20 top companies where you’ll actually have fun at work

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They say that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. But if you work in a grey office full of cubicles, it can be difficult to think that work is synonymous with fun.

It’s essential to promote a fun environment at work.  Surveys and research show that having fun at work makes employees more productive and engaged.  These employees are just happy and less likely to find other jobs.

The 20 companies on this list have already found the ideal ratio between work and play and how to make their offices a fun place to be:-

1- McGarryBowen

CEO: Gordon Bowen

Headquarters: New York City, New York, United States

Founded: 2002

Parent organizations: Dentsu Inc., Dentsu Aegis Network

Founders: Gordon Bowen, Stewart Owen, John P. McGarry, Jr.

At this ad agency, employees like to have a good time while they work. Having a client list which includes Disney,United Airlines and Procter & Gamble among others, celebrations and events are through the year. The Oscars and Halloweeen, Fourth of July parties, cook-offfs and Thirsty Thursdays is how the team here plays and has fun!

2- Omnigon

CEO: Manish Dayal

Headquarters: New York, New York, United States

Founded: January, 2008

It’s not all work at Omnigon! From in-office massages, an on-site coffee and espresso bar and endless snacks, working here will spoil you for life. That’s not all; there are monthly cool outings, weekly happy hours with foosball tournaments, and frequent opportunities to attend sports events. Milestone and holiday celebrations—like a team trip to the glitzy Casino Royale-themed holiday party—give Omnigon’s team even more chances to make memories.

3- Symphony

CEO: David Gurle

Headquarters: Palo Alto, California, United States

Founders: David Gurle

Founded: September 30, 2014

There are rewards galore for employees at Symphony and why not! With a growing clientele who love the open-source, secure communication and work-flow platforms of the company, the team works hard to keep up with the demand. Company outings, picnics, massages, margarita machines comfy bean bags, sweet treats and more show appreciation and recognition and employees react positively.

4- Contently

CEO: Joe Coleman

Headquarters: New York City, New York, United States

Founders: Joe Coleman, David Goldberg, and Shane Snow

Founded: December, 2010

The Contently team is smart and very close-knit.  The company which is a platform that helps publishers and journalists work together considers it a privilege to work with employees they like and respect. The employees consider their workplace a sanctuary rather than a place of business. The result is a happy bunch of employees who love to spend time together out of the office too with activities such as book club, happy hours, outings and DJ turntables.               

5- Pocket Gems

CEO: Ben Liu

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Founders: Daniel Terry, Harlan Crystal

Founded: September 1, 2009

At Pocket Gems, mobile gaming company, with more than 20 hit games, employees are encouraged to divide time between hard work and play as hard. Their spontaneous ping-pong session has now become a competitive league and winners are crowned for both the singles and doubles leagues.

6- Trax Technologies

CEO: Scott Nelson

Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Founders: Scott Nelson

Founded: 1993

This software service company was named one of the top places to work in Arizona by CareerBuilder.com and its own employees—not just once, but two years in a row. Trax Technologies is on its way to a third year, thanks to its challenging, engaging, and perk-filled culture.

Meditation, yoga, and health classes keep team members relaxed and healthy with contests, competitions, while happy hour keep them close.

7- Tile

CEO: Mike Farley

Headquarters: San Mateo, California, United States

Founders: Nick Evans, Mike Farley

Founded: December 1, 2012

With Tile’s tracking app and durable tech, its users have said goodbye to the days of misplaced keys and lost wallets. Having such an important mission makes everyday tasks into rewarding work. And out of the office, the team likes to kick back at movie nights and communal meals.

8- Goosehead Insurance

CEO: Mark Jones

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Founder: Robyn Jones

Founded: September 2003

One of the largest independent insurance companies in the United States, Goosehead Insurance, cares about the success of their employees and, as proof, rewards them with the Most Valuable Client Advocate award every month. The ‘Champagne and Cheers’ title is a traditional champagne toast to the winner and a bottle of champagne.

9- BandPage

CEO: James Sider

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Founder: James Sider

Founded: September 2009

Parent organization: YouTube

The employees at BandPage work and play together. This music startup has a family feel and a unique and supportive atmosphere and everyone loves music!  Favorite songs are played all day over the speaker system in the office and the jam room is where co-workers make music together.

10- Gravity Media

CEO: Yuriy Boykiv

Headquarters: New York City, New York, United States

Founder: Luba Tolkachyov

Founded: 2009

Gravity Media is a New York based, multi-cultural communications agency. It recognizes the need for employees to stay productive and fulfilled.  It does so by rewarding their employees with a four fun-filled days vacation at destinations such as Jamaica, Mexico and other awesome places, where employees get to bond and know each other better.

