19 Companies Where You Can Get Your Innovation On

Here at The Muse, we partner with a lot of great companies to bring you insider looks at their offices and awesome job listings. These employers pay us to be featured on the site, but rest assured that we don’t just work with anyone. And when it comes to articles like this, these Muse-worthy brands made this list not because they want to be included, but because their culture, policies, and employee feedback showed us that they deserve to be. Here’s to finding the company of your dreams!

When it comes to your next position, “innovate” and “ideate” are two words you’d like to see in the job description. You’re eager to roll up your sleeves and make big things happen.

Sound like you? Well, you’re in luck. These 20 companies all place a big emphasis on innovation. And, as a result, they’re making major hires in their tech departments right now.

Check out their open positions, toss your hat into the ring, and get ready for a job that challenges you to think outside of the box.

Amazon brings customers around the world virtually anything they want to buy online through a world-class platform that also supports innovative products and services across dozens of industries.

When it comes to Amazon’s culture, employees describe it as a “choose-your-own-adventure” environment. Employees are empowered to push the boundaries and then share what they learn. “We talk a lot about ‘diving deep’ into our work—we don’t just present facts and figures in short presentations—we ask hard questions, consider alternative options and most importantly put ourselves in the customer’s shoes to make sure we’re delivering on what matters most to them,” explains Will Pollock, Vendor Manager, Grocery Team. Amazon is currently hiring for thousands (yes, thousands!) of open roles. There’s never been a better time to join this innovative company.

Ibotta is replacing the convoluted system of coupons and rebates through a simple app that enables consumers to gain easy cashback rewards.

Ibotta is busy making waves in the legacy industry of coupons—which means employees are equally busy coming up with ways to take the company to the next level. “You have a lot of really smart and intelligent people in the company, and the management allows you to iterate and find new ways of doing things—and is very supportive and collaborative when you’re onto a new idea,” explains Bijal Shah, VP of Analytics & Data Products.

Atlassian is a leading provider of collaboration software. With products like JIRA, Confluence, BitBucket, and HipChat, Atlassian helps all sorts of teams to plan, code, and track projects with ease.

Need evidence of how much Atlassian employees love to innovate? Just take a look at one of the company’s most beloved traditions. During a quarterly event called ShipIt, Atlassians have 24 hours to build a solution for a product, the company, or the greater world—and then they create three-minute lightning talks to present their projects to the entire company. The audience votes for a winner via mobile app—a product of a previous ShipIt—and winners get the glory of company-wide bragging rights.

Empyrean is one of the HR industry’s fastest-growing providers of technology services, masterfully managing the health and benefits programs of both large and middle-market client companies.

“One of the things that drew me to Empyrean is how they’ve taken an old idea and reenergized it,” says Scott Mesteller, Director of Operations and Client Services. Indeed, the fact that they’re shaking up an industry is what keeps team members excited to return to the office day in and day out—resulting in a workplace that’s buzzing with a palpable innovative energy.

Better Mortgage speeds and simplifies the funding process to purchase or refinance a home. The full-stack mortgage company connects consumers directly to funders—without all the hoops.

When it comes to ideas at Better, everybody’s input is not only welcomed—it’s encouraged. The company stresses that it’s not just about having the best idea, but it’s about actually making it happen. “It’s amazing to create something from scratch and then see it work and take off in the company,” says Jillian White, Chief Valuation Officer.

Yelp is a free website and mobile app that helps people find and review great local businesses, services, and places—and connect with other Yelpers around the world.

Yelp’s transparent, supportive culture pushes its people to excel and innovate. Constant constructive feedback, goal-focused one-on-one sit-downs, team meetings, and thank you shout-outs for a job well done reinforce each employee’s achievements, ambitions, and unique strengths. Employees are free to implement independent ideas and lead confidently while they learn, knowing that Yelp stands behind them.

3Play Media is a leading provider of cost-effective transcription and captioning services for online video, with a specialization in time synchronization and archive video search.

With a rewarding mission at its core, 3Play Media has a goal of continuing to grow and innovate. Employees love that the company has a focus on doing and trying new things, and that 3Play Media makes a concerted effort to step outside of their comfort zone. “I’m just really happy to work for a company that prioritizes that,” says Lily Bond, Director of Marketing.

As the definitive voice of the Bay Area, the San Francisco Chronicle is on a mission to tell the story of the city by reporting on issues that have region-wide impact.

Think the newspaper industry is the same-old, same-old? Think again. The team at the San Francisco Chronicle is constantly finding ways to push the envelope. “It’s been a very exciting time over the last two years. From a revenue standpoint—and how much we’ve been able to grow this product—I think it’s a very exciting time to be in the newspaper business,” says Alison Pfaff, Creative Services Director.

HPE helps customers go further faster by using technology to slash the time it takes to turn ideas into tools that transform industries, markets, and lives.

