Feel like you need to give your creative muscles a good stretch?
Look no further, because these 27 companies all see the value in giving their employees room to push the boundaries and try things a little differently. They’re never content with the status quo, and encourage team members to think big and then pursue those ideas.
If this sounds like just what you’ve been looking for, your luck doesn’t end there. Every single one of these innovative companies is hiring right now. So, polish up that resume of yours and prepare to get your creative juices flowing.
1. Taco Bell
A subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., Taco Bell and its franchise organizations serve over 42 million customers each week through its restaurants and delivery ordering services.
The Taco Bell office is packed with creative people who are passionate about building great restaurants, delighting customers, and connecting with fans through all sorts of initiatives. Another thing that encourages out-of-the-box thinking? Taco Bell’s emphasis on learning and growth, including tuition reimbursement and several scholarship opportunities for higher education.
Lever fuses applicant tracking system capabilities with those of a customer relationship management tool to keep recruiters, managers, and employees in the loop when sourcing and hiring new talent.
Lever aims to build upon technology that’s already been rolled out by holding quarterly planning sessions. What may sound like stuffy meetings is actually a highly anticipated event that allows internal teams to see the effects of past projects and to pitch new ideas. The goal is to use these ideas to design differentiating features.
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.
Just one look at the artwork-covered walls of the Blizzard Entertainment office, and you know this is a company that values creativity. The company encourages employees to push the boundaries of their imaginations through various innovative learning opportunities. “Blizzard offers excellent, evolving, and enriching opportunities for professional development and learning—from our Academy of focused coursework to our Slash-learn speaker sessions, featuring famous authors and artists,” says Ely Cannon, Lead Environment Artist, WoW.
HP has been creating top-notch technologies, for more than 50 years, aiming engineer awesome equipment and incredible experiences that make a better world for people all around the globe.
HP is innovative all around. Need an example? Just look at the company’s Boise office. There’s a designated area—Makerspace—where employees are given tools, technologies, and supplies to tinker, invent, and collaborate. The campus also has an annual "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.
Slack provides a real-time messaging, archiving, and search system that brings company and social communications together all in one place.
According to employees, one of the attributes they enjoy most while working at Slack is the reality that all ideas receive equal consideration and appreciation across the team. Individuals are respectfully recognized for their contributions and everyone works together toward the common goal of making the company a better place and creating the best products possible.
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.
Whether you’re a new hire or a veteran, trust defines Improving’s leadership and training approach. A general sense of freedom allows new and tenured employees alike to delve into work without restrictions, which inspires open communication across the board. One-on-one meetings and access to decision makers are not rare occurrences, especially since company updates are shared from top to bottom.
HealthTap is the world’s first global health practice providing 24/7 immediate access to a Medical Expert Network of over 100,000 top doctors via video, text, and voice.
Working at HealthTap means having a sense of purpose and a commitment to positive impact at scale. Everyone at HealthTap is passionate about solving big problems, moving the needle, and leaving a meaningful legacy. The whole team shares an entrepreneurial spirit and a drive to achieve, have fun, set higher marks, and then achieve even more.
Keller Williams provides the real estate platform of choice for agents and consumers around the world. The team of innovators push boundaries by focusing on training, education, and tech.
The company’s name is telling of its industry—but not its potential. KWRI’s headquarters employs a diverse group of strategists, innovators, storytellers, and technologists who help transform the way agents market, sell, and interact with buyers and sellers. An on-site learning center and extensive Career Visioning program support the company’s emphasis on teamwork while allowing individuals with all backgrounds to explore and grow.
IVY is the world’s first social university, dedicated to igniting minds and sparking world-changing collaborations by creating movements that connect the best and brightest minds.
If you could only choose one thing that IVY members are passionate about, it’s creating a better world. Employees have the chance to meet and form friendships with amazing people—an invaluable opportunity to gain exposure to and help build diverse projects from the ground up. IVY Members’ projects range from YouTube stardom to coffee entrepreneurship to work advancing the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery.
