If you’re feeling guilty about leaving your dog home alone all day, many offices in the Baltimore region are warming up to the idea of welcoming dogs into the workforce as an added perk to both employees and pets. If you’re seeking a new dog-friendly workplace, start your job search with these companies below.
Maryland Institute College of Art
1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21217
Adding fun and humor to the seriousness of educational studies, MICA is one of Baltimore’s largest pet-friendly organizations and grants permission for dogs, cats and even rabbits to enjoy the campus with faculty and staff. Although certain areas like residence halls, libraries and computer labs are off-limits, pets are allowed to roam freely so long as they have been registered and wear a school ID badge. In addition to the standard benefits like life, short- and long-term disability insurance, medical/dental insurance and 401k, the college offers tuition remission, which can be a huge bonus for families with college-bound kids. MICA accepts job applications year-round for faculty, staff and student positions focusing in a variety of areas and interests.
The Humane Society of the United States
700 Professional Drive
Gaithersburg, Md. 20879
For animal lovers, this company offers not only a dog-friendly workplace but an opportunity to make a difference protecting animals nationwide. As of June 2012, the HSUS has welcomed 90 dogs, two rats and even a guinea pig into the workplace with staff as part of its year-round dogs-at-work policy. To bring a dog to work, employees must first submit an application and get approval to bring the vaccinated pet to work for a six-week probation period. After that time, the dog may become a permanent member of the workforce. HSUS is hiring across multiple departments including communications, human resources, operations and animal care centers.
Key Technologies, Inc.
40 E. Cross St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Key Technologies provides a fun, challenging work environment that is also a win-win for dogs and their owners. In order to be brought to the workplace, employees’ dogs must be house-broken and people-friendly (non-aggressive). This company’s appreciation of its four-legged companions is especially evident when visiting the staff page of its website, which features four very special pups that are an equally important component to the dynamic workplace. Key Technologies is hiring full-time positions and internships for mechanical, electrical and computer engineers as well as industrial designers.
4 W. Aylesbury Road
Sparks, Md. 21093
Supplying the highest quality in home audio and video equipment since 1976, today Gramophone is also happy to be recognized as a Baltimore workplace that loves dogs. As an added benefit to employees, this company is open to allowing dogs at work that are friendly and easy to care for. Implementing a very straightforward dog policy, the store only restricts dogs that possess a legal hazard or health concern to other staff or customers. Gramophone is located in Timonium and Columbia, and hires on an as-needed basis throughout the year, including internship opportunities.
Autodesk | Scaleform
6305 Ivy Lane
Greenbelt, Md. 20770
Although a bit of a drive from Baltimore, Autodesk makes this list because of the outstanding employee benefits it offers in addition to its gracious accommodations for dogs in the workplace. Autodesk offers all the traditional benefits on top of adoption assistance, paid volunteer hours, employee assistance program, and paid time off that goes above and beyond the average business offerings. The company is seeking local interns and new graduates for a variety of opportunities, as well as experienced hires for positions in software engineering.
Keri Ann Beazell is a Baltimore writer following the latest developments in arts and culture, natural wonders, lifestyle and pets. She enjoys promoting thought-provoking discussions, education, new ideas and smiles among readers. Follow her on Twitter at @KtBlue16 and online at Examiner.com