20 top tech companies hiring in San Francisco

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There are a lot of options when it comes to tech companies in San Francisco. After all, the Bay Area is widely considered the most important city in the world for both startups and global tech companies, with Silicon Valley located on its southern end. 

The city’s mix of opportunity, high livability, beautiful surroundings and diverse culture makes it one of the best places to take your tech talents. To help you find your match, we’ve put together a list of 20 tech companies in San Francisco hiring in 2020, including why you might want to work there (with insights from real employees).

From a self-driving rideshare service to a digital shopping mall (where you can buy a pair of shoes for $3) to the latest innovations in property tech, check out what’s going on in the San Francisco tech scene.

Autodesk

Millions of people use Autodesk’s suite of 3D software to imagine, design and model everything from electric cars to towering skyscrapers to ice cream sandwich filler machines. Its software is also behind dozens of Academy Award winning movies for Best Visual Effects and has been used in films like Avatar and TV shows like Game of Thrones.

At Autodesk, you’ll be encouraged to take risks and think big to solve problems for people who make things (e.g., engineers, architects, animators). One Autodesk employee praises the company culture and opportunities for professional development, saying it’s “one of the friendliest and most laid back companies I’ve worked for,” adding that the “relaxed environment allows individuals to cultivate creativity” and there’s a “strong focus on employee training and success.”

Open tech roles at Autodesk.

Working at Autodesk:

  • A “week of rest” at the end of every year
  • Six-week paid sabbatical every four years
  • Paid volunteer time off 

Box

Box is a cloud-based content management platform that allows people to securely store, manage and share important files, photos and documents from anywhere. In fact, Box is how over 95,000 companies (including 70% of the Fortune 500) and 25 million users access and manage their critical information in the cloud.

With core values like “blow our customers’ minds,” “make mom proud” and “10x it!,” employees at Box are challenged to leverage their unique experiences and perspectives to make an impact. Diversity is a top priority here, with 11 employee-led groups (ERGs), including Box Women’s Network, Black Excellence Network and LatinX. Plus, the company only includes “must-haves” in their job descriptions to make more inclusive hires (e.g., they’ve removed “4-year degree preferred”).

Open tech roles at Box.

Working at Box:

  • 12 weeks of paid leave for all new parents (20 weeks for birth moms)
  • Free lunch, dinner and on-the-go meals
  • Unlimited PTO

Cruise

Cruise is building the world’s first self-driving, all-electric rideshare service with a mission to help save lives, reimagine cities, redefine time in transit and restore freedom of movement for many. By testing in complex urban environments such as San Francisco, Cruise is training its vehicles to perform at superhuman levels while navigating some of the most complex and unpredictable traffic scenarios that drivers face every day. 

Engineers from over 100 disciplines work together to solve one of the greatest technology challenges of our generation. Tech teams at Cruise work in small groups  to empower engineers with more responsibility. Beyond high impact-per-engineer, you’ll be solving some of the toughest challenges (and see the real results of your work) across robotics, machine learning, data modeling and more, whether you’re writing the code that steers self-driving cars, supporting storage and analysis of petabytes of data or anything in between. 

Open tech roles at Cruise.

Working at Cruise:

  • Catered breakfast and lunch (with a vegan-friendly snack bar)
  • Free rides in Cruise’s self-driving cars in San Francisco
  • Potential to own equity in Cruise

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Discord

Over 250 million gamers use Discord—a free voice, text and video chat app—to talk to their friends (and make new ones). Its mission is to bring people together around playing games, whether you want to connect with fellow Sims fans or join a World of Warcraft guild. (There are even Discord servers for non-gaming topics, like wedding planning.)

Based in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill, which is known for being one of the sunniest neighborhoods in the city, Discord is a positive, exciting (and nerdy) place where coworkers become friends, leadership is highly accessible and everyone’s ideas and input are appreciated. Its supportive, friendly culture is built on four values: autonomy, mastery, purpose and compassion.

