At Clif Bar & Company, 84 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 703 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.87. It was published on Sep 27, 2017. 28222 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
We have special and unique benefits here.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
People celebrate special events around here.
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.

What They Do

We asked Clif Bar & Company to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Clif Bar & Company crafts nutritious and organic food to feed and inspire adventure, including the CLIF BAR®,CLIF Kid® and LUNA ®brands. Family and employee owned, the company is committed to sustaining its people, brands, business, community and the planet.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Manufacturing & Production
US Headquarters: Emeryville, California, 94608 US Sites: 6
Major Locations: Emeryville, California, 94608; Indianapolis, Indiana, 46248; Twin Falls, Idaho, 83301; Fayetteville, Arkansas, 72701; Bloomington, Minnesota, 55435; Cinncinati, Ohio, 45208 US Employees: 1,106
Employees Worldwide: 1,111 Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 1992

Twin Falls Bakery - Purpose Wall

Perks and Programs

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

  • Wellness Program: We create a workplace that encourages people to pursue their passions and succeed in health and life goals. We have fully equipped wellness centers at two of our largest offices and all gym services are free and available 24/7. Employees get fit through yoga, Zumba, spinning and circuit classes or work 1:1 with fitness trainers. They attend to their health with onsite physical therapy, massage, chiropractic and acupuncture and create healthier habits through classes on everything from meditation to smoking cessation. They can even receive up to $350 annually to participate in athletic events.
  • Community and Giving Back: Clif Bar supports our employees in giving back to their communities. Employees are encouraged to volunteer as much time as they can while on the clock through our CLIF CORPS Program. Clif employees are also encouraged to donate up to 2,000 bars per year to their favorite charity and can have their charitable donations matched up to $2,000 per year. In addition, each year several employees are selected to participate in our In Good Company program, which brings together employees from like-minded businesses for week-long community volunteer projects.
  • Flexible Work Schedule and Time-off: Our people enjoy generous time-off benefits across the company. Our time-off program is tailored to the needs of each location so all employees have access to at least 25 days of paid time off. HQ employees can choose between 9/80 (working 80 hours in 9 days instead of 10) or work from home one day per week. All employees receive a paid sabbatical after 7 years, ranging from 3 weeks with a 3 week cash payout to 6 weeks of paid time-off.
  • Financial and Retirement Benefits: At Clif Bar, we believe that all employees should share in our business’s success, no matter their level in the organization. In addition to a salary that is at or above market rate, new hires are automatically set up with a 401(K) savings plan with a dollar-for-dollar matching contribution for the first 5% of pay deferred, no waiting period and immediate vesting. Every employee has an annual bonus potential of 5% or higher and joins our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) after one year, receiving free shares in the company each year. Workshops and 1:1 support around financial health are also offered to employees.
  • Sustainability Benefits Program: We support our employees on their personal journeys toward sustainability by offering incentive programs that encourage them to adopt planet-friendly practices in their everyday lives. Employees who bike, walk, carpool, or take public transit earn up to $1,500 a year in rewards. Those who commute by bike can receive up to $500 toward the purchase of a bike. For the purchase of a greener vehicle, Clif will chip in a $6,500 taxable incentive. Finally, employees who reduce their carbon footprint at home receive up to $1,000 annually for eco-home improvements. Companywide to date, more than 330 employees have utilized the incentive toward the purchase of a bike and more than 380 employees have purchased a greener vehicle with Clif’s financial support.
  • In Good Company: In 2008, Clif Bar founded In Good Company, because we believe that collaboration among businesses can be a powerful force for positive change. In Good Company focuses on providing communities with access to healthy food, healthy housing and a healthy planet. Since its inception, In Good Company has brought together 420 volunteers from 50 like-minded companies, including ours, in the support of 23 nonprofits in 7 communities through collaborative, week-long, volunteer projects nationwide. Each year, we work on 3-4 projects with up to 20 participants per project, or 60-80 participants per year. 
  • Learning and Development - White Road Expedition: Our foundational development program, White Road Expedition, a 2-day experiential training, grounds our people in our company values and helps them chart the impact they want to have in their lives and at Clif Bar. It is designed to “kick-off” employees' development at Clif Bar and help them connect to their personal values, strengths and talents, and to bring them to life more fully at work and beyond.
  • Intern Program - NEW: Summer 2017 we had our first class of Clif Bar interns! These 8 interns from 3 universities led projects on 8 different teams at our headquarters, providing valuable business experience to college students and building relationships with a diverse pool of future candidates. Interns focused on a function-specific project, learned from their manager and a mentor, attended lunch and learns, made their own Clif Bar in a "build a bar" workshop and wrapped up the summer with a bowling party.


100% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 5% of salary88% Company-paid health coverage for employees
88% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 88% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $10,000 Maximum Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Employee stock ownership plan (ESOP)
Gary and Kit Plant a Tree for each Aspiration (Twin Falls)


30 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 30 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
5 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 5 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
6 weeks Paid sabbatical after 7 year(s) of employment 30 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment
30 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (61% use it)
  • Telecommute option (12% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (49% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (70% have access)
  • Medical facilities (at some locations)
  • Onsite Amenities (Kali's Cafe (including subsidized meals, free pour over coffee & weekly breakfast, event & meeting space, etc); On-site subsidized childcare; Gym; Fitness classes; Personal Trainers; Meditation/Nap room; Community garden space; Chiropractic; Massage; Acupuncture; Dry cleaning; Haircuts; Life Coaching; Nutritional Coaching; Produce/Food box delivery service (Farm partnerships); Breast feeding room; Bike repair equipment & support; Ping pong and pool tables; Dog friendly office; Personal interest classes; Talks with inspiring speakers (who connect with our 5 Aspirations such as Jane Goodall, Olympic athletes, etc); Clif Bars, lots of Clif Bars! **amenities and benefits vary by location)


100 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 63 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
84 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take50 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
20 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*29 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
$10,000 Adoption benefit87 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*
65 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.


  • On-site or near-site backup childcare center
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


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

Community and Environmental Impact

2,080 hours Paid time off to volunteer $8,916,263 Philanthropic donations in last year
$90,411 Total company-matched employee donations in last year Sustainability Projects Manager Leads environmental impact team
Third-Party Conducted Environmental impact audit 1 LEED certified building(s)
Yes Sustainable commuting program Yes Renewable energy program
Yes Carbon offset program Yes Recycling program
Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • 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; Speakers of English as a second language
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Halloween - Brand Team as Thursday Morning Breakfast


John and James - Post Epiphany Ride Cheers

How to Get Hired

We asked Clif Bar & Company 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?

Prospective employees have an immediate connection to our Five Aspirations or bottom lines, as well as embody the “Clif Bar Ingredients” (Create, Inspire, Connect, Own It, and Be Yourself).  Successful candidates demonstrate a great deal of flexibility and enjoy a “high-change” environment.  They are genuine Clif Bar & Company ambassadors, who have a passion for being the difference in a different kind of company. Aligned with our fast-paced, entrepreneurial culture, we value applicants with a history that reflects a high level of collaboration, creative thinking and an open and authentic communication style. Finally, we value candidates who don’t check their personality at the door, but are ready to engage at every level in our fun, quirky culture and are ready to martial their passion and commitment to advancing our Five Aspirations.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Demonstrate a history of passion and support for the values reflected in our Aspirations and Ingredients. Have the right mix of experience and expertise for the role for which they are applying. Be excellent, enthusiastic and effective communicators with a strong sense of self-awareness. Bring knowledge of Clif Bar and a zeal for our values to the interview process, including showcasing their passion through our on-line questionnaire.

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

We hire a variety of roles in manufacturing, sales, marketing, product communications, food safety, supply chain, and corporate staff (financial, accounting, IT).

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

Interested candidates should look for current openings at all of our locations on our website: They should also review the website, follow us on social media and attend a Clif Bar event to learn more about the company.

hiring Outlook

105 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 13% Job Growth
66 Average applicants per opening 7,363 Total job applicants
25% New hires by employee referrals 30% Openings filled by current employees
8% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees 18% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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