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Party with Boston’s Coolest Companies at BostonFest on August 13th!


Over the past month, we’ve been collecting nominations for our Coolest Companies Competition, our annual friendly competition celebrating local companies with amazing culture. We received hundreds of submissions from companies with mind-blowing workspaces, super fun outings, parties and happy hours, and the most enthusiastic, tight knit teams. It wasn’t easy, but we whittled down the entries to a final 150–listed below. 

Now it’s time for you to pick the winners of our first ever Reader’s Choice Awards! The two companies with the most votes will be crowned at BostonFest, along with the other eight winners, who will be selected by a panel of judges. 

Take a look at the finalists (we’ve included few excerpts from their submissions to give you an idea of just how cool all of these companies are) and tell us who you think is the Coolest Company by Friday, August 7! 

[Submit your Readers’ Choice pick here]

And the nominees are… 

360 Public Relations“360PR encourages us to have fun while exploring our passions and provides the leadership roles, resources, and perks to do so.”

Acquia: “From the ‘chill’ room with pods to catch a quick nap to the standing, adjustable work desks, the unique office environment encourages flexibility and movement.”

Actifio: “Frequent happy hours, beer cart Thursdays, frequent potluck lunches, biking trips, competitive soccer team, Activities committee…”

ADK Group: “The coolest Greyhound, named Bees Knees. A custom cornhole set, ping pong conference table, $1 oyster nights, wine tastings, karaoke nights, gym memberships…”

ALKU: “We have Friday FunDay’s where we leave the office early to play all sorts of competitive games”

Amadeus North America: “We have catered breakfast daily. Friday Happy Hours and a game room with foosball, pool table, xbox and wii.”

Applause: “We’ve done everything possible to assemble a team and create an environment where people don’t dread Mondays, they relish them.”

AppNeta: “Pingpong tournaments, cornhold championships. Frequent happy hours. Yoga on Wednesdays.”

Apptopia: “Our ‘corporate culture’ is 100% NOT that; it’s a family.”

Audley Travel North America: “Every employee gets a 1 month trip to one of our 80 destinations at least once a year & a trip to England offices, all expenses paid.”

BIGfish Communications: “From holiday parties to our Red Sox season tickets, there’s always something fun and exciting going on.”

Blueport Commerce: “We’ve been known to have serious cornhole, ping pong and Connect Four competitions. And, we have always been dog-friendly, which is a daily party in itself.”

Boathouse

Boston Duck Tours: “Amazing people creating amazing memories of Boston for our guests.”

Bouncepad: “You can fish with a few members of the team on Mystic River before/after work or during lunch. If sports are your thing, come play a round of golf or kick a soccer ball around.”

Brand Content: “Desks are supplied with Nerf guns because you never know when evil could strike and free lunches ensure that none of us are ever ready for beach season.”

Brightcove: “Unlimited vacation, bagel Fridays, ample free snacks, and a company kegerator are just some of the amazing perks the office offers.”

Brighton House Associates: “Happy hours after work. We also have volunteered at various places including the soup kitchen on the South Shore.”

Bullhorn: “Frequent happy hours and company parties are common [and] employees are encouraged to take one day off per quarter to give back through volunteer work.”

BuyerZone: “MVP lunch: lunch every month where we give props to coworkers who have helped us or have done a great job.”

C Space: “C Space strives to provide the latest/greatest in events & perks…[and] all employees are encouraged to get involved, plan an event, start a tradition, rally the troops, & even make a little mischief.

Cantina: “Pet-friendly: We open our doors to our employees’ four-legged friends. Happy Hours: Our social lubricant. Holiday party: Getting our festive boogie on!”

Carbonite“Carbonite is cool. Not flavor-of-the-month-cool. More like Steve McQueen-cool. Or Jay-Z with a touch of Chris Pratt-cool.”

CarGurus: “Great people, awesome culture, pretty cool perks; I always look forward to coming into the office the next day.”

Cartera Commerce: “[We] go above and beyond to produce top quality work and know the importance of learning all the steps of Gagnam Style to bust out at the Holiday party.”

CBT Architects: “Ice Cream Socials outside in the summer but ALWAYS on the first 80 degree day of the year (as a ceremonial kickoff!)”

Cervello, Inc.“If we’re not playing sports together, we’re watching sports together. Cervello gamers of all levels come together monthly over pizza, beers and board games.”

CloudHealth Technologies: “Employees are able to challenge themselves, advance their careers and achieve success, while doing something meaningful and having fun at the same time.”

