20 Companies Where You Can Launch Your Career

In the early stages of your career, you’re understandably eager to find an employer that will let you start off with a bang. You want to find a company that won’t have you doing the grunt work—but will empower you to own projects, try new things, and really grab your future by the horns.

Think those sorts of companies only exist in your dreams? Think again.

The 20 companies are awesome workplaces for everybody. But they have a special spot in their hearts for new grads and entry-level employees who are eager to start doing big things.

So, check out their open positions, polish up that resume, and prepare to get your career started on the right foot.

FDM Group helps young people launch successful IT careers, providing new graduates and military veterans with essential training, grooming them to join the next generation of digital innovators.

FDM enables people with an interest in technology to launch successful tech careers. Recognizing the importance of investing in new talent, the FDM Careers Program provides talented individuals with rigorous training in a range of IT and business disciplines. The general consensus among people who work at FDM is that the firm’s company culture is pretty special—it’s what sets FDM apart. More than simply encouraging entrepreneurship, FDM inspires individuals to seek their dreams.

HomeAdvisor is the largest home improvement services online marketplace nationwide, connecting home service professionals and homeowners with its comprehensive network of resources and tools.

There’s plenty that employees love about working for HomeAdvisor (up for a ping pong or pinball work break, anyone?). But above all else, the company’s team members at all levels love the room for growth they have. “The growth opportunities at HomeAdvisor are unbelievable. It’s one of those companies that’s always growing—where they’re always trying to develop you as a leader and sales professional, to take your career to the next level,” says Connor Hayes, Sales Manager.

Smartly.io enables some of the world’s best advertisers to automate and optimize advertising through an excellent solution that boosts reach as a badged Facebook Marketing Partner.

Smartly possesses an intense learning culture—and it doesn’t just talk the talk. New employees explore a rotating training program between city offices and disciplines. As a result, the company is full-stack and no one’s above lending a helping hand to get the job done. This flat structure with mixed team collaborations perfectly suits the company’s philosophy of hands-on learning.

Outcome Health is a mission-driven health education company, empowering healthcare professionals to engage patients with healthy living digital media technologies.

Starting a new job can be intimidating. But leaders at Outcome Health don’t expect you to arrive as an expert. “You can’t expect to know everything, and we don’t expect you to know everything,” says Kathryn Choi, Growth Strategy Analyst, “What you can expect is to be surrounded by people who will support you, so you’ll be able to hit the ground running and contribute and love what you do every day.”

The Vanguard Group is one of the world’s largest investment companies, advising clients and the general public on savings, investment, retirement, personal finance, the economy, and much more.

Vanguard takes pride in developing the leaders of tomorrow through plenty of career development sessions. And this emphasis on learning even extends to the company’s interns, who won’t be found on coffee runs. Instead, interns are placed on a team that matches their professional interests and make real contributions to the company—and after experiencing the amazing company culture, many come back to Vanguard after graduation.

Guidepoint connects clients to a vast network of experts—across industries around the globe—providing strategic insights and a competitive advantage as they make business decisions and investments.

Guidepoint is a place that welcomes the curious, motivated, and critical thinkers—from established professionals to fresh graduates. At Guidepoint, talent is nurtured, and there are countless opportunities to explore and learn—with HR and management guiding employees towards areas that they’re passionate about. Empowering mobility, both upwards and laterally, Guidepoint is a place of dynamic growth that values driven self-starters.

Talkable creates customized SaaS platforms that enable clients to capitalize on the proven science behind referral marketing while also increasing revenue and preventing fraud.

Getting your foot in the door at Talkable is more about what you know and what you can bring to the table—rather than how many years you’ve been doing it. This makes it a great place for people who are interested in pursuing a career in tech and ecommerce. “We focus on hiring competence over experience,” says the company’s own CEO, Brad Kam.

JVM Lending is a California-based residential mortgage company disrupting the game with its unique, no-commission business model and congenial team of highly accountable experts.

JVMLending is serious about making sure new employees are up to speed and feel empowered to own their work. Each new staff person participates in a six-week training program that results in each person receiving their mortgage license and real estate license. After the initial training is complete, management encourages staff to pursue additional education and professional development opportunities.

Blackbaud is one of the leading global providers of software and services for nonprofit organizations, connecting passionate people to important causes in order to raise funds and awareness.

“This is a great place to both start and grow a career. It’s a hands-off management style, but they genuinely care and want you to succeed,” says Halley Coplin, Associate Product Manager. For those who are interested in a career in the nonprofit sector, Blackbaud offers the best of both worlds—the innovation of a tech company with the emphasis on social good and helping nonprofits succeed in their missions.

