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Since 1849, the Bay Area has drawn a lot of people in for its wealth, innovation, great weather, and beauty. It’s been a true melting pot of culture, food, music, and art.

For the past three decades, the Bay Area has been the hub for technology-driven economic growth in the US. Silicon Valley is home to some of the most prominent companies in the world including Apple, Google, Facebook, and Intel. At the same time, San Francisco is widely considered the most important region in the world for new technology startups and venture capital.

Being the hub for companies of all types and sizes, you will find more technology jobs in the Bay Area than anywhere else in the country. Given the local high demand for technologists, this also translates into the highest average tech salaries by location

Since the start of the pandemic, remote work opportunities have enabled the local workforce to rethink their current living situations. People have been leaving the Bay Area in droves, primarily staying in California but seeking out areas with lower costs of living.

If you prefer city living or won’t be working remotely, you’re also in luck — rent prices have dropped nearly 20% in the past year. At the same time, despite economic woes brought on by the pandemic, Bay Area tech companies are thriving, reporting record growth during one of the worst recessions in US history. 

If you’re hoping to gain employment in the Bay Area (for new and existing residents), we’ve compiled a list of highly-rated companies — companies whose employees rate as a great place to work — actively hiring.

To help make it as easy as possible for you to spot the best Bay Area tech companies, this guide breaks down each by the following criteria:

  • Employee Count: Companies listed here are under 1,000 employees (except the ones hiring for remote potions)

  • Employee Rating: Glassdoor reviews filtered to just show Austin employees to account for companies with employee experiences that vary widely city-by-city 

  • Employee Perks & Benefits 

  • Approximate Number of Austin Job Openings: count of openings and some examples of roles

  • Direct Links to Career Sites: making it easier for you to navigate through and apply directly for jobs on their website!

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Discord

Industry: Computer Software

About Them: “Your place to talk. Discord is a voice, video and text communication service to talk and hang out with your friends and communities. Discord was originally created for people who loved to play games, but these passionate people realized it could be enjoyed for more purposes.”

Glassdoor rating: 4.9 star rating

Number of Bay Area jobs: <55

Perks & Benefits: Health, dental, vision, life/disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, 401(k), vacation time & paid time off, maternity & paternity leave, & more. 

Open Bay Area Roles

Typical Open Tech Roles: 

  •  Senior Data Analyst (Glassdoor Est: $86k - $156k) 

  •  Senior Software Engineer - Communities (Glassdoor Est: $121k - $230k)

Poshmark

Industry: Internet

About Them: “Poshmark is a leading social marketplace for new and secondhand style for women, men, kids, pets, home, and more. By combining the human connection of physical shopping with the scale, ease, and selection benefits of ecommerce, Poshmark makes buying and selling simple, social, and sustainable.”

Glassdoor rating: 4.9 star rating

Number of Bay Area jobs: <40

Perks & Benefits: Health, dental, vision, life/disability insurance, HSA/FSA, 401(k), maternity & paternity leave, vacation & paid time off, & more. 

Open Bay Area Roles

Typical Open Tech Roles: 

  • Software Engineer, Web Applications (Glassdoor Est: $59k - $125k) 

  • Senior Growth Product Manager (Glassdoor Est: $84k - $153k)

Roblox

Industry: Computer Software

About Them:In 2004, Roblox was founded with a mission to power the imaginations of millions of people around the world. Today, Roblox is the leading global platform for shared digital experiences - and the only of its kind to empower a global community of over 100M monthly users to play, imagine and create together.”

Glassdoor rating: 4.3 star rating

Number of Bay Area jobs: <160

Perks & Benefits: 401(k) employer match, unlimited PTO, health, dental, vision & life insurance — free for employees and subsidized for the family. Maternity/paternity leave and more. 

Open Bay Area Roles

Typical Open Tech Roles: 

  • Data Scientist - Discovery (Glassdoor Est: $118k - $185k) 

  • Software Engineer, Game Engine Audio (Glassdoor Est: $87k - $167k)

Fastly

Industry: Internet

About Them:Fastly helps the world’s most popular digital businesses keep pace with their customer expectations by delivering fast, secure, and scalable online experiences. Businesses trust the Fastly edge cloud platform to accelerate the pace of technical innovation, mitigate evolving threats, and scale on demand.”

