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The 20 Most Enjoyable Companies to Work For

The 20 Most Enjoyable Companies to Work For

Are you one of the hundreds of thousands of employees who would gladly trade your company for just about any other on the planet? Then you may want to start checking the online job postings at these 20 organizations because they have a reputation for being super places to work.

1. Google

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    Not only does Google consistently make the list of the best employers on the planet, but having the corporation name on your resume will do wonders if you decide to leave. Of course, why would you? Google offers so many perks including complimentary gourmet snacks 24/7, pooches that are welcomed with open arms and health benefits for new moms that it would be silly to simply get up and leave without a darn good reason.

    2. Citrix

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      Software can be an exciting industry, especially when you’re working for a place like Citrix. Employees can have the freedom to move around the campus and switch workspaces as they need. Not only does this foster creativity, but it allows them to keep from getting bored. Citrix has also regularly shown a propensity for being on the cutting edge of modern workplace design trends. Foosball, anyone?

      3. Procter and Gamble (P&G)

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        Located in the Midwest, P&G is known for its niceness to personnel. Some workers can even do their jobs from their homes, at least part time. Managerial training is a help for persons who want to further their careers but on someone else’s dime! At the holidays, it’s reputed that everyone who works at P&G gets a big box of brand-name goodies. That’s a gift that’s definitely useful!

        4. Disney

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          Disney is more than Disney World or Disney Land; it’s a total philosophy of fun, adventure and excitement. You can work for Disney almost anywhere around the globe, because the company has centers on almost every continent. No matter where you’re located, you can expect to get the benefits that come with working for Disney, such as Theme Park admissions, free food and sneak previews of the latest upcoming attractions! There’s nothing goofy about that!

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          5. Apple

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            We certainly couldn’t leave out Apple on a top 20 places to work list! Steve Jobs may no longer be at the head of this megalithic corporation, but his legacy lives on. Word on the street has it that when you become an Apple employee, you get the advantage of being able to push yourself to new levels of success. Apple has high standards, so slackers beware: This is a company where determination will pay off, and coworkers have a reason to collaborate.

            6. Wegmans

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              Who would have thought that a supermarket would make the top places that individuals want to work? It turns out that Wegmans treats its people the right way. From full benefits for part-time workers to scholarships for those going back to school, Wegmans has a strategy of bettering everyone who steps through their doors.

              7. Chevron

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                As one of the leading gas suppliers, Chevron is a household name. It’s also a great employer. One of the biggest perks is that they truly focus on work/life balance. That’s why the benefits packages are comprehensive, whether you want to find the best specialist or just connect with a different general physician.

                8. Chick-fil-A

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                  Chick-fil-A is a terrific story of a small company that made huge advances over the years without giving in to pressures to change. Not only does the company stand by its policy that restaurants shouldn’t be open on Sundays, but it encourages all employees to continuously give back to their communities. Employees site flexible working hours and internal promotion opportunities as reasons to definitely stay with this business.

                  9. Facebook

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                    You knew it wouldn’t be long before a social media giant was added to this listing! Facebook boasts as cool a working environment as you’d expect. First, everyone is ALLOWED to be on social media! After all, it’s part of the business. Free bikes take employees around to the different areas, there are no private offices and the whole campus is like a little city with restaurants, dry cleaners, etc. Be amazed and work for the best at Facebook while being your best. As they say on the company’s careers page: “We don’t have rules. We have values.”

                    10. Twitter

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                      Not to be outdone by its social media competition, Twitter is also in the running as an awesome place to call your home-away-from-home. Oh, and if you feel like taking a vacation, just do it. They don’t record how much time you need. #SeriouslyCoolPlace.

                      11. Bain & Company

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                        If you haven’t heard of Bain & Company before, you need to pay attention. Bain is a consulting company whose workers appreciate that they are more than just cogs in a wheel. Their achievements become part of the company’s legacy, and they are truly thanked for what they do with excellent salaries. It’s especially liked among female employees who feel that they are well-represented and their unique desires and needs are understood.