Open tech roles at Discord. 

Working at Discord:

  • Fully subsidized commuter and parking benefit (up to $265/month)
  • A desk fund to make your space yours
  • Yoga in office every Thursday (plus a fitness allowance)

DocuSign

A company that’s replaced over 20 billion sheets of paper with an eco-friendly digital process, DocuSign helps more than 500,000 customers and hundreds of millions of users in over 180 countries sign, send and manage agreements electronically. Its flagship eSignature product is the world’s #1 way to sign contracts, offer letters, purchase orders and other agreements on any device, from almost anywhere in the world.

Named #3 in Glassdoor’s 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Work (the company’s fourth consecutive year in the top 25), DocuSign employees are building never-been-done-before solutions in a culture of innovation, collaboration and transparency where creativity is encouraged. “The leadership [team] is completely open and transparent, and is big on communication,” says one employee. “They take employee surveys seriously and make tremendous efforts to address any issues raised.” The company also invests in people manager development to ensure that every employee can do the work of their lives at DocuSign.

Open tech roles at DocuSign.

Working at DocuSign:

  • Six months of paid parental leave
  • Learning and development training
  • Wellness reimbursement

Ellie Mae

Ellie Mae is a fintech company powering the American Dream of homeownership for thousands of people every day. It currently processes 40% of US mortgage applications with tech solutions that help banks, credit unions and independent mortgage bankers originate loans quicker, lower costs and reduce time to close for homebuyers. Its goal? Automate everything possible in the residential mortgage industry.

Ellie Mae’s family-oriented work culture means work/life balance is a priority. Its easy-going environment, combined with helpful coworkers and managers, gives you endless opportunities to learn and grow. One tech employee describes Ellie Mae’s culture as supportive and friendly: “No matter what role you are in, you will never hear ‘that is not my job’ from a fellow peer. Everyone is always kind, willing, and helpful.”

Open tech roles at Ellie Mae.

Working at Ellie Mae:

  • Flexible work hours
  • Paid volunteer opportunities 
  • Unlimited free ice cream

Figure Eight

Figure Eight combines the best of human and machine intelligence to help companies create value from their unstructured text, audio, image and video data. Its human-in-the-loop machine learning technology powers some of the world’s most innovative projects, from autonomous vehicles and medical imagery to intelligent chat bots, facial recognition, music recommendations and even search relevancy for online shoppers. 

Headquartered in San Francisco, Figure Eight, now part of Appen, serves Fortune 500 and fast-growing organizations across a wide variety of industries, including automotive, ecommerce, entertainment, agriculture, finance and beyond. On top of fun startup perks like a ping pong and snooker table, its company culture is defined by four core values: honesty, humility, grit and performance.

Open tech roles at Figure Eight.

Working at Figure Eight:

  • Catered lunch three times a week
  • Fully covered medical care
  • Wellness benefits and generous vacation

Fitbit

Fitbit is an activity tracker, fitness coach, sleep lab, wallet and personal assistant that fits on your wrist. Its family of products (e.g., fitness app, smartwatches, trackers, smart scales) help you stay motivated and get a complete picture of your health, including daily steps, heart rate, calories burned, weight and sleep quality.

Fitbit’s HQ is located in the heart of San Francisco, with three office buildings within walking distance of the Embarcadero. As a tech employee, your code will impact millions of people, whether you’re working on data storage infrastructure, the mobile app, the Fitbit SDK or anything in between. Combining the spirit of a nimble startup (complete with a kombucha keg and cold brew coffee) with the resources of a global corporation, Fitbit is a great place to grow your career, especially if values like “Own your success,” “Debate, commit, execute” and  “Make things we are proud of” speak to you. 

Open tech roles at Fitbit.

