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Ask.com Overview

Website www.ask.com
Headquarters Oakland, CA
Size 201 to 500 Employees
Founded 1996
Type Company - Public
Industry Media
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 ... More

Ask.com – 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.

undefinedAsk.com (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 Ask.com 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., Ask.com 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 About.com 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 Ask.com 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.




“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 – 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










Ask.com Reviews

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Ask.com CEO Doug Leeds
Doug Leeds
45 Ratings
  • Overall good place to learn

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Ask.com (More than 3 years)


    Good Work, fully stocked kitchen, just outside bart station, intelligent engineers to work with. Engineering and managers are good to work with. Fairy balanced personal/work life.


    Need to work more on the product ideas.

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    SEM Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at Ask.com (San Francisco, CA) in April 2015.


    Phone interview with HR person. Took awhile to arrange, she was not very flexible on times. She asked a bunch of pointed questions that did not seem entirely relevant. I do not think we really connected on aspects that were not related to the opening.

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Ask.com Awards & Accolades

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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, Mediapost.com, 2012
  • Tech Innovator, 2.Oakland, 2012
  • Webby Award Winner, Webby, 2012
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