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.
Vanguard is one of the world's largest investment companies. After 40 years, the organization’s structure remains unique in the industry. Vanguard is client-owned, meaning fund shareholders own the funds, which own Vanguard. Today, the company is widely recognized as a leader in low-cost investing and a steadfast advocate for the interests of investors. Vanguard’s core purpose is "to take a stand for all investors, to treat them fairly, and to give them the best chance for investment success."
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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.
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.
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 to 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 indsutry 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.
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 e-sports and improving AAA franchises to creating all-new titles for players of all interests.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Since its fateful founding in 1921, Rust-Oleum has been crafting creative, durable solutions for every home and industry need, from surface protection to inspired looks for every idea.
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.
Pilot believes that an ISP should offer a quick and easy experience, so the company features user-friendly customer support, a 100% uptime guarantee, and no constrictive contracts.
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.
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.
Operating from offices in Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, London, Bangkok, New Delhi, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, and Istanbul, Taboola is undoubtedly one of the world’s largest online discovery platforms. By partnering with publishers, marketers, and advertising agencies around the globe, the company increases user retention for client sites, effectively monetizing traffic and distributing quality content to targeted audiences.
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.
DealerSocket builds an innovative software suite that guides and optimizes automotive dealerships' customer interaction experience through every stage of the consumer lifecycle. From initial interest through to final purchase, the company’s fully integrated technology platforms offer every tool—from CRM, equity mining, and inventory to sales, marketing, and service.
At DealerSocket, 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 in order to improve themselves and continue pushing boundaries. It accomplishes this by hiring top talent and creating a place where the process can occur organically among peers.
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.
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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TopicsRust-Oleum , Advanced Group , Gartner , Pilot , Mastercard , True Value Company , Veritas Health , Fullscreen Media , City of Scottsdale, AZ , Bleacher Report , Guidepoint , Blizzard Entertainment , Clearlink , The Auto Club Group , Optima Tax Relief , Company Profiles , Finding a Job , Who's Hiring , Innovation , MuleSoft , DigitalOcean , Accolade , DealerSocket , Taboola , Company Roundup , HP , Creditcards.com , Vanguard , Job Search , Alcon , Affirm , Talkable
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