The Best Companies to Work for in Seattle

The Silicon Valley of Washington State is home to Microsoft, Amazon, T-Mobile, Boeing, Nintendo of America, and countless other tech companies of varying sizes. But this is not about them. This is about the most beloved Seattle companies, the places that people dream of working at. Each of these companies stand out for their positive company culture and commitment to their employees.

Dream Jobs in Seattle

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Google

This thought leader in modern technology has locations in both Seattle and Kirkland, and is always looking for the most talented and hardworking people out there. The Google crowd is rich in software engineers, also called programmers and developers, but the focus is expanding to highlight the works of creative people working in sales and user experience. Employees relish in the positive atmosphere of teamwork, mutual respect, support, and collaboration.

The perks of working at Google are without compare. First and foremost: the free food. Employees and their guests enjoy a wide variety of wholesome meals on campus. There’s comprehensive health insurance to match, including on-site medical care. Employees also rave about the retirement plan and work/life balance. Note: Contractors enjoy amicable pay but no benefits.

University of Washington

Too large to be described as just a university, UW is perhaps better known as a center for medical research. Research scientists, engineers, and statisticians are working to improve healthcare and prevent disease. There is also much demand for organized minds in finance and management to keep the sprawling campus working as a cohesive unit. For professor and research fellow positions, browse the separate list of academic jobs.

One of the most exciting benefits of working at an educational institution is the free classes. Many employees choose to work on their Master’s degrees or even PHD’s on the side. Benefits start with suitable vacation, sick days, and personal days, as well as a 401(k) matching up to 10%. Pay and benefits continue to improve the longer employees remain at UW. Professors make a decent competitive salary, while people working in medical science enjoy generous pay.

DocuSign

The creators of this paper-saving program have one of the highest Glassdoor ratings for a company of its size. There are calls for software developers, in-house lawyers, and marketing professionals in a variety of specialized fields. Employees love the positive atmosphere and the company’s willingness to take care of its employees. The leadership doesn’t take itself too seriously and works as a part of the team.

DocuSign is one of the few companies out there that covers 100% of the premiums for medical, dental, and vision insurance. Time off is generous, including 3 days for volunteering and a bonus day off for birthdays. Employees enjoy a free sandwich bar every day and a hot catered lunch once a week, not to mention treats in the lounges.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

United under a vision of a better world, this foundation is the perfect place for anyone looking for a purpose in life. The company is divided into a series of teams that tackle different health dilemmas around the world. Employees can easily find their way into teams focused on problems they’re passionate about. Those wishing to see the world will find ample opportunities while working for the foundation.

Employees enjoy the freedom to work from home on Fridays and take unlimited paid time off (so long as deadlines are met). Parents enjoy six paid months with a new baby or adoptee, in addition to a generous $20,000 stipend. All employees benefit from health and dental insurance with low co-pays.
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Moving to Seattle? Here’s What You Should Know

seattle skyline at dusk with sunset, space needle, Mt Rainier

Looking for somewhere to live in Seattle? There are just a few things you need to know.

5 Things to Know Before Moving to Seattle

1. Plastic Bags and Straws are Out

Be sure to bring reusable bags with you to the grocery store. In an effort to save the coral reefs, decrease the use of fossil fuels, and create a healthier future, Seattle is taking a stance against the excess use of plastic. You may still request a straw if a disability prevents you from enjoying a beverage without one. Otherwise, you may wish to carry a metal straw or drink directly from the cup. Please join in the efforts to do away with disposable plastic.

2. The Job Market is Flourishing

King County created 9,300 jobs in the tech industry between 2017 and 2018 — an 8.9% increase. This rise in technological work is spurring growth in the medical and construction industries, which in turn is creating demand for all lines of work. The numbers say it all. Unemployment has been steadily decreasing since 2010 and is at a low 3.8% as of 2018. This is an exceedingly promising time to move to Seattle, with new openings every day.

3. Public Transportation is Getting Popular

In Seattle, a commuter is 1.5 times as likely to take a bus as drive solo. It’s not just environmentally friendly, it’s fast, convenient, and easy on the wallet. The most popular bus routes run nearly 24 hours a day, taking a break between 3 and 4 am. See more details on how to get around Seattle via public transportation.

4. Clubs are Open After 2 am

Alcohol purchases end at 2 am, but the night goes on. In fact, after 2 am, the clubs are open to anyone over 18. Check out Kremwerk and Monkey Loft if you’re not ready for the night to end. There is nightlife to fit every scene in this vibrant city, from hip hop and dance to a relaxed speakeasy atmosphere.

