Whether you are actively looking for a new role or just keeping an eye on the job market, keep these up-and-coming startups on your radar during your next job search.
The average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime, according to research from Gettysburg College. If you’re a traditional 9 to 5-er, that’s one-third of your entire life.
So why not choose a place to work that invests in you as much as you invest your time into it?
We dug through over 200,000 companies in our database to pinpoint the startups offering the best benefits for their employees and applying resources internally to build a strong, positive work environment.
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It’s always hard to paint a complete picture of a workspace unless you are actually embedded within it. But from the outside looking in, these companies are putting their money where their mouth is to grow sustainable cultures, advocate for transparency and provide safe and equitable workplaces for all employees to thrive.
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These startups offer more than just benefits to stay competitive. From customized professional development tracks to pet-friendly offices, these companies show they care deeply about investing in their people.
This New York-based startup works to shake up the supply chain with its platform built specifically for brands to manage their own production processes.
Workers there enjoy a slew of personal benefits such as remote flexibility, twice-yearly onsites for the whole team and unlimited PTO. They are also working on expanding its professional development benefits, so if you are looking for a startup to help you grow in your career, Anyvl might be a good fit for you.
Startups actively looking for talent with open roles on The Org.
The Series B startup might have been founded in the U.K., but its remote work policy means its employees can be located anywhere around the world. To ensure its global workforce stays cohesive, Maze’s team comes together during a quarterly all-hands meeting, called The Amazing Time, and in yearly week-long off-site gatherings.
Maze’s VP of People, April Hoffbauer, told The Org that the backbone to maintaining an asynchronous workforce is flexibility and trust.
“Maze is human-led by design, embracing the individuals — including their strengths and vulnerabilities — that make up our remote team,” Hoffbauer said. “We empower everyone to be independent, to contribute when and how works best for them, and to ask for help when needed, enabling them to bring their best selves to work everyday – no matter the hour, geography, or time zone."
What started as a one-person newsletter has evolved into a digital consumer product company on a mission to help people travel and experience the world. Scott’s Cheap Flights saves its more than 2 million members hundreds of dollars per ticket on airfare and inspires them to travel to new destinations every day. Boulder, Colorado-based, but with a full-remote team, the insider travel company is hiring marketers, finance managers and engineers.
Calling all animal lovers: Loyal is building age-defying technology to help boost the lifespan of your furry friend. It’s also hiring for passionate, smart and biotechnology-focused talent that loves dog gifs (no, really—it’s one of their company values). It’s raised over $50 million from Khosla, First Round Capital, Collaborative Fund and other funds.
Startups recognized for DE&I initiatives when it comes to hiring, onboarding and retaining diverse employees.
Gitlab has long been a champion of transparency, and that same spirit of open communication falls in line with its company-wide DE&I policies. One look at its extensive employee handbook, and it’s easy to see how much information about its diversity efforts, team resource groups and hiring plans it makes public for candidates to see.
In an open letter published on TechCrunch in 2021, co-founder and CTO Elias Torres candidly confessed that his martech startup, Drift, fell short of its DE&I goals in 2020. It’s the kind of radical transparency of owning up to mistakes and shining a light on new DE&I strategies, such as hiring diversity-focused recruiters, switching company strategy feedback from the board to employees and advocating for remote work to be more inclusive in the hiring process which landed Drift on our DEI champions list.
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The marketing tech company initially operated out of a warehouse in Brooklyn, but now only hires for remote roles, meaning employees can work worldwide. “At Air we believe creative work can happen from anywhere,” the company told The Org.
To support its workers, Air provides its far-flung workforce with laptops, keyboards, mice and monitor cables and dongles. Each employee is also entitled to $250 per calendar year for any additional equipment they might need, such as desks, laptop stands and headphones.
But Air’s distributed workforce hasn’t eroded its community-centric culture. Air hosts trivia nights, cocktail-making classes and escape rooms to keep its company culture alive. It also plans in-person collaboration opportunities such as monthly "warehouse days" in New York City and San Francisco, which “bring colleagues together to work and hang out in cool coworking spaces.”
Doorvest’s culture places a heavy emphasis on transparency. It was the winner of our 2021 Most Transparent Companies list in the “salary” category. Not only does Doorvest make salaries public to its employees internally — it also links out to a spreadsheet listing what each title at the company makes. In addition, Doorvest breaks down the thought process and formula behind each salary, noting that negotiations are not accepted as it believes “better negotiators aren’t better employees.”
Rocket.Chat is the world’s largest open-source communication platform used by 12 million users in over 150 countries. A firm believer in transparency, Rocket.Chat offers a workplace tool that allows companies to centralize and customize different messages, projects, tasks and customer support in one single place, boosting team productivity.
The team is fully remote and distributed around the globe in close to 30 countries. An annual summit brings “Rocketeers” together once a year so colleagues can meet each other in person. Employees also enjoy unlimited paid time off, mental health and well-being benefits and even a language class benefit to sharpen your bilingual skills.
Outside of generous parental leave policies and adoption assistance benefits, Chime tops our list for tech companies supporting LGBTQIA+ employees and customers. It was recognized as a 2022 BuiltIn LGBTQIA+ Advocacy Award winner for outstanding strategies to hire and retain LGBTQIA+ employees, as well as a benefits package that supports the unique needs of LGBTIA+ employees.
Lex is a lo-fi, text-based dating and social app for lesbian, bisexual, asexual and queer people. It’s also an app for womxn and trans, genderqueer, intersex, two spirit and non-binary people for meeting lovers and friends. Inspired by old school newspaper personal ads, Lex (formerly known as Personals) lived on Instagram for years before evolving into an app.
One of the only startups on The Org to include “Embrace Queerness” as a core company value, Lex is extremely transparent about its company mission and vision on its public Notion page, and was chosen by Apple as a top app for Pride 2021.
Companies verified on The Org and active members of our transparent startup community. All startups here have dedicated themselves to making their workforce and internal structure public.
Gooten operates a smart supply chain for brands that are looking to optimize their e-commerce business with on-demand manufacturing. Another fully remote team, it helps its distributed workforce build relationships with each other with its filled-to-the-brim org chart. Over 89 direct reports of CEO Brian Rainey have positions filled out.
Gooten’s team page is also packed with Insider Experiences from multiple teams across the company. “Gooten has given me the tools to grow, the teams are always willing to help,” Support Services Associate Evelin Villamil Perilla says.
With $22.4 million in funding, UserGems is building a platform that combines AI with data mapping to help identify B2B marketing and sales candidates that may have been customers with your company before, but have since moved on to new jobs. The San Francisco-based team is growing: Check out jobs on Senior Director of Revenue Operations Joss Poulton’s team or CTO Stephan Ketzl’s engineering team.
Dbt Labs made our 2021 Most Transparent Companies in Tech list for its outstanding and up-to-date public org chart, and 2022 is no exception for this company. 319 members of the distributed workforce are on The Org, making remote relationships and onboarding a breeze for new joiners here.
Montreal, Canada-based ClearEstate wants to make it easier for people to manage their financial estate planning and the entire settlement process with one platform. Its culture of transparency is a notable one. Its entire team is placed in its public org chart and its employees have even left feedback about the mission-driven culture.
“This is an amazing group of people who truly believe in providing an outstanding tech enabled service. The entire team is focused on customer satisfaction and creating a 5 Star experience,” says Stacy Burnett, Channel Sales Manager.