Are you craving some added flexibility in your career? Let’s face it—even if you absolutely love your job, nobody can blame you for wanting a little wiggle room to work in the way that’s best for you.
Fortunately, these 14 companies not only understand that—they actually encourage it.
Yes, these employers really walk the walk when it comes to flexibility both inside the office and out (and they’re all hiring right now!).
RX is a clean-label snack brand with products made from a few simple ingredients and no BS.
RX simplifies food by creating snacks that are real and delicious. It's honest and straightforward—no overblown claims, certifications, or gimmicks. With products including RXBAR, RXBAR Kids, and RX Nut Butter, RX makes food that not only tastes good, but is wholesome and nutritious too.
RXBAR is a fast-growing company. But, despite that rapid pace, this employer never loses sight of its most important assets: its employees. Team members value plenty of flexibility, tons of personal and professional development opportunities, and the company’s belief that great ideas can come from anywhere.
TOMS’ One-for-One business model provides shoes and other services to children and people in need around the world, One-for-One, for every product purchased. Since its inception in 2006, the organization has helped restore eyesight, given shoes, provided clean drinking water, supported safe birthing services, and promoted youth bullying prevention and response programs for millions of people, globally.
Flexibility doesn’t only apply to your schedule. Employees at TOMS are given the autonomy to complete various types of projects within their departments and across the company. Staff is encouraged to think creatively to achieve the desired outcome, and during the course of each assignment, each person is encouraged to approach their manager or anyone else in the company to ask questions and receive complete support.
TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, enables travelers to unleash the full potential of every trip. With over 600 million reviews and opinions covering the world's largest selection of travel listings, TripAdvisor provides travelers with the wisdom of the crowds to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do, and where to eat. TripAdvisor also compares prices from more than 200 hotel booking sites so travelers can find the lowest price on the hotel that's right for them. TripAdvisor-branded sites are available in 49 markets, and are home to the world's largest travel community of 455 million average monthly unique visitors—all looking to get the most out of every trip.
While TripAdvisor believes in balancing work and life (with plenty of travel, of course!), they also know the importance of creating a workspace where people feel laid-back and comfortable when they’re tackling their to-do lists. TripAdvisor’s office allows employees to enjoy everything from state-of-the-art gym equipment and an on-site culinary team to game rooms and—an employee favorite—even a private pub.
Reddit is a digital conversation hub where users submit, vote, and comment on all kinds of content.
There are plenty of perks for Reddit employees. Quarterly offsites to places like Angel Island are only the start, as Reddit also has a soccer team, regular trivia nights, and monthly, themed happy hours. The office itself—in the heart of Union Square—is covered with murals, and the Wanderlust Fund to celebrate employee anniversaries with a vacation gives the crew a reason to look beyond the fun-filled office.
Backcountry’s mission is to connect people with their passions by offering carefully selected, premium gear and apparel that empowers modern adventure. Employees are avid skiers, campers, hikers, mountain bikers, climbers, and much more, and they use this firsthand knowledge to outfit customers and to inspire them to get outdoors.
With the great outdoors just a wall away, a typical day at Backcountry has to include outside activity. From company ski trips to biking excursions, Backcountry brings the outdoors into the everyday. In the office, employees bring their dogs to work and are encouraged to share their passions—this company proves that work-life balance is possible.
Grubhub’s company mission is to bring easy online menu viewing, meal ordering, and food delivery services to hungry citizens in urban areas. Based out of Chicago, the company works closely with restaurant partners and hungry eaters to help streamline online ordering. Grubhub processes, delivers, and caters better dining experiences to both sides of the restaurant industry—helping businesses prosper and people get fed.
In the Grubhub office, every team member is easily accessible and readily available to help others with any projects. Desks are arranged in an open floor plan, so co-workers can always see each other and discuss what they’re working on. Conference rooms are each fitted out with glass doors so everyone can see in and out—and be inspired by brainstorming in action.
STATS aims to impact the global sports industry by leveraging technology and data. Providing sports data, technology, and content to meet the evolving needs of the media, broadcast, leagues & teams, fantasy providers and players, as well as major business-to-business and business-to-consumer brands, STATS is trusted by millions of fans and athletes around the world to analyze performance data from more than 100,000 sports games a year with unrivaled speed and accuracy.
STATS is a company built on problem-solving—and sports just happen to be the focus. For many employees, this means combining a few of their biggest passions on a daily basis. With an environment where everyone is encouraged to rep their team’s jersey, watch games on the office flat screens, and compete—in foosball, air hockey, or Pop-A-Shot—collaborate, and socialize with intelligent and innovative colleagues, it’s easy to wake up in the morning eager to go to the office each day.
9. FDM Group
FDM enables people with an interest in technology to launch successful tech careers. Recognizing the importance of investing in new talent, the FDM Careers Program provides talented individuals with rigorous training in a range of IT and business disciplines. FDM trainees go on to represent the company as FDM Consultants on client assignments for a minimum of two years.
The general consensus among people who work at FDM is that the firm’s company culture is pretty special—it’s what sets FDM apart. More than simply encouraging entrepreneurship, FDM inspires individuals to seek their dreams. It’s a workplace full of opportunities—an environment where people support one another and are encouraged to think outside the box.
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.
True Value not only values flexibility for employees—but also flexibility from employees. As the company grows, True Value looks for people who are passionate, driven, and willing to roll with the punches. “One quality people need to be successful at True Value is to have an open mind. Changes happen daily in retail, so I think if you come to True Value, you need to be willing to change as we grow into the future as a company,” says Keesha Craig-Mourillon, Product Merchant and Buyer.
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.
Many teams use culture as a selling point, but Clearlink considers it essential to the entire business strategy and success of the company. Excellent perks help—but it’s the deeper, more meaningful experiences that demonstrate how dedicated decision-makers are to the people. When it comes to health, learning, and making lasting memories, Clearlink leaves no stone unturned.
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