5 Medium-Sized Businesses That Are Great Places to Work

When we talk about talent management trends and leaders we often look to large mega-corporations, but the U.S. is home to amazing small and medium-sized businesses as well.

Here are 5 that are great places to work right now:

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MediaMath is not a widely known company in most circles, but amongst talent management professionals it has a sterling reputation, often topping lists for the best medium-sized company to work for in the country.

MediaMath is the creator of the Terminal One Marketing Operating System, utilized by digital marketers, and in 2014 it earned the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award. It’s an award that’s particularly coveted in the talent management sphere because it’s awarded solely based on the feedback of the people who know best: the employees.

Based in New York, MediaMath grew its number of employees by 100 percent in 2014, with a recent focus on robust global recruitment.

“At its inception, Joe and the early executive team has laid the foundation for a positive corporate culture,” said Peter Phelan, MediaMath’s Chief People Officer. “Not only do we do our best to ensure a collaborative working environment, but also one that is energetic and fun and makes it exciting to work hard every day.”

“Glassdoor is working to create greater workplace transparency and is committed to helping people find jobs they love,” said Glassdoor CEO & Co-founder Robert Hohman. “Through the Employees’ Choice Awards, we aim to highlight those employers that excel in keeping employees satisfied and engaged.”

Some of the pros cited by employees of MediaMath include the level of innovation the company fosters, and the importance they place on training and development.


Acuity is an insurance company where a whopping 96 percent of employees say it’s a great place to work. Based in Wisconsin, Acuity has an annual revenue of $1 billion.

Some of the perks include the Magic Happens Gossip Line, which is essentially a creative employee recognition program. With the Gossip Line, every month 20-30 employees are recognized when they receive positive feedback from a customer, agent or coworker. Those names are posted on a bulletin board and then one name is drawn from that batch of employees so the person will receive a gift card and also recognition in a company-wide voicemail.

Another notable program is Lunch With an Officer. Usually anywhere from 10 to 15 employees are selected for lunch with an officer from any given area of the business, and by the time someone has worked for Acuity for two years they will have probably had the chance to lunch with every officer comprising the executive team.

Motley Fool

Motley Fool is probably one of the more well-known of the companies on this list, but it only employees about 300 people.

It’s a multimedia financial services company that provides investors with a wide variety of resources, and it’s based in Alexandria, Va.

On the Motley Fool website you’ll find free stock analysis and news, and you can also utilize their paid investment advising services.

As far as being an employee of Motley Fool, it seems to be pretty great. Along with topping lists from Glassdoor and Entrepreneur, Motley Fool also just recently was recognized in Washingtonian Magazine’s 2015 list of Great Places to Work.

The company is so invested in their cultural and talent management strategies that they even run a website and blog dedicated to all things related to these subjects, found at culture.fool.com.

One of the perks Motley Fool offers that make it an ideal work environment? The location. The company is headquartered in Old Town Alexandria, across from the King Metro Station and near great restaurants, sailing spots and bike trails.

What about vacation and sick policies? Take as much time as you need. They say that as long as employees are able to complete their work, and they let their supervisor know in advance if they’re going on vacation, they can go ahead and take a reasonable amount of time off, with pay. They’re also pretty flexible with work schedules—they say most of their employees start their days between 8 and 10 a.m. and work a 40 hour work week, but they also let employees customize their schedules.

Benefits include restricted stock in the company, bonuses for meeting company-wide targets, and even Fool Dollars, which is $1200 that can be used for things like gym memberships, tuition, and domestic partner insurance.

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The motto for employees at OtterBox is “Work hard. Play hard.”

OtterBox is a privately owned company that creates accessories for electronics. They’re particularly known for their ultra-durable phone cases that are water, shock and drop resistant.

Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, OtterBox is an innovation-centric workplace that embraces the entrepreneurial spirit. OtterBox also says it works to empower employees on a daily basis to make important decisions. This is done through defined job roles, recognition and identification of who they call “key contributors.”

Employees receive three full days of paid volunteer time a year, and they offer a comprehensive array of personal and professional employee training and development opportunities.


Squarespace is a SaaS content management system that allows business and individuals to create and easily maintain their own blogs and websites.

The company prides itself on having a workforce that’s very culturally diverse, with employees from more than 20 countries. Fortune Magazine has recognized the company as being not only one of the Best Small & Medium Workplaces in 2015, but also for being one of the best places to work for Millennials in 2015. Squarespace has also been included on Crain’s list of Best Places to Work in New York City every year since 2012.

Some of the work perks at Squarespace include flexible time off, catered, gourmet office meals and an equity plan. New parents are provided with up to 18 weeks of paid time off following a birth, adoption or receipt of custody of a child, and transitioning back to work is designed to be flexible for new parents.

Each month, employees of Squarespace get together and participate in an All Hands meeting, where they celebrate milestones, share updates and recognize new hires.

November 11, 2015   Updated :September 19, 2016      

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