7 Companies I’m Dying to Work For

The 7 Perfect Companies to Work for After Graduation
It’s fun to daydream. It can also be really, really informative.
Yes, it was fun to read about all the dreamy companies out there with modern offices, glam travel opportunities, and creative environments. But as a soon-to-be college graduate, the act of writing down the names of my favorite companies on a piece of paper also taught me a lot about what I’d like to do post-graduation. I came into creating this list knowing that online media is something I’m really passionate about and interested in, but analyzing the common thread between my favorite companies has helped me reach a few more conclusions. Turns out, I’m not as confused about my future as I thought I was. Cheers for clarity!

This list features companies in different realms, from real estate to food, because I strongly believe that we shouldn’t be confined to our comfort zones when we don’t know what might come from stepping outside of them! 

I’m sharing my favorites here, in hopes that it sheds some light for anyone who’s transitioning into the real world or looking to switch careers.

Zillow

Yes, I’m talking about the one with the swoon-worthy real estate, you know, the Pinterest for real houses. Along with being named one of the best places to work in 2016 by Glassdoor, Zillow also boasts a comprehensive benefits package—everything from dental to 12 weeks maternity leave to gym reimbursement to, wait for it, free mass transit or transportation reimbursement. Their culture is described as collaborative and transparent, and their offices overlook downtown Seattle and the Olympic Mountains. Gotta love a view.

Camille Styles

An unfortunate reality of the media industry is that most companies are only in the big cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Chicago—especially if you're interested in lifestyle magazines and blogs. Which is why Camille Styles, which is based in Austin, is so relatable to readers and so desirable for employees who want to live in the South (or just somewhere cheaper than Manhattan). They feature lifestyle content, are a small team, and the coworkers have the loveliest camaraderie (just watch one of their videos). The company truly believes in their authentic content, and it shows.

The Honest Company

You may have seen their adorable ads featuring babies in cute diapers, but that’s not all they sell. The Honest Company has expanded into a lifestyle brand that includes cleaning, personal care, and even vitamins. Among their generous benefits are a generous maternity leave (16 weeks) and matching 401k. If that’s not enough, they have a great company culture—I mean, they celebrate birthdays, sing karaoke, and still find time to help the environment. And as a fan of their products, I wouldn’t mind getting a 50 percent employee discount. If Playa Vista, California is not your cup of tea, they also have offices in Austin, San Francisco, and even Ontario, Canada.

Glitter Guide

Although it doesn’t have an official HQ, employees of lifestyle brand Glitter Guide manage to meet IRL a couple of times a year. Their website is a burst of happiness, girliness, and inspiration. The team consists of a small group of creatives and contributors, and their hashtags are Insta-famous. #flashesofdelight, anyone? Wouldn’t you want your workhive to be filled with talented ladies and all things pretty? I know I would.

Girls Who Code

This company is definitely making waves, boasting partnerships with big companies like Covergirl and Facebook. I love that the Girls Who Code mission is to educate girls from elementary school all the way through high school in the basics of coding. As the world becomes more digital, there’s a rise in demand for jobs in computer science and the majority of those positions tend to be dominated by men. But GWC is changing that. 90 percent of the girls that participate in their summer immersion program decide to major or minor in computer science or a closely related field. They have offices in New York and San Francisco, and schools across the U.S. Their benefits include maternity leave, 401k, and health insurance. A company that wants to close the gap in technology and empower women? That’s something I can get behind.

HomeAway

If you’ve been hit by the travel bug and are looking to broaden your horizons and experience a new culture, a job at HomeAway might be just what the doctor ordered. With offices all over the world, from Colombia to Rome to Sydney, you can pretty much call yourself a professional globetrotter. They also offer jobs in various different fields, anything from HR to product and design. Apart from having the typical benefits, such as paid vacations and health care, the perk that sold me was their twice a month “Table Talks” in which everyone gathers and shares ideas, innovation, and creativity.

HelloFresh

If you’re a foodie and passionate about where food comes from, then HelloFresh might be the right fit. For those of you that might not be familiar, HelloFresh is a meal delivery service that aims to make home cooking fun, convenient, delicious, and healthy. They have locations in both the U.S. and Europe, so you can choose the location that you prefer. Bonus: they feature recipes by world famous chef Jamie Oliver, who’s one of their partners.

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The simple process of compiling this list taught me a lot about what I’m looking for in a job. No big secret: I’m interested in online media. But based on the companies I pinpointed, I learned that as an introvert, my ideal environment is a small- to medium-sized team. I’ve also confirmed that I crave an entrepreneurial and innovative environment where I have more flexibility and creativity is encouraged. Finally—and again, probably no surprises here—I tend to prefer women-centric companies where I am constantly inspired by like-minded individuals, and I am not afraid to voice my ideas and opinions. 

It’s hard to get clarity when you’re still learning and figuring out exactly what you want to do. But inward-looking processes like creating this list are incredibly helpful for the gal in career flux. Try it. 

What are some of you dream companies to work for, and why? Tell us in the comments!