At 2nd Watch, Inc., 85 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 137 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.86. It was published on Jul 2, 2018. 6873 Visitors

What Employees Say

People care about each other here.
People here are given a lot of responsibility.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.

What They Do

We asked 2nd Watch, Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

2nd Watch helps large enterprises adopt, use and manage the public cloud by accelerating their IT modernization through tested, trusted and proven methodologies and services to evolve and transform their company.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Information Technology
US Headquarters: Liberty Lake, Washington, 99019 US Sites: 5
Major Locations: Liberty Lake, Washington; Seattle, Washington; New York, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; Raleigh, North Carolina US Employees: 164
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 2010

2W Chili Cookoff

Perks and Programs

We asked 2nd Watch, Inc. to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • 2nd Watch Cares: The 2nd Watch Philanthropy committee specifically focuses on bringing opportunities to our employees to give back to their local communities. (Last year we participated in 10 activities around the country. Some of the activities included: donating over 65 gifts to kids in need during the holidays, feeding 22 families at the Ronald McDonald house, raising $1,600 for Alzheimer's, and building bikes for kids in Texas! Our team cares about their communities and will continue to participate in these efforts along with many others through donations and volunteerism.
  • Wellness: Wellness is an important part of our culture and the focus is all about helping our employees live healthier, better lives by promoting employee wellness. Wellness challenges are designed for both employees and their family and friends to be involved and motivate each other through a 4-6 week challenge. 2W sponsors employees for race entry fees to participate in races that support a community cause. Taking Wellness a bit further, we have also held brown bag lunches about mindfulness and have begun the process to open a "zen den" in our largest office location. Wellness news letters are sent out monthly to keep wellness front of mind and encourage employees to take care of themselves.
  • Fun at Work: 2nd Watch encourages fun in the workplace and each Friday we bring in catered food so our employees can eat lunch together and socialize in a relaxed setting. We also like to run a costume contest for Halloween and the traditional a Best/Worst Holiday Sweater contest. You will often see our development team challenging each other in a wicked game of foosball! March madness and fantasy football are also popular brackets to participate in and lends to some healthy, competitive banter & bragging rights for the guy or gal on the top of the leader board!
  • Certification Award Program: 2nd Watch believes in training and offer extensive training opportunities for our employees, from new hire on-boarding through their career with continued education and training. 2nd Watch is continuing to grow and expand into new technologies and we understand the need to award our employees for being the best and the brightest in our space. For each technical AWS & Azure certification that an employee earns, we pay out a certification bonus to the employee! 2nd Watch spends approximately $150,000 - $175,000 annually on this bonus program for all its employees.
  • Journey Master's Program: 2nd Watch has a six-pillar employee program in place focusing on: wellness, empowerment, contribution, development, philanthropy and culture and comradery. This program was implemented to entice employees to get active and get involved with the community on a more consistent basis. It also was implemented to encourage employees to focus on their career development as well as improve 2nd Watch's overall competency. We also created a social platform so that 2nd Watchers can acknowledge and give Kudos to their coworkers regularly. At 2nd Watch, we value balance and a work hard play hard attitude. This competitive program has employees working to earn at least one of every badge to display on their desks or wherever they may choose.
  • Virtual Happy Hours: That's right, we have a distributed team and we still want to make sure that everyone can participate in Happy Hour! First started by our cloud solutions team, this trend has taken off across the remote teams. 2W Members join via video chat from wherever they are and enjoy an hour or so of peer comradery and a beverage of their choice! The last virtual happy hour that I saw had 30 people on via video at one time!
  • Work/Life Balance: Work/Life balance is among the top of the list for why employees stay at 2nd Watch. This program offers employees the autonomy to manage their own lives and schedules which goes a long way with a professional team. We have an open paid time off policy to allow for time away from the office. We are an extremely family friendly environment with excellent work-life balance & benefits allowing the employees opportunity to work remotely or telecommute as needed. We also support our employees when they are dealing with a major life event by allowing them the necessary time away from the business and other items to show our support. To sum it up, flexibility is a key part of 2nd Watch and employees are treated with the respect necessary to achieve an ideal work/life balance.
  • Free Food: Our team lives for free food and is one of the hottest topics in the office and in our surveys! We offer fully stocked kitchens providing food and beverage to employees 24/7 along with catered lunches every Friday and for most in-house meetings. We even provide catered meals for employees that work on holidays or off normal (M-F 8-5) work schedules. There is a Food Truck program for the Spring and Summer to offer additional food options for all of our foodies around here! #foodies is a slack channel to discuss all of the yummy cuisine our teams are enjoying across the country! 2nd Watch also stocks the kitchen with healthy foods, fruits and vegetables to increase the convenience of healthy eating. We also buy snacks from Snack Nation, a company that has aligned itself with Feeding America. For every box we buy from Snack Nation, they donate 10 meals via Feeding America.


