Washington, D.C. isn’t just for aspiring politicians and FBI agents. From the picturesque landscape and blooming cherry blossoms to countless museums and cultural events, our nation’s capital is a great place to live and work.
We researched some of the many amazing companies based near our nation’s capitol. We think you’ll agree when we say we’re ready to pack our bags and move to D.C. for a chance to work at one of these eight companies known for their collaborative and culture-focused work environments.
The Motley Fool
Based just outside D.C. in Alexandria, Virginia, The Motley Fool provides financial solutions for investors through investing and personal finance products. Despite targeting the world of finance, The Motley Fool is anything but a conservative group of suits. The company is known for its laid-back environment, close-knit team, and focus on teamwork — they even have a chief collaboration officer. For these reasons and more, Glassdoor ranked Motley Fool as the best company to work for in the U.S. in 2014.
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Motley Fool offers their employees endless perks, including a flexible work schedule, competitive salary, unlimited vacation and sick time, and comprehensive health, vision, prescription, and dental coverage for less than $10 per month. No wait, we’re not finished. Motley Fool also helps you start investing and offers tuition reimbursement, free fitness classes, an onsite gym, weekly massages by a licensed therapist, and the list goes on. What are you waiting for – sharpen up that resume!
Located just a few steps from Dupont Circle in the heart of D.C., Fundrise is a real estate crowdfunding and investment platform connecting investors directly to individual properties online. Having successfully launched the only public crowdfunding equity real estate offerings in the United States, the company has been applauded for setting the stage for effective and successful crowdfunding.
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Much of Fundrise’s success is due to its hiring philosophy. The company strives to find smart and driven individuals who want to help revolutionize the business of real estate and investment. As Fundrise has been around for only a few years, they offer employees tremendous growth potential. Along with an energetic and collaborative workplace, employees receive competitive salaries and top-of-the-line benefits.
And employees love Fundrise. Adam E. said, “Everything about the company is worth moving for – the idea is brilliant, the team is creative and our momentum continues to grow. [In addition to] the ability to work in a truly collaborative environment where everyone’s ideas matter and the hard work we put in is for the benefit of the company as a whole.” When we asked his favorite perk of working at Fundrise, he said, “The funny and friendly atmosphere (in addition to the wonderful dogs) make the company very different from what I’m used to and make me excited to come to work in the morning!”
Infinitive provides modern companies interested in the cutting edge with “digital ad solutions, customer and audience intelligence, enterprise risk management, and business transformation.” Infinitive isn’t your average consulting firm. With a team that enthusiastically works, lives, and breathes by its seven core values — one of which is “kick-ass attitude” — the company has been recognized for its strong culture and has been named one of the best places to work for Millennials.
The company’s philanthropic efforts and community involvement set it apart as a great company to work for. Infinitive encourages its team to actively participate in causes close to their hearts and frequently hosts corporate community service projects. At Infinitive, it’s not just about clocking your eight hours — the team enjoys what they do in and outside of the office.
This popular online marketplace that allows people to buy and share things to do in their city has six different offices in Washington, D.C. But LivingSocial believes that talent isn’t everything. The company wants passionate people who love to work together to create something fantastic. They inspire their employees to think outside the box, take risks, and stand by their innovative ideas.
Along with an inspiring company culture, LivingSocial offers the perks many people only dream of having. They offer commuter benefits to make it easier for you to get around town, regular classes ranging from cooking workshops to fitness sessions, generous 401(k) matching, an onsite gym, backup child care, and competitive maternity and paternity leave. Sound like your kind of company to move for? Check out LivingSocial’s current job listings and get packing!
The international hotel chain conglomerate headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, has mastered the art of company culture and values. One of the great benefits of working with a large company is the opportunity for career growth. Marriott embraces and promotes this notion, striving to help its employees pursue their dream career path.
Working at Marriott, you’ll quickly discover that the company invests in its people. Along with advancement opportunities, the company offers competitive benefit packages, hotel room discounts at their locations around the world, and extensive training and professional development. Marriott encourages you to gain experience in numerous disciplines to help you understand the hospitality business. If you love hospitality and global travel, Marriott is the place to be.
Spider Strategies is an Alexandria-based company that develops easy to use, industry-leading software performance management tools. Both the “Washington Business Journal” and “Washingtonian Magazine” have named Spider Strategies as one of the best places to work.
Spider Strategies hires the best of the best, and they treat their employees well. Spider Strategies believes happy employees create better ideas, improved productivity, and strong products. To ensure their team members are happy, they provide competitive pay, top-notch benefits, and an enjoyable, collaborative team environment.
You’ve seen the TV commercials, right? CustomInk is an online retail company that allows customers to design and order custom apparel, whether it’s for your favorite aunt or a giant company event. With a smiling octopus named Inky as their mascot, CustomInk is dedicated to creating a fun, lighthearted, and customer-focused working environment. The company is also known for its philanthropic spirit with their Three Hearts Initiative. CustomInk hosts an annual “Be Good to Each Other” campaign, which raises funds and awareness for bullying prevention. They also give back to Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic and other charitable programs.
From day one, you can expect to have fun working at CustomInk. The company is nationally recognized for having a high-trust workplace culture and for its focus on team well-being, shared values, and generous benefits. On a regular basis, expect free snacks, catered lunches, happy hours, awards nights, and a casual dress code.
REI Systems “provides turnkey, Web-enabled solutions to manage complex business processes”. The company has experienced expansive growth within just a few years and now has several locations around the greater D.C. area. Known for delivering solutions within budget, the company has enhanced their clients’ program performance metrics and business process efficiency so much that they have received numerous excellence awards.
REI Systems dedicates just as much energy into their staff as they do their customers. They offer a flexible work environment, extensive benefits, education reimbursement, continuous training, home Internet service reimbursement, 401(k) matching, and stock options. Working at REI Systems, expect to stick around — the company has an impressive 95 percent staff retention rate.
If you’re ready to experience a strong company culture and collaborative team environment, Washington, D.C., offers many great options. And while you fill out your job applications and search for an apartment, we’ll help you with the move details.
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