5. The Weather’s Fair and Mild

Seattle may be known for its rainfall, but it has some of the most mild weather in the country. Summer highs reach a marvelous 80 degrees, and winter lows are just cold enough for the occasional snowfall. The climate is perfect for growing cherries, apples, and a great variety of organic produce. The air is clear, and the water’s fine, so jump in!
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Kayaking Seattle: The Best Spots & The Best Shops

Comprised of 66 campsites and 160 day-use sites scattered between Olympia and the Canadian border, the Cascade Marine Trail makes it possible to kayak throughout the Washington waterways for days or weeks at a time. Some stops along the way are nearly impossible to reach by car, making the juice all the more worth the squeeze.

Kayaking Seattle

First, we’ll look at the best kayaking spots in Seattle, then dive into the best kayak rentals in town.

Seattle’s Most Scenic Kayaking Locations

Blake Island

View of Mount Rainier from Blake Island between Seattle and Bremerton

Isolated in the middle of Puget Sound between Seattle and Bremerton, this island is only reachable by small boats and local wildlife. If you’re lucky, you may see deer swimming across the sound, using the island as a rest stop. Visitors come to watch wildlife, go clamming and crabbing, play horseshoe and volleyball, and explore 8 miles of trails.

Washington Park Arboretum

Washington Park Arboretum trail over water with ducks and aspen trees

East of Portage Bay is the green and vibrant Union Bay with a cluster of trails along and over the water. A gorgeous sight is guaranteed to anyone who kayaks along this natural space. Carry a picnic in your kayak for a memorable afternoon on the arboretum.

West Point Lighthouse

West Point Lighthouse in Discovery Park  overlooking Puget Sound

Following the Lake Washington Ship Canal west from Lake Union leads to the open waters of Puget Sound. Discovery Park, filled with lush greenery, wraps around to the western shore to the south. The park has a naturally occurring pointed tip, embellished with an elegant lighthouse built in 1881. Watch vessels large and small pass through the canal as you make your way to this historical landmark.

The many islands of Washington make Seattle the perfect kayaking locale. On a clear day, Mount Rainier can be seen from nearly any point on the Cascade Marine Trail, peeking between the evergreen trees. Kayak for an hour or two around one of the popular rental locations, or journey around the most enchanting spots in the Seattle area.

Kayak Rentals in Seattle

Unless you’ve already invested in your own kayak, your journey begins at the rental shop. Choose a shop location then hit the water straight from the rental dock.

Northwest Outdoor Center

Northwest Outdoor Center on Google Maps east of Lake Union

Just north of China Harbor in Seattle’s Westlake neighborhood is a popular rental shop providing single, double, and triple kayaks as well as stand-up paddleboards. The rental shop is open year-round, offering rentals by the hour as well as annual passes. The outdoor center hosts classes and day trips as dictated on their calendar.

Agua Verde Paddle Club

Agua Verde Paddle Club on Google Maps North of Portage Bay, Seattle

Southwest of University of Washington along Portage Bay is a rental shop open March through October. The club offers rentals by the hour for single and double kayaks in addition to stand-up paddleboards. Also on the menu are guided kayak tours May through September.

Moss Bay

Moss Bay kayak rental on Google Maps south of Lake Union

At the southern edge of Lake Union, west of Volunteer Park, single and double kayaks as well as stand-up paddleboards are available for rent April through October. The shop closes on most holidays and rainy days, so it’s best to call ahead at (206) 682-2031.

For Frequent Kayakers:

Rent your kayak by the year rather than the hour, and explore every sector of the Washington waters one at a time. Eden Apartments residents enjoy year-round kayak rentals within walking distance of home at Northwest Outdoor Center.

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Seattle Neighborhoods: Queen Anne vs. Capitol Hill

Queen Anne and Capitol Hill are arguably the best Seattle neighborhoods: vibrant and full of life night and day. Both have a lot to offer: artisan restaurants, chic nightclubs, parks filled with greenery, and tons of things to do. Let’s explore both neighborhoods side by side and declare a winner.

Queen Anne vs. Capitol Hill – Point-by-Point Comparison

Restaurants


Pizza, sides, and cocktails at Rocco’s

There is a place for foodies in every Seattle neighborhood. One of Queen Anne’s most famous locales is How to Cook a Wolf, an artisan restaurant featuring culinary delights made from simple ingredients. For a more casual setting, visit Rocco’s for handmade pizza and a stellar drink selection. Capitol Hill has a great variety of unique fare, including Adana, a gorgeous restaurant serving a combination of traditional and unique Japanese fare, and Poppy, a hotspot for modern thali.

