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Asana Overview

San Francisco, CA (US)
501 to 1000 employees
2009
Company - Private
Enterprise Software & Network Solutions
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Asana helps teams orchestrate their work, from small projects to strategic initiatives. More than 75,000 organizations and millions of users rely on Asana, including AirAsia, AllBirds, Grab, KLM Air France, Kohl’s, Sephora, Traveloka, and Viessmann. Asana has been ... Read more

Mission: Asana’s mission is to help humanity thrive by enabling the world's teams to work together effortlessly.

Company Updates

  • Thank you Fairygodboss for shining a light on two Asana leaders, Dana Barrett and Sonja Gittens-Ottley, as part of the Black Women Leading the Way in Corporate America initiative. Dana is Head of Product Marketing and has been instrumental in leading our recent product launches. Sonja is our Head of Diversity and Inclusion, who continually ensures that every employee is part of our work to make Asana a more diverse and inclusive company. Together, they create meaningful change and impact at Asana and in their communities. We're so honored to have them on the team! #teamasana

  • At Asana, we look forward to Pride month every year. Our ability to celebrate this month has been made possible by queer people of color, specifically queer Black activists, who have put their lives on the line time and time again. This year, our ERG Team Rainbow is celebrating the diverse people and identities that make up the queer spectrum. Our theme *Many Faces, One Community* recognizes our unique qualities, and is a reminder that together, we are a part of something greater. To kick things off, we'd like to introduce you to just a few of the members of our Team Rainbow community from all over the world. Get to know them in their own words and see how they take pride in who they are.

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Asana – Why Work With Us?


At Asana, we are passionate about building technology that is a force for positive change in the world. Our mission drives us every day, and as our customers help humanity thrive with Asana, we are inspired to make our product and culture even better. 

 

Asana is a work management platform that helps teams orchestrate their work, from daily tasks to strategic initiatives. Our Anatomy of Work Index report shows that workers spend 60% of their time on work about work (constant status updates, notification overload), which leads to missed deadlines and burnout. Asana aims to solve these problems that plague teams around the world, and empower people to do their best work. With Asana, teams have a living system where everyone can see, discuss, and manage team priorities. This gives teams confidence and clarity, which enables them to move fast and accomplish more with less. As a company, we’re our own best customers of the product we’ve built. By using our own product internally, we reap the benefits of drastically diminishing the work about work.

 

As a company focused on empowering teams to do their best work, we believe fundamentally that the investments we make in our culture are precisely what fuel our business success. For us, it’s mission-critical that our culture enables our employees to do their most impactful work as effortlessly as possible. This supports the business, enables us to achieve our mission, and ultimately enhances employee satisfaction and growth. We treat our culture like a product, and ensure that it always fosters trust, clarity, and diversity and inclusion.

Being in a phase of fast growth where change is a constant, every day brings new problems to solve and new opportunities for you to make an impact. Your manager, colleagues, and leaders will trust you to move work forward, own making decisions, and drive impact. We believe that everyone has a unique path, and career growth isn’t linear, so our programs are designed to support multiple directions and areas of growth. A supportive environment that challenges you to do great things, fast, and practice mindfulness as we grow and scale, will set you up for success. 

Here are some of the ways we ensure that every Asana is constantly learning and growing: 

  • Success guides: We aim to provide every Asana with clarity on what success looks like in their role and at their level. Success guides are tailored to each team and help us maintain a growth mindset so that you can continue to improve yourself, each other, and the value we bring to our customers.
  • Areas of Responsibility: Every employee at Asana is empowered to take on big responsibilities that impact our success as a company. Areas of Responsibility (AoRs) distribute responsibility among the greater team, and allow individuals to take on projects and initiatives that may be outside of what is typical for their role.
  • Mentorship embedded in our culture: From day one, you will have a mentor by your side to guide you through the onboarding process. Our Engineering team pairs every team member with a mentor throughout their Asana journey to help them navigate their growth and development.
  • Free executive and life coaching: Every employee can choose from experienced, professional coaches and get 6 free sessions per year, or 9 sessions for people managers.
  • Manager training programs: Investing in managers critical to supporting every employee's growth and development. Managers have access to Outstanding Manager Bootcamp courses year-round, as well as guides and resources, to ensure that they are building their leadership skills and setting their team up for success. 
  • Conscious Leadership Group training: Conscious Leadership provides us with a shared language and philosophy around how we as individuals show up to work everyday. Every Asana is invited to participate in CLG training

The work you do at Asana will be challenging, and the pace will be fast. Our benefits programs center on wellness and empathy, and are designed to ensure that you are energized, focused, and thriving. At Asana, we provide you with: 

  • Extended health and dental insurance: We pay 100% of healthcare and dental insurance premiums for employees and dependents.
  • Flexible time off: Enjoy 15+ paid vacation days, plus 11 company-observed public holidays.
  • Food & fitness benefit: Fuel up on healthy lunches provided in-office, plus receive a monthly $70 pre-tax stipend for us on gym memberships or fitness classes.
  • Free executive and life coaching: Every employee can choose from experienced, professional coaches and get 6 free sessions per year.

