Equilar is growing rapidly and looking for exceptional talent to join our team and drive our business to the next level. As we enter new markets and build new products, new career opportunities become available every day.
We make significant investments to train and develop our employees and offer a fantastic training and development program which is why Equilarians are some of the most sought after talent in the industry. (This is something we take great pride in!). Couple this with great people and innovative products and these are the reasons why employees join Equilar. We’d love for you to join us too.
Since being founded in 2000, Equilar has continually raised the bar in developing industry-leading executive data software for over 1,000 clients, including public and private company executives and board members, compensation consultants, institutional investors, attorneys and other corporate governance leaders.
Our unrivaled cloud-based platforms never compromise on delivering the highest-quality information with accuracy and integrity. Above all, we believe it’s our deep understanding of the executive experience that enables us to continually create innovative solutions that truly improve business.
Whether we are providing compensation benchmarking data or delivering solutions that help companies engage with their shareholders, our unbiased approach to data collection and organization has earned us the trust of the world’s most influential companies, executives, academics and media.
Our clients put tremendous value in the ability to quickly access relevant executive data through our software platforms to make informed, intelligent business decisions and drive better results. Needless to say, we spend our time working hard to make sure that our finished product is world-class quality.
When you take a step back from it all and realize that you’ve provided business tools to over 75% of the Fortune 100 and are regularly cited in major media outlets like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg, and CNBC, it’s clear the value of all that hard work is paying off.
We encourage you to explore the information on these career site pages and learn as much as you can about us!
"We're entering a world where data may be more important than software."
- Tim O'Reilly
Equilar was a "Big Data" company before data became big, recognizing the value of data buried in SEC filings when the EDGAR system became available in the late 1990s. We were founded in 2000 to make the data in these documents easy to analyze. On a day to day, here’s what that looks like.
1. Extract. How do you capture all of the relevant data out there in a cost effective yet highly accurate manner?
Automation. We leverage the latest techniques to capture electronic information from SEC filings and forms. We use state-of-the-art technologies and employ machine learning, natural language processing, and other cutting-edge tools to help us capture the information that our clients seek.
Curation. We recognize that machines can only go so far. At the end of the day, having lots of data is of little value unless you can deliver it with the highest quality. We invest tremendous resources in developing proprietary research tools to help in the curation process. Through our highly refined cleansing and normalization processes, we significantly increase the value of the raw data and package it in a manner that’s highly relevant for our clients.
2. Analyze. Once we have a large, clean dataset, that’s when the fun begins. What are the interesting trends that we see with this data? What are the business implications, both good and bad, of these trends? How can we best serve our clients with this unique information and improve company performance? Who would benefit most from access to this information?
With our unique role in the marketplace (independent, neutral, and trusted market leader), we are in an enviable position to identify patterns and trends in the marketplace well ahead of others around us. In the words of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, “Skate to where the puck is going, not where it’s been.” We take feedback and knowledge to introduce state-of-the-art products and solutions well ahead of any of our competitors.
3. Present. Now that we’ve identified an interesting trend, how do we communicate it to our clients and the broader marketplace in the most elegant manner? How can we incorporate graphics and images to present these trends in an impactful, visual way? What products can we build to help get the message out to the target audience? How can we incorporate the latest online marketing techniques and social media tools to help create awareness and ultimately improve corporate governance in America and throughout the world?
Much of Equilar's culture stems from our foundation as a research and information services company. Our employees are focused and driven with everyone working toward one common goal: to make our products and research the best in the industry. Attention to detail is a quality you'll find in every employee here. We expect high quality work, high productivity, and high levels of professionalism. At the same time you will find friendly, down-to-earth employees and an open, collaborative environment.
How do employees balance their time? Equilarians can often be found playing Foosball, ping-pong, video games, or arcade games at lunch or going out in groups to the local Redwood City eateries (Chipotle anyone?). In the EquiLair, our lunch room, you may find yourself chatting with an executive as you fill up your Equilar water bottle. In the afternoon you might see employees coming back from Starbucks with trays of iced coffee for their team. After work some employees play in Equilar softball or basketball leagues or you may just grab drinks on your way to the Caltrain station.
