It’s easy to assume that the best places to work are always the biggest places, the ones with huge corporate structures and resources upon which employees can turn ideas into huge initiatives. To be sure, big companies have their advantages. But so do small ones, especially when it comes to the work environment. Knology has always considered itself the underdog, competing against some of those behemoths – and that gives employees a sense of shared purpose. One enthusiastic nominator proudly noted that “when we a hire a new member for the Knology family, we greet them with handshakes and a smile and spend one-on-one time with them to make them feel special and part of our family.” It’s that community spirit that often shines brightest at the smaller firms, but Knology doesn’t stop there: Employees also get plenty of opportunities to better themselves and advance, with entry-level workers often rising through the ranks quickly. Knology also encourages professional development but with its own twist. Case in point: Its tuition reimbursement program includes up to $2,000 per year – with higher grades earning a higher reimbursement. How’s that for motivation? At Knology, it seems like each employee can carve out a unique path. Said another employee nominator: “I have more opportunities than I have time!” We like that.