Nightlife

Each bar and club in Seattle has its own flavor. T.S. McHugh’s in Queen Anne is an Irish pub with all of the classics and its own local favorites. Bar games are free all night long, including pool and darts. Keys on Main is famous for their dueling grand piano shows, but an honorable mention goes to their experimental cocktails. Bait Shop in Capitol Hill is a nautical-themed gastropub with fun cocktails and a full bar. Herb & Bitter Public House is the place to go for its quality menu of spirits, wine, and beer with matching cheese plates.

Parks and Nature

In terms of greenery, the winner is Queen Anne, hands down. Spacious parks encircle the neighborhood, from Kinnear Park to the Northeast Queen Anne Greenbelt. Perhaps the most famous outdoor space in the neighborhood is Kerry Park with its jaw-dropping view of the Seattle skyline. The largest park in Capitol Hill is Volunteer Park with ample space for lounging but minimal wooded areas.

Sightseeing

At the southern tip of Queen Anne is the most famous locale in all of Washington: the Space Needle. Below the quirky tower is a series of museums and theatres, and year-round carnival activities. The sights around Capitol Hill are not nearly as well known, but many fans come to visit the gravesites of Bruce Lee and his son, Brandon Lee.

Recreation


Inside Puzzle Break HQ

The two Seattle neighborhoods provide much the same recreational offerings: baseball and soccer fields, spray parks, and tennis courts. There are two main advantages to Queen Anne: a public outdoor pool and the interactive Seattle Children’s Museum. Capitol Hill is worth visiting for its Puzzle Break room escape center, though each puzzle is best enjoyed only once.

Cost of Living

Capitol Hill may the most coveted neighborhood in Seattle, but it’s also the most staggering in price. A one-bedroom apartment in the center of town requires either a 6-figure salary or a throng of roommates. It may be invigorating to live in the center of downtown, but at what cost? The right apartment in Queen Anne can save up to $500 per month for each bedroom without losing quality.

Introducing The Eden, state-of-the-art city living without breaking the bank. Each home is furnished with lush carpets and luxury vinyl floors with noise reduction padding. Residents enjoy a private, off-leash dog park and a rooftop lounge.

Both Capitol Hill and Queen Anne have a lot going for them. Both have an ample selection to fill your belly, and local nightlife to fall in love with. In terms of sightseeing and recreation, however, Queen Anne is certainly the winner. It will also save you a buck on rent. Despite the popularity of Capitol Hill, it’s easy to name Queen Anne as the top neighborhood in Seattle.

The Pharmacy Seattle club underground

Hidden Gems in Seattle

Whether you’re moving to Seattle or have been in the Emerald City for years, there are treasures all over the place waiting to be discovered. If you’ve already explored the Space Needle and Pike Place Market, it’s time to turn your attention to rarer finds.

Places to Check Out in Seattle

Steve’s Weird House

Steve's Weird House Seattle bird room

Your Seattle hazing begins and ends with this self-made museum of things that go bump in the night. Owned by a man named Steve who spent a little too much time playing Call of Cthulhu, this slice of modern history more or less speaks for itself. If you think the bird section is weird, wait until you climb the stairs to the hall of angels. There are no official business hours. In fact, it’s just a house. However, if you ask politely to look around, you may just get your wish. Otherise, you can enjoy an online tour.

Marine View Park

wooden stairs in forest

A narrow cliffside path followed by a steep flight of stairs leads to a quiet beach along Puget Sound. Even from above the cliffside, the view is a showstopper. For an unforgettable view in easier reach, the West Point Lighthouse in Discovery Park is always a treat.

The Pharmacy

The Pharmacy Seattle club underground

There is nothing quite like a hidden basement bar. With its tucked-away location and inconspicuous logo, it’s a genuine speakeasy in every way except the liquor license. The spread-out layout and quiet music create a relaxed yet social atmosphere.

Butter Home

handmade stuffed animals store

Just east of the Paramount Theater is an indoor marketplace called Melrose Market. Hidden in the basement of this rowdy marketplace is a little shop filled with handmade decor, jewelry, cards, and gifts. It’s easy to spend hours looking at each unique piece in the store.

La Medusa

Sicilian Italian pasta traditional in handmade wooden bowl

What makes La Medusa unique is its dedication to creating genuine Sicilian food, a commitment that has carried on for the last 20 years. Each dish is prepared from scratch using local, organic ingredients. The ever-changing seasonal menu ensures each mouthful contains fresh, healthy ingredients.

