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Asana Overview

San Francisco, CA
501 to 1000 employees
2009
Company - Private
Enterprise Software & Network Solutions
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Asana helps teams orchestrate their work, from small projects to strategic initiatives. More than 75,000 organizations and millions of users rely on Asana, including AirAsia, AllBirds, Grab, KLM Air France, Kohl’s, Sephora, Traveloka, and Viessmann. Asana has been ... Read more

Mission: Asana's mission is to help humanity thrive by enabling the world’s teams to work together effortlessly.


Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2018 (#38), 2017 (#8)

Company Updates

  • Our Global Head of Talent, Kayla Vatalaro, sat down with The Muse about hiring and engaging mission-driven employees on a global scale. "Being able to build this team and help people thrive at a company that supports learning and growing through one another—it’s a special job, indeed." Read the full interview!

  • The recent shift to remote work, compounded by living through a global pandemic, makes building inclusive communities more important than ever. But the initiatives that worked before don't always translate one-to-one to a remote setting. Our Head of Diversity & Inclusion shares insight into our "team of everyone" approach to inclusion, and how we've adapted it to the changing work environment, in our latest blog post.

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Asana – Why Work With Us?


At Asana, we are passionate about building technology that is a force for positive change in the world. Our mission drives us every day, and as our customers help humanity thrive with Asana, we are inspired to make our product and culture even better. 

 

Asana is a work management platform that helps teams orchestrate their work, from daily tasks to strategic initiatives. Our Anatomy of Work Index report shows that workers spend 60% of their time on work about work (constant status updates, notification overload), which leads to missed deadlines and burnout. Asana aims to solve these problems that plague teams around the world, and empower people to do their best work. With Asana, teams have a living system where everyone can see, discuss, and manage team priorities. This gives teams confidence and clarity, which enables them to move fast and accomplish more with less. As a company, we’re our own best customers of the product we’ve built. By using our own product internally, we reap the benefits of drastically diminishing the work about work.

 

As a company focused on empowering teams to do their best work, we believe fundamentally that the investments we make in our culture are precisely what fuel our business success. For us, it’s mission-critical that our culture enables our employees to do their most impactful work as effortlessly as possible. This supports the business, enables us to achieve our mission, and ultimately enhances employee satisfaction and growth. We treat our culture like a product, and ensure that it always fosters trust, clarity, and diversity and inclusion.

Being in a phase of fast growth where change is a constant, every day brings new problems to solve and new opportunities for you to make an impact. Your manager, colleagues, and leaders will trust you to move work forward, own making decisions, and drive impact. We believe that everyone has a unique path, and career growth isn’t linear, so our programs are designed to support multiple directions and areas of growth. A supportive environment that challenges you to do great things, fast, and practice mindfulness as we grow and scale, will set you up for success. 

Here are some of the ways we ensure that every Asana is constantly learning and growing: 

  • Success guides: We aim to provide every Asana with clarity on what success looks like in their role and at their level. Success guides are tailored to each team and help us maintain a growth mindset so that you can continue to improve yourself, each other, and the value we bring to our customers.
  • Areas of Responsibility: Every employee at Asana is empowered to take on big responsibilities that impact our success as a company. Areas of Responsibility (AoRs) distribute responsibility among the greater team, and allow individuals to take on projects and initiatives that may be outside of what is typical for their role.
  • Mentorship embedded in our culture: From day one, you will have a mentor by your side to guide you through the onboarding process. Our Engineering team pairs every team member with a mentor throughout their Asana journey to help them navigate their growth and development.
  • Free executive and life coaching: Every employee can choose from experienced, professional coaches and get 6 free sessions per year, or 9 sessions for people managers.
  • Manager training programs: Investing in managers critical to supporting every employee's growth and development. Managers have access to Outstanding Manager Bootcamp courses year-round, as well as guides and resources, to ensure that they are building their leadership skills and setting their team up for success. 
  • Conscious Leadership Group training: Conscious Leadership provides us with a shared language and philosophy around how we as individuals show up to work everyday. Every Asana is invited to participate in CLG training

The work you do at Asana will be challenging, and the pace will be fast. Our benefits programs center on wellness and empathy, and are designed to ensure that you are energized, focused, and thriving. At Asana, we provide you with: 

  • Comprehensive health benefits: We pay for 100% of employee premiums and 60% of dependent premiums on health, dental, and vision insurance, plus offer 16 weeks paid parental leave.
  • Flexible time off: Take PTO when you need it, and recharge with our sabbatical program.
    In-house culinary program: Fuel up on healthy, organic snacks and three meals a day, made by our Culinary team.
  • Free executive and life coaching: Every employee can choose from experienced, professional coaches and get 6 free sessions per year, or 9 sessions for people managers.