We do have a busy season (spring) but in general you're not going to find employees working late nights because we know that we’ve hired intelligent, driven people who know how to manage their time. We cultivate high achievers and top quartile performers so if you're driven and looking for a challenge we'll provide you with the opportunities to do so.
Our open-office environment encourages collaboration and feedback and despite a roster of over 100 employees, you’ll very quickly come to know almost every Equilarian across every department.
We value integrity and ambition over experience and pedigree. We make significant investments to train and develop our talent. We truly care about the growth and success of our employees and would love for you to meet some of our team. Click on the links below to learn more about life at Equilar.
Associate Director of Research Services and Innovation
I joined Equilar after graduating from Tufts University with a degree in Quantitative Economics and a minor in Music (I played the French horn for 10 years). I had a strong academic record but minimal work experience. I also wasn’t well polished or great at interviewing so I needed to find a company who saw through my introverted exterior. I found in Equilar a place that was open to hiring (and in fact desired) academics like me. Returning to the Bay Area was also a plus – I grew up locally in Benecia, CA.
Before continuing, you should know that I’ve been with the company for over eight years. I’ve been on the Research team for all eight. Most of the bios you’ll read on this site talk about the Rotation Program and exploring different departments. I hope this story speaks to all the analytical, academically strong minds who desire true subject matter expertise.
My first title was Research Analyst. In this role I contributed to the core product suite and started building out my experience with custom research projects. I ended up specializing in transaction and special reward projects – such as M&A (merger and acquisition) and retention award analyses. I proved to be a very consistent analyst and towards the end of my first year began working on media analyses - an area of extremely high visibility. It was around this time I realized I wanted to stay in Research long term and become an expert, well-rounded analyst in the executive compensation industry. By the end of the 2nd year I had mastered several more areas of expertise.
Over the next few years I went from being the initial analyst on projects to being the final review, training others, and managing workflow. My greatest challenge up to this point (shared by many analysts) was preparing to speak with clients as a Project Manager. In my third year, I overcame this and started taking client calls, converting conversations into paying projects, and leading the execution of those projects.
Fast forward a few more years and I’m now leveraging my experience to manage others (another one of my biggest personal challenges), manage Research team operations, contribute to product development, and become a Certified Equity Professional (CEP).
I now hold a Director title. In this role, I’m trying to build out the capabilities of the team, build revenue generating products, and continue leveraging my expertise to contribute to the growth of the firm.
Research Analyst I/II. Analyzed and reviewed SEC filings for hundreds of public companies. Became responsible for reviewing research data and publishing it directly to the Equilar database. Also began to specialize in specific areas such as transaction awards.
Senior Research Analyst (I/II). Took over media surveys, reviewed and planned custom projects with clients. Expanded areas of expertise within custom research.
Project Manager. Lead and facilitated the majority of projects that came through Research. Managed media survey data and workflow. Trained others in these areas. Started managing for the first time.
Senior Project Manager. Developed specialized Research projects that turned into revenue generating products. Continued building up management skills.
Associate Director of Research Services and Innovation. Worked with Sales and Marketing to bring new products to market. Managed team of Project Managers.
Human Resources Coordinator
I joined Equilar in August of 2011 after graduating from the University of California, Davis. I received my degree in Managerial Economics, which is a broad major and kept my professional options open. After interviewing with Equilar, I realized that I had a great chance to become an expert in a niche field, grow my professional skillset, and figure out which area of business I wanted to pursue through the rotation program.
My first role at Equilar was as a Research Analyst. I was responsible for updating and ensuring high quality data for Equilar’s board of director’s database. I also worked extensively on analyzing executive compensation data, which was great because it allowed me to gain an understanding of another important part of our business. After being promoted to a Senior Analyst and working on custom projects, I was interested to see where else in the company I could combine my passions and recently acquired knowledge.
Therefore, a little over a year into my career here I began a rotation in the Marketing department. I took over our Marketo account (email and campaign software) and was responsible for running marketing campaigns. The ultimate goal was to provide the Sales team with as many qualified leads as possible, and to help identify which ones to prioritize. It was awesome to know that I was directly influencing which leads the Sales spent time communicating with.
