SoundCloud makes it easy for music creators to share digital music files, podcasts, and other recorded content.
SoundCloud believes that encouraging employees to develop professionally and personally is a worthwhile investment. People who work at the company enjoy learning new things—and frequently take advantage of training and education opportunities, as well as the company’s learning and development budget. If an employee wants to take an art class or music lesson, for example, the company covers the cost.
Shopify is an e-commerce platform that makes it easy for individuals and small businesses to sell products online, through social media channels, and at physical retail locations.
Shopify emphasizes the value of mentorship in the workplace and also encourages collaborative work among employees by using open-source software. A generous portion of Shopify’s budget goes to providing employees with professional and educational opportunities too. Last year, for instance, Shopify’s Design Team attended Berlin’s Beyond Tellerrand conference with designers from all over the world.
Michelman is an innovator, developer, and manufacturer of expertly advanced, environmentally friendly coating, printing, and packaging materials for industrial markets all around the world.
Education is a key part of the Michelman culture. From leadership to staff to surrounding schools, the company isn’t shy about sharing its love for learning. Managers mentor employees, who in turn volunteer in local classrooms, conducting lab experiments with students. It’s the organization’s goal to get everyone excited about science.
Blizzard Entertainment is a legend in the gaming community. As the creative force behind blockbusters like Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo, Blizzard continues to redefine interactive entertainment.
“Working with the best in the industry means I’m constantly able to learn and improve myself,” says Megan Chang, Software Engineer. Blizzard places a lot of emphasis on professional development within the office. Blizzard Academy, for example, provides its employees with amazing learning opportunities through the focused coursework and roster of guest speakers. This empowers employees to learn from the best artists, authors, and engineers in the industry.
FBI personnel are offered unique professional development opportunities to advance in their careers. Employees can take virtual classes or temporary case assignments at offices around the country.
In terms of what the FBI looks for when hiring, things like grit, brains, and heart are all important qualities. But so is a desire to continue learning. “Everyone has life experiences, and you have to show that you’re willing to learn something new every day,” advises one of the FBI’s special agents.
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.
Within a highly collaborative environment, employees at AT&T are given an immense amount of opportunities to pursue their calling and jumpstart their careers. AT&T offers staff the chance to rotate through many different aspects of the company, including engineering, marketing, and staff support. Team members feel constantly encouraged to identify and explore their own big ideas.
Matthews REIS redefines brokerage experiences by blending expertise and technology to maximize execution of business plans and secure investments in a handful of commercial real estate divisions.
Matthews REIS leaders value long-term career development over quick wins, so senior agents and executive leaders all spend time mentoring junior employees through one-on-one sessions and a formal mentorship program, supplemented with industry conferences. However, this doesn’t limit employees from introducing their own new ideas or owning projects. Management often compares a person’s day-to-day work to running individual businesses.
Improving delivers custom software development consulting and training as a complete IT services firm—so companies around the world can realize their own tactical business objectives.
Improving aims to make technology better, starting with the company’s own employees. Across all branches, the idea of investing in team members shapes everything from daily workflows to benefits. One example is ImprovingU, the internal university that offers courses on everything from financial advisement to public speaking. Beyond the classroom, Improvers also excel under a philosophy that promotes ownership, no matter a person’s career level.
WEX provides trusted payment processing solutions and information management services. Known as the leading servicer for commercial and government vehicle fleets, WEX is rapidly expanding.
With mentorship, conferences, and tuition reimbursement, WEX presents plenty of opportunities for employees to learn and grow within the company. That’s because WEX understands the importance of a knowledgeable and engaged workforce in order to stay competitive. "Being part of a team that’s always looking to push the envelope to discover new and innovative ideas keeps me walking in the door every morning,” says Jay Whitmore, Business Development Manager.
WebstaurantStore is an e-commerce channel specializing in providing restaurants and commercial food vendors with access to all the products—and information—they need to be successful.
A rapidly growing company operating in the hyper-competitive e-commerce space, WebstaurantStore and its employees always stay on the cutting-edge. To do this, employees are given plenty of opportunity to develop their skills and advance their careers—with in-house training, visiting vendor instructionals, and tickets to industry conferences.
VIZIO raises the bar in consumer electronics by bringing the best technology, at affordable prices, to people who value great experiences and innovative entertainment.
There’s no shortage of awesome perks in the VIZIO office. But the one that employees appreciate most? The emphasis on learning. VIZIO pushes team members through VIZIO University—which offers task-specific training and broad concepts—and a supportive leadership style. “My relationship with my manager is amazing. There are times I’m being challenged and pushed to grow without even realizing it,” explains Eric Loes, Director of Software Engineering.
ReadyTalk, a PGi Company provides affordable and easy-to-use audio web conferencing services so businesses can focus on the substance of a meeting, instead of the technology behind it.
