The 10 Best Startup Companies to Work For

Startup Companies Logos of disust, Compass, Brex, Robinhood, Doordash, Peloton

Whether you're a recent graduate looking to launch your career or a seasoned professional who's feeling stagnated at work, taking a job at a cool new startup can be an exciting and rewarding decision. These cutting-edge companies offer a way to take part in creating a unique product, developing more useful technology or reaching out to a previously underserved market.

So, where should you start? We've put together a handy list of the best startups to work for, with rankings based on LinkedIn's 2019 data study of companies that have surged in profits and employment growth. We'll give you the quick lowdown on the awesome products and services these startups are developing, the company culture, benefits, and the type of employees they're looking for.

10. Nuro

Year founded: 2016

Headquarters: Mountain View, CA

Number of employees: 400+ in the US

Nuro is an ambitious robotics startup, looking to develop the kind of business and household technology you've only seen in science fiction films. In February of 2020, their self-driving delivery pods were the first to be approved by the NHTSA for use on local roads.

Prospective employees, aka 'Nurons', are held to a high standard and should be prepared to work in a collaborative, intensely challenging environment. Nuro promises competitive salaries and excellent benefits, including daily catered meals, in exchange for hard work and results. Their extensive list of job openings favours electronics and software engineers, but they also have opportunities in accounting, legal and human resources.

9. Compass

Year founded: 2012

Headquarters: New York, NY

Number of employees: 12,000+ in the US

Compass is the best real estate startup to work for; In just a few years, their agents brought enough sales dollars to become the third-largest brokerage firm in the US. Compass has also expanded into marketing and workflow technology services, opening up several job opportunities in those fields as well as for sales agents.

The company wants ambitious, entrepreneurial employees at all experience levels. Compass ranks highly with staff for their innovative thinking, positive energy and full support of agents, but the fast-paced office can cause some struggles with important work-life balance. To learn more about the job, look to connect with current Compass employees on social media, and perhaps you could even earn a referral.

8. Peloton Interactive

Year founded: 2012 

Headquarters: New York, NY

Number of employees: 1,800+ globally

While there may be a few more marketing jobs open after that notorious Peloton holiday ad, the fitness equipment startup is still going strong. Product sales rose 72% during the busy 2019 shopping season, and the company reached 2 million subscribers to its streaming workout classes.

Peloton competes with well-established companies in offering incredible benefits like comprehensive health coverage, student loan repayment plans and free cycling classes. The bulk of job offerings are in retail (global) and software engineering (New York). Prepare for a tough interview process with company culture, creative and technical questions. The standard online application process will get qualified candidates an interview, but those in retail may have better luck applying in person.

7. Robinhood

Year founded: 2013

Headquarters: Menlo Park, CA

Number of employees: 900+ in the US

Robinhood appeals to young, active investors with its free stock options, ETF and cryptocurrency trades as well as high-yield savings accounts. While it no longer corners the market on free trades, it still earned a five-star rating at NerdWallet for its nimble mobile app, $0 account minimum, and fractional shares.

Robinhood is keen to expand its business, so jobseekers looking to land a challenging role at a great startup have a wealth of opportunities. The company is looking for candidates with degrees and a high level of experience in customer service, product design, risk and compliance, recruiting, finance and operations. Jobs are available at the home office, as well as locations in Denver, London and Lake Mary, and Florida.

6. Good American

Year founded: 2016

Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA

Number of employees: 100+ in the US

Reality TV stars make big money, and Khloe Kardashian is no exception. Her size-inclusive apparel brand Good American, which she runs with co-founder Emma Grede, hit $1 million in sales on the first day it launched. It continues to succeed by gradually expanding its selection and listening to what customers want.

Good American has the smallest number of staff on our list, so it's not as easy to break into this company. Those with creative, fashion, software and e-commerce experience should set up job board alerts so they can pounce on any available listing.

Good American prefers employees who are driven, innovative and devoted to the company's inclusive mission. As for the perks, they range from office snacks, a positive environment and full health, dental and vision coverage.

5. Brex

Year founded: 2017

Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

Number of employees: 400+ in the US

As the youngest company on our list, Brex has already made waves with its corporate card for startups and e-commerce businesses. In fact, it reached a valuation of $2.6 billion in just two short years and is looking to expand into a financial services giant just as quickly.

This is great news for jobseekers, particularly those who want to fast track their career advancement. Brex currently has many openings in customer service, data science, product design, software engineering, finance, marketing and operations. Its employees get a challenging, exciting job with excellent benefits and the opportunity to progress within the company. To get started, reach out to Brex staff on social media as referrals will help, but be prepared to work long hours.

4. DoorDash

Year founded: 2013

Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

Number of employees: 7000+ in the US

Being an independent contractor for companies like the food delivery app DoorDash can have its ups and downs, but the full-time main office staff declare this the best startup to work for thanks to a great company culture, job perks and an exciting workflow. The company now serves over 4000 cities in the US, Canada and Australia, and the constant expansion means a steady flow of job opportunities.

Available positions range from software engineering and robotics to customer service to sales and marketing. The company also has many openings for executive and management positions. As for the interview process, it can be varied, lengthy and intense. Online applications do lead to phone screens, so you'll get the chance to promote yourself and progress to the next step.

3. Samsara

Year founded: 2015

Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

Number of employees: 1,300+ in US

It's no surprise that most Samsara employees work out of two of the best tech cities in the world, San Francisco and San Jose. The tech startup provides several different production and transportation industries with both hardware and software efficiency solutions like AI dash cams, GPS tracking and real-time vehicle routing software.

LinkedIn reports that Samsara will be adding 1000 new positions in 2020, in addition to multiple jobs already available. The most significant opportunities are in sales and software engineering, but positions are also open in marketing, product design, HR and more. As a candidate, you should focus your interview answers on Samsara's three cultural principles: obsess over customers, build for the long term and adopt a growth mindset.

2. dosist

Year founded: 2016

Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA

Number of employees: 100+ in the US

dosist has a unique vision for the ever-evolving cannabis market: to deliver compounds that provide pain relief and other health benefits without the overwhelming psychoactive effects. Their focus on precise, efficient dosage has led to a successful proprietary dose pen.

dosist is a great startup to work for if you're interested in the science, healing properties and culture of cannabis, and creating an 'experiential lifestyle brand' for enthusiastic consumers. The company is always looking for brand ambassadors in the US and Canada to promote dosist locally and at events like Coachella and Art Basel. Current employees laud the benefits, talented colleagues and learning experience, but like many startups, job security can be tenuous.

1. Snowflake

Year founded: 2012

Headquarters: San Mateo, CA

Number of employees: 1,700+ in the US

Snowflake achieved an impressive growth spurt in 2019 with its cloud computing service, tripling revenue and employee count. It also branched out to nine countries and plans to expand that to 20 in 2020. There are multiple global job openings in every department, including all technical, customer service and operational areas.

The surge in profits isn't the only reason Snowflake comes in at the top of the list. Current employees love the positive, energetic atmosphere, and the management's genuine open-door policy. Benefits include several healthcare options, extensive vacation and sick leave, 25 free therapist visits a year and gym membership reimbursement. Snowflake doesn't work with most recruiters, so your best bet is to apply directly through their website.

 

We hope this list of the best startups to work for has inspired your job search. Starting and sustaining a successful new business requires creative thinking, hard work, long hours and a lot of stress–from both the founders and their employees. Jobseekers must weigh the more challenging and thrilling aspects of joining startups with the risks, like disorganized management and lack of job security.

 

So, which of these startups most appealed to you? Do you prefer the excitement of a new venture or the relative safety of a more established company? Join the discussion below and let us know!