Dog-Friendly Jobs

Dear Anita,

After reading about Take Your Dog To Work Day about a month ago, I’m obsessed! I would love to find a job where I could bring my Schnauzer with me! How can I find companies that permit pets in the office?

Dear “Must Love Dogs,”

Payscape_Dog

Payscape

Pet lovers, rejoice! Some businesses make “Take Your Pet to Work Day” not just one day in June,  but every weekday. Pet Sitters International offers tips for successfully bringing dogs to work, such as making sure coworkers are not allergic and puppy-proofing your workspace.

The Nerdery

The Nerdery

While dog-friendly offices are becoming a company culture selling point in job descriptions, all pets are not treated equally. The neighborhood bookstore may have a lounging feline, but Google’s pet policy does not include cats. “Google’s affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture. We like cats, but we’re a dog company, so as a general rule we feel cats visiting our offices would be fairly stressed out.”

Eventbrite

Eventbrite

Many younger, hipper companies may be known for the cool perk of a dog-friendly workplace. But don’t discount old-school mom-and-pops operations, either, with less bureacracy and grassroots attitudes.

Glassdoor published a blog, 10 of the Best Companies for Dogs (and listed itself, but that’s forgivable). Here in no particular order are 10 of the Best Companies for Dogs:

Eventbrite
Company Rating: 4.7

 “I love that I can bring my dog to work and know that he loves it at Eventbrite too.” – Eventbrite Employee (San Francisco, CA)

Nestle

Nestlé Purina PetCare

Nestlé Purina PetCare
Company Rating: 4.6

“Love love love it! The atmosphere, people, longevity, stability, reputation, culture, opportunities…. and bringing your dog to work. What’s not to love?” – Nestlé Purina PetCare ORM Team Leader (Saint Louis, MO)

Rover

Rover.com

Rover.com
Company Rating: 3.5

“I love working at Rover! There are so many great pros: the people, the dogs, the work, it’s all great.” – Rover.com Employee

Payscape
Company Rating: 4.4

“You can bring your dog to work on Fridays!” – Payscape Employee

Petplan
Company Rating: 4.4

“There are always pets in the office and it is nice to have the ability to bring them to the office with you.” – Petplan Employee

Indiegogo

Indiegogo

Indiegogo
Company Rating: 4.5

“Dog-friendly office, ping pong, happy hours, team dinner, and other perks of startups.” – Indiegogo Employee (San Francisco, CA)

The Nerdery
Company Rating: 3.3

“Having dogs at work is great for morale.” – The Nerdery Employee (location, N/A)

Specialized Bicycle

Specialized Bicycle

Specialized Bicycle

Company Rating: 3.5

“The culture of the company and office (the people, bikes everywhere! dogs welcomed, all the great coffee you can drink, lunch rides, on site bike shop, yoga classes, etc) is really special and worth the hard work.” – Specialized Bicycle Administrative Employee (Morgan Hill, CA)

Procore Technologies
Company Rating: 4.8

“Super friendly environment, free lunch on Wednesdays, open-door policy, and dog-friendly.” – Procore Technologies Employee (Carpinteria, CA)

Procore Technologies

Procore Technologies

Glassdoor
At Glassdoor, we’re lucky enough to have a dog-friendly workplace and couldn’t resist including sharing a few shots of our canine coworkers here in Marin County. By the way, we, and many of the companies listed above are hiring!

Company Rating: 4.6

Glassdoor“Aside from all the awesome perks like a gym, catered lunch, unlimited vacation and the ability to bring my dog every day, I just love being at Glassdoor. I’m consistently in awe of the good ideas, smart people and a lovable culture we have here.” – Glassdoor Public Relations Employee (Sausalito, CA)

Search Indeed.com and other job boards using “dog-friendly office” or “pet friendly” in the keyword field. You’ll find job postings that list this drool-worthy perk.

Readers: Would a dog-friendly office be a deciding factor when accepting a position?

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Patricia Tillman
    Sep 15, 2015 @ 12:05:09

    I hate that some employers have adopted the idea of bringing a pet to work. I have had to turn down positions because of this Dog-Friendly office. Everyone do not like being around dogs. Some of us have allergies. Some have fears. Pets belong at home. Not in the workplace.

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  2. KaD
    Sep 15, 2015 @ 11:15:44

    If you want a job where you spend all your time with your dog then start a kennel, doggie day care, or work from home. I’m allergic and I don’t want to work in a place that allows dogs. I don’t want to work in a place where everyone else is screwing off with their dogs instead of getting WORK done. I don’t want dogs shoved down my throat at work like their shoved down my throat everywhere else-in advertising, catalogs, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, the grocery store, ad nauseum.

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  3. Cathy Bearden
    Sep 15, 2015 @ 10:13:12

    It is nice to have animals at your work. I work in a law office. The cats and dogs helps our clients deal with their domestic situation. It’s nice!

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  4. S
    Sep 15, 2015 @ 10:07:45

    Yes, a “dog-friendly” policy would be a deciding factor for me — I would NOT want to work there. As someone who is both allergic to dogs and a victim of an unprovoked and traumatic dog attack, I would feel that it is extremely inconsiderate and disrespectful to me to expect me to spend my working hours in the presence of someone’s dog, which does not need to be there. Dogs do not belong in the workplace anymore than children do.

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