These 5 Seattle Companies Ranked on Forbes’ Best Startup Employers List

Find out which local companies made the cut to stand out in a competitive market for top tech talent.
Written by Abel Rodriguez
March 9, 2022Updated: March 10, 2022
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Startups are great places to work. They have competitive compensation, cool offices, laid-back dress codes and an abundance of company swag and office amenities. Even still, many startups are finding it hard to attract and retain workers given the competitive job market. This has forced many tech companies to beef up their offerings to retain current employees and appeal to job seekers. 

This week, Forbes, in partnership with market research firm Statista, released its latest list of Americas Best Startup Employers. The ranking looked at 2,500 startups founded between 2012 and 2019 that have at least 50 employees. The list was narrowed down to the top 500 based on employer reputation, employee satisfaction and growth.

Read on to learn which five Seattle-based tech companies ranked highest on this years list and which ones are hiring.


Rank #167

Founded in 2016, Amperity’s platform uses AI to organize customer data and profiles for businesses. In turn, businesses are able to better manage online profiles and create tailored marketing campaigns using the data. Amperity has worked with popular brands such as Alaska Airlines, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Crocs, and has raised $187 million in venture capital funding to date, according to Crunchbase.  


Rank #154 

Outreach helps organizations reach their sales goals with its sales engagement platform. Using machine learning, the platform creates accurate forecasts for sales teams and provides real-time feedback to leaders. Outreach launched in 2014 and now has offices in Seattle, New York, London and Prague. 


Rank #117

Food waste is a major problem in the U.S. with nearly 80 billion pounds of food discarded each year. In 2015, Shelf Engine launched to solve the problem. It created a results-as-a-service (RaaS) tool that forecasts food sales for grocery stores so they can order the exact amount of items needed and reduce waste. The company is so confident in its tool that even offers to buy back any extra items the store might have purchased. Shelf Engine currently employs around 150 people and has several positions currently open. According to Crunchbase, Shelf Engine has raised $58.2 million since launching.


Rank #26 

The runner-up for Seattles best startup employer is SeekOut, a recruiting platform that tries to reduce biases throughout the hiring process with its AI-driven Talent 360 platform. The platform features various diversity filters to find candidates as well as talent analytics, search tools and user messaging to speed up the hiring process. According to SeekOut, which is based in Bellevue, the company has doubled its customer count in the last couple of years. In January, it reached unicorn status following a $115 million Series C round.


Rank #15 

Clinching the top spot for Seattles best startup employer, according to Forbes, is Highspot. The Seattle-based company was founded in 2012 and has witnessed 900 percent revenue growth over the past three years. It currently employs 800 employees and plans to hire another 500 this year. Highspot developed a sales management platform that houses everything needed to run a sales team. From file management and analytics to sales training, the platform can do it all. Highspot is valued at $3.5 billion. 


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