Glassdoor rating: 4.5 star rating

Number of Bay Area jobs: <20

Perks & Benefits: Medical, dental, and vision, FSA, 401(k), life & disability insurance, vacation & paid time off, parental leave, & more. 

Open Bay Area Roles

Typical Open Tech Roles: 

  • Senior Systems Engineer - PKI (Glassdoor Est: $86k - $169k) 

  • Staff Software Engineer - Edge Systems (Glassdoor Est: $125k - $236k)

Amplitude

Industry: Computer Software

About Them: “Amplitude is the leading product intelligence platform that helps companies use their customer data to build great product experiences for digital growth. Headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New York, London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Singapore, Amplitude is the cross-platform, real-time data solution of choice for modern product and growth teams.”

Glassdoor rating: 4.7 star rating

Number of Bay Area jobs: <45

Perks & Benefits: Medical, dental, and vision, life & disability insurance, vacation & paid time off, performance bonus, & more. 

Open Bay Area Roles

Typical Open Tech Roles: 

  • Enterprise Account Executive (Glassdoor Est: $47k - $108k) 

  • Senior Product Engineer (Glassdoor Est: $110k - $177k)

Glassdoor

Industry: Internet

About Them: “Glassdoor is one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites offering valuable insights from the people who know best - the employees and candidates who have been there. Our mission is simple: to help people everywhere find jobs and companies they love, and in doing so, we help companies recruit and hire truly informed candidates, at scale.”

Glassdoor rating: 4.1 star rating

Number of Bay Area jobs: <25

Perks & Benefits: Cover 100% of premiums for medical, dental and vision coverage for U.S employees, HSA, EAP, 401 (k) plan, basic life insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage & more.

Open Bay Area Roles

Typical Open Tech Roles: 

  • Senior Financial Analyst (Glassdoor Est: $90k - $134k) 

  • Senior Android Engineer (Glassdoor Est: $123k - $203k)

Quantcast

Industry: Internet

About Them: “Quantcast is an audience intelligence and measurement company headquartered in San Francisco. Combining machine learning, a privacy-by-design approach, and live data drawn from more than 100 million online destinations, Quantcast provides software, information and advertising services for marketers, publishers and advertising agencies worldwide.”

Glassdoor rating: 4.0 star rating

Number of Bay Area jobs: <40

Perks & Benefits: Medical, dental, and vision, FSA/HSA plans, vacation & paid time off, maternity & paternity leave, 401(k) plan, life insurance, disability insurance, employee stock purchase plan, & more. 

Open Bay Area Roles

Typical Open Tech Roles: 

  • Senior Software Engineer (Glassdoor Est: $93k - $160k) 

  • Lead Data Analyst (Glassdoor Est: $94k - $168k)

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C3.ai

Industry: Computer Software

About Them: “C3 AI (NYSE:AI) is a leading enterprise AI software provider for accelerating digital transformation. C3 AI delivers the C3 AI® Suite for developing, deploying, and operating large-scale AI, predictive analytics, and IoT applications, in addition to an increasingly broad portfolio of turnkey AI applications.”

Glassdoor rating: 4.7 star rating

Number of Bay Area jobs: <40

Perks & Benefits: 401(k) plan, stock options, health, dental, and vision, life and disability insurance, paid time off (PTO) / paid holidays, EAP & more.

Open Bay Area Roles

Typical Open Tech Roles: 

  • Software Engineer, Full-Stack (Glassdoor Est: $103k - $171k) 

  • Data Scientist (Glassdoor Est: $111k - $175k)

Spin

Industry: Computer Hardware & Software / Internet

About Them: “Spin provides dockless electric scooters in more than 60 markets in the US, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Charlotte, and Miami. Our regulatory team led the creation of the nation's first stationless mobility permit system with the Seattle Department of Transportation.”

Glassdoor rating: 4.4 star rating

Number of Bay Area jobs: <65

Perks & Benefits: Medical, dental, and vision, vacation & paid time off, maternity & paternity leave, EAP, performance bonus, & more. 

