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5 additional outstanding U.S.-based Best Workplaces for Innovators

These companies earned high marks from ‘Fast Company’ editors for their commitment to building strong internal innovation cultures.

5 additional outstanding U.S.-based Best Workplaces for Innovators
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This year for the first time, Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators is recognizing outstanding organizations in six different categories, including these five U.S. companies.

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Finalists

Ascendum
Cincinnati

The digital solutions company runs a 24/7 Zoom coffee room that allows employees to stay connected with colleagues and family members.

Cadence Design Systems
San Jose

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The software company’s Wave of Change initiative assembles employees from each business unit to generate new ideas, like a mentorship program and a new global learning platform.

Intuit
Mountain View, California

The software giant annually bestows the Bill Campbell Coach Award, named after the iconic Silicon Valley adviser and former Intuit chairman, to an employee who impacts company culture through coaching colleagues.

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PayPal
San Jose

Far-flung employees continued to collaborate and connect via an “extended reality” pavilion with different floors dedicated to education, sustainability, and more.

Workiva
Ames, Iowa

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In 2020, the global software-as-a-service company invested nearly $95 million into R&D.

Read more about Fast Company’s100 Best Workplaces for Innovators 2021.