At Retrofit, 95 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 40 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 7.44. It was published on May 5, 2017. 10451 Visitors

What Employees Say

Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.
You can count on people to cooperate.
Everyone has an opportunity to get special recognition.
People avoid politicking and backstabbing as ways to get things done.

What They Do

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

Retrofit is a leading provider of personalized weight-management and disease-prevention solutions that transforms lives, workplaces and communities by improving health, happiness and performance.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Health Care
US Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois, 60606 Major Locations: Chicago, Illinois, 60606
US Employees: 59 Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 2011

Retrofitters strut their stuff before running a 5K together.

Perks and Programs

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

  • Free Retrofit program: Retrofit provides an opportunity for every employee to participate in our weight-management and disease-prevention program. Each employee receives the personalized attention of a live coach, a smart app, dashboard and self-monitoring devices (a Fitbit and digital scale) for tracking and notifications, access to expert-led classes and social support from an online community where employees can engage with each other and post pictures, updates, resources, etc. to keep each other motivated, happy and healthy!
  • Unlimited paid time off (PTO: As a healthy lifestyle company, we understand that happier employees are more productive.  We want our employees to be able to enjoy the things they love to do.  Retrofit employees benefit from our unlimited vacation policy, which allows employees to take off as much time as they need/desire as long as they can complete their work or arrange for coverage while they are out of the office. We also offer days off for birthdays, the day off before Thanksgiving and a Retrofit Recharge week where employees take time off to relax and enjoy time with family during the last week of the year.
  • Work from anywhere: Retrofit is headquartered in downtown Chicago but has employees all over the country. Even in Chicago, on any given day, many Retrofit employees choose to work remotely. This means less time commuting and more time for the other things that make us happy.  A variety of technologies allow our employees to stay connected and productive no matter where they are. We even celebrate the holidays with a live and virtual party!
  • Flexible work hours: We recognize that work is only a part of our employees lives. We try to make it as easy as possible for our employees to seamlessly integrate work into their lives. Not all Retrofit employees work the same schedule. We have full-time and part-time employees. Some work early or late. This allows us to best serve our clients and customers while providing flexibility to our employees.
  • Treadmill desks and more: We know that part of a healthy lifestyle is moving throughout the day. We walk the talk and walk while we talk. We encourage our employees to get up and get moving. Our office space includes treadmill desks, standing desks and fitness equipment. We also offer regular employee step challenges to encourage employees to get moving and we take breaks for yoga and other exercise during all company meetings.
  • Healthy snacks: Another way we walk the talk is by offering healthy snacks in the office. Complimentary fruit and other healthy tasty treats are on hand to give employees the energy they need to perform and feel great.
  • Good Egg Days: Employees are encouraged to take off one day per quarter to make a difference in their communities through volunteerism at a charity of their choice.
  • Treat Yourself Days: All employees receive a day off on their birthday.
  • Thank You Day: All employees receive the day off before Thanksgiving. This is in addition to Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving, which are already holidays. It is our way of showing gratitude for all that our employees do.
  • Fitness Reimbursement Program: We offer a $50 annual reimbursement for wellness-related activities. This includes 5K races, gym memberships and workout gear to encourage employees to be active.


3% Average 401(k)/403b company contribution per employee80% Company-paid health coverage for employees
80% Company-paid health coverage for dependents


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Stock options
This health conscious group walks the talk and exercises together outside of work.


Unlimited Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 15 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
Unlimited Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 5 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
Unlimited Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (100% use it)
  • Telecommute option (100% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (25% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (19% have access)
  • Onsite Amenities (Our company provides: -Free healthy snacks and beverages -Yoga, other exercise and meditation breaks during meetings -Standing and walking treadmill desks -Exercise balls for seats)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 20 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
60 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
10 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*
10 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

Community and Environmental Impact

32 hours Paid time off to volunteer $1,000 Philanthropic donations in last year
Yes Sustainable commuting program


  • Employee Happiness Director is responsible for the success of formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
  • 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

Retrofitters love that they have the flexibility to work from anywhere.


Innovating is all in a days work at Retrofit. This team of good eggs gathered for an innovation summit to advance our business.

How to Get Hired

We asked Retrofit 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?

We want people whose personal values align with Retrofit's values: candid, always innovating, driven to deliver, good egg, and customer delight. Prospective employees should be "good eggs" who are genuine, compassionate, good-hearted, and no big egos. They want to make a difference both for the employers and individual weight-loss clients we serve.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Prospective employees should convey their passion for our vision (transforming lives and workplaces by improving health, happiness, and performance) and mission (delivering the most personalized, effective, and sustainable weight loss solution) and tell us how they can contribute to Retrofit. We like to see candidates who think outside the box and reach for the stars. To get our attention, a prospective employee can send us a thoughtful, well-written cover letter that tells us his or her story and describe how they would be a great fit at Retrofit.

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

We are hiring for several positions in the sales, marketing and development areas. Also, we are specifically focused on hiring wellness coaches this year. 

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

Interested candidates can go on to our Careers page on to find more information on our current openings.

hiring Outlook

20 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 37% Job Growth
81 Average applicants per opening 2,036 Total job applicants
34% New hires by employee referrals 3% Openings filled by current employees
3 Recent graduates hired 27% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
29% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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