Friends Outside of Work
Sweat together, stay together, right?
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, go to the climbing gym, and take fitness classes together. Through sports and other activities there’s a whole lot of bonding outside of the office, and we really view each other as more than coworkers. Pictured below is the entire Strava family.
Actively Practices Inclusion
Strava was born out of the desire to bring camaraderie to individual sports such as running and cycling. At Strava we know the importance of strong teams, and making sure everyone feels included.
Diversity and Inclusivity is a main focus at Strava, and is spearheaded by our leadership team. Everyone is encouraged to rotate through our Diversity and Inclusivity Group (DIG) which advocates for allowing inclusion in every aspect of Strava, from team meetings, to recruiting, to social events. One of our iOs engineers has spoken openly about her experiences as the first female engineer at Strava stating: “Had I known that a career in software engineering could look like it does at Strava, I never would have hesitated. Despite being the only female engineer, I’ve never felt more at home. I’m surrounded by people just like me who love to run and ride, get outside, and push themselves both physically and mentally. At Strava, the feeling of not belonging has finally faded.”
Bonded by Love for Product
It’s common to hear people at tech startups say they’re building a product they love and use, but it’s especially true at Strava. We’d be still using it even if we didn’t work here.
We’re building a social network and performance-tracking tool for cyclists and runners, which means we’re sharing our activities with our friends too. The app is built for a community that we respect. Our users are passionate about our product, and we are passionate about our users. We love being able combine our value for an active lifestyle with our careers.
Creative + Innovative
Creativity and innovation have snowballing effects. We do what we can to keep it rolling!
We regularly have “work on whatever you want to” days (also known as Jams). Everyone gets to run wild with any idea they might have had and bring it to life. We have a massive dataset that is growing by over a million activities per day and comprises nearly a trillion GPS points so the possibilities are truly endless and sometimes overwhelming. We’ve created a home for some of that at Strava Labs, where we release side projects independent of our main products, like Flyby and Clusterer.
We extend our love for creation and innovation to the community too. Last year, we held our first ever Strava API developer challenge to recognize the developers who are using our API, and get them excited to create innovative applications. We invited developers to create and submit a new app that would be evaluated on innovation, fun, and authenticity, as well as how they build community and inspire athletes.
High Employee Retention
We support a workplace that will challenge you and provide you with opportunities to practice the skills you want to learn, as well as autonomy and a balance between work and a healthy lifestyle.
There’s support for both professional and personal development at Strava and we’re always excited to see the diversity of challenges people take on. In general, we tend to attract people who think, “Wow, that sounds hard. Let’s do it!” so it’s just a matter of providing the space, funding, and/or time to run (pun intended) with those ideas. When we ask our engineers why they’ve stayed at Strava so long, the most common answers are strong leadership, autonomy, and career growth. If you want to know more about engineering at Strava, feel free to reach out to us: Evelyn (4+ years), Steve (4+ years), and Matt (almost 6 years).
Promotes from Within
In order for an employee to stay at a company for the long-term, s/he needs to have the space and opportunity to grow.
Career growth is really important to us, so we have regular check-ins with managers and their reports focusing around long-term career goals. 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. As an engineer, it’s worth mentioning that there are two main career paths: individual contributors and managers. Within each path, we work with each individual to make sure they are getting the experience they need to achieve their long-term career goals, whether that’s going on to become the VP of Engineering at a large company, or start their own company. We certainly support 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.
Don’t work on the weekend. Go outside.
The perks at Strava are designed to promote and celebrate work/life balance. Everyone at Strava starts with three weeks of paid vacation and can work up to five, which allows people to travel, spend time with family, train for those extra-long adventure races, or work on other personal projects. After all, balance is one of our core values. Our plan is to be here for the long haul, and because we consider software development to be a marathon (not a sprint), we believe in balancing hard work with a healthy lifestyle.
Supports Physical Wellness
Our office is basically your fitness base camp. Yoga mats? Check. Showers? Ditto. A fully equipped bike shop and storage area to make maintenance easy? You bet.
We support your wellness both in and out of the office. Not into cycling or yoga, that’s fine. There’s also a $500 gym membership reimbursement to fuel your rock-climbing or CrossFit passions. We have a fully stocked kitchen with great snacks and quick meals to fuel that healthy body, and of course all the fussy coffee and brewing equipment you’d expect from a company of athletes for your already healthy mind. There is also a stipend for personal development which can be used for continued education, rock climbing gym memberships, ski passes, TT bikes, or your first pair of sneakers. Looking at our bib wall (above), it's safe to assume that race entry fees can also be covered by your stipend.
At Strava, you have:
- yoga at the office 2x/week
- $1000 gear stipend to support whichever sport makes you happy
- stationary bikes, weights, and foam rollers in the office