20 Companies Where You Can Innovate Like Crazy

When it comes to your job, you’re not content with the same-old same-old. No, you want to head into work each morning and know that you’re pushing the envelope, instigating change, and making major strides in your industry.

Well, today’s your lucky day, because these 20 companies give you the opportunity to do just that. They’re all committed to innovation and technology in a major way, they’re all awesome places to work, and—bonus!—they’re all hiring right now.

So, check them out, submit your application, and prepare to actually feel excited to get to work every day.

BlackRock is the world’s most trusted asset manager, with over $5.1 trillion in its care—with a reputation for responsibility, sustainability, and unparalleled capability.

Despite being a large company—with over 13,000 employees worldwide—BlackRock continues to push the envelope across its various businesses. Whether it’s combining risk analysis, trading, and operational tools into one platform with Aladdin, or enabling socially responsible investing with BlackRock Impact, the firm is always focused on solving the world’s most complex financial challenges with the smartest technology. Just one of the ways they do that is through an annual hackathon that gives engineers, designers, and non-tech employees the opportunity to collaborate across the firm and transform their ideas into a working prototype.

“One of the best things about BlackRock is we don’t think too much about what the rest of the industry is doing. We’re purely focused on how we can innovate, how we can leverage technology, and how we can deliver for our clients,” says Chris Morris, Vice President, ETF’s and Index Investments, BlackRock UK.

Unruly disrupts traditional advertising technology methods. Backed by a major media organization, Unruly has the stability of an established corporation with the energy of a startup.

Unruly embraces their startup vibes with a culture of transparency and collaboration. Since they work in an always changing industry, they emphasize employees working together and being creative. “The video advertising and technology space is changing constantly. Even if you think you’re an expert, something can change the next day. That kind of growth in the industry gets me excited about coming to work at Unruly,” says Ken Suh, EVP, Global Business Development.

kWantera aims to alter the way energy is bought, sold, and consumed by creating programs that provide lower costs for buyers and higher profitability for sellers.

When it comes to creative ideas, kWantera knows that the best ones come from freethinkers. So, the company’s leadership trusts employees to complete the jobs they were hired to do without question—while encouraging them to follow their own paths to success. “I love that kWantera gives me the opportunity to explore new areas of the business whenever I feel interested in doing so,” adds Matineh Eyb Poosh, Energy Data Scientist.

Digital Trends aims to demystify technology and make the digital world less intimidating. The company seeks to publish content that everyone can enjoy and understand.

“I love how, if I come into work with a new idea, Digital Trends gives me the resources I need to make that idea happen. The company rewards those who take initiative,” shares Drew Prindle, Emerging Technologies Editor. Indeed, it’s that supportive, empowering, and welcoming culture and a strong emphasis on freedom and autonomy that Digital Trends’ employees appreciate the most.

Cree leads innovation in light fixtures, bulbs, and LED components to bring the world better lighting options that leave less of a financial and environmental footprint.

Micromanagement isn’t something you’ll find at Cree. Once employees understand the fast pace and mission of building a more efficient, sustainable future, leaders step back and operate like any other team member—moving about the production floor, bouncing ideas around, and sharing managerial wisdom. This facilitator-like relationship allows people to think beyond their job titles so major achievements are truly group efforts.

Bionic is an army of entrepreneurs igniting growth revolutions inside the world’s largest companies.

How do people describe what life is like at Bionic?  “It’s a place full of individuals, makers, thinkers, and explorers who want to discover and share in the experience of work—and not just to come in to do a ‘job,’ ” says J. Alex Dalessio, Entreprenur. The team definitely has an entrepreneurial spirit, and a passionate and intellectually curious vibe courses throughout the company.

From Virgin Media and Time, Inc. to McGraw Hill Education, Elastic Path develops the most sophisticated enterprise e-commerce platform, helping clients create innovative customer experiences.

Developing a visionary e-commerce platform requires some creative employees who are excited about their work. Fortunately, everybody at Elastic Path is truly thrilled to be there. “What gets me excited about Elastic Path is working with innovative people who brainstorm creative, collaborative work, educating the public on how to use our products more robustly,” adds the company’s Product Education Manager.

Civis Analytics runs smarter analytics by leveraging data through a platform and scientific tools that help businesses make informed, factually accurate decisions based on human behaviors.

In short, Civis Analytics aims to solve big problems with big data. Their teams are very collaborative and brainstorm sessions are commonplace in the office. And besides what your team is working on, individual employees are encouraged to think up new products and ideas and turn data science into something tangible. “Getting to see my own personal impact is pretty cool. The first-hand look at how users benefit from what I create is fulfilling,” says Chas Jihn, Senior Software Engineer.

Philips is a leading health tech company, improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum—from healthy living and prevention to diagnosis, treatment, and home care.

And with a brand promise of “Innovation and You,” Philips doesn’t just think of innovation as fun, they use innovation to change lives. Whether that’s creating new products based on the latest technology or using unique marketing tactics, Philips takes innovation seriously.

