At Salesforce, 94 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 650 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.15. It was published on Sep 15, 2016. 1241 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.

What They Do

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

We are The Customer Success Platform and world’s #1 CRM, empowering companies to connect with their customers in a whole new way. We work as a team to deliver success for our customers while giving back to our communities.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Information Technology
US Headquarters: San Francisco, California US Sites: 59
Major Locations: San Francisco, California; Indianapolis, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; New York, New York; Atlanta, Georgia US Employees: 14,410
Employees Worldwide: 22,070 Corporate Structure: Public
Stock Symbol: CRM Founded: 1999

A Salesforce employee at San Francisco Pride 2016

Perks and Programs

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

  • 7 Paid Days Off to Volunteer: is our nonprofit social enterprise, leading a global revolution in corporate philanthropy. Through, we impact hundreds of millions of people with our unique 1-1-1 model, in which we donate 1% of our product, 1% of our equity, and 1% of our people's time to philanthropic causes. Employees get 7 paid days off per year to volunteer and up to $5,000 USD in matching grants.
  • V2MOM: When Marc Benioff founded Salesforce, he introduced a management practice that still exists today: the V2MOM. It stands for Vision, Values, Methods, Obstacles, and Metrics. Every member of the executive team publishes a V2MOM, outlining their goals and priorities for the year, and then those visions and strategies cascade down until every department leader and individual employee has created a V2MOM. The transparent process helps employees stay aligned, prioritize what's most important, and feel accountable for delivering on the company’s goals.
  • Becoming Salesforce Culture Immersion: Becoming Salesforce is a full-day cultural immersion that new Salesforce employees attend within their first two months with the company. New hires find out what it means to truly become Salesforce and have the opportunity to learn about the company’s unique history, vision, and values. The event features dynamic executive keynotes, a campground of employee services and resource groups, a volunteer activity in the community, networking breakfast and lunch...and a happy hour! New hires walk away with great memories, lasting connections, and a deep understanding of the company culture.
  • Salesforce Trailhead: One of the exciting new ways that we encourage managers and employees to develop their talents at Salesforce is with Trailhead, a development tool created within the company and built on our own technology that makes learning fun. Employees can learn about everything from our culture, to our products, to how to become a better manager. The casual tone and modular, self-paced style of Trailhead make it more like a videogame than a boring training video. So everyone is inspired to learn, grow, and develop new skills anytime, anywhere.
  • Wellness Reimbursement Program: Our Wellness Reimbursement program offers employees a generous $100 every month to be used on health and fitness programs. These dollars can be used by employees for just about anything that makes them well: individual or family membership at the health club, team sports registration, individual lessons like tennis or golf, massages, nutritional counseling, smoking cessation, and weight management programs — even ski lift tickets! Employees appreciate the freedom to use their reimbursement in whatever way works best for them, and we love helping them along their many unique wellness journeys.
  • Regular Town Halls: Members of our executive management team make it a point to regularly meet with their organizations via town halls. In general, these town halls are more about the opportunity to hear directly from employees and listen to ideas and address their questions in intimate and engaging environments rather than talk at employees. A good rule of thumb is no more than 25% of the time dedicated to prepared top-of-mind remarks and to leave at least 75% of the time for live questions. Employees ask questions about things that concern them — and get immediate face-to-face and unscripted responses, which is an incredibly powerful way to build trust.
  • Airing of Grievances: One of the most unique ways we address undesirable workplace situations and resolve conflicts is through our Chatter group Airing of Grievances. Within this group, which has existed for many years, employees can air their grievances, suggest a better, more innovative way of working, or ask for help — on any topic. Nothing is off-limits, and all employees are encouraged by our CEO to be as honest as possible.
  • Lead the Way: “Lead the Way” is a monthly roundup we deliver to all people managers to provide them with a deep understanding of what’s expected of them as managers at Salesforce, including their responsibility to live and model our #SalesforceOhana values. The bulletin, launched in May 2016, includes announcements about goals, reviews, and rewards cycles as well as the new required “Managing the Salesforce Way” Trailhead modules, profiles of leaders we think embody the “Salesforce Way,” inspiring tips and advice, and reminders about and links to other management tools and resources.
  • Koa Club: Koa Club encompasses a special group of brave, bold, fearless people who have gone the distance with Salesforce for 10 years or more. Our founders, Marc Benioff and Parker Harris, give special thanks to our Koa members with an annual celebration in San Francisco. This year we recognized a record 877 Koa Club members, and approximately 650 members joined us for the festivities in June 2016. The two-day event included hands-on volunteer activities, a black-tie dinner with senior leaders, a members-only town hall with Marc and Parker, a mindfulness and meditation session, tickets to suites at Oracle Arena for Game 1 of the NBA Finals, and more.
  • Riding the Wave Service Awards: At all anniversary levels, employees receive a desktop surfboard, a custom-designed piece of art that team members can display on their desks with pride. Employees also receive a cash donation made by Salesforce to a nonprofit organization of their choice. The $50, $100, and $200 donations are made on behalf of employees celebrating, respectively, their 3-, 5-, 10-, and 15-year anniversaries. In the past year, over 4,200 employees have received a Riding the Wave service award.