Open Bay Area Roles

Typical Open Tech Roles: 

  • Senior Software Engineer, IoT (Glassdoor Est: $74k - $150k) 

  • Lead Data Engineer (Glassdoor Est: $90k - $164k)

Segment

Industry: Internet

About Them: “Segment is a customer data platform (CDP) that helps companies harness first-party customer data. Our platform democratizes access to reliable data for all teams and offers a complete toolkit to standardize data collection, unify user records, and route customer data into any system where it’s needed.”

Glassdoor rating: 4.3 star rating

Number of Bay Area jobs: <25

Perks & Benefits: 401(k) plan, health, dental, and vision, life and disability insurance, HSA/FSA, paid time off / paid holidays & more.

Open Bay Area Roles

Typical Open Tech Roles: 

  • Account Executive - Growth (Glassdoor Est: $47k - $108k) 

  • Senior FullStack Software Engineer (Glassdoor Est: $106k - $205k)

Confluent

Industry: Computer Software

About Them: “Confluent, founded by the original creators of Apache Kafka®, pioneered the enterprise-ready event streaming platform. With Confluent, organizations benefit from the first event streaming platform built for the enterprise with the ease-of-use, scalability, security and flexibility required by the most discerning global companies to run their business in real time.”

Glassdoor rating: 4.4 star rating

Number of Bay Area jobs: <70

Perks & Benefits: 401(k) plan, health, dental, and vision, life and disability insurance, HSA/FSA, paid time off / paid holidays & more.

Open Bay Area Roles

Typical Open Tech Roles: 

  • Backend Software Engineer (Glassdoor Est: $126k - $208k) 

  • Data Scientist - Product (Glassdoor Est: $108k - $176k)

Verkada

Industry: Computer Software

About Them: “Verkada builds modern security solutions that help enterprises run safer, smarter buildings. Our mission: Modernize the world of enterprise building security. Verkada’s enterprise security solution combines easy to install security cameras and access control with intelligent, cloud-based software—all in a scalable, user-friendly system.”

Glassdoor rating: 4.3 star rating

Number of Bay Area jobs: <105

Perks & Benefits: Medical, dental, and vision, HSA, life & disability insurance, vacation & paid time off, parental leave, & more. 

Open Bay Area Roles

Typical Open Tech Roles: 

  • Frontend Software Engineer - Streaming (Glassdoor Est: $95k - $215k) 

  • Backend/Data Engineer (Glassdoor Est: $125k - $222k)

Natera

Industry: Biotechnology

About Them: “Natera® is a global leader in providing DNA testing across multiple clinical areas including women's health, organ health, and oncology. Where some set out to build a test, we set out to achieve a mission: change the management of disease worldwide by using DNA testing to proactively inform treatment.”

Glassdoor rating: 4.0 star rating

Number of Bay Area jobs: <115

Perks & Benefits: Medical, dental, and vision, paid time off, maternity & paternity leave, 401(k) plan, life insurance, disability insurance, employee stock purchase plan, EAP & more. 

Open Bay Area Roles

Typical Open Tech Roles: 

  • Data Scientist (Glassdoor Est: $89k - $142k) 

  • Engineering Project Manager (Glassdoor Est: $65k - $113k)

Fivetran

Industry: Computer Software

About Them:Fivetran fully automated connectors sync data from cloud applications, databases, event logs and more into your data warehouse. Our integrations are built for analysts who need data centralized but don’t want to spend time maintaining their own pipelines or ETL systems. Focus on what really matters, driving analytics for your business.”

Glassdoor rating: 3.9 stars rating

Number of Bay Area jobs: <45

Perks & Benefits: Medical, dental, and vision, HSA, life & disability insurance, vacation & paid time off, parental leave, & more. 

Open Bay Area Roles

Typical Open Tech Roles: 

  • Software Engineer II (Glassdoor Est: $95k - $187k) 

  • Senior Solutions Analyst (Glassdoor Est: $85k - $142k)

Okta

Industry: Computer Software

About Them: “Okta is the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise. The Okta Identity Cloud enables organizations to both secure and manage their extended enterprise, and transform their customers’ experiences. With over 5,500 pre-built integrations to applications and infrastructure providers, Okta customers can easily and securely adopt the technologies they need to fulfill their missions.”

Glassdoor rating: 3.9 star rating

Number of Bay Area jobs: <25

Perks & Benefits: 401(k) plan, stock options, health, dental, and vision, life and disability insurance, paid time off (PTO) / paid holidays & more.