Regardless of these roles, I always felt the greatest satisfaction when working with people. I knew that as much as I liked Marketing and the future career opportunities within the field, I needed to work in a field where I could better utilize my strongest skills. After about a year in Marketing I was able to rotate into the Human Resources department and eventually took on the full-time position I now hold - HR Coordinator.
Research Analyst. Analyzed the executive and director compensation sections of proxy statements in order to provide high quality data to Equilar’s product and engineering teams. Produced custom projects which was not only exciting, but also allowed me to gain experience interacting with clients.
Lead Generation Specialist. Ensured Equilar campaigns (newsletters, webinar invites, event promotions) were sent out to the correct segments and then helped Sales to easily see which of those leads should be chased.
Human Resources Associate. Led college recruiting for the Research team - coordinated on campus recruiting events, managed the pipeline of candidates, and built relationships with top candidates. Also managed Leadership Rotation Program - coordinated with managers and analysts to roll out 9 rotation opportunities. And lastly, an aspect of my job I really enjoy - helped to spread the Equilar brand whether that’s through social media or at networking events held in the Bay Area.
Human Resources Coordinator. Managing the areas listed above with greater leadership and starting to apply more strategic thinking. Learning new areas within recruiting and training and development as well.
I joined Equilar after graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Economics. By virtue of its data quality and compelling product suite, Equilar offers employees a fascinating window straight into the upper echelons of corporate America. It’s a milieu that many spend their entire careers trying to access, but at Equilar I was able to jump headfirst into this world from the beginning.
I began my career at Equilar as a Research Analyst. The Research Analyst role gave me the rare opportunity to learn the ins and outs of corporate governance in America very early in my career and contribute to numerous reports on executive compensation. I also had ample opportunity to develop my technical skills by creating downloadable, automated compensation analyses for clients and developing platforms to facilitate and standardize content creation.
I quickly learned that building user-friendly, data-rich products is my true passion. This is Silicon Valley, after all! After managing operations and support for Equilar Engage, I became a Product Manager for Equilar’s new BoardEdge product – a corporate governance and networking platform aimed directly at America’s top boards of directors.
Soon I found myself on the phone with Fortune 500 board members nearly every week, shepherding BoardEdge from the idea phase all the way to a boardroom-ready product. Working with a fantastic team of engineers, managers, executives, marketing, sales, and support staff to make the product a reality has been a dream come true that I would have been hard-pressed to find at another company.
Research Analyst. Like all of Equilar’s Research Analysts, I spent countless hours mastering the intricacies of the various legal documents companies submit to the SEC. But what do we do with the data we gather from those documents? As a Research Analyst I also had the opportunity to create reports and contribute to products. Most importantly, though, I learned what I truly wanted from my career.
Content Specialist. At the beginning of my second year at Equilar, I was afforded the opportunity to take on more of a leadership role in our content creation. I participated in webinars on equity compensation, revamped our report creation process, and began working closely with our products team to develop new features and learn the basics of product management. I also gained experience in product support.
Product Manager. Equilar never shies away from granting amazing opportunities to young employees. After only two years at the company, I found myself working closely with each of our departments and directly tackling one of the most interesting challenges around—how to enable the world’s executives through compelling, user-friendly products. Equilar’s focus on people and career development make it a great place to start your journey, and its lofty position within its industry makes it a great place to keep your journey going.
I joined Equilar after graduating from UC Davis with a degree in Economics. I originally joined Equilar because I thought it would be a great place to use my analytical background and was otherwise unsure of what I wanted to do. Joining Equilar was an easy decision because I knew it would be a great opportunity to explore my interests and find what I am passionate about.
Equilar has allowed me all the flexibility I had hoped for and more. Starting in the Research department and transitioning full-time into Client Services is something I never would have anticipated on day one. Equilar gave me the freedom to experiment and conquer my career uncertainty.
Research Analyst. Analyzed and reviewed SEC filings for hundreds of public companies. Became responsible for reviewing research data and publishing it directly to the Equilar database that clients use on a daily basis. Specialized in executives, directors, board committees, and executive compensation survey data. Honed technical skills in Excel and SQL.
