Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to find a super innovative employer that would empower you to stretch your creative muscles, disrupt entire industries, and push the envelope each and every day?
Well, your year is off to a great start then. The 27 companies we’ve rounded up on this list are all incredibly inventive and forward-thinking. And they continue to break new ground by relying on the insights, opinions, and ideas of their employees.
Think you could fill those shoes? Every single one of these companies is making big hires right now. Looks like you’re about to check at least one resolution off your list.
1. Dun & Bradstreet
Since 1841, Dun & Bradstreet has been helping companies improve business performance with their data and insights, available through the Dun & Bradstreet Data Cloud and its solutions. With these insights, generated from over 300 million business records, customers can accelerate revenue, reduce costs, manage risk, and transform their businesses.
Dun & Bradstreet’s managers are hard to spot since a flat hierarchy makes it possible for everyone to be a leader. The company has found that this approach really boosts the creative capabilities of everyone on the team. “It’s quite a dynamic environment,” says Eleanor Phipps, Global Business Analyst. “There’s a lot of variety in the work we get to do—and there’s plenty of opportunity to explore.”
Since its launch in 2001, LegalZoom has helped over three million families and small businesses manage their legal needs. From estate plan documents to business formation and trademark registration, LegalZoom provides legal solutions built around providing exceptional customer experiences. Offering access to licensed, customer-reviewed, independent attorneys, LegalZoom is a trusted partner that places the law within everyone’s reach.
LegalZoom enables its employees—also called Zoomers—to be authoritative visionaries in their roles by giving them the green light to innovatively execute its mission and their professional tasks. LegalZoom allows employees individual freedom to curiously explore imaginative solutions and eliminate challenging legal problems—fostering a positive and productive work environment.
Vrbo, a world leader in the vacation rental industry, is the place to book beach houses, cabins, and condos with more than two million places to stay in 190 countries. The site makes it easy to find and book the perfect vacation rental for any getaway, often for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. Vrbo is part of the Expedia Group family of brands.
At Vrbo, there’s creativity around every corner and growth happening in every direction. Determined to turn naysaying hotel stayers into enthusiastic and exclusive Vrbo home renters, the company encourages its employees to rethink the tried-and-true as they inspire people to make the most of travel with its phenomenal accommodation services.
With talented freelancers offering services in more than 3,500 areas of expertise on the platform, Upwork makes it easy for businesses and independent workers to connect—and team up on projects that range from web development to accounting. Both desktop and mobile versions of the platform are available, so clients can locate, interview, collaborate, and pay freelancers quickly and securely to get work done without jumping through hoops.
While core values are just rhetoric at some companies, at Upwork, they’re priority one. The company is looking for people who inspire a boundless future of work, put the community first, have a bias towards action, and build amazing teams. By filling its ranks with people who are inspired by the company’s mission, Upwork is able to continuously innovate.
7. Goldman Sachs
At Goldman Sachs, your skills and experiences will create a world of possibilities for our clients. From the latest IPO and market insights to investments in clean energy and infrastructure, each one of our teams contributes to innovations that drive progress around the world. Make things possible at Goldman Sachs Careers
Think you know what it’s like to work on Wall Street? Think again. Goldman Sachs defies all of those cut-throat and conservative stereotypes that might come to mind. With plenty of fun team outings, a collaborative environment, and an emphasis on continuing to innovate and serve its clients, Goldman Sachs shatters that formal and stuffy mold.
9. CBS Interactive
CBS Interactive carries the entertainment and information torch into the digital age by capitalizing on the company’s tradition of making riveting stories accessible beyond print pages or television screens. The premium content network tops charts as a global Top 10 Web Property, with diverse signature brands that cover everything from entertainment and technology to niche interests and sports.
Employees are quick to realize that CBS Interactive has the benefit of being both a traditional brand and a growth-driven innovator of digital properties. That’s why the company has cultivated a culture where employees feel comfortable pushing themselves. “Robust and bustling are the only ways to describe the culture. It’s a vibrant place with so many industries to choose from—all right at the point of real innovation,” says Owen Stretch, Senior Editor, MetroLyrics.
In 2012, two security and technology experts joined forces in anticipation of the world’s next checkpoint solution needs—and they were leaving manual x-ray-based solutions behind for good. In addition to a purpose-driven mission, IDSS offers a new approach that uses True Dual Energy analysis of material characteristics, fashioned in a cost-effective design inspired by medical computed tomography.
By thinking one step ahead, IDSS is making it possible for the flying public to soar to new heights in terms of safety. Though airports and organizations like the TSA are the company’s direct customers, everyday travelers are who IDSS focuses on when it comes to building an essential solution for air travel—and it all starts before the wheels have even left the ground.