Open Bay Area Roles

Typical Open Tech Roles: 

  • Sr. Product Manager, Customization (Glassdoor Est: $88k - $156k) 

  • Program Manager, Product Operations (Glassdoor Est: $57k - $130k)

Thumbtack

Industry: Internet

About Them: “When you need to hire someone – a landscaper, a DJ, anyone – Thumbtack finds them for you for free. Thumbtack connects millions of people with local professionals for their projects. With ~500 different services to choose from, you’ll find pretty much anyone you’re looking to hire.”

Glassdoor rating: 3.7 stars rating

Number of Bay Area jobs: <45

Perks & Benefits: Medical, dental, and vision, FSA/HSA plans, vacation & paid time off, maternity & paternity leave, 401(k) plan, life insurance, disability insurance, employee stock purchase plan, & more. 

Open Bay Area Roles

Typical Open Tech Roles: 

  • Product Analyst (Glassdoor Est: $98k - $165k) 

  • Senior iOS Engineer (Glassdoor Est: $125k - $207k)

Coinbase

Industry: Internet

About Them: “Founded in June of 2012, Coinbase is a digital currency wallet and platform where merchants and consumers can transact with new digital currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin. Our vision is to bring more innovation, efficiency, and equality of opportunity to the world by building an open financial system.”

Glassdoor rating: 3.6 stars rating

Number of Bay Area jobs: <65

Perks & Benefits: Health, dental, and vision insurance covered at 100% for employees, HSA, 401(k) plan with company match, maternity & paternity plans, volunteer time off, vacation & paid time off, & more.

Open Bay Area Roles

Typical Open Tech Roles: 

  • Product Designer (Glassdoor Est: $89k - $147k) 

  • Staff Frontend Engineer (Glassdoor Est: $83k - $192k)

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Sumo Logic

Industry: Computer Software

About Them: “Sumo Logic is the pioneer in continuous intelligence, a new category of software, which enables organizations of all sizes to address the data challenges and opportunities presented by digital transformation, modern applications, and cloud computing. The Sumo Logic Continuous Intelligence Platform™ automates the collection, ingestion, and analysis of application, infrastructure, security, and IoT data to derive actionable insights within seconds.”

Glassdoor rating: 3.5 stars rating

Number of Bay Area jobs: <30

Open Bay Area Roles

Typical Open Tech Roles: 

  • Senior UX Researcher (Glassdoor Est: $94k - $151k) 

  • Senior Frontend (UI) Engineer - Alerts & Insights (Glassdoor Est: $108k - $251k)

ON24

Industry: Internet

About Them: “The ON24 Digital Experience Platform makes it easy to create, scale and personalize engaging experiences that drive measurable business growth. Today we are converting millions of prospects to buyers for thousands of companies, enabling our customers to monetize engagement.”

Glassdoor rating: 3.5 stars rating

Number of Bay Area jobs: <25

Perks & Benefits: Comprehensive healthcare benefits for employees and their eligible dependents, 401(k) Plan with employer match, stock options, sponsored wellness activities and memberships, employee tuition discount to obtain an MBA with Babson College, paid time off (PTO) / paid holidays, flexible work schedules & more.

Open Bay Area Roles

Typical Open Tech Roles: 

  • Senior Java Engineer (Glassdoor Est: $72k - $142k) 

  • Product Manager (Glassdoor Est: $73k - $135k)

Glu Mobile

Industry: Computer Games

About Them: “We’ve made our name in the mobile game industry with well-known player favorites like Cooking Dash, Deer Hunter, Design Home and Covet Fashion, Racing Rivals, and Tap Sports Baseball. If you check out Glu on the App Store or Google Play, you’ll find those titles as well as recent pop culture social games like Kim Kardashian: Hollywood and The Swift Life.”

Glassdoor rating: 3.2 stars rating

Number of Bay Area jobs: <27

Perks & Benefits: Health, dental, vision, life/disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, 401(k), Employee Stock Purchase, & more. 

