Software engineers have a skill set that is highly sought after, yet we often find ourselves feeling undervalued and overworked by our employers. Being disruptive and moving fast is what the tech industry is famous for, but does it require us to give up our families, friends, or other passions?
Working on Key Values, I’ve discovered several tech companies that not only care about work/life balance, but also prioritize it. Even more surprising, I’ve learned just how many ways people define that term.
Below are the engineering teams that list work/life balance as one of their key values. Hopefully, it will help you better understand what it means to you, and find a team that has it.
Once you do, here are questions about work/life balance you can ask in your interview.
Visual communication and accountability tools for construction, roofing, and more
To provide the best value to CompanyCam, you have to take care of yourself and your family first. When we started the company in 2015, many of our core team members had families, so it was instilled from the outset that family (and life outside of work) comes first. Yes, we want to succeed — and believe we will with a great product! — but not at the expense of missing out on the most important moments in life.
If you’re working out of our office in Lincoln, Nebraska, you'll be sitting next to other great people who think like owners and are responsible with their time. But that's not to say we don't have fun around the office, too! In our lounge, you’ll typically find a couple people playing video games or taking a break to read something from the community library. There is also a great, secluded courtyard if you ever want to sit and think with some fresh air.
As long as you’re getting stuff done, full-time employees are free to take vacations and time off whenever needed. Just run it by your team and supervisor ahead of time to ensure workflow isn't totally disrupted. BTW, you should be taking at least three weeks off every year.
Agile Product Development Consultancy
San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chattanooga, and New York
When we started in 2000, engineers were often siloed off. There seemed to be a lack of respect for both the work engineers were doing and their balance between work and personal commitments. The company was founded by a group of people who saw value in people’s ability to focus very intensely during the day and then completely unplug at the end of the day. Work/life balance to us means that when you come into work, you work hard and when you’re done, you’re completely done. At Carbon Five, you get to work on really interesting things without the overhead of politics, harsh deadlines, working weekends, or pagerduty.
We also have sabbaticals at Carbon Five. One of the benefits of being a consulting company is that it’s natural and easy for people to take time off. After one project ends, there is a wrap up to the work and provides an opportunity to take time off without disruption. Once you’ve been with the company for 2 years, you can take 3 months off (unpaid). It is an uninterrupted block of time that people use to spend the entire summer with their kids, surf, launch an album, or go rock climbing. It’s an opportunity for you to do whatever you want.
Our team members work 32-hour weeks and you’ll decide with the team which days you’ll take off. We want at least 2 days every week where we’re all in the office together (currently, it’s Monday and Thursday). It’s common to take Wednesdays off (aka mid-weekend), and our team is super fresh on Thursdays. The founders (Alex, Moe, and Robert) do work on Wednesdays, so if you ever want to reach out, they’re available.
We also incorporate a Friday lunch where we’ll take the team out and invite friends from other companies to join us. It has become a bit of a tradition and it’s important for us to be close with other people at other companies.
As a company, we foster healthy work/life balance, which means our working arrangements are flexible and we do not mind if you occasionally need to take a day or two to work from home. That being said, we have an amazing team, so you’ll likely want to be around them as much as possible.
All full-time employees receive unlimited PTO. We encourage people to use it and do not expect anyone to be on call or answering emails while taking PTO. In fact, we respect PTO so much that we'll discourage you from doing any work while you're off! We know taking time off is necessary, and the only way to return to work feeling rejuvenated is if you leave work at work. What’s more, the office environment is fairly flexible and it’s common for team members to head out to exercise during the day or take care of a personal errand at their leisure.
Our focus on work/life balance makes Change.org a great place for people with children, too. We support mothers and fathers who are going through the everyday ups and downs of parenting by letting them create their own schedule. As an exceptional added benefit, both moms and dads get 18 weeks paid parental leave when a baby joins the family. You’ll often see special appearances of our beloved Change.org kids (and dogs!) popping into the frame on video calls when meetings occur from home.
