At WillowTree, Inc., 98 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 123 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.72. It was published on Jul 21, 2016. 7236 Visitors

What Employees Say

I'm proud to tell others I work here.
Management hires people who fit in well here.
People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.
People here are given a lot of responsibility.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.

What They Do

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

WillowTree is a team of creatives and engineers building digital products that are used by millions.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Information Technology
US Headquarters: Charlottesville, Virginia US Sites: 3
Major Locations: Charlottesville, Virginia; Durham, North Carolina US Employees: 144
US Revenues: $13 million Worldwide Revenues: $13 million
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 2007

Members of WillowTree's UX Design team collaborating at work.

Perks and Programs

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

  • Continuous Professional Development: WillowTree offers all of its team members the opportunity to travel to one all-expenses-paid conference each year. The only caveat is that you come back and share what you learned with the company. We also have weekly Lunch & Learns, weekly company-sponsored team lunches, ongoing conference speaking opportunities, code and design reviews, meet-ups, hackathons, etc. Continuous learning is just a natural outcome of working here.
  • Core Hours: While official business hours are from 9am - 6pm, WillowTree offers team members the ability to work core hours from 10am - 4pm so they can flex the rest of their day to best meet their own needs. WillowTree is also flexible with employee needs to work from home on a non-regular basis. 
  • Comprehensive Benefits: WillowTree offers excellent health insurance plans, full-paid long-term disability insurance, 401k and employee stock options, paid downtown parking, a new MacBook Pro, and discounted gym memberships for employees and their families. Health benefits start on a new team member's first day of work. 
  • WillowTree Gives Back: WillowTree loves giving back to the community. Organizations have the ability to apply online for WillowTree's support throughout the year. Each quarter, the whole company votes on which organization to lend their support to.
  • Fun: WillowTree organizes and hosts fun events throughout the year including two large company-wide parties; company-sponsored sports teams (e.g. kickball, softball, curling, etc.); tech and design meetups; happy hours; video game nights; movie nights; board game nights; company band practice; and lots of other events that appeal to a wide variety of team member interests. We also have a weekly happy hour. Once a month a team within WillowTree sponsors that happy hour, picking a theme to make it extra special and fun. The last one was a spoof on Brexit, with people at our new 'Treehouse' office location voting on Trexit (i.e. Treehouse exit from WillowTree). It was complete with a hilarious slide show, an actual vote, lots of ales, and fish and chips.
  • Cross-Office Visits: To encourage our team to 'gel' and get to know each other, WillowTree pays for a small group of people to travel between our Charlottesville and Durham offices every week. They can just hang out in the office, get work done, and get to know other people they don't normally get to spend a lot of time with. Often, large groups will go out for dinner or drinks together after hours.
  • Tickets: At both office locations, WillowTree purchases tickets for the enjoyment of its team members. In Charlottesville, WillowTree has box tickets to the NTelos Wireless Pavilion which is an open-air music venue just steps from our downtown office. In Durham, WillowTree chose to support the local Durham Bulls minor league baseball team. Their stadium is just steps from our office (located on the American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham). 
  • Mentor Program: This year we implemented a mentor program. All new hires, including interns, are paired with a mentor for their first 90 days of work. They can go to their mentors for questions regarding project work or life at WillowTree in general. Mentors are responsible for helping their mentees get off to a strong start and for helping them understand the level of excellence WillowTree team members hold themselves to. 


$90,575 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Software Engineer $90,575 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Software Engineer
50% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 6% of an employee's salary100% Company-paid health coverage for employees
100% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers 25 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance


  • 401(k)
  • Stock options to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Free lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Free beverages during the day
  • Free breakfast foods on a regular, daily basis
Team Meeting at WillowTree's Headquarters in Charlottesville, VA.


23 days 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


  • Flexible schedule (100% use it)


    84 days Job-protected maternity leave25 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    84 days Job-protected paternity leave10 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    9 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take84 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents
    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.


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


    • Medical care
    • Vision care
    • Mental health care
    • Dental care
    • Prescription drug subsidy


    • Flu shots
    • Subsidized offsite gym memberships

    Community Involvement & Philanthropy

    $25,114 Philanthropic donations in last year


    • 'Senior VP of HR & Recruiting' is accountable to formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
    • 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

    UX Designers working together at WillowTree's headquarters.


    WillowTree's company kickball team, 'The Whomping WillowTrees.'

    How to Get Hired

    We asked WillowTree, 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?

    They love what they do and are passionate about continuous learning. The space we work in is constantly changing and evolving, so people who work on side projects show that they want to stay ahead of the curve. We like nice people here. The ability to collaborate and treat others with respect is a key trait all of our employees must have.

    What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

    For developers, it's helpful to see a great GitHub account and any cool side projects they might be working on. UX Designers should have a killer portfolio of work. Business Analysts and Project Managers should have a deep interest in the mobile space and a solid technical background. Above all, anyone that wants to work here needs to play nice with others.

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

    Talented software developers, UX designers, UX strategists, project managers, business analysts, QA - all of them!

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

    Visit our website, check us out on Glassdoor, and apply!

    hiring Outlook

    75 Job openings forecast for coming year 95% Job Growth
    151 Average applicants per opening 5,426 Applications received
    61 Positions filled in past year 23% New hires by employee referrals
    23 New positions created 11 Jobs filled by current employees
    Yes Recruits on college campuses 17 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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