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Classy Overview

San Diego, CA
51 to 200 employees
2006
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Classy is a social enterprise that creates world-class online fundraising software for nonprofits, modernizing the giving experience to accelerate social impact around the world. Since 2011, fundraising on the Classy platform has doubled each year—resulting in ... Read more

Mission: To mobilize and empower the world for good.


Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2017 (#7)

Top CEOs: 2017 (#17)

Company Updates

  • Today is the beginning of Pride month. It would be tone deaf and foolish to think this year’s Pride is a time for blind celebration. With the turmoil in our country today, where our Black family is fearful for their lives at the hands of a system that sees them as anything but equal, we ask that all members of the Pride community and allies remember the actions it took to get us to where we are today. It’s always important to look into instances of injustice and ask how you can work towards making yourself, your close circle, and the community you live a more inclusive and just place for all people, regardless of their skin color. The Classy community will always stand with our LGBTQ+ and Black families in the face of cruelty and prejudice. Racism has no home in our hearts. (Photo Credit: https://www.micahbazant.com/marsha-p-johnson)

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Classy – Why Work With Us?


Here at Classy, our customers are the center of our universe—the reason we come to work each morning. Every employee, in their own way, is motivated to help create and sell a best in class SaaS platform that will enable our nonprofit partners to raise money and use those funds to solve the world’s greatest social problems. We stand in awe of the work each organization accomplishes and see ourselves as a vehicle to enable that work. We’re on a mission to mobilize and empower the world for good, and we’d love for you to be a part of it.

Classy’s co-founders started as fundraisers themselves, looking for a way to be involved in their San Diego community, raise money for local charities, and bring people together. From that standpoint Classy was born, and we will always resonate strongly with our roots. Through their own struggles with fundraising, the founding team discovered a need in the nonprofit space for an effective transition from offline to online fundraising, driving Classy to refocus as a tech company and launch the first version of the software in 2011.

Today, Classy is a staff of 190 people and serves more than 2,500 nonprofit organizations and social enterprises including Oxfam America, World Food Programme, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Through a combination of online fundraising and community engagement tools, our platform helps organizations create a better giving experience for their supporters, so they can spend their time tackling humanity’s largest challenges.


Our brilliant tech team is growing every month. We hire the best of the best when it comes to experience and team fit. The recruiting team partners closely with our CTO to find visionary candidates who will be committed to constantly improving the product while continuing to learn and grow as individuals. We work in an agile environment in three-week sprints, and the dev team gathers regularly for weekly bug reviews, sprint retrospectives, and monthly brown bag lunches. We highly value teamwork, collaboration, and innovation to build, design, and test the best product on the market.

Interested in learning more about the Classy platform and its capabilities? Check out our product-focused blogs @ https://www.classy.org/blog/category/classy-product/ and Developer Portal @ https://developers.classy.org/overview/welcome.


Technology Teams at Classy:

  1. Engagement Team: This team makes it possible for our nonprofit partners to empower and encourage their donor base when it comes to fundraising. They build all the tools needed to be successful, such as reporting and analytics, email capabilities, and donor relationship management.
  2. Payments Team: Our Payments team is small but mighty. They handle all of the security and financial transactions processed through the Classy platform.
  3. Fundraising Suite Team: The FRS team is our front-end shop here at Classy. They are responsible for creating the front-end app layer, and tools that make a killer custom user experience. They build in a MEAN app stack.
  4. API Team: These are our back-end folks. They are focused on building and maintaining the API, which is the foundation on which the entire Classy platform is built. Fun fact: the API was recently completely overhauled to be more useful to our customers to use in creative ways. This team uses PHP/Laravel microservices, and MySQL and MongoDB as databases.
  5. Integrations Team: These folks lead the charge on building custom integrations between the Classy platform and third party applications like Salesforce, MailChimp, and many other services. They help keep us agile, useful, and customer-focused.
  6. QA team: How would we build great software unless we had amazing test engineers? Our QA team is responsible for building test automation frameworks to ensure everything we roll out to customers works the way it’s supposed to.
  7. Progress Team: This team of data scientists and developers leads the effort to quantify and articulate social progress using data from our customers. The Progress platform is currently in beta testing and is separate from the Classy platform. We are striving to grow this project over time to help nonprofits and social enterprises measure and communicate their impact, and to provide a tool to the funders and investors of such organizations.
  8. DevOps - Our DevOps engineers work closely with the development and QA teams, playing the vital support role of making our dev systems more automated, productive, and easier to build on.
  9. Design Team: Every single aspect of the Classy product and brand has been influenced by the magical minds of the design team. This team of creatives is divided into two subteams: product designers, who dream up the look, feel, and functionality of the Classy user experience; and visual designers, who touch each piece of sales, marketing, recruiting, and customer success collateral. No small task.