Underground Tour

Seattle underground tour dark passage

It may be called Bill Speidel’s World Famous Underground Tour, but famous it is not – at least not anymore. When the tour began in the 1950s, it was only a rumor that there were deserted passageways beneath Pioneer Square: brothels and opium dens and other things that have since moved to the dark web. Today, a tour will take you under the city to see the wreckage of Seattle’s secret past.

Fremont Troll

Residents take this monster for granted, but it’s not every bridge that has a giant troll lurking beneath it. Inspired by Scandinavian folktales, the troll was constructed in 1990. The troll now belongs to the city, and unlike at the museum, visitors are encouraged to climb onto its giant shoulders. Unfortunately, the troll is camera-shy, so you will have to see it in person.
Seattle is a many-layered city, and not just because of the secret underground.

The more you look, the more sights there are to see. Looking for an apartment close to the action? Browse The Eden just north of downtown.

The Seattle Apartment with a Rooftop Lounge

When we designed The Eden, we wanted every resident to feel like a VIP. We put our heads together and imagined the perfect rooftop space: a place to gather and watch the sunset with the most enchanting view in town. We added an outdoor grill and fridge, then shopped around for the best sofas and lounge chairs. In the end, we couldn’t be more proud of our rooftop space available to all residents.

The Eden Takes Rooftop Access to the Next Level

Eden rooftop lounge Seattle at night
All new 24 hour rooftop deck. The Eden Apartments, Queen Anne, Seattle, WA

Celebrate Your Next Apartment-Warming Party on the Roof

From the start, one thing was for certain: we wanted the roof open 24/7. The space is yours from dawn to dusk and every time in between. We encourage you to treat this space as your own. Invite your friends to share a drink and enjoy the luxury of a rooftop gathering.

Get Some Fresh Air

Our rooftop garden brings in the sweet smell of every season. This spring, the flower beds will be bursting with color. Even in the big city, you can enjoy a slice of nature without leaving home. The air above the rooftops is clear and fresh, the perfect thing to come home to after a long day indoors.

Make New Friends

It can be tough to meet people, so we wanted this space to foster friendships among the Eden residents. Use it as an opportunity to introduce yourself to your neighbors and find common interests. With a community space like this, you can make friends from your own home.
The Eden rooftop lounge is not the only thing we’re proud of. Browse our gallery for images of our bark park, fitness center, and indoor lounge or view our open listings.

The Seattle Music Scene

One of the top perks of living in Seattle is being surrounded by some of the most exciting concert venues in the country. Seattle is the birthplace of Jimi Hendrix and the origin of Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Heart, The Foo Fighters, and Death Cab for Cutie. Jet City fueled the grunge movement in the 90’s and set the stage for the indie takeover. Also coming out of Seattle was Sir Mix-a-Lot and the rise of hip-hop. Today, artists big and small dream of performing in the historied city. Check out the best venues in Seattle – a great way to see your favorite musicians in person or learn about new, up-and-coming ones.

The Best Concert Venues in Seattle

Paramount Theater

It may not look like much from the outside, but the interior of The Paramount Theater has intricate architecture that transports its guests to a more elegant time. The theater was built in 1928 at the dawn of modern cinema. In its time, The Paramount has been a ballroom, a vaudeville stage, and finally a concert hall.

The Showbox

This beautiful venue is perhaps the best spot in Seattle for an intimate musical experience. Crowds lean over the edge of the stage so close they can reach out and touch the musicians. The building has a welcoming indie energy that makes everyone feel like a part of the music. For a modest price, visitors can sit at a table by the bar. Sound resonates beautifully throughout the chamber, creating an unforgettable night.

Neumos

This building all but rose from the ground as grunge took over Seattle in 1994. With three full service bars and a small, intimate stage, the concert space is as dank on the inside as it is on the outside. The walls echo with the angst of a thousand musicians.

KeyArena

KeyArena Seattle

The unspoken motto of this multipurpose space is the bigger, the better. In 1962 when it was built, the arena could house 13,200 people. It has been reworked, expanded, and remodeled 8 times in the past 45 years, and can now contain 15,354 attendees. A complete remodel has already been approved for 2020, which will bring the number up to 18,600. Though not built with acoustics in mind, the Key Arena is where most big names perform due to the size of the venue.

Seattle is the home of the music lover. Looking for a place to live in the heart of it all? The Eden may be exactly what you’re searching for.

