At Quora, Inc., 96 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 142 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.99. It was published on Nov 13, 2017. 9998 Visitors

What Employees Say

Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
People look forward to coming to work here.
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
I am treated as a full member here regardless of my position.

What They Do

We asked Quora, Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Quora is an online platform to ask questions, get useful, high quality answers, and share knowledge.It empowers people to learn from each other and to better understand the world.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Information Technology
US Headquarters: Mountain View, California, 94041 US Sites: 1
US Employees: 213 Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 2009

Quora, Inc. has been awarded:

Best Workplaces in the Bay Area 2018 (ranked 6)

Best Small & Medium Workplaces 2018 (ranked 48)

Getting feedback on product design

Perks and Programs

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

  • Quora Cares: Quora Cares is an employee-led community service group, which hosts fundraisers and donation drives for global and local causes, such as victims of the recent wildfires in Northern California. Every Friday morning, a team from Quora Cares volunteers at local charity Hope's Corner, helping prepare the venue to host a free Saturday morning breakfast for hungry people in the Mountain View community.
  • Quoraversary Celebrations: For employee anniversaries, better known as "Quoraversaries," employees are individually recognized by Quora's CEO during the weekly all-hands meeting. They also receive oversized red number balloons and stitched badge to help celebrate.
  • On-site Massages: Quora has an on-site massage therapist M-F in a private room. All employees can sign up for a 30-minute subsidized massage every two weeks. The idea behind this perk is to promote wellness and prevent repetitive stress injuries that can happen when sitting too long at a desk.
  • Catered Meals & Rotating Snacks: Quora offers catered breakfast, lunch, and dinner 5 days a week to employees and also provides fully stocked micro-kitchens throughout the office. Quora makes freshly popped popcorn every Wednesday and frequently delivers boba tea to employees. Quora monitors popular snacks and rotates new and healthy options in every month.
  • Quarterly "Offroad" Hack Weeks: Before starting each new quarter, we set aside our day-to-day work for a week called Offroad and devote ourselves to projects we think could have a significant impact but have yet to be prioritized. Offroad brings employees together from across the company to explore new product areas, hone skills, and bond with coworkers over exciting challenges. Each Offroad has a theme that relates either to the time of year (e.g. Hacktoberfest) or the number of the Offroad (e.g. Sweet XVI) and decorations, treats and events throughout the week align with the theme. Unlike all-night "hackathons", Quora's Offroad week allows for more thoughtful development of new products and is more friendly to employees with families to participate.
  • Annual Company Retreat: Every year, the entire company takes a 2-3 day company retreat to a destination like Yosemite, Monterey, Napa or Tahoe. We go on hikes, do yoga, play board games, have a casino night, do karaoke, make s'mores, and of course, write on Quora!
  • One-on-one Ergonomic Evaluations: Quora offers one-on-one ergonomic support in the form of counseling and equipment. The individual session is a 30-minute visit to the workstation, designed to cover the basic principles of proper posture and body mechanics while working at the computer. At the end of a visit, employees are more aware of how a job task is best executed and how to reduce the risk of injury in the tasks they perform regularly. Employees also receive any equipment they need to personalize their workstation.
  • Employee-led Passion Groups: Quora encourages employees to create groups around a hobby or passion to foster cross-functional teamwork. There are groups for running (which runs a relay from wine country to Santa Cruz every year), chocolate tasting, a cappella singing (Quorapella), rock climbing, coffee lovers, dogs, escape rooms, spicy food, learning Japanese, and more.
  • Women at Quora: Quora's women's group organizes monthly events for women to learn from one another, grow as leaders, and get to know each another better. Recent events include a workshop on managing conflict, a Q&A with the VP of People and VP of Sales (both women) about developing your career, and an afternoon of making succulent terrariums.
  • Quora Badges: Employees receive stitched, velcro badges for special occasions such as yearly "Quoraversaries", quarterly "Offroad" hack weeks, and completion of engineering "bootcamp". There is even a "fish" badge for people who report "phishing" attempts. Employees often display badges on their monitors or desks.


100% Company-paid health coverage for employees 50% Company-paid health coverage for dependents


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Stock options
  • Employee stock ownership plan (ESOP)
Ugly holiday sweater day at Quora


30 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 9 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment
15 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (100% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (100% have access)
  • Onsite Amenities (Catered breakfast, lunch, and dinner 5 days a week; Fully stocked micro-kitchens throughout the office; Freshly popped popcorn every Wednesday; Frequent boba tea deliveries; Birthday celebrations once a month with cake; Friday happy hour with a bartender once a month and beer and wine every Friday during Q&A; Onsite massage therapist M-F and subsidized massages; One-on-one ergonomic evaluations and personalized workstations; Computer upgrade every two years; Caltrain Go Pass for all employees so they can commute / ride the train for free; Frequent parties and celebrations (company anniversary and milestones, Halloween, Thanksgiving))


80 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 60 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
60 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take80 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
60 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)41 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
80 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)60 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. Not all employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


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

Community and Environmental Impact

Self-Conducted Environmental impact audit Yes Sustainable commuting program
Yes Recycling program Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • VP of People oversees diversity and inclusion practices
  • 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

The Quora team at Grace Hopper 2017


The entire company at our annual retreat in Lake Tahoe in 2017

How to Get Hired

We asked Quora, 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?

Aside from the expertise required for the job, it is important for prospective employee to align with the core values of Quora. Quora's 5 core values as an organization are: Mission First. We place long-term, collective impact ahead of personal achievement. Drive. We aim high and do whatever it takes to get things done. Agility. We are nimble in our processes and systems, ready to adapt to a changing world. Awareness. We are rigorous in our decisions and candid in our communication. Pragmatism. We stay grounded in the outcomes that truly matter for our mission.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Our company mission is to share and grow the world's knowledge and it is great to see prospective employees with the same passion. Prospective employees can write and contribute to content on Quora as well as develop and promote their own personal projects. These projects can be either industry specific or a passion/area of interest.

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

We are especially focused on hiring machine learning engineers responsible for building systems and processes that apply to machine learning technologies. We are seeking a range of candidates, from those who focus on more research or data-heavy types of feature engineering to those who do more development-heavy types of system engineering. We are also hiring account executives, account specialists and ads strategists for our growing advertising sales team.

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

Candidates should visit and explore open positions.   They can also learn a lot about what it's like to work at Quora by checking out: The Quora careers video: The Quora Instagram account: The Life at Quora Blog: The Quora Engineering Blog: The Quora Data Science Blog: The Quora Design Blog: And finally, many candidates benefit the most by reading what people who work at Quora write on their own Quora accounts about what it's like to work here. Here are a few great examples:

hiring Outlook

130 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 37% Job Growth
298 Average applicants per opening 35,749 Total job applicants
16% New hires by employee referrals 57% Openings filled by current employees
22 Recent graduates hired 13% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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