PGAV Destinations designers create results-oriented master designs, pilot in-depth industry research, and design innovative products for global destinations to celebrate culture, nature, and heritage.
PGAV Destinations believes that exceptional destinations can only be made by people who possess that rare and unforgettable blend of creativity, professionalism, and vision. The staff is comprised of over 100 full-time artists¸ architects, storytellers, business strategists, designers, interpreters, and planners who seamlessly integrate their work to provide unique, exciting, and innovative experiences for clients.
Tamko is one of the nation’s largest independent manufacturers of residential and commercial roofing, decking and railing products, as well as waterproofing, cements, and other protective coatings.
TAMKO knows that micromanagement only squelches the creative process. That’s why this company’s leadership is all about setting goals, eliminating any roadblocks to success, and then letting employees reach those goals in their own ways. Although mentors are available for support throughout the process, they know that when people are free to work on their own terms, the skills they were hired for are allowed to shine through.
Integrative Nutrition is the largest nutrition school in the world—and the only school that explores more than 100 different dietary theories.
All of Integrative Nutrition’s perks, benefits, and parties reflect what it means to live a healthy and balanced life, with food, physical activity, career growth, and work-life balance. Positivity, loving the job, and learning new ways to do things are just some of the team’s core values—and very much a part of the culture.
Addteq has been a leader of providing business solutions to Enterprise clients for over 10 years, using DevOps automation for creating innovative solutions to solve business processes.
At Addteq, employees enjoy a casual relationship with their managers. The company strongly believes in the "work hard, play hard" philosophy—managers push for creative leadership while giving encouragement and support for employees' ideas. In return, employees find Addteq to be a laid back environment that builds on the ideas of its employees.
ustwo is a cutting-edge technology studio that partners with big brands around the globe to create award-winning digital products, services, and businesses that make a measurable difference.
ustwo believes in complete transparency and candor with its employees. With a flat hierarchy, the Leadership Team is loosely structured and sits side-by-side with the rest of the studio. This allows for an easy exchange of feedback (and ideas!) and no-holds-barred communications. With the cards constantly on the table, all employees at ustwo remain on the same page, and move forward together faster.
Funko is a pop culture collectibles company—the creator of the bestselling Pop! Vinyl toys—with hundreds of licences to create thousands of different characters from beloved movies, shows, and games.
If it ain’t fun, it ain’t Funko. It’s this mentality that helps the brand inspire enthusiastic loyalty in both its fans and its employees. The culture is one of creativity and freedom, where employees are genuinely tight-knit and passionate about their work. Funko’s the kind of company that attracts employees who choose to stay and grow.
Convene coordinates full-service event and meeting spaces that integrate technology, catering, design, and production to simplify planning processes and eliminate cost overruns for clients.
At Convene, leadership makes it a priority to hire on-point individuals who are self-starting, independent thinkers who know how to keep clients happy and get things done. By building a team of stellar employees, the company frees itself up to focus on more important issues than constant micromanagement, and affords everyone in the organization ownership over their own work.
CarGurus is dedicated to making the online car shopping experience more transparent by providing the data and information users need to make smart, empowered car shopping decisions.
Many employees consider the management style of CarGurus a breath of fresh air because it falls outside of the typical “corporate” mold. It’s supportive, readily available, and hands-on. Senior management is open and accessible, and trusts employees to do their best without micromanagement. The flexibility and personal investment from employees fosters a community atmosphere where everybody feels inspired to think outside of the box.
Maana turns human expertise and historical data into digital knowledge so that the employees of the company’s clients are able to make better decisions faster.
Aside from offering tuition reimbursement to employees for career-related classes and training courses, Maana also sends teams to different conferences around the country to present research papers and projects, as well as learn from and collaborate with other experts in the field. Attendees then return to the office to share their newly acquired knowledge and subsequent big ideas.
19. QSC, LLC
QSC is an award-winning global leader in electrical and electronic manufacturing, creating high-performance, professional-quality audio, video, and networking products.
