At Coastal Payroll Services, 97 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 30 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.74. It was published on Jul 26, 2016. 1815 Visitors

What Employees Say

I'm proud to tell others I work here.
People care about each other here.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.
Management is competent at running the business.

What They Do

We asked Coastal Payroll Services to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Coastal Payroll provide a cloud-based human capital management solution to help employers manage their workforce through payroll, time & labor, talent, benefits mangement, and HR management.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Professional Services
US Headquarters: San Diego, California US Sites: 1
US Employees: 31 US Revenues: $3.8 million
Worldwide Revenues: $3.8 million Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 2007

Coastal Payroll has been awarded:

Best Small Workplaces 2016 (ranked 29)

Coastal Payroll after our second annual scavenger hunt

Perks and Programs

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

  • Company Fun Days: Coastal Payroll regularly schedules company fun days for employees throughout the year to get out of the office, team-build, and enjoy each other's company. Previously scheduled events have included company scavenger hunts, summer olympics, bowling, escape rooms, renting a yacht to sail around the bay, baseball games, etc. Employees spit into teams for most events and dress in team costume or colors! After most events we enjoy happy hour together to reflect on activities.
  • Annual Goal Setting: Every year employees and executives are encouraged to write five attainable goals, both personal and career. Goals are printed, framed, and placed on workstations for team members to see every day.
  • Catered Lunches: Coastal Payroll offers catered lunches every Friday to the entire office. Employees eat lunch together in the conference room to reflect on their week, talk weekend plans, and even play some games.
  • Go Green Initative: Coastal Payroll promotes a green practices throughout the office and our services. All employees have Coastal Payroll reusable cups and mugs, easily accessible shredder bins, and are provided office supplies that are made with recyclable products. We also promote green practices with our clients, encouraging them to "go paperless".
  • Unlimited Coffee and Tea: Coastal Payroll provides the team a fully-stocked coffee and tea k-cup cabinet for the team.
  • Birthday and Anniversary Celebrations: Coastal Payroll celebrates all employees' birthdays and work anniversaries with cake and flowers. Team members also often contribute to their colleagues' birthday celebrations with balloons, gifts, etc. For each work anniversary, the President hand picks out a self-help book and a card congratulating employees on all their success
  • Zen Room: Coastal Payroll incorporated a "Zen Room" in 2014 for employees to relax, meditate, and read. The Zen Room is complete with a rug, pillows, and library of books donated by Coastal Payroll employees.
  • Wellness Month: Coastal Payroll hosts annual Wellness Month/Fitness February for it's employees. Employees recognize that the best motivation comes from team camaraderie and developed "Fitness February" as a result. Individuals are broken into teams and work together/motivate each other to accumulate points in various areas including: health, career, and personal wellness.


3% 403(b) match of employee's contribution, up to 100% of an employee's salary75% Company-paid health coverage for employees
75% Company-paid health coverage for dependents


  • 403(b)
  • Health insurance for retirees


  • Free beverages during the day
    Jonathan Gallagher, CEO, playing Heads Up with the team during a Friday catered lunch


    10 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 3 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment
    3 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment


    • Flexible schedule (32% use it)
    • Telecommute option (10% use it)


    210 days Job-protected maternity leave135 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take
    210 days Job-protected paternity leave210 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents


    • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


      • Medical care
      • Vision care
      • Dental care


      • Fitness center (only at headquarters)

        Community Involvement & Philanthropy

        $7,000 Philanthropic donations in last year


        • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
        • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
        A few team members participating in the 10am stretch break


        Some of the CP team volunteering at a local non profit organization

        How to Get Hired

        We asked Coastal Payroll Services 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?

        Key characteristics tell us a prospective employee will be a great fit for our company if they have taken initiative to do research on our company: what we stand for, awards we have won, etc.  We also conduct personality assessments such as the Gallup Stengths Finder and Wonderlic to help assess if the prospective employee will be a great fit with our team.  We look for employees that are achievers, activators, analytical, leaners, positivity, etc.

        What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

        Prospective employees can review our company services, values, and culture what is posted on our website to get our attention.  

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

        We are consistently looking for candidates that are driven, ambitious, go-getters and whose values align with our own company values.

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

        Interested candidates can browse through our company website to learn more about our services, history, and who we are as a company.

        hiring Outlook

        4 Job openings forecast for coming year 24% Job Growth
        18 Average applicants per opening 140 Applications received
        8 Positions filled in past year 8 New positions created
        Yes Recruits on college campuses 1 New graduates hired
        7% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
        * All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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