It goes without saying that Seattle is a great place to call home. It’s one of the fastest growing cities in the country for a reason (or many reasons). With a thriving underground art movement, some of the best restaurants in the country, hundreds of startups opening every year, and the biggest names in tech opening local headquarters, Seattle is deserving of the hype.
Many hopeful new faces are appearing every week, making Seattle home. If you are one of those people, you’re likely looking for a new place to work. Or maybe you’re a veteran of Seattle who is looking to make the change and find a new job.
Whatever the case, ATLAS Workbase is here to help. ATLAS specializes in encouraging productivity and results. Make ATLAS your homebase for job finding and you will have all of the resources at your fingertips for networking, video interviews, research building, and the application process (even to the point of printing out resumes). The job search is stressful, but ATLAS Workbase is a great place to start your journey.
What are the Best Companies to Work For in Seattle?
This will be a completely subjective answer based on what is important to the person asking it. If you enjoy where you’re working and your coworkers, if the benefits fit your needs, and if you have a good relationship with your boss, that’s a great place for you to work. Seattle does have a lot of excellent companies to work for, so take a peek at some that have good reputations as employers.
While benefits are important and worth mentioning, it is surprising how much the culture is important to teams. Almost universally, it appears that employees value upper management and executives that are passionate about the company and employees.
Small Companies (15-60 employees)
Prime Team Partners.
Recruiting company with 15 employees. Company owner Darren Hogben truly cares for his staff.
Parker Staffing Services.
Staffing company with 17 employees. The company matches 401K contributions up to 8%.
Kinetic Sports Rehab.
Sports medicine services with 31 employees. Known for upbeat and positive employees.
Schlemlein Goetz Fick & Scruggs PLLC.
Law offices with 25 employees. They cover 100% of health insurance premiums and have a fully functional gym.
Accounting firm with 50 employees. Employees get half-day Fridays during down-season and free lunch during busy tax season.
Mid-size Companies (61-150 employees)
Software company with 85 employees – A company with a fantastic work culture where everyone chips in and no one points fingers.
OAC Services Inc.
Construction management firm with 64 employees. The company has a “no jerks” policy that really works.
Life insurance company with 102 employees. The team works well under incredible leadership.
A texting software company with 92 employees. Employees can bring their dogs into the office and they have free Friday lunches.
Olympia Federal Savings.
A financial institution with 110 employees. The company embodies their commitment to the “communities it serves.”
Large-Size Companies (151+ employees)
Evergreen Home Loans.
A mortgage company with 467 employees. The employees look up to president Don Burton and think of him as the most committed employee in the business.
A mortgage company with 165 employees. Employees feel like the executives embody the values of the company.
An online real estate database with 1,191 employees – the company offers many fitness options for employees such as a gym membership, a fitbit, standing desks and treadmill desks.
A Compensation Data and Software Company with 450 employees – the company 100% trusts employees, offering unlimited time off, and team sponsored happy hours.
Web App Company with 155 employees – they have a water-ski boat a few blocks away from the offices that employees can take out any time.
Finding the Best Tech Companies to Work for in Seattle
Much of the population growth in Seattle is directly tied to the tech boom. With startups and software giants moving in every year, Seattle has created its own Silicon Valley. If you are one of the tech-skilled hordes to head to the Pacific Northwest, here are some of the great local companies to consider as your home base.
Avalara offers sales tax solutions to international business. This young business is growing quickly and has a lot of energy. They have a good reputation from employees and a great benefits package.
Blue Origin has a passion for space exploration. Every member of their team shares that excitement. They work on software and hardware, engineering real products in a 260,000 square foot warehouse in Kent.
Avvo is a legal tech firm that is combining the legal field with technology. They offer a great benefits package to employees, including fully covered health insurance (as well as free legal advice) and they fully support work/life balance.
Inrix is solving the problem of traffic congestion around the globe to improve urban quality of life. On the homefront, they offer self managed vacations and 100% coverage of health insurance.
Nintex is helping employees automate workflows and business processes. Employees move quickly, collaborate, and boast of a great company culture. They offer competitive payment packages and benefits.
Things to Consider When Looking for the Best Places to Work in Seattle
You know what you want, what you’re good at, and what your job history is more than anyone else. There are a couple things to consider when trying to find the best place to work in Seattle. You should have a general idea of what you’re looking for in a job and a workplace before you even start your search. If you don’t know what you want yet, here are some questions to consider when you’re on the hunt.
- Company Values
- Company Culture
- Opportunities for Learning and Growth
- Security and Stability
This is an obvious element. Do you have a car? Do you mind sitting in traffic? Do you live nearby? Can you walk or take public transportation? Do you have the option to work from home when necessary or is the job completely remote? All of these answers should play a large part in finding work. The amount of time and energy workers put into their commute is rather surprising. The average commuter invests one hour per day on their commute (54 minutes to be exact), which is five hours a week, or 235 hours each year (considering 47 work weeks each year). With the knowledge that you may spend over a week (or more) in your car each year, commute is definitely a consideration.
