What are some adjectives that you want to describe your next employer?

If terms like “forward-thinking” and “boundary-pushing” come to mind, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up 26 amazingly innovative companies that are currently on the search for top talent to help them take those big ideas and transform them into real, impactful results.

Sound like just what you’re looking for? Well, dust off that resume and get to work.

1. Vanguard

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Working at Vanguard

Vanguard is changing the way the world invests. Because when you invest with courage, clarity, and care, you have the chance to get so much more in return. Vanguard invests with purpose–and that’s how they’ve become a global market leader. They grow by doing the right thing for the people they serve. They want to make success accessible to everyone. This is your opportunity, and Vanguard wants to help you make it count.

Vanguard’s culture is rooted in its core values of integrity, focus, and stewardship. It is that rich culture that drives the organization to be a great place to work. The company’s environment of inclusion drives a highly-engaged crew—the firm values the diverse strengths, backgrounds, experiences, and identities that crew members bring to the organization. Those unique contributions and perspectives enable Vanguard to make decisions in its clients’ best interests.

3. Affirm

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Working at Affirm

Since 2012, Affirm has set out to change the notion that banks don’t look out for their customers. By giving people the freedom to pay off purchases on their own terms—without surprise fees—Affirm delivers honest services that are backed by modern technologies, unique lending strategies, and flexible ways to use credit online.

The Leadership Team at Affirm comprises seasoned executives with a range of backgrounds—but their accessibility matches their talent. This fuels honest communications and a general sense of transparency, giving employees great relationships with their managers. And since employees have the freedom to spearhead initiatives on their own, top-down mentorship leads to internal promotions and growth.

4. Optima Tax Relief

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Working at Optima Tax Relief

The experienced experts who work at Optima Tax Relief assist clients who have difficulties making IRS or state tax payments. The company specializes in cases where wage garnishments, bank levies, and liens are involved, using a unique two-phase approach that provides people with unparalleled clarity, control, and results as they proceed towards resolving their tax issues. It's no surprise Optima's been named on Inc. magazine’s “Fastest-Growing Private Companies” list four years in a row.

Optima Tax Relief takes great pride in having revolutionized the tax resolution industry. The company invented a process that gives consumers a higher level of transparency, service, and results that no other nationwide tax resolution firm has previously been able to achieve. It’s no wonder that the company has been honored with numerous regional and national recognitions.

5. Accolade

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Working at Accolade

Accolade is boldly and relentlessly reinventing the healthcare industry by improving outcomes, costs, and experiences using a blend of compassionate people, clinical expertise, and intelligent technologies.

To do so, Accolade continually searches for and develops top caliber talent who work collaboratively and empathetically while also making every day fun. As Accoladians say, they can then do well while doing good at the same time on a mission to bring the magic of what they do to millions of families.

6. Gartner

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Working at Gartner

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.

Gartner has its eyes on the future. And, in order to brainstorm those big ideas, the company looks for passionate and driven talent. “At Gartner, we’re all about the champion mindset, and we really want to work with people who want to take this company to the next level,” shares Paul Giarratano, Director, Sales.

7. Mastercard

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Working at Mastercard

Mastercard operates one of the world’s fastest payment processing networks, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments, and businesses in hundreds of countries around the world. The company’s products and solutions aim to make everyday activities such as shopping, traveling, running a business, and managing finances easy, secure, and efficient for everyone.

Mastercard prides itself on pushing boundaries and borders through innovative, digital-payment technologies. And its passion for innovation and drive to make the world an easier, safer, and more inclusive place is everywhere and with everyone who comes to work at Mastercard.

8. True Value Company

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Working at True Value Company

True Value Company helps retailers all over the world achieve retail excellence in a way that works for them and for their local communities. As the only hardline wholesaler in the industry with a nationally-recognized brand, True Value Company provides locally relevant product, competitive prices, an expansive warehouse network, in-depth inventory analysis, and innovative marketing know-how. With 13 regional distribution centers and approximately 2,500 associates across 60 countries, True Value is focused on helping independent stores grow, realize profitability, and remain relevant with their communities.

In order to continue improving and innovating, True Value knows it needs a passionate and educated staff to drive progress. So, the company offers employees professional development opportunities through True Value University, where staff can enroll in a myriad of classes, lunch-and-learns, and tuition reimbursement programs. That extra knowledge helps both True Value (and employees!) make major strides.