Eden Apartment’s Thanksgiving Photo Scavenger Hunt

Join the Eden in celebrating Thanksgiving with our photo scavenger hunt! Gather up as many points as you can snapping photos in our beautiful neighborhood and while using our amenities and common areas!

Eden Apartments Queen Anne Scavenger Hunt

Seattle’s Favorite Drinking Spots

It seems as if there is a club on every street corner and a microbrew around every bend in Seattle. It’s tough to narrow down where to go. We asked regulars at Seattle clubs, bars, and speakeasies about their favorite drinking spots and built this quick list.

The Best Bars and Clubs in Seattle

 

Just Hanging Out – The Pine Box

Serving the ultimate combination of beer and pizza, this late-night eatery has a focus on local craft brews with a few choice international selections. Patrons can enjoy table service or enjoy the ample space at the bar. Also on the menu are fresh, flavorful salads and giant burgers.

Date Night – Foreign National

With a dark ambiance and a sultry atmosphere, this downtown Seattle bar is the perfect place to bring a date. Each cocktail is quirky, fun, and terribly tempting. The Asian fusion menu is baffling and mouth-watering at the same time, from gooey cheeseburger bao to curry-filled puff pastries.

Brunch – Peso’s Kitchen

Friday through Sunday, lounge with your friends enjoying bottomless Mimosas or a bucket of Coronas. Share a few taco plates around the table or explore the nearly endless menu for your favorite Latin American cuisine. The margarita menu is full of fruity flavors, and there are more than a few exciting cocktails to try.

Grabbing a Drink – The Toledo

This unassuming bar may serve the best old-fashioned in the state. Comfort food is served on oven trays alongside draft beer, wine, and craft cocktails. With a casual atmosphere, this is the perfect place to meet an old friend or get a group together. The Toledo is down the street from The Eden, a modern cluster of apartments in downtown Seattle.

There are more than a few hidden gems in Seattle with luscious craft brews and experimental cocktails. Checking out these four serves as an appetizer before digesting all the possibilities Seattle provides.

Seattle light rail and metro transit bus underground

How to Get Everywhere from Seattle’s Westlake Neighborhood by Public Transit

Every day, people move to downtown Seattle and sell their cars – it’s an age-old story. Some keep their vehicles for road trips out of town, or lend them to friends outside the city, but almost no one drives in Seattle. The fastest way from point A to point B is almost always via public transit.

Navigating Downtown Seattle

Everything a Seattleite needs is on one route around downtown Seattle. Metro Transit buses 3 and 4 take Westlake residents everywhere they need to go. During peak transit times, the buses pass every fifteen minutes. The route takes passengers north through Freemont, Wallingford, Greenlake, and Phinney Ridge, then south through Queen Anne, Pioneer Square, Mt. Baker, and the Central District.

Buses 3 and 4 are a direct route to Pike’s Place Market, Centurylink Field, Woodland Park Zoo, the Space Needle, Paramount Theater, and every other key location in downtown Seattle. The route also passes numerous grocery stores, theaters, and city parks. For a faster route downtown, the E Line travels down Aurora Ave all the way from Shoreline to Downtown Seattle.

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Visiting Other Cities

The tricky part about traveling between Washington cities is that almost every city has a separate transit system. The connections can sometimes be in odd places or take passengers on winding routes. However, there are some patterns to make it easier. For instance, a trip to Bellevue requires taking the 3 to James and 3rd then hopping on the 550 Express. The 522 to Woodinville leaves from James and 4th, just one block away. Getting to Renton is much more complicated, requiring at least two transfers. However, the 545 to Redmond stops at 4th and Pike, just a quick E Line trip from Westwood.

The routes between Washington cities may feel disorganized and random, but a little patience and a lot of practice will make the trip feel almost natural. It’s a good idea to consult Google Maps before traveling between cities.

Traveling Out-of-State and Internationally

King Street Station is a traffic hub located in the Seattle International District. A quick trip on the E line travels from Westwood to the station, which branches out all over the world. An underground entrance leads to the Link Light Rail which is a straight shot to the Seatac International Airport. Above ground, the Amtrak train is ready to take passengers all over the United States and Canada. For a cheaper price, the Bolt Bus takes passengers south to Portland and north to Vancouver, BC.

There is no need to sit in traffic. It is quick and painless to travel from Westwood to anywhere in Seattle. It’s even easier to travel out-of-state with the streamlined public transit system. Traveling between Washington cities can be a challenge, but following a specific route becomes second nature with a little practice. Residents agree: it’s cheaper, easier, and better for the environment to get around Seattle without a car.