100% Company-paid health coverage for employees 90% Company-paid health coverage for dependents


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Stock options


Unlimited Vacation Paid time off 10 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
Unlimited Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment 10 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (75% use it)
  • Telecommute option (50% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (5% use it)
  • Onsite Amenities (Fully-stocked kitchen, catered Friday lunch, dry cleaning services, mail services, food trucks on a weekly basis, fooseball, mindfulness activities (puzzles, adult coloring books, etc.))


90 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 30 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
90 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take10 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
10 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*10 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
90 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*30 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

Community and Environmental Impact

$5,000 Philanthropic donations in last year Yes Sustainable commuting program
Yes Recycling program


  • Director of Human Resources oversees diversity and inclusion practices
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

2nd Watch Team


Halloween in the office

How to Get Hired

We asked 2nd Watch, Inc. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

2nd Watch it not only looking for a the most forward thinking technically, Cloud Passionate prospective employees in the world, but we are also working daily to align our core values with those that we hire: Fearlessness, Tenacity, Humility, Customer Focus, Empowering one another, Working together, Winning as a Team, Honesty, Transparency and Having FUN - are all key elements to who we hire.   2W Core Values: Be Fearless, Be Tenacious, Practice Humility. #Fearless; Customer. Customer. Customer. #Customer; Empower Everyone, Work Together, Win as a Team. #WinAsTeam; Our Word is Built on Honesty, Transparency, & Trust. #HonestyTrust; Get the Right Stuff Done. #GRSD; Cloud Native Passion Fuels Us. #CloudNative; Unleash Your Ingenuity. #Ingenuity; Have Good Spirited Fun. #Fun - are all key elements to who we hire.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Be passionate, be adaptable, and be a cloud innovator.  2nd Watch loves diverse personalities, viewpoints, and promotes a highly collaborative environment allowing our employee to be autonomous and have a voice in every level of the organization.  We want to hear who you are, what you enjoy, and why you are different than others in your field.  Get our attention by being true to yourself, knowing your current skillset, and setting personal and professional goals around where you would like to be if you were hired at 2W.  Let us know the impact we can expect from you, and get 2W EXCITED about YOU!!   

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

2nd Watch is in growth mode, and we are consistently looking to build out our existing teams. From Managed Cloud Services to Cloud Enablement, Operations, Application Development, DevOps, Automation, Product Development, and everything in between…we are looking for superstars.  Our teams are setting industry-level standards around AWS and Azure product management and delivery, and we are looking for like-minded, focused candidates to join us.   We're building our teams with talented and passionate Cloud Native professionals who will have the opportunity to help shape and deliver on a broad use of enterprise cloud utility computing web resources.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Get in Touch by any means necessary and tell us why we should hire you! All of our positions are online at We are excited to hear from interested candidates, and are always looking for those experts that will drive us into the future.

hiring Outlook

50 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 10% Job Growth
28 Average applicants per opening 2,500 Total job applicants
30% New hires by employee referrals 5% Openings filled by current employees
5 Recent graduates hired 9% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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