When it comes to professional development and career advancement, there are some companies who just like to talk the talk.
But, the 19 companies we’ve pulled together on this list? Well, you can bet that they actually walk the walk.
They recognize that their employees are their greatest assets. So, when a new opportunity opens up, existing team members are the first ones they turn to—rather than looking for outside hires.
Sound too good to be true? We promise, it’s not. Take a look at their open roles and prepare to climb the ladder within a company that truly wants you to succeed.
STATS impacts the global sports industry by providing sports data, technology, and content to meet the needs of the media, broadcast, leagues, teams, fantasy providers and players, and major brands.
STATS fosters a supportive, encouraging culture where employees know that the company has their back. Team members are constantly learning by consulting and collaborating with one another. And, team leaders are never micromanagers. Instead, employees are empowered to take ownership of their individual projects, let their ideas flow freely, and grow into awesome careers that they love.
2. Financial Finesse
Financial Finesse is a U.S.-based financial education services advocate, helping employees in companies across the country achieve security with award-winning workplace financial wellness programs.
At Financial Finesse, promotions come with plenty of playful fun. By tradition, newly promoted employees are celebrated and roasted by their peers during a company-wide dinner. Colleagues take turns jokingly teasing their co-workers about hilarious moments and mistakes, all as a way to show their love and heartfelt congratulations.
3. Hearst Magazines
One of the largest media organizations in the United States, Hearst Magazines publishes popular print and digital information that reaches readers throughout the nation and all around the world.
At Hearst, collaboration is key, with those in leadership roles regularly mentoring junior staff while striving to create an atmosphere where sharing ideas and solutions is not only encouraged but expected. Teams work together with the common goal of creating the best media brands they possibly can—engaging, entertaining, informative, and thoroughly inventive.
4. Cleveland Research Company
Cleveland Research Company is an independent equity research firm, offering clients in-depth market research and clear insights to help them make more informed business decisions.
Cleveland Research Company doesn’t just aim to provide outstanding service to its customers, it also seeks to offer an exceptional workplace for its employees. With an approachable, supportive Leadership Team, the company fosters an internal culture that values genuine care for people along with passion, innovation, collaboration, and an entrepreneurial spirit.
5. 1-800 Contacts
1-800 Contacts makes it easier to buy and wear contact lenses. The company strives to keep contacts lenses affordable and to offer consumers as much choice as possible.
This is a place where associates feel valued, appreciated, and supported. The company’s recognition program demonstrates the company’s commitment to investing in associates’ career development. As an organization, the company is both associates-oriented and customer-oriented. A collaborative atmosphere abides, and mentorship can be seen in all aspects of the business.
HireVue offers high-powered digital video and predictive analytic programs that help businesses, big or small, build and coach top teams in every industry.
Hirevue recognizes that career development doesn’t just happen. That’s why a new employee’s first assignment is to sit down with their manager and set short- and long-term personal and professional goals. At the same time, expectations are also discussed. It’s the leader’s goal to create clear paths to success—and then get out of the way to let team members succeed on their own terms.
LegalZoom enables businesses and families to protect what matters most. With helpful tools and convenient access to attorneys, LegalZoom has helped close to 4 million people manage their legal needs.
Learning by experience is strongly encouraged at LegalZoom—giving Zoomers endless hands-on opportunities to master new skills and directly apply talents to new products. Team members are constantly given the responsibility to test theories, prove strategies, and execute on a range of projects proactively, and therefore grow professionally by assuming active ownership of results. “There’s constantly something new every day—there’s always an opportunity for me to better myself,” says LegalZoom’s Assistant Manager, Production.
8. National Aquarium
The National Aquarium is a hub of science education and a wildlife refuge for thousands of marine animals. Visitors get to learn about conservation and are exposed to more than 700 aquatic species.
People who work at the National Aquarium are supportive of one another. Managers are invested in seeing their employees grow—which means that career development and learning are consistently emphasized throughout the organization. Working with larger animals takes teamwork and often requires the cooperation of multiple departments, so everybody comes together to provide for the animals.
9. DMC Atlanta
DMC Atlanta specializes in direct sales and marketing acquisitions for top cable and satellite, retail, and telecommunications companies across the country, focusing on a relationship-based approach.
The DMC Atlanta team works hard to help each other achieve goals. This means always checking in to keep each other accountable and giving one another tips to stay on track. The team believes in constantly teaching new members and learning new things in order to be better employees—and ultimately, better leaders.
10. Advanced Resources
Advanced Resources is a temporary staffing, direct-hire placement, and workforce business solutions provider with over 60,000 candidate placements companywide, including HR, IT, and finance.
Advanced Resources is committed to providing quality service by taking a personal approach to understanding the unique career goals, talents, skills, and preferences of the candidates and companies it works with. But, the company has that same passion for its own in-house team—making it an excellent place to grow a career.
L2 is a benchmarking and education firm—helping member brands shape their digital roadmap and achieve greater ROI on human, creative, and financial capital.
L2 employees are invested in growing their own careers. But, they also know when it’s time to kick back, celebrate, and pop some bubbly. During a weekly tradition called “Champagne Friday,” team members enjoy beer, cocktails, snacks, socializing, and—of course—champagne. It’s an awesome opportunity for the team to bond while also going over that week’s big successes.
Nextiva outfits modern businesses with unified cloud communications through a simple approach to UCaaS that includes bringing companies a slew of communication tools and cloud applications.
Leaders at Nextiva shy away from formal management. Instead, they like to be considered coaches who are involved in the day-to-day rather than strictly managing. Though tons of training does accompany the job, walkthroughs include introductions to different functions and all kinds of employees—which echoes the company’s people-first mentality and desire to hire based on fit.
13. Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. operates Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Intermix, and Athleta brands—offering quality clothing and accessories for men, women, and children on an international scale.
Gap Inc.’s people are passionate about the products they are developing and the business they are running—and that energizes them to be the best. Employees constantly challenge each other to learn and grow in their roles every day, making the Gap office an exciting and rewarding place to be. Gap’s growth mindset focuses on career mobility, offering all employees equal opportunities to advance in the company.
14. Spencer Stuart
Spencer Stuart is a top global executive search company, recruiting senior leadership and providing expert advisory for multinational organizations within diverse industries.
Spencer Stuart is not only matching the right management with the right business missions, it’s also creating incredibly meaningful Leadership Teams that add long-term value, solve a wide range of important problems across organizations, and help candidates further exceptional careers. Professionally, employees also learn multinational businesses inside out by working side-by-side with the world’s most phenomenal clients and leaders.
15. Veterinary Specialty Center
Veterinary Specialty Center provides 24-hour comprehensive care for animals in the Chicago area that are in need of emergency and specialized services, including surgery.
Veterinary Specialty Center fosters a supportive environment of collaboration and growth. Cross-departmental consultations give doctors a “big picture” perspective on patients with complicated health issues as they work on a diagnosis. New veterinary technicians are trained and mentored by senior technicians to learn how to manage cases and communicate with clients.
16. Palo Alto Networks
With an internal culture of authenticity, collaboration, and innovation, Palo Alto Networks maintains continual vigilance and security for customers all over the world.
Palo Alto Networks prides itself on its open and transparent organizational structure. This culture means that new ideas are encouraged and embraced, innovative solutions for digital security are quickly and efficiently deployed, and employees are able to use their unique skills and insights to advance the industry of cybersecurity—as well as their own careers.
With iconic brand names like Airborne, Lysol, Clearasil, and more, RB provides people around the world with health, hygiene, and home products.
Not only does RB foster an environment where staff can grow by embracing new challenges and implementing their big ideas, but the company also allows employees to define their own career paths. To help employees create career paths unique to them, senior managers provide mentorship to junior staff, aiming to champion and guide them forward.
Twilio is a developer-friendly cloud communications company, facilitating business calls and messaging on its robust API platform.
Twilio continues to grow rapidly and stand solidly—pushing its phenomenal technology to the industry’s forefront and powering top brands. Since its launch in San Francisco a few years ago, Twilio has opened offices in Europe and Hong Kong—with more to follow as it explores new prospects, remains competitive, and empowers more and more businesses worldwide. Growing at that breakneck pace means there are plenty of opportunities for employees to take advantage of!
19. Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard Entertainment is a legend in the gaming community. As the creative force behind blockbusters like Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo, Blizzard continues to redefine interactive entertainment.
One word that employees would use to describe the work environment at Blizzard Entertainment? Supportive. Employee well-being is paramount, with emphasis placed on plenty of professional development inside the office. “If you’re able to articulate your wants and your needs in terms of your career, it’s amazing how many people here will bend over backwards to help you achieve them,” says Amanda Gerdes, Senior Manager, Data Engineering.
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