Human