The 50 best small companies in the US to work for of 2017, according to employees

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For a lot of people, working for a small company is better than working for a large one. The best small companies offer a faster pace, more access to the top brass, and great opportunities for growth. But finding the right small company is key.

So job-hunting and employee-review site Comparably analysed its database of over 3 million employee ratings on 30,000 US companies to come up with this list of the top small companies, based on overall employee satisfaction rating. Small companies were defined as firms with less than 500 employees.

For its reviews, Comparably conducts detailed questionnaires, asking about everything from compensation information to areas like “Are your company’s meetings effective?” and “Do you have a mentor at work?”

To make the list, each company needed at least 10 employee reviews with at least 100 ratings (feedback on specific questions). Companies with employees who answered more questions were weighted more heavily than those with staffers that provided fewer answers. Comparably also limited the data to reviews written in 2017.

Tech companies, known for their high pay and perks, dominated the list.

No. 50: Entelo


Satisfaction rating: 3.81 out of 5


Headquarters: San Francisco

What it does:Entelo offers a recruiting platform that helps HR professionals to find candidates.

No. 49: Baker

Baker Technologies

Satisfaction rating:3.83 out of 5

Company: Baker

Headquarters: Denver

What it does:Baker makes customer management and marketing software for the marijuana dispensary industry.

No. 48: Acorns


Satisfaction rating: 3.85 out of 5


Headquarters:Irvine, California

What it does: Acorns is a finance company that specialises in “micro investing.” It rounds up every purchase that you make to the nearest dollar, then invests that change in stocks and bonds of your choosing.

No. 47: Chrome River Technologies

Chrome River Technologies

Satisfaction rating:3.87 out of 5

Company:Chrome River Technologies

Headquarters:Los Angeles

What it does:Chrome River Technologies offers expense reporting and invoice management software.

No. 46: Unitrends


Satisfaction rating: 3.9 out of 5


Headquarters:Burlington, Massachusetts

What it does:Unitrends offers computer storage backup software and disaster recovery hardware for small businesses.

No. 45: RevLocal


Satisfaction rating: 3.91 out of 5


Headquarters:Granville, Ohio

What it does:RevLocal helps businesses create and manage their online marketing campaigns.

No. 44: CreativeLive


Satisfaction rating:3.92 out of 5



What it does:CreativeLive offers online classes for creative skills (design, photography, graphics, etc.)

No. 43: Revolution Prep

Revolution Prep

Satisfaction rating: 3.94 out of 5

Company:Revolution Prep

Headquarters:Santa Monica, California

What it does:Revolution Prep is a private tutoring and test-prep company.

No. 42: Widen Enterprises

Widen Enterprises

Satisfaction rating: 3.95 out of 5

Company:Widen Enterprises

Headquarters:Madison, Wisconsin

What it does:Widen offers a cloud service for managing and analysing a business’s digital content photos, web-to-print templates and so on.

No. 41: DroneDeploy


Satisfaction rating:3.97 out of 5


Headquarters:San Francisco

What it does: Drone Deploy offers software to capture images, map flights and analyse data captured by drone cameras.

No. 40:

Satisfaction rating: 3.97 out of 5

Headquarters: San Diego

What it offers event planning software and online registration software.

No. 39: Asana


Satisfaction rating: 3.98 out of 5


Headquarters:San Francisco

What it does:Asana offers cloud-based software that helps teams manage projects and collaborate.

No. 38: Cotopaxi


Satisfaction rating: 4.01 out of 5


Headquarters:Salt Lake City

What it does:Cotopaxi makes outdoor gear and apparel to fund charitable giving.

No. 37: Wave Financial Inc.


Satisfaction rating: 4.01 out of 5

Company:Wave Financial


What it does:Wave offers financial software for small businesses.

No. 36: PC Pitstop


Satisfaction rating: 4.03 out of 5

Company:PC Pitstop

Headquarters:Sioux City, Iowa

What it does: PC Pitstop offers PC security software and software to detect performance performance problems.

No. 35: OmegaFi


Satisfaction rating: 4.07 out of 5

Company: OmegaFi

Headquarters:Columbus, Georgia

What it does:OmegaFi offers software to help Greek life fraternal organisations run their chapters.

No. 34: Mobomo


Satisfaction rating:4.08 out of 5


Headquarters:Vienna, Washington

What it does:Mobomo designs applications and websites for companies and government agencies.

No. 33: Harp Interactive

Harp Interactive

Satisfaction rating: 4.08 out of 5

Company:Harp Interactive

Headquarters:Lombard, Illinois

What it does: Harp Interactive is a digital marketing and advertising agency that helps companies with social media and search engine advertising.

No. 32: Swift Navigation

Swift Navigation

Satisfaction rating: 4.1 out of 5

Company: Swift Navigation

Headquarters:San Francisco

What it does:Swift Navigation provides GPS software and technology for autonomous vehicles.

No. 31: BizMerlin


Satisfaction rating: 4.11 out of 5


Headquarters:Vienna, Washington

What it does:BizMerlin makes HR software that helps companies hire, onboard and manage employees.

No. 30: Zeel


Satisfaction rating: 4.13 out of 5


Headquarters: New York

What it does:Zeel is a marketplace for hiring vetted massage therapists.

No. 29: Simplus

SimplusNo. 29: Simplus

Satisfaction rating: 4.15 out of 5


Headquarters:Salt Lake City

What it does:Simplus offers software for delivering quotes and estimates for use with Salesforce’s software.

