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Seesaw Overview

San Francisco, CA
1 to 50 employees
2015
Company - Private
K-12 Education
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Seesaw inspires engagement by giving students powerful creative tools to capture their learning. Students are even more motivated knowing they can show their learning to classmates, teachers, and even families right in the app.

Mission: We're creating an environment where students are inspired to do their best.

Company Updates

  • Observation is a powerful formative assessment tool. With #technology like Seesaw, all #students have the chance to share their thinking.

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    ILA's Blog

    Literacy Daily is a space to connect educators, students, and leaders with the latest news, ideas, tools, strategies, and research in literacy instruction.

  • "For school-based speech-language pathologists, it can be challenging to explain to parents exactly what goes on in the #classroom or speech room." Seesaw helps specialist #teachers "bridge the gap between home and school."

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Seesaw – Why Work For Us?


At Seesaw, our mission is to create an environment where students are inspired to do their best.

We’re just at the beginning of this journey, but already we’re seeing tremendous impact. Seesaw is used by millions of students in more than half of the schools in the US and in over 150 countries around the world.

From Our Community

Here are a few of the many, many ways teachers are using Seesaw in the classroom. Check out our Twitter feed for even more minute-by-minute love!


  • We're a small team, so you'll have a meaningful impact on our product and company.
  • We are well-funded and have an experienced team. You'll work with the creators & leads of Google Calendar, Picasa, Maps, Facebook Platform, and Twitter.
  • We want team members to be excited about not only their work, but the people they work with. We encourage Seesawers to explore the Financial District and get to know their coworkers over free lunch every day.
  • We prioritize work-life balance. We encourage everyone to work at a sustainable pace and have an unlimited vacation policy we take seriously.
  • We’re building a really inspiring product for a growing, passionate community of users. Whether you’re in engineering or sales, you’ll see your work have a genuine impact every day.

Learn more about us on our website!

We value humility, curiosity, and transparency as we work together to serve students, teachers, and family members.

The K-12 market represents an incredibly diverse user base. We’re actively working to build a diverse and inclusive team that can best advocate for the needs of this community.

  • On our technical team, more than 40% identify as women and more than 20% identify as members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
  • On our sales, marketing, and operations teams, more than 50% identify as women and nearly 10% identify as members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

Seesawers lead bimonthly diversity and inclusion workshops around a variety of topics, from Pride Month to imposter syndrome. We also encourage people to reflect on Seesaw's culture and ways to improve it through weekly Officevibe surveys.

We want employees and their families to be healthy, happy, and well-balanced.

  • Full medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • 401(k) matching
  • An unlimited vacation policy that we really use
  • Paid parental leave
  • A wellness stipend for classes and gym memberships

We believe we work better together when we get to know one another.

  • Free lunch with colleagues every day
  • Weekly 1:1 coffees to connect colleagues across teams
  • Weekly happy hour for employees, friends, and family
  • Team trips and offsites to get to know colleagues outside the office

We want employees to be engaged in our community.

  • Seesaw in Action program allowing employees to visit schools that use Seesaw
  • Quarterly volunteering events
  • Charitable gift matching

Our free and paid products are already used by millions and growing quickly! Every team here is continually thinking through how to scale and better serve students, teachers, and parents.

Our Engineering Team

On the engineering side, we have a small team of 16 engineers and three platforms (web, iOS, Android). Every engineer owns a large part of our product surface area and develops new features from concept to launch. As we continue scaling, the engineering team is tackling challenges like developer efficiency, internationalization, and security.

Our Marketing Team

Our marketing team is focused on better communicating Seesaw’s value to a growing community of teachers. We’re already in 1 in 2 US schools, but have a lot of room to grow as we introduce Seesaw to new audiences. We’re also launching new features, like the recently released Activity Library, and reimagining how Seesaw can be used in classrooms.

Join Us!

These are just a couple snapshots of what we’re working on now. Check out our careers page to see how else you can be a part of this growth!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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    I have been working at Seesaw full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - CEOs and managers are very experienced. They build us up for success and are always asking for feedback to make themselves better leaders. They are level-headed and transparent in their decision-making and where we are at as a company.

    - Benefits are amazing: Seesaw is constantly updating their benefits (add one new benefit voted on the company per year) so it is always getting better to fit the team's needs

    - WORK LIFE BALANCE. I could not say this enough. You come in, get your work done, and leave at a reasonable hour. Everyone has lives outside of work and many people have families, and it is truly respected.

    - Very rewarding place to work with high impact roles. Everyone at Seesaw has an integral role impacting classrooms worldwide. At our company size, everyone has a huge level of impact and has the ability to shape the product's future.

    Cons

    it's pretty quiet in the office, though some people consider this a "pro" because they can focus better.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work—stay transparent, and keep putting your employees and the mission of seesaw first.

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Seesaw Photos

Seesaw photo of: Team photo
Seesaw photo of: Welcome to the office! We're located in the heart of SF's Financial District.
Seesaw photo of: All our conference rooms are named after playground activities, like Double Dutch.
Seesaw photo of: During the week, you can see the whole team eating lunch together in Playground.
Seesaw photo of: We have an open office layout and plenty of room to grow.
Seesaw photo of: We promise we don't always look like this!
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Seesaw Interviews

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    Software Engineer (Full Stack) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Seesaw (San Francisco, CA) in October 2017.

    Interview

    Overall: Very Positive

    The process took a little over a week. I had a friend that worked there who referred me to the role. They knew I had a pending offer so they were eager to get me into the office to meet the team.

    I first completed an online coding challenge in Angular. It took me around 4-5 hours. They let me know within 1 or 2 days once I completed the challenge, and we set up an onsite later that week.

    The onsite consisted of:
    15-minute pow-wow with the head recruiter (and a goodie bag)
    1-hour lunch with a co-founder and 2 engineers from the Android team
    4: 45min technical/behavioral interviews with 3 engineers and a product manager
    45 min technical interview with another co-founder

    I really enjoyed meeting the team, and they have a very cool office. I would say overall my time was split between technical problems, experience working with previous teams/projects, and them answering questions about the product and team.

    Afterword they provided feedback, which I appreciate. Basically, the main point was that they were looking for someone with more back-end experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Design a data structure that is capable of meeting the run time of certain operations. (Add-Front, Find, Delete, and Add-Middle.   1 Answer
    • Asked about how I would design a translation button. Ie. Designing the API, how I would place/mount the new component, how I would leverage the google API, how I would set default highlighted fields in the language drop-down menu....   Answer Question
    • How to design the Instagram news feed. Specifically how to update the feed in real time, how to implement pagination, how to design the API/Rest calls delivering the content to the web page.   Answer Question
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