Do you still remember the excitement of back-to-school time? Sigh. There was just something about the crisp, blank notebooks and the freshly sharpened pencils.

Here’s the good news: While you might not be zipping up your backpack and kicking off a new school year, landing an awesome new job is a great way to get that very same thrill.

Wondering where to look? We’ve pulled together 29 amazing companies that are worth of straight A’s.

1. City National Bank

City National Bank delivers highly personal service and complete financial solutions to an extraordinary client base of entrepreneurs, professionals, their businesses and their families, and a wide array of entertainment clients including nearly 50% of Broadway productions. Los Angeles-based, City National is growing—with current locations and opportunities in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville, Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C.
City National is a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada, one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies.

New employees are often pleasantly surprised to find that the company culture at City National is very different from the common stereotype of an uptight banking workplace. Instead, they find an inclusive and welcoming environment where people and relationships come first. The Leadership Team is engaged and accessible, and there is an overall atmosphere of respect and collaboration—with a focus on making a difference and doing the right thing for clients, colleagues, and the communities that City National serves.

2. Banfield Pet Hospital

With a network of more than 1,000 hospitals in 42 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, Banfield Pet Hospital is the largest general veterinary practice in the world.

Managers at Banfield work to place a ton of trust in employees to take ownership and deliver great work. But, perhaps best of all, as a purpose-driven company, Banfield aims to make A Better World for Pets in everything it does.

3. HP

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.

At HP, diversity is more than a buzzword—it’s something that the company authentically values. HP is committed to hiring a diverse workforce and working with suppliers that also recognize its value. With employees of all different backgrounds—spanning a range of ethnicities, professional experiences, nationalities, and more—HP has access to an array of unique perspectives, which in turn produces rich outcomes for the entire company and makes HP an exciting and interesting place to work.

4. WW

WW (formerly Weight Watchers) is a global wellness company and the world’s leading commercial weight management program. It inspires millions of people to adopt healthy habits for real life. Through its engaging digital experience and face-to-face group meetings, members follow a livable and sustainable program that encompasses healthy eating, physical activity, and positive mindset. With more than five decades of experience in building communities and a deep expertise in behavioral science, WW aims to deliver wellness for all.

WW is all about bringing wellness to people—not only to its members but to its employees as well. For example, the office has an onsite gym that employees can access, and reimbursements are available for outside gyms and nutrition, mindfulness, or yoga classes. WW also regularly invites guest speakers to the office that facilitate conversations focused on wellness and mindfulness.

5. Lazard

Lazard, one of the world’s preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms, operates from 43 cities across 27 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Central and South America. With origins dating to 1848, the firm provides advice on mergers and acquisitions, strategic matters, restructuring and capital structure, capital raising, and corporate finance, as well as asset management services to corporations, partnerships, institutions, governments, and individuals.

As a global company advising a diverse client set, Lazard knows it’s important to hire employees with different backgrounds, experiences, and mindsets. In this way, the firm ensures that the team encompasses many perspectives and is able to offer the most thoughtful, insightful advice and strategies. Through a dynamic environment of free thinking and open debate, the company keeps a constant edge over its competitors.

6. RXBAR

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 recognizes everyday wins—whether it's company milestones or personal development. Team members socialize during monthly team lunches, get their hands dirty creating RXBARs from scratch, and celebrate team success. RXBAR prioritizes personal and professional development so all team members can continuously learn as the company grows.

7. Peloton

Founded in 2012, Peloton is committed to creating a cutting-edge and engaging fitness experience that makes working out at home a viable and inspiring option. Through its combination of live-streaming studio fitness content and the most technologically advanced, socially connected indoor fitness equipment, Peloton offers a variety of live and on-demand workouts led by elite NYC instructors to bring the rush of group fitness right into their members’ homes.

Peloton is committed to keeping members first above all else, and the company leaves no stone unturned when it comes to ensuring the wellness of its employees—offering a wide range of benefits to assist with professional and personal development both inside and outside the office, such as programs for tuition reimbursement and even student loan assistance.

8. Clearlink

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—like plenty of fun company outings—help. But, it’s the deeper, more meaningful experiences that demonstrate how dedicated decision-makers are to the people. One example? Managers are heavily invested in employee growth.