There is a lot of interest in fitness, nutrition, biohacking, and meditation across all teams at BuildZoom. Whenever possible, meetings are converted into walking meetings or standups, though engineers typically won’t have many meetings to attend. We have unlimited PTO, and engineers typically arrive between 8am and 10:30am, and leave between 5:30pm and 8:30pm. No one is keeping track of that. The way we see it is, the goal is to drive the success of BuildZoom forward, not clock hours.
We all realize that being healthy and happy make us more productive at work. Currently, we don’t think anyone at the company has many unhealthy habits, including over-working. (Well. Maybe snacking. Some us do eat a lot of snacks here.)
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A typical engineer will work 7-8 hours a day in the office. We don’t have set hours, but typically people are in the office from 9-5. The expectation is that you will work hard and effectively, but not on a particular schedule. There is no expectation that you will work nights or weekends. There is occasional work from home left to the engineer's discretion, but we want everyone to be in the office everyday as we primarily collaborate in person. We have a rotating on-call schedule where every engineer will be on-call 24/7 for a week at a time to act as first responder to critical problems in production.
Our entire company will get together for quarterly 'hangs'. In the past this has included a 3-day trip (Wednesday through Friday) to Tahoe and Santa Cruz, team dinners, and mini-golf.
Our founders have taken a conscious approach to building a culture of balance in all things, especially the way we each balance work and life outside of work. In 2015, one of our founders, Dustin, wrote a piece about working hard and living well, highlighting that “We could be accomplishing more, and we could be providing a better life for all of the people who work in technology.” He urged, “If you’re going to devote the best years of your life to work, do so intentionally. You can do great things AND live your life well. You can have it all, and science says you should.”
This core belief carries over to our culture, in which we encourage that people employ a work-life fractal of sorts: “Real work-life balance is best achieved when you take into account [all] time frames, and you trade between them, whether you’re aware of that or not.”
Achieving sustained velocity goes beyond balancing the hours and days that you work though. It is also achieved through cultural practices in the day to day that emphasize sustainability instead of sheer output. To that end, we foster a culture of support—not competition—between teams, and distributed responsibility to empower every employee to take full ownership of their responsibilities and contributions. Learn more about our Engineering values.
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You can’t be at your best if you’re not taking care of yourself and your family. We encourage each other to recharge and remind one another to take advantage of NerdWallet’s health and wellbeing benefits including gym membership, 100% paid family leave, and our Flexible Time Off (FTO) policy. So long as we are considerate of our coworkers and stakeholders, letting them know in advance when we take time away, everyone should be sure to unplug and disconnect from time to time. We trust team members will use FTO responsibly, meaning that no one abuses it and everyone uses it.
All of our teams have flexible working hours and we regularly hold offsites and other social events to take a break from day-to-day responsibilities together. Most engineers are on-call monthly, though it’s pretty quiet. There are still occasions where teams have to make a big push, but these are the exception and not the rule.
A big part of how we think about work/life balance is reflected in how we think about our workplace. We are committed to building and fostering an inclusive community for everyone. We have Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) like NerdOut (who provide a community and host on-site events for our LGBTQ nerds), NerdWomen, and Women in Engineering and Data. People can participate in ERGs by leading them, becoming a member, or being an ally to the ERG. Finally, we also arrange volunteering events through our community service group and field company teams for basketball, soccer, softball, and even cornhole. There are countless things to bond over, and we welcome them all!
We directly assess teamwork and communication in our paired interview processes and day-to-day work. This means that when teammates need to leave early, arrive late, work from home, take a self-care day, or use some of their (unlimited) PTO, we can genuinely support them in life’s ever-changing needs. Many of our individual contributors, managers, leaders, and even our founders take care of young children; we take pride in our generous maternity and paternity leave policies and respect each other’s offline time, which allows people to continue growing their careers at Lightstep after becoming parents.
Additionally, many Lightsteppers lead passions outside of development and tech, from soccer players to trapeze artists to musicians and fire spinners. We also enjoy getting involved in the community by giving our time with local nonprofits like 826 Valencia.
