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15Five Overview

San Francisco, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
Unknown / Non-Applicable
15Five is a fundamentally new way for businesses to unlock the potential of their entire workforce. Through a lightweight weekly check-in, 15Five delivers everything a manager needs to impact employee engagement and performance, including continuous feedback, objective (OKR ... Read more

Mission: 15Five is on a mission to help enable leaders to create highly engaged, high performing organizations by helping people become their best selves.

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2020 (#3)

15Five – Why Work With Us?

15Five was created from founder, David Hassell’s deep desire to help people reach their fullest potential at work. Even during David’s early days as an entrepreneur he was always soliciting ideas and feedback from employees and colleagues. He responded with his own ideas, suggesting things to study or programs to take that would help people grow personally and professionally. In 2011, David connected with Brad Oberwager, CEO of Sundia. Brad was then using a practice called 15/5 reports in his 100+ employee multinational business. The process highlighted critical information from employees and avoided the common situation of bad news traveling slowly. David immediately thought it would be valuable for any high-performing team or company.

He decided to take it to next level, allowing reports to be turned into conversations and creating the vision that 15Five could become the communication backbone for thousands of companies where employees could be supported, where transparency and trust would thrive and everyone could show up more empowered, creative and committed. Interestingly enough, the idea behind 15Five is often credited to Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, who had built his company around his passion for climbing and spent ample time each year away from Patagonia pursuing this passion. (In truth the idea actually originated in the 1980s with Yvonne’s friend and ESPRIT founder, Doug Tompkins.)

Yvon used the practice to keep his employees engaged and to stay informed even when he was out of the office climbing and surfing for up to six months each year. David, an avid kite-surfer, snowboarder, and adventurer himself is making the tradition of effective management from anywhere accessible for the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders. In the succeeding years since 15Five was founded, this employee feedback system has evolved into a beautifully designed product. Over a thousand successful companies are reaping the rewards of increased employee engagement, productivity and retention, while helping to fulfill David’s vision for work to be the place where people become their greatest selves.


These are the values that guide our team every day to develop a product and brand that our customers love:

  • Be and Become Your Best-Self: How we commit to showing up as individuals
    • Practices:
      • Dream big
      • Always be learning and growing
      • Radical strengths alignment
      • Practice integrity and be your word
      • Cultivate health and vitality
      • Reflect, prospect, and introspect
      • WholeLife Vision and mastery


  • Cultivate Relational Mastery: How we commit to showing up for one another
    • Practices:
      • Assume positive intent
      • Expose expectations and make agreements
      • Facilitate clearing conversations
      • Deliver truth with kindness
      • Personal accountability is 100/100 not 50/50
      • Engage in healthy conflict
      • Be vulnerageous


  • Do the Extraordinary: How we commit to showing up with our work
    • Practices: 
      • Find the leverage
      • Keep it simple
      • Dare to dream
      • Focus on 80/20
      • Be explicit where NOT to focus
      • Challenge the status quo
      • Design for WOW and delight


  • Create Customer Transformation: How we commit to showing up for our customers
    • Practices:
      • Create transformational value vs transactional
      • Customer needs over ours
      • Go beyond product success to their success
      • Meet customers where they’re at
      • Focus on impact



A career at 15Five is a lot more than a job.

Our gifted team outperforms companies twice our size and we have a heck of a lot of fun at the same time. We’ve created the leading employee performance management platform via an unparalleled powerful culture where employees come first. We offer:

  • Health & Well-being

Full medical, dental, and vision insurance and a gym membership to keep your vitality high.

  • Great Place to Work

Our office spaces in New York, San Francisco, and Raleigh are a pleasure to work in.

  • Tools & Tech

We empower our employees with the hardware, training, and other materials to help you succeed.

  • Flexible Work Arrangements

Time clocks? Do they still make those? Plenty of breathing room for how, when, and where you work.

  • Extraordinary Culture

We hold high intentions for everyone else’s success and support our team’s personal and professional development.

15Five Reviews

  • Helpful (1)

    "I adore this place"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 15Five full-time (Less than a year)


    The flexible schedule, excellent pay and the space to get the job done without being micromanaged are amazing. I've never worked at a place so focused on personal and career growth, even from day one.


    I wish the health insurance didn't still cost me as much as it does. I admit I expected that coverage to be better before I was hired. Many of the benefits are amazing, but if you prefer less benefits and more compensation that might surprise you, or be not to your liking.

    Advice to Management

    None! I love working here

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15Five Photos

15Five photo of: 2019 Company Retreat
15Five photo of: Working at the cafe that a former 15Fiver opened
15Five photo of: Fireside group chats
15Five photo of: Our three co-founders, Shane, David and Nazar
15Five photo of: Magic of Human Connection workshop at retreat 2020
15Five photo of: We keep our Core Values top of mind
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15Five Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview





    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at 15Five in March 2019.


    About a week after applying I had a scheduled call with an internal recruiter and a lead engineer (two separate but back to back calls). Everyone was nice and asked the typical questions HR questions and basic phone screen stuff. Mostly just talked shop with the lead engineer for half an hour.

    The following week I spoke with the CTO in a very similar fashion I had with the lead engineer.

    Interview Questions

    • Just talked about frontend web stuff. Mostly frontend infrastructure.   Answer Question
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15Five Awards & Accolades

  • #1 in Top 50 Software Companies, G2Crowd, 2017
  • San Francisco Bay Areas Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, The Best and Brightest, 2018
  • Inc. Best Places to Work 2019, Inc. Magazine, 2019
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