One example of how ReadyTalk fosters a culture of learning? The company’s biweekly All Minds Meetings. Everyone gathers in the Schmooze Lounge to enjoy a bagel and some coffee and catch up on the news from the week, meet new employees, hear about new customers, see the new products released, and uncover new areas of interest.
PagerDuty is the leading digital operations management platform for business, empowering over 8,000 companies around the globe with SaaS solutions to create exceptional customer experiences.
“The learning environment here is incredible. You can really do anything, diving as deep as you want to go,” explains JD Cumpson, Software Engineer. There are tons of sponsored educational opportunities, and in-house events and conferences are held in which employees can share their knowledge with each other. Even the daily stand-ups involve a rotational knowledge share.
18. Washington REIT
Washington REIT is an owner and operator of office, retail, and multifamily assets in Washington, DC, targeting for value creation through leasing, repositioning, expansion, and development.
One of the most helpful ways that Washington REIT employees continuously learn? Ongoing and helpful feedback from others. “We have an open feedback culture. We’ve gotten rid of the old school performance reviews, and now we give ongoing feedback. Our focus for everyone is to strive for success, and the only way to do that is to get feedback throughout the year,” says Tabitha Brittain, Vice President of Property Management.
With operations in 30 countries across the world, Metabiota is a comprehensive epidemiological risk modeling platform that helps protect global health.
One important quality that Metabiota looks for in its staff is an emphatic entrepreneurial spirit. Being a startup, roles at the company are often cross-functional, and employees frequently learn by taking on tasks outside of their job descriptions. The ability of employees to wear many different hats—and excitement to do so—is a key part of the company culture and helps contribute to the team's overall success.
Take-Two Interactive Software—owner of Rockstar Games and 2K—is a leading developer, publisher, and distributor of creative and inventive interactive entertainment globally.
Along with enjoying perks like ample and flexible PTO, great benefits, and casual dress, Take-Two employees are given tons of support and developmental opportunities. From customized learning itineraries to access to e-learning modules, the company really puts its money where its mouth is when it comes to encouraging professional development.
21. World 50
World 50 hosts in-person and online conversations in a community made for executives from globally renowned organizations., fostering a collaborative environment to solve problems and share ideas.
World 50's investment in learning for leaders in other industries extends to its own workplace. The company conducts an annual internal summit where associates and special guests exchange ideas. World 50 believes that the more employees know about what's happening in the world, the better they can serve their members.
PCORI funds in-depth medical research programs that allow patients and the people who care for them to make more informed decisions about important healthcare options.
One of the best perks employees receive from working with PCORI is the consistent level of learning that occurs in a natural fashion. People grow personally and professionally on a daily basis simply by interacting and collaborating with smart co-workers and company partners on many different kinds of projects.
CafePress delivers more than the world’s best e-commerce gifts and goods—it gives customers an outlet to express themselves through crowdsourced merchandise designs and customizable products.
At Cafepress, you won’t find a rigid hierarchy. That’s because employees are trusted to do the jobs they were hired to do—and do them well. Since trust beats authority, there’s also an open line of communication with tons of encouragement and resources along the way, so that employees can own their work while knowing they have the support of the company behind them.
TAL Education Group is a top education brand in China that provides high-quality tutoring services for students K-12 and leverages cutting-edge technology to enable the learning process.
With an approach to education based on the motto "Learning Changes Lives,” TAL aspires to develop well-rounded young people with strong values who are motivated to set and achieve ambitious long-term goals. But, that doesn’t just apply to students—the organization is equally as passionate about ensuring that employees can learn and evolve.
25. Duo Security
Duo Security is a trusted cloud-based access provider that can be quickly deployed to protect users, data, and applications from breaches, credential theft, and account takeover.
Duo Security fosters an environment where employees can pursue their own ideas about how to build a great business. The company prides itself on having an open, collaborative environment where a diverse group of people can come together to do their best work, learn together, and build memories.
Residential Mortgage Services is a privately held mortgage company and direct lender of mortgage products, using a customer-first approach to help buyers, from initial paperwork to close.
Dedicated to growing talent from within, RMS provides new hires with everything they need to be successful and grow. From initial intensive training to ongoing educational experiences—from supportive in-house colleagues to local classes—there’s no end to opportunity for all employees at RMS. It’s a place where openness is encouraged, questions are welcomed, and goals are truly achievable.
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TopicsMichelman , Metabiota , Availity , Cafepress , FBI , The Washington Post , SoundCloud , Improving , World 50 , WEX , TAL Education Group , Blizzard Entertainment , Pager Duty , Duo Security , WebstaurantStore , Residential Mortgage Services , Professional Development , Matthew's REIS , Company Profiles , Finding a Job , Who's Hiring , PCORI , VIZIO , Washington REIT , Shopify , Triose , Take-Two Interactive Software , SmartBear , Company Roundup , AT&T , ReadyTalk , Job Search
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