JobAdvisor’s Coolest Companies Winners for 2016 Revealed!

We know you’ve all been patiently (or excitedly like us!) waiting for the results, and after much deliberation we’re pleased to announce JobAdvisor’s Cool Companies winners and finalists. This year JobAdvisor received a record number of applications from companies big and small from all across Australia. In addition to online applications that each company submitted, judges also evaluated each company’s anonymous employee reviews on JobAdvisor. After all, that’s where you can really see what it’s like to work there.

Along the way a few interesting trends were discovered such as bringing furry friends to work is totally becoming the norm, companies are tackling diversity challenges head on, and office breakout zones now feature ball pits, micro-breweries and yoga/meditation spots.

It’s fair to say the Coolest Companies 2016 Competition has been very tough this year, and it’s certainly not been easy for the judges to whittle the numbers down when deciding who’s the coolest.

So, without further ado, here are JobAdvisor’s Coolest Companies winners for 2016 as well as finalists for each category …*drum roll*…


Canva – Australia’s Coolest Company in Tech

Canva coolest company jobadvisor

What they do

Canva is an online graphic design platform that empowers the world to design. It is a freemium, easy-to-use software that is a one-stop-shop for design, complete with a comprehensive online marketplace for stock photography, fonts, vectors, illustrations, and the like.

What they say

Experiencing the Canva vibe means being part of a culture that encourages each member of the team to look forward coming to work every day. We harness strength in diversity and creativity, and the team’s single mindedness towards achieving Canva’s goals manifests through amazing levels of day-to-day productivity. Key to this is an absolute focus on customer experience.”

What their employees say

“There’s a lot of nice perks at Canva. Breakfast and lunch are prepared by chef’s on site, the whole team eats together, there’s different fitness activities available and very strong social cohesion in the group. The people are probably the best part! Everyone is positive and friendly and passionate about their craft. The team feels like a family.”

World First – Australia’s Coolest Company in Finance

World First Cool Company

What they do

World First combines specialist knowledge of foreign exchange markets and technical innovation to help individuals and businesses move their money around the world.

What they say

“All work and no play? Not around here. This fun-loving, diverse and dynamic gang of (literal and figurative) youths get out and about together at regular team building, sports and volunteering days, office parties and weekly Friday Night drinks. Add continuous staff training, opportunities for international talent mobility, an employee reward program, free breakfast daily and a team that looks out for each other into the mix, and you’ve got a small insight into what makes World First great.”

What their employees say

“World First takes pride in screening people to see if they are the right fit for their culture of inclusivity, fun and hard work and it shows. The team get along great, even between departments and people are professional and take real pride in their work. Management are supportive, approachable and engaged with all staff members and want to see you grow. There are no micromanagers, no jerks and no toxicity at all.”

Envato – Australia’s Coolest Company for Diversity

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What they do

Envato is a platform for creatives to buy and sell original, high quality websites themes, video, audio, graphics and many other types of digital media.

What they say

“At Envato we think it’s pretty cool that we focus more on results and less on hours in the office. We care about our people fitting their work life in with their personal life. Diversity is a big focus for us internally and externally. We host, sponsor and participate in a range of meet ups, especially those that are focused on raising the bar for diversity in tech.”

What their employees say

“People are carefully selected here, too, which creates an incredible atmosphere. I say ‘carefully’ because when people join, the company makes sure they’re not only smart and talented people, but also extremely nice. It’s incredible to see so many people that are friends outside of work because it’s just enjoyable to hang out with everyone.”


Splend – Australia’s Coolest SMBs

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What they do

Splend offers brand new cars for members who want to work in the ride share economy with companies like Uber. Beyond a vehicle Splend offers member drivers the training, mentoring and support to be the highest earning and highest rated Uber drivers on the road.

What they say

“Splend drives a culture of innovation and agility, with a growth mindset. It’s an Anti Alpha culture, everyone has their value and everyone shares in the success of the business. At Splend we work hard, but we also play hard. With a table tennis table in every office and a regional tournament and a top gear test track laps board.”

What their employees say

“Splend is an awesome company that is a lot of fun even during extremely busy and somewhat stressful periods. Staff are always rewarded for hard work, both individually and as a team. It’s great being with a company where you actually enjoy coming to work.”

Here are the finalists in each category

Top 20 Coolest Companies in Tech in Australia

  1. Canva
  2. Hubspot
  3. 99Designs
  4. Adobe
  5. Domain Group
  6. Adroll
  7. Expedia
  8. Nitro
  9. Buzinga
  10. IE Digital
  11. Lux Group
  12. SiteMinder
  13. Commonwealth
  14. MYOB
  15. Viator
  16. Kiandra
  17. Insentra
  18. Appscore
  19. Gumtree
  20. Vocus

Top 5 Coolest Companies in Finance in Australia

  1. WorldFirst
  2. SocietyOne
  3. Petsure
  4. ME Bank
  5. Commonwealth

Top 10 Coolest Companies for Diversity in Australia

  1. Envato
  2. ThoughtWorks
  3. Medibank
  4. Commonwealth
  5. Lead Like A Woman
  7. Sportsbet
  8. WME Group
  9. The Coaching Institute
  10. Xpand Group

Top 10 Coolest SMBs in Australia

  1. Splend
  2. DriveYello
  3. Hardhat Digital
  4. Social Garden
  5. The Network
  6. Beaumont Consulting
  7. 33Talent
  8. Lotus People
  9. Halcyon Knights
  10. Big Wave Digital

Emma Hart

Emma coordinates and creates content for Search Party and JobAdvisor's marketing activities. Originally from the UK, Emma studied Marketing Management in Newcastle and has a real passion for researching new trends and discovering exciting developments to share with the world. She is now an adopted Aussie, working in Search Party's Sydney office.

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