This is an obvious one, and probably the first thing on the minds of most job seekers. Know what your ideal wage is, if you will go lower for a job you really want, and if you’ll accept a less desirable position if they offer to pay you more. Figure out what your budget is and the least you will accept from a job. Don’t be afraid to ask about flexibility when you receive your first offer. You may be able to bump up your package by a substantial amount.
Do you work best in the early morning, or do you need an extra couple hours of slumber to be functional during the day? It’s important to find out the core hours of the team you’re joining, and whether there is some flexibility. The hours you spend at your job make up about 1/3 of your waking life (and some of the most important hours), so you should make them as enjoyable and convenient as possible.
Check out the mission statement of the company you’re interviewing with, as well as some employee testimonials. Do their values match up with your own? For example: if you’re a vegetarian applying for a cosmetics company, make sure they are clear about their testing procedures.
Be sure to read over all of the information on the careers page of the company you’re looking into. There should be quite a lot of information about how the company relates to and values its employees. Be sure to also speak to everyone interviewing about their personal experiences. Does the company value equally the home and work time of employees? Is there good communication with the executives of the company? Is there a ping pong table in the break room and is that important to you?
Opportunities for Learning and Growth
There’s nothing more frustrating than finding a job and then discovering that you are stuck in that job forever, with no forward movement in the company. Be sure to ask questions about a path for growth with the company and how you can expand in and beyond the job you’re interviewing for.
Perhaps you just want a mindless job that you can leave at the door when you get home. This is totally fine. But if you want to be challenged, be sure to find out if that is something that is possible for the role you are interviewing for.
Security and Stability
Are you the kind of person who enjoys the exciting and unexpectedness of a startup? Or do you require stability in your work environment to work effectively? These are definitely things you need to keep in mind during your job search. While it’s good to have interviews and keep an open mind, you also don’t want to waste too much time on jobs that aren’t a good fit for you.
You’re Looking for Work. What Now?
- Find a location to work from
- Get into a rhythm
- Try to apply to new jobs every day
- Respond to communication quickly
- Ask for help
- Don’t get frustrated
Find a central location to work from
It’s a good idea to find a location to work from consistently when applying for jobs. This should probably be outside of the home. Working from home can offer many distractions ranging from Netflix to making a more pleasant phone call. Even cleaning can be a more desirable way of passing time than applying for jobs. Finding a location to work from allows you to plug in headphones and focus only on work.
ATLAS Workbase is a great place for job application HQ. It offers many amenities such as coffee, snacks, lockers, and showers. It also supplies any work situation you could dream up, from a telephone booth to a coffee shop table. All of this combined with consistent high-speed internet and meetings rooms equipped with technology for video interviews, and you’re all set for your job search needs.
Get into a rhythm
It’s pretty general knowledge that you should treat job hunting like a full-time job. This means setting aside 30-40 hours a week to find your new gig. You should have a regular schedule. Meaning, every morning you should check for knew postings that came out within the last 24 hours, and you should apply for them. Many job posting get so many resumes within the first one to two days that they don’t look beyond that. It’s good to get your face (or job history) seen immediately. Make a clear boundary so that you know when you are working and when you can relax. That way, you can allow yourself some breathing room without beating yourself up for it.
Try to apply to new jobs every day
The person applying to the most jobs won’t necessarily be the first person with a job offer. It’s important to apply for the right jobs. A good goal would be to apply for jobs everyday while you are searching, but spend time finding out whether a job is a good fit for your skills and needs before going through the final step of sending your resume.
Respond to job related communication quickly
When you hear from a recruiter make sure you respond quickly. It makes a good impression and tells the recruiter that you are on the ball and responsive. If it takes you too long to respond, you can potentially miss out on an interview and/or a job offer.
Ask For Help
Everyone searches for jobs at some point in their lives. It’s a frustrating process, from sending resumes to choosing the best opportunity for you. Asking for help is a natural step. Having an introduction at your dream company is the best way to get your foot in the door. Don’t be afraid to ask friends for recommendations and referrals. You can even ask them to schedule meetings with interested parties to find out more about the companies you have interest in.
If you have friends that are willing to help, that can be the difference between starting your dream job this week, and still job searching well into next month.
Don’t get frustrated
The job market in Seattle is bustling right now, but it can still take time to find the right job. Don’t get frustrated. Don’t forget to breath and keep at it. Just because you didn’t get the job you had three interviews for last month doesn’t mean you won’t get the next one. Don’t take it personally either. Most interviewers see a high number of qualified candidates. They probably liked you, but thought someone else was a better fit.
Finding the Best Place in Seattle to Work
While it could be ideal to find a place at one of the top companies to work for, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the best fit for you. There are many things to keep in mind when setting out on a job search. Have a check list of all of your needs, and then another list of things that you would like in your potential position. Remember that you are interviewing companies just like they are interviewing you. It should be a mutual decision to enter into an employment agreement. You also don’t have to accept your first offer.
And remember that ATLAS Workbase is a supportive environment to take on the challenge of finding your future role. With networking opportunities and countless amenities to help you along your way, it’s definitely worth a visit. To contact us, click here.