9. Blizzard Entertainment

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Working at 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 is a company that truly welcomes the spirit of individuality within a community of inclusivity. It’s a place where every voice matters and where employees are encouraged to embrace their inner geek, try new things, and better themselves. “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.

10. Guidepoint

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Working at Guidepoint

Guidepoint is the expert in finding expertise. They connect institutional investors, corporate clients, and large consulting firms with industry experts for all of their research needs. The company offers young professionals a space to grow their careers in a fast-paced environment and learn about cutting-edge industries. Guidepoint itself is experiencing an exciting growth spurt and is avidly looking for new talent to join its ranks—the teams at each of its offices are tight-knit, positive crews who look forward to driving the company forward with equally hardworking new professionals.

Guidepoint is a place that welcomes curious, motivated, and critical thinkers—from established professionals to fresh graduates. At Guidepoint, talent is nurtured, and there are countless opportunities to explore and learn—with HR and management guiding employees toward areas that they’re passionate about. Empowering mobility, both upwards and laterally, this company is a place of dynamic growth that values driven self-starters and innovators.

11. City of Scottsdale, AZ

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Working at City of Scottsdale, AZ

Bordering the eastern edge of Arizona’s state capital of Phoenix, Scottsdale is renowned for its natural beauty, its fabulous art scene, and the world-class resorts that make it a premier tourist destination. A city of balance, split between urban and nature, work and play, Scottsdale is an idyllic and welcoming city—with something for everyone.

Once in the municipal service, there’s always opportunity to gain new skills and rise within departments, or transfer to new ones. City-wide management seeks to create a supportive environment, focused on healthy living and great work-life balance while fostering a culture of learning and self-improvement—where civil servants are recognized and receive great benefits.

12. Clearlink

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Working at Clearlink

Clearlink combines digital marketing and sales conversion services to add value to a brand’s customers by offering a holistic service approach. Established in 2003, Clearlink employs over 1,500 marketers, technologists, and sales professionals at three locations in Salt Lake City, UT, Orem, UT, and Scottsdale, AZ. Clearlink partners with some of the world's leading brands—including AT&T, CenturyLink, Travelers, Safeco, and DISH—to extend their reach and deepen customer insights.

Leaders at Clearlink are anything but micromanagers—they know that just squelches innovation. For that reason, the entire lot adopts a mentality of transparent cross-collaborative accessibility—which means the hierarchy feels flat and all teams are united around the same goal. The company also maintains a startup mentality in terms of idea-sharing and grooming individuals to eventually become experts.

13. Veritas Health

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Working at Veritas Health

Finding trustworthy information regarding health issues can be a frustrating experience. That’s why Veritas Health publishes a network of patient education websites featuring doctor-authored, peer-reviewed content that's understandable, accessible, and accurate—which is why millions of patients trust Veritas Health and visit its sites each month.

Veritas Health wants its employees to have the freedom to pursue excellence in their areas of expertise, so it fosters a sense of ownership and trust. The result is an environment where a unified team continually seeks ways to provide patients with top-notch information through award-winning websites.

14. HP

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Working at HP

HP aims to create technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. By engineering experiences that amaze, HP has a legacy of pushing the boundaries of technology to deliver life-enriching, world-changing innovations at every turn. The company believes that the ultimate driver of its success has been and will always be the power of its people—HP considers its diverse, inclusive global community of employees to be one of its greatest strengths and what truly differentiates it in the marketplace.

HP is a household name with innovation at its very core. Across the company’s locations there are things like Innovation Summits, designated office areas where employees are given tools, technologies, and supplies to tinker, invent, and collaborate, and even a “Bring Your Inventor to Work Day,” which invites the children of employees to campus to participate in a full day of interactive events led, hosted, and staffed by employee volunteers.

15. Rust-Oleum

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Working at Rust-Oleum

When sea captain Robert Fergusson accidentally spilled raw fish oil on his rusty metal boat deck, he discovered the anti-corrosive properties the oil offered. In that moment, the original idea for Rust-Oleum was born. Today, the company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of protective paint and coatings for both residential and commercial projects.