9. Take-Two Interactive Software

Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment for consumers around the globe. The Company develops and publishes products principally through its wholly-owned labels Rockstar Games and 2K, as well as its new Private Division label and Social Point, a leading developer of mobile games. Our products are designed for console systems and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets, and are delivered through physical retail, digital download, online platforms and cloud streaming services.

The environment at Take-Two is relaxed and curated to empower employees, giving them the resources they need to thrive. Along with ample and flexible PTO, great benefits, and casual dress, employees are given tons of support and developmental opportunities—including customized learning itineraries and access to e-learning modules.

10. Knot Standard

Knot Standard is a premium custom menswear company. Clients meet with a personal style advisor to discuss their style, get measured, and create their own one-of-a-kind clothing. Knot Standard offers clothing for every occasion—from suits, shirts, and pants to black tie, overcoats, and knitwear. Made for the uncommon man who desires superior quality and exceptional fit, clients can visit one of Knot Standard’s ten national showrooms, or begin their custom process online.

One of the most exciting aspects of working at Knot Standard? According to employees, it’s how the company manages to maintain its start-up mentality. By celebrating successes and keeping everyone in the company inside the communication loop, employees are able to see the physical product their efforts produce—and stay motivated to keep pushing forward. The fun, close-knit atmosphere only adds to that start-up feel.

11. Exact Sciences

Exact Sciences employees use their expertise and determination to help change lives by working to detect cancer earlier. Through products like Cologuard, Exact Sciences is striving to become a leader in early detection.

Life within each department at Exact Sciences is open and highly collaborative. Colleagues share and discuss new ideas and approaches to existing problems with enthusiasm and zeal. Managers often become more like mentors to their employees and genuinely care about helping people grow their careers, follow their passions, and actually be happy at work.

12. 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.

With tons of cool volunteering opportunities and initiatives at Gap Inc., employees have the chance to become influential community leaders as they work for positive change. Whether it’s raising funds for a good cause or participating in thousands of grocery giveaways, Gap Inc. strongly supports philanthropy and promotes a caring culture of giving back.

13. Core Digital Media

Core Digital Media is an industry leader in direct-response advertising founded in 1999. CDM combines its proprietary Performance Marketing Platform with a state-of-the-art data analytics capability to optimize billions of online display, social, mobile and search marketing impressions acquiring millions of high-quality customers for its clients. CDM is a trusted partner to the largest names in the financial services and education industries.

Want to know if you’ll fit right in at Core Digital Media? The company’s dynamic culture and sociable team is a great fit for applicants that are clever, personable, and—most importantly—adaptable. Being a thought leader that's friendly yet flexible to the industry's ever-changing technologies is key to achieving career success at the company—worthy qualities for interested candidates looking to take full advantage of Core Digital Media's infinite opportunities.

14. Matthews Real Estate Investment Services

Matthews REIS stands as one of the nation’s fastest-growing brokerage firms, with a top ranking for annual retail sales and an exceptional reputation for shopping centers, STNL retail, multifamily, leasing, management, portfolio disposition, and 1031 Exchange transactions. However, these accomplishments are only half of the picture—since real-time marketing and superb salesmanship add to buyer relationships, everyone involved can expect more.

When it comes to professional growth, Matthews REIS really walks the walk. Leaders value long-term career development over quick wins, so senior agents and executive leaders all spend time mentoring junior employees through one-on-one sessions and a formal mentorship program, supplemented with industry conferences. However, this definitely doesn’t limit employees from introducing their own new ideas or owning projects.

15. true[X]

true[X] builds exciting, effective advertising for the future of media. The company's founders were driven by the belief that ads should be enabling rather than interruptive, which is why they created a company that could offer definitive advertising engagement systems for on-demand, interactive content. By building zero-waste policies into its programs and allowing viewers to choose which advertisement they want to watch before continuing with their online activities, true[X] is able to bring the biggest possible returns to its clients.

Want work-life balance? You’ll feel right at home at true[X]. The company places a high value on adequate balance, and also recognizes that it means something different to every individual—which means policies are created with that in mind. true[X] allows employees to shift their daily hours around as necessary and work from home when it suits their schedule. Plus, it grants unlimited time off in order to support travel, family, medical, and other personal needs.