                        12. WebpageFX

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                          This is another example of a small company that’s on an enormous growth trajectory. Over the past few years, WebpageFX has taken the world of web development and marketing by storm. Employees get to dress casually, take advantage of flex hours, and work in an ultra-hip office space. Bonuses are made available, and humor is always on the menu!

                          13. LinkedIn

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                            Want to drive a scooter in or even around your workplace? Snag a job at LinkedIn! There, your workload will be offset with cube decorating contests, impromptu jokes with super-smart colleagues and fundraising events sponsored by the company. It seems that LinkedIn has a philosophy akin to “work hard, play hard.”

                             

                            14. Mayo Clinic

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                              For people who desire to make a difference every single day, the Mayo Clinic offers the ideal working atmosphere. There, careers seem to change lives. Anyone who is truly fond of research and science can’t help but become well-rounded and better educated when employed at the Mayo Clinic.

                              15. eBay

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                                eBay has been around for quite some time, but make no mistake: It’s as progressive a company as any other. Some of the locations even offer free oil changes and dry cleaning pick up and drop off! That’s definitely conducive to some happy balance between working and home life.

                                16. National Instruments

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                                  Are you craving a workplace in the tech and manufacturing realm that doesn’t treat you as if you’re a number? National Instruments wins kudos from employees every year because of its desire to make sure its people are working on projects they care about. The word “fun” seems to come up quite a bit when workers discuss their experiences with National Instruments… and that’s always a positive sign!

                                  17. CareerBuilder

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                                    As its name implies, CareerBuilder is more than a place to go for 8-9 hours a day. It’s a place to make a mark. The executive team is big on training, so you can expect to learn as much as you can while you’re a worker. A $400 reimbursement for wellness, including gym memberships, will keep you physically fit. Oh, and if you hit the numbers assigned to you, an all-expense-paid trip may be yours!

                                    18. Quicken Loans

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                                      Quicken Loans might be a pretty big corporation, but it doesn’t forget the little guys and gals who are at the heart of the company. From barbeques to free tickets to sports games, it’s a good time to be working for Quicken! Additionally, if you refer a customer to the company, you’ll get a nice bonus in your paycheck!

                                      19. Ultimate Software

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                                        It’s hard to miss the rows of icons stating that Ultimate Software has won awards as a top employer year after year. And no wonder – their health insurance coverage even extends to same sex partners, they have massages onsite and you might have the chance to win in an inter-departmental bowling challenge!

                                        20. Zappos.com

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                                          Rounding out the top 20 most enjoyable companies to work for is Zappos.com. Zappos considers its team members to be a part of the family, and they treat every day like a celebration.  This means there’s no dearth of enjoyment to be had when you’re going to work. In fact, it might feel more like going to an amusement park. As one employee said quite succinctly, the company culture was “perfect”. ‘Nuff said.

                                          Now it’s time to beef up your resume, go buy a new interview outfit and hitch your wagon to a star employer!

                                          Featured photo credit: Kevin Krejci via flickr.com

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                                          Last Updated on April 6, 2020

                                          How to Make a Career Change at 50 for Great Opportunities

                                          How to Make a Career Change at 50 for Great Opportunities

                                          Turning 50 is a milestone in anyone’s life, after all you are half way to 100! But seriously, turning 50 is often a time in life when people can sit back and take a look at where they’ve been and contemplate what the future holds.

                                          Can you change careers at 50? It’s not uncommon for people in their 50’s to consider a career change, after all if you’ve spent 20 to 30 years in a career, chances are that some of the bloom is off the rose.

                                          Often, when we are starting out in our 20’s, we choose a career path based on factors that are no longer relevant to us in our 50’s. Things like our parents’ expectations, a fast paced exciting lifestyle or the lure of making a lot of money can all be motivating factors in our 20’s.

                                          But in our 50’s, those have given way to other priorities. Things like the desire to spend more time with family and friends, a slower paced less stressful lifestyle, the need to care for a sick spouse or elderly parents can all contribute to wanting a career change in your 50’s.