CloudLock: “From trampoline desks to standing desks, to working outside, we have it all!”

clypd: “We’ve built clypd and the culture to ensure that every employee feels valued and respected – which includes maximizing collaboration, transparency, respect, and fun.”

CoachUp

Codeship, Inc.: “Shuffleboard, foosball, beer on tap and cold brew coffee all keep us going!”

Connelly Partners“[We’re] an agency that, to our clients, is a big 125 person bowl of best-in-class jambalaya that can move at the ever-increasing speed of business today and out think anyone in a gun fight.”

Constant Contact: “Celebrations are a regular occurrence: everything from milestone parties, to Hackathons, company kickoffs and more.

Continuum: “Continuum’s company culture is a combination of hard work, high energy and a LOT of fun. Whether it’s attending industry events as a team or playing corn hole in the common space, working at Continuum is an absolute joy.”

cove: “Unlimited vacation? Check. Free yoga classes? Got that. Beer in the office fridge? Done and done.”

Crimson Hexagon: “Hexabrew starts at 4 on Thursdays in our fully stocked kitchen where we share bi-monthly lunches! The corporate Hubway memberships, company outings, and sports teams keep it lively here, and our office corn-hole competition is fierce!”

Curaspan: “Two game rooms with games that include darts, bubble hockey, basketball, xbox, wall-size scrabble board and a customized cornhole.”

Dispatch“Cornhole at the Lawn on D. Drone jousting. Engineering off-sites at hotel bars.”

DraftKings: “On Fridays we pause work for catered snacks, grab a beer from one of our 10 kegerators or a glass of wine from the wine fridge, and catch up with old friends and new hires over competitive Jenga or Mario Kart.”

Drizly: “Our company is full of fun, hardworking people so anything is possible!”

DSI Marketing: “Every month we can count on a team lunch whether its BBQ, Catered, or a Potluck. Quarterly we host ‘family dinners’ when the owners take the whole team out.”

Dun & Bradstreet NetProspex: “A ‘Do Good’ Committee to plan volunteer events in the community. A ‘Fun’ Committee to plan fun social events each month.”

Ecovent: “Three words: Super Smash Brothers. It’s a daily ritual and we invite any Boston startup to challenge us for the crown!”

EF Education First: “Onsite cafe and bar which is always busy after 5:30pm. We also have an onsite salon! And we have a running club among other exercise groups.”

ELEMENT: “Wellness Wednesdays have included massages, healthy eating, and any number of mind and body activities. Staff can also hop on the standing desk train. Fancy cheese plates, and a fully stocked beer fridge compliment our Wellness Wednesdays.”

EverTrue: “Sailing Clubs, Tennis & Pick Up Hoops, Poker Clubs, Weekly Happy Hours. Themed social events. Company retreats (P-Town & Killington).”

ezCater: “Our people are autonomous and generous people who know how to laugh and get a lot done — which is why we’e had almost zero turnover in the past 8 years.”

EnerNOC: “We use cutting edge technology that truly changes the way the world uses energy, we sit in the coolest waterfront office in the innovation district, and we have the freedom to rest and recharge anytime with our unlimited vacation time policy!”

Fancred: “This is like the best sports team I’ve ever been on: no matter who is up to bat, the whole team is cheering loudly from the sidelines, playing each day to make the experience better for the fans, not just to win a game.”

Fashion Project: “We make it our mission to not only raise money for charity, but to have a happy positive work environment that is filled with charity volunteer events as well as company outtings.”

FleishmanHillard: “Food is omnipresent here in the office, whether it’s free bagels every Friday, catered lunch every Monday, endless snacks and organic fruit deliveries or impromptu happy hours.”

formlabs: “In addition encouraging you to bring in your pets, we have a company ski trip, and a summer (water) ski trip and catered family lunch 3 times a week from local restaurant.”

Freight Farms: “What’s cooler and more motivating than working with a bunch of people that actually WANT to come to work everyday? We’re more than just co-workers. We’re all here to fight for the success of Freight Farms because we believe in the mission. Being able to grow our own fresh greens in the farm out back for staff and visitors is definitely a perk too.”

G2Technology Group

Grapevine Logic: “We are ambitious, know how to work hard, grow together, and keep a friendly ping-pong rivalry.”

Greentown Labs: “Our team is driven by our shared passion to try new things, help entrepreneurs and make a difference in solving the world’s biggest energy and environmental problems.”

GSN Games: “The GSN Games dress code spans a wide range of looks, from comfy casual to business chic. If you keep your eye out, you may even notice someone casually wearing a Viking helmet or bunny ears (totally normal).”

Gupta Media“You can’t beat working in the music industry and being a part of things like Beyonce’s secret album launch.”

