At CLEVER, 90 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 42 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.31. It was published on Jun 19, 2017. 24405 Visitors

What Employees Say

I'm proud to tell others I work here.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
You can count on people to cooperate.
People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.
People celebrate special events around here.

What They Do

We asked CLEVER to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

CLEVER is an influencer marketing agency representing curated influencers—across verticals and social media platforms—who tell beautiful branded stories. CLEVER was the first agency to match big brands with powerful influencers to reach millions of target consumers through authentic, genuine content.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Advertising & Marketing
US Headquarters: San Francisco, California, 94118 US Employees: 48
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1996


Perks and Programs

We asked CLEVER to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • CLEVER Office Astrology: CLEVER’s virtual workplace is profoundly affected by our uncommon corporate practice of “Office Astrology”, which includes the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, StrengthsFinder, and standard horoscopes. Each new CLEVER is required to take these assessments during on-boarding. Face-to-face time is sporadic, so the results of each employee’s assessments work to provide a “decoder” for smoothing out communication misunderstandings that can often occur in a virtual workplace. They also allow each employee to better understand their talents and methods of absorbing information. Each employee is expected to recognize their teammates’ Office Astrology results and apply that information to their working relationship. This deep understanding of one another’s strengths and communication style has created a virtual workforce that is tight-knight and built on understanding and embracing differences.
  • Onboarding: Each new Clever starts her/his career immersed in a thoughtful, well-organized, cross-functional experience that brings our culture to life. This is an intensive, 1-week onboarding training that covers all the basics of working at CLEVER as well as walks the new hire through their job. We pull employees from all departments to implement this training. This would be valuable in any work setting, but it is a game-changer with our distributed, virtual team.
  • Unlimited Vacation: We have unlimited vacation here at CLEVER. You’re an adult and an A-player, take time when you need it and use the time to refresh and refocus.
  • CLEVER Radical Transparency: Secrets are not a form of currency. At CLEVER, we have embraced the practice of Radical Transparency—a non-traditional element of our unique company culture that—in its bold openness—boosts motivation while diminishing work-related fear and negativity. Our virtual team has built a strong, trusting foundation where mistakes are always addressed, but never dwelled upon. Where commitment thrives and fairness is never questioned. Financial gains, open dialogue between managers and their team, program brainstorming, visibility of all work calendars, the use of public Slack channels, are all elements of Radical Transparency. By creating a space where gossip does not exist, we have created a trusted community and a blossoming workplace that operates on authentic honesty.
  • Remote Workplace: CLEVER is a 100% remote workforce; we don’t have a brick and mortar office where we settle into our desks every morning at 9:00AM. This virtual workplace provides our staff with the ultimate flexibility—and requires the ultimate level of trust between founders, managers, and teammates. Each step of our hiring process is profoundly affected by this level of flexibility, as we only hire highly motivated, talented staff. Concern regarding people’s dedication to their work, commitment to product, or motivation to keep CLEVER thriving does not exist. Our bold loyalty to radical transparency and immediate feedback are what make this possible.
  • Great Workplace For Parents: Parental leave hasn’t been a priority for American companies, but is a priority for CLEVER. Our remote working environment greatly enhances the lives of working parents due to our level of trust-inspired flexibility. CLEVER provides a wage replacement program for mothers (and fathers) to care for their newborn child. As a women-owned and operated company, we hold highly the value of supporting parents, especially mothers, and truly believe that there is a way to be a great parent AND a great employee at the same time.


63% Company-paid health coverage for employees 63% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
Any hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $1,500 Maximum Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Stock options
Handful of Bay Area CLEVERs


Unlimited Paid time off after one year of full-time employment Unlimited Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment
Unlimited Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment 18 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (100% use it)
  • Telecommute option (100% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (8% use it)


90 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 56 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
80 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take42 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
14 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*42 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*
14 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)
  • Fertility treatments


  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Women
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

WIP = Work in Person


Work in Person Day

How to Get Hired

We asked CLEVER 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?

Clevers are motivated and achievement-oriented. We have a fully remote workplace, so our employees have to be incredibly self-motivated and able to focus in a very flexible environment. We are also a social influencer marketing agency; this requires robust knowledge of social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and other emerging platforms. 

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Be qualified for the position, sell themselves, and send a thank you note.

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

Sales people. We will be hiring a couple of new faces for our front line sales function.

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

Read more about our company on our website:

hiring Outlook

8 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 26% Job Growth
45 Average applicants per opening 900 Total job applicants
24% New hires by employee referrals 20% Openings filled by current employees
7 Recent graduates hired 8% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.


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