At HPE, leadership knows the importance of pushing ideas to the limit, even if it turns out they aren’t successful. The company coaches and encourages employees to get creative without worrying about failing. It knows that if an associate is getting everything right all the time, they’re not taking enough risks to try making something spectacular.

Capital One is a nationally recognized and high-tech business banking company, offering better customized consumer and commercial lending and deposit financial services.

So much more than just a bank, Capital One is disrupting the entire financial industry—with a creative and forward-thinking team leading the way. “We are entrepreneurial. We love to find people who are problem solvers, who can handle ambiguity, and who are willing to try something proactive without explicit permission to do something different,” says Ryan Page, Head of Design, of what Capital One looks for in new hires.

Core Digital Media is a top online marketing and lead generation company—providing innovative customer acquisition business solutions.

“We’re a leader in the industry, and we’re constantly looking at how we can go to the next level and the next best thing,” shares a National Account Executive. To do this, the company looks for applicants that are clever, personable, and—most importantly—adaptable. Thought leaders that are flexible to the industry’s ever-changing technologies thrive in Core Digital Media’s innovative environment.

Rain Bird is the world’s leading provider of irrigation products and services.

Good ideas are always flowing at Rain Bird, and managers maintain an open-door policy to ensure that any and all employee suggestions are always considered. It’s this approach that allows the company to continually come up with new solutions and move the industry forward. “We’re really looked at as innovators. We’re a company that puts out high quality products, solves customer problems, and delivers solutions,” shares Brent Barkley, Regional Sales Manager, Southwest & Rockies.

Interspiro is a worldwide manufacturer of breathing apparatuses, escape sets, and professional diving products for firefighting, military, and other strategic high-risk industry partners.

The accessible leadership style at Interspiro encourages and empowers employees to bring their biggest and best ideas to the table. But, beyond the supportive managers, it’s the company’s mission itself that pushes team members to constantly innovate. “Selling products that are essential to saving lives is very humbling and rewarding,” adds Andre DePass, Sales Representative, Southeast.

BetterCloud is an internet technology and services company—providing critical insights, automated management, and intelligent data security for cloud office platforms.

BetterCloud is an idyllic environment for curious professionals looking to accelerate their careers. With transparent interdisciplinary connections from UX Teams to Sales Teams, knowledge is shared openly—giving everyone the freedom to learn from each other and push the company forward on its big, groundbreaking projects.

Strategic Mobility Group creates possibilities that connect client enterprises to intuitive data mobility solutions, ultimately allowing businesses to maximize workforce and workplace productivity.

At Strategic Mobility Group, leadership understands the importance of listening to the people that make up the organization. The company wants every employee to feel completely comfortable coming to managers with any ideas for improvements or contributions that come to mind. In this way, the group promotes extreme innovation creation.

Leanplum is a data-driven, fast growing, fully integrated mobile marketing platform that empowers brands with tools to better understand their users and drive app engagement.

At Leanplum, a culture of experimentation, exploration, and transparency are highly encouraged. With open office spaces, supportive management, and rapid growth, employees not only have the opportunity to generate bigger and better ideas—but they’re excited to do so.

ClearSlide creates a unique SaaS engagement platform that allows Sales, Marketing, and Customer Success Teams to interact with their respective company clients based on intelligent insight.

ClearSlide is paving the way in Sales Engagement and offers plenty of room to flex your innovative muscle. Employees are excited by the endless opportunities to tackle new challenges and delight customers. “I have the opportunity to work closely with customers to build a product that is redefining the way modern sales and marketing teams engage with buyers,” says Fabio Canache, Senior Software Engineer.

Allstate is dedicated to helping people live the good life every day and protect what matters to them most, whether it’s their home, car, or family.

“Allstate is a place to learn, and it’s a place to experiment and try out new ideas,” says one of Allstate’s Agile Software Developers about what life is like in the office. Leaders empower employees to chase after their big ideas by taking the time to get to know their team members’ unique strengths and motivations. That way, employees can take action knowing that they have the full support of management behind them.

BAE Systems builds and optimizes technology that revolutionizes defense around the world. The company helps sustain economies and safeguards security and commercial interests with pristine execution.

In order to continue innovating, BAE Systems knows that it needs to place a large amount of trust in team members. As a result, leadership is centered on coaching and mentorship—without crossing into micromanagement. Employees decide on a case-by-case basis which type of guidance works best for them, and managers more than appreciate that balance.

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About Richard Moy

Richard Moy
Richard Moy is a Content Marketing Writer at Stack Overflow. He has spent the majority of his career in talent management, including a stint as a full-cycle recruiter and hiring manager. In addition to the career advice he contributes to The Muse, he also writes test prep and higher education marketing content for The Economist. Say hi on Twitter @rich_moy.

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