Harpoon Brewery: “We love brewing great beer, we love drinking it together, and best of all, we are now employee owners!”

Hired.com

Hollister Staffing: “We have weekly happy hour, a meditation room with a meditation led by our CEO offered twice a week, and trivia on Fridays…”

HourlyNerd: “Whether it’s because of the weekly pub nights, office pranks, or celebrations, it’s a real family.”

HubSpot: “More than any of the other perks, the supportive, hard-working, and passionate people are what make HubSpot great. Peers before beers.”

IDEO: “Going into work everyday feels like you’re going to hang out with your friends (who just so happen to be brilliant) and create something awesome together.”

InCrowd: “We go out of our way to celebrate even small wins so everyone’s contributions is valued and to make hard work also fun.”

Ingenico Mobile Solutions: “We have an epic Yankee swap each holiday season, where employees can walk away with some pretty sweet company sponsored gifts like iPads, Bose Headset and fitbits.”

InkHouse: “The first thing you see when you enter our office is a mural put together by our very own design team which includes the phrase, “We are a team first” – this is what makes InkHouse, well, InkHouse.”

InsightSquared: “Pizzas and appetizers are delivered (free of charge) to the office every Friday!”

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals: “Having fun is one of our founding core values and every Ironwoodian is part of a family, even the molecules we study! We name them, honor their birthdays and hold wakes when they ‘die’. “

Jana: “Our kitchen is fully stocked with snacks, hot coffee, tea, cold brew, snacks, and fruit.”

Janeiro Digital: “Our policy = more fun you have, the more productive you’ll be.”

J.C. Cannistraro, LLC: “We just held our annual Company BBQ where had a water balloon fight for charity. We [also] host fun, off-beat activities like a competitive Turkey Toss at Thanksgiving, co-ed intramural basketball and a Chili-cook off for the Super Bowl.”

Kadence International: “Every summer we go on a weekend-long office outing. Past trips have included Provincetown, Las Vegas, and Niagara Falls.”

KAYAK: “An open work environment with no cubicles or offices, ensuring that staff at all levels are approachable.”

LeanBox: “We are trying to innovate/ rejuvenate corporate cultures. We are influencing our start up culture and changing food habits.”

Living Proof: “We have standing desks and yoga balls, but the coolest thing about our company is that we literally have a lab in the office.”

Localytics: “Unlimited vacation days; make your own hours schedule; healthy snacks or baked goods from Aunt Lily (the beloved Aunt of one of our developers).”

LogMeIn: “We have a full gym, a pool table and foosball table, an awesome roof deck, monthly catered community lunches, regular product launch parties, fundraisers, weekly Friday Beer Cart, etc.”

Lose It!: “[We] are motivated to make the world a healthier place, doing impactful work at the forefront of technology at one of Boston’s largest and most successful consumer tech companies.”

MaidPro: “We take an annual adventure trip with office staff and some of our franchisees.”

marlo marketing: “It’s a creative hotspot for writing and PR geniuses where we’re rewarded for working our asses off fueling the desire to support those around us as well as our clients.”

Matter Communications: “We have a run club, golf league, yoga classes and pick-up basketball. We also have monthly celebrations which range from ice cream socials, to pizza parties, pot luck dinners, wine and cheese nights and more!

MAVRCK: “Music going 24/7 and spontaneous dance parties and a recognition board that features every employee (and intern) in a Top Gun costume.”

Maxwell Health: “Happy Hours happen at LEAST once a week, sometimes more, and we get together at local bars on the weekends more often than not. We’re also pet-friendly!”

McCrea’s Candies: “All-you-can-eat caramel! Exceptional work-life balance. Regular off-hour get togethers. Catered lunches.”

Medullan: “Ice cream deliveries, food truck outings and pie day. Game nights and happy hour are also on the monthly agenda.”

Metter Media: “We like to do #MMnightout’s and #MMdayout’s, where we’ve gone on staff trips to everywhere from Salem for Halloween to Island Creek Oyster Bar.”

MeYou Health: “We encourage health and well-being. We have an onsite gym, a running club, soccer team, yoga and pickup basketball games.”

Mobee: “Unlimited vacation time, transportation benefits, every birthday is celebrated with cake, bagels on Friday, and our office space is pretty sweet– it’s in the dome of historic Old City Hall!”

Mustbin: “We play Mario Kart every day to work on our driving and smack talk skills, [but] our true culture is based on the community we build and cherish.”

