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Ning

Ning, based in Palo Alto, Calif., helps users create custom-branded social networks such as Amy Poehler’s network to get girls into politics and a 500,000-strong community for the “Twilight” teen vampire movies.

Like other Silicon Valley dotcoms, Ning offers catered lunch, unlimited snacks and other perks, but what employees like about working there is the horizontal hierarchy. What that means is that everyone, no matter whether they’re right out of college or have 20 years experience, collaborate together.

“I like that, at age 25, I work alongside the executive team and the CEO,” said Jason Rand, a policy associate at Ning. “They literally sit across from me, they know who I am and what I’m working on,” he said.

Junior employees get to make important contributions – not just do the grunt work – and the company has a “no limit” vacation policy, which means they can take as much as they want, as long as they get their job done.

And yes, they’re hiring! Mostly engineering types with computer science backgrounds, but they also have an associate community advocate position open. Check listings at http://about.ning.com/careers.

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Photo: Ning