– Why Work For Us?

Our Mission

Our mission is to get our millions of users across the globe the answers they need.

We've been in the Q&A business for more than 15 years, and although Jeeves has since retired, we carry on his passion for serving our 100 million users with answers they can trust.



Come play with us!

At Ask it's not all work and no play. In fact, we have a blast building products that 100 million people rely on for answers, everyday.

Jump on our bandwagon -- we promise, it won't be a boring ride.

The Perks



A Block From BART

Our D/T Oakland location is a block from BART & City Center, and across the street from Club One (we have a corporate rate for employees, of course).

Come on over to the sunny side of the Bay and see for yourself why Oakland is called the Bay Area’s fastest growing tech hub.


Big company stability

With the nimble culture and career growth potential of a smaller upstart.

Ultra casual work atmosphere

You can dress up if you want, but you’ll be the only one.


Subsidized parking and commuting costs

As well as discounts at hundreds of places, including Apple, Dell, 1-800-Flowers, Red Envelope, Zipcar, Broadway shows and restaurants. All part of being a member of the IAC Family.


And more…

Endless supply of snacks and refreshments, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching, and of course all the regular bennies, like super generous health insurance plans (medical, dental, vision),401K  with matching, pet insurance, paid maternity leave and more. (originally known as Ask Jeeves) was founded in 1996 by Garrett Gruener and David Warthen in Berkeley, Calif. The big idea? Allow online searchers to get answers to questions posed in everyday, natural language.

No matter how popular searching by keyword is or has become, the team has always found that more than half of the queries on our site come in the form of a simple question. It seems a fair amount of people just prefer asking questions the old fashioned way. And they like the idea of receiving straightforward answers – not a list of blue links — even more.

Acquired by IAC in 2005 and now headquartered in Oakland, Calif., is a global service used by well over 100 million users, and ranks in comScore’s top 10 US websites in terms of traffic. Our flagship mobile app, available on both iOS and Android, has been downloaded almost 3 million times. And we continue to grow in our quest to provide our users with access to trusted answers and great content, as evidenced by our acquisition of The Group in 2012.

There aren’t scores of Internet companies born in the mid-nineties that are still not only surviving, but thriving, in today’s world, but is one of them. It’s been a wild ride, but we’ve only just begun.

"You know you found the right job when you love weekdays and dread weekends."

Robbie W.




“Part of what keeps me motivated and energized at Ask is the willingness of the entire organization to embrace and use new and emerging technologies.  My skills are constantly evolving and I feel like I'm in touch with the latest tools and technologies.”

Eric Soares, QA Director




“The company culture is truly what lured me towards Ask. It is what keeps me coming to work every day! Working here is exciting, I attribute it to the type of people Ask hires. They are fun, inspirational, intelligent and hard working. It drives me to be better at whatever I may be doing."

Patrick Gendron, UX/UI Designer




“I love my job because I get to work for such a great company that clearly values its employees.”

Sarah Rosenberg, Data Science Analyst





“I love my job – it’s interesting, fun and challenging. I have an opportunity to have a big impact on the success of the company.”

Hal Eisen, Director of Software Engineering, SEM





“It’s a true meritocracy. Work hard and achieve success and you’ll be rewarded.”

Jon Weinstock, VP, SEM Operations



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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Hiring untalented resources

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at full-time (more than an year)


    I don't have any reason to work here except technologies and domain


    The HR team is failing to hire talented resources from market. They been offering Cognizant resources as full time employees, they are the main reason for full-time employees can't continue here. They recently converted untalented cognizant resource as Engineering manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop converting Cognizant resources . You must know they are goon in politics not have technical skills.

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at

    Interview Details

    Recruiter contacted via LinkedIn. Process took 3+ week. Had a discussion with recruiter, after that had a call with manager. Had total of 2 phone interviews and then onsite 5 rounds interviewers came in a pair of 2. Most of the interviewer were consultants.

    Questions asked:
    1. Find the minimum distance between 2 nodes in a graph. Then modified it to a graph like LinkedIn where you have 1 degree, 2nd degree connections. I thought I did good in this round I was able to solve this question. Then he asked me to implement the Threadpool class and write unit and integration tests for it.
    2. This round was with the lead and one other interviewer. General unix command, Sql commands. Nothing difficult. Team lead was totally disinterested he didn't asked any questions.
    3. Write a shell script to find a word count and print the result with line number and count of word in that line. Implement same in Java.
    4. It was with one of the manager. This was more general discussion about the OOD and some of the problems that they are having.
    5. What is REST. Implement a simple Rest service for get and put. Implement Tree data structure.

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Top Workplaces, Bay Area News Group, 2013
101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For (National), 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For™, 2013
Appy Awards,, 2012
Tech Innovator, 2.Oakland, 2012
Webby Award Winner, Webby, 2012
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Additional Info

Headquarters Oakland, CA
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1996
Type Company - Public
Industry Media
Competitors Quora, Inc., eHow

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