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Best Places to Work 2022: The Best Small Companies to Work for in Los Angeles

The Best Small Companies to Work for in Los Angeles

(15 to 49 US employees)






1. Boutique Recruiting

Boutique Recruiting successfully places accounting, administrative, executive level, finance, HR, legal, marketing, operations, sales and technical candidates nationally. It adds a personalized touch to job placements by taking the time to meet with both candidates and hiring companies face-to-face. Boutique Recruiting delivers the exact technical and cultural fit and has it down to a science. The firm understands that high-quality candidates are increasingly hard to find, and the cost to hire an experienced internal recruiter has risen significantly. It believes that every relationship begins face to face, and takes the time to meet every single candidate, saving its clients’ time and money with this critical screening process. Boutique Recruiting uses technology with traditional methods, making it a priority of putting the “human” back into human resources. 

“Boutique Recruiting – Powered by personal relationships” is not only the tagline of the company and how it looks at its client relationships, but more importantly, it’s also at the heart of its relationships with its employees. Boutique Recruiting’s president Innesa Burrola has a degree in leadership & management and takes her leadership role seriously. Her sincere devotion to a healthy lifestyle while maintaining a strong work ethic and personalized interactions with her clients is what she aspires for with all of her employees. She has set the foundation with a strong corporate culture that includes an extra two weeks off at the end of the year, profit sharing, inclusive decision making, outstanding pay, a gorgeous state-of-the-art office with gym, the ability to work remotely and regularly provided healthy lunches and massages. 





2. Northwestern Mutual – West Los Angeles

Northwestern Mutual – West Los Angeles is firmly committed to helping create exceptional financial security, personal growth, and business success for its clients and its communities. It provides clients with financial guidance and world-class products and services that help families and businesses alike obtain financial security and success. The company takes its responsibility seriously; therefore, it wants its representatives to achieve the highest possible potential. To this end it fosters an atmosphere built on mutual respect and a desire to add value in every interaction it has with clients and coworkers alike. Its robust mentorship program provides support and growth opportunities that allow it to best serve clients and achieve collective goals.

Northwestern Mutual – West Los Angeles maintains a commitment to serving clients by supporting and developing top of the line financial advisors. The company strives to support growth within the firm and offers many opportunities to continue education at no cost to team members. Additionally, it offers a variety of weekly and monthly business development training sessions that are focused on personal and professional growth. Amenities it offers at no cost include catered meals, a snack and coffee bar, and an in-office luxury gym. The firm also supports its team members by fostering a work environment that focuses on growth while ensuring work-life balance is a top priority. The company also has a variety of different philanthropic and diversity and inclusion initiatives that allow it to support the community in an engaging and impactful way. 






3. Konnect Agency

Konnect Agency lives where strategy, media, creative, and advertising meet, delivering creative marketing solutions and amplification at scale. But it’s the firm’s people that set it apart—an explosive, nimble team of brand strategists and human behavior analysts; creators and amplifiers who thrive on solving big challenges. Konnect is serious about its work and results, but doesn’t take itself too seriously – the team believes its best work happens when it’s having fun. It is made up of  collaborators, innovators, and passionate practitioners who love what they do and always strive for the best and biggest outcomes for its clients. Konnect’s seasoned teams develop sales-driven marketing strategies from the ground up that drive full-funnel results. Representing both national and international companies, Konnect offers a holistic approach to public relations, social media, digital and marketing services to clients in food & beverage, franchise, lifestyle, and family brands.

Konnect has been able to attract the best talent who also happen to be great human beings. The employees exude positivity and help to create a collaborative and inviting atmosphere for all to thrive in and enjoy. It is Konnect’s goal as an agency to provide all the tools and support needed for its team to grow. Konnect enriches the lives of its employees, promotes their growth and adds value – from implementing growth plans that help employees know what steps they need to take to go to the next level in their careers, to discovering opportunities that will allow the teams to learn and foster a genuinely happy workplace.

4. Mirror Digital

Mirror Digital is an interactive media company that specializes in connecting Fortune 500 brands to the growing U.S. multicultural market. The Los Angeles-based firm operates a digital publisher network (websites, podcasters, bloggers), a social media influencer network, and a programmatic advertising marketplace. For its employees, the company empowers and creates opportunities to elevate diverse and multicultural communities through hiring and leadership. Approximately 90% of its staff represents diverse backgrounds and 100% of the leadership team is female. It’s not just about the work at Mirror Digital, either – the team makes a point to take time to celebrate wins.

