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9 Small to Midsize Companies Hiring NOW in NYC​!

My last year of college, I learned all too quickly the appeal of working at large, well-known companies: prestige, perks, pay, & people (built-in network). It seemed like all of my friends were applying for jobs at Facebook, Google, and top consulting firms.


But working at these kinds of companies also presents drawbacks: being part of a large, likely bureaucratic organization isn't for everyone. Some people do best when given the opportunity to lead and learn all areas of a business from day one. And there's no doubt that start-ups and small to mid-size companies have an edge when it comes to hands-on projects with the potential to impact the whole business.

Sometimes the best way to feel yourself making an impact in a big city like NYC is to find a job at a small or midsize firm where you know your voice will be heard. Here's a list of 9 of our favorite small to midsize companies doing big things in NYC (and beyond) in tech, finance, sales, and marketing - and they're hiring now!

9 Small to Midsize Companies Hiring in NYC

AppNexus

What They Do

AppNexus enables and optimizes the real-time sale and purchase of digital advertising.

What You Should Know

They take diversity seriously and have taken a number of steps to embed inclusivity into their company culture.

Their senior leaders and board members are dedicated to researching and implementing best practices in D&I, which, "translate into actions like pay equity analyses, mentorship programs, professional development courses, allyship trainings, and open discussion forums, as well as renowned women's leadership events and affinity groups."

Fairygodboss named them one of their Best Companies for Women in 2018, and their Return to Work Program and Parents Network affinity group help to ensure that AppNexus is a family friendly and balanced workplace supportive of all caregivers.

You can read more about their commitment to diversity here, and learn about their community initiatives such as their partnership with Girls Who Code.

They also offer:

  • Generous PTO
  • Year-end week off for U.S. offices
  • Flexible work schedule options
  • Gym discounts

Who They're Looking For

Thrive Global

What They Do

Thrive Global's mission is to end the stress and burnout epidemic by offering companies and individuals sustainable, science-based solutions to enhance well-being, performance, and purpose, and create a healthier relationship with technology.

What You Should Know

By advocating for a cultural shift in our approach to work and overall well-being, they're challenging the unhealthy expectations of working around the clock that make it harder for parents and especially moms to thrive at work. They also offer these great benefits:

  • Competitive Salary (commensurate with experience, of course)
  • Medical, vision and dental coverage
  • Three weeks vacation + 7 flex holidays (not including regular holidays)
  • A human-centric culture with a range of wellness benefits

Who They're Looking For

Technical Sourcer, Photo Editor, Social Media Editor, & More!

Bluecore

What They Do

Bluecore is empowering ecommerce organizations to discover their best customers and keep them for life. An AI-driven retail marketing platform, Bluecore brings together website, customer, and live product insights to match customers with the products they love.

What You Should Know

With an A+ culture rating on Comparably, Bluecore knows how to create a workplace where people want to be. They hire good people and trust them to exercise good judgement and do good work - no silly rules or excessive oversight. They also know that life outside the office fuels life within it, and offer employees the flexibility to build schedules that allow them to do their best work. In their words, "If 6 PM improv classes or midday gym sessions are what makes you happy, we will support you."

They also believe in fostering an inclusive environment in which employees feel encouraged to share their unique perspectives, leverage their strengths, and act authentically.

Plus, they offer:

  • Highly competitive compensation package including salary and equity
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) plan
  • Monthly fitness stipend for a gym membership or fitness classes
  • Monthly NYC Metro Card
  • Generous Parental Leave & flexible vacation policy

Who They're Looking For

Customer Success Manager, Senior Software Engineer, & More!

Stash

What They Do

Stash is on a mission to give financial opportunity to all. They want to provide every American with the education, tools, and guidance needed to build smarter financial habits and grow wealth. Especially for the millions of Americans that have been overcharged and underserved by traditional banks, brokers, and investment advisors.

What You Should Know

Stash believes that great products are built in environments that support diversity of thought, experience, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and age.

Stash is currently made up of 37% women, 45% people of color, as well citizens of Kazakhstan, Australia, Bangladesh, Ukraine, India, China, Taiwan and Israel to name a few. In their words, "This is absolutely not good enough and we are committed to increasing the number of women to over 40% by year end!" Plus, they offer:

  • Family-friendly Medical, Dental, and Vision plans
  • Equity in the company
  • Flexible PTO
  • Flexible work schedule
  • 12 weeks of paid Parental Leave to primary caregivers
  • Commuter Benefits
Who They're Looking For

Intent Media

What They Do

Intent Media uses predictive analytics to help travel brands maximize revenue per visitor. They use sophisticated machine learning capabilities to serve ads and conversion-boosting user experiences based on a unique understanding of where a given user is in the shopping journey.

What You Should Know

Chosen as one of Crain's top places to work in NYC for six years in a row, they know how to build an inclusive and collaborative workplace. In their words, "We're building the company we've always wanted to work for — one that's open, human and collaborative, where very smart people come together to share ideas and get things done." They also offer:

  • Unlimited Vacation - there's no cap, but they suggest you take at least 3 weeks
  • Citi Bike Membership
  • 16 weeks of paid parental leave for primary caregiver and an onsite New Mother's room
  • Employee Assistance Program - Their EAP is available to you and your loved ones at all times for any work- or personal-related issues that may come up in your life.

Who They're Looking For

33Across

What They Do

33Across is a publisher monetization and traffic platform, named Best Publisher Technology by Digiday. For over 7 years, the 33Across platform has powered the largest and fastest growing publishers to create new traffic and revenue.

What You Should Know

If you've got vision, drive, and a roll-up your sleeves attitude, you'll likely be a good fit. Their team is made up of self-starters who are passionate and enthusiastic about what they do. Their culture is high output and low drama - doing great work, constantly improving, and celebrating their success. They also offer:

  • Flexible PTO
  • Company equity
  • Great healthcare, flexible spending accounts, and commuter benefits

Who They're Looking For

Director of Publisher Development, Senior Software Engineer, & More!

CardFlight

Women from CardFlight at a Women's Network in Electronic Transactions Meet-up

What They Do

CardFlight is the leader in payment technology and mobile point-of-sale solutions for merchant service providers, banks, and independent sales organizations. From iOS and Android apps to a Virtual Terminal to EMV and NFC contactless card readers, CardFlight's SwipeSimple products offer just what small businesses need.

What You Should Know

The small but growing CardFlight team is composed of passionate individuals from a variety of backgrounds and industries who are united by their obsession with solving payments issues. They also know that wellness has to come first if you want to inspire great work, offering benefits like:

  • Full medical, vision and dental coverage
  • Liberal vacation policy (no one will track how many days you take)
  • Invest in YOU: Tuition reimbursement to keep you at the top of your game
  • A fully stocked pantry with unlimited snacks

Who They're Looking For

Mobile Developer, Customer Operations Associate, & More!

Virtu Financial

What They Do

Virtu is a leading financial firm that leverages cutting edge technology to deliver liquidity to the global markets and innovative, transparent trading solutions to clients.

What You Should Know

At Virtu, everyone is given the chance to lead and make a difference—no matter where you sit. Because Virtu is a relatively small, nimble firm, everyone is engaged in all aspects of the business. If you like to have fun, work hard, and take initiative, it might be a good fit for you. Plus, they offer:

Who They're Looking For

Quantitative Trader, Software Engineer, & More!

Attune Insurance

What They Do
At the forefront of the insuretech industry, Attune is completely reinventing how small businesses access insurance.


What You Should Know

A startup with the funding, expertise, and support of a large company, their employees have the opportunity to change the small business landscape. They were also recently named a Great Place to Work by Great Place to Work US. "If you are energized by making the complex, simple; the time consuming, easy; and the antiquated, tech-enabled, then we want you on our team."

They also offer:

  • Equity compensation.
  • Medical and 401(k) matching from day one.
  • Fully stocked kitchens with free snacks & drinks.

Who They're Looking For

Software Engineer, Sales Representative, Customer Care Manager, & More!

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Why Female Presidential Candidates Are Still Told to Be Chill, Not Shrill

The Dated, Everyday Tech Stifling Women's Voices Shows the Importance of Diversity in Tech

"You're not like other girls. You're so...chill."

I've gotten that "compliment" from multiple guys in multiple contexts — and I'm ashamed to admit that until a few years ago, I took it as one.

Occasionally I'd wonder why. After all, anyone who knows me well knows I am the Anti-Chill: a tightly wound stress ball, ready to explode into tears at any given moment.

So what was giving these guys the wrong impression? As it turns out, it was my voice. My cool, unnaturally-deep-for-a-woman, never-shrill voice.

And if I'm honest, I always prided myself on not sounding 'like other girls.' No uptalk or high-pitched squeals of glee from me. I thought I sounded smarter and more serious. Talk about internalized misogyny.

This isn't just me though. There is a societal double bind that forces women to spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about the right pitch and tone for each situation.

Just consider the advice that Democratic-debate coach Christine Jahnke gave female candidates to avoid being labeled as shrill: "… go slow and low. Very purposefully slow your pace and lower the tone a bit, because that will add meaning or gravitas to whatever it is you're talking about."

In a nutshell: try and sound chill, not shrill.

What I didn't know, until recently, is how this bias against women's natural voices is being reinforced and amplified by century-old technology. (Just one of many examples of how technology designed by and for men ends up hurting women in the long-run.)

Author Tina Tallon explains this little-known fact in her recent New Yorker article, summarized below:

How 20th Century Tech Is Holding 21st Century Women Back

With the rise of commercial broadcast radio in the 1920s, women's voices began getting critiqued. As Tallon explains, station directors asserted that "women sounded 'shrill,' 'nasal,' and 'distorted.'" So when industry standards were set, directors didn't take women's voices into account.

When Congress limited the bandwidth available to each radio station in 1927, station directors set a bandwidth that would provide the minimum amount of information necessary to understand "human" speech.

They used lower voices as their benchmark, so the higher frequency components of women's speech necessary to understand certain consonants were cut, making women's voices less intelligible.

  • Researcher J.C. Steinberg asserted that, "nature has so designed woman's speech that it is always most effective when it is of soft and well-modulated tone." He explained that if a woman raised her voice on air, it would exceed the limitations of the equipment. As Tallon says, "He viewed this as a personal and biological failing on women's part, not a technical one on his."

Why You Should Care

Women have always been told to lower their voices, but this 20th century approach to sound frequencies is still accepted as the standard, literally forcing women to lower their voices if they want to be heard.

  • To this day, many algorithms and speakers distort women's speech by limiting higher frequencies, causing women's voices to lose definition and clarity.

Tallon sums it up well:

"Consequently, women are still receiving the same advice that they were given in the nineteen-twenties: lower the pitch of your voice, and don't show too much emotion. By following that advice, women expose themselves to another set of criticisms, which also have a long history: they lack personality, or they sound 'forced' and 'unnatural.'"


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So as we continue to grapple with implicit biases against women, from what it means to be "presidential" to who's considered an "innovative leader," let's remember the importance of diversity in tech.

Had a woman been involved in researching/setting the standards for radio frequencies, she might've been able to steer the industry towards a voiceband that would allow men and women to be heard equally well. And perhaps had a more impartial voiceband been established, I'd have heard a more diverse range of female speakers growing up, and internalized fewer biases myself.

That's why we care so much at PowerToFly about making sure cutting-edge companies have diverse teams.

Times were different then, sure, but the fact that Depression Era standards are still impacting how we hear (or don't hear) women's voices is a vital reminder that what we do today impacts our world for centuries to come.

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