At Basecamp, we help small businesses deal with growth. We help them get it together - and keep it together - so they can do their best work for their own customers.
Basecamp was founded in 1999. We started out with four people, and today we’re a company of about 50 spread out across 32 different cities around the world. Our headquarters is in Chicago, but everyone at Basecamp is free to live and work wherever they want. Many of us love working remotely – we literally wrote the book on remote working!
An eclectic crew united by intellectual curiosity and a passion for great work.
Basecamp is headquartered in Chicago, but our team is spread out across 32 cities around the world. Everyone at Basecamp is free to live and work in the places they thrive, and most of us do just that.
We're authors, artists, designers, do-it-yourselfers, tinkerers, travelers, chefs, campers, readers, race car drivers, raconteurs, programmers, photographers, parents, poets, pilots, and pet lovers.
We run the gamut in geography, lifestyle and interest, but we’re united by a common set of values and goals: have fun, do exceptional work, build the best product in the business, experiment, pay attention to the details, treat people right, tell the truth, have a positive impact on the world around us, give back, and keep learning.
Collectively, we’ve run a profitable and popular business for 17 years straight, launched a widely popular programming framework (Ruby on Rails), written best-selling books, and a whole lot more.
Doubling down on simple and straightforward
We’re big believers in the power of keeping it simple. Every bet we’ve ever placed on making something easier for our customers has always paid off.
In the decades to come, we’ll continue to make big bets on simplicity, clarity, ease-of-use, and honesty. This goes for our products, our publications, and our company.
Investing in things that don’t go out of style
The best business advice we ever got is from Jeff Bezos from Amazon.com (Jeff bought a small piece of our company in 2006). He told us “Find the things that won’t change in your business and invest heavily in those things.”
He explained it like this… “Take Amazon for example… 10 years from now people aren’t going to say ‘I wish Amazon shipping was slower’ or ‘I wish Amazon had a worse selection’, so we invest heavily in fast shipping and a broad selection.”
So what are those things for us? 10 years from now people aren’t going to say “I wish Basecamp was harder to use” or “I wish Basecamp was slower and less reliable” or “I wish it took longer to get an answer from someone at Basecamp”, so we invest heavily in infrastructure, great design, and customer service.
We don’t chase fads and trends, we stay focused on the things that will always be important.
Giving a damn
Treating people right is fundamental to how we do business. We treat our customers as we’d want to be treated, we treat each other like family, and we treat ourselves to a good day’s work and a good night’s sleep.
Our goals have always been the same: Have fun, do exceptional work, build the best product in the business, experiment, pay attention to the details, treat people right, tell the truth, have a positive impact on the world around us, give back, and keep learning.
We’re also big believers in business 101. We don’t spend more than we earn, we don’t waste money on things that don’t matter, we don’t give away everything for free and hope we’ll figure it out before we run out of cash. We’re in business to stay in business, and we have 15 profitable years in a row to back it up.
Here's what we offer
Ever daydream about your perfect job? The benefits probably look a lot like this:
Top 5% salaries - We monitor industry salaries and make sure we’re paying in the top 5%, based on skills and experience, for every position. Salaries are standardized on the San Francisco market.
Work where you want - Work from anywhere in the world. Your home, our beautiful Chicago office, a co-working space, on the road, you name it. If you feel like moving your job stays with you.
40 hour work week - Work is a marathon, not a sprint. We regularly stick to 40 hours a week, with the occasional emergency or once-every-few-years special push demanding more.
32 hour (4-day) Summer work week - May 1 through August 31, we work 4 days a week, for a total of 32-hour weeks. New employees may have to complete a training period per their team lead.
Health & Dental Insurance - Basecamp offers a Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO health and dental policy for you and your family or domestic partner. Basecamp pays 75%, and you pay 25%.
$100/month Fitness Allowance - Basecamp will pay up to $100/month for your gym membership, yoga studio membership, running shoes, race registration, or whatever activity you do to stay in shape.
CSA Allowance - Fresh, organic, local fruits and vegetables are great to have on-hand, so Basecamp will pay for a local CSA membership at home for you and your family.
Vacations and Paid Holidays - Basecamp offers 3 weeks of paid vacation, a few extra personal days, and a few national holidays every year. This is a guideline, so don't sweat a few extra days.
Charitable Gifts Match - When you donate money to a qualified charity, Basecamp will make a matching gift to that charity on your behalf (up to $2000/year). Your charity must be registered as a 501c3.
One-Month Sabbatical Every Three Years - Every three years, employees are eligible to take a one-month-long paid sabbatical.
$100/month Massage Allowance - Every month, you can expense up to $100 towards a massage. Relax, stay loose.
100% match 401k Retirement plan - Basecamp will match your contributions dollar-for-dollar up to 6% of your salary.
100% of Hardware & Software - Whatever hardware, software, or services you need to do your job are always 100% on us. No red tape, no questions asked.
Standing desks - Basecamp will cover the full cost of a standing desk for anyone working outside of Chicago (up to what we spend on our standing desks at the office).
Coworking Space Stipend - Don't feel like working from home? No sweat. Basecamp will pay up to $100/month towards renting co-working space in your city.
$1000/annual Continuing Education Allowance - If you’re interested in taking classes to learn something new or further a skill, we’ll cover $1,000 annually. It doesn't have to be something directly related to your career. The point is to learn something that you feel enriches you as a person.
Flexible Spending Account (FSA) - A FSA is an account where you can set aside pre-tax money for out-of-pocket medical expenses or dependent care expenses. Every year you decide up front how much money you want to put in the account (max $2400/year for medical expenses and $5000/year for dependent care expenses).
No-Red-Tape Expense Account - Every US employee will be issued a company American Express card in your name. You can use this card for any work-related expenses, such as travel, software, or office supplies. No pre-approval needed, and no limits — just be reasonable. If you're outside the US we'll reimburse you instead.
Paid Parental Leave - When you welcome a new baby, Basecamp encourages you to take up to 16 weeks leave as primary caregiver and up to 6 weeks leave as secondary caregiver, at 100% paid salary. Primary or secondary caregivers can choose to take an additional 8 weeks unpaid leave.
Basecamp Holiday Gift - At the end of the year, Basecamp gives everyone a thank-you gift. Employees who have been at Basecamp for one year or less get one gift (last year: a night on the town), and employees with longer tenures get more elaborate gifts (last year: a paid trip to one of 16 amazing places around the world).
No office traps - We don't offer things like Foosball tables, catered meals in the office, and other “perks” designed to keep you at work for all of your waking hours. We want you to put in 8 quality hours then go live your life, rest, and recharge so you can come back fresh to do it again.