The seasonality of our clients sometimes requires short bursts of all-hands-on deck, but we always balance that with time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful places where we’ve chosen to run our company. Every office is dog friendly and situated close to trails where you can get outside and stretch your (and your four-legged friend’s) legs when needed. We’ve been named to Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work List for two consecutive years and hope to earn the honor again this fall.
We are by no means only looking to hire people from our same demographic, but it’s worth providing context on who our founding team members are and where we are in our lives. We are generally mid-30’s to mid-40’s, and all of us have families and lives outside of work. Our diverse work experience has led us to the conclusion that, over the long term, healthy, well-balanced individuals are more productive. Even though it’s a cliché, we truly believe in the “it’s a marathon, not a sprint” approach.
Everyone has slightly different working hours. We work enough to get things done and only ask that folks be available for a handful of weekly times to collaborate and catch up. Having said that, we try to always be accessible to our customers and will put in the extra hours when needed. As a customer-first company, we are willing to drop everything when our customers need it. Luckily, our customers typically work 9-5 M-F, so it’s rare that anything comes up outside of standard working hours.
As a company, we hold offsite meetings in a different city each quarter. We get together for three days to plan, bond, and have fun. Most recently, we went to Atlanta, and are headed to Denver next!
There are also multiple configurations in terms of the number of hours people work each week. Engineers are mindmatters work anywhere between 20 hours to 40 hours per week. There is a tremendous amount of flexibility for everyone, especially those who work less than 40 hours. Some choose to work consistent hours each day and week, balancing time between working and spending time with their kids and family. Others who have a contract under 40 hours will still work 40-hour weeks in order to accumulate overtime which they can then use as extra holiday.
Parental leave is flexible and in line with German standard laws (which is 12 months) and we are also open to remote engineers. One of our team members recently transitioned into being fully remote. At least a third of our engineers balance working remotely and onsite at the office because they live in the same city and decide where they’ll work from day to day.
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We believe success requires consistent, continual effort over extended periods of time – it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. And to be successful over any period of time requires people to continually take time to refresh, explore hobbies and other interests, and practice work/life balance.
We promote work/life balance by encouraging flexible hours that accommodate individuals’ interests and hobbies. For example, Chris Smith (Sr. Eng.) is working to improve ATL’s public transportation with software and Lorna Tumuhairwe (Jr. Eng) regularly participates in short and long runs throughout the week.
At STORD, we have regular team outings and events, and encourage employees to suggest ideas for these activities! Recent events have included a Saturday morning team 5K run and spending the evening after work playing at TopGolf. These have been great opportunities to include significant others and family and build new relationships across the company.
Responsive web design tool, CMS, Ecommerce, and hosting platform
San Francisco (HQ) and Remote
The majority of our team members (two thirds) are remote. As such, our culture and processes are designed for remote-first flexibility. Though we have a small contingent of folks working in our San Francisco office, our company is primarily distributed, living and working in North America, Europe, and South America, among other places. We invest deeply in processes to stay connected and maintain our strong culture across the globe, from asynchronous decision making, to strong documentation practices, coworking by video, and more. We make an effort to create overlap in our online hours so every employee, no matter where they are in the world, has a chance to connect with the team during their workday.
At our headquarters in SF, we’ve created an environment where our team can work efficiently and enjoy time with coworkers even after hours. Folks in our SF office typically pause to eat catered lunch together, getting to know their cross-functional colleagues and founders as well. Remote employees enjoy a monthly remote office allowance to provide the same level of comfort and productivity that is available in our physical office.
We also host an annual retreat to give everyone, especially our remote teammates, a chance to interact with other Webflowers. Previous destinations have included Playa del Carmen in 2019, Lisbon in 2018, and Cancun in 2017. It’s an amazing time to get to know one another and the best way to reorient around our dual missions: (1) empower people to build beautiful websites visually, and (2) live fulfilling and impactful lives while we do it.
At Webflow, work/life balance has been a priority since the beginning. We’ve always had parents on our leadership team, and because of that, we set an early precedent for 40-hour workweeks, only working on the weekends if there is a fire to put out. We also offer all employees 10% time – up to 4 hours per week – to work on passion projects at Webflow or to build their professional skills.
