There’s a lot more to a job than just the salary. Or even the work itself. There’s the culture of an office, the perks of working there, and, of course, the general “coolness” of the work–as in, can you tell a story about your job that’s actually interesting? If you want a job that pays well and keeps the work interesting, look no further than:
- Why: Just take a look at their benefits page. Besides the regular bells and whistles, employees get tuition reimbursement, back-up child care, adoption assistance, free lunches and dinners cooked by gourmet chefs, an on-site doctor, shuttle services, family planning, a roller hockey rink, and an outdoor volleyball court. And because the average software engineer earns around $100,000.
- Key facts: Their headquarters are located in Mountain View, California, but they have offices all over the world. In 2010, their revenue was $29,321,000,000. And in 2011, they increased their employee headcount to 32,467–a staffing increase of 33% in one year. That means if the trend continues, 2012 will see more hiring.
- Who they’re hiring: Lots of people. Find a list here, which allows you the browse jobs by location or category.
Boston Consulting Group
- Why: Like Google, Facebook is famous for its lifestyle, which you can check out here. They provide microkitchens and lots of free food at most of their locations. In their Palo Alto headquarters, they have a cafe offering free breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They also have a laundry service. And according to Glassdoor.com, they pay their interns up to $6,000 a month. Software engineers can make double that.
- Key facts: Their headquarters are located in Palo Alto, California. And while Facebook keeps a tight lid on their finances, they were said to have raked in $4 billion in ad revenue in 2011.
- Who they’re hiring: Also like Google, Facebook is always on the prowl for the best and brightest. And they hire them across specialties. From IT to engineering, from sales to legal to communications–if you want to work for Facebook, there’s probably something in your field. Check out openings here.
- Why: Boston Consulting Group is often cited as one of the best employers in America. Why? The average consultant employed there makes $139,000 a year. But there’s more to it than that. Boston Consulting Group is focused on career growth, extended international opportunities, and their project-based work means employees can take extended breaks for practically any reason without sacrificing career progression.
- Key facts: Headquarters are located in Boston, and in 2010 their revenue sat at a comfortable $3 billion.
- Who they’re hiring: BCG is a little more ambiguous about who they’re hiring and what specific positions they’re hiring for. But you can start your search here. One thing is clear: they spend a lot of time and money recruiting each consultant, so you better be more than just a high achiever.
- Why: The culture at Zappos was described by CNNMoney as “zany”–and we agree. Who doesn’t want on-site “laughter yoga” classes? They also offer paid volunteer time, which seems like an oxymoron, but is actually kind of cool. Get paid to help people? We’re in. Employees also get monthly team field trips, free food, and pet insurance.
- Key facts: Their headquarters are located in Henderson, Nevada and in 2010 they raked in a hefty $1.6 billion in revenue.
- Who they’re hiring: Find a complete list here. Think tech, think development, think accounting. Or if you’ve got a brain for marketing and merchandising, you might find a home here.
- Why: Because artists can easily make $80,000 a year working on some of America’s best-loved movies. Plus the offices are practically a campus. And there’s free food. And there’s a basketball court. And a pond.
- Key facts: Their headquarters are in Glendale, California and they earned $785 million in 2010. Pretty fancy for a bunch of cartoons.
- Who they’re hiring: A lot of software engineers and tech-related artist types. Check it out here.