At SurveyMonkey, 93 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 297 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.12. It was published on Jun 19, 2017. 3627 Visitors

What Employees Say

I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
People celebrate special events around here.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.

What They Do

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

SurveyMonkey provides online survey solutions for businesses to ask questions and get actionable insights from customers, potential customers and employees. Our 20 years of expertise help 99% of Fortune 500 companies with 3 million responses a day.  

About this Company

Website: Industry: Information Technology
US Headquarters: San Mateo, California, 94403 Major Locations: Portland, Oregon, 97204; Emeryville, California, 94608; Seattle, Washington, 98101
US Employees: 550 Worldwide Revenues: $200 million
Employees Worldwide: 700 Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 1999

SurveyMonkey has been awarded:

Best Workplaces in the Bay Area 2018 (ranked 14)

Employees meeting in the open workspace in the San Mateo HQ

Perks and Programs

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

  • Parental Leave Policy: All our new parents across the globe get 16 weeks of paid leave after the birth or placement of the child. Whether it's a birth or adoption, all employees are eligible for the program. Expecting mothers may also take two additional paid weeks off prior to the expected delivery date. 100% of our new parents have returned to work at SurveyMonkey after taking this new enhanced leave.
  • Responsible Paid Time Off & Extended Bereavement Policy: One of our values is to #prioritizehealth. We encourage employees to take time to focus on their whole well-being. We offer responsible Paid Time Off: US employees get 20-25 days PTO each year. Plus, at the end of December, all offices staff for minimal operations, giving most employees the week off to spend with family and enjoy a holiday recharge. Those few employees who work to support our customers are paid special holiday pay in recognition of their dedication. We've extended our bereavement policy, giving those who are dealing with unimaginable loss a chance to focus on their emotional recovery. Employees have up to 20 days paid leave to grieve an immediate family member and up to 10 days to grieve an extended family member.
  • Food: Across all our offices at SurveyMonkey, we offer free breakfast and lunch four days a week. In our headquarters office, this food is prepared in a state of the art kitchen, with many healthy options to select from. Other offices provide catered meals, striving for variety and nutritious quality. In addition, we also offer a variety of free drinks and snacks at all office locations, such as nuts, popcorn, crackers, chips, fruit, teas, coffees and carbonated beverages.
  • Diversity & Inclusion: At SurveyMonkey, our goal is to create an environment where everyone—no matter their background—can succeed, feel a sense of belonging, and learn from one another through intentional and open conversations. This commitment begins with our recruiting and hiring practices and is embedded in all parts of the business. We know that success here improves employee experience, makes us more customer-centric, and drives business results for our shareholders.
  • Goldie Speaker Series: The Goldie Speaker Series was launched in 2016 to honor Dave Goldberg, our former CEO, who never missed a chance to mentor, inspire, and build up others. This series of events invites influencers and leaders to SurveyMonkey every month to spread ideas, creativity, and innovative thinking through stories and discussions. Through these events, employees can learn and feel inspired by the stories and journeys shared by outstanding leaders. Among our guests for the Goldie Speaker Series were: Serena Williams, Brad Smith (CEO, Intuit), Marne Levine (COO, Instagram), Kevin Merida (Editor-in-Chief, ESPN's The Undefeated), Arianna Huffington (Founder, Huffington Post), Sheryl Sandberg (COO Facebook), Andrew Wilson (CEO, Electronic Arts).
  • Take 4: This program provides employees of the company to take 4 consecutive paid weeks off to recharge, travel, work on a project or pursue whatever passion or personal matters of their choice following every 4 years of employment. This is in addition to our responsible PTO policy and can be combined with new parent leave. This program allows us to recognize and reward our most loyal employees, and also provides career development opportunities for employees who are providing coverage while their colleagues are on the "Take 4" leave.
  • Learning & Development: All new hires at SurveyMonkey are provided with 3 days of in-person training on our company’s mission, business strategy, and values, as well as up to a month of formal job-related training for our sales, engineering and customer support teams. We provide leadership training for all 150+ people managers in the form of a classroom-based curriculum covering critical skills, such as hiring, goal setting, team development, performance management. We also provide individual 8-week coaching engagements for 50 senior leaders. Our employees are proactive in helping each other learn by delivering courses across all offices on topics ranging from negotiation skills to online security. All SurveyMonkey employees also have unlimited access to Udemy for Business, a 3rd-party online learning platform, to develop and learn new skills.
  • SurveyMonkey Contribute: We created SurveyMonkey Contribute as an easy way for panel members to contribute to their favorite charities, and for charitable organizations to raise millions of dollars online, whether it's a small fund or a huge global project like Doctors without Borders or Red Cross. We have already donated over $10M to over 70 non-profit organizations through this program. Both our employees and panel members can contribute to their favorite charities by taking quick surveys whenever they have time; each survey means a $0.50 contribution to the charity of their choice. Contributors also enter sweepstakes to win gifts from SurveyMonkey.
  • Wellbeing program: One of our company’s core values is: Prioritize Health. We provide an array of programs to support employees’ wellbeing, both in and out of the office. We host weekly workout classes (Circuit, yoga) at our well-equipped activity room; Provide access to high-quality videos on nutrition, meditation, yoga etc., and a monthly allowance toward wellbeing activities. Throughout the year we host biometric screening, vendor and community fair, financial 1:1 consulting, massages and cooking demos.
  • Refinancing or Repayment of Student Loans: We offer several options to support employees in the refinancing or repayment of their student loans. We've partnered with Student Loan Genius offering employees access to their Genius Advisor platform which simplifies the multitude of repayment scenarios and helps employees find the best repayment plan through a web tool and live one-on-one advising service. In the last two months, over seventeen employees registered for an account to use Genius Advisor. Since 2013 we also have a program for employees at each of our US offices to seek personal and confidential financial advice from a registered investment advisor. Participation in this program is continuously growing with over 150 employees who took advantage of these 1-on-1 advisor meetings in 2016.


