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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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                                          The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

                                          The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

                                          Regardless of whether you hold an entry-level administration role or regularly travel to the ends of the Earth as a hot-shot senior executive, you can still find yourself harboring an emptiness… a feeling that something is missing. A popular assumption that experiencing job satisfaction and a successful career should be underpinned by a well-rounded suite of tangible benefits, no longer holds true for many of us.

                                          We’d never deny health care benefits, appropriate and fair remuneration, bonuses and travel perks in a job package. However, even if served to us on a silver platter, those features can only satiate us to a certain point.

                                          You might wonder what governs entrepreneurs and start-up business owners to quit their lucrative jobs, essentially look the gift horse in the mouth and kiss such benefits goodbye! There can be an irresistible pull to mastermind a business with products and/or services that serve the greater good of community wider than that constituting their daily existence.

                                          Even with research showing entrepreneurship to pose greater threats to their mental and physical health, this unique breed of individuals choose to go against the grain in chasing their dreams of being their own boss. Why? Why would anyone risk this type of career suicide?

                                          Whether you’re an employee, have recently taken the leap to being a business owner or been in business for a while, the commonality is a congenital condition we all share as human beings; to feel a sense of purpose, value and contribution to our community. Despite it being harder to find this for ourselves in today’s world, these approaches will help you achieve ultimate satisfaction through the twists, turns and joyrides that are essential features of shaping a successful career.

                                          1. Search for Opportunities That Feed Your Passion, Not Temporary Excitement

                                          Even though well-intended, the ‘feel good now’ compass that career coaches and consultants often recommend you use to create career satisfaction can actually do you more harm than good. Excitement is transient. It doesn’t last. Passion is the compass you need.

                                          Passion and excitement are two different things. The resounding career legacy that still draws you to turn up on the job regardless of the sunshine or storm that awaits you…that’s passion. It’s like a mental and/or emotional itch you can’t shrug off. Staying attuned to that calling will breed success for you sooner or later. Patience is key.

                                          You’re also likely to have more than one key passion. Beware of getting caught in the notion you have to find your one true purpose. In fact, run immediately from any coach who tells you there is only one. There isn’t.

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                                          Your passion is a journey that can take multiple forms so forget thinking there is the single dream job out there that will give you satisfaction in every way you can imagine. It simply doesn’t exist.

                                          Consider embracing different roles and projects to help you fuel your passion or fuel your pursuits in finding it. Job satisfaction and your career success will be all the more sweeter from a wider range of enriching experiences.

                                          2. Don’t Position Job and Career Satisfaction Assessments as Pivotal Guides to Your Success

                                          Despite their popular use for vocational guidance, assessment tools such as Gallup’s Clifton Strengths and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator have come under fire[1] as being limited to the amount of true value and direction they can offer partakers.[2] These and many other guidance assessment tools (e.g. VIA Character Strengths , DISC ) are self-report questionnaires that don’t have normative population data against which to compare your results.

                                          Simply remember these tools help you develop a stronger sense of what you identify as strengths and weaknesses within yourself, not in comparison with other people. They will still add insight around what sorts of career opportunities, tasks and projects are going to light your fire, what ones are going to extinguish it and what will prod and keep the coals steadily smoldering.

                                          3. Be Clear on Your Personal Values, Ethics and Principles and Choose Relationships That Support You Honoring Them

                                          Teamwork, collaboration, open communication and trust are commonplace for any flourishing work environment. However, whether or not your personal values can be honored in your work can make or break your job satisfaction.

                                          How committed do you want to be to an organization that expects an average of 10 unpaid overtime hours every week under the guise of ‘reasonable overtime’? Are you willing to accept their construing this expectation as ‘strong commitment’ at the expense of your partner and children waiting at home for you? What are your boundaries concerning when you clock on to their time and when you clock off to yours?

                                          Being very in tune with what your personal values, principles and ethics are will bid you well in the job satisfaction stakes. Spending time to reflect on experiences and working relationships you’ve had – the good, the bad and the ugly – will help you make well-informed searches and grounded decisions that will propel your career success.

                                          Finding and nurturing relationships with associates and colleagues who share similar values doesn’t just make your day-to-day pursuits more enjoyable. You become fortunate to work with like-minded people who will support, understand and appreciate you like a second family.

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                                          Being able to honor your personal values in your work means you will still be able to sleep at night when you have to tread where others fear to, and make extremely difficult decisions others would never ever dream of having to make as you forge success in your career.

                                          4. Be Clear on Your Own Definition of What Having a Successful Career Means for You

                                          It’s tempting to get caught up in the ideals and projections of success expressed by those we love, admire and respect. Underneath, we all want on some level to belong to a successful club of some sort.

                                          With research reporting how much money we feel we need to be truly happy,[3] many of us try to subscribe to the notion that having the car of our dreams or taking a European holiday annually will not bring us happiness. The truth, however, for many of us is these tangible rewards are congratulatory reminders of our persistent efforts to chase our career pursuits.