Because good enough is never good enough at Rust-Oleum, teams are constantly striving to make things better. The Quality Improvement Program provides opportunities for associates to engage in continuous improvement throughout the organization—which drives their mission to Create & Keep Customers. It’s a systematic approach to improving how things get done within the company.

16. Pilot

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Working at Pilot

Pilot provides fiber-optic internet solutions for businesses across the country. The team is passionate about creating a better internet experience for customers in an industry dominated by sub-par service. Pilot believes that an internet service provider should deliver quick, convenient solutions, which is why the company has dedicated customer support, a 100% uptime guarantee, and flexibility with no contracts. As it continues to grow, Pilot’s ultimate goal is to change the telecom game for good.

Pilot intentionally designs systems that are easy for customers to manage, delivering quick response times and streamlined user functionality. This attention to detail is also reflected in Pilot’s internal culture where employees hold each other to high standards of innovation and accountability. Pilot encourages an environment of collaborative feedback and transparency—one where employees work together to continually improve processes.

17. DigitalOcean

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Working at DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean aims to provide the easiest cloud platform to deploy, manage, and scale applications of any size, removing infrastructure friction and providing predictability so developers and their teams can spend more time building software that customers love. With a a community of 3.5 million developers and 12 data centers across the globe, DigitalOcean has offices in NYC and Cambridge, and remote employees around the world.

DigitalOcean has disrupted the cloud infrastructure market by delighting the developer community with a seamless experience. The company prides itself on building powerful infrastructure to provide customers with the performance and reliability they need to run their applications in production at scale. By providing simple and powerful solutions, DigitalOcean is quickly becoming the infrastructure layer for every software developer in the world.

18. Advanced Group

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Working at Advanced Group

Advanced Group brings together Advanced Clinical, Advanced Resources, Advanced RPO, and WunderLand Group. This family of brands helps Advanced Group clients and talent grow and achieve their professional goals, offering contingent and permanent staffing solutions, talent acquisition and management, consulting, outsourcing, and professional services. Advanced Group is dedicated to advancing careers and companies. In addition to these four businesses, Advanced Group provides corporate services such as Marketing, Human Resources, Finance & Accounting, IT, and Operations to each brand, supporting the success of their clients and talent.

Advanced Resources is quite literally changing the name of the game for both talent and candidates around the world. The company’s Experience Excellence solution tracks performance on every placement, and focuses on insight, results, and excellence in order to deliver a staffing experience unlike any other.

19. Taboola

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Working at Taboola

Taboola, now over 1,400 people globally, is headquartered in New York City with offices in Mexico City, São Paulo, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Madrid, Paris, Tel Aviv, New Delhi, Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Istanbul, Seoul, Tokyo, and Sydney, and is used by thousands of companies to help over a billion people worldwide discover what’s interesting and new at the moments they’re ready to experience new things. In doing so, we help companies attract, and strengthen, customer relationships.

Taboola isn’t just innovative for its clients—it’s also innovative in terms of its employees’ careers. The company is all about helping its employees find the correct career path and promoting internal exploration of any roles that team members find interesting. The company trains each person cross-functionally so that everyone has an idea of what each job in the organization entails.

24. The Auto Club Group

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Working at The Auto Club Group

The Auto Club Group is the second largest AAA club in North America. The company and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance, and financial services to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories. The group aims to protect and advance freedom of mobility and improve traffic safety.

“We’re always implementing new ideas to better serve our customers,” explains The Auto Club Group’s VP of ACIA Casualty Claims. That passion for the company’s mission serves as a motivator for each and every employee to keep pushing forward. ACG’s team members work hard, they care about what they do, and they always do what’s right.

25. Alcon

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Alcon culture
Working at Alcon

Alcon pushes the boundaries of innovation in ophthalmology by investing as much effort in the future of vision as it does treating today’s conditions. In addition to pioneering solutions in the cataract space, the company also emphasizes making eye care accessible around the globe so everyone has the opportunity to receive great care they can feel—and see.

Employees love the modern campus at Alcon. Inside, office walls display past accomplishments while a spacious cafeteria and gym keep the innovative ideas flowing. And despite the company’s size and global reach, employees have worked out a way to attain crystal clear results when collaborating on daily duties and long-term projects. Because of this transparency, the internal management style is better known for bouncing ideas around the team and fostering individual employee growth than sticking to a formal leadership style.

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Updated 6/24/2021