Open Bay Area Roles

Typical Open Tech Roles: 

  • Lead Backend Engineer (Glassdoor Est: $82k - $127k) 

  • Data Engineer (Glassdoor Est: $68k - $128k)

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Companies with remote hiring surges:

Remote hiring opportunities are up. We’ve included a few companies below that are on a hiring surge for remote positions, so if you’re someone that enjoys working from home with the many benefits that we have all come to appreciate and enjoy, check these out as well. 

Zoom

Industry: Information Technology & Services

About Them: “Zoom helps businesses and organizations bring their teams together in a frictionless environment to get more done. Our easy, reliable cloud platform for video, phone, content sharing, and chat runs across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems.”

Glassdoor rating: 4.7 star rating

Number of Remote Jobs: <155

Perks & Benefits: Comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance, plus mental health and family planning benefits, 16 weeks paid parental leave, time off with no limit on paid time off, wellness and fitness allowance, book reimbursement program, personal finance coaching, and many more.

Open Remote Roles

Typical Tech Roles Open Now: 

  • Marketing Ops Systems Analyst (Glassdoor Est: $45k - $83k)

  • Software Development Engineer (Glassdoor Est: $56k - $147k)

Twilio

Industry: Internet

About Them: “Millions of developers around the world have used Twilio to unlock the magic of communications to improve any human experience. Twilio has democratized communications channels like voice, text, chat, video, and email by virtualizing the world’s communications infrastructure through APIs that are simple enough for any developer to use, yet robust enough to power the world’s most demanding applications.”

Glassdoor rating: 4.3 star rating

Number of Remote Jobs: <170

Perks & Benefits: Health, dental, vision, HSA/FSA, life insurance, disability insurance, 401(k), maternity & paternity leave, vacation & PTO, and more.

Open Remote Roles

Typical Tech Roles Open Now: 

  •  Staff Software Engineer (Glassdoor Est: $81k - $62k)

  •  Manager - Program Management (Glassdoor Est: $36k - $94k)

HubSpot

Industry: Internet

About Them: “HubSpot is a leading CRM platform that provides software and support to help businesses grow better. Our platform includes marketing, sales, service, and website management products that start free and scale to meet our customers’ needs at any stage of growth. Today, thousands of customers around the world use our powerful and easy-to-use tools and integrations to attract, engage, and delight customers.”

Glassdoor rating: 4.7 star rating

Number of Remote Jobs: <65

Perks & Benefits: Great health insurance, company equity, and 16-week parental leave, 5-year sabbatical, including $1k toward your time off, Unlimited vacation, Families@HubSpot resources, programming, and perks, Modern Health benefits, including coaching and therapy sessions, $5k tuition reimbursement annually, Free Books Program and more.

Open Remote Roles

Typical Tech Roles Open Now: 

  • Senior UX Researcher (Glassdoor Est: $80k - $150k)

  • Product Analyst (Glassdoor Est: $46k - $82k)

Twitter

Industry: Internet

About Them: “Twitter serves the public conversation because conversation is a force for good in the world. The opportunity to help the world connect, debate, learn, and solve problems is what draws us to careers at Twitter, and it’s what keeps us here.”

Glassdoor rating: 4.2 stars rating

Number of Remote Jobs: <105

Perks & Benefits: Health, dental, vision, HSA/FSA, life insurance, disability insurance, 401(k), maternity & paternity leave, vacation & PTO, and more.

Open Remote Roles

Typical Tech Roles Open Now: 

  • Software Engineer (Backend) - Performance Ads (Glassdoor Est: $58k - $109k)

  • Senior Research Analyst (Glassdoor Est: $46k - $96k)

Calix

Industry: Computer Software

About Them: “Innovative communications service providers rely on Calix platforms to help them master and monetize the complex infrastructure between their subscribers and the cloud. Calix is the leading global provider of the cloud and software platforms, systems, and services required to deliver the unified access network and smart premises of tomorrow.”

Glassdoor rating: 4.7 star rating

Number of Remote Jobs: <70

Perks & Benefits: Health, life insurance, disability, FSA, pre-tax commuter and legal plan, 401(k) employer match, two (2) separate employee stock purchase plan (ESPP), flex time off, and more. 

Open Remote Roles

Typical Tech Roles Open Now: 

  • Staff Software Engineer, MAP (Glassdoor Est: $58K - $109k)

  • Regional Sales Manager - MSO (Glassdoor Est: $48K - $111k)

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