86% Company-paid health coverage for employees 76% Company-paid health coverage for dependents


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Stock options
  • Restricted stock units
Employees meeting in the company's library in the San Mateo office.


Unlimited Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 25 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
Unlimited Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 4 weeks Paid sabbatical after 4 year(s) of employment
Unlimited Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment 25 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Telecommute option (2% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (100% have access)
  • Onsite Amenities (Onsite Yoga class Student Loan Genius AnyPerk (now Fond) Grokker (video subscription) Purple Tie (dry cleaning) Wellness benefit Daily Wins and Big Wins (peer to peer recognition) New parent leave Disability Unlimited PTO Paid company holidays Holiday recharge (recharge paid time off between Christmas and the New Year; exact days vary by year) Take 4 (4 weeks of paid PTO following each 4-year anniversary of employment) Transportation Legal Service Donation match Employee referral Employee Assistance Program Free food Wellness events Expense Reimbursement)


80 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 80 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
83 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take80 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
75 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*53 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
$13,460 Adoption benefit80 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*
80 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.


  • 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

$2,334,000 Philanthropic donations in last year $66,000 Total company-matched employee donations in last year
3 LEED certified building(s) Yes Sustainable commuting program
Yes Carbon offset program Yes Recycling program
Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager 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
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees
  • 25 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Employees often bring their kids to spend time together. Kids enjoy playing in the “Jungle Gym” at our HQ in San Mateo.


CEO Zander Lurie often stops by to chat with employees

How to Get Hired

We asked SurveyMonkey 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?

At SurveyMonkey we’re devoted to supporting the curious and inspiring their growth. We welcome the world’s innovators and change agents. Our company is where forward-thinking individuals, who are looking for more than just a job, can make a lasting impact. Our workplace is collaborative and inclusive, a place where asking questions is celebrated. We are also looking for people who are not afraid to speak up, share their opinion, and believe in having a positive impact beyond our office doors. A great fit for SurveyMonkey is someone who demonstrates our core values, someone who: trusts the team, shows accountability, listens to customers, prioritizes health, and celebrates the journey along the way. We’ve built an environment where the curious are inspired and energized, and each and every person is given unique and varied opportunities for professional and personal growth.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Learn about our company and products. Show curiosity and motivation to work with us, as well as the ability to find creative ways to solve problems within your area of expertise. 

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

We are continuing to hire across the board in sales, engineering, product, design, and finance. We’ve got offices all over the world and we are looking for people to join the Troop to help power the curious.

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

Start at our company website to stay up to date on our job postings, social media channels, and blog posts. Learn more about the product by joining SurveyMonkey Contribute; share opinions and donate to participating charities. For those candidates interested in learning more about SurveyMonkey jobs, we are available to offer additional help and answer questions via

hiring Outlook

225 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 10% Job Growth
172 Average applicants per opening 33,039 Total job applicants
30% New hires by employee referrals 17% Openings filled by current employees
35 Recent graduates hired 6% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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