No. 28: Kollective Technology


Satisfaction rating: 4.15 out of 5

Company:Kollective Technology

Headquarters:Bend, Oregon

What it does:Kollective offers software that helps corporate computer networks run faster.

No. 27: Lullabot


Satisfaction rating: 4.15 out of 5


Headquarters: Providence, Rhode Island

What it does:Lullabot is a user interface design and application development consultant.

No. 26: RealSelf


Satisfaction rating: 4.15 out of 5

Company: RealSelf


What it does:RealSelf is a website that helps people find doctors and treatments for cosmetic procedures.

No. 25: Jammber


Satisfaction rating: 4.16 out of 5

Company: Jammber


What it does:Jammber offers software for music production and digital collaboration.

No. 24: Designing Digitally

Designing Digitally

Satisfaction rating: 4.18 out of 5

Company:Designing Digitally

Headquarters:Franklin, Ohio

What it does:Designing Digitally offers corporate online training software.

No. 23: BoldLeads


Satisfaction rating: 4.19 out of 5


Headquarters:Chandler, Arizona

What it does:BoldLeads offers cloud software to help real estate professionals list properties and generate leads.

No. 22: ParqEx


Satisfaction rating: 4.19 out of 5



What it does:ParqEx is an app that lets people rent out their private parking spots.

No. 21: Demandbase


Satisfaction rating: 4.21 out of 5


Headquarters:San Francisco

What it does:Demandbase offers marketing software that helps companies identify and close bigger deals with their key accounts.

No. 20: Ytel


Satisfaction rating: 4.21 out of 5

Company: Ytel

Headquarters:Foothill Ranch, California

What it does:Ytel offers contact-center software that conducts telephone marketing and handles inbound calls.

No. 19: Lingotek


Satisfaction rating: 4.24 out of 5


Headquarters:Lehi, Utah

What it does:Lingotek offers web-based automated language translation tools.

No. 18: Striim


Satisfaction rating: 4.26 out of 5


Headquarters:Palo Alto, California

What it does:Striim offers software to analyse large amounts of data in real time.

No. 17: Enthusem


Satisfaction rating: 4.3 out of 5

Company: Enthusem

Headquarters:Tampa, Florida

What it does:Enthusem offers software that automates and personalizes direct marketing mail.

No. 16: BambooHR


Satisfaction rating: 4.3 out of 5


Headquarters:Lindon, Utah

What it does:BambooHR offers cloud HR software for small businesses for recruiting, onboarding and managing employees.

No. 15: Cybereason


Satisfaction rating: 4.33 out of 5



What it does:Cybereason makes computer-security software that helps to identify a hack in progress and stops it.

No. 14: Chatterkick


Satisfaction rating: 4.34 out of 5


Headquarters:Sioux City, Iowa

What it does:Chatterkick is a digital-marketing company that specialises in social-media marketing.

No. 13: CivicActions


Satisfaction rating: 4.35 out of 5

Company: CivicActions

Headquarters:Berkeley, California

What it does:CivicActions is a software consultant that helps agencies and organisations create major custom software projects.

No. 12: Branch Metrics

Branch Metrics

Satisfaction rating: 4.36 out of 5

Company: Branch Metrics

Headquarters:Palo Alto, California

What it does:Branch Metrics provides “deep linking” tools that let mobile developers embed links in their apps and analyse how people are using the app.

No. 11: Impact Branding & Design

Impact Branding & Design

Satisfaction rating: 4.38 out of 5

Company:Impact Branding & Design

Headquarters:Wallingford, Connecticut

What it does:Impact is a marketing and digital marketing agency.

No. 10:

Satisfaction rating: 4.38 out of 5


What it is a non-profit foundation that offers online computer programming courses.

No. 9: Envoy


Satisfaction rating: 4.39 out of 5


Headquarters:San Francisco

What it does:Envoy is an iPad app that handles visitor registration to corporate offices.

No. 8: SendGrid


Satisfaction rating: 4.41 out of 5

Company: SendGrid


What it does:SendGrid offers software that manages corporate email campaigns and customer emails.

No. 7: Help Scout

Help Scout

Satisfaction rating: 4.42 out of 5

Company:Help Scout


What it does:Help Scout offers help-desk software.

No. 6: Fuelled


Satisfaction rating: 4.45 out of 5


Headquarters:New York

What it does:Fuelled a mobile app design agency.

No. 5: SiteTraker

Site Traker

Satisfaction rating: 4.46 out of 5


Headquarters:Palo Alto, California

What it does:SiteTraker offers enterprise project management software for large-scale projects.

No. 4: Realvolve


Satisfaction rating: 4.49 out of 5


Headquarters:Greenwood Village, Colorado

What it does:Realvolve offers customer management software for real-estate professionals.

No. 3: TripActions


Satisfaction rating: 4.5 out of 5


Headquarters:Menlo Park, California

What it does:TripActions offers corporate travel management software that encourages employees to save money for the company.

No. 2: Pipedrive


Satisfaction rating:4.5 out of 5


Headquarters:New York

What it does:Pipedrive offers customer management software for salespeople.

No. 1: Persicope Data

Periscope Data

Satisfaction rating: 4.52 out of 5

Company:Periscope Data

Headquarters:San Francisco

What it does:Periscope Data offers “big data” software that analyses corporate data and helps business people collaborate.

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