Bonded by Love for Product
The way we work is a reflection of how much we respect our users and how much we love our own product.
Every second of everyday, Strava athletes are striving to be their best, so we owe them the same relentless commitment to achievement. Every quarter, we host “Strava Jams,” which is an opportunity to get to work on whatever you want. Everyone gets to run wild with any idea they might have had and bring it to life. We block off three days for you to work on any project and present it to the company (if you’d like). Some of our major product changes have been results of Jams projects. Sport's best teams seek ways to be greater than the sum of their parts, and we believe we'll win by building the same kind of team. We’re dedicated to our values, our work, our athletes and our team – no halfway, no hesitation.
Winning for us is learning quickly and adapting, over and over again until we serve athletes better than anyone. Strava’s dataset that is continually growing by millions of activities every week allows us to create some other innovative tools, such as Strava Labs. Strava labs showcases interesting side projects enabled by the data set. The Engineering Blog also showcases detailed projects from our Engineering team.
Supports Physical Wellness
Health and wellness is at the core of our company. It’s who we are.
All of our employees have reimbursements for events and gear ($1000/year) and health club memberships ($500/year). However, we want to support our team members at the office too. Our offices are equipped with showers, towel service and lockers for employees. We support running, walking or biking to work with a paid Ford GoBike Membership, or a bike room to store your own bike safely while you work. Strava recognizes the importance of healthy minds and offers yoga classes onsite twice a week.
Since physical wellness starts with what we put into our bodies, we also have a stocked kitchen. Every Tuesday morning, we provide breakfast for our company all-hands, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we provide dinner at the office.
Committed to Personal Growth
Strava supports many different career paths and growth opportunities.
Being promoted from within is a common practice, and managers and their reports have a shared understanding of what the “next step” looks like for a report, and there is a clear plan of how to execute and attain that next step. Strava promotes on an annual basis. There have been lateral moves as well, web engineers who want to work in mobile, mobile engineers who want to work on infrastructure, engineers who want to be product managers, technical support who wants to be an engineer. We also have a number of intern conversions from our Summer internship program.
We practice what we preach: There’s always time for a workout. There’s always time for family.
The perks at Strava are designed to promote and celebrate work/life balance. For starters, every employee gets 18 personal days off in their first year (which scales to 25 days at Year 4) in addition to the 11 company holidays we have each year. We provide $1000/year events and gear reimbursement, as well as a $500/year health club reimbursement. We provide a $2000/year professional development stipend, and also support an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for financial, legal, relationship, or personal consulting.
Balance is one of our company’s core values, and we really mean it.
Impressive Team Members
We encourage people to step out of their comfort zones and think bigger about any ideas for the product or company.
While we’re constantly wow-ed by the creativity and innovation from the members of our team (ie. the amazing side projects built by our engineers in Strava Labs), we’re most proud of how proactive everyone is. Our employee-driven Diversity and Inclusion Group (DIG) is a testament to that. Strava’s DIG pushes our company to create external product and internal culture that prioritizes diversity and inclusion. Everyone is encouraged to rotate through our DIG, which advocates for inclusion in every aspect of Strava, from team meetings, to recruiting, to social events.
The DIG is a volunteer group of employees focused on making Strava a more diverse and inclusive workplace with goals to recruit, develop and retain engaged employees from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. DIG also builds and sustains an environment where all employees are valued so they can reach their full potential. There is a clear camaraderie at Strava, where everyone is equal and united by commons goals. Our teamwork and respect for each other fuels our success.
Friends Outside of Work
Our engineering team is close-knit, reinforced not only by the common goal of building the best products at work, but also by our shared passion for using those same products outside of work.
We run during lunch, bike-commute to or from work, attend engineering meetups, conferences and game nights. We’re genuinely happy to spend time together and stay later at the office to socialize. There’s a Slack channel for every activity and you’ll always find invites for weekend activities in the area- from bike rides along the coast, to hiking Mt. Tam, to volunteer opportunities.
We also host monthly Happy Hours, Wednesday lunch runs and other team offsites that help build relationships and camaraderie among co-workers and colleagues. The annual Summer Picnic at Golden Gate Park is a highlight for employees and families.
Our company leaders, management and employees all believe in trust and transparency.
The whole company starts every Tuesday morning together with breakfast and an All Hands meeting. Our CEO leads the meeting and passes off to various teams to give updates- there’s a weekly status report on how we’re performing against key business goals, as well as recruiting data shared weekly. When the marketing team has a new campaign releasing, the employees get a preview before it’s released to the public. When we’re fundraising, our CEO walks us through the decision making process, this level of transparency shows how much the leaders care about every employee.
We have a quarterly check-in process, where managers compile feedback from peers to share with their employees in writing and an in person meeting. Constant feedback is encouraged, to make sure all employees know their objectives and how they are performing. People here know how they can improve and where/ why the excel.
High Employee Retention
There’s a reason why "camaraderie" is one of our core values: when we refer to our coworkers as teammates, we really mean it.
Working at Strava means surrounding yourself with smart and passionate people, striving to build an inclusive, inspired and engaged community. We bring the same commitment to building an incredible workplace, and we think our numbers speak for themselves:
- 98% of employees are proud to work at Strava.
- 92% of employees believe the Management Team at Strava keeps people informed about what's happening.
- 93% of employees would recommend Strava as a great place to work.
Millions of athletes are on Strava, millions more will come. When you’re ready for a challenge and a team that will support you along the way, join us.