You don’t have to have children of your own in order to work with us, but for any parent out there who is wondering how to balance your career in tech and your new or growing family, this might be the place. Every company wants to hire people who are also users of their product, and for us, that’s parents! Our company was founded by two brothers (Chris and Daniel), and we prioritize family in all parts of our lives.
It should go without saying that we provide healthcare for all employees as well as their dependents and family members. We support maternity and paternity leave, and don’t keep track of vacations or PTO (don’t worry, we do take time off ourselves evidenced by Daniel’s 2-week trip to Patagonia this year!).
We are incredibly supportive of our current and soon-to-be parents. Along with our paid family leave policy, we also do our best to accommodate new parents in whatever way we can. For instance, we transformed one of our Mountain View offices into a lactation room for one member of the YC team after she had returned from her maternity leave. Our vacation policy allows parents and non-parents alike to take 3 consecutive weeks off, though we encourage you to consider demo day and other scheduled events when you do. When you join YC, you will be encouraged to live a balanced and productive life and provided the independence to figure out what that means for you.
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We provide 16 weeks for both maternity and paternity leave. When you return from your leave, you can take on a modified schedule and work 2 days a week or work from home once a week for the following year. We’re flexible and will help tailor a work schedule that is best for you and your family. We also have emergency daycare. There’s a hotline you can call that’s connected to our insurance company so that if something suddenly comes up, you can still get daycare for your children. Our office also has a mother’s room for nursing moms. Lastly, Flatiron has massages and manicures at the office every Thursday. While these are open to all employees, we think parents (especially new ones) can benefit from these wellness perks quite a bit.
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Our team is almost entirely remote, so employees can work wherever they want to. For parents, this likely ends up being from home. We don’t ask people to work at the same time so having flexibility in both where you work and when you work is great for parents. Matthew (who is both an iOS engineer and dad) says, “I personally find Signal to be a place where I can take time off to care for my sick child, make doctor’s appointments, and attend teacher conferences. I'm not sure what else there is to say. I've never had a better employer in terms of being a parent. I work regular, reasonable (~45 hours/week), and have flexible hours.”
Our CEO, Trevor Crist, has two children and are often seen at the office or joining in for the final day of our user group. Maternity leave and paternity leave are available and taken full advantage of. When one of our best team members had her second child, it was never a question about using her full maternity leave and the team rallied to cover for her. Additionally, many people on our teams work remotely or split time between home and office to cut down on commute times and create more time with their families.
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San Francisco, Santa Monica, Chattanooga, New York
We have an equivalent maternity and paternity leave policy and we support fathers that want to be at home with their kids just as much as mothers. Our company barbecues are always family friendly and we encourage everyone to bring their kids. Across our four offices, parents make up a large proportion of the company (maybe about a third) which makes our Slack channel for parents a great place for stories and support. The work/life balance and flexibility we have is ideal for anyone with a growing family that also like to have fun with the people they work with.
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