The average American purportedly spends 90,000 hours (about a third of their life!) at work. That’s a long time to maintain a straight-faced, no-nonsense attitude without a little levity here and there.
Fortunately, there are companies out there that actively cultivate a sense of joy and fun at work—just check out the ones ahead.
Take Appian, whose Virginia campus (only 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C.) has a one-mile running path and an on-site gym. Or Shutterstock, whose New York office boasts game rooms and open mic nights.
Explore all 17 of these fun companies to work for and see what your next job could look like!
Backcountry’s mission is to connect people with their passions by offering carefully selected, premium gear and apparel that empowers modern adventure. Employees are avid skiers, campers, hikers, mountain bikers, climbers, and much more, and they use this firsthand knowledge to outfit customers and to inspire them to get outdoors.
Serving the needs of creatives is the name of the Shutterstock game. With an easy-to-search marketplace of over 200 million photos, videos, illustrations, and music, Shutterstock is able to easily operate in more than 150 countries and 20 languages—adding the fast pace solutions of a tech company to the traditional stock agency model.
Appian provides a low-code development platform that accelerates the creation of high-impact business applications. Many of the world’s largest organizations use Appian applications to improve customer experience, achieve operational excellence, and simplify global risk management and compliance.
4. State of Connecticut
Employing thousands of public servants dedicated to providing a safe and thriving environment for Connecticut's inhabitants, the State of Connecticut is studded with numerous educational, cultural, and recreational services that positively impact citizens and businesses. In fulfilling that mission, successful employees at the State of Connecticut enjoy staying in tune with their community, making an impactful contribution to society, and creating a prosperous future for the state.
Botify helps enterprise companies get more website traffic and revenue from search engines like Google. Because Google misses about half the content on every enterprise website, these companies are only getting a fraction of the traffic that search engines could be sending them. Botify helps turn those missed opportunities into profitable traffic by giving enterprises a complete picture of how search engines see their website, allowing them to easily identify issues, remove them, and profit.
Kohl’s is an omnichannel retailer with over 1,100 stores stocked with amazing products—including national and exclusive brands our customers know and love. The company's purpose is to inspire and empower families to lead fulfilled lives—with a goal of being the most engaging retailer in America. Kohl’s associates explore, design, and develop new ways to make shopping experiences effortless and unique by leveraging bold innovations that push boundaries and revolutionize the way customers shop.
7. Samsung NEXT
At the heart of Samsung NEXT is a small yet diverse team that invests in early stage startups, partners with software companies, and acquires cutting-edge companies that are disruptors in their space. Working with a portfolio of companies allows Samsung NEXT to solve bigger problems and create real value for customers, while empowering entrepreneurs and increasing their reach. Employees who thrive at the company are inspired by a culture of innovation, aren't afraid to challenge the status quo, and have a desire to fulfill the mission wholeheartedly.
Founded in 1985, Wedgewood is a leading acquirer of distressed residential real estate that continuously explores business opportunities, which result in strategic partnerships and new business entities. Operating with the enthusiasm of a startup, Wedgewood empowers its 500+ employees to constantly develop opportunities in the real estate space. Wedgewood offers team members traditional benefits like medical and dental in addition to unique perks such as The Wedgewood Charitable Fund. Based entirely of employee representatives from diverse departments across the company, The Wedgewood Charitable Fund was established in 2014 to provide a legacy of giving in a significant and meaningful way as well as maximize the impact that our companies and employees can make.
9. Wilton Brands
Wilton Brands is passionate about bringing the love of baking and decorating to everyone, everywhere, every day. As styles, trends, and tastes change, the company evolves to make sure it's bringing the latest and most relevant products and ideas to the market. Wilton has other locations in Bentonville, AR, Hudson, OH, Brentwood, TN, Dallas, TX, Canada, China and the UK. Wilton is owned by Dr. August Oetker KG, a privately held company based in Germany. Dr. Oetker is a global leader in the food and beverage industries. Follow Wilton on social media at @WiltonBrands
BounceX believes the best experiences start with knowing your customer. Whether it’s the local barista who knows how you like your latte, or the trusted barber who remembers the exact cut you want, it's this familiarity that keeps you going back. That’s why BounceX’s founding team of marketers set out to build technology that could allow brands to throw out the spammy, e-commerce playbook and bring that kind of tailored experience to shopping online. That same philosophy helped build the company’s award-winning corporate culture, which is highlighted by an inclusive office environment and world-class benefits like paid family leave, career coaching, and a pledge to equal pay.
Founded in 2007 in a small office in Chicago, Braintree has grown to three offices and five different cities around the world. Braintree works to help its clients accept a number of different methods of online payment—making it easier for merchants to expand their businesses. Braintree’s list of clients includes major companies such as Airbnb, LivingSocial, and GitHub.
Guidepoint is the expert in finding expertise. They connect institutional investors, corporate clients, and large consulting firms with industry experts for all of their research needs. The company offers young professionals a space to grow their careers in a fast-paced environment and learn about cutting-edge industries. Guidepoint itself is experiencing an exciting growth spurt and is avidly looking for new talent to join its ranks—the teams at each of its offices are tight-knit, positive crews who look forward to driving the company forward with equally hardworking new professionals.
13. Hachette Book Group
Hachette Book Group (HBG) is a leading U.S. trade publisher and a division of the third largest trade and educational book publisher in the world, Hachette Livre. HBG publishes great books for readers of all ages, more than 1,800 new books annually, in all formats—print, ebook, and audiobook—including many New York Times bestsellers. HBG is a dynamic place to work, a fast-paced and fun environment where new ideas in publishing are actively explored and encouraged. HBG is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Boston, MA; Lebanon, IN; Nashville, TN; Boulder, CO; Philadelphia, PA; and Berkeley, CA. HBG also owns Hachette Book Group Canada, Inc., a marketing and publicity company based in Toronto, ON.
14. Goosehead Insurance
Founded in 2003, Goosehead Insurance is changing the face of the insurance industry, making the search for great coverage a piece of cake. As one of the largest independent U.S. insurance agencies, Goosehead is committed to finding the best possible coverage and rates—and because it works simultaneously with different carriers, Goosehead finds clients multiple options and excellent deals.
Symphony is the cloud-based messaging and collaboration platform that connects markets, organizations, and individuals—securely. Powered by an open and growing app ecosystem, and protected with customer-owned encryption keys, Symphony's communication platform increases workflow productivity while maintaining global regulatory compliance. Already the platform of choice for the financial services industry, Symphony eliminates inefficient workflows to boost productivity in information-driven businesses.
Gravity is a full-service advertising agency with a team of innovative, aggressive, and experienced marketing specialists. Its team consists of international marketing professionals of Asian, African, Hispanic, European, and Middle Eastern descent with backgrounds ranging from financial to travel to communications. This variety of multicultural talent helps Gravity grasp trends in many niche markets—enabling the company to find superior strategies for every client.
Gravity is a member of the Dentsu Aegis Network
Method is on a mission to fight dirty. Started by roommates Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan in the dirtiest apartment in San Francisco, the company has created a revolutionary line of naturally derived, biodegradable household cleaners, laundry products, and personal care products that are safe for people and for the planet. Method’s mission is to inspire a happy, healthy home revolution—with its safe and beautiful products that clean like heck, smell like heaven, and are beautiful enough to never need to be hidden underneath the sink.
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