COMPANY CULTURE / MAR. 18, 2016
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6 Fun-Loving Companies to Work For

Thirty-four percent. That’s how many employees are regularly searching for job opportunities. Whatever the cause – whether it’s due to a toxic work environment, a stressful workload, or a lack of growth opportunities within their company – it doesn’t quite bode well for US employers.

But there’s hope, a light at the end of the tunnel, for those employees who are stuck in dead-end jobs that they absolutely hate but stay to pay the bills. If you can relate to that 34 percent of US employees, and if your job has left you feeling empty and wanting more from your career, there’s no need to despair: your situation is only temporary, and it can change for the better. You just need to know where to look, and we’re here to help you with that.

While work is hardly ever synonymous with fun, some companies take the motto “work hard, play hard” quite literally and have managed to create a fun-loving workplace for their employees. And if you snag a job at one of the six companies we’ve listed here, you’ll soon realize that now somewhat overused, expression is true: if you love what you do, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.

1. Livefyre

Livefyre staff
Livefyre

Based in San Francisco, Livefyre, which has offices in London, New York, San Diego, and Sydney, is the fourth largest network online and powers real-time social experiences for over 1,000 of the world’s leading brands and publishers including AOL, CBS, CNN, FOX, Sony PlayStation, Universal Music Group, and Virgin America.

Livefyre is also one of the most sought-after companies to work for. In fact, it was recognized by the San Francisco Bay Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area in 2013 and 2014. And for good reason, too: beyond normal perks like life insurance and full health benefits, the 155 employee and three office dog-strong company also offers its employees a fully stocked kitchen, catered lunches and dinners, ping pong sessions, rooftop sunbathing, weekly happy hours, and in-house trivia nights – just to name a handful of reasons why you should send them your application. And yes, they’re hiring.

2. ZestFinance

When you think of the term “financial services technology company,” one of the first things that come to mind is a serious and formal workplace. And yet, Los Angeles-based ZestFinance, which uses big data technology to improve underwriting quality for lenders and save the underbanked billions of dollars, goes against the norm and takes great pride in it’s fun-loving company culture.

Getting a job at Zestfinance means that you’ll be able to take advantage of some seriously awesome benefits including unlimited vacation and free lunch every day from Lucques (which is considered to be one of the best restaurants in LA), as well as video games, gigantic jigsaw puzzles, ping pong, and a monthly game night. They also have a strict “no suits allowed” policy in place.

3. DogVacay

Love dogs? Then head on over to Santa Monica because DogVacay is the place to work! What started as a small dog-sitting business for Aaron Hirschhorn and Karine Nissim quickly became one of the leading online services connecting dog owners with sitters across the US and Canada. It has since been featured in major news outlets including ABC, CNN, and The New York Times, and has been praised for revolutionizing pet care.

Employees at DogVacay not only get to work in an office that’s a short walk from the sunny beach, but also get to take their dog to work (who gets treated to daily walks), monthly happy hours, and company bikes to explore the neighborhood, as well as enjoy free snacks, free drinks, and catered lunch twice a week.

4. Bigcommerce

Bigcommerce, which develops e-commerce software for businesses like Gibson, Martha Stewart, Toyota, and Ubisoft, is headquartered in Austin, Texas and regularly features in the top 10 Best Places to Work list published by the Austin Business Journal. And with a vast array of amazing employee benefits and perks, that’s understandable.

They offer all their employees “boring” stuff from comprehensive health insurance coverage from day one and time off for volunteering, all the way to really cool stuff in all three of its offices in Austin, San Francisco, and Sydney including fully stocked kitchens and craft beers, a free online store, and subsidized gym membership. But that’s not all: they even organize a handful of team-building activities which range from movie nights to rock climbing and paintball games.

5. HowAboutWe

HowAboutWe is one of the newest online dating sites and has managed to revolutionize the way people meet each other. Users are invited to suggest their date ideas by finishing the phrase “How about we…” with the dates they’d like to go on, like “How about we take a stroll along the Venice Canals?”

Helping people go on great dates means that HowAboutWe’s team of engineers, designers, and product thinkers get to take advantage of a lot of cool perks like health and dental benefits as well as date giveaways and a transit program. They also enjoy a stocked fridge, beers, coffees, and meals, and the New York-based company even organizes monthly events for its valued staff like paintball, bowling, and poker tournaments.

6. SeatGeek

New York-based online event ticket marketplace SeatGeek aggregates dozens of the largest ticket sites and presents users with the best deals for tickets to live sports, concerts, and theater shows. Quite naturally, one of the benefits SeatGeek employees can enjoy is a monthly ticket stipend.

They also enjoy three weeks’ paid vacation, a fully stocked kitchen with snacks and drinks, a premium Spotify account, a Citibike annual pass, gym discounts, ping pong tournaments, Xbox Wars, and even retreats to the Hamptons. As an employee, you even get to choose your own hardware! And that’s just scratching the surface of SeatGeek’s employee benefits.

See Also: 5 Company Perks That Attract Millennials

Have you spotted the next company you want to work for and have already sent out your résumé? Can you think of any other fun-loving companies that would be awesome to work for? Perhaps you currently work at one of the companies we’ve listed here, or have done so in the past, and would like to share your stories and experiences with us? Let us know in the comments section below!

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