5. Startr Co.

Startr Co. is a modern public relations partner and champion for startups and emerging businesses. It’s team is made up of media relations wizards and influencer marketing strategists. Startr Co. believes in transparency and operates with integrity above all else. The company has an unwavering commitment to its team and fosters an intrapreneurial environment. Employee professional and personal growth is of the utmost importance and the agency offers perks including internal and external training, strength assessments, team building activities/outings, fitness class reimbursement, anonymous feedback tools, and more. Startr Co.’s size allows the agency to be adaptable and flexible to the team’s feedback and growing and changing needs.

6. MK Partners, Inc.

MK Partners is Southern California’s leading Salesforce Partner and full-service technological consulting firm. The company fosters an inclusive, fun, and intelligent workplace culture with a firm focus on work-life balance, employee professional development, and giving back to the community they work in. From volunteer events to company-wide brainteasers, and firm-funded professional certification opportunities – it’s a place where everyone can learn, grow, and succeed together. MK Partners offers employees the opportunity to work with an assortment of remarkable clients, organizations large and small. Fun, intelligent, and creative coworkers create an environment where they are always learning, improving, and building something great together.

7. Universal Metro, Inc.

As Southern California’s single source for commercial flooring, Universal Metro is an industry-leading, floor covering, underlayment, and moisture mitigation expert. Universal Metro also has its employees’ professional development at top of mind as it is focused on ‘building leaders on the foundation of integrity’. Lastly, the company is made up of ideal team players who are humble, hungry and smart, know that every job is a business, is proactive, and are part of a team consisting of trusted advisors focused on moving forward. Universal Metro keeps moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because it is collectively curious, and curiosity keeps leading it down new paths.

8. Miracle Mile Advisors

Miracle Mile Advisors is an award-winning, independent wealth advisory firm that is fast-growing, young, entrepreneurial and that offers incredible growth potential for its employees. The team works hard, but also enoys an extremely open and fun environment that pushes everyone to be their best self. The company offers benefits that are top of the industry and competitive salaries with upside. Office culture and employee wellbeing are two of the most important aspects of the firm. The company even orders lunch to the office daily for employees in the office and has monthly team-bonding events, as well as an unlimited vacation time policy.

9. Structural Focus

Structural Focus is a full-service structural engineering firm with expertise in new design, historic restoration, seismic evaluation/retrofit of existing structures, and developing post-disaster response plans. Its employees enjoy the family atmosphere and highly supportive nature of the leadership. The company also promotes a diverse workforce made up of 40% women and 35% ethnically diverse employees. Structural Focus also offers generous benefits, profit sharing, flexible individualized work schedules, strong HR support, and a robust wellness program with prizes. The company always promotes from within, providing a clear path to promotion and increased responsibility and provides a strong mentoring program. 

10. Eleven Recruiting & Consulting Services LLC

Eleven Recruiting is a staffing and recruiting agency that supports technology staffing for professional and financial services across the nation. When it hires, trains, and develops its team, it supports unconventional backgrounds to bring a fresh edge and perspective to its services and clientele. Eleven has a diverse team alongside half of the team being women. It focuses on the growth potential that comes from experience on the job versus “great on paper” applicants or team members. The agency prioritizes attitude, relationship building, and a commitment to excellence, with a mission to bring humanity to technology staffing. It ensures that promise by investing in and developing the team.

11. DeciBio Consulting

DeciBio Consulting is the leading strategy consulting firm dedicated to accelerating the adoption and impact of technologies enabling precision medicine. DeciBio was founded with an intention to create a “different” and more sustainable consulting firm. In an industry of consulting generalists, DeciBio is known for providing the deepest expertise in the most pioneering areas of precision medicine. And, while the consulting industry is prone to disenchantment and disconnect, DeciBio strives to further enmesh its position as a stakeholder throughout the precision medicine ecosystem while maintaining a happy, harmonious and social culture. Most notably, DeciBio prides itself on fostering employees to write their own stories.

12. Montage Insurance Solutions

Montage Insurance Solutions is a privately held, family managed, full-service commercial insurance brokerage firm and third-party administrator for COBRA and benefit administration, specializing in wellness and safety services. At Montage, employees come first. They are the leadership’s priority and this is evident in founder Danone Simpson’s tireless efforts to care for her team’s health and wellbeing. Employees at Montage rave about the company’s culture, and in particular how well it managed the COVID pandemic for employees’ families and personal needs. Montage is home to a strong team with long-term employees who have risen to management, educated and empowered to run their teams with care and dedication. 