Client Services Rotation Program. Decided to move away from the data itself and explore how it is used by Equilar’s customers. Learned to use Salesforce, performed client outreach campaigns, and mastered Equilar’s product offerings.
Account Manager. Moved full-time to the Client Services team as an Account Manager. Now manage and support over 200 of Equilar’s corporate clients to drive retention. Teach users to navigate the Equilar products and serve as the liaison between clients and Equilar’s Research, Products, and Accounting teams.
Senior Data Quality Manager
I joined Equilar after graduating from UC Davis with a degree in Managerial Economics. The reason I joined Equilar was due in large part because of the financial recession. As various news stories regarding executive compensation came out, I became interested that there was a company researching this exact topic.
I started diving into the world of executive compensation and corporate governance as a Research Analyst. The position requires a highly analytical mind and a detail-oriented eye as you read through countless SEC filings looking for compensation plans and governance practices. After my first six months, I had analyzed nearly 800 proxies; after a year, that increased to 2,000. As I continuously dove into the topic, I found there were many nuances to the subject and the data I was looking at in addition to what I heard on the news.
After expressing interest with my manager about possibly having a team of my own one day, I received various opportunities to learn about all of the operations within the Research department, including resource planning, onshore and offshore management, and recruiting. Gaining in-depth knowledge in all of these areas and having great mentors along the way set me up to become a Research Manager in a short amount of time. Taking all that was taught to me and the larger perspective I gained along the way, I’m now able to help incoming and developing analysts learn about the company, the industry, and their future careers.
We develop a culture where analysts take pride in their work to an almost extreme extent, from data integrity all the way down to the column alignment and borders in spreadsheets. As the Senior Data Quality Manager, I’m able to help further establish this unique culture and expand on it in new ways to ensure the best data is provided to our clients.
Research Analyst. Analyzed thousands of SEC filings, ultimately becoming responsible for reviewing the data that feeds to our clients. Learned, grew, and utilized SQL and Excel skills by working on various projects. Specialized in specific areas of compensation topics, including Severance and Change in Control.
Research Manager. Trained and developed first-year Research Analysts starting at Equilar. Helped them to learn about executive compensation while discovering their intended career paths. Managed onshore and offshore teams to aid in the efficiency of the department.
Senior Data Quality Manager. Establishing internal controls and processes to ensure the high quality of data provided to our clients. Using SQL, Excel, and VBA knowledge to develop resources and tools for analysts.
Associate Product Manager
I joined Equilar after graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Economics. I came out of college knowing that I wanted to continue to learn and develop my analytical skills, which the Research Analyst position provided. The tipping point for me to join Equilar was that the company recognizes hard work and fosters an environment to learn, grow and excel, which was the type of company that I wanted to work for.
No one really graduates from undergrad thinking that product management is their life-long career goal. Most people just stumble across it. The Rotation Program, which is offered to full-time Research Analysts, provided an opportunity to take on the responsibilities of a Product Manager. This experience of developing skills in a different job function is a key benefit of the program.
Today, I manage the Equilar Engage product full-time. This involves sprint management, working closely with Engineering, Design, Marketing and other Product teams. I also spend a good amount of time thinking through strategic directions for the product.
Research Analyst. Reviewed SEC filings and analyzed financial, Board, and compensation data. Led the Financials team and trained analysts, all within one year of joining. Contributed to industry reports including Equilar’s annual Equity Trends and Board Composition & Recruiting Trends reports.
Products Rotation. Spent 6 months rotating with the Product Development team while still spending half of my time with Research. This eventually led to the transfer below.
Associate Product Manager. Working extensively with the Product and Engineering teams to scope out features to build in the near term and the long term.
Giving back to the community is important at Equilar. Whether it is with time (community service projects) or money (donations), we wish to continually give back as the company continues to grow.
Equilarians are involved in a variety of community service projects throughout the year. We are open to helping many different organizations and encourage our employees to take the lead if there is a cause they are passionate about.
