There are few things more professionally frustrating than being asked to put your hand down or settle for things as they are. Because doing your job should be about so much more than just doing your job. It should be about asking the hard questions, pushing for change and growing with the company you work for.
It doesn’t seem like that much to ask for — and if you’re running into that wall, be comforted that it’s not. The good news is that a lot of companies actively seek out employees with an eagerness to grow, learn and think outside the box. More than a few of those companies are right here in LA — check ‘em out below.
Founded in: 2011
What they do: StackCommerce is a native commerce platform for brands including Blue Apron, Engadget and Hulu. Based in the heart of Venice, the company is on a mission to help customers discover products they love. Word is, the company is pretty big on celebrating that spirit of discovery internally as well, with weekly happy hours, TedX-style speaker series, hack days and company cruises to boot.
We look for passionate, forward-thinking people who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.”
Insider scoop: “StackCommerce is a unique environment in that every single person has a voice and chance to make an impact on our creator community. We look for passionate, forward-thinking people who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, but also continuously think outside the box to push the company and our mission forward. I’m always impressed by candidates who are innately curious, ask smart questions and exhibit the entrepreneurial spirit that defines our team,” said Josh Payne, CEO of StackCommerce.
Founded in: 2012
What they do: Gimbal is a marketing and advertising company that uses real-world data to improve campaigns by some of the world’s leading brands, including Coca-Cola, Chrysler, Walgreens and Citibank. With perks including an unlimited vacation policy, gym memberships and regular team bonding experiences, it’s building out a competitive package to treat its employees well.
We believe culture builds winning teams.”
Insider scoop: “We believe culture builds winning teams. We put employees first and emphasize a vibrant working environment, which better enables us to achieve common goals and share in one another’s successes,” said Natalie Newman, a people operations lead at Gimbal.
Founded in: 2010
HQ: Woodland Hills
What they do: Golden Hippo is a direct response marketing company that partners with health, wellness and beauty companies. Founded by three brothers and their business partner in 2010, the company has partnered on consumer-facing wellness products that have graced the pages of Cosmo, Refinery29, Buzzfeed and Allure. Golden Hippo’s Woodland Hills office is just off the 101 freeway, fit with a full gym, outdoor area for dog walks and a yoga studio space.
If you’re an introvert like me, come apply. You’ll be in good company.”
Insider scoop: “Most companies tend to over-hire extroverts. We, on the other hand, equally value the thoughtfulness and focus introverts bring to the table. In fact, many of our top performers are introverts! So if you’re an introvert like me, come apply. You’ll be in good company,” shared Alex Block, Golden Hippo’s VP of marketing.
Founded in: 2015
What they do: Romeo Power is a battery technology company based in Vernon, just outside of Downtown LA. The company specializes in producing lighter, more efficient car batteries that last longer, without requiring any gas or carbon emissions. Romeo Power also designs sustainable energy storage systems used by businesses and utilities. Company perks include company equity, generous paid time off and relocation benefits. (Plus the general knowledge that you’re doing your part to change the world’s energy future.)
We’re looking for people who want to use their intelligence and expertise to solve our world’s most daunting energy challenges.”
Insider scoop: “Romeo Power exists to advance energy technology and end energy poverty. We’re looking for people who want to use their intelligence and expertise to solve our world’s most daunting energy challenges. If you want to innovate, grow personally, work alongside globally renowned energy technologists and change the lives of those who lack access to reliable energy, Romeo Power is your new home,” shared Lionel Selwood, COO of Romeo Power.