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.
Dun & Bradstreet helps grow valuable business relationships by uncovering important patterns in industry data and delivering analytical insight to its global network of customers and partners.
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.”
LegalZoom enables businesses and families to protect what matters most. With helpful tools and convenient access to attorneys, LegalZoom has helped close to 4 million people manage their legal needs.
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.
HomeAway is a leading vacation rental marketplace, with vacation homes in over 190 countries around the world.
At HomeAway, there’s creativity around every corner and growth happening in every direction. Determined to turn naysaying hotel stayers into enthusiastic and exclusive HomeAway 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.
Upwork is the leading online workplace, providing business owners and freelancers with a marketplace to find each other.
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.
Like most financial institutions, Goldman Sachs specializes in several key areas, including mergers and acquisitions, investment research, securities and risk management, and technological innovation.
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.
CBS Interactive operates as the digital arm of the greater CBS Corporation by using advanced media products to run an online content network that dives into subjects people care about most.
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.
IDSS develops and builds advanced, next-generation screening systems for airport checkpoints and other secure facilities with an emphasis on enhancing safety and the passenger experience.
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.
13. Next Century
Next Century creates security solutions that combine industry expertise with data visualization, geographic information systems, image exploitation, and mobile computing programs.
Just one example of how Next Century fosters a culture focused on innovation? Every other week, employees get together over lunch to hear one of their co-workers present on a new technology they're using or have recently studied. There's always a great exchange of ideas, methods, and strategy during the exchange. Machine Learning, Apache Airflow, and Twitter Heron were all recently presented.
14. Stack Overflow
Stack Overflow offers internet users free, expert knowledge on diverse topics—from parenting to programming—through a network of user-friendly question and answer websites.
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.
Glaukos designs, develops, and refines new treatment alternatives for patients with glaucoma, leading the industry with the iStent, a Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery launched in 2012.
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 develops cloud-based tech that streamlines biopharma research. Its platform optimizes drug development and clinical trial processes, accelerating time-to-market for new treatments.
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 develops and delivers fun, safe, and free unique casual video and virtual games for PC, Mac, and mobile users.
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.
Through extensive research and development, Kohl’s works to create meaningful connections with every customer who comes into the company’s department stores or visits the site.
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.
Unruly disrupts traditional advertising technology methods. Backed by a major media organization, Unruly has the stability of an established corporation with the energy of a startup.
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.
Twitch is the world’s leading social video platform and online community for gamers, bringing live and on-demand content to developers, publishers, and media outlets around the world.
As Twitch continues to grow, leadership strives to maintain a startup mentality and culture. Management is hands-on in advice, support, and availability—but hands-off when it comes to work style. Managers find that employees who are free to work out issues in their own ways become big assets as the company continues to innovate well into the future.
DentalOne refines the entire patient care experience by delivering operational support and top-tier service management so dentists can focus on treatment without sacrificing practice excellence.
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 engineering experiences that not only amaze, but inspire people around the world to interact and invent in ways that ultimately improve lives.
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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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