14. Stack Overflow
Stack Overflow is the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers. Our products and services are focused on developer marketing, technical recruiting, and enterprise knowledge sharing. As a remote-first culture, employees are given the autonomy to get their work done their way. But they are also expected to be collaborative and ready to learn about others’ ideas, which is only possible through open and honest communication. Employees also enjoy an exceptional benefits package—including generous healthcare coverage and a robust paid parental leave policy—to promote work-life harmony.
With the largest community of software developers on the internet, Stack Overflow has already made major waves—and, employees know that the company is only getting started. "What excites me about the future here is the sheer opportunity we have in the market. We're this unbelievably powerful resource,” says Rachel Boyman, Strategic Account Manager, Stack Overflow Careers.
15. Glaukos Corporation
Since its release of iStent®, a device that can help reduce eye pressure and may reduce reliance on glaucoma medications, Glaukos has pioneered Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery, or MIGS, in order to revolutionize the traditional glaucoma treatment and management paradigm. Glaukos combines solid research, creative engineers, and a flexible management style to create products that improve the lives of patients on a global scale.
Revolutionizing the traditional treatment of glaucoma requires plenty of innovation. Fortunately, Glaukos employees aren’t afraid of challenges—they’re inspired by them. “We have a strong pipeline and new projects we’re working on every day, and that gets me really excited about what’s going to happen in the next 10 years,” explains Jorge Lopez, Manager, Quality Control.
Medidata engineers analytic software that offers unrivaled therapy development expertise to pharmaceutical companies, biotech groups, medical device firms, academic medical centers, and contract research organizations around the world. With offices in the United States, Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore, and the United Kingdom, Medidata provides global opportunities for patients, physicians, and life science professionals to collaborate on projects that result in smarter, more precise treatment and care.
As a growing, fast-paced tech company, Medidata offers an engaging and intellectually stimulating work environment. The company is always on the lookout for candidates who have a strong appetite for learning. “People who excel at Medidata are able to learn quickly and keep pace with fast-moving projects. Being able to embrace change and being open to new ideas works to your advantage,” shares Daphnee Geyer, Senior Applications Engineer.
19. Big Fish Games
Big Fish Games is dedicated to enhancing life through exceptional play. At Big Fish, team members are not just be a small piece of something big, they're a big part of something special. Employees challenge themselves to be creative in everything they do. From the way they think, to the way they play, from the way they solve problems, to the way they collaborate—everything is an opportunity to make an impact. The fun is in working together to build something bigger than themselves and make something great.
Although Big Fish Games is a fast growing company, it strives to maintain a nimble startup atmosphere. The company has an open-door policy, allowing employees easy access to any guidance or encouragement they might require to pursue their big ideas. Managers take a vested interest in all employee projects, offering ample advice and support whenever asked.
Kohl’s is an omnichannel retailer with over 1,100 stores stocked with amazing products—including national and exclusive brands our customers know and love. The company's purpose is to inspire and empower families to lead fulfilled lives—with a goal of being the most engaging retailer in America. Kohl’s associates explore, design, and develop new ways to make shopping experiences effortless and unique by leveraging bold innovations that push boundaries and revolutionize the way customers shop.
At Kohl’s, associates are encouraged to take their careers into their own hands by taking advantage of everyday opportunities. From presentations by national tech leaders and mentoring programs to development chats with executives, Kohl’s is committed to creating an environment for associates to grow, lead, and learn. The company knows that employees who are supported are the ones who are driven to innovate.
Founded in 2006, Unruly provides value to brands and publishers by getting their videos seen, shared, and loved. The company brings emotional intelligence to digital advertising, helping 91% of Ad Age 100 brands to inspire their audiences. Unruly believes in the power of emotion in marketing campaigns to drive consumer response and maximize impact.
Unruly’s work is innovative, which means it often earns a spot proudly displayed within the company’s workspace—with the Future Video Lab being a highlight that both Unruly employees and clients alike enjoy. A culture of transparency and collaboration permeates the office, and big ideas are welcomed from anywhere.
26. DentalOne Partners
Dental One supports more than 160 practices in 13 states—a mission that started in 1981. Even then, Dental One’s trailblazers recognized the value in partnering with technologically advanced practices and forward-thinking doctors to push the limits on patient care. Today, that mission still holds true—and it’s paving the way for major industry milestones the team can see around the corner.
Dental One stays at the forefront of its field because it recognizes the value in partnering with technologically advanced practices and forward-thinking doctors to push the limits on patient care. This unique approach allows Dental One to give clients more services, more flexibility, and more convenience. "What we do can be summed up in three words—inspiration, innovation, and growth. That’s what guides our journey as a company, and that’s what we bring to every practice we support," says CEO, Tom Marler.
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 leader in the technology industry with offices all over the world. The company’s goal is to engineer equipment that creates unique experiences and reinvents the way the world works, plays, and ultimately lives. That's why it's no surprise that HP was recently named one of the Most Innovative Companies in the industry.
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