$156,300 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Account Executive - Mid-Market $164,300 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Software Engineering SMTS
50% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 6% of an employee's salary80% Company-paid health coverage for employees
80% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 80% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance


  • 401(k)
  • Stock options to employees
  • Restricted stock units to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account
  • Employee stock purchase plan


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Free breakfast foods on a regular, daily basis
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Free beverages during the day
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Subsidized public transportation
FutureForce interns at FriendFest 2016


28 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 13 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
24 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment 1 weeks Unpaid sabbatical after 1 year(s)


  • Flexible schedule


    60 days Job-protected maternity leave50 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take
    60 days Job-protected paternity leave30 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
    $10,000 Adoption benefit


    • Offsite subsidized childcare
    • Childcare reimbursement during business travel
    • Elder care resources
    • On-site or near-site backup childcare center
    • Lactation room(s)
    • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


    • Medical care
    • Vision care
    • Mental health care
    • Fertility treatments
    • Dental care
    • Prescription drug subsidy
    • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


    • Skin cancer screening
    • Blood pressure screening
    • Fitness center (at some locations)
    • Cholesterol tests
    • Flu shots
    • Subsidized offsite gym memberships

    Community Involvement & Philanthropy

    56 hours Paid time off to volunteer $45,700,000 Philanthropic donations in last year
    $6,600,000 Total company-matched employee donations in last year


    • 'Sr. Manager, Inclusion & Diversity Programs' is accountable to formal diversity goals for employee recruitment and retention
    • Formal programs support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees; Disabled employees
    • 4 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
    • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
    • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

    Executive Diversity

    Koa members volunteering at Koa Club 2016 in San Francisco


    Salesforce Founder Parker Harris honors a Salesforce employee at TrailheaDX, a Salesforce developer conference.

    How to Get Hired

    We asked Salesforce 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?

    Game-changers, risk-takers, and boundary-pushers are a great fit for Salesforce. We welcome disruptive people who challenge the status quo, dream up innovative ways to get things done, and see the world with fresh eyes. We look for people who are collaborative, compassionate, and good listeners. Our employees seek to understand the needs of their teammates and customers in order to solve problems and deliver success. We seek people with a passion for giving back. Our employees live and breathe our 1-1-1 integrated philanthropy model and care about making a difference in their communities. Finally, we want to bring on people with a sense of fun! We champion a tight-knit culture filled with Aloha Spirit where we can all enjoy a good laugh and a good time. If a prospective employee isn’t afraid to crack a joke, pull a prank, or share a personal story, that’s always a good sign!

    What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

    Work your network. We love and value employee referrals, so reach out to people that you know at Salesforce and leverage them to find the best role. Send us your resume whether you see a role open on our website our not. We love great talent, and really do keep your resume on file for when there are relevant roles. We are always hiring and will call you when the right role match materializes. We've also created new roles when we see great skills that we can utilize for our business.

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

    We are always hiring exceptional engineers and account executives. These roles are the fuel to our growth engine, and are critical to our success.

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

    First, engage with the rich feed of employee photos and culture content on our @salesforcejobs Instagram and Twitter. These channels give candidates an inside look into what life is like at our company and are a great place to join the conversation. Next, head to the Salesforce YouTube channel to view recordings of keynotes from our global cloud computing events and our quarterly highlights videos. This will give candidates terrific insight into our products, customers and accomplishments. Finally, visit Trailhead and explore some trails, like the "Salesforce Ohana Culture" trail to learn how Salesforce lives our Ohana values every day.

    hiring Outlook

    22% Job Growth 25 Average applicants per opening
    206,204 Applications received 3,289 Positions filled in past year
    55% New hires by employee referrals 1,108 Jobs filled by current employees
    Yes Recruits on college campuses 238 New graduates hired
    * All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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