Working at Fitbit:

  • Unlimited snacks
  • Friday happy hours
  • Onsite yoga, pilates and meditation classes

Gametime

Gametime sells last-minute tickets to popular sports, music and theater events, saving fans up to 60% off face value. The company tracks thousands of tickets and only shows you the best deals (along with real panoramic photos of your seat view) so you can get the seats you want, whenever you want. You can even grab tickets after an event starts (e.g., after the first pitch at a baseball game) for the best, yet lowest-priced tickets.

With a tech career at Gametime, you’ll get a front-row seat to reimagining the event ticket experience. Not only that, but the company is ahead of the game when it comes to making sure employees are happy, with plenty of learning opportunities, flexible PTO, commuter benefits and team celebrations. Engineers are empowered to own the code they write in a culture that believes in unit testing, code reviews and pushing code all the way through to production.

Open tech roles at Gametime.

Working at Gametime:

  • Catered lunches (Monday through Thursday)
  • Monthly Gametime credits for any live event ($1,200/year)
  • Dog-friendly office

Gap Inc.

Gap Inc. is a leading fashion retailer with seven brands (Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, INTERMIX, Hill City, Janie and Jack) and over 3,500 stores worldwide. From mobile point-of-sale solutions to tech that lets customers scan catalog pages with their phone and buy online, Gap is a pioneer in retail tech.

A tech career at Gap gives you the opportunity to work in small, agile teams to design, develop, test, deploy and support apps that make it into the hands of store associates and impact millions of shoppers worldwide. Another perk? Gap’s HQ in San Francisco is near several of Gap’s stores, so you can use your employee discount whenever you want. 

Open tech roles at Gap.

Working at Gap:

  • 50% off at Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy, 30% off at Outlet and 25% off at Athleta
  • Up to five “on the clock” hours each month to volunteer
  • Tuition reimbursement

Grammarly

Whether you’re writing critical work emails, applying for a job or even filling out an online dating profile, it’s important to be able to express yourself the way you intend. Enter Grammarly, an AI-powered writing assistant used by 20M+ people around the world to improve their writing. The platform can find and correct mistakes, detect tone (e.g., formal, friendly, optimistic) and help you find the perfect words.

With a tech stack that includes React, TypeScript, Java, AWS, Python, PyTorch, scikit-learn, Spark, Scala, SQL and more, Grammarly offers team members autonomy along with opportunities to tackle creative challenges and to ship features fast and often in a collaborative environment supported by EAGER values (ethical, adaptable, gritty, empathetic, remarkable).

Open tech roles at Grammarly.

Working at Grammarly:

  • Catered lunches
  • Monthly gym credit (plus onsite yoga)
  • Fully paid premiums for health and dental plans

Okta

Okta is an identity and access management company that enables any organization to securely use any technology. With over 6,500 pre-built integrations to apps and infrastructure providers, Okta customers can easily and securely use the best technologies for their business. Over 7,400 companies, including 20th Century Fox, Slack and Twilio trust Okta to protect the identities of their workforces and customers, and to manage access to critical information with solutions like multi-factor authentication, single-sign-on, and more.

At Okta, your tech skills won’t go stale. Dev teams at Okta are fast, innovative and flexible. You’ll get the chance to work on stimulating, new and complex projects while working with the latest technologies in a culture that’s inclusive, diverse, creative and energetic. 

Open tech roles at Okta.

Working at Okta:

  • Volunteer opportunities 
  • Catered lunch three times a week
  • Regular hackathons

SoFi

SoFi is on a mission to help people achieve the financial freedom they need to meet their life goals, from getting out of high-interest debt and paying off student loans to owning a home,  saving for retirement and more. It offers student loan refinancing, mortgages, personal loans (and even an app for trading stocks and buying crypto) to help you borrow, spend, save, invest and protect your money. 

SoFi’s goal of helping people get their money right also translates to its employees. The company contributes $200 per month to help you pay off your student loans and up to $5,250 per year for continuing education. At SoFi, you’ll be in the middle of it all, from implementing functionality to squashing bugs to maintaining the health of the codebase. With strong collaboration between product, design and engineering, you’ll be involved in the entire product lifecycle, from ideation to deployment.

