Want to Find Purpose and Potential at Work? Check Out These 10 Companies
Nowadays, purpose is everything when it comes to finding a job you love—and why shouldn’t it be? A career doesn’t just have to be a means to a paycheck; it can also be fulfilling, meaningful, and impactful, and it can help you become a better you.
And you can get started on that path today! We’ve got 10 companies that will give you the tools you need to embrace your full potential—and improve the world around you in the process.
On any given day, 2 billion people use Unilever products to look good, feel good, and get more out of life. From nutritionally balanced foods to indulgent ice creams, luxurious shampoos to everyday household items, the company develops a diverse range of products from more than 400 brands. Whatever the brand, Unilever is deeply committed to creating sustainable products that improve health and wellbeing.
Unilever really values sustainability and is committed to growing its business while reducing its carbon footprint. The goal is to make sustainable living commonplace not only by reducing the company’s environmental impact, but by helping more than a billion people all around the world improve their health and hygiene by 2020.
“Everyone has a purpose at Unilever, and even the smallest role has an impact on the end result,” says Aja Blair, Procurement Intern.
Five hundred million people around the world use Dropbox to work the way they want, on any device, wherever they go. As a company with a mission to simplify the way people work together, it also cultivates a rich employee culture that values diversity, hard work, and the creativity to solve problems for millions of creators and innovators around the world.
Dropbox also knows no bounds when it comes to pushing the envelope. In fact, one of its core values is “Aim Higher.” The company isn’t content to only foster change within its offices—and has instead turned to both the local community and global enterprises around the world to make its values known. The company’s leaders are equally passionate when it comes to seeing change happen faster, for both product and people.
“The work we do every day is so critical to our customers’ satisfaction. It’s pretty exciting to be on for the ride,” says Ruchi Varshney, Engineering Manager.
Atlassian builds enterprise software that helps every member of every team and department stay on track, on point, and on top of their game. The company develops products geared toward software developers and project managers, including its first application, JIRA, which helps track issues within a project—making it indispensable to teams around the world.
“We have so many amazing customers and partners who love the products that we have and who love what Atlassian stands for,” says Grace Francisco, Head of Developer Advocacy.
Atlassian prides itself on core values that illustrate its dedication to getting things done together, in and out of the office. Centered around building with heart, being a team player, and openness with the customer and between team members, these foundational values dictate who Atlassian hires, how it does business, and ultimately, what it creates.
Ascendum offers enterprises a one-stop shop to scale business operations and solve problems that arise along the way. By offering mastery over a range of IT business solutions, Ascendum can combine the best people, strategy, processes, tech, and infrastructure to help other companies soar.
Ascendum’s mission of “rising together” is rightfully named, as the company’s management team concentrates on scouting new growth opportunities around the world while employees focus on exceeding the expectations of each business partnership Ascendum secures.
“It’s exciting to know you’ve directly contributed to improving technology—especially as part of a community like Ascendum’s,” says Rupa Miller, Team Lead of Quality Assurance Testing.
The Bridgespan Group helps social sector leaders scale the impact of their organizations, build their leadership, advance the effectiveness of their philanthropy, and accelerate their learning. Its clients are working on society’s most important challenges: expanding pathways of opportunity for disadvantaged populations, pursuing of environmental sustainability, and civic engagement.
“Bridgespan is incredibly fortunate to work on the most amazing problems for the most important organizations in the country—if not the world,” says manager Sridhar Prasad.
At Bridgespan, there’s always an opportunity to change the world around every corner. The company is structured so all team members can actively learn, grow, and contribute, and employees often play versatile roles and apply different skills to accomplish extraordinary tasks.
The Wall Street Journal enables readers to take part in an international conversation on business, politics, technology, and culture. It presents unparalleled news reporting from more than 1,800 journalists in 45 countries, and it boasts a community of more than 36 million digital visitors per month worldwide. WSJ.com’s global digital offerings are edited locally to provide regionally relevant news to readers from across the globe.
“Being at the Journal means getting to work on a product that matters, where every day is driven by big ideas and broad collaboration. Best of all, you do the job alongside a couple thousand of the smartest people on planet Earth,” says Nikki Waller, Bureau Chief.
With a strong history of innovation since 1927, Marriott International’s established company and 19 global hotel brands are taking creative risks to change the way we think about travel.
For Marriott International’s brand, marketing, sales, and consumer services teams, hospitality goes way beyond a head in a bed—and new hires quickly discover that the company’s commitment to creating meaningful relationships between its brands and customers is a powerful and passionate mission.
“It’s super cool when you build something that will eventually be in your friends’ and family members’ hands—and even in hands around the world,” says Kevin Wales, Senior Director of Mobile Engineering.
By designing exclusively for the athlete—professional, recreational, or enthusiast—Reebok became a top global fitness brand notorious for challenging convention. The company views fitness as a lifestyle—and is set on enforcing its mission to keep fitness exciting.
“As a company, we have really embraced what we stand for, and we stand for something really unique. As an employee, to be part of that transformation and to be able to communicate that to other people is exciting,” says Ben Blakesley, Senior Manager of Global Social Media.
Through social media, the company aims to create meaningful relationships in the spirit of fitness across the globe. Every day, Reebok’s social media team members seek original ways to spark interesting conversations, promote healthy lifestyles, and keep the Reebok community active.
POLITICO is dedicated to scaling great journalism. Founded in 2006 with a focus on politics, policy, and power in DC, this digital-first company prides itself on creating journalism that informs and challenges all parties. Now POLITICO is going global, taking its successful model into new nations—and this growth ambition motivates not only its roster of journalists, but also its business analysts and technologists.
“People get unnerved by change, but we at POLITICO are so excited about it because it’s a huge opportunity for us to continue producing smart journalism,” says CEO and co-founder Jim VandeHei.
10. Phoenix Energy
Since 2010, Phoenix Energy has made it a mission to advance a sustainable energy future by supplying 100% renewable energy and helping clients increase energy efficiency. Phoenix Energy focuses on providing comprehensive energy services with an excellent customer experience, leading to long-term sustainability.
And the company isn’t afraid to have ambitious goals to save the environment: “Phoenix Energy wants to reduce 10 million pounds of carbon dioxide each month,” says Jad Cherbaka, Energy Consultant.
Management defines goals to grow at Phoenix Energy, and gives each employee the creative confidence to accomplish them however they see fit. With lots of leeway from leadership, employees are free to figure out their own approaches and methods for getting things done—without rigid rules slowing them down.
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As an Associate Editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.More from this Author