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We built this into the culture from day one, ensuring everything from time in the office to vacation policy supports this. Yes, we occasionally need to sprint hard, but we rest up to make sure we have the energy to do so.
We have an unlimited vacation policy, and our Chief Product Officer sets an example from the top by actually taking PTO. We encourage folks to take at least four weeks per year, and many take up to six. We know how important it is to unwind away from the office and will gently chide someone (we’re looking at you Brian 👀😂) if they haven’t taken a vacation in a while. The office also largely shuts down around the December holidays.
We value new parents, and with our paid leave policy (12 weeks for the birth parent and 6 weeks for the non-birthing parent), we’re flexible about doing it all at once, parceling it out over time, or tapering back into work with a few days per week and extended work-from-home.
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Feature flagging and toggle management for continuous delivery
Oakland, CA / London, UK
Patrick was our very first hire and he's still with LaunchDarkly today. Patrick started as an engineer and is now our Architect. When Patrick started he already had a toddler and another kid on the way. His only criteria in joining the company was that he have time to spend with his family. He was interviewing around at other companies while we were still fundraising, and eventually had multiple offers on the table, but ended up joining LaunchDarkly based on his request. Ever since, we’ve really valued balance and thank him for helping us establishing great parental leave policies so early on.
We support a tremendous amount of flexibility. Some people arrive at 8:30am and leave at 4:30pm, but most people get in between 9-10am and leave between 5-6pm. It is very rare to see anyone at the office after 6pm. There are some folks who will work a little later or longer, but there are no external pressures to work overtime.
Seamlessly create, send, and track video emails
Colorado Springs, Denver, or Remote in CO, NY, PA, WI
There’s no need to read between the lines: a full work week is 40 hours at BombBomb and nothing more. If someone really wants to work beyond that, we won’t discourage you, but there is absolutely no unspoken expectation to do so. Due to the high amount of ownership we have, any outages that take place will require your attention whether they happen during the weekend or late at night. That said, we do our best to prevent these from taking place at all. We have over 60,000 active customers who have recorded over 8 million videos on BombBomb, and we want to deliver a reliable product.
Overall, we are very flexible about when, where, and how much you work so long as the work is getting done. For example, some team members have opted to trade a Tuesday for a Saturday from time to time in order to get out skiing while others are working. Our engineering philosophy is that you know when you’re your best, and we trust you to tap into that for your work. If you need to be moving kids around, or keeping an eye on them due to some circumstance, do that, because otherwise you’re going to be distracted and off-kilter.
We’d also like to think that we balance work and life well as a company, too. We have monthly company-provided lunch (the first Friday of each month) and at the end of every week, we have BombBomb Friday from 4pm to 5pm. We also play bingo once a month (our Valentine’s Day bingo is pictured below) and everyone is always welcome to invite their significant others and friends as well!
Leading Software-Powered Freight Forwarder
San Francisco, Bellevue, Amsterdam, and Shenzhen
In order to do your best work, we know you need to feel happy in and outside of work. That’s why we have a flexible vacation policy and keep the office full of love thanks to our Flexpups (aka puppies!). Teams also host monthly happy hours for the company with themes like “Dangerous Goods” or “Base Camp” with lots of decorations, costumes, and themed drinks and bites.
In the spirit of friendly competition, we also have a board game night every other Thursday, participate in club sports leagues (Flexport FC recently walked away as soccer league champions!), and hold trivia nights with Flexport swag prizes.
We like to have fun together outside of the office, too. This past summer, one of our Engineers, Francisco Delgado and our Senior Program Coordinator for Flexport Academy, Franni Weinberg, put together our 4th annual tubing trip to the Russian River. The trip was open to all Flexport employees (and even friends of Flexporters!) as a way to relax and enjoy the company of coworkers in a non-work setting. Everyone who attended returned slightly sunburnt, having gained some new friends, and with a big smile on their face.