Open tech roles at SoFi.

Working at SoFi:

  • Free medical coverage
  • Fully stocked kitchen (plus lunch stipend)
  • Subsidized gym membership

Splunk

Recently ordered a pizza online? Played a video game like Assassin’s Creed? Used Shazam on a song you heard in a store? Odds are, you’ve interacted with a company that uses Splunk. In fact, 18,500+ customers use the platform to ask questions, make decisions and take action on data gathered from website clickstreams, apps, sensors, devices, social data and more to creatively solve problems. Splunk, the Data-to-Everything Platform, is even helping support one company’s mission to discover new treatments for 100 genetic diseases by 2025.

Named one of San Francisco Bay Area’s “Best Places to Work” by the San Francisco Business Times for 12 years in a row, “Splunkers” are empowered to live by the company’s core values of innovation, disruption, passion, openness and fun. One employee says that Splunk “…is a great place to work with excellent leadership and an environment that is innovative,” adding that the company genuinely cares about work/life balance. Splunkers also praise the company’s energetic and fast-paced environment, opportunities for growth and friendly, supportive coworkers. 

Open tech roles at Splunk.

Working at Splunk:

  • A “Million Data Points” culture that fosters diversity and inclusion, including nine Employee Resource Groups to build communities for under-represented groups and allies
  • Generous parental leave for mothers and fathers, fertility treatments and tissue freezing, adoption and surrogacy allowances and more
  • Dog-friendly office

Square

What started as a little white credit card reader has transformed into a full point-of-sale system that helps sellers of all sizes and industries start, run and grow their business. It empowers your favorite mom-and-pop restaurant to set up a delivery service, your electrician to send you invoices, the independent coffee shop down the street to pay its employees and locally-owned stores to simplify their online and in-store selling. Individuals can also use Cash App to spend, send, store and invest money. 

One software engineer at Square says that it’s “…a fantastic place to work, with a fantastic combination of responsible business practices, empathetic leadership, and talented coworkers. I love working here.” Growth and development is important and the career ladder is well defined for engineers, including a formal road map for professional growth. Product ownership is also big at Square, with employees getting the chance to weigh in on decisions, bring new ideas to the table and innovate in fields like hardware sustainability and crypto. 

Open tech roles at Square.

Working at Square:

  • Lunch and breakfast
  • Work-from-home opportunities
  • 16 weeks paid parental leave for all new parents 

ThousandEyes

ThousandEyes keeps the internet’s most popular services running, providing immediate visibility into what’s breaking, and where. The SaaS-based platform empowers companies to see how they’re performing from thousands of different vantage points (giving the company its name). Its customers? 20 of the 25 top SaaS companies, six of the seven top US banks and 80+ of the Fortune 500. 

Thousand Eyes’s HQ is located in the SoMa district, San Francisco’s tech epicenter. Engineers here work in small, cross-functional teams where everyone has a voice. You’ll get to work on cutting-edge tech that visualizes networks on a global scale (and supports 116 billion data points per day) while focusing on innovation, simplicity and elegance. Explore the tech stack that’s used in different roles within engineering.

ThousandEyes says:

“In addition to working with smart people and a great tech stack, we design our benefits and people programs to enable our teammates to thrive and not just survive. Yes, we have game rooms and catered lunches, but we go beyond that with benefits programs that focus on physical, mental and financial wellness. For example, we don’t offer just a gym subsidy—we provide a wellness allowance so our teammates can use their allowance to enhance their total well-being.”

Open tech roles at ThousandEyes.