Nanigans: “Each week you can count on a Thursday happy hour event, along with Mario Kart tournaments, brownie bake-offs, and Bloody Mary taste tastings. Colleagues truly are great friends at Nanigans.”

Nara Logics, Inc.: “We have the best birthday celebrations at Nara. Your secret birthday buddy is given a budget and brings in lunch, treats, and gifts for the birthday guy or gal.”

Next Step Living: “We host frequent company-wide socials where we shut down all operations so all of our employees can come together to toast our accomplishments and share upcoming goals.”

NIC+ZOE: “There is a tradition that everyone gets flowers on their first day. Also, we have regular catered birthday lunches, free coffee and unlimited Diet Coke + Jelly Belly, regular happy hours, weekly shopping trips to warehouse with great employee discount!”

NimNim: “Team hiking trips, distributing new clothes for homeless people and focus on team building exercise that strengthens trust, communication and security between the team.”

Norbella: “Norbella isn’t just a company, we’re a family – a crazy, hardworking, sometimes nerdy, fun-loving, family.”

Nutonian: “We want employees to be happy, productive, code-crunching, butt-kickers, and the execs will do everything to make sure they’re incredibly proud and motivated to do it.”

NutraClick: “We offer standing desks and have a treadmill desk so employees can keep moving while they work. The kitchen is stocked for breakfast, lunch, and snacks.”

Onshape: “[Our] forward thinking leadership team is reflected in an extremely positive thinking and creative environment.”

OpenView Venture Partners: “We regularly play corn hole on our wrap around roof deck, host parties for the entire firm; manicube and massages in the office every month.”

Paint Nite: “Unlimited personal/vacation time, two on-site kegs, a full bar, a communal painting station, snack boxes filled with treats daily, bi-weekly catered lunches…the list goes on.”

PAN Communications: “We held a #TBT party last April in a spectacularly hilarious homage to our college days, complete with signature drinks prepared by our senior team, dorm room decor and throwback trivia.”

Proforma Printing & Promotion: “Unlimited anything goes creativity and lots of flexibility.”

Progress: “We each have standing desks, unlimited sick days , 401k match, catered lunch every other Wednesday, and a phenomenal coffee and espresso machine!”

Propel Marketing: “We are a team of innovators, foodies, techies, runners, and above all – really talented digital enthusiasts all working together to deliver the best results to our customers!”

radius financial group: “Yoga Wednesdays & CrossFit Fridays. Pop up events: Cindo de Mayo: they brought in a mariachi band and private event company to make margaritas for everyone. Monday one-day heat wave: they called in an ice cream truck.”

Rapid7: “We’ve got cornhole. We’ve got Manicube. We’ve got Thirsty Thursdays…but we’ve also got a friendly and accessible exec team…and a giant moose in a lobby that greets people.”

RBM Technologies: “The ping-pong battles are epic. And the hot sauce competition is fierce.”

Recorded Future: “Free snacks, coffee and tea, and a weekly company lunch. We’re known to find any excuse we can to celebrate with an ice cream cake.”

ReferralMob: “We’re right on Newbury St. and have a killer roof deck with a grill.”

Resilient Systems: “[Our] culture is defined by ambition, confidence and success; the perks are top notch, but the purpose-driven and passion-filled team is what makes it truly unique.”

Rue La La: “Standing Desks. Bagel Friday. Accessories Closet. Associate Sample Sales (can you say Prada bag?!). Champagne Wednesdays! Book Club.” 

Secret Boston: “We throw parties about every 2 weeks. [One of our last ones] was at WeWork at South Station. Open Bar, DJ Knife, Keytar Bear, gold tattoos and more. ALL FREE!”

Seismic: “You’ll almost always see two Shiba Inu puppies chasing each other around [and] hang-outs aren’t often planned, because everyone ends up together anyways.”

SessionM: “With standing desks, bean bag chairs and lounge areas, employees can work independently or collaboratively in a beautifully designed space.”

Skyword: “The gorgeous, custom-engraved keg taps reside in our game room, which includes a pool table, a free Starbucks coffee maker, and a massive HDTV with a Super Nintendo.”

Small Army: “Free lunch on Fridays? Got it. Bring your pet to work day? That’s everyday. Open door events with live music and improv comedy? Our specialty.”

Social Boston Sports: “We are all about having as much fun as possible while working hard to provide as much fun as possible on the field and at our events for the SBS community.”

SocialMadeSimple: “When we brainstormed our mission statement, we literally thought about stealing Olive Garden’s ‘When you’re here, you’re family.’ When you’re here, you’ll love your job and never go hungry.”

Spartan Race: “Company subsidized CSAs, standing desks, weekly run club, monthly fitness reimbursement.”

