5 Companies With Interesting Organizational Cultures

Companies with interesting organizational cultures work to build a workplace environment that’s inclusive, supportive and balanced.

Written by Margo Steines
Published on Aug. 14, 2023
5 Companies With Interesting Organizational Cultures
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Company culture is formed by guiding principles, such as core values, team structure and workplace practices, that dictate how employees should interact with one another and carry out their daily job duties. Employers have plenty of tools at their disposal for enhancing culture. For example, they can implement a flexible work program that allows employees to set their own hours and choose where they’ll work. Companies may regularly collect feedback to understand what’s working, what isn’t and what changes employees want made. Here are some companies with interesting organizational cultures designed to build a business environment that’s inclusive, supportive and makes room for work-life balance.

Companies With Interesting Organizational Cultures

  • Airbnb
  • Etsy
  • BetterUp
  • Clif Bar & Company
  • Workday


Companies With Interesting Organizational Cultures

Founded: 2007

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Airbnb, the ubiquitous short-term rental app, established a workplace culture that lets employees perform their jobs from almost anywhere in the country in which they’re based and spend as much as 90 days working in another country. To ensure team members still have a chance to build in-person connections, the company also plans off-site gatherings so co-workers have the time and space to get together. People understandably love working for companies that cultivate positive collaboration, and at Airbnb, one of the ways that’s been done is through peer mentorships.


Founded: 2005

Headquarters: New York, New York

Etsy is an online retailer that runs a virtual marketplace for handcrafted products, from clothing to kids’ toys to furniture. It is widely known as being a desirable, progressive workplace, with significant investment into DEI, a workforce that’s nearly 50 percent women and a feedback program that continuously seeks detailed anonymous reports about the on-the-ground Etsy experience. 


Founded: 2013

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

BetterUp is a virtual life-coaching platform for individuals, teams and organizations. It works on a “whole-person” basis, not differentiating between professional performance and personal optimization. Congruent with the service it sells, BetterUp’s company culture is all about facilitating peak performance from every team member and providing them the support they need to give it, including unlimited access to personalized coaching and stipends for learning, development and wellness.

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Founded: 1992

Headquarters: Emeryville, California

Clif Bar & Company, makers of the Clif and Luna bars, says it prioritizes investment in employee wellness and encourages all team members to “bring their passions to work, not check them at the door.” To support that request, the company pays for time spent volunteering and working out with in-house trainers and provides a subsidized on-site daycare. 


Founded: 2005

Headquarters: Pleasanton, California

Workday makes enterprise resource planning software for companies in a wide range of professional fields, and it extends this holistic view to its own offices. The company offers programs to support employee mental and physical health, like reimbursement for fertility, adoption or surrogacy expenses, a 24/7 family support service, financial wellbeing support services, menopause support — even reimbursement for adopting a shelter pet.

Rose Velazquez contributed reporting to this story.

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