When it comes to professional development and career advancement, there are some companies who just like to talk the talk.
But, the 19 companies we’ve pulled together on this list? Well, you can bet that they actually walk the walk.
They recognize that their employees are their greatest assets. So, when a new opportunity opens up, existing team members are the first ones they turn to—rather than looking for outside hires.
Sound too good to be true? We promise, it’s not. Take a look at their open roles and prepare to climb the ladder within a company that truly wants you to succeed.
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 fosters a supportive, encouraging culture where employees know that the company has their back. Team members are constantly learning by consulting and collaborating with one another. And, team leaders are never micromanagers. Instead, employees are empowered to take ownership of their individual projects, let their ideas flow freely, and grow into awesome careers that they love.
2. Financial Finesse
Founded in 1999, Financial Finesse’s financial wellness programs are changing lives and transforming organizations across the U.S. By providing people with objective financial guidance with no ulterior motive, the independent, employee-owned firm has helped more than 2.4 million employees in over 600 companies reduce financial stress, maximize benefits, and make wiser financial decisions.
At Financial Finesse, promotions come with plenty of playful fun. By tradition, newly promoted employees are celebrated and roasted by their peers during a company-wide dinner. Colleagues take turns jokingly teasing their co-workers about hilarious moments and mistakes, all as a way to show their love and heartfelt congratulations.
3. Hearst Magazines
Hearst Magazines, a division of Hearst, is the largest U.S. publisher of monthly magazines. With 25 dynamic, industry-leading titles including Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s BAZAAR, ELLE, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Good Housekeeping, HGTV Magazine, and O, The Oprah Magazine, Hearst Magazines reaches nearly 137 million readers and site visitors each month—more than two-thirds of all woman and millennial women in the country. The company publishes close to 300 editions and 200 websites around the world. Hearst Magazines Digital Media reaches nearly 100 million site visitors each month and more than 240 million social media followers through its 25 digital brands. Its portfolio also includes Sweet, a collaboration with Snapchat on its Discover platform.
At Hearst, collaboration is key, with those in leadership roles regularly mentoring junior staff while striving to create an atmosphere where sharing ideas and solutions is not only encouraged but expected. Teams work together with the common goal of creating the best media brands they possibly can—engaging, entertaining, informative, and thoroughly inventive.
4. Cleveland Research Company
Founded in 2006, Cleveland Research Company has a reputation for exceptional ground-level intelligence across consumer, agriculture, industrial, healthcare, retail, foodservice, and technology sectors. The firm is comprised of intellectually curious, highly motivated, and energetic individuals who are all striving to build the best research firm in the business. By training and developing employees, Cleveland Research Company drives businesses and people forward – both personally and professionally.
Cleveland Research Company doesn’t just aim to provide outstanding service to its customers, it also seeks to offer an exceptional workplace for its employees. With an approachable, supportive Leadership Team, the company fosters an internal culture that values genuine care for people along with passion, innovation, collaboration, and an entrepreneurial spirit.
5. 1-800 Contacts
Dedicated to providing consumers with a simple, hassle-free way to buy and replace contact lenses, the company was founded with an intimate understanding of the two key frustrations among contact lens wearers—namely, that contacts are both expensive and inconvenient to replace. The organization solves these issues for customers by delivering prescriptions lenses to their door—at the lowest possible price.
This is a place where associates feel valued, appreciated, and supported. The company’s recognition program demonstrates the company’s commitment to investing in associates’ career development. As an organization, the company is both associates-oriented and customer-oriented. A collaborative atmosphere abides, and mentorship can be seen in all aspects of the business.
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.
Learning by experience is strongly encouraged at LegalZoom—giving Zoomers endless hands-on opportunities to master new skills and directly apply talents to new products. Team members are constantly given the responsibility to test theories, prove strategies, and execute on a range of projects proactively, and therefore grow professionally by assuming active ownership of results. “There’s constantly something new every day—there's always an opportunity for me to better myself,” says LegalZoom’s Assistant Manager, Production.
8. National Aquarium
The National Aquarium is a world-class facility that plays a huge role in the city of Baltimore. A public facility and a non-profit organization, the Aquarium is a place where people of all ages can learn about the planet’s incredible aquatic life. In addition to addressing environmental issues, the Aquarium celebrates learning and serves as a center for community engagement.
People who work at the National Aquarium are supportive of one another. Managers are invested in seeing their employees grow—which means that career development and learning are consistently emphasized throughout the organization. Working with larger animals takes teamwork and often requires the cooperation of multiple departments, so everybody comes together to provide for the animals.
9. DMC Atlanta
Founded in 2003 with just eight people, DMC Atlanta has grown to over 700 employees in 50 offices around the country through a results-driven philosophy and a commitment to bringing its clients life-long customers. In the next few years, DMC hopes to expand to hundreds of new offices around the country—and then, the world.
The DMC Atlanta team works hard to help each other achieve goals. This means always checking in to keep each other accountable and giving one another tips to stay on track. The team believes in constantly teaching new members and learning new things in order to be better employees—and ultimately, better leaders.
Founded in 2010, L2 has rapidly become a trusted source of insights into the digital trends shaping industries today. With members that include Google, Proctor and Gamble, and Sofitel, L2 caters to a diverse array of brands looking to understand and bolster their digital footprints—giving brands a thorough understanding of their digital strengths and weaknesses.