Splash: “We innovate the thinking behind ideas faster than most can absorb, but our relentless challenging of each other helps us to learn every day.”

Spreadshirt: “Spreadshirt spreads feel good management to a global workforce and makes work feel like connecting with friends.”

Sprout Studios: “We love what we do, design the future every day, with great people, in an awesome environment and have a ton of fun doing it.”

Startup Institute: “Startup Institute helps Boston’s best companies get better, while helping amazing people build careers they’re passionate about (what’s cooler than a company that works to make the entire ecosystem cooler?)”

Suffolk Construction: “From hosting wine tastings to attending Red Sox outings or planning a St. Patrick’ Day party, our team always promotes the ‘work hard, play hard’ mentality.”

Tank Design: “Twice a week a yoga instructor comes to cure any ills of chair life. We also have Tank cinema nights where we view a film that uses design in a unique way, then discuss.”

Text100: “We know how to have a great time while we get our work done; whether it’s the whole office taking a BuzzFeed quiz or a nice note left on your desk.”

The Davis Companies: “We have corn hole leagues & fantasy football leagues where the trophy and bragging rights are huge!”

The Sync Project: “A global collaboration harnessing the power of music for health.”

Threat Stack: “Plenty of ice cream in the summer time, lots of outdoor patio drinking, and the never ending tournaments of whatever is brought in that week.”

Thync: “We do everything from blacklight yoga to music festivals to bottle service at the coolest lounges in Boston.”

Treeline, Inc.: “Every day, we seem to breakout into spontaneous dance parties, eat lunch together, and laugh a lot.”

TripAdvisor: “Feel like you’ve traveled around the globe in one day without all the hassle and with all the hard working and fun-to-work-with people.”

Uber Technologies: “At Uber, we work everyday to connect riders and driver-partners with the city of Boston. A positive culture, where hard work and constant feedback are a key part of the office momentum, Uber Boston also boasts many start-up perks (from cold-brew coffee on-tap to dogs snoozing at your feet) to keep the team going while having fun doing it!”

UbiCare: “Our CEO and VP always decorate and sometimes give out little gifts for holidays. On April Fool’s Day, they surprised everyone with red clown noses.”

Unispace

Vanyaland: “Instead of exec meetings, we have monthly pool parties — is that cool?”

Ve Interactive“We are on the team building event train – Red Sox game day, pool party days, Tough Mudders and a Ve softball team are just a few. And, we made it to play-offs!”

Vecna: “Team members can spend up to 10% of their work week on community service projects. We’ve contributed nearly 100,000 hours.”

Virgin Pulse: “Exceptional employee experiences, whether at the annual holiday party complete with a photo booth & crazy props or the summer outing softball, cornhole, or bocce tournaments, or monthly chair massages.”

VMTurbo: “Fun activities include corn hole, ladder ball, can jam and whatever lacrosse stick and bouncy ball you can get your hands on. Fridays at 5 PM, our weekly beer cart rolls in.”

Wayfair: “Learn@Work programs featuring over a dozen in person and online courses during any given week! Everyone at Wayfair loves their standing desks–some employees even compete throughout the day to see who can work while standing the longest.”

Wellframe: “Free monthly massages are a big perk! We also have monthly outings and regular margarita-Fridays.”

WeSpire: “WeSpire also customized its innovative employee engagement platform for its own employees. The company profile, Do One Thing, helps employees learn, take action, share ideas, and encourage their colleagues to work towards their personal goals.”

WeWork: “Weekly Networking and fun themed events; WeWork Summer Camp, where members and employees all travel to New York for a weekend of music, networking, and fun!”

WhatArmy: “We spend half our lives at work.  We just try to make WhatArmy a place we want to be, let everyone be themselves, and be good to each other.   Oh, and we have a pig named Karen…”

Wistia: “Our team is full of highly motivated, curious, and delightful people who are excited about working on challenging problems!”

WOO Sports: “Board meetings consist of kite boards, beach and sunshine.”

WordStream: “Our extra-curricular activities are as diverse as our employees. From a cocktail party at the aquarium, to a booze cruise on Boston Harbor, to a clam bake on a private island, to a ping-pong and cornhole tourney at a sports bar, we can get fancy or keep it casual.”

ZappRx: “Go carting! We went once and it was a huge hit. Its going to have to become a monthly thing.”

ZoomInfo: “The people are awesome and the company promotes a fun work culture, which motivates employees to come into work every day (even with unlimited paid time off).”

Zuora: “Smart people also having fun. Bringing Silicon Valley to Boston.”

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