Work environments rooted in collaboration rank highly amongst employees at the following Boston tech companies, where a combination of perks, events and support from leadership regularly fuel such atmospheres. Now you, too, can be a part of these growing communities, as career openings throughout the local sector continue to rise. Take a look to see if you’re ready for your next big move.
MassMutual remains a leader in the life insurance and financial service sector, thanks in large part to its digital transformation to a tech company. The firm brings with it more than 160 years in the biz with a fresh, innovative energy much like that of a startup. A team representative filled us in on what it takes to be successful there and a few of the team's favorite perks.
Coolest perks: One perk I hear a lot of good feedback on is the team building events hosted on a quarterly basis. We bring together the teams from Boston, Springfield and New York for a fun activity and some bonding outside of work. Past events have included community service, trivia, and bowling!
No matter what team you are on or which role you play, our competencies are what each of us exhibit when working our best.”
Looking for: We evaluate a lot of factors to determine whether a candidate will thrive in our team’s culture. It is important that a candidate is intellectually curious, has a strong work ethic, has prior experience working on an Agile team and is motivated by delivering value to customers. Candidates who go on to be successful on our team are proactive, great collaborators, and are always interested in learning something new. Our recruiting process utilizes interviews that are a mix of behavioral and technical to gives us the best overall evaluation of a candidate.
MassMutual also has company-wide competencies to help describe the knowledge, skills and behaviors we all need to perform our jobs and succeed together. No matter what team you are on or which role you play, our competencies are what each of us exhibit when working our best.
Launched in 2010, invoice automation platform MineralTree has expanded quite a bit since its early days. Amid this growth and changes, Director of Talent Acquisition Jennie Cohen said one thing has remained steadfast: team camaraderie.
Coolest Perks: Wellness programs, an onsite gym, free lunch Fridays and unlimited PTO have all played a role in MineralTree’s recognition as one of Built In Boston’s Places to Work. But what employees have come to value most is the company’s culture of empowerment. By allowing employees to make decisions in line with their preferences, everyone has had the ability to influence culture and try out new ideas. An example of this is MineralTree’s “Women of MineralTree” group, which was created by female employees who wanted a place to discuss challenges, support each other in their pursuit of personal and professional goals and foster bonding and mentorship.
We believe having cultural diversity matters because a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds naturally fosters creativity and new ideas.”
What's one thing about your company that would surprise a lot of people? Company culture doesn’t always have to be game rooms and free meals — although we do have both. As we’ve expanded, one thing has remained the same since our early days, our team camaraderie. From engineering and product, to sales and support, working on different projects has never stopped us from finding a way to communicate and collaborate on ideas. Team lunches, weekly outings and Slack channels for non-work communication have all helped us grow closer together, engage in meaningful conversations and support each other’s strengths.
Additionally, we break the mold of a typical startup by having a culturally diverse employee base. We believe having cultural diversity matters because a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds naturally fosters creativity and new ideas. With a diverse team, we can look at projects and tasks from all angles. As we grow, our culture is continuously refined, but camaraderie and diversity will always be in our company DNA.
Healthcare data is growing vastly, making it nearly impossible for insurance companies, practices, pharmacies and more to make sense of it, let alone keep track of it. Abacus Insights hopes to change that by pulling a patient’s data across sources into one location while offering insights into that data. Director of People and Culture Jaclyn Steele shared the story behind the name and why her teammates are called “beads.”
Coolest Perks: Abacus hosts team-building events to build connections between employees and help get them out of their comfort zones. Past events have included a “Battle of the Bands” competition and axe throwing. Other perks include unlimited PTO, flexible work schedules and work-from-home policies, as well as the ability to bring your dog to work.
The name ‘bead’ for each employee signifies our team-based culture. All of our ‘beads’ — employees — are the same size and count equally within our organization.”
What's one thing about your company that would surprise a lot of people? We call our employees ‘beads,’ playing on the Abacus theme. Our name, Abacus, implies something that most people don’t think about as they enter our doors. We help our clients count, so we named the company Abacus because it is arguably the oldest counting machine. The name ‘bead’ for each employee signifies our team-based culture. All of our ‘beads’ — employees — are the same size and count equally within our organization.
Across email, web, social and more, Zaius’s platform engages with customers throughout their entire customer journey by collecting and connecting data. Using data science, it then suggests to marketers what to do next to drive growth. VP of Sales Chris Mills shed some light on what he looks for in candidates, and what you can expect when joining his team.
Looking for: We put a premium on team collaboration and the celebration of individual creativity. I love seeing how the team comes together to problem solve, however, we are much better at solving business problems than gaining consensus on the music being played on the sales floor. I believe that sales professionals build a personal brand around their approach, and I love hearing candidates’ unique perspectives. These dialogues are incredibly rewarding and remind me daily of the importance of being a lifetime learner.
We put a premium on team collaboration and the celebration of individual creativity.”
What's one thing about Zaius that would surprise a lot of people? It’s safe to say the Zaius team is big into sci-fi. We’ve taken the afternoon off to see the “Star Wars” movies as a company four years in a row. We also name our conference rooms after sci-fi movies, including “Chalmun’s Cantina”, “Riverside Shipyard”, “HAB”, and “Wobani”, to name a few.
Targeting a niche market of the fintech world that’s practically begging for modernization, Midaxo supports companies through their mergers and acquisitions. Its platform, which has conducted over $500 billion in M&A transactions, hosts real-time collaboration and reporting analytics tools that speeds up the often lengthy processes. This value on collaboration derives from Midaxo’s internal team, as highlighted by Enterprise Account Executive Jonathan Rouillard.
Coolest perks: One of Midaxo’s pillars of culture is “continuous learning.” Midaxo supports employees in pursuing education outside of work and encourages it internally through weekly trainings brought on by thought leadership. These sessions act as an open forum for the team to ask questions to those who are leading the organization.
Although we are a Boston-based startup, our team does a great job of having a cross-seas culture.”
What's one thing about Midaxo that would surprise a lot of people? I have worked for other companies that have a global footprint, but nothing has compared to Midaxo’s. Although we are a Boston-based startup, our team does a great job of having a cross-seas culture. We hold meetings with our offices abroad, and it seems like they are just down the road from us. The global communication thread is phenomenal, and our Boston office always has team members from our Helsinki and Amsterdam offices visiting, which further drives our collaborative culture.
Funnel automatically feeds marketing and advertising data from more than 400 sources into one tool, making it easier for corporations to visualize and draw insights from massive data loads. Aaron Conley, an account executive, touched on what makes working with the Sweden-based analytics firm particularly cool.
Coolest perks: Since Funnel is based out of Sweden, with offices in Boston, Santa Monica and Seoul, employees regularly travel back and forth to its European headquarters. This has created a unique cross-cultural exchange, enjoyed by many.
Everyone on the team can make an impact on the direction of the company...”
What's one thing about Funnel that would surprise a lot of people? I think the most surprising thing at Funnel is that the company offers a flat structure that encourages collaboration. Everyone on the team can make an impact on the direction of the company, which leads to employees gaining a sense of achievement, new skills and experience for career growth.