The lure of living in a well-known city like New York or Los Angeles certainly sounds appealing, but it’s always good to explore other options as well. That’s why we’re taking a peek at some of the best places to work in 10, maybe overlooked, cities around the U.S. We started in Denver and have since looked at Seattle, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando, Salt Lake City, and Boston. This week the journey continues to a place where traditional and modern mix—Raleigh, North Carolina!
Making Your Move to the “City of Oaks”
North Carolina’s capital city is widely-known for its attractive tree lined streets and green spaces in the downtown area. Raleighites also have a deep appreciation for sweet tea and Cheerwine (a beloved cherry soda, not wine). Another perk of being located in the center of North Carolina is being close enough to visit beautiful mountains (Sugar Mountain is less than four hours away) and pristine shorelines (Just two hours has you to Wilmington’s beaches). The 33-mile long Neuse river trail and 66-acre Pullen Park also provide outdoor options to support an active lifestyle.
Top Places to Work in Raleigh
Raleigh is also known as “The Triangle.” That’s because Raleigh along with, Durham, and Chapel Hill are known for their research/technology roots; not to mention their collegiate rivalries: North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina, respectively. As such, there is strong job growth in this tri-city region. With a high number of research, education, healthcare, and information technology opportunities available, the annual average income—over $50,000, is higher than the national average.
Large Company – Mako Medical Laboratories
Designed to truly support patients and healthcare professionals, the Mako Medical Laboratories team is led by nationally renowned doctors who specialize in methodology development and pathological services. Each facility is equipped with state of the art robotics to ensure accuracy and precision. Mako’s dedication extends to its employees, who are treated to weekly breakfasts, monthly lunches, and quarterly company outings. If Mako sounds like a place where you could make a difference, they are looking for qualified candidates with education in Chemistry, Biology, Medical Technology, Clinical Lab Science, and other science-related majors.
Midsize Company – Pendo
Comprised of alumni from Rally, Google, Cisco, and Red Hat, the founders of Pendo put their heads and talents together to build a simple way to understand and attack what truly drives product success. By using powerful analytics, in-application user feedback, and contextual guidance, they help companies measure and elevate the customer experience within their applications, and ultimately improve the user’s experience with software. Pendozers (employees) get plenty of perks like full benefits starting the first day of employment, an open vacation policy, free weekly lunches, and free parking or monthly stipend for other modes of transportation. If you’re looking for a fast-paced and fun culture and have a background in Development and Coding, Marketing and Public Relations, and Graphic/Web Design, Pendo could be the place for you!
Small Company – Eckel & Vaughan
This full-service strategic communications agency sees itself less as a traditional ad agency and more of a conversation agency that partners with its clients to help find their voice to say something important and relevant. So, it makes sense they’re looking for sharp individuals whose strengths are in Advertising, Communications, English, Marketing, Public Relations, and Journalism. In return, you’ll receive a performance-based annual bonus structure, retirement savings plan (401(k)) with employer matching, and even cell phone reimbursement. They also have a spring internship program and participants are eligible for a performance-based stipend upon completion.