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September 25, 2017

3 of the Best Places to Work in San Francisco, California

Striking out on your own can be exciting, but the unknown elements of moving to an unfamiliar city can be a bit nerve-racking. If you find yourself in that position have no fear! We’ve gathered info on some of the biggest cities in the U.S. and we tell you why they are the best places to work. So far, we’ve looked at Denver, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Today, we’re taking a closer look at San Francisco, California. We’ll show you some of the top companies in the area to work for and what majors they’re looking for.

Making Your Move to the “City by the Bay”

Over 4.5 million people call San Francisco home, with each neighborhood displaying distinct personalities—from the Mission District’s historic streets, to the Presidio’s grassy hills, and the bustling piers along the Embarcadero. Aside from city’s iconic landmarks, independent spirit, and trendsetting residents, San Francisco is routinely mentioned on lists touting health and happiness. And while it does present itself as an idyllic place to live, according to U.S. News, the average salary is just under $67,000. On the plus side, if you have a specific skill set or advanced degrees, you can earn significantly more per hour and per year than they would in other major metropolitan areas. The downside is that San Francisco is one of the most expensive places to live in the U.S. Altogether, San Francisco's benefits far outweigh its negatives, making it one of the best places to work!

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Top Places to Work in San Francisco

Another name San Francisco goes by is Silicon Valley, but you don’t have to be a computer whiz in order to get a job in this beautiful city. In fact, the area’s largest economic sector isn’t technology, but tourism. San Francisco is also home to more than 30 international financial institutions, making business and finance another top industry. Other industries include health care, education, and biotechnology. Here are three top companies in the area worth checking out.


Large Company – Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

The first boutique hotel and restaurant company in the U.S., Kimpton hotels believe human, heartfelt connections are what make life worth living. It has made Fortune magazine’s “Best Companies To Work For” list seven times and scored 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index. Along with the usual benefits (paid time off, 401(k), etc.) employees are given back-up child and elder care, professional and personal development opportunities, and discounts at their 60-plus hotels nationwide. Some of the majors that will find success with this company are Human Resources, Hospitality, Accounting/Business Studies, Accounting, and Finance.


Midsize Company – Asana

This info tech company is all about helping other companies (think Uber and Pinterest) cut through the clutter so their teams can work together effortlessly. As for employees, Asana seems to place an emphasis on work-life balance with the idea that investing in employee happiness will lead to sustainable success. Employees can stay healthy with three nutritious meals each day, served by the culinary team. There’s also daily on-site yoga and free gym memberships. In addition to internship opportunities, Asana employs Engineering, Computer Science, Finance, Statistics, Math, and Information Science majors.


Small Company – InfoScout

With less than 100 employees, it’s easy to see why this company feels like family. Leadership asks for, respects, and incorporates employee feedback in a way that is transparent and visible to the entire organization. As one employee shared with Fortune.com, “you always know where you stand and where the company stands." According to InfoScout’s website, in just a few years the company has grown into America's largest purchase panel, helping brands and retailers grow via next-generation consumer insights. As for majors, the company seems to focus more on the candidates having a bachelor’s degree or master's degree, coupled with a specified amount of relevant experience. However, there are some instances where majors such as Computer Science and Marketing are preferred.

Share in the comments if San Francisco is a city you would consider moving to.

If you like hearing about how San Fran is one of the best places to work, check out our posts on spectacular locations, like Minneapolis-St.Paul, Orlando, Salt Lake City, and Boston!


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