Nothing beats the sense of accomplishment that comes with putting in a hard day’s work—unless it’s knowing that you’re doing it for a company with a meaningful and rewarding mission you believe in.
With so much of your time spent at work, it’s important to find your job inspiring. These 32 mission-driven companies are a great place to start. They’ll send you home with not just a paycheck, but also with a sense of pride in the work you do.
So whether you want to work for a company like Esri, whose technology is helping fight climate change; join the mission to cure cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center or City of Hope; or improve people’s mental health and well-being at Headspace, you’re sure to find an employer—and a job—that speaks to you.
1. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has the ultimate mission: curing cancer. They approach this mission from multiple perspectives—from patient care to analytics to algorithms. As a leader in their field, employees must be eager to learn, passionate about the work they do, and able to clearly communicate their ideas. At MSK, everyone feels supported in trying new things, evolving the research they’re doing and the conversations they’re having.
Founded in 2010 by Rich Pierson and Andy Puddicombe, Headspace was created with the vision to improve the health and happiness of the world. Reaching more than 65 million users in 190 countries, they’re well on their way! They’re committed to demystifying meditation and advancing the field of mindfulness through clinically-validated research, with one of the largest research pipelines of any digital health and wellness company. At Headspace, they strive to create an inclusive, purpose-driven environment where every teammate can bring their whole self to work, be celebrated for their unique perspectives, and is set up for growth and success.
Esri is the market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping. Its technology combines the science of geography with the power of GIS—think high-tech maps—to make the world work better. By enabling customers to design more efficient cities, deliver clean water and electricity, fight crime, slow climate change, and stamp out disease, Esri is helping create the maps that run the world and shape the future.
4. Banfield Pet Hospital
Founded as a veterinary practice in 1955, Banfield Pet Hospital, a subsidiary of the Mars corporation, has grown to nearly 1000 hospitals in 42 states, as well as DC and Puerto Rico. Together with its clients—and the millions of pets treated each year—Banfield is working to shape the future of veterinary medicine.
Facebook connects billions of people around the world, giving them ways to share what matters most to them. People who work at Facebook are builders at heart, whether they’re creating new products or making tools so a business can expand its reach. Facebook’s global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to connect in meaningful ways. Build for the world, from where you are. Explore Facebook’s open remote positions today.
TriNetX is a data and analytics company that partners with healthcare organizations and pharmaceutical companies across the globe to conduct research and enhance clinical trials leveraging real-world data. They look for people who are creative, intuitive, and curious about science and the world. Collaboration is big at TriNetX, as everyone is working towards a common goal. The TriNetX company culture encourages continuous professional growth, and employees take pride in the impact their work makes on the world.
7. Panorama Education
Panorama Education is a fast-growing technology startup focused on radically improving how students learn. Educators use the platform to monitor how pupils are faring in academics, attendance, behavior, and college readiness and then coordinate actions to support each child. Whether they are parents, former educators, or have been fundamentally impacted by education, Panorama’s employees have a deep connection to the company’s mission. That commitment informs the way team members work with each other, the way they support clients, and the quality of the work product.
At Asensus, they are digitizing the interface between the surgeon and patient to pioneer a new era of performance-guided surgery by unlocking the clinical intelligence to enable consistently superior outcomes and a new standard of surgery. Their employees are especially passionate about the work they do and thrive in a collaborative environment that fosters creative solutions to complex problems. The work is challenging, but everyone comes to Asensus looking for a fulfilling career, and that’s exactly what they find.
Philips is committed to making life better for millions of people around the world. Its teams pride themselves on the meaningful innovations and solutions they are providing to healthcare challenges around them and recognize that individuals who are part of Philips should be led and supported to develop to their fullest potential. At Philips, people can make an impact where it matters. Check out their careers site.
10. City National Bank
City National Bank provides banking, investment, and trust services in major markets across the U.S. and is expanding. Its colleagues deliver highly personalized service and complete financial solutions to entrepreneurs, professionals, businesses, and families. City National, a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), fosters a collaborative team environment with all the resources of a large financial institution. They put people and relationships first, take an entrepreneurial approach to their work, and support colleagues in reaching their full professional potential.
*City National Bank does business in Miami and the state of Florida as CN Bank.
11. Juniper Square
Juniper Square’s team works hard every day to set the bar high in the work they do. They bring out the very best in each other without sacrificing kindness, quality, and the willingness to learn. You will see that every function and team is given respect there, because when any one of them wins, they all win. They bring a beginner’s mind to their work, not ego—enabling learning and creative and critical thinking. Some people talk about transparency, but at Juniper Square, they treat you like the owner that you are: They share knowledge and information with all their employees, knowing that informed teams are successful teams (and happy ones too).
Robinhood was founded on a simple idea: that financial markets should be accessible to all. With customers at the heart of their decisions, Robinhood is lowering barriers, removing fees, and providing greater access to financial information. They are building products and services that help create a financial system everyone can participate in.
They are looking for more growth-minded and collaborative people to be a part of their journey in democratizing finance for all. Check out their open positions—they can’t wait to hear from you.
13. Oscar Health
In the last seven years, Oscar has experienced exponential growth, becoming the fastest-growing startup health insurer in the country. At Oscar, employees have the ability to make a real impact, solving problems that will transform the health care system and change the lives of its members. Oscar is powered by exceptional people who are passionate about tackling an enormous problem and changing health care for good. The company’s culture is what anyone would expect at a startup—fast paced, fun, and high-energy. Oscar’s offices feature open layout to encourage communication and collaboration. The team also plans exclusive events each month to celebrate and bring employees together.
The Bank of Nova Scotia, also known as Scotiabank, is a leading bank in the Americas and provides a broad range of advice, products, and services. As at April 30, 2020, they have assets of more than $1.2 trillion and trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange. Their U.S. headquarters are located in New York City, with additional offices in select cities around the country. Scotiabank U.S. serves national and multinational companies, including those in the Pacific Alliance regions. They provide a full range of corporate, investment banking, and capital market services, and have been a leading financial services provider in the U.S. for more than 125 years. For more information, visit their website and follow them on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.
15. NIKE, Inc.
NIKE, Inc., named for the Greek goddess of victory, is the world’s leading designer, marketer, and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. At Nike, it’s in their nature to innovate and their mission is to bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world. They embrace different perspectives—from scientists and designers to coders and quarterbacks—because they know everyone brings unique experiences and ideas to the team.
To serve athletes across the hundreds of countries where they do business, Nike needs teams that truly reflect the diversity of their consumers and a culture of inclusivity. They aim to foster inclusion and embrace diversity throughout their business, teams, and culture to bring them closer to the consumer, create breakthrough innovations, and empower employees to realize their full potential. Nike’s diverse, high-performing teams around the world are united by a love of sport and share a singular goal: to make all athletes better.
16. Symetra Life Insurance Company
Symetra is a financial services company offering annuities, life insurance, and employee benefits that help people create secure retirements, protect their families, and get benefits at work. The company is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, and has offices in 20 cities across the country. At Symetra, they are creating a workplace where all employees can reach their highest potential. They are dedicated to equitable hiring opportunities for advancement, career development, and personal growth for all.
Thousands of corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit institutions across the globe rely on Everbridge’s software to help keep people safe and operations running during critical events. Terrorist attacks, active shooters, natural disasters, and cyber assaults are only some of the high-stakes incidents the company plans for every day—which is why employees take their jobs seriously. They are Everbridge’s greatest assets and play a significant role in building and owning the company’s culture. Talent, motivation, and drive go a long way at Everbridge. Promoting from within and swift advancement are just a few ways that passion is recognized.
18. Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute—HHMI—is an independent philanthropy that drives science forward by supporting biomedical scientists, educators, students, and schools with the potential to make transformative impact. HHMI believes in the power of people, not projects, to make discoveries that benefit all. HHMI-supported scientists have made major advances in understanding basic biology, disease, and other key scientific areas. So far, 30 current or former HHMI scientists have won the Nobel prize.
Mattel is a leading global toy company and owner of one of the strongest catalogs of children’s and family entertainment franchises in the world. They engage consumers through their portfolio of iconic brands, including Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, American Girl, Thomas & Friends, UNO, and MEGA. Their offerings include film and television content, gaming, music, and live events. Mattel operates in 35 locations and their products are available in more than 150 countries in collaboration with the world’s leading retail and e-commerce companies. Since its founding in 1945, Mattel has been a proud and trusted partner in empowering children to explore the wonder of childhood and reach their full potential.
20. City of Hope
Founded in 1913, City of Hope is one of only 50 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute. The organization’s role as a leader in patient care, basic and clinical research, and the translation of science into tangible benefit is widely acknowledged. Every discovery City of Hope makes—and every new treatment it creates—gives people the chance to live longer, better, and more fully. As an institution dedicated to fighting cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases, City of Hope is addressing the novel coronavirus threat on a number of fronts, including the preclinical development of a COVID-19 vaccine.
21. Ironwood Pharmaceuticals
Ironwood Pharmaceuticals is more than just a company—it’s a group of people, each with unique perspectives and talents, who come together to create medicines that improve the lives of gastrointestinal (GI) patients. Joining Ironwood means becoming part of a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative team of individuals who like to challenge each other to think differently and push boundaries. At the same time, they treat each other respectfully because everyone’s opinions matter, and they believe that each person’s unique attributes and viewpoints facilitate the development of innovative ideas that will help them discover and deliver breakthrough therapies for patients and build the next great pharmaceutical company.
22. Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is a leading provider of business information services. Their products include highly specialized information-enabled software and tools for legal, tax, accounting, and compliance professionals, combined with the world’s most global news service—Reuters. Their customers rely on them to deliver the intelligence, technology, and human expertise they need to find trusted answers that inform their most important decisions.
23. PURE Insurance
PURE Insurance is a purpose-driven and member-obsessed organization focused on growth. PURE provides comprehensive property and casualty insurance exclusively in the high-net-worth market and serves over 88,000 members nationally. The company aims to make its membership smarter, safer, and more resilient so they can pursue their passions with greater confidence. Since its inception in 2006, PURE has experienced tremendous growth and has expanded to 10 office locations with more than 800 employees nationwide. Deeply committed to providing employees with a career that is part of a fulfilling life, PURE invests in developing its employees both professionally and personally, and recognizes and rewards success.
Wealthfront is reimagining how people invest their money by turning the banking industry on its head. Through its automated investment service that puts consumers first, the company is paving the way for a new generation of savers to achieve their financial goals. Wealthfront believes this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change an industry and build something new—something different—something better. They’re on a mission to build a financial system that favors people, not institutions.
Sedera is a community of people who have come together because they believe in the company’s mission and values. They put people first and that is the undercurrent of how they operate daily. Like a family, they have fun while looking out for each other’s growth, and they genuinely care about their collective physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. As solution shapers, they lift ceilings, pave runways, and forge a new, better way. As health champions, they promote the whole health of their team and members. As community builders, they create an authentic connection with their members and with one another every day. They are intentionally not status quo: their service and product experience is distinctly refreshing and always excellent. And they are rooted in love, so they strive to treat everyone as they’d like to be treated.
Food52 is a leading innovator in the food, cooking, and home space whose recipes, stories, and curated home goods reach more than 25 million people monthly. Ask any employee about the best part of working at Food52 and they’ll say it’s the neverending bounty of food. With two test kitchens where they shoot their cooking demos and mouthwatering photos, their recipe developers pump out restaurant-quality treats daily to fuel innovation. Giving back is also part of Food52’s team spirit. Every year, the company decides which charitable organization to support as a group—in 2020, the winner was No Kid Hungry.
27. IEX Group
IEX aims to inspire a more transparent financial system. The company is best known for operating IEX Exchange, a new kind of U.S. stock exchange committed to transparency and serving all market participants. In 2019, the company introduced IEX Cloud, a financial data platform providing easy-to-use, affordable financial data for more than 100,000 developers and investors in more than 100 countries.
At Accolade, employees start every day inspired by the possibility of reinventing healthcare. From offering highly personalized support for its members to developing an array of world-class technologies, Accolade is a trusted resource that empowers people to make educated health decisions—all while saving them money.
MUFG Union Bank, N.A., is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (NYSE: MUFG), one of the world’s largest financial organizations with total assets of approximately $2.8 trillion (USD) as of March 31, 2019.
They operate 351 branches, consisting primarily of Union Bank® retail banking branches in west coast states, along with commercial branches in Texas, Illinois, New York, and Georgia. They provide a wide spectrum of corporate, commercial, and retail banking and wealth management solutions, as well as an extensive portfolio of value-added solutions, such as investment banking, personal and corporate trust, global custody, transaction banking, capital markets, and more.
For anyone who is curious about what’s next, committed to developing new ideas, and accountable for results, then this is the place to build their momentum.
Benchlings, as the company’s employees are known, are inspired and motivated by their core mission: accelerating the pace of life science research. Even as a growth-stage company with a recently secured Series D fund round, they continue to embrace the spirit of collaboration and transparency that drove them as an early startup.
Employees at Benchling are surrounded by talented people who are genuinely excited about the work they’re doing and the impact they’re having. It’s truly special for them to be able to work on a product that they believe in, and to work alongside colleagues energized by the shared vision of a future with less disease and greater sustainability.
31. Affinity Health Plan
Affinity Health Plan is the perfect place for go-getters, doers, and innovators. There are endless opportunities to contribute to a variety of projects that propel Affinity forward in pursuing its mission of improving the health and well-being of its members, their families, and their communities. Affinity boasts a diverse workforce, a performance-driven corporate culture, and strong tenure among its employees.
Life360 understands that the core need of every family is the daily assurance of being safe and connected. That’s why over 10 million families trust Life360 to provide them with everyday smart location sharing and protection during those unpredictable moments. From real time location notifications to roadside assistance to emergency detection and response, Life360 is creating the world’s leading membership service.
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