3.9 of 5 26 reviews
Seattle, WA
50 to 149 Employees
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Information Technology

PayScale is a growing technology company that is rapidly changing the world of compensation. We hold the largest data source of real-time salary information by crowdsourcing the data from millions of users and applying complex search algorithms to provide detailed statistical analysis of current pay against the market.

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Whether it’s the employee looking for a raise or the CFO trying to tame labor spending, the issue of employee compensation inspires emotion – anger, triumph, anxiety and relief. Long managed in secret by employers, PayScale has pulled the veil off of this touchy topic by letting everyone share exactly what they are paid.

Want to join the pay-transparency revolution?

You’ll find PayScale truly embraces the “work hard, play hard” mentality! PayScale is a great place to work! We’re the market leader in global online compensation data. With the world’s largest database of individual employee compensation profiles, PayScale provides an immediate and precise snapshot of the job market. Our real-time profiling system indexes custom employee attributes (such as industry-specific certifications) and specific job titles for every industry.

PayScale provides cutting edge technology to businesses to help them stay competitive, retain talent and manage their largest investment: their people.

We’re known for compensating employees (salaries + stock) very well relative to the rest of the industry, and also offer employees lots of little perks, such as:

  • A casual work environment and relaxed dress code (JSS: jeans, shorts, sandals)
  • Unlimited coffee, tea (and the occasional office Happy Hour)
  • Gym memberships available at a low cost including cardio equipment, free weights, full shower facilities and options for personal training
  • Chef available weekly with a variety of options to choose from
  • Office located in the heart of avid Seattle sports fan’s paradise – our deck overlooks Century Link Field!
  • Great healthcare, FSA options (including transportation), and other benefits
  • Ping pong table and a great BBQ deck overlooking the stadiums, complete with grill

GSD - We are “get stuff done” people. Smart and self-directed, employees at PayScale get lots of room to make their own decisions. We prefer to make short bets toward our long term goals and fail occasionally rather than having long, drawn-out projects that slow our evolution.

Work hard. Play hard. Go home!  – We work hard and then go home at the end of the day. Some startups are proud of their late nights and long work weeks. Good for them. We are proud of the hard work and great products built, sold, and supported by people who have happy lives both inside and outside of work. We also take time to celebrate our individual and team successes.

Location! Location! Location! – Award-winning dim sum, hand-poured lattes and micro-brews right nearby? You bet! We actually work on top of a brewery. The PayScale office is located in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood, next door to the vibrant International District. This area of the Seattle offers an outstanding variety of options for both adventurous and discerning eaters.

Living clean- PayScale’s office has a modern open feel with lots of natural light. We have showers and lockers for the bike commuters and lunchtime runners. We have a large, private outdoor deck with a gas grill. Employees gather here regularly for lunch, mid-work breaks, after work beverage sharing, or meetings in the sun*.


(*Or sun alternative such as rain and clouds.)


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PayScale President & CEO Mike Metzger

Mike Metzger

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Long time employee, still extremely satisified

 Current Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA

Pros: I started at PayScale as a naive 24 year old with little-to-no related job experience, but the team recognized that I had potential (and, I hope I've realized some of what they saw). I've been continually handed more responsibility and control of… Full Review

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No Offer – Interviewed in Seattle, WA Feb 2014 – Reviewed Feb 26, 2014

Interview Details – My recruiter set me up with a phone interview back in April 2012 (the last time I was on the job hunt). For whatever reason I didn't "click" with the interviewer and I was screened out. I then received two additional requests for phone screens 3 and 6 months after I was screened out.

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10 Coolest Startup Spaces in Seattle's Pioneer Square, Geekwire, 2012
The Best Places to Work in Seattle, Seattle Met, 2013
Top 100 Washington Companies, Inc. 5000, 2012

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