Rocket Speed is a fast-growing mobile gaming startup, specialized in social casino games and powered by small teams of highly talented individuals with a passion for continual learning.

Those small teams are what makes Rocket Speed so nimble, something Principal Engineer Hasham Ali knows well. As the crafter of new prototypes, Hasham is always thinking on his feet. “The speed and flexibility that we have here is one of my favorite things,” says Hasham Ali, Principal Engineer.

Specializing in WiFi enabled smart thermostats for residential and commercial use, ecobee provides a simple method for conserving costs and the environment.

“The common thread of culture that weaves its way through ecobee is the belief that good ideas come from everywhere,” shares Alan Hietala, Lead Front-end Architect. Yes, the company definitely values collaboration. Whether it’s the common sight of a co-founder discussing solutions with technicians, the ease of finding test volunteers, or the open-ended yearly stipend for self-improvement, employees at ecobee are empowered by a system of teamwork and support.

Illumio works with companies the world over to deliver adaptive security software for every computing environment—protecting 80% of data center and cloud traffic threats missed by perimeter programs.

At Illumio, employees are motivated by the fact that their work and opinions have a big impact on the outcome of the finalized product and the success of the business. But, beyond that, team members appreciate that they’re given the opportunity to work cross-departmentally to learn new aspects of the product. “To be successful here, you have to have a willingness to constantly learn and adapt to new technologies,” says Anand Ghody, Solutions Architect.

Label Insight helps brands, retailers—and ultimately consumers—unlock the power of product data. By changing the way customers and companies interact, the organization provides complete transparency.

As a company, Label Insight arms leading research with necessary data to drive change across the food industry. But, as much as the organization values transparency for consumers, it applies that same value to its employees. Every Friday, Label Insight hosts a company-wide 360 meeting. Teams video conference between both offices to talk about the successes and challenges of the week, as well as goals for the future.

TrackMaven is a competitive intelligence platform that provides digital marketers with the analysis they need to build great brands.

According to its team, TrackMaven offers a lot of great perks and work benefits (don’t get us started on the adorable office Corgi), but the thing that keeps employees coming back everyday is the inspiring work itself. TrackMaven is a collection of employees who are all working together to shatter the perception of marketing technology—and create true innovation in the world of marketing.

Signifyd is changing e-commerce for merchants—removing risk and eliminating fraud—using real-time machine learning that allows business to accept more orders without fraud or chargeback losses.

Disrupting a trillion dollar industry is no easy task, but Signifyd is changing how businesses do business. With Guaranteed Fraud Protection they don’t just reduce fraud for e-commerce companies, they eliminate fraud losses altogether. They’ve taken protection to a whole new level by guaranteeing their judgments with their own money. Now that’s putting your money where your mouth is.

CSAA Insurance Group is one of the top 20 personal property and casualty insurance groups in the United States, offering protection to nearly 17 million AAA members.

Don’t think innovation and insurance go hand in hand? Think again. With the advent of self-driving cars and the popularity of ride sharing programs, CSAA Insurance Group is tasked with the duty of pushing the envelope and changing the traditional ways providers insure against risk. “We’re really pushing innovation. It’s our goal to stay ahead of the game so we can anticipate what our customers will need,” says Caitlin Ceglowski, Senior Casualty Specialist.

FBI personnel are offered unique professional development opportunities to advance in their careers. Employees can take virtual classes or temporary case assignments at offices around the country.

Don’t worry, they’re not all super serious like the reputation that precedes them. In fact, employees come from all different backgrounds, and the agency works to fit each person with the branch that will best fit their unique skill set.

natrel is a unique healthcare advertising agency leveraging emotive communication strategies and big data to unearth the soul of each client’s individual brand.

At natrel, they don’t just wonder, question, and probe—they engage, act, and innovate, exploring the possibilities of creating something truly different. As evident in its branding philosophy, Bilateral Branding℠, natrel takes brands beyond their features and benefits—uniting their intellectual and emotional properties to create powerful, enduring relationships. To the company, this is what it means to “differentiate, differently.”

Symphony makes the exchange of sensitive business content more secure and efficient through multi-channel communication platforms that enhance company collaboration.

At Symphony, each employee is encouraged to take ownership of their particular vertical, giving each and every team member the freedom to work in an entrepreneurial environment. Symphony employees take pride in knowing each and every contribution is key to reaching the office and company-wide goals. “If you feel up for building influential software for influential companies, give Symphony a try,” adds a Symphony Front-End Software Engineer.

BRPH is an in-house architectural and engineering firm with over 50 years of offering unique and innovative designs for a full spectrum of industries.

BRPH provides clients a higher level of collaboration because of their in-house team. And it seems to make quite the difference, as a majority of their projects are with repeat clients. “What I really love about BRPH is that our work really speaks for itself. Over 80% of our projects come from repeat clients, which speaks a lot about our team. We always strive to become the trusted advisors for all of our clients,” says Diana Cheung, Project Manager.

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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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