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Distributed Revision Control and Source Code Management
San Francisco, CA (HQ), Remote Global (65%)
We encourage Hubbers to build amazing things with a high level of autonomy and self direction. Work/life balance is important to us, so we have flexible work schedules and unlimited PTO. We also offer five months of paid family leave to all new parents with the flexibility of using it all at once, or throughout the baby’s first year.
GitHub’s core values are: Collaboration, Empathy, Quality, Positive Impact, and Shipping. We care most about what’s getting shipped, its quality, and its impact, and less about exactly when it’s happening.
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It would be very easy to pour everything into making the company and our clients successful. To fight against this, we’ve developed policies to ensure that we all achieve personal and professional balance.
One of the biggest mistakes companies make is enforcing a one-size-fits-all work schedule on all of their employees. We at Range recognize that some people prefer working 9-5 days while others want the flexibility to leave midday to do yoga or go shopping as they work better late at night. Whatever your work preference is, we support it. We’ve also dedicated Wednesday as a flex day so that people can work from anywhere one day each week. (And yes, some people still come into the office that day.)
Creativity and innovation require high-levels of cognitive functioning, neither of which are possible when you are stressed, tired, or over-worked. Working habits often emanate from the company’s founders or leaders, which is why we’re lucky that our CEO, Dan, sets a good example. Dan has a 3.5-year-old daughter who he takes to school every morning at 8:30 and comes home to by 6pm, 3 days a week. He and his wife both have one “work late night” each a week, and one “date night” where they have a babysitter. This is the type of balance that he has achieved, and he encourages others to structure things in whatever way works best for them.
Finally, Dan shares his thoughts around work/life balance:
“I’ve never wanted a job. I want a purpose and a craft. This doesn’t have to be a grand-narrative of world change, but I do want my work to have meaning; to know I’m having a positive impact on the lives of the people I work with and the people who use the products I build.
This tends to mean that my work bleeds into my personal life. I listen to management books while running, help my reports work through problems late at night, and sometimes code on the weekend while my daughter is at dance class.
But to make this work, my personal life also needs to bleed into my work life. I exercise during the day, attend events at my daughter’s school, and push back on evening meetings that’d get in the way of her bedtime.
Balance for me isn’t separating the two, it’s letting them integrate, and I think this type of balance can be more stable. Other people will have different perspectives on what balance means to them, and we should support those too.”
We want you to enjoy all aspects of your life at ReadMe, not just your work. Our friends, families, health, and hobbies are important to us! You don’t need an excuse to work from home or go climbing during daylight hours (like Kanad does), and we genuinely encourage everyone to take advantage of their $150/month gym membership stipend. We offer full medical, dental, and vision coverage as well as paid parental leave.
No one works late at ReadMe, and our Slack channels go silent on weekends.. Luckily, our customers use ReadMe during typical work hours, which means traffic is highest during the weekdays and lower on the weekends. As a result, issues rarely take place during weekends or holidays, engineers don’t need to dread being on-call, and we can all truly take days off.
During the week, we like to spend time not working, too! We host movie nights and plan activities (like owl painting!) because we enjoy spending time together (and we love our mascot, Owlbert). Last but not least, we also go on quarterly offsites to make sure we mix play and work together as a team. In the past, we’ve gone to Hawaii, Austin, Chicago, Boston, Disneyland, and Lake Tahoe. We have a tradition of getting custom prints for each location we go to and having everyone who was there sign them.
LoyLap is important, but our employees’ health and well being is far more important. There are times when you’ll just need a break to recharge and overcome your writer/programmer’s block. To us, part of having work/life balance means being able to say “no” to the company. We hope you’ll tell us when you need a break and then come back when you’re mentally refreshed and ready to go.
We’re also flexible in terms of when you work. On a typical work day at LoyLap, you might show up between 9am and 11am, work for a few hours, have lunch around 1pm (or eat lunch at 3pm if you’d like, no problem!), and then see out the remaining hours of the day. We encourage our employees to schedule their days to better pursue their personal interests beyond office hours. When you work matters less to us than working well.
Dublin has some great pubs to explore, so we make it a practice to go for a few beers on Fridays together. It’s a great way for us to wind down for the weekend and also lets us get to know each other personally.