Engineering: We aim to build, operate, and scale the most useful software for the world’s teams. We’re fascinated by productivity and thrive on solving problems together that help people achieve their most ambitious goals. We believe in using the best tools for the job, and being mindful about how we solve problems so that we’re always thinking about the future, while still doing great things, fast. Engineering is generally structured across Product Engineering, Infrastructure & Security, Developer Success and Data Science.

Business: Drive impact on the business by helping millions of teams orchestrate their work. We are committed to growing Asana to serve the world’s teams and ensuring that our customers see the most value out of Asana. We build and support our go-to-market strategy and tell Asana’s story to the world. Our Business organization includes: Sales, Customer Success, Customer Retention, User Operations & Support, Marketing, Business Development, Business Technology & Operations, and Web Development . 

Product & Design: Design, build, and ship product with a customer-first approach. We’re passionate about building a product that eliminates “work about work” to help teams work with more confidence and efficiency. We work across the organization to create a seamless, unified customer experience that supports Asana’s mission. Our teams include: Product Management, User Experience Research, Product Design and Brand Design. 

General & Administrative: Be empowered to find unique solutions to help scale a rapidly growing global business. We are “people” people, committed to supporting every employee at Asana and ensuring that as we scale, we stay true to our culture. We create programs and infrastructure that are people-first, optimizing for efficiency and collaboration. Our teams include: People Operations, Legal, Recruiting, Finance, Diversity & Inclusion, Information Technology, Administrative Business Partners, Culinary, and Employee Office Experience. 

Early Career: Jumpstart your career with challenging, impactful work in a supportive environment. We’ve designed our internship and early career programs to ensure that you do real work and understand how your work affects our customers. You will be paired with a mentor who is committed to your learning and growth, and given tough challenges to solve that impact our product roadmap. We currently offer these programs in Software Engineering and Data Science.

Diversity and Inclusion 

As a company, we strive to be the change we want to see in the workplace. And the workplace we want to see in this world is radically inclusive. Asana strives to create an empowering and welcoming workplace culture. A critical element of that is working constantly to create a more diverse and inclusive team in support of our mission.

The ultimate goal of our work is to create a successful business with a thriving and inclusive culture where all Asanas can bring their full selves to the office. We want staff to feel engaged, happy, and healthy—and that they belong here.

To help ensure Asanas are aware of and support our mission, we provide D&I onboarding as well as regular company-wide learning sessions on a variety of topics, like allyship, race, religion, and unconscious bias.

More than half of Asanas belong to one or more of the following resource groups, which focus on building a trusted, safe community, add value through volunteer work, and serve as a resource for professional development.

  • Gradient: Gradient cultivates community for people of color and allies at Asana through conversations, community engagement, and creating space for everyone’s experiences.
  • AsanaWomen: AsanaWomen showcases the work and passions of women in the tech industry by providing a platform to celebrate their talents and spotlight role models.
  • Team Rainbow: Team Rainbow provides a space for queer people and allies to support and learn from each other in a safe and loving environment.

 

Asana Reviews

  • Featured Review

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    "Impact, responsibility, and really exciting work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head of Security in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Head of Security in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The Area of Responsibility system is excellently designed and
    - The Security team is highly respected and influential and often consulted
    - Plenty of budget for what Security needs while not being silly about spending
    - Extremely mindful culture focused on doing things right

    Cons

    - Slightly more formal than other places in terms of workplace interactions
    - Lots of focus on writing well and adding nuance (which is often a good thing)
    - Typical growing pains of a rapidly scaling company

    Advice to Management

    Brag more about how cool of a company you've built! More people need to know about Asana.

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Asana Interviews

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  1. Featured Interview

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    Software Engineer Interview

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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Asana in October 2019.

    Interview

    The process started with their coding challenge (hungry rabbit) which focuses primarily on code cleanliness and good practices. Quickly afterwards I was invited to phone interview with an engineer. The interview was 1 hour, over Google Docs. The focus was on one algorithm question, and then one OOP design question. I've noticed that they have a bank of questions, which is good for more accurately assessing different candidates. Unfortunately, I had a pretty difficult (or at least, novel) OOP question which I got stuck on. My interviewer was nice, but not overly helpful with providing hints or guidance. Overall, the process was fast, personal, and actual specific feedback is provided with the rejection. I'll be applying again in the future.

    Interview Questions

    • Find the closest k points to a given point   1 Answer
    • Design a jigsaw puzzle algorithm, given a Piece class, a Side class containing sideTypes, and a helper function which returns whether or not two pieces are a match   Answer Question
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Asana Awards & Accolades

  • Best Place to Work in the Bay Area, Fortune and Great Place to Work, 2020
  • Best Workplace in Technology, Fortune and Great Place to Work, 2020
  • Ireland's Best Workplaces 2020 - Best Small, Great Place to Work, 2020
  • Built In NYC Best Places to Work, Built in New York, 2020
  • Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces, Fortune and Great Place to Work, 2019
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Pledges & Certifications

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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