                                          Just like any big life changing event, changing careers is scary. The good news is that just like most things we are scared of, the fear is mostly in our own head.

                                          Understanding how to go about a career change at 50 and what you can expect should help reduce the anxiety and fear of the unknown.

                                          What are Your Goals for a Career Change?

                                          As in any endeavor, having properly defined goals will help you to determine the best path to take.

                                          What are you looking for in a new career? Choosing a slower less stressful position that gives you more time with family and friends may sound ideal, but you’ll often find that you’re giving up some income and job satisfaction in the process.

                                          Conversely, if your goal is to quit a job that is sucking the life from your soul to pursue a lifelong passion. You might be trading quality time with family and friends for job satisfaction.

                                          Neither decision is wrong or bad, you just need to be aware of the potential pitfalls of any decision you make.

                                          Types of Career Changes at 50+

                                          There are four main types of career changes that people make in their 50’s. Each type has it’s unique set of challenges and will very in the degree of preparation required to make the change.

                                          Industry Career Change

                                          In this career change, a person remains in the same field but switches industries.

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                                          With an industry change, a person takes their set of skills and applies them to an industry that they have no previous experience in.

                                          An example would be a salesperson in the oil and gas industry becoming a salesperson for a media (advertising) company. They are taking their skill set (selling) and applying it to a different industry (media).

                                          This type of career change is best accomplished by doing a lot of homework on the industry you want to get into as well as networking within the industry.

                                          Functional Career Change

                                          A functional career change would be a change of careers within the same industry.

                                          For example, an accountant at a pharmaceutical company who changes careers to become a human resources manager. It may or may not be with the same company, but they remain within the pharmaceutical industry. In this case, they are leaving one set of skills behind (accounting) to develop a new set (human resource) within the same industry.

                                          In a functional career change, new or additional training as well as certifications may be required in order to make the switch. If you are considering a functional career change, you can start by getting any training or certifications needed either online, through trade associations or at your local community college.

                                          Double Career Change

                                          This is the most challenging career change of all. A person doing a double career change is switching both a career and an industry.

                                          An example of a double change would be an airline pilot quitting to pursue their dream of producing rock music. In that case, they are leaving both the aviation industry and a specific skill set (piloting) for a completely unrelated industry and career.

                                          When considering a double career change, start preparing by getting any needed training or certifications first. Then you can get your foot in the door by taking an apprenticeship or part time job.

                                          With a double change, it’s not uncommon to have to start out at the bottom as you are asking an employer to take a chance on someone without any experience or work history in the industry.

                                          Entrepreneurial Career Change

                                          Probably one of the most common career changes made by people in their 50’s is the entrepreneurial career change.

                                          After 20 to 30 years of working for “Corporate America”, a lot of people become disillusioned with the monotony, politics and inefficiency of the corporate world. Many of us dream of having our own business and being our own boss.

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                                          By this time in our life, we have saved some money and the financial pressures we had with young children have passed; so it’s a perfect time to spread our entrepreneurial wings.

                                          Entrepreneurial career changes can be within the same industry and using your existing knowledge and contacts to start a similar business competing within the same industry. Or it can be completely unrelated to your former industry and based on personal interests, passions or hobbies.

                                          A good example would be someone who played golf as a hobby starting an affiliate marketing website selling golf clubs. If you are considering an entrepreneurial career change, there are a lot of very good free resources available on the internet. Just be sure to do your homework.

                                          Practical Tips on Making a Career Change at 50+

                                          So you’ve decided to take the plunge and make a career switch in your 50’s. No matter what your reasons or what type of a career change you are embarking on, here are some helpful hints to make the transition easier:

                                          1. Deal with the Fear

                                          As stated earlier, any big life change comes with both fear and anxiety. Things never seem to go as smoothly as planned, you will always have bumps and roadblocks along the way. By recognizing this and even planning for it, you are less likely to let these issues derail your progress.