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Steven, our founder, comes in early and is always the first person to leave. He doesn’t stay around the office ot make sure people are doing their work, and as a result, GoodNotes has developed a culture where no one is competing to “stay the longest.” You should also know that GoodNotes is a bootstrapped and self-funded company (we have never taken any outside funding).
Since we don’t have a board or the external pressures people often associate with working at a startup, we don’t need to work overtime or come in on weekends. We care more about being perfect than we do fast and always plan our sprints and initiatives in line with reasonable and achievable goals. Balancing work and life is really important to us, which is why we have also made Thursdays and Fridays optional work-from-home days.
Angaza offers unlimited PTO (most people take around four weeks a year), paid parental leave (six weeks for all new parents and an additional six weeks for mothers giving birth), and while we’ve built our culture around in-office presence, we offer flexibility around occasionally working from home or remotely.
Our Engineering Constitution stipulates that the engineering team gets together for an out-of-office activity once a month. We’ve played arcade games together and conquered escape rooms, as well as more informal outings to picnics or a group frisbee session. As a broader team, we value personal connection. We eat lunch together daily and hold regular team board game or movie nights. Within the company, you’ll often hear Angazans talking about “embracing their inner tembo”: this one of our five core company values. Tembo is the Swahili word for elephant, and we take the mentality of being a part of the herd and supporting the other members of the herd seriously.
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That’s why we are committed to maintaining a 9 to 5 workday. Our core hours create an efficient and reliable atmosphere for our teams. Most importantly, our hours create team-presence and alignment and drastically limit the amount of overtime and weekend work. We rarely have employees work past 6pm.
We also have lots of fun amongst ourselves. Weekly pizza socials, ping pong, pool & darts, video games, quarterly “disconnect” activities (including an annual canoe trip), the aforementioned “house” system competitions, movie nights, an AD&D group, hackathons, meetups—the list goes on.
Chris’ general rule is that, outside of normal working hours, he doesn’t work when his kids are awake. That might mean doing some work at home after the kids’ bedtime, but what it really means is that you work hard at work and then you’re 100% present everywhere else. We ourselves never want to spend weeknights or weekends at the office, and we certainly don’t want anyone on our team to either. We’ll be with our friends and family, and you should be too.
If there’s one thing that’s very clear at Lever, it’s that we do not have a hero culture.
In terms of daily schedules, you’ll find that it varies depending on each person’s preference. Some people get in really early, some get in later, not everyone stays until 5pm or 6pm because they have families to get home to. To accommodate the various lifestyles and needs of our team members, we never schedule important meetings early in the morning or too late in the afternoon. We also have work-from-home Wednesdays.
For the most part, people work somewhere within the 9am to 6pm range, but we keep it flexible. To encourage folks to go home, we never serve dinners at the office. There are no pull requests after 7pm and we always do daytime deploys. This wasn’t always the case, but we made it a team policy a couple of years ago in order to be inclusive of everyone’s schedule. Once your work day is done, it’s really done!
When it comes to our on-call shifts, we always make sure there is a secondary person so that no one person is on an island. We have mandatory trainings about being on-call, and part of that is stressing the importance of sleep and taking care of yourself. As another example of how team oriented we are, we all pay attention to alerts and recognize if someone has had to carry undue burden. When that happens, the team invests on correcting issues together and we the encourage that person on taking some extra time for themselves afterwards.
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Some people consider work/life balance to mean working 40 hours (or less) per week. You won’t find that here at Let’s Do This. Our hours are long, but we also find it difficult to say when exactly they start and stop when our work naturally integrates with every other part of who we are.
For many of us, LDT is the first place where we’ve found balance. We have more mental, physical, and emotional health here than we’ve ever had working at other companies, and it’s remarkable. A lot of us have athletic backgrounds or interests, which means no one will blink an eye if you suddenly decide to take a break in the middle of the day to go to yoga or do a 5-mile run. If anything, one or two people may ask to join you. And when you’re getting fresh air on a trail run or with your friends at a Tough Mudder on the weekend, it will be hard not to think about our product. How can I improve the user experience? Which feature specs need reframing? Ooh, we should explore a partnership with X!