16. 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 and an inclusive, collaborative environment where people support one another and are encouraged to think outside the box.

17. Virid

Virid is a team of e-commerce experts providing a comprehensive technology solution for growing retailers. Virid's unique offering includes a proprietary enterprise-grade hosted e-commerce platform, website development and integrations, and ongoing technical and strategic support from a results-oriented team.

Plenty of companies claim to emphasize professional development. But, Virid truly believes in the power of knowledge and encourages all employees to continue their education throughout their career. Leadership offers each employee an educational stipend to use for events, seminars, and conferences. The organization also hosts regular training sessions for its employees so that they are on top of best practices.

18. FreshDirect & FoodKick

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FreshDirect is the Northeast's leading online fresh food grocer, delivering directly to customers throughout seven states, including the New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC metropolitan areas. FreshDirect’s mission is to make great food easy to get by sourcing the freshest and best-tasting meat, fish, produce, and specialty items through direct relationships with suppliers, growers, and farmers. In 2016, FreshDirect expanded its portfolio with the launch of FoodKick, an on-demand business that caters to the needs of urban dwellers with a curated selection of food, alcohol, and essentials—all delivered in as little as an hour.

One of the FreshDirect teams’ favorite work perks is getting to sample all the yummy things the organization offers consumers. Specifically, the company has new FreshDeals that come out on the site each Thursday. So on the previous evening, everyone gets together to taste the fresh foods and delicious drinks—for quality assurance, of course—and have fun with friends.

19. Black Mountain

Black Mountain Systems is an information technology company, changing the way the financial industry manages workflow, data, and analysis. BMS develops innovative, tailored solutions for data aggregation, process management, and business reporting. With world-class hedge fund, private equity, and investment management clients, BMS adds operating efficiency and reduces risk—so its clients can focus on high-value activities and exceptional performance.

As long as employees get their work done and do it well, it doesn’t matter when they work (employees have the ability to create their own schedules!) or if they get stuff done at a stand up desk or while sitting on a yoga ball. Management encourages employees to pursue their interests and add value wherever they can within the company—it’s this open management style that allows for a collaborative environment.

20. CSAA Insurance Group

CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA insurer, creates AAA Members for life by fulfilling its promise to be there when members are in need. It’s one of the top personal lines property and casualty insurance groups in the United States, offering automobile, homeowners, and other lines of insurance to over 17 million people. CSAA Insurance Group employees are deeply committed to exceptional customer service. Frontline claims and service insurance professionals dedicate their careers to helping AAA Members with caring and personal service. During catastrophes—from devastating wildfires to severe storms across the nation—employees from every department get involved.

Want perks? Well, look no further than CSAA Insurance Group, where employees enjoy all kinds of exciting job perks. Every person receives an extra 24 hours of paid time off to volunteer with an organization of their choice, tuition reimbursement programs are available for all, substantial 6% dollar for dollar 401K match, benefits coverage for domestic partners, and the company runs an award winning wellness program.

21. eMoney

eMoney Advisor creates wealth planning technology that financial advisors and firms employ to increase their productivity and success. Cutting-edge products, including an award-winning client portal and powerful financial planning tools, offer superior transparency, accessibility, security, and organizational solutions that enable advisors to focus on their clients instead of tedious tasks, ultimately increasing client retention and growing financial futures.

eMoney employees are trusted to put their skills and talents to work in ways that optimize their own creativity, while comfortably approaching colleagues for support in order to tackle challenges and create solutions, relying on their managers for guidance when necessary. And, when teams wrap up a big project or accomplish a major goal? The entire office comes together to participate in a presentation on the matter—where food and drinks are catered by the company.

22. Livestream

By providing event owners with a complete set of hardware and software tools to share their events through live video, Livestream aims to unlock a world where every event is available live online. With 50 million viewers each month, users are able to watch thousands of live events from customers that include The New York Times, Facebook, and ESPN through Livestream’s cutting-edge technology.

