Mission: We're a laid back group of people working hard on a tough problem. Bookkeeping is a universal point of pain for passionate entrepreneurs trying to pursue their dreams. They want to run their businesses, not do accounting, so we make that disappear.
What is Bench?
"Bench is this weirdly concentrated group of smart, ambitious people" - Ian Crosby
We're a laid back group of people working hard on a tough problem. Bookkeeping is a universal pain point for passionate entrepreneurs trying to pursue their dreams. They want to run their businesses, not do accounting, so we make that disappear.
When you throw in with us you're not only joining a company that’s changing the way business is done, you're joining at an inflection point. Bench is post Series B, capitalized by a team of Silicon Valley and New York investors. We’re scaling fast and we’re not slowing down anytime soon. In just a few short years, we’ve grown from four co-founders to over 250 Benchmates. It’s been quite the ride so far and we’re looking for bright, light-hearted individuals who love solving tough problems to join us on this incredible leg of our journey.
We’re not here to dictate how to get your work done. You know how to do that. We want Bench to fit into your life in the way that makes the most sense for you. We want you to enjoy your independence.
You will have real responsibility from day one and we’ll support you in making sure that you’re able to handle the responsibilities you’re given. We promise that you will have an impact here, if you’re willing to take on a few challenges.
We all work hard here, but nothing is so important that it’s worth getting bent out of shape over. We assume the best intentions in others. We try not to take things personally. And we genuinely believe that you can (and should) laugh every day.
Pursuit of Possibility
We’re trying to fundamentally change an entire industry, and it’s not always easy. We aren’t afraid of change. We’re always trying to make things better. And we truly believe that almost anything can be improved with creativity, passion, and a bit of hard work.
At Bench, your wellness matters a lot to us. We’ve designed a benefits package for you to live in a way that feels good to you – our perks provide flexibility while our extended health benefits offers peace of mind.
Extended Benefits Plan
Bench provides 100% coverage of your extended benefits premiums. Health is wide-ranging, which is why we provide an extended benefits plan that’s both comprehensive and expansive. Coverage is provided for prescription drugs, various healthcare practitioners (i.e. acupuncture, massage therapists, dieticians, etc.) including mental health professionals, dental, vision, and more. For the little and big things, we’ve got your back.
Medical Services Plan (MSP)
Bench covers 100% of your MSP premiums, including any spouse or dependents you may have.
We know that wellness is unique to each Benchmate, which is why we’ve created a flexible, personalized wellness fund. Bench will reimburse you up to $1500 each calendar year to put towards what’s important to you under the buckets of:
Whether it’s a brand new bike, monthly gym or yoga studio membership, signing up for half-marathon races, enrolling in personal development courses, or purchasing monthly transit passes, choose what feels best for your needs and values.
In our humble opinion, we should all go on vacation more often. Planning your vacation days can be stressful, especially when you’re trying to map out two weeks off over the course of 365 days. We’ve declared to make this a better experience. Introducing: Flex Days.
If you’ve used up all your vacation days and you’d like some extra paid days off throughout the rest of the year, you can look to use flex days. Collaborate with your manager to take the time off that you need while still being responsible for looking out for your work and your team.
At the office you can always count on snacks being readily available. Our office team has thoughtfully put together a wide variety of delicious snacks to keep you healthy, happy, and productive. You’ll find a wide range of options such as organic yogurt and top-quality granola, fruit & nut mixes, and oranges and avocados. Because what’s better than a perfectly ripened avocado on a sunny (or rainy Vancouver) day?
The Bench experience is not happening to you, you are happening to it
At Bench, we believe that every Benchmate is creating the Bench experience for everyone else. Everything you bring to the table, along with your colleagues, is what makes this place one of a kind. You are the Bench experience.
What does the Bench experience look like? People often ask us about our culture, so here's a taste of #LifeAtBench in 45 seconds.
I worked at Bench Accounting full-time
-Youll gain tons of experience
-Lots of transferable skills
-People are awesome
-Salary is low but they take lots of people with no experience so I guess it's understandable
-Changes a lot and fast paced environment
-Cant offer full CPA experience
Advice to Management
Consider adjusting salary if you want higher retention/less turnover. Get more experienced middle management.
I applied online. I interviewed at Bench Accounting.
I applied online for Bench Accounting because I had heard many great things about the company from classmates. When I submitted my application online, they requested to schedule a phone interview in the upcoming days. The phone interview was a pleasant conversation and the caller demonstrated passion for the company. She was very helpful in answering any inquiries that I had and was very thorough in here explanations. After the phone interview, I was scheduled to go into the head office (very nice office) in a couple day, to have a face to face interview with a team-leader. Once again this interview was a great experience because they were very receptive towards my answers. Instead of typical interviews, where questions would be fired out constantly, they would comment on my answer and build on it. After the interview, they said they would contact me in the next couple days on the next step. 3 days later, I was given a written assignment to do. This assignment took me 6 hours to complete. The assignment was not difficult, but required a lot of thought. Once they received my assignment, and reviewed it, they contacted me to inform me that they would like to extend me an offer.
Overall, it was a great experience and they were very on top of things. For previous jobs, I had experiences where interview processes would take weeks just to get back to me, which was very frustrating. At Bench they were efficient and clear on what to expect for the next steps.