                                          If those are things you aspire to, don’t let anyone steal your desire and want to feel deserving of these things, that those are some parameters by which you define your career success.

                                          Despite consistently being the top revenue earner for two years running, you may not wish to become the sales manager. You may not wish to step out into running your own business even though you consistently excel as an employee, delighting clients and repeatedly receiving glowing testimonials.

                                          Your definition of career success might be enjoying the predictability of a regular workplace routine. You get to leave – without feeling guilty – at the same time each day, love the people you work with and get to spend a good, uninterrupted amount of work-stress free quality time with your family. That picture is also blissful job satisfaction and complete career success.

                                          5. Identify the Sorts of Challenges and Problems You Want to Learn to Overcome

                                          Standard advice you might receive from a career coach might be to look for opportunities where you get to capitalize on exercising your strengths and career-related activities you enjoy.

                                          However, to become a success at anything involves improvement. To excel at anything often involves stepping outside boundaries and comfort zones where others wouldn’t. This means dedicating focus and attention to things you’re not so good at and things you don’t like.

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                                          Here’s where working with a coach can be particularly helpful. Map out the experiences that were unsavory in your working history. Were there challenges you opted out of, projects you failed at or toxic relationships that blasted your sense of purpose and self-worth into oblivion? It’s within these experiences that you might just find the most valuable lessons and guiding lights for your trajectory to achieve greater job satisfaction.

                                          If your natural leadership style is to be a collaborator, finding opportunities that require you to apply a more dictatorial style might be needed. Discussing a secondment or short-term project where you get to develop and test your skills can be a step further in earning contention to lead a larger project down the track.

                                          With several of the company’s boldest personality types penciled to roll out the operation, you’ll not only develop skills that earn your right to throw your hat in the ring; those key players have an opportunity to see your competence. You can then work on building relationships with those stakeholders before you need to hit the ground running should you win the lead.

                                          Greater job satisfaction comes with planning and choosing the lessons and opportunities you want to learn, not desperately flailing, floundering and hoping for the best.

                                          6. Keep Reviewing Your Goal Posts and Be Amenable to Change

                                          The word ‘career’ is indicative of a longer-term pathway of change, growth and development. The journey is dynamic.

                                          You will accumulate new skills and let those you no longer need, become rusty. Your intrigue will be stimulated by new experiences, knowledge and people you meet. Your thinking will continue to expand, not shrink. As a result, your goalposts are likely to change.

                                          A major part of enjoying a successful career is not just setting goals effectively, but regularly reviewing and readjusting them where necessary. However, moving the posts or the target still needs to take place by applying the same processes by which you originally created them. The strength of your emotional connection to those revised goals needs to be the same, if not stronger.

                                          By asking yourself the following questions, you can assure your developmental and growth trajectory is still on course:

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                                          • Would working toward these goals still allow me to honor my personal values, principles and ethics at the same capacity if not greater?
                                          • Do the activities I need to undertake to meet these goals honor my highest priorities?
                                          • Does this feel right for me and those who are nearest and dearest to me?
                                          • Is this aligned with my passion?
                                          • Is chasing this goal a right step for me to take now or is this a detour or distraction which could delay my greater plan?

                                          Each of your career goals should have different review periods. Whatever you do, stick to the review schedule you set. It will not only keep you focused but help you see your progress (or lack thereof) and allow you to timely re-chart your course before you get too far down the track. You don’t want to waste time haphazardly heading in the wrong direction.

                                          7. Be Prepared to Let Go

                                          It can be unfathomable to us as to why others risk leaping into the unknown when everything truly appears fine and dandy in the career realm. The company provided stability, recognition, financial success, interesting projects and the promise of a promotion…what was wrong? Why now jump sideways to run a café or train in another field altogether?

                                          Nothing may have been wrong at all. It was all going right. It was just the end of a chapter. Perhaps the yearning for the next step is actually taking a different trajectory entirely. You may want to simply experience a different rhythm. Perhaps it’s time to pursue a different passion.

                                          If you have leaped from employee-land to freelancing or have made the reverse-jump (or you know someone who has), you will have quickly grown a different appreciation for pros and cons each work lifestyle brings. Working for yourself can bring the greater realization of your creativity, whether or not it can be monetized to earn you a living.

                                          When your customers are buying you or a product you designed and fashioned, there is a direct level of appreciation and gratitude that can elevate your confidence in the way you have never experienced as an employee, regardless of your rank.

                                          Similarly, there are times where we need to recognize our business ventures were adventures, not long-term life-changing empires. There are times we need to recognize that time is what provides the clearest limitation of how long we persist for in such pursuits.

                                          We have to recognize the absence of enough financial, mental, emotional and physical breadcrumbs that tells us we’re no longer meant to push in that direction. At least, not for the present time.

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          Above all, keep the momentum. As long as you remain committed to pursuing work opportunities that allow you to honor your highest priorities, the truth of who you are and what you stand for, achieving ultimate job satisfaction and a successful career will never be too far away.

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