Our tech stack:

  • MEAN app stack (MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, Node.js) + PHP/Laravel microservices
  • Open source platforms (Ubuntu, Nginx, MySQL, MongoDB) running on AWS
  • Design team uses Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, Balsamiq, Zepelin, InVision


Internships & New College Grads:

Classy is always on the prowl for new talent. We recruit each year from top computer science schools and look for candidates who have kicked butt academically and have top-notch web development internships under their belt.

Classy is a wonderful place to start your engineering career! With the expectation that every college grad will lead major projects in their first year of employment, you can rest assured you’ll have a big impact and see your work add real value to the Classy product. There are no “cogs in the wheel” here. If you want to grow from within and develop a product that’s helping change the world for good, Classy is the to start.


Note: We have more teams outside of technical and sales! Please visit www.classy.org/careers for a full list of current openings.


Are you competitive, enthusiastic, driven, and love the thrill of the hunt? If so our sales team might be the next career move for you. Our sales team takes “energetic” to a whole new level. They work hard but and never forget to stop to have fun and celebrate their success. The Classy sales culture is results driven, and with a variety of positions and levels, there is a ton of opportunity for growth.


Sales Teams at Classy:

Sales Development Team: Our Sales Development team is the tenacious front line, and the beginning of the sales process. They are unstoppable in bringing new business opportunities to Classy through online research, prospecting leads, and cold outreach.  

Account Executive Team: Our team of Account Executives is diverse in experience and big in heart. Above all, they are numbers-driven. They are responsible for full lifecycle sales, from prospecting to closing the deal, all via phone and email.

Sales Management Team: Our Sales Managers are our biggest cheerleaders, roadblock destroyers, and coaches in the sales organization, each responsible for leading a team of sales reps to reach beyond their quota. They run a tight ship, but know how to have a blast while doing it.

Sales Operations Team: Operations for a growing startup is no small task. This team helps train great salespeople, forecast trends, and calculate all commission and incentive pay like wizards. They also architect our entire customer experience and optimize our sales and marketing platforms and tools, ensuring everyone is data informed and can do their jobs more efficiently.

Training and Development:

At Classy we believe you should never stop learning, so thorough training is provided, both at the start of employment and throughout the year. Each sales rep receives a two-week intensive, classroom-style training by our Sales Training Team before they get to work on the phones. Our Trainors also work with existing reps to help the team hone their craft and learn new skills.

Additionally, we have Sales Enablement and Product Marketing teams dedicated to providing the data and tools to sell our product accurately and well. 


Note: We have more teams outside of technical and sales! Please visit www.classy.org/careers for a full list of current openings.

Our culture was born out of the idea that one should give back while having fun. Classy’s co-founders started the company as fundraisers, hosting events throughout San Diego to engage the local community in philanthropy. Ten years later, we still resonate with these roots.

To that end, Classy is a lifestyle. It is a company full of talented, enthusiastic people who enjoy coming to work. We are a group of individuals who come together each day to form a family.

Nestled in the East Village of downtown San Diego, Classy is a place where office dogs are welcome, shoes are not required, and the coffee never runs dry. Ideas are heard and valued; hard work and teamwork meet to disrupt the status quo.

We believe in getting the job done while keeping sane hours, and in always being true to ourselves.

Classy defines its culture by our core values. This set of values is much more than principles listed in an employee handbook, but ideals we expect each Classy team member to exhibit, both in and outside of work hours.

