Seattle and its surrounding area is the second largest tech hub in the United States. This Pacific Northwest region is home to Amazon and Microsoft, and hosts many Silicon Valley and San Francisco-based companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Salesforce. Engineers and product managers will sometimes jump between the Bay Area and Seattle for new job opportunities, and it’s not uncommon to find our users looking for trending Seattle tech companies to work for.
When it comes to working in the tech industry, there is a common belief that the best employers are the tech giants. It’s true that these companies pay well and give amazing perks, but for those who prefer to work outside of FAANG and the established companies, there is no shortage of great employers in Seattle. Here’s a look at just five small and mid-size companies that are growing big in the rainy city, and receiving good reviews from its employees too.
Rover provides the nation’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers, with over 200,000 sitters across more than 10,000 cities. Using Rover’s site, pet owners can discover, book, and manage personalized care for their dogs. While Rover is well-known as a pet care business, it also identifies as a technology company that develops tools to make pet care safe, easy, and affordable. The company was founded in 2011 by venture capitalist Greg Gottesman and developer Phil Kimmey. The startup has raised over $310 million in its lifetime and acquired one of its largest competitors, DogVacay, last year.
Rover.com | ReKy33: “Salary seems good when comparing to other startups, work life balance is good, very low turnover, on call less than once every 6 mos, dogs in the office, people are nice and smart. Only potential pitfalls: promotions are once a year, so if you get hired at the wrong time of year or want a promotion quick, tough, and they’re growing their tech team really rapidly.”
Remitly is a mobile payments service that lets people transfer money internationally without the forms, agents, and fees that come with the traditional money transfer process. Money can be sent from 15 countries in North America, Europe, and Australia to 24 countries, including Ethiopia, India, Vietnam, and El Salvador. The company raised $115 million last year (the biggest funding round among Pacific Northwest startups in 2017) and is backed by industry-leading investors including, PayU, Stripes Group, DFJ, DN Capital, QED Investors, Bezos Expeditions, Tomorrow Ventures, among others.
Outreach is a sales software automation company that helps clients like Pandora, Cloudera, and Zillow to automate and streamline communication with customers. Clients can even integrate the Outreach sales software with existing tools, including Gmail, Salesforce, and LinkedIn Sales Navigator. Outreach has raised $125 million since it was founded in 2013. Their most recent funding round of $65 million was led by Spark Capital this past May.
Smartsheet is a cloud-based platform that helps companies manage large-scale projects by allowing employees to collaborate, plan, track, automate, and report on tasks. Hilton, NBC Universal, Netflix, and Sony are just some of the companies that use the software. Smartsheet was named in Forbes’ 2017 list of hottest cloud computing companies and went public this past April. The company is headquartered in Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle.
Founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin is a private aerospace company headquartered near Seattle in Kent, Washington. The company is developing technologies to lower the cost of spaceflight and eventually enable space tourism. Bezos has even proposed plans for establishing a colony on the moon with the help of NASA. Engineers at Blue Origin have the opportunity to help build the future of space exploration, and according to one Reddit user, they get to maintain work-life balance in the process.
Blue Origin | INT_21h: “Our managers are mature enough to realize that 40+ hour weeks just burn people out. We’ll crunch to support a test operation or a launch, but never without reason and with the acknowledgement that productivity will be a little lower as we recover after the crunch. The idea is to work smarter not harder and automate away as much busy work as possible.”
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