San Francisco, CA
600 Total Employees
217 Local Employees
Year Founded: 2004

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Benefits at Upwork

Upwork proudly offers a comprehensive set of benefits to ensure employees are able to bring their whole selves to work. To allow for that, we aim to deliver world-class offerings and perks that cover your medical, dental, vision, emotional and family well-being. If you are an active, regular, full-time employee working a minimum of 20 hours per week you are eligible for all lines of coverage.

Financial + Retirement


Upwork offers a traditional pre-tax 401(K) along with an after-tax Roth IRA option.

401(K) matching

Upwork matches 50% of every dollar contributed by employees into their 401(k) up to $5,000 per year. Employers match is fully vested after 1 year of service.

Company equity

Upwork offers equity as part of our standard compensation package.

Employee stock purchase plan

We allow qualified employees to purchase company shares at a discounted price.

Performance bonus

Child Care + Parental Leave

Adoption Assistance

Upwork will reimburse up to $3,000 for eligible fertility or adoption related expenses per plan year.

Childcare benefits

Upwork offers dependent care flexible spending accounts. In addition, we offer a $100 monthly credit from Trusted for backup and emergency child care services.

Company sponsored family events

Family medical leave

For eligible employees, FMLA provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for any circumstances regarding your personal health condition or to take care of a family member.

Generous parental leave

Upwork provides employees time to bond with their newborn and family. We offer up to 12 weeks of fully Paid Parental Leave.

Office Perks

Commuter benefits

You can elect up to max of $260 pre-tax for transit and parking. Upwork will match 50% of your pretax contributions each month.

Company-sponsored outings

Fitness stipend

We reimburse employees up to $50 per month for fitness related expenses. We have a corporate partnership with 24 Hour Fitness, but you can apply to your preferred gym or approved wellness expense.

Free daily meals

Upwork provides lunch on a daily basis from local Chicago restaurants.

Company-sponsored happy hours

Onsite gym

Pet friendly

Recreational clubs

Free snacks and drinks

Upwork has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and all of the flavored LaCroix you can handle.

Home-office stipend for remote employees


Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff

Mandated unconscious bias training

Diversity employee resource groups

Our employee resource groups include Up & Out (LGBTQ), Women at Upwork, Black Initiative Network, Que Tal (Latinx), Upwork Veterans, Upwork Family and Asian Professionals for Excellence.

Hiring practices that promote diversity

Health Insurance + Wellness

Dental insurance

Upwork provides your dental coverage through MetLife with a PPO plan offering.

Disability insurance

Upwork offers both short term disability (STD) and long term disability(LTD) insurance.

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Upwork provides an annual HSA contribution. You may also contribute pre-tax dollars to a Health Care FSA and Dependent Care FSA account.

Health insurance

We offer Anthem Blue Cross PPO and HSA plans and you may choose the best plan for you and your family.

Life insurance

Life Insurance coverage of 2X up to $300,000. Employees can also purchase coverage for a Spouse/DP and child(ren).

Pet insurance

Nationwide Pet Insurance now provides coverage to all pets within your life!

Vision insurance

VSP Vision offers a broad array of services for employees at Upwork.

Wellness programs

Upwork offers an on demand mental health platform, Ginger.IO, along with a parenting support tool, Cleo.

Mental health benefits


Volunteer in local community

In addition to company organized opportunities, we offer paid time off for volunteering at your favorite local organizations.

Open door policy

Open office floor plan

Pair programming

Partners with nonprofits

The Upwork Foundation is Upwork's social impact arm–our goal is to make sure the future of work is inclusive, especially for communities at risk of being left behind by changing technology.

Remote work program

Upwork encourages a healthy work-life balance. For your convenience we allow you to work from home on Wednesdays.

Vacation + Time Off

Generous PTO

Paid volunteer time

The Upwork Foundation has asked that 1% of employees time be used for giving back to the community and volunteering.

Paid holidays

Paid sick days

Unlimited vacation policy

Professional Development

Job training & conferences

Online course subscriptions available

Promote from within

Lunch and learns

Continuing education available during work hours