 

 

At Asana Engineering, we aim to build, operate, and scale the most useful software for the world’s teams. We’re fascinated by productivity and thrive on solving problems together that help people achieve their most ambitious goals. We believe in using the best tools for the job, and being mindful about how we solve problems so that we’re always thinking about the future, while still doing great things, fast. 

 

The platform we’re building helps teams plan, organize, and execute their work, from daily tasks to strategic initiatives. We’re solving for human workflows and productivity, so our product needs to be powerful enough to be used by large, globally distributed customers, and flexible enough to serve anyone’s workflow without disrupting it. 

 

Building product at a product-led company allows us to work closely with our Product, Design, and User Research teams, and we work hand-in-hand through the entire product development process. Engineering is generally structured across these four teams:  

  • Product Engineering: Builds the Asana web and mobile application using a customer-driven approach to iterate and evolve our product to meet the needs of teams everywhere. We structure work in Product Engineering into three key pillars: 
    • Workflow pillar: Make the right connection between our customers, their tools, and their processes; build features that support our customers’ unique workflows.
    • Clarity pillar: Deliver the pyramid of clarity to our customers; build features to ensure that teams have clarity of purpose, plan, and responsibility, which we know makes them more productive.
    • Adoption pillar: Increase the adoption and monetization of Asana; build features that make it easy for users to quickly see value from the moment they start using Asana. 
  • Infrastructure and Security: Builds the foundation needed to support our web and mobile applications, and our API, as well as the systems and tools that enable Asana to easily build secure software (this team analyzes service disruptions on the blog).
  • Developer Success: Our main connection to the developers worldwide who build off of the Asana API. This team also runs our company-wide semi-annual hackathon.
  • Data Science: Design and use data analysis tools that increase our data’s scalability, accuracy, and accessibility, as well as act as key partners to each product team to ensure we have the right metrics and insights in place.

 

Design, build, and ship product with a customer-first approach.

We’re passionate about building a product that eliminates “work about work” to help teams work with more confidence and efficiency. We work across the organization to create a seamless, unified customer experience that supports Asana’s mission. Our teams include:

  • Product Management
  • User Experience Research
  • Product Design
  • Brand Design

 

Asana Reviews

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    I have been working at Asana full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Asana is a fantastic place to work. When I first joined, I experienced thorough and thoughtful on-boarding, including a dedicated two-week "bootcamp" to learn all about Asana's engineering systems and practices. Because of the bootcamp, help from on-boarding members, and widespread support from Asana's engineers, I was quickly able to contribute meaningfully to the Asana codebase. Asana's engineering team is strong and values technical design, code quality, documentation, sharing learnings, and fixing problems even if you weren't the one who caused them. Experienced engineers care about the learning of new hires and less experienced engineers and will answer questions, pair program, and review code to ensure this happens. Regarding career development, my manager is very interested in learning about my short, medium, and long term goals and supporting me to reach them. At Asana, it's possible to try a lot of different roles outside of being an individual contributor, for example helping with recruiting or leading a project, and you can quickly take on lots of responsibility if that's appealing to you. Individual and group achievements are widely recognized and appreciated. All my coworkers are great communicators and it makes them easy to work with. Another huge plus of working at Asana is that you use the Asana app all the time as part of your job. You quickly appreciate its value and become even more motivated to improve it. Other perks include free food, great hardware, and a highly flexible vacation policy. Overall I'm thrilled to be part of a company that cares so much about its employees' well-being and development and I find it I incredibly motivating to work among people who believe in and care deeply about the product.

    Cons

    The work is highly collaborative, which might be a con for someone who likes to work more independently. I'm a pretty introverted person though and I'm finding that the support of my manager and shared goals with my coworkers make the collaboration useful and interesting instead of difficult or draining.

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Asana Photos

Asana photo of: Some more new hires!
Asana photo of: Celebrating a mobile feature launch!
Asana photo of: A bike ride to the Golden Gate Bridge!
Asana photo of: Team Rainbow, our LGBTQIA employee resource group, hosted a fireside chat with Cyan Bannister
Asana photo of: All-hands
Asana photo of: Coding
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Asana Interviews

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    Software Engineer Interview

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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Asana in January 2020.

    Interview

    Started with one recruiter call, then a technical round where I spoke with 1 person and was asked one system design and one algo/data structures. Then I had another call with the recruiter. After this I had my final technical round where I spoke with 3 people. The first two people each asked me one system design and one algo/data structures. The last person gave me a coding challenge style question and I had 70 minutes to complete it.

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Asana Awards & Accolades

  • Best Workplace in Technology, Best Workplaces, 2019
  • Best Workplace for Millennials, Best Workplaces, 2019
  • Best Workplaces, Inc. Magazine, 2019
  • Best Place to Work in the Bay Area, Fortune and Great Place to Work, 2020
  • Best Workplace in Technology, Fortune and Great Place to Work, 2020
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