In this way, work/life integration is a more appropriate value for us at Let’s Do This. We are an early stage startup who recently raised a Series A, and we couldn’t be more excited to realize our vision for the future. We pride ourselves on having the same work ethic and discipline that elite athletes do and would be sad if work and life had to be two separate things. If you’re looking for a job to clock in and out of, don’t come here. But if you want the camaraderie of a team in a competitive sport and want to work alongside other passionate, focused, and determined team members, please reach out – we’d love to talk to you!
You can reach out to Marc, our Head of Engineering, at [email protected].
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Taking a step back from the day-to-day life at CoinTracker, we believe in cherishing all aspects of life. Jon has a three-year old daughter and Chandan was recently married. We will always have time to spend with our families and loved ones, and we want all of our employees to as well.
We believe happiness fuels creativity, productivity, and long-term sustainable thinking. We trust every person to manage their own time and take as much vacation as needed. Additionally, to encourage everyone to expand their horizons, we expense an unlimited number of books for every employee. If you want to learn more about the industrial revolution, rare species of fish, or just read a fantasy novel, we want you to, too! This is a perk we provide all of our employees as a part of our collective growth mindset.
Day to day, we work in our office in downtown SF (not WFH). We have minimal process — one daily standup and regular 1:1s. Most of the day people have time and space to work independently and break out into organic discussions as needed. We cater lunch and eat together on a daily basis, while fiercely debating topics ranging from financial markets to ancient history.
It’s a startup cliche to expect people to always work long nights and weekends, and a surefire way to lose a team to burnout. At Enigma, it’s important to us that everyone leads full lives both in and out of the office. People shouldn’t have to compromise on personal passions or time with family.
We prioritize physical and mental health and believe in the power of spending time away from the office in order to recharge and refocus. In addition to offering unlimited paid time off, Enigma is closed on all major U.S. holidays—including Election Day—and we have a parental leave policy that gives 20 weeks of paid leave to primary caregivers and 10 weeks to secondary caregivers. We also encourage people to connect with one another on a more personal level, organizing regular happy hours (focused on food and fun conversation, rather than just drinks) and squad outings such as bowling, comedy shows, and cooking classes to get people out of the office.
A simple messaging workspace with tools for managers and staff on the go
San Francisco, CA or Remote
We have a high degree of trust in one another and each person’s capabilities. So as long as you get your work done, or communicate why you are blocked and ask for help, we don’t care how or where you do your work. We work intensely and effectively during normal working weekday hours, and then leave work to recharge on our own time. Having a balanced life outside of work only benefits the company because we believe this contributes to happy, healthy, productive people and therefore, more productive teams.
People are not expected to work weekends unless there is an emergency, hours are flexible able to accommodate child care needs and we are all free to choose where we work from. That said, we try to keep as many hours overlapping with the team as possible in order to facilitate real-time collaboration.
Outside of work, people love being in the great outdoors, traveling to places near and far, eating delicious food, spending time with family, playing music and playing sports. We love staying active, snowboarding, playing badminton, cycling, surfing, and hiking. Not only do we love food, but some of us also really enjoy cooking it! We have supportive and growing families who motivate us and help us to be our best selves. They play an important role in making us successful as a company and as a team.
Whatever helps you recharge, we want you to have the time and space to do it. It is truly the best way to drive creativity, collaboration, and productivity in your work!
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Everyone on the team is an owner of the business, and we trust everyone to make personal decisions about when to take time off. All full-time employees are also given eight hours of time-off to volunteer or participate in community service per quarter.
Gusties celebrate their first-year anniversary with a #FlyAway round-trip ticket and hotel stay to anywhere in the world. On their second-, third- and fourth-year anniversaries, Gusties receive a #ThrillorChill pass to spend on a thrilling (think skydiving) or relaxing experience (maybe a spa day?)
We’re also incredibly supportive of parents at Gusto. We offer family-friendly benefits like inclusive fertility treatments, parental leave, and free sleep coaching, house-cleaning, food-catering or delivery, and more!
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