Stand for Something

Create Meaningful Value

Lead by Example

Always Be Learning

Dream Big, Execute Smart

Adapt & Overcome


Still want to know more about the Classy team? Check out The Classy Community Infographic for all kinds of fun stats.


Giving Back:

Classy has taken the 1% Pledge, in which we donate 1% of our equity, time, and product to nonprofit organizations. We also offer paid time off to employees specifically to volunteer. Whether it’s leading a Classy staff peer-to-peer campaign or taking a mission trip to the Philippines, our team is passionate about community and helping others.


Above: Classy ladies spinning for Movemeant Foundation.


Above: Jeff Strnad, Account Executive, on a mission trip in the Philippines with Watts of Love.


Perks:

The Classy lifestyle's got you covered. In addition to a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, we offer some cool perks, such as:

  • Half-Day Fridays once per month
  • Volunteering time off
  • Monthly parking pass in downtown San Diego, public transit pass, or ride share allowance
  • Employee stock options
  • Weekly yoga class & run club
  • Pet friendly office
  • Hosted coffee, tea, espresso, cold brew, and Kombucha
  • Monthly happy hours at the local watering hole
  • Seasonal team sports
  • Discounted membership at a local athletic club
  • Monthly catered lunch-n-learns
  • Quarterly team building events
  • Our own Toastmasters Chapter - StayToasty! 

Classy Headquarters is in the East Village of downtown San Diego. Our entire staff comes to work here each day. With a view of Petco Park, an athletic club in the building, and countless restaurants nearby, we're lucky to call this place home. To get a feel for the environment, check out our short video below!




Classy Reviews

  • Featured Review

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    "Most fun developing software for an awesome mission"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director Engineering in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director Engineering in San Diego, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you love engineering challenges and not simply being a cog in a corporate wheel, this is the place for you! Exposure to full stack development spanning React, Angular, PHP, node - to mention a few technologies. A great focus on building the next generation of fundraising software in the cloud taking advantage of new developments on the AWS ecosystem. You want to build microservices and explore what it truly means to migrate to serverless, sure - this is where you get to do research spikes, evangelize your tech design to your peers and put it into the product backlog. Fast paced and exciting to see your work directly impact a non-profit's mission. Welcoming and open workplace where every team member is always ready to help you out.

    Cons

    As with any tech enterprise that wants to do a wealth of change in their corner of the market, sometimes we move faster than we should. Processes are maturing and this will get better in the long run.

    Advice to Management

    Build sustainable practices and continue investing in your people.

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Classy Photos

Classy photo of: 2017 Classy Awards Staff Pic
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Classy Interviews

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  1. Featured Interview

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    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Classy (San Diego, CA) in July 2019.

    Interview

    I had a very positive interview experience at Classy. From the time I was contacted for an initial phone screening, to the time I received an offer, there was consistent communication from the recruiting manager. I went through a half-hour phone interview with the recruiting manager, a phone interview with the hiring manager, and then moved on to an in-person interview at their office downtown, which was about 2 hours in duration. The in-person interview was a great experience - everyone was really friendly, and while they asked a variety of great questions, they also left time for me to ask about the position and really understand what my role would be like.

    Just from my short time spent in their office with a few of the employees, I know I would have enjoyed working for Classy. Unfortunately after they offered me the position I received a financial incentive from my current employer to stay on and complete the project I'm leading, and I couldn't pass it up. Even with that, it was a very difficult decision not to accept Classy's offer, because I know I would've had a wonderful experience there. I highly recommend applying to, and interviewing with this company.

    Interview Questions

    • Why Classy?   1 Answer
    • Tell me of a problem you've encountered during a project, and what you did to solve the problem.   Answer Question
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Classy Awards & Accolades

  • 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards, Fast Company, 2018
  • Best Places to Work, Glassdoor, 2017
  • 2017 Top Company Cultures list by Entrepreneur and Culture IQ, Entrepreneur Magazine, 2017
  • Highest Rated CEOs, Glassdoor, 2017
  • Great Place to Work Certified, Great Place to Work, 2019
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Pledges & Certifications

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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