Working at ThousandEyes:

  • Catered lunches and a stocked kitchen
  • Well-equipped game room
  • Gym subsidy + wellness allowance

Twitch

Twitch is a service and global community of millions who come together to interact and create the next generation of live entertainment. Twitch began as a place where people watched content creators play video games while chatting with millions of other fans at the same time. While gaming still makes up the majority of content, the platform has expanded to include more diverse streams dedicated to sports, music, cooking, art and more. The goal? To help people around the world connect over shared hobbies and interests.

At Twitch, employees co-build with the diverse, global community. Employees encompass the energy and passion of their community, striving to deliver the very best for Twitch’s content creators and viewers. When you’re building a fun product surrounded by fun people, fun is inevitable. Twitch’s San Francisco HQ is an ode to nerd culture, from the extensive arcade, to the Pac-Man ghosts directing hungry employees in the cafeteria. If you’re lucky, you can catch a glimpse of one of the themed conference rooms, like The Upside-Down or Forbidden Forest.

Open tech roles at Twitch.

Working at Twitch:

  • In-house kitchen with breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily (and cookies, too)
  • Health and wellness activities and programs 
  • Dog-friendly office

Veeva Systems

Veeva Systems builds enterprise cloud software to help pharmaceutical and biotech companies bring life-changing medicines, therapies, vaccines and products to market faster. From software that accelerates clinical trials to a curated database system of 100,000+ oncology experts to apps for animal health, Veeva impacts the health and well-being of millions of people (and animals) around the world.

Veeva’s CEO is an engineer, which means the company knows (and prioritizes) what makes tech workers happy and successful, including impact, meaningful work and the autonomy to get things done. A senior software engineer at Veeva says: “Every day brings new, interesting problems, with a good mix of bugs and features. Whenever I have difficulty with a problem, I have a great set of reliable and communicative coworkers to discuss the problem with, which means I’m never fumbling around by myself.” Employees also rave about how approachable everyone is (including upper management) and the endless opportunities to innovate and speak up about new ideas.

Open tech roles at Veeva Systems.

Working at Veeva Systems:

  • Onsite gym with free fitness classes offered daily
  • “Veeva Break” (a full week off during the holiday season)
  • Gourmet meals prepared by an in-house chef every day

Wish

$1 watches? Bluetooth headphones for $9? $5 for a graphic tee? Wish is a mobile shopping app that makes affordable products accessible to everyone, with prices 60-90% cheaper than they are in stores. Millions of people from 100+ countries buy nearly one billion products annually from this digital shopping mall of affordable goods.

The relatively flat structure means employees are free to work on things that actually interest them. And the culture of freedom, flexibility and experimentation, along with the chance to push code daily to hundreds of millions of users (and see the direct results of your work) are some of the reasons why tech employees love working at Wish.

Open tech roles at Wish.

Working at Wish:

  • Catered meals and fully stocked snacks
  • Bi-weekly happy hours and quarterly team outings
  • Dedicated personal learning and development budget

Zillow

Want to live close to a grocery store? Near a highly ranked school? In a quiet neighborhood? Zillow is a real estate and rental marketplace that streamlines the real estate transaction, helping you not only find the home you’re looking for, but schedule a tour and even get in touch with local real estate agents. Millions of people trust it to buy, rent or sell a home (it even ranks among the top 15 most-visited websites in the US).

Known for Zestimate®, a home valuation algorithm that takes into account neighborhood details, property features, popularity on the site and listing price to come up with an estimated market value for a home, Zillow is on the forefront of real estate technology, revolutionizing home buying and selling—and even employing machine learning to power its search engines. At Zillow, engineers work in small teams in a culture of innovation, accountability and collaboration where everyone has a chance to make a big impact.

Open tech roles at Zillow.

Working at Zillow:

  • 100% paid healthcare 
  • Six-week sabbatical after six years
  • In-office yoga sessions

Match to tech companies in San Francisco

As the global home for startups for nearly half a century (with unicorns continuing to rise from the fog-covered hills) San Francisco has tons of career options when it comes to tech, spanning gaming technology and autonomous vehicles to retail tech and network intelligence. 

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