Every Friday, Livestream employees come together to drink a few beers as a fun, relaxing transition into the weekend. All of the employees meet up to de-stress, joke around, and reflect on the past work week. The event is an employee favorite—it's a great send-off to the week, as it provides a regular opportunity to bond with co-workers and discuss life outside the office.

23. Quizlet

Quizlet believes that learning is more powerful when it’s a shared experience. As one of the leading education tech startups, Quizlet provides users with powerful learning tools that are not only effective, but fun. The company prides itself on being a place where anyone can share knowledge in any subject at any level, and gain confidence as a learner.

The team at Quizlet certainly works hard, but they also know when it’s time to play hard and blow off some steam. Employees organize board game lunch dates or venture out to Oakland to try a great new restaurant. They also like to host themed happy hours, like their recent spelling bee event, or sing karaoke together after work.

24. Hometeam

Hometeam is a mission-driven company working at the intersection of technology and healthcare to change the way Americans experience wellness in their senior years. They proudly support older adults with a diverse team of caregivers, clinicians and care managers, all enabled by user-centric technology collaboratively developed in-house. Their goal is to positively affect health outcomes and empower older adults to live their lives at home, connected to their community.

HomeTeam employees truly embody the company’s mission and help positively distinguish the company. Teamwork extends beyond beliefs too—monthly breakfasts, fun meeting introductions for new members, and a Rockstar-of-the-Month award all create an authentic internal community that values individuals too.

25. Aspect Ventures

In 2014, Aspect Ventures began stepping in along entrepreneurial journeys to bridge the gap between Seed and later stage funding—and there’s no team better to help turn great ideas into extraordinary companies. In fact, the value Aspect Ventures brings transcends monetary amounts, since the team comprises entrepreneurs and long-time investors who share invaluable insights that help actualize more than the bottom line.

Since the firm is a startup itself, each employee has tremendous opportunity to make a lasting impact. From hosting thought leadership seminars to proposing new ideas, team members get to build their own careers while enabling young companies to launch theirs. A flat hierarchy and mentorship model of leading pushes individuals to think for themselves—while circling back to unite around one team-wide goal.

26. d’aprile properties

A boutique real estate brokerage, d’aprile properties serves clients in and around the city of Chicago. Through passion, positivity, and first-hand experience, agents at the group have helped facilitate more than one billion dollars in property sales and purchases. By conspiring to create ideas and collaboration within the company, the team helps clients realize their real estate dreams.

At d’aprile properties, micromanagement is a dirty word. Employees consider those in positions of leadership to be more like coaches than actual managers. By taking the time to identify in which areas each individual needs assistance and improvement—and then tailoring the perfect plan to those points—coaches continue to create success for the company and all its people.

27. Tapingo

Tapingo is improving the way people buy things by solving a key problem—lack of time. The company’s innovative mobile app lets users browse the menus of nearby locations, customize orders, pay, then choose between delivery or pickup. Leveraging mobile technology, Tapingo is empowering users to #StopWaiting for the things they need so they can focus on the things that matter.

At Tapingo, managers give their staff a great deal of independence. They’re available to provide guidance and support, but without any trace of handholding. Instead, leaders encourage employees to have confidence and make their own decisions. If a mistake is made, Tapingo sees it as an opportunity to learn and grow—meaning employees feel encouraged to explore and pursue their big ideas.

28. PrintFleet

In PrintFleet’s earliest days, it existed under the umbrella of a toner manufacturing company. However, tracking demand and analyzing key device metrics with software shaped the company into what it is today—the first to offer rapid assessments and a comprehensive remote print monitoring application. The company's rapidly growing data-driven offerings are recognized as industry-leading solutions in the print management arena.

PrintFleet’s size enables employees at all levels to get involved in various projects—even those outside their general fields. The transparent management style loops in various perspectives before decisions are made, promoting a hands-on learning experience and open communication. Plus, the Executive Team asks for open conversations and contributions from any employee, making peer-learning just as beneficial as the tuition reimbursement.



Here at The Muse, we partner with a lot of great companies to bring you insider looks at their offices and awesome job listings. These employers pay us to be featured on the site, but these Muse-worthy brands made this list not just because they want to be included, but because their culture, policies, and employee feedback showed us that they deserve to be.



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