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.

Don’t think your voice will be heard when you’re just getting started? That’s not the case at Better Mortgage. The company values contributions and insights from employees—regardless of title or rank. “Ideas come from all directions,” shares Fil Zembowicz, Head of Product, “We’re not just a top-down show, and all the points of view contribute to our Ideas List.”

ERDMAN assists healthcare organizations in creating business plans and practices—everything from resource development and care delivery models to building effective facilities.

ERDMAN places a huge amount of emphasis on learning, making it the perfect place for people who are just getting started. With customized leadership training and various career development programs available, the company puts the focus on its employees. “There’s a lot more opportunity to learn here than there would be in a traditional architecture firm because you’re exposed to leaders of so many different areas of expertise in the industry,” says a Senior Architect.

CBS Interactive operates as the digital arm of the greater CBS Corporation by using advanced media products to run an online content network that dives into subjects people care about most.

Growth opportunities top the list of perks at CBS. Outside of regular training sessions, employees can access instructional content through online platforms or in-person courses with tuition reimbursement. However, the diversity of projects at the company also gives people the ability to dabble in areas of interest—which is a welcome prospect across the close-knit team, who regularly gather for lunch and happy hours.

Goosehead Insurance is an independent agency and franchise company, taking pride in the power of choice and protecting people without cutting corners.

Leadership at Goosehead Insurance remains approachable and accessible—making it easy for ambitious employees at all levels to achieve success. The relationship between Goosehead Insurance employees and management helps develop vital job skills and knowledge. With team huddles every week and one-on-one review sessions twice each month, employees continuously have the opportunity to ask important questions and improve performance.

SendGrid is a cloud-based service offering its customers fast, accurate, and cost-efficient email delivery to help their businesses grow.

SendGrid knows that when employees feel heard, supported, and encouraged, great work occurs. So, that’s exactly what the company aims to do for team members on all rungs of the ladder. “I’m able to capitalize on my personal strengths here, and I’m not held back—instead, I’m encouraged to go after what interests me,” shares Lauren Wasp, Technical Account Manager.

HP has been creating top-notch technologies, for more than 50 years, aiming engineer awesome equipment and incredible experiences that make a better world for people all around the globe.

The HP work environment is autonomous. But, that doesn’t mean you need to totally pave your own way. At least twice a year, every employee will meet with a manager for personal performance reviews. They discuss what they’d like to see accomplished, and how to continue developing a successful career path. Then, together, they work out how those goals align with the company’s mission to create collective growth.

Thomson Reuters provides professionals with the global intelligence, technology, and human expertise they need to find trusted information in areas from finance and law to government and media.

Thomson Reuters encourages all employees to act as mentors to those they work with. This ideal is built into the very framework used for leadership goal-setting. From executives to managers to team leads, and all those in between, sponsorship trickles down until everyone in the organization is included in the collective knowledge.

SmartBear Software creates quality tools that assist over 6 million software professionals in delivering the world’s best applications.

SmartBear believes in transforming the technology industry. But, it’s also passionate about transforming employee careers through numerous different development opportunities. “SmartBear invests in our professional development by supporting initiatives such as Toastmasters, Women in Technology International, Lunch & Learns, and Fireside Chats,” shares Kat Caporiccio, Senior Customer Success Advisor.

Smashbox Cosmetics is a prestigious and creative international beauty brand, developing picture-perfect makeup for everyone.

Smashbox empowers its team members. In addition to assuming ownership over projects, team members also get ample opportunities to gain new expertise—and if they need support, management listens. Mentorship and collaboration have always been a big part of the company culture, which makes taking risks for bigger rewards truly feasible.

For the last 25 years, DOAR has set the bar in legal strategy consulting and trial presentation through an unparalleled commitment to clients success.

Learning is an everyday perk of working at DOAR. And, employees who are willing to take advantage of that and roll up their sleeves to expand their skillsets can end up building long and successful careers with the company. “The conversation around career growth is really open and encouraged here, whether you want to talk to your direct supervisor or the CEO,” says Marlee Dillon, Consultant.

540 brings full-stack development and support to government clients who value the same modern, agile approach as startups by offering innovative services across entire product lifecycles.

Decision-makers exist at 540, but everyone is considered a leader. The decentralized management style feels flat because the division of work is equal. Plus, roles are shaped to fit individuals based on technical strengths—and professional interests. This personalization also affords employees tons of responsibility and initiative—which circles back to the reason constant oversight isn’t needed.

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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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