It’s a workers’ market right now, as huge numbers of global companies announce their intentions to keep hiring at a record pace.

Looking to grow your career in meaningful ways – whether that means more fulfilling work, more flexible work arrangements, or a higher salary? 

There are plenty of reasons for optimism in emerging tech hubs right now. Here’s why:

  • ManpowerGroup surveyed 45,000 employers across 43 countries and found that hiring is up worldwide. In 15 countries, hiring plans are the highest they’ve ever been (and the survey started in 1962!)
  • Monster’s Fall 2021 Hiring Outlook reported that 82% of U.S. employers are planning to hire in 2021. That’s tough on companies who are competing for talent – but it’s good news for you!
  • The demand for developers is particularly high. Two-thirds (61%) of human resource professionals reported that finding qualified developers is their biggest 2021 recruitment challenge, according to a report from CodinGame.

It’s an embarrassment of riches out there for job seekers.

So how do you sort through opportunities and find the perfect job? You could start by looking at the companies that have the best product development teams.

Companies with top-notch product teams have growth and momentum, and they’re focused on continually making their products better. These organizations are going places – and you might want to jump on board.

What does it mean to have an amazing product development team? Here’s what three prominent leaders said:

“Being in tune with your customers so you know what their needs are, how they currently use the product and what they want for the future,” says Charlie Hagelskamp, Product Manager at Santa Monica and Indianapolis-based Edify. “Then using this info to prioritize and design features that can benefit everyone rather than just one specific use case.”

“A great product team solves its clients’ problems in a valuable, consistent, reliable, and creative way,” reports Jason Becker, President of RICS Software. “The best product teams partner cross-functionally to maximize a common understanding of the problem-space. And, exceptional product teams develop an obsession over innovating in their marketing to eliminate problems, friction, and pains.”

“Cross-functional customer alignment. The best product teams live and breathe the mindset of the customers they build for,” said Sam Smith, Co-Founder and CTO of Demandwell. “They ACTIVELY bring that context into Customer Success, Sales, Marketing, and Operations to create a holistic, organization-wide understanding that focuses every action and interaction towards helping their customer grow and succeed.”

Why Startups with the Best Product Development Teams Are Great EmployersYou can hear from more product development leaders at our Powderkeg Unvalley conference (October 20-21), including presentations from:

In the meantime, check out these top companies for product development that are some of the fastest-growing, most exciting companies in the Unvalley (plus, many of them are hiring!):

Startups with great product development teams:

  • Curion (Chicago, IL): A leader in sensory evaluation and consumer product research having pioneered many of the sensory methodologies considered industry standards today.
  • Decision Analyst (Arlington, TX): A market research company that provides analytical consultancy services.
  • Lookfar Labs (New Orleans, LA): A software services company that works with companies at every stage of the lifecycle including app development and product design. 
  • Osmosis (Salt Lake City, UT): The all-in-one health education platform where educators teach effectively and students learn efficiently.
  • Virbela (San Diego, CA): A software that builds engaging virtual worlds for remote work, learning, and events.

Some of the best product development teams at Scaleups:

  • Outreach (Seattle, WA): A B2B sales engagement platform that accelerates revenue growth by optimizing every interaction throughout the customer lifecycle.
  • Dynatrace (Waltham, MA): Simplifies cloud complexity and accelerates digital transformation with automatic and intelligent observability.
  • Symplr (Houston, TX): A software and services company connecting enterprise healthcare operations, with leading governance, risk management, and compliance solutions.
  • Salsify (Boston, MA): A Commerce Experience Management (CommerceXM) platform that empowers brand manufacturers to win on the digital shelf.
  • Verisys Corporation (Alexandria, VA): The leading provider of the most comprehensive health care data used to screen, verify, and hire individuals and entities in the health care sector. 
  • A Cloud Guru (Austin, TX): A social learning platform for cloud computing.
  • Bell Flight (Fort Worth, TX): An industry-leading producer of commercial and military, vertical-lift aircraft..
  • Radiance Technologies (Huntsville, AL): Develops innovative solutions for defense, intelligence, and civilian customers’ advanced challenges.
  • Noblis (Arlington, VA): A nonprofit science, technology, and strategy organization that brings the best of scientific thought, management, and engineering expertise in an environment of independence and objectivity. 
  • Kyruus (Boston, MA): Delivers enterprise provider search and scheduling solutions to help health systems match patients with the right providers across points of access.

Some best product development teams at Big Companies: 

  • Chewy (Diana Beach, FL): The most trusted and convenient online destination for pet parents (and partners), everywhere.
  • Peloton (New York, NY): An interactive fitness platform reinventing fitness with live and on-demand boutique studio classes.
  • Fanatics (Jacksonville, FL): A leading global digital sports platform changing the way fans purchase their favorite team apparel, jerseys, headwear and hardgoods through an innovative, tech-infused approach.
  • Vistaprint (Waltham, MA): The marketing partner to millions of small businesses around the world, empowering each one to live their dreams.

To see even more companies focused on creating exciting user-centered products, check out our collection of best companies for product development.