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 25 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
MSK is the world's oldest and largest private institution devoted to the prevention, treatment, and cure of cancer. Founded in 1884, MSK has long been a leader in early detection, precise diagnosis, and individually tailored treatments for cancer. We continue to drive innovations as one of 52 National Cancer Institute–designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, with state-of-the-art science flourishing side by side with clinical studies and treatment.
The close collaboration between our scientists and physicians is one of our unique strengths, enabling us to provide patients with the best care available as we work to discover more-effective strategies to prevent, control, and ultimately cure cancer in the future. Our education programs train future scientists and physicians, and the knowledge and experience they gain at MSK has an impact on cancer treatment and biomedical research around the world.
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.
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. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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 the L.A. Times to 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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
BrainPOP makes rigorous learning experiences accessible and engaging for all. Proven to raise academic achievement, the brand has been trusted by educators and parents worldwide for more than two decades. BrainPOP has a presence in over two-thirds of U.S. districts through school and district subscriptions and an estimated reach of 25 million students annually. Beloved by kids, BrainPOP provides endless opportunities for them to take agency over their learning through playful, knowledge-building content and learner-driven experiences that strengthen critical, computational, and creative thinking across the entire curriculum. The company is committed to empowering kids to succeed and thrive in the classroom and beyond.
Founded in 1999 by former pediatrician and immunologist Avraham Kadar, M.D., in 2022, BrainPOP was acquired by KIRKBI—the family-owned holding and investment company of the LEGO® brand—in its first acquisition in digital learning.
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Rebeca Piccardo contributed writing, reporting, and/or advice to this article.