Great Places to Work
With the economy in recession, the job market can be a scary place, but that doesn’t mean your dream job doesn’t exist. What follows is a list of companies that have kept their footing, that have kept employees motivated with perks galore, or that have kept growing in industries that are projected to keep growing. If you’re ready to make a move, read on.
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While many big companies have been blown away by the economic storm, a few employers have prospered through technical innovation, which has allowed them to offer fantastic benefits to employees. If you’re tech-savvy, interested in information technology or curious about the future, these jobs are perfect for you.
Check out eZanga.com’s new facility, just across the parking lot from its old one. The up-and-coming search engine and social networking site so overflowed with innovative new employees, it had to build a bigger office. Rapid growth earned eZanga a spot on Inc.’s list of fastest growing companies in 2008, putting it at No. 4 in the Philadelphia area.
Not only may eZanga.com hire you, it might feed you, too. “We’re in Middletown so there’s not a lot of restaurants around here,” says co-founder and CFO Beth Kahn, who started the company from home with her husband, Rich, in 2003. “So what we do is go to the store and I pick up things like soda, Twinkies and Hostess cupcakes. I usually get bagels for breakfast, and there are always snacks.”
Of course, there are traditional benefits, too. The company offers medical, dental, vision and supplemental insurance. There’s no limit on how much salespeople can earn. And the office is full of practical jokers. Workers may find their bikes have been festooned with streamers and flags or that their cubicles have been gift wrapped on their birthday. Best of all, commuters don’t fight Wilmington or Philadelphia traffic.
“Come south,” Kahn says. “Don’t go where you have to deal with traffic. It’s nice and quiet, and you don’t even have to worry about parking.”
Like eZanga, HostMySite.com doesn’t stop. The web hosting company, located in Newark, netted $19.7 million in revenue and experienced 267.7 percent growth in 2008—and it’s not slowing down. The company hosts more than 65,000 websites. To keep up with demand, it plans to add 75 new jobs over the next three years as part of expansion assisted by the state.
“There’s always something new going on here,” says marketing manager Jean Ruiter. “There’s always something new to learn. It forces you to constantly educate yourself and make sure that you’re up and forward on technology and what’s going on. It also makes sure that you have a better handle of what’s going on in the world.”
Though the business may be changing constantly, HostMySite employees hope the perks don’t change. Workers receive medical insurance, dental insurance and 401(k) options. The kitchen fridge is always stocked, and employees receive discounts on gym memberships. With so many happy employees, it’s no wonder the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce named CEO Lou Honick the 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year.
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