L2 employees are invested in growing their own careers. But, they also know when it’s time to kick back, celebrate, and pop some bubbly. During a weekly tradition called “Champagne Friday,” team members enjoy beer, cocktails, snacks, socializing, and—of course—champagne. It’s an awesome opportunity for the team to bond while also going over that week’s big successes.
Nextiva acquired its first customer in 2008—and the company has been exceeding expectations for cloud-based business solutions ever since. Today, the more than 500-strong team is still excited about revolutionizing business communications and simplifying UCaaS. That mission seems to be working, since the company is regularly recognized for its fast growth and exceptional workplace.
Leaders at Nextiva shy away from formal management. Instead, they like to be considered coaches who are involved in the day-to-day rather than strictly managing. Though tons of training does accompany the job, walkthroughs include introductions to different functions and all kinds of employees—which echoes the company’s people-first mentality and desire to hire based on fit.
13. Gap Inc.
Doris and Don Fisher opened the first Gap store in 1969 with a simple idea—to make it easier to find a pair of jeans and a commitment to do more. Over the last 46 years, the company has grown from a single store to a global fashion business with five brands—Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix. Gap's clothes are available in 90 countries worldwide through 3,300 company-operated stores, almost 400 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites and is still growing.
Gap Inc.’s people are passionate about the products they are developing and the business they are running—and that energizes them to be the best. Employees constantly challenge each other to learn and grow in their roles every day, making the Gap office an exciting and rewarding place to be. Gap's growth mindset focuses on career mobility, offering all employees equal opportunities to advance in the company.
14. Spencer Stuart
Founded in 1956 and privately owned, Spencer Stuart is one of the world’s leading executive search and leadership advisory firms. With 57 offices in 30 countries, the firm is considered to be the advisor of choice among top companies seeking guidance and counsel on senior leadership needs, and has unrivaled access to leading executives around the world. Spencer Stuart works with a wide range of clients, including multinational corporations, entrepreneurial businesses, private equity firms, family-owned companies, and nonprofit organizations.
Spencer Stuart is not only matching the right management with the right business missions, it’s also creating incredibly meaningful Leadership Teams that add long-term value, solve a wide range of important problems across organizations, and help candidates further exceptional careers. Professionally, employees also learn multinational businesses inside out by working side-by-side with the world's most phenomenal clients and leaders.
15. Veterinary Specialty Center
Veterinary Specialty Center is a locally-owned, multidisciplinary animal hospital that offers specialty services, emergency and critical care, and rehabilitation services. Management maintains a good relationship with employees, taking into consideration their concerns and suggestions to expand services and invest in state-of-the-art medical equipment to improve medical procedures and outcomes—and to expand employee programs and benefits.
Veterinary Specialty Center fosters a supportive environment of collaboration and growth. Cross-departmental consultations give doctors a “big picture” perspective on patients with complicated health issues as they work on a diagnosis. New veterinary technicians are trained and mentored by senior technicians to learn how to manage cases and communicate with clients.
16. Palo Alto Networks
At Palo Alto Networks, employees are winning the battle against cybersecurity threats. The organization drives an innovative vision of prevention different from anywhere else—forcing the industry, and the world, to change the way it thinks about protection. With a culture that embraces authenticity, collaboration, and ground-breaking innovation, the team at Palo Alto Networks is unlike any other in the world as it protects the digital way of life.
Palo Alto Networks prides itself on its open and transparent organizational structure. This culture means that new ideas are encouraged and embraced, innovative solutions for digital security are quickly and efficiently deployed, and employees are able to use their unique skills and insights to advance the industry of cybersecurity—as well as their own careers.
The history of RB (Reckitt Benckiser) stretches back to 1823, when the company was founded. Since then, RB has grown into a global leader in consumer goods. With iconic brand names like Lysol, Air Wick, Enfamil, and more, RB provides people around the world with health, hygiene, and home products. In addition to selling goods in almost every country in the world, the company’s committed to making a positive social and environmental impact, reducing its carbon footprint while seeking to increasing its range of sustainable products.
Not only does RB foster an environment where staff can grow by embracing new challenges and implementing their big ideas, but the company also allows employees to define their own career paths. To help employees create career paths unique to them, senior managers provide mentorship to junior staff, aiming to champion and guide them forward.
Launched in 2008, Twilio simplifies business communication across applications—supplying developers with the highly competent tools needed to develop customer-centric phone, VoIP, and messaging systems on its global cloud API platform. From online restaurant bookings to tech support call center networks, Twilio's flexible technology lets companies construct personalized business solutions that enhance customer-service interaction and profitability.
Twilio continues to grow rapidly and stand solidly—pushing its phenomenal technology to the industry’s forefront and powering top brands. Since its launch in San Francisco a few years ago, Twilio has opened offices in Europe and Hong Kong—with more to follow as it explores new prospects, remains competitive, and empowers more and more businesses worldwide. Growing at that breakneck pace means there are plenty of opportunities for employees to take advantage of!
19. Blizzard Entertainment
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.
One word that employees would use to describe the work environment at Blizzard Entertainment? Supportive. Employee well-being is paramount, with emphasis placed on plenty of professional development inside the office. “If you’re able to articulate your wants and your needs in terms of your career, it’s amazing how many people here will bend over backwards to help you achieve them,” says Amanda Gerdes, Senior Manager, Data Engineering.
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