                                          If you find yourself becoming discouraged by all of the stumbling blocks, there are always resources to help. Contacting a career coach is a good place to start, they can help you with an overall strategy for your career change as well as the interview and hiring process, resume writing / updating and more. Just Google “Career Coach” for your options.

                                          I also recommend using the services of a professional counselor or therapist to help deal with the stress and anxiety of this major life event.

                                          It’s always good to have an unbiased third party to help you work through the problems that inevitably arise.

                                          2. Know Your “Why”

                                          It’s important that you have a clear understanding of the “why” you are making this career change. Is it to have more free time, reduce stress, follow a passion or be your own boss?

                                          Having a clear understanding of you personal “why” will influence every decision in this process. Knowing your “why” and keeping it in mind also serves as a motivator to help you reach your goals.

                                          3. Be Realistic

                                          Take an inventory of both your strengths and weaknesses. Are your organizational skills less than stellar? Then, becoming a wedding planner is probably not a good idea.

                                          This is an area where having honest outside input can be really helpful. Most of us are not very good at accurately assessing our abilities. It’s a universal human trait to exaggerate our abilities while diminishing our weaknesses.

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                                          Requesting honest feedback from friends and co-workers is a good place to start, but this is another area where a career coach can come in handy.

                                          4. Consider an Ad-Vocation

                                          Sometimes, making a career change all at once is just too big of a change. Issues like a severely reduced income, geography and lack of benefits can all be impediments to your career change. In those cases, you may want to start your new career as an ad-vocation.

                                          An ad-vocation is a second or ad-on vocation in addition to your primary vocation. Things like a part-time job, consulting or even a side business can all be ad-vocations.

                                          The benefit of having an ad-vocation is being able to build experience a reputation and contacts in the new field while maintaining all the benefits of your current job.

                                          5. Update Your Skills

                                          Whether it means acquiring new certifications or going back to school to get your cosmetology licence, having the right training is the foundation for a successful career change.

                                          The great thing about changing careers now is that almost any training or certifications needed can be free or at very little cost online. Check with trade associations, industry websites and discussion groups for any requirements you may need.

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                                          6. Start Re-Branding Yourself Now

                                          Use the internet and social media to change the way you present yourself online.

                                          Changing your LinkedIn profile is a good way to show prospective employers that you are serious about a career change.

                                          Joining Facebook groups, trade associations and discussion boards as well as attending conventions is a great way to start building a network while you learn.

                                          Here’re some Personal Branding Basics You Need to Know for Career Success.

                                          7. Overhaul Your Resume

                                          Most of us have heard the advice to update our resume every six months, and most of us promptly ignore that advice and only update our resume when we need it.

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                                          When making a career change, updating is not enough; this calls for a complete overhaul of your resume. Chances are that your current resume was designed around your old career which may or may not apply to your new goals.

                                          Crafting a new resume emphasizing your strengths for the new position your looking for is key. There are many places that will help you craft a resume online and it is a service included with most career coaching services.

                                          8. Know Your Timeline

                                          There are a lot of factors when it comes to how long it will take to make the career change.

                                          Industry and Functional career changes tend to be the easiest to do and therefore can be accomplished in the shortest period of time. While the Double Career Change and the Entrepreneurial Career Change both require more effort and thus time.

                                          There are also personal factors involved in the time it will take to switch careers.

                                          Generally speaking the more you are willing to be flexible with both compensation and geography, the shorter time it will take to make the switch.

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Changing careers at anytime can be stressful, but for those of us who are 50 or above, it can seem to be an overwhelming task fraught with pitfalls and self doubt.

                                          Prospective employers know the benefits that come with more mature employees. Things like a wealth of experience, a proven work history and deeper understanding of corporate culture are all things that older workers bring to the table.

                                          And while the younger generation may possess better computer or technical skills than us, if you’re willing to learn, there are a ton of free or nearly free resources available to you.

                                          Deciding on a career change at 50 is a great way to experience life on your own terms.

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