13. Covington Capital Management

Covington Capital Management is a private wealth advisor. Founded in 2004, Covington has grown to over $4 billion in assets under management as of the end of last year. Serving high net worth families, foundations, and non-profits, Covington seeks to provide its clients with objective and customized investment advice, competitive investment returns, outstanding customer service, and estate and financial planning advice. The company enjoys its success as a team made up of a close-knit group of employees.  The company is mostly employee owned with 60% of the staff being owners.  The team works hard, has fun, and cares about each other.  

14. Rising Realty Partners

Rising Realty Partners is a family-owned, vertically-integrated commercial real estate investment and operating platform specializing in creating world-class commercial properties. The firm is passionate about creating a positive impact in the communities it invests in — environmentally, socially, and technologically. The senior leadership team at Rising is always looking for ways to evolve the employee experience — through mentorship programs, education opportunities, quarterly company get-togethers, or general perks that make an employee’s career at Rising one that is fulfilling. The company’s strong values of respect, communication, and innovation have contributed to its spectacular growth over the last 10 years.

15. gish SEIDEN, LLP

gish SEIDEN is a full-service CPA firm that has been providing tax, accounting and consulting services to clients for over 75 years. The management team at gish SEIDEN puts considerable effort into creating an open and supportive environment for all its team members. The firm also makes sure everyone has the proper tools and resources to help them work efficiently while in the office or working remotely. Training is emphasized at all levels of the organization in both technical and soft skills development. The firm holds weekly staff meetings online to keep everyone updated and give team members an opportunity to talk about any challenges they may be facing. 

16. Barkbus

Barkbus brings the convenience and luxury of mobile grooming to “pet parents” throughout Southern California. Founded by local dog-loving entrepreneurs and creatives, Barkbus began as a means to connect a community of world-class pet stylists with reliable service, through seamless technology. The Barkbus team is on a mission to help pups feel and look their best and the team members – artists and creatives dedicated to continuously perfecting their craft – are always innovating and learning. The team is also committed to the success of each other and the health and wellbeing of the pups they  serve.

17. Gerber Kawasaki Wealth Management

Gerber Kawasaki Wealth Management believes that diversity is one of its greatest strengths. Based in Los Angeles, one of the most diverse cities in the world, Gerber Kawasaki understands that it must represent the communities it serves. The team knows that many of its clients feel more comfortable communicating in their first language, especially when it comes to discussing money. Gerber Kawasaki advisors speak eight major languages, and have US-based clients from all over the world. Gerber Kawasaki is also a workplace that pushes its employees to be the best version of themselves both in and outside the office.

18. LBW Insurance and Financial Services

LBW Insurance and Financial Services is an independent, family-owned agency selling commercial and personal insurance, employee benefits, and financial services. LBW employees frequently mention the excellent benefits, respect for work-life balance and fun and caring atmosphere they experience at the company. They feel the owners and management team are truly trying to do what’s best for the clients as well as the employees at all times. The CEO’s door is always open and LBW employees feel respected and well cared for while having serval laughs along the way. The company has a ‘fish bowl’ for recognizing employees when they demonstrate excellence in any of the company’s core areas.

19. California Home Builders, A Division of Evenhaim Industries

A leading San Fernando Valley residential infill developer since 1994, California Home Builders produces luxury mixed-use communities. The company is a longstanding member of the local community, and strives to create a fun, effective team to serve the community. California Home Builders embraces innovation, progress, and ideas from all team members and works together as a close-knit group to provide excellence. The company custom built its offices with employee comfort and health in mind, providing support through annual, quarterly and monthly team events. Also offered are an onsite gym and connected events at the company’s apartment communities for the team to connect and learn.

20. Freight Right Global Logistics

Freight Right Global Logistics provides solutions to complex problems for technology-centric companies, freight marketplaces, international freight-forwarders, 3PLs, and resellers of international freight. It is a small company in a large industry, taking on legendary giants and impressively making its way to the top – a classic David and Goliath story. Employees appreciate Freight Right Global Logistics’ flexibility, friendly culture and bold vision. Also popular with the employees are the company’s open communication channels, flexible work options and flat organizational chart, not to mention delicious snacks and cake!

