The workplace should not be something that people dread every day. Employees should look forward to going to work. In fact, they should have a hard time leaving because they enjoy the challenges, their co-workers, and the atmosphere. While the work may be difficult, the culture shouldn’t add to the stress of the work. On the contrary, the culture should be designed to alleviate work related stress. Here are 7 companies that have made a name for themselves by fostering a fantastic work culture.

1. Zappos

Image source: zappos

Zappos is an online shoe and clothing shop based in Las Vegas, Nevada. They take their culture so seriously that being culturally fit carries half the weight when you interview with this company. They even offer $2,000 to their employees to quit after the first week of training if they decide the job isn’t for them. Employees who pass skills tests and exhibit increased capability are considered eligible for a raise and separate budgets are set aside for employee team building and culture promotion.

2. Twitter

Image source: customspaces

Employees at Twitter seem to be absolutely in love with their work. This is mostly inspired by the motivation they draw from working with other smart people. The San Francisco office of Twitter offers free meals, yoga classes, and unlimited vacation time for employees. One of the biggest driving forces at Twitter is the belief that they’re part of a company that’s doing something that matters in the world, and there’s a sense that no one leaves until the work gets done.

3. Adobe

Image source: glassdoor

The culture at Adobe is all about trusting employees to do their best without interventions or micromanagement. Adobe doesn’t use ratings to establish employee capabilities, feeling that this inhibits creativity and harms how teams work. Also, managers take on the role of coaches and let employees set their own goals along with determining how they should be assessed. Employees get stock options and constant training and support to encourage risk-taking.

4. Facebook

Image source: techtub

Like many other companies on this list, Facebook offers lots of perks like food, stock options, open office space, on-site laundry, a focus on teamwork and open communication, a competitive atmosphere that fosters personal growth and learning coupled with great benefits. Despite these perks, being in a competitive space can be very stressful. To counter this, Facebook has created conference rooms, has separate buildings, lots of outdoor roaming space for breaks and has management working in the open office space alongside other employees. Yes, Mark could be working right next you.

5. Warby Parker

Image source: livechatinc

Founded in 2010, Warby Parker is an American company that sells prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses online. To ensure that the company culture is always at the forefront, the company has a team that’s dedicated to culture. The culture team is responsible for activities like setting up fun lunches, events and programs. The company makes sure that there is always an upcoming event so the entire team has something to look forward to. Whether it’s insisting that teams be responsible for keeping the break areas clean or sending random employees for lunch together, Warby Parker encourages their employees to feel like one big community.

6. SquareSpace

Image source: officelovin

SquareSpace is regularly voted is one of the best places to work in New York city. They follow a unique flat and open organization structure where there is no (or very few) levels of management in between staff and executives. This set up can be difficult to maintain as a company grows bigger but employees here love that they have direct access to higher management and can always get their voices heard. SquareSpace also offers several benefits and perks including 100 percent coverage of health insurance premiums, flexible vacations, attractive office space, catered meals, stocked kitchens, monthly celebrations, relaxation spaces and periodic guest lecturers.

7. Google

Image source: officesnapshots

No list on great work cultures would be complete without mentioning Google. The company has managed to set the standards for developing an employee-friendly work culture. Free meals, employee trips and parties, financial bonuses, open presentations by high-level executives, gyms, a dog-friendly environment and more. However, over time, the company has found it difficult to maintain the same culture between it’s headquarters and other offices. Google still gets top reviews for pay, perks and advancement, but some employees have also raised the issue of the company having a stressful and competitive business environment.