11- Windsor Circle, Inc.

Headquarters: Durham, England, United Kingdom

CEO: Matt Williamson

Founders: Matt Williamson, Scot Catlin, Brad McGinity, Chris Humphres

Founded: 3 January 2011

CTO: Chris Humphres

The employees of Windsor Circle are a championship winning team.  The team’s work hard play hard mantra is visible in their work culture. Each quarter employees devote half the day to learning new skills and the other half to volunteering in downtown Durham. You work hard, you love it, and while it’s happening, you create memories with your team that no one else will ever be able to match’, say the employees.

12- Zest Finance

Key People: Douglas Merrill

Founder: Douglas Merrill

Headquarters: Los Angeles, California, United States

Founded: 2009

This personal finance company helps over 60 million Americans understand and control their credit. And even thought it’s in a traditionally stodgy industry, the company’s ‘No suits allowed’ rule makes for an office atmosphere that is all about comfort and flexibility, ensuring that every employee spends time enjoying being at work.

13- Dormify

Key People: Karen Zuckerman, Amanda Zuckerman

Founders: Karen Zuckerman, Amanda Zuckerman

Headquarters: Rockville, Maryland, United States

Founded: 2011

The team at Dormify is small and young and the focus is more on its enthusiasm for the brand rather than stuffy office rules. The environment can shift between getting serious work done to having a dance party in a matter of minutes. The team also loves to clue-out by decorating the office for whichever holiday might be coming up.

14- Yelp

Key People: Jeremy Stoppelman (CEO), Jed Nachman (COO)

Headquarters: San Francisco, California United States

Founders: Jeremy Stoppelman, Russel Simmons

Founded: October 2004

With offices in London and San Francisco, Yelp’s goal is to help its customers find amazing hot spots, events, and hidden gems wherever they might be. Bringing the vision front and center, Yelp office employees always have travel experience and exploration on their minds. While the office might be where things get done, it’s also the place where co-workers build friendships and plan trips together.

15- Livefyre

CEO: Jordan Kretchmer

Headquarters: San Francisco, California United States

Founder: Jordan Kretchmer

Owner: Adobe Systems

Founded: 2009

The employees at Livefyre enjoy working in each other’s company. The team who are passionate about their work to help people around the world connect and talk on the web, also have plenty of opportunities to kick back when a break is required.

16- DogVacay

CEO: Aaron Hirschhorn

Headquarters: Santa Monica, California, United States

Founded: March 2012

Area served: United States of America

Founders: Aaron Hirschhorn, Karine Nissim Hirschhorn

Parent organization: Rover.com

The name of this company says it all!  If you love dogs this is the perfect place to work. Dogs roam the beautiful, open, California workspace like they own the place. Who can get stressed about deadlines when there are puppies around.

17- Birchbox

CEO: Katia Beauchamp

Founded: September 2010

Headquarters: New York City, New York, United States

Founders: Katia Beauchamp, Hayley Barna

At this New York-based company, employees are constantly testing out new samples. It’s tough to remember you’re at work when the office is full of incredible beauty. Covered in the signature Birchbox pink, the team stays fit and healthy by working out together and sharing feedback and thoughts.

18- CrowdFlower

CEO: Robin Bordoli

Founded: December 2007

Owner: Lukas Biewald

Headquarter: San Francisco, California, United States

Executive Chairman: Lukas Biewald

Founders: Lukas Biewald, Chris Van Pelt

Work and fun go hand in hand here.  While the team works hard to bring awesome ideas to the forefront and letting people invest in concepts they support and care about, the fun is taken care of by the company. The office boasts a full kitchen with plenty of snacks and food for the taking. But the best part of this company’s culture has to be the intense games of bughouse chess (involving two doubles teams and two chessboards) that keep a fun office rivalry going at all times.

19- Method

Method, the company which manufactures naturally derived, non-toxic household products, has a weird culture—in the best way possible, of course!

This awesome weirdness is evident in the company’s ping-pong tournament, a fierce competition that pits newbies against experts. After semi-finals and finals, the whole team celebrates with a themed party.

20- Nitro

At Nitro having fun and encouraging compassion go hand in hand. Every employee gets five days off per year solely for volunteering, and the company even has a “Nitro Gives” program dedicated to its volunteer initiatives.

Work-life balance is built into the company’s culture. At least once a week employees get together to hang out, grab a drink and get to know new people.

 

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