21. Ad.net

Ad.net is one of fastest growing tech companies in the Los Angeles startup ecosystem, with a performance-based advertising marketplace outside of major search engines, where world leading brands can find new customers. Ad.net is also a great place to work because it places a great deal of emphasis on fostering a workplace culture (even when remote) where employees feel that they can make a difference and have a significant impact on new innovations and the direction of the organization. Everything from the open space floor plan and lounge area to the communal break room is designed to invite collaboration, sharing of new ideas and team building.

22. Miller Ink

Miller Ink is a Los Angeles-based, full-service strategic communications and crisis PR firm that helps businesses, executives, and non-profits amplify their voices, build their brands, and advance their goals through carefully crafted messaging and compelling content. As a company, the firm is highly engaged and intensely collaborative. It proudly recruits and cultivates talent from a wide range of fields and backgrounds. One of Miller Ink’s core values is positivity. The team comes to work together united by an infectious enthusiasm for the creative field they have chosen – and the clients whose mission they get to advance. 

23. Lumicity LLC

Lumicity is a technical staffing agency that strives to provide world class talent solutions within emerging technologies across the United States. Its team of experts listen to clients’ recruitment needs and only prescribe solutions of the highest standard. By dividing its consultants into vertical market areas within specific industries, Lumicity’s clients can rest assured that they are only ever working with a technical expert who understands the terminology and nuances that they do not get with most other agencies. The company also structures an impactful learning and development program to ensure its consultants are ready for market and client demands. 

24. Murphy O’Brien

Murphy O’Brien is an inspired and innovative luxury travel, real estate and lifestyle public relations and digital agency. The firm generates impactful media exposure for its highly discerning clients. This results in industry-defying long relationships with a deep level of trust – something the employees of the firm embrace. The firm also has superb benefits that promote a healthy and wonderful work life balance and work environment. Employees also appreciate the creative, collaborative and nurturing environment and developmental trainings. The firm has even sent its team members to have one-on- one professional development sessions with Insight Strategies Inc.

25. Infrastructure Factor Consulting, Inc. (iFactor)

iFactor designs the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems of non-residential buildings and campuses – anything from soundstages and theme parks, to hospitals and restaurants. The company’s engineers are involved across all stages of the design and construction process, assisting with decision making, cost estimation, construction administration, documentation, and building management and maintenance. iFactor also endeavors to maintain a happy, healthy, collaborative, family-like team that has fun while maintaining high design and business standards. Employees appreciate the company’s sense of purpose, accomplishments at any level, professional growth, hybrid schedule, flexible work from home option, among other perks and benefits. 

26. O&S CPAs & Business Advisors

O&S CPAs & Business Advisors is a highly ranked and rapidly growing certified public accounting and consulting firm located in 

ong Beach. We endeavor to treat our staff like internal clients and encourage a work-life balance. The firm’s core values are integrity, passion and future forward thinking and training. O&S continuously strives to develop a fun, diverse and inclusive firm culture. Its core values and office culture that fosters collaboration, teamwork and opportunity, are well-appreciated by its team. O&S is building a learning community where its team members can work with diverse individuals and explore new ways of thinking.

27. CGI+

CGI+ Real Estate Investment Strategies is a fast growing multifamily real estate investment and development firm that is committed to bettering communities, is charitable, and attracts, employs and retains some of the best professionals in the industry. CGI+ invests in its employees’ wellbeing and health. It has built out its benefits packages around the needs of its employees, including full health care, vision, and dental plans, a one-week company-wide recharge at the end of the year, 401k, Life, LTD, competitive compensation and bonus packages along with professional development and career growth opportunities.

28. Pacific Resource Recovery (PRR)

Pacific Resource Recovery (PRR) is a family owned and operated business. PRR keeps the community safe by protecting the environment from the negative impacts of industrial waste generated by the manufacturing and use of every-day items. PRR is also a people centered organization driven by its values of care, trust, integrity and growth. PRR demonstrates its values daily by doing the right thing for its employees, its customers and its community. For three generations, PRR has put its employees first and takes active steps to ensure that every employee feels valued, cared for and honored as whole humans. 

29. Studio Other

Studio Other is a studio that designs furniture systems unique to every client. Its team of industrial designers and engineers bring clients’ vision to life and meet their distinct needs and aesthetics. Studio Other also prides itself on providing a friendly, creative and innovative workplace for its employees. Employees enjoy the newest technology, ergonomic workspaces, flexible work schedules and perks like weekly yoga at the headquarters, monthly internal events, frequent internal contests, design inspiration field trips, happy hours and healthy snacks. Additionally, Studio Other’s staff considers one another more than coworkers, they are friends and family.

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