Equilar Scholars Program
Education is a key component of Equilar's success, which is why we're proud to assist students both at home and abroad. With the help of the Asian Pacific Fund, we're pleased to offer the Equilar Scholars Program, which provides two $1,000 scholarships to UC Berkeley and UC Davis students each year.
Equilar Charitable Contributions
Equilar donated over $70,000 to Charities in 2015, including but not limited to:
Equilar had a great time at Butler Koshland Fellowships: Who's Your Mentor event! Here’s a picture of the team at the event with Steve Young!
Equity Ownership and Profit Sharing. Our pay-for-performance culture gives top-performing employees the opportunity to take part in a unique profit sharing program. We are the only company in Silicon Valley that offers a broad based S-corp equity ownership structure that pays out annual cash distributions to its employee shareholders. Providing equity ownership opportunities and profit distributions is our way of sharing Equilar’s success with you.
401(k) Match Program. We generously match up to four percent of total compensation in our 401(k) plans, and have never reduced, eliminated or capped our matching contribution. All matching contributions are immediately vested for you to keep.
Health Benefits. Employees and their dependents receive medical, vision, and dental benefits. We have several flexible benefit plans to choose from, including HSA and PPO plans. Two of our health plan options cover the employee at 100% (that’s right, no payroll deductions!). We also provide life, AD&D, and long term disability coverage for all employees.
Training and Development. Equilar promotes a culture of continuous learning and strives to offer top training and development opportunities. Under the LearnGrowLead (LGL) Program we offer professional development training, a reimbursement program, mentor program, MBA program, rotation program, management training, and more.
Onsite Company Gym. We are committed to keeping employees happy, healthy, and productive. Our fully-equipped onsite gym is open to all employees so you can come to work refreshed and energized.
Free Caltrain Passes. Our office is within walking distance of the Redwood City Caltrain station. All employees who choose to take public transit are provided with a free Caltrain pass and mobile hotspot reimbursement.
Time Away. Time to recharge is an important part of life at Equilar. Employees receive up to 26 days off in their first year. This includes vacation days, sick days, holidays, and a company-wide "Holiday Week" which gives all employees paid time off for the week between Christmas and New Year's.
Education. We are looking for employees who care about growth. We seek candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to their education and personal development and will continue to do so throughout their time at Equilar.
Quality. Our reputation for quality data and service is very important to us, and extends to our employees as well. Accuracy and attention to detail are traits we look for in every applicant.
Unity. Though we're growing, we want to maintain a small-office environment. The open layout of our building encourages collaboration, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a team atmosphere.
Innovations. We’re dedicated to expanding our market, identifying breakthrough enhancements to our service offerings, and building new products. This is what drives us forward.
Leadership. The ideal Equilar employee is able to take responsibility for themselves, their team, and the organization, leading when necessary and providing their best work when others take the reins.
Accountability. Excellent performance is nothing without integrity. Our top performers are conscious of their strengths and weaknesses and work to improve over time.
Results. Ultimately, Equilar is seeking employees who deliver. If you demonstrate all of the above qualities, you will be an amazing asset to our team!
We're always hiring intelligent, driven, and passionate individuals to fill new and existing positions.
To apply for a job at Equilar, click on your desired role in the "Open Positions" bar to the right, then follow instructions to submit your resume and cover letter online. Our recruiting team reads every submission and will contact all qualified candidates to schedule a phone interview.
The interview process varies from department to department, but candidates who pass the initial stages are invited to visit our Redwood City, CA office for an interview. For some positions we may be able to arrange remote video interviews. Most positions will involve two to three rounds before we make a hiring decision.
You will learn more about our industry, our products, the day to day work, and company culture. You'll meet with many different individuals at all levels of the organization. We will learn more about you — your career goals, personal aspirations, passions, and how you might fit into the Equilar family. We will evaluate your knowledge, skills, and aptitude for the position as well as your readiness to contribute to the success of the organization.
For current undergraduates, both full-time and internship opportunities are available. Check with your school's career site to see if Equilar will be attending any career fairs on your campus. We also host informational sessions and conduct on campus interviews at a handful of universities in the Bay Area.