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betterworks Overview

Redwood City, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Betterworks develops HR software to inspire and motivate modern workforces. Using the power of conversation, we help align work to goals, develop employees, and accelerate growth. Betterworks’ easy-to-use, integrated solutions the way people work, driving more 1-on ... Read more

Mission: Provide the expertise and technology that companies need to inspire, develop, and activate their workforce to meet today's goals and be ready for tomorrow’s challenges.

Company Updates

  • Our next BetterWorker spotlight is on one of our awesome Customer Success Managers, Matt Liguori! Check it out:

    BetterWorker Spotlight: Matt Liguori | BetterWorks

    There's an intriguing gravity that's apparent when you work with Matt. In a business context, it's the sense of accuracy and intrepidity you get while collaborating. In a human context, it's magic-magic because "intrepid" anything rarely has strong underpinnings of "accuracy." It's typically one or the other, isn't it?

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betterworks – Why Work For Us?

undefinedFounded in 2013, BetterWorks is focused on helping high-performing companies run their business. We provide enterprise software to easily manage strategic plans, collaborative goals and ongoing performance conversations. Our Business Operating System is built on Goal Science insights and operational research to help businesses execute more effectively.

BetterWorks is headquartered in Redwood City, CA, with an office in NewYork City. Backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Emergence Capital and 8VC, our experienced team comes from innovative companies likeAmazon, Box, Google, LinkedIn, Palantir, Salesforce and Yammer.

If your goal is to make a difference and love coming
to work every day, this is the place for you

BetterWorks has a team of highly motivated and intelligent individuals with a unique range of startup and enterprise backgrounds, but we all have one major thing in common: we love to geek out on goal setting. 


The Perks

Love your team
We’re proud of our fun, active, vibrant company culture — and think you’ll love it too. Look forward to quarterly outings, frequent team building events and group fitness challenges.
Don’t worry about the basics
No need to stress, we’ve got you covered with daily catered meals, a paid parking or Caltrain pass and endless snacks and drinks…plus the occasional happy hour.
Never stop learning
With a core value of getting 1% better every day, we back it up with plenty of mentorship opportunities and regular guest speakers from the best in the business.
Work on big stuff
Our goal is to build an amazing enterprise software that helps our customers achieve their goals, and you’ll have a stake in that with competitive salary and stock options.


At BetterWorks, we love to talk about company culture. Why? Well, when you work at a place where “sparkle” is a cultural value, Giants games and guacamole can welcome you on your first week, and … well, a lot of other things, it’s difficult not to.

BetterWorks recently won the 2015 Best Places to Work award (top 5 in the small companies category) by the San Francisco Business Times. We also received a 2015 Top Company Culture award from for having an exceptional culture that “drives employee engagement, exceeds employee expectations and directly impacts company success.”

Fostering a happy work environment is a goal we strive towards every day. When asked to describe what they love about the culture at BetterWorks, here's what some of the team had to say: 

  • “I think collaboration and creativity functions at its best when you’re friends with the people you’re working with. Some of my best friends are BetterWorkers.”– Randall Hom, product
  • “The PEOPLE, they are some of the brightest, most passionate people I’ve ever met, who push you to be your best.” – Paul Agustin, customer success 
  • “I love that BetterWorkers strive to get 1% better and bring their unique sparkle every day.” – Menaka Shroff, marketing
  • “I love being surrounded by A players every day. It ups my game!” – Beatrice Kim, customer success
  • “Everyone is really focused on making the company successful. Everyone cares. We’ve worked hard to build and define a strong culture, and we take preserving that culture really seriously.”– Kris Duggan, CEO

betterworks Reviews

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betterworks CEO and Executive Chairman Doug Dennerline
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
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    I have been working at betterworks full-time (More than a year)


    I think there are three things that make work rewarding:

    A) Opportunities to grow, and achieve mastery in your field.
    B) Achieving impact at your company, in your field, and in the world.
    C) Great relationships and community at work to also be able to support others in their growth and impact.

    In my experience, if you can get even one of those factors at work, you've got a pretty good thing going. The reason I titled this review "something special" is because in over two years at Betterworks, each of those things were always there. I've always felt like I was growing; impacting; and part of a community at work. On the topic of community, I can't tell you how special the people are here. It's not just camaraderie, or people being collaborative, fun, etc. Those things are nice, but not energizing on their own. I think at Betterworks, those things are combined with stretching-for-amazing, and growing together. There's just a very special energy. That's always been a key part of the Betterworks experience; lightning struck when this company was created.

    We're a B2B SaaS company in the human resources space. If you follow some of the thought leadership out there on this space, you know that corporations have been struggling with performance, employee development and retention for decades. No firm has cracked the code for those things, which is a very exciting market opportunity. HR software is an 8% CAGR, $16B dollar market. HR software is classified as critical business software, so there's steady demand. What's exciting to me is that if the market shells out $16B dollars a year for essentially commodity transactional HR software, what will the market shell out for HR software that really cracks the code on making work more rewarding for people? Massive opportunity.

    We're backed by KPCB and specifically John Doerr (John is very active and on our board), and we have an advisory board that's second to none and includes Josh Bersin. Our CEO, Doug Dennerline was previously the president of SuccessFactors, the performance management software market leader. Additionally, there are other key SuccessFactors folks who have come over to Betterworks.

    Hopefully this gives you a better idea of our culture, our business, and how we're poised in the market. I think Betterworks is a good match for people who value growth and being an integral part of a team—with a lot of emphasis on "team."


    Every company has its ups and downs, and growing pains. Our company is no exception, but I don't think there are any critical flaws about working here that warrant a categorical "con about Betterworks".

    Advice to Management

    1) Whatever you do, don't ever let the Betterworks culture fade. Water that garden every day (literally ever day).
    2) Continue to hire folks into Betterworks that deeply value teamwork, and helping others shine.
    3) Spend as much as you possibly can to invest in the above two points (especially #1), and then figure out how to invest even more.

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betterworks Photos

betterworks photo of: Sales and CS Collaboration Time in NYC Office
betterworks photo of: New Employee Lunch with our Engineers
betterworks photo of: California and NY betterworkers at our Q3 Sales & CS Dinner
betterworks photo of: Celebrating our Brand Relaunch in July!
betterworks photo of: Celebrating 3 Years!
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betterworks Interviews



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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redwood City, CA
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    Average Interview


    I applied through a staffing agency. I interviewed at betterworks (Redwood City, CA) in May 2017.


    Recruiter reached out to me with possibility of scheduling the interview. First round was with hiring manager who did some marketing of product and all. Second was telephonic interview. Engineer was pretty rude. He asked common ancestor question. I did coded it using hashmap and depth approach. Both the solutions was working and was giving correct output. LOL still he send me reject. Interviewer keep asked me about how could you code it correctly with out any hint or error. Poor fellow.

    Interview Questions

    • Find Least common ancestor for given tree. Each node has int value and link to parent.   1 Answer
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betterworks Awards & Accolades

  • Top Company Cultures(#9), Entrepreneur Magazine, 2015
  • Top 19 Companies Ready to Blast Off, Venture Beat, 2015
  • Best Places to Work, San Francisco Business Times, 2015
  • Top HR Product of the Year, Human Resource Executive Magazine, 2015
  • Innovation in Development of Leadership Programs, LEAD, 2017
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Pledges & Certifications

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

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