QSC firmly believes that working hard and having fun should go hand in hand—so much so that it’s one of the company’s core values. And, there are plenty of trainings, conferences, and trade shows. But, QSC makes sure to balance that out with tons of fun initiatives that get the creative juices flowing—including Mardi Gras celebrations, cultural diversity picnics, dunk tank games throughout the year, Ugly Sweater Day, a Super Bowl potluck, and music jamming sessions.
Hometeam combines compassion and technology to create resources for seniors and their families that improve communication, recipients’ quality of life, and the overall field of in-home care.
Every member of Hometeam—caregivers working directly with patients and agency workers improving care from the inside out—are crucial to the company’s mission. By using the five core values of authenticity, empathy, courage, inclusivity, and adaptability as guideposts, employees truly embody the mission and help positively distinguish Hometeam.
Democracy Prep Public Schools is a network of open-enrollment, high-performing K-12 public charter schools committed to preparing students for success in college and a future of active citizenship.
There’s no denying that learning is a core pillar of Democracy Prep. But, that doesn’t just apply to students or scholars. Operations Team members get to take part in professional development courses, which help them grow their careers. They also recently implemented scheduled reviews, which give staff invaluable feedback on how to improve their performance.
With a longstanding history of exceptional journalism—and 105 Pulitzer Prizes—tronc is a Chicago-based media company dedicated to creating innovative content solutions in the digital media landscape.
Tronc fosters an environment of collaboration, curiosity, and innovation. Its culture reflects its expansive audience, diverse brands, and experienced talent that creates, distributes, and monetizes its valuable content. Whether it’s continuing its tradition of exceptional journalism or implementing new digital strategies, Tronc is a one-stop media organization, providing creative solutions and service for consumers.
comScore, Inc. is a leading cross-platform measurement company, gathering precise data on audiences, brands, and consumer behavior and transforming it into comprehensive insights for clients.
At comScore, the culture is built on encouraging innovative ideas, communication, and joint success. Everyone, regardless of position, is approachable, and management is always eager to help employees achieve the kind of career goals they aspire to—whether it’s learning a new skill, taking on a new role, or transferring to a new city.
Financial Finesse is a U.S.-based financial education services advocate, helping employees in companies across the country achieve security with award-winning workplace financial wellness programs.
Financial Finesse fosters a direct management style with lots of employee autonomy and candid communication. The company’s flat organization is driven by a team of entrepreneurial, fast-paced, collaborative, and intellectually curious self-starters who love to learn. Managers trust employees to lead projects responsibly and confidently—and to transform powerful ideas and feedback into outsized results.
eMarketer is a digital research firm and trusted authority on marketing data, insights, and perspectives to the world’s top brands, agencies, and media companies.
Constant learning is ingrained within the eMarketer culture—with reading as an essential practice to cultivate versatile perspectives within the industry. eMarketer's CEO is a big believer in reading as a source of big ideas, and as a result ensures that employees crack open relevant books—passing around many highly-recommended and thought-provoking business best-sellers for various teams to read and be inspired by.
London Computer Systems designs and develops completely customized property rental and management software platforms for clients of all sizes in locations all around the globe.
LCS strives to ensure that monotony never settles over its office space. Employees are empowered to own their projects and tackle new ideas. When they need to blow off some steam? The company frequently plans random fun treats and events that—thus far—have included everything from food truck lunches and mid-day carnivals to group baseball game outings and employee appreciation days with free t-shirts and tons of donuts.
IgnitionOne’s marketing cloud technology and expert services simplify the task of identifying and engaging specific consumers at key moments of influence across desktop and mobile channels.
There’s no mold you need to fit into to work at IgnitionOne. In fact, the company prefers to find new hires who can forge their own paths and add to the company’s already innovative atmosphere. “What I love most about IgnitionOne’s culture is the willingness to try new things. It’s very flexible and focused on getting the right solution out there,” shares a Senior Software Engineer.
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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
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