10 LA Companies Successfully Closing Out 2021

These tech organizations are catching attention on the West Coast and looking to hire top talent in the new year.

Written by Tyler Holmes
Published on Dec. 17, 2021
10 LA Companies Successfully Closing Out 2021
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It’s the end of another year, and it feels as if the world collectively blinked from March to December in one fell swoop. 2021 has been a year of ups and downs, vaccinations, boosters, fluctuating health advisories and more. But where there was uncertainty looming from disjointed supply chains and pandemic side effects, there was even more positivity.

Employees carved new ways of connection in a virtual landscape to support one another, people focused in on wellness practices to improve their everyday livelihoods more than ever, and the collective tech industry thrived through innovative new practices previously thought impossible.

Entering a new year typically leads people to set new goals and analyze what they could do differently this time around — but for the following 10 featured companies, it’s not about what they could change. It’s about what they can do even better. Between extending benefits packages to take better care of remote employees, amplifying diversity practices and embracing creative tech tools, Built In LA researched how each one of these organizations is ramping up to successfully take on 2022.

Like what you see? They all just so happen to be hiring.


Nordstrom at The Grove.



What they do: Nordstrom is a household name in retail legacy. With so much experience in scaling and optimizing the customer experience, the chain is consciously innovating to keep up with the modern shopper.

ERG fun: The company features seven employee resource groups, including Black Employee Network, Women in Nordstrom, NordstromPLUS (LGBTQIA+), AsPIRE (Asian Pacific-Islander Resources for Employees) and more.

Fully-loaded tech stack: Nordstrom is powered by languages like .NET, C#, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Scala and Swift. They also have React for libraries and Node.js, Play and Symfony for frameworks. In fact, the company is currently looking to fill more than 50 engineering roles to tackle their most complex projects.



A group of WELL Health employees having a conversation.



What they do: WELL Health is a communication platform that allows patients to text, email or chat directly with their healthcare organization. It also sends out appointment reminders and helps users check insurance eligibility by combining human intelligence with automated technologies.

Employee buzz: “Ultimately, accepting the role became easy based on a few key factors from WELL Health: everyone was extremely personable, the product was viable, I was knowledgeable on the core development stack and the company was financially sound with a lot of room to grow with,” Staff Engineer Geoff Lawson previously told Built In. “The culture I experienced right from the beginning was a group of people who cared about the product and their team.”

In the news: In November 2021, WELL was ranked #133 as part of Deloitte’s 2021 Technology Fast 500 list after achieving 1,027% growth. The company closed on a $45 million Series C round back in November of 2020 and has raised $45.1 million in venture capital financing to date.



Two 3PL employees hold boxes.



What they do: 3PL Central is a fast-growing SaaS solution company in the third-party logistics market. Born within an active 3PL warehouse, 3PL Central built the first cloud-based warehouse management platform to better serve customers and increase warehouse efficiencies to grow their businesses.

Eye-catching benefits: Looking for company culture that goes deeper than the occasional team lunch? 3PL offers extensive employee perks like promoting from within, intracompany committees focused on DEI, health insurance packages including mental health and wellness programs, company sponsored family events and more.

Insider insight: When it comes to growing the 3PL team, Marketing Operation Manager Stepanny Contreras revealed that a key person the company looks for is someone who can find the silver lining in all aspects of a job. “We are very lucky to consistently find individuals like this who strive to make changes that impact us for the better, all while maintaining the attitude that ‘if I succeed, we all succeed’ and vice versa,” she previously told Built In.



A group of DISQO employees chatting during a meeting.



What they do: DISQO is an audience insights platform where members share information that improves the human experience. The company offers brands cloud-based measurement software and research APIs to help them engage their customers.

People-first culture: “By creating a culture of open collaboration, we fuel discovery and innovation internally,” VP of People Operations Tiffany Chelsvig previously told Built In. “This idea is seen in all facets of our organization, from companywide all-hands meetings and regular cross-team stand ups to informal ‘taco talks,’ where people share what their teams are working on.”

Now hiring: DISQO is currently hiring for more than 50 open jobs, including roles like senior data engineer, insights manager, VP of engineering, lead product manager, senior account manager and more. Solely working from home? They have remote positions too.



A Zwift employee laughs while working on a project.



What they do: Since its launch in 2014, Zwift has been helping millions of people to ride or run in virtual worlds with an app that connects them with a motivating community. While the pandemic reinvigorated home gyms and indoor exercise, many class-goers know a key component of the fitness world is encouragement and energy from the community.

Fully remote: While their offices are located in Long Beach, the Zwift team is currently working from home and hiring remotely. Throughout the interview process, the Zwift talent engagement team leans on these three factors for a great candidate experience: transparency, timely communication and empathy.

Growth-driven mission: “Zwift is growing fast — we’re onboarding new customers every day and more people are learning how to Zwift,” Principal Product Manager Treven Ho previously told Built In. “We have lots of opportunities to make becoming a Zwifter easier. We work to make it as frictionless and seamless for everyone, no matter if you’re using it to fit a workout into your busy schedule or gunning for a podium.”



A group of Ace Metrix employees in the office.



What they do: Ace Metrix’s mission is to help marketing teams build more effective campaigns. By supplying key data insights on audience reaction, users can pinpoint what’s working in their ads and what they can improve. In a world full of advertisements and content, Ace Metrix aims to help customers stand out in the crowd. 

Stacked tech: Engineers at Ace Metrix rely on a diverse tech stack, including Python, JavaScript, Java, Golang and SQL. For frameworks, the team turns to Node.js, Django, AngularJS and TensorFlow.

Remote flexibility: Not sure if you’re ready to return to the office? “The flexibility on behalf of both the employees and the company itself has been really impressive to see,” Data Scientist Colin Mitts recently told Built In. “They’ve made it clear that they want to make everyone as comfortable as possible. Ultimately, it’s been everyone’s choice. It’s a positive environment to be in.”



A group of Heliogen employees attending an NBA game.



What they do: Heliogen is a renewable energy technology company unlocking the power of sunlight to replace fossil fuels. Through a combination of AI, masterful engineering and human ingenuity, the company is using its Sunlight Refineries to work toward making solar and hydrogen energy more accessible and reliable.

Noteworthy perks: Besides collaborative brainstorming sessions and job training conferences to continue professional development, the company also offers employees benefits like unlimited PTO, relocation assistance, health insurance packages and 401(k) investment opportunities.

Open roles abound: Heliogen is currently looking to fill more than 30 jobs in Pasadena and the greater L.A. area, ranging from engineering to operations and project management. Interested in getting into innovative renewable energy development and making a difference? This is a great opportunity to do so.



A doctor studying while taking an online course.



What they do: Blueprint is an education technology platform aiming to disrupt the old-fashioned test prep industry with the latest in personalized training, data analytics, machine learning, tailored digital experiences and engaging content. The company currently focuses on medical and legal education and are expanding into new verticals.

Pairing up: In November, co-founder and CEO Matt Riley announced that Blueprint had joined forces with medical education resource Rosh Review to further help medical learners reach their goals. “There is so much opportunity in front of us. We leave every planning session more and more excited about what we will build together,” Riley stated in a company press release.

Continuous professional development: Hoping to grow your skill sets even further? Blueprint offers employees access to lunch and learns, online course subscriptions and specific time allotted for additional training. The company also promotes from within to continue career growth and provides 401(k) matching as well as performance bonuses to recognize that invested work.



Puffco employees working together on a technical project.



What they do: Puffco is an award-winning creator of portable oil vaporizers whose products are all designed and engineered in-house. The company’s mission is to create behavior-changing experiences for millions within the cannabis community.

Employee buzz: “Unlike other places I've worked, I truly feel comfortable being myself at Puffco,” CTO Avi Bajpai previously told Built In. “The passion we share is driven by the community we represent and is embodied by our leadership. The culture is consistently optimistic and instills confidence in our team to take risks that will lead us to new places.”

Now hiring: Puffco is looking to grow in the new year, hiring for open roles like senior product manager, firmware engineer, IT manager, electrical engineer and more.



A group of TeleSign employees together in the office.



What they do: TeleSign aspires to protect the world’s largest web properties with dynamic mobile identity solutions like two-factor authentication. The company has helped customers secure more than 3.5 billion accounts worldwide and provides businesses with a seamless registration process, while improving UX and managing support costs.

Employee buzz: “I started at the company six years ago in sales development,” Regional Director Andy Lines previously told Built In. “Since then, I’ve done business on four continents and 11 countries. I have had the opportunity to experience firsthand how digital transformation is shaping the world we live in and creating new opportunities and challenges for those that can operate in an ever-changing business landscape.”

Making a difference: Time off to volunteer is a common tech industry perk, but TeleSign goes above and beyond in enabling employees to give back. The company offers a whopping 40 hours of paid volunteer time per year to give back to their favorite causes. TeleSign also guarantees a documented equal pay policy to make sure that equity is a key component of company culture.



Responses have been edited for length and clarity. Photography provided by associated companies and Shutterstock.

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