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WillowTree Overview

Charlottesville, VA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Information Technology
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
About WillowTree

Founded in 2008, WillowTree is a mobile design and development agency whose mission is to bring together a team of smart, motivated people who take pride in their work and strive to be the best in mobile. We foster a collaborative ... Read more

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2017 (#16), 2016 (#5)

Highest Rated CEOs: 2015 (#2)

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WillowTree – Why Work For Us?


WillowTree, founded in 2008, is a mobile design and development agency whose mission is to create high-quality solutions for our clients. The only way we know how do this is by bringing together a team of smart, motivated people who take pride in their work. We foster a collaborative environment that focuses on continuous learning and unlimited opportunities to make a true impact; and of course, we also ship lots of code!

WillowTree works with top brands and companies, who give us interesting and, many times,  difficult challenges that have a real impact on them and their customers. They rely on our expertise in UX strategy, design and our knowledge of constantly changing mobile technology to solve their problems.  We do this for companies like Zappos, PepsiCo, HBO and Mattel. All this makes WillowTree a unique place where we always seem to be pushing the envelope in mobile; you never know what we will be working on next and it definitely is never dull.

A Place for Makers

We’re an intensely curious, vibrant team with a diverse range of skills in technology, design, and more. We’re always looking for dynamic, creative people—like you—to keep us moving forward.

We hire the best in the industry.

Some of our benefits are:

  • New MacBook Pro
  • Health, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • 401k with matching
  • Generous parental leave
  • Stock Options
  • One fully paid professional conference a year
  • Discounted Gym Membership
  • Paid parking
  • Lots of snacks and lunches - nom nom!

Life in Charlottesville


Just west of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, WillowTree is located on the downtown mall in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia.  This small city offers the perfect balance between rich history, rural Southern beauty, and urban amenities like vibrant music and food scenes.

Though the Charlottesville area attracts millions of visitors each year, see why we chose to live here…

  • Ranked #1 Happiest City in America!
  • Ranked #4 on the Livability.com top‐ten list of most romantic cities.
  • Ranked “#1 City to Live in the Country” by Yahoo Real Estate/Sperling’s Best Places
  • Named one of National Geographic’s 10 “World Wonders
  • Travelnerd.com named Charlottesville one of the “Top 10 Cities for History Buffs

Vineyards & Breweries

There are over 70 award-winning wineries, handcrafted ale and lager breweries, and hard cider orchards in the Charlottesville region. Wine and brewery tours are popular for visiting various locations.


Music & Arts

Concert venues including JPJ Arena, the historicParamount Theatre and The Jefferson are popular destinations to experience live music and performances. Charlottesville was also featured in Artizen Magazine. Every Friday, Spring to Fall, Fridays after 5 gives people a reason to come together downtown at the NTelos Pavilion for Free music at a great outdoor venue.

Outdoor Recreation

Take a drive on Skyline Drive or hike on the Appalachian Trail – both are accessible in nearby Shenandoah National Park. Avid fisherman? The Rivanna Reservoir is a 450-acre fishing setting, home to bass, bluegill and catfish. The Blue Ridge Mountains provide endless opportunities for skiing, hiking and biking.

Tech Events in Charlottesville

Charlottesville is home to a vast array of technology events and involved enthusiasts. WillowTree is a huge supporter of events such as the Tom Tom Festival and technology groups including Neon Guild, CVJS, PyCHO, beSwarm, & HackCville.

If you want to actually enjoy your day at work and do more than tolerate your co-workers, then WillowTree might be the place for you.  People here collaborate, help each other out and generally like each other. 

WillowTree is a very flat organization with no middle-management. This means that everyone here needs to be self-motivated and accountable. We are really busy working hard for our awesome clients, but we also like to have fun together. 

Weekly team lunches, company L&L lunches, Friday happy hours and company parties are an important part of getting to know each other outside of work. Some people even go on vacation together! ( :O).  

We hire the best talent in the industry and give them what they need to keep growing and learning. We have all of the fun perks of other development shops, but it is the people and the teamwork that make WillowTree such an amazing place to be.


Do you want to do more than fix bugs and get coffee? Interns at WillowTree get an amazing amount of responsibility and become intergrated members of their team. They work on real client projects and get plenty of mentorship from some of the best deigners and developers in the business. 

Our interns this past summer had a weekly team lunch where they had weekly speakers from different parts of the company come share their knowledge. They also had weekly team lunches with their team as well as presented their work at our weekly L&L. We had events with other local tech firms to expose them to what else is going on in c'ville and had fun events with other interns like Networking 101, rafting down the James River and a CEO roundtable.  They even had a day trip to Busch Gardens.

This quote from a Summer 2015 Android Developer intern pretty much sums it up:

"WillowTree is an amazing place to work. As an intern, I was given the same responsibilities as a full-time developer and had the opportunity to work on actual projects that were published to the Play Store. It was nice to know that the work I did at WillowTree had an impact in the real world. The other main factor that made WillowTree great was the people. Everyone in the office was always very friendly and the overall company culture made work relaxing. They really focus on bettering their employees and place a strong emphasis on learning. Weekly intern lunches, team lunches, and the company-wide Lunch and Learn and All Hands on Deck meetings made sure that I always knew what was happening within the company as well as the latest Android news. I would highly recommend WillowTree to anyone looking for an internship."

WillowTree values our interns and we only hire students that we think have the potential to be hired full-time after they finish school. If you are looking for an internship with limitless possibilities to learn and grow please get in touch or come say Hi when we visit your school or hackathon!

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    WillowTree is such a great place to work. I feel the company strikes the perfect balance of pushing you to always improve, having an environment of safety to try new things and emphasizing great work life balance. This is on top of having fun afterwork events all year round and of course beer on tap at the office! I feel that I am learning so much while also doing meaningful and enjoyable work. I couldn't ask for more.


    None, this is such a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the balance I mentioned above and the core values and I will be working here for a long time.

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WillowTree Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at WillowTree.


    Video interview(recorded), followed by some phone interviews, followed by a coding challenge. Overall the company was very helpful, and the interview wasn't too awkward. (Even the awkward video recording interview thingy)

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WillowTree Awards & Accolades

  • Glassdoor's Best Places to Work 2016, Glassdoor, 2016
  • Fortune 100 Best Places to Work, Fortune, 2016
  • Fortune 100 Best Places to Work for New College Grads, Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work, 2016
  • Fortune 100 Best Places to Work for Millennials, Fortune Magazine, 2016
  • Fantastic 50(4), Virginia Chamber of Commerce, 2015
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