Millennials have become notorious for being quick to leave companies that fail to realise or nurture their potential. And with big corporates often reluctant to adopt newer, more flexible ways of working, more and more Millennials are shunning the corporate life for startups – startups that are focused on doing things differently and bringing passion, creativity and drive back into the workplace. But is life at a startup really all it’s cracked up to be? We’ve been digging into employee feedback left on popular review sites like Indeed and Glassdoor, and calculating staff turnover rates, using LinkedIn. Based on our findings, here are the five best UK startups to work for.


Tech property startup Nested has a glowing Glassdoor rating of 5.0 (from 21 reviews), and we think its impressive benefits may have a little something to do with that high score. From the opportunity to work from home on Wednesdays and a generous pension contribution to private health insurance, stock options and £1000 per year for learning and development, there’s a lot to keep employees happy at Nested.


People’s bank Monzo is clearly doing something right… if it’s glowing 4.9 Glassdoor rating (from 26 reviews) is anything to go by. So what makes employees fall head over heels in love with this three-year-old online bank? Good stock options and benefits, a culture of fairness and openness, flexible working options, truly engaged staff members and a management team that’s willing to act on feedback all sit at the top of the list. What’s not to love?


With a Glassdoor review rating of 4.4 (from 27 reviews), it seems that life at this car buying platform is pretty good. Yes, not every employee has had a completely positive experience, but on the whole, most seem to agree that the workforce is friendly, the environment is fun, taking initiative is encouraged and autonomy is plentiful. Oh, and the salaries are very fair.


If you’re looking for a job that includes travel, good perks, lots of autonomy and a united team, look no further than online money-transfer service Transferwise. Its Glassdoor rating of 4.7 (158 reviews) suggests that most of its employees are pretty satisfied with life at Transferwise. And its impressive perks include flexible working, free breakfasts, subsidised gym memberships, private healthcare, and extended maternity and paternity pay.


London-based tech startup Improbable is all about creating large-scale cloud-based simulations that can be used in gaming and to solve real-world problems like security breaches. And with a Glassdoor rating of 4.4 (39 reviews), it seems to also excel at providing a great work environment. Salaries are reported to be better than the London average, the workforce is focused, driven and on-board with the company mission, and flexible working is on offer. It’s other perks sound pretty good too – from health and dental insurance to unlimited vacation days and onsite yoga.

Are you tempted to jump ship to a startup? Or do you think working at a startup is overrated? Let us know in the comments below.

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