Never settle: 5 LA tech companies where you can shine

by Joyce Famakinwa
July 31, 2018

The hunt for your next career opportunity can be taxing, but once you find the right fit, everything else falls into place. And when you do find that right company with the right mission and the right team and the right culture, well — that’s when the fun begins.

LA tech companies are always on the lookout for fresh faces — and we’ve rounded up five that just might be the place for you. Read on for the deets on what they do, the perks they offer and the type of techies they’re looking to have join them.


OpenX team
photo via OpenX

What they do: Adtech giant OpenX has been helping publishers and advertisers reach their optimal audiences since the late 90s by providing a suite of tools designed to unlock informative insights. The company has raised more than $70 million in funding to date.


The perks: Game room, commuter benefits, meals, casual dress and happy hours.


Insider insight: “I'm always looking for ways that the candidate exemplifies our OpenX culture,” said James Wilhite, senior manager, solutions architects. “If they can convey to me that they have proven to find unique solutions and push past difficult situations, that will always move them toward the top of the candidate list.”


Procore team
photo via procore

What they do: Procore wants to help companies build better — literally. The company’s cloud-based construction management software helps their clients build everything from skyscrapers to hospitals. And, they’re mission-driven: Last March, they launched which gives nonprofits, trade associations and universities access to its software for free.  


The perks: Onsite gym, wellness program, unlimited vacation, paid volunteer time, beer on tap and a pet-friendly office.


Insider insight: “In addition to our Procore values of openness, optimism and ownership, we want teammates who are eager to do their best work, have a strong sense of intellectual curiosity and are passionate about their craft,” said Steve Mair, VP of talent acquisition. “We’re building the software that builds the world — modernizing the construction industry and changing the way construction is done. We look for people who are excited to contribute to that mission.”


ChowNow team
photo via chownow

What they do: ChowNow empowers restaurants to better feed the masses thanks to its software suite, which is tailor-made to make even the most hectic kitchen run a little more smoothly. From helping customers order online or through Facebook to providing management tools and customer insights, ChowNow is helping to digitize the restaurant industry.  


The perks: Company equity, unlimited vacation, recreational clubs, company outings, and job training and conferences.

Insider insight: “If you have an interest in technology and a true passion for helping small businesses thrive, ChowNow is the perfect environment to roll up your sleeves and make a huge impact,” said Candice Taylor, recruiting manager. “We have an incredible culture here. It’s a collaborative team with the highest integrity, where you will feel an enormous sense of pride in your work.”


photo via within

What they do: Virtual reality media company WITHIN is making storytelling much more immersive. The company works with VR content creators to tell stories about everything from climate change in Somalia to the evolution of dance in Cuba. Last year, they raised $40 million in funding.


The perks: Flexible spending account, child care benefits, paid holidays, beer on tap, recreational clubs and stocked kitchen.


Insider insight: “At WITHIN we hire for passion, personality and aptitude in a pretty equal measure,” said Dave Cowling, the vice president of engineering. “VR and AR technology are developing at a staggering rate; we want team-oriented engineers who love operating at the outer edge of what's possible.”


Headspace team
photo via headspace

What they do: Headspace wants you to breathe in — and breath out — a little more mindfully. The healthtech company’s signature app gives nearly 20 million folks across the globe access to a number of guided meditations designed to improve a host of health issues, from stress and anxiety to better sleep quality.


The perks: Tuition reimbursement, happy hours, free meals, casual dress, 401(k), wellness programs, fitness subsidies and commuter benefits.


Insider insight: “We look for engineers who are inquisitive and have an unyielding determination to solve problems combined with empathy for users,” said Paddy Hannon, CTO.


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