Top 10 Companies With Happy Employees

All across America there’s been a shift in corporate strategy to make working look less like “The Office” and something closer to having fun. But ping pong tables, company happy hours and lofty company outings can be deceiving.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 companies to work for in an attempt to cut past all of the PR shenanigans and give you a career goal that is equal parts rewarding and fulfilling. While unranked, this list spans several industries in order to provide something for everyone.

1. Baird

With a heavy emphasis on personality — there’s a famous ‘no jerks’ policy at Baird — and a desire to give employees a piece of the corporate pie via stocks, this investing firm is a great way to shirk the usual Wall Street stereotypes while working in finance.

2. Hubspot

This sales and marketing software hub focuses heavily on democratic representation among its employees by ensuring that every voice is heard, no matter your rank or department. With a heavy focus on high-intelligence employees and cutting-edge approaches to marketing, Hubspot offers a maverick take on tech culture.

3. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

This pediatric research hospital offers help to children at no cost. That alone is a pretty good reason to work somewhere, but St. Jude’s puts a great deal of effort on supporting its staff as well as its patients. Perhaps because you’re dealing with the health of children — an equally rewarding and challenging field — St Jude’s makes sure to give a good work/life balance with flexible schedules and an on-site gym.

4. Lululemon

Sure, their clothing might not be for everyone, but their continued retail success, internal-community building, emphasis on healthy living (free yoga classes for all employees included) and continued expansion mean this is an employer worth looking into.

5. In-N-Out Burger

Your parents’ warnings about flipping burgers have been rendered irrelevant thanks to In-N-Out’s amazing employee benefits. From competitive salaries to a 401(k) to team-building events to free daily Double Doubles, there are few starter jobs that give you as high a quality of life as In-N-Out.

6. Boston Consulting Group

A company so good that you’ll be willing to brave those brutal Massachusetts winters. Thanks to high-caliber employees (Boston Consulting Group aggressively goes after college grads from all over) and jaw-dropping base salaries — how does $150k sound to you? — it’s tough to beat the BCG.

7. Facebook

Sure, Facebook has had its fair share of negative press since the 2016 election, but there’s something to be said for working for a company that reaches literally billions of people a day. Few companies can say that, period. But Facebook also offers great benefits, genius co-workers and all the usual Silicon Valley perks.

8. Google

Much like Facebook, your work here will be seen by the masses, even if they don’t know that you’re the one behind it. But what makes Google a bit different is the width of its operations (not to mention its futuristic Japanese space toilets). Constantly experimenting in fields that sound like distilled sci-fi (from social media to Artificial Intelligence) with ridiculous infrastructure backing, Google makes for a dream place to work.

9. A24

If you want to avoid the tech world and contribute to the arts, look no further than up-and-coming independent entertainment company A24. Their film release track record is pretty much unmatched over the last few years — from this year’s awards-darling “Lady Bird” to last year’s unexpected Oscar champ “Moonlight,” A24 makes movies you want to see and want to be a part of.

10. Microsoft

Call it an oldie but a goodie, the longstanding tech leviathan is still a great place to work. An originator of tech culture, Microsoft offers a great work-life balance, substantial benefits and an opportunity to do something that will positively impact the lives of millions of people.

While there are many great companies to work for in the United States, this list offers a look into corporations that make sure to take special care of their employees and give you an environment you can be proud of.