Live for the challenge: 7 NYC companies where you can build the future

Written by Liz Warren
April 29, 2019Updated: April 4, 2024

With so many job opportunities for people in NYC tech, companies are tasked with attracting talent beyond the usual perks. Take for example the following companies, which offer enticing benefits like remote work policies and annual retreats around the world. Learn more about these growing companies below.


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What they do: Policygenius is a fintech company that makes it easy to compare and buy insurance online.

Coolest perks: Employees receive commuter benefits, fitness subsidies, professional development opportunities and generous PTO. They’re encouraged to take advantage of the many outings and happy hours hosted by the company.

Notes from an insider: “At Pg, we want to make sure that the interview experience is mutually beneficial between us and the potential employees. It is important to us that candidates are given the space to recognize and express what they’re looking for in their next opportunity — as we’re solving for needs on both sides,” said Cindy Gordon, VP of People.

“As far as what we look for in prospective teammates, we focus on finding individuals who embody our values, which we believe are our baseline expectations in working with other human beings. Beyond that, they are encouraged to bring anything else they have to the table since that is what ultimately leads to creativity and innovation. Oh, and being a dog-lover doesn't hurt either!”


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What they do: Candid uses telemedicine and 3D printing to make oral healthcare more accessible.

Coolest perks: Candid offers commuter benefits and significant discounts on their treatment plans and aligners. Their office is also conveniently located in Union Square.

Notes from an insider: “Candid is looking for folks who are a confluence of the entrepreneurial, analytical, and solution-oriented,” said VP of Talent Andrew Burke. “We are a company that is fundamentally changing the way consumers access oral healthcare and as such, want to find candidates who are inspired by the challenge of exploring new problems in different ways.”


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What they do: AlphaSense is an AI-powered search platform for business and financial content.

Coolest perks: Employees enjoy a collaborative and fun workplace in Union Square with a fully stocked kitchen and phenomenal views of the park below. AlphaSense offers the team a number of opportunities for socializing, including weekly happy hours, monthly social gatherings around the city, sports teams and an annual team volunteering project.

Notes from an insider: “We're building something very special here,” said Chief Revenue Officer Kiva Kolstein. “In addition to the best AI-powered search tech and most comprehensive content set in the market, AlphaSense is a flat organization where the best ideas win. So what you have is an extraordinary collection of smart, driven business professionals all with a seat at the table, excited to participate in strategic and tactical decision-making.”


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What they do: Healthtech startup Galileo uses technology and human-centered design to provide affordable, quality healthcare that’s accessible to everyone.

Coolest perks: Employees receive 25 days of PTO and are encouraged to participate in monthly lunch and learn meetings. They also host quarterly company events and happy hours.

Notes from an insider: “We're looking for thoughtful, mission-driven candidates who will always put patient experiences first, be proactive in their own growth and development and push us all to do our best work,” said Head of People Elliot Epstein. “Making Galileo's vision a reality is an inspiring but tough job, so we appreciate team members who show disciplined thought, humility and, most importantly, a sense of humor.”


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What they do: Attune is a platform that makes it easy for small businesses to access insurance.

Coolest perks: Employees receive unlimited PTO, generous parental leave, a 401(k) match and medical benefits with very low premium rates. Attune offers company equity and a flexible learning and development program for employees to take their career to the next level.

Notes from an insider: “It takes a lot of different perspectives to reinvent an industry,” said People Ops Lead Katherine Klui. “We look for people who are smart and have a great mix of analytical and creative thinking, as well as focused curiosity. We cultivate an environment of belonging and inclusivity, so having a great mix of people who are empowered and respectful is paramount to our success.”


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What they do: Merrill Corporation is a SaaS provider for participants in the mergers and acquisitions lifecycle.

Coolest perks: Merrill offers employees remote and flexible work arrangements, a transportation plan and legal services. They also provide pet insurance, new parent support and referral bonuses.

Notes from an insider: “Companies are moving faster than ever before. Startups can raise money or be acquired in short order and these transactions can make an impact on the global financial markets,” said Senior Director of Engineering Billy Tobon. “Our clients rely on us to make sure the right deal information is shared with the right people at the right time, so we need developers and engineers that can see the big picture, are agile and collaborative, and care not just what they’re working on but why it’s important.”


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What they do: Amplicare is a decision-automation platform that helps healthcare providers proactively improve patient care.

Coolest perks: Amplicare provides employees with a 401(k) match program, fitness reimbursement, and company events and activities, including an annual retreat to places like Bucharest and Lisbon.

Notes from an insider: “Candidates who thrive have a natural curiosity that drives them to think proactively and ‘do’ creatively to keep the company moving forward,” said Director of Customer Success Ashley Hunt. “We never settle for the status quo, so people who are ready to get their hands dirty and take initiative will succeed here.”


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