26 Companies Where You Can Find Purpose in Your Career
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What do you want to get out of your career? A paycheck, definitely. But, what else? If your answer is that you want to find a greater sense of purpose or fulfillment, you’re going to love this list.
The 26 companies on this list will all give you the opportunity to end each day feeling like you made a valuable contribution to something important. They are doing some truly meaningful work in a variety of ways—from advancing cancer research (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center) to responding to critical events (Everbridge) to fighting climate change (Esri). The best part? They’re all hiring now.
So whether you want to dedicate your time at a nonprofit like March of Dimes or Wounded Warrior Project; make a difference in the classroom with KinderCare Learning Companies; or help build a more sustainable food production system with Bowery Farming, chances are you’ll find an opportunity here 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.
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.
3. KinderCare Learning Companies
KinderCare Learning Companies, Inc.™ is America’s largest provider of early education and childcare by capacity serving hardworking families where they need us—in neighborhoods, at work, and in schools nationwide. With a drive to provide the best possible educational start for every child, KinderCare’s team is passionate about providing kids with an environment of learning, joy, and adventure where they can flourish and grow. Since the company’s founding in 1969, it has successfully concentrated on serving children in their formative years, yielding time-tested techniques and proven results, and now has classrooms in 40 states.
The Muse 2022 VIBE Awards Winner: Best Companies for Parental Benefits and Work Flexibility (honorable mention).
Bombas is a comfort-focused apparel brand with a mission to help those in need. For every item purchased, a specially designed item is donated to a member of the homeless community. The company launched in 2013 after the founders learned that socks are the most requested clothing item at homeless shelters. With millions of pairs sold and donated, Bombas continues to innovate with new apparel while creating a positive impact. Inquisitive people who love to learn, understand the importance of giving, and embrace successes and failures are sure to find a place within the Bombas Hive. Bombas fosters a people-first approach—every decision is influenced by employees to ensure their personal and professional growth, fulfillment, and happiness.
5. March of Dimes
For 80 years, March of Dimes has helped millions of babies survive and thrive. Now we’re building on that legacy to level the playing field for all moms and babies, no matter their age, socio-economic background, or demographics. We support moms throughout their pregnancy, even when everything doesn’t go according to plan. We advocate for policies that prioritize their health. We support radical improvements to the care they receive. Our inclusive culture and values provide our employees with the compassion and the ability to build strong relationships to tell our story and lead fearlessly. As a result, our employees are motivated to be authentic, accept and expect accountability, to champion equity and inclusion. We want mission-driven, innovative, self-disciplined, compassionate employees to take ownership of their careers and join us.
Named a top workplace by the Denver Post ten years in a row, WellPower firmly believes that people can, and do, recover from mental illness—and hires people dedicated to working toward that goal. The organization provides services that enable adults to live more fulfilling and productive lives, help children become more resilient, and ensure that families are happier and healthier.
7. Boundless Immigration
Boundless offers employees the unique opportunity to grow professionally as leaders in the online immigration industry while driving positive social change. At Boundless, every employee is essential to achieving our core mission of empowering all families to navigate the immigration system more confidently and affordably.
Boundless is all about ownership, accountability, and flexibility in how we approach our individual company roles, and the industry as a whole. We value a spirit of inquiry and look for individuals who thoughtfully ask questions and challenge ideas to move us forward. Those looking to make a difference in the lives of thousands of families will feel at home among their Boundless teammates.
We’re a diverse team of talented, motivated, and passionate individuals. Our employees are our most important and greatest assets. They build and own the company culture, enforce our values and their passion fuels our continued innovation and growth. We’re a dedicated team of overachievers. It’s baked into our DNA. We ask “Why not?” and choose to take on the most complex challenges with confidence because we know that together #TeamEverbridge can accomplish anything. #teameverbridge
9. Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project—or WWP—is a veteran nonprofit organization transforming the way America’s injured veterans are empowered, employed, and engaged in their communities. WWP works with warriors and their families to create paths toward success as they transition back into civilian life. Through direct programs and services, WWP connects warriors to a network of support and resources to address their evolving needs. The WWP team is passionate about creating impact—and since 2003 have improved the lives of over half a million warriors and their families. In fact, many WWP employees are veterans themselves and have experienced firsthand the benefits of its programs and services.
10. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a diverse team of dreamers, collaborators, and entrepreneurs who use their unique stages in the heart of New York City and beyond to advocate for the transformative impact of artistic experiences. Lincoln Center’s people imagine and create in concert with this mission by founding President John D. Rockefeller III: “The arts are not for the privileged few, but for the many. Their place is not on the periphery of daily life, but at its center.” Lincoln Center welcomes applicants who agilely solve problems, show up as they are, and can’t stop innovating.
We envision a world where handheld robotics are as common as stethoscopes, tongue depressors, and reflex hammers, enabling doctors to do more for their patients. Our team fosters a culture where curiosity, humility, honesty, action, and impact are valued. We strive to design products that have a positive impact on healthcare providers and their patients. We are self-led, high-energy, high-integrity individuals who embrace the Golden Rule. These attributes allow us to thrive in a fast paced environment. Building complex technology for healthcare is enriching, and challenging work. At the end of the day, we balance the effort required to make great products with celebratory team events, and flexible work arrangements.
Artists build cultural capital through authentic connection with audiences. We believe that artists’ cultural capital is the most powerful force for creating financial capital—and defining a brand’s success or failure.
As such, our employees understand the cultural resonance that the UM brand must have within the artist community in order to continue to grow and connect authentically with even wider audiences. They are committed to pushing culture forward.
The Muse 2022 VIBE Awards Winner: Best Companies for Financial and Retirement Benefits.
13. InterVenn Biosciences
At InterVenn, we believe that no one should be blindsided by disease. For us who have known cancer and disease, we work to make sure no one else has to.
From day one at InterVenn, you have implicit trust and no one tells you “no, you can’t do that.” You are encouraged and empowered to make decisions and take ownership if it’s in the best interest of the team and the patient. As an employee-centric company, we believe that if we take care of our team, they will be better able to succeed and therefore be best suited to take care of patients.
The Muse 2022 VIBE Awards Honorable Mention: Best Companies for Parental Benefits and Work Flexibility.
14. 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.
15. The Los Angeles Times
The L.A. Times is on a mission to honor its 140-year history, build on its journalistic excellence and expand its storytelling through a range of video, podcasts, events and products such as The Envelope, Image magazine and The Latinx Files and other digital platforms vital to delivering the news. Brought into local, private ownership by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong in June 2018 and under new editorial leadership, the L.A. Times is undergoing an exciting period of expansion, experimentation and rejuvenation unlike any in recent decades.
Our Product Innovation team, along with Product Engineering and Data/Analytics teammates, are creating and innovating user experiences across web and mobile apps for both the L.A. Times and The San Diego Union-Tribune that help users and subscribers find the best and most relevant content they’ll love, value, come back for and pay for.
Working for the L.A. Times means supporting a free press, which provides independent, fact-based journalism that is essential for our democracy and the public good. The L.A. Times is woven into the fabric of the community and projects the view from the West Coast out to the world. Our vision is to build a thriving media organization that serves the state of what’s next.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is a performing rights organization, founded in 1914, whose mission is to ensure that its music creator members can thrive alongside the businesses who use their music. The organization is built around a passion for music, but the team includes professionals in every field—law, tech, data, marketing, and more.
17. Blueprint Medicines
Blueprint Medicines is a global precision therapy company that aims to invent life-changing therapies for people with cancer and rare diseases. Patients are at the center of everything we do. We know that in order to make a difference in their lives, we must create an environment where our employees—also known as the Blue Crew—can do their best work. Our culture of transparency, curiosity, and diversity pushes us to lead with integrity, act courageously, and draw upon a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives to make decisions. Ideas come from everywhere, from the C-suite to new hires, and each day we commit to approach one another with respect and trust.
We care deeply about making a profound impact where it matters most. Learn more about who we are and explore our career opportunities below to join us on this journey.
18. Bowery Farming
Right outside of cities, Bowery Farming grows wildly flavorful, sustainable, and safe produce indoors. This is a mission-driven team of creative builders, problem-solvers, and activators. Every day, they’re reimagining farming from the ground up to eradicate trade-offs between quality and quantity, sustainability and scale, and healthy and delicious when it comes to the food people eat. At Bowery, staffers have a unique opportunity to find success at a business that aligns their professional goals with their personal interests in food and sustainability. This company fosters a collaborative culture where individuals choose to opt in, think wildly different, break barriers together, and be kind to the core every single day.
The Muse 2022 VIBE Awards Winner: Best Companies for Health and Wellness Benefits and Parental Benefits (honorable mention).
19. KIPP NYC Public Schools
KIPP NYC teachers partner with families and communities to create nurturing, rigorous, and joyful schools in pursuit of a more just world. Our teachers are committed to our mission to prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose.
At KIPP NYC, we invest in your career as much as we invest in you as a person. Sustainable work hours and built in opportunities for wellness throughout the year allow us to retain staff over the long term. Acknowledgement of commitment to our organization through rewards such as longevity compensation, monetary reimbursement for continuing education and sabbatical are just a few elements that make KIPP one of the most competitive education organizations in NYC. We honor the innate talent and hard-earned skill our teachers bring to KIPP NYC. Our leadership both listens to and advocates for teacher perspectives.
20. Open Society Foundations
Open Society’s commitment to transparency, fairness, and diversity drives everything they do. These values provide the basis for the work culture they’ve created and strive to preserve. The impact they try to make begins with their workforce. From offering a wide array of trainings on topics like leadership and grant making to a range of events including happy hours and trivia nights, they are dedicated to making sure that every person on their staff feels like a valued member of the Open Society team.
21. Flatiron Health
Be the next changemaker in cancer care.
Reimagine the infrastructure of cancer care within a technology and science community that values integrity, inspires growth, and is uniquely positioned to create a more modern, connected oncology ecosystem.
Flatiron Health is a healthtech company dedicated to helping cancer centers thrive and deliver better care for patients today and tomorrow. Through clinical and data science, we translate patient experiences into real-world evidence to improve treatment, inform policy, and advance research. Cancer is smart. Together, we can be smarter. Flatiron Health is an independent affiliate of the Roche Group. Flatiron.com @FlatironHealth
The Muse 2022 VIBE Awards Winner: Best Companies for Health and Wellness Benefits, Professional Development, Vacation and Time Off, Parental Benefits, and Office Life and Perks (honorable mention).
"It's a rare opportunity to work in the private sector doing public good. Stride is one of those rare opportunities." - Peter Lee, Executive Director, Covered California.
We're helping people who really need a whole lot of help, like rideshare and delivery drivers, grocery shoppers, house cleaners, dog walkers and handymen get their own affordable benefits. Many of these workers don't speak English at home, don't have more than a high school education, use their phones as their main computer, and need to tackle complex things like health insurance and taxes all on their own.
That's where Stride comes in. We're a collaborate, mission-driven team making it easy for these essential workers to get the benefits they need to keep themselves and their families physically and financially healthy. We work hard but know that the best way to take great care of our customers is to take great care of our team first.
The Muse 2022 VIBE Awards Winner: Best Companies for Work Flexibility, Health and Wellness Benefits, Parental Benefits (honorable mention), and Vacation and Time Off (honorable mention).
23. Panorama Education
We’re a remote team of engineers, educators, and designers who are passionate about improving education. We come from many backgrounds—from teaching in classrooms to working at world-class software companies—but we are all invested in Panorama’s mission to radically improve education for every student. Just as we share a vision for a world where every child thrives in school and beyond, we also share passions for great food, the outdoors, thought-provoking poems, and witty puns. We work hard for the school communities we serve and enjoy spending time together while we do it.
The Muse 2022 VIBE Awards Winner: Best Companies for Work Flexibility and Office Life and Perks.
24. Teaching Strategies
Working at Teaching Strategies will give you the opportunity to work in an environment where your innovation and creativity are welcomed and respected. We are building a team of results-oriented individuals who will thrive in a collaborative, work-hard/play-hard culture. We pride ourselves on the impact we have on the early childhood field through supporting teachers who are doing the most important work there is, teaching children to become creative, confident thinkers.
Why join Teaching Strategies? In addition to enjoying perks like unlimited PTO, flexible work schedules, and access to career advancement opportunities, you will become part of a team that is changing the future of early childhood education. At Teaching Strategies, we offer a remote-first work environment, with employees working remotely across the entire U.S.
BrainPOP is a family-owned educational technology company that makes rigorous learning experiences accessible and engaging for all. Their animated movies, student creation and reflection tools, learning games, interactive quizzes, and playful assessments have been making a difference in K–12 classrooms since 1999. The people at BrainPOP believe in the power of changing kids’ lives through education. Their mission is to empower kids to shape the world around them and within them. In addition to offering a comprehensive benefits package and putting an emphasis on work-life balance, BrainPOP makes it a point to have a lot of fun. They are also committed to diversity and inclusion, and welcome people of all backgrounds to the BrainPOP family. The team is made up of educators, artists, foodies, data scientists, film buffs, published authors, cyclists, dual-citizens, programmers, and so much more.
The Muse 2022 VIBE Awards Honorable Mention: Best Companies for Financial and Retirement Benefits and Vacation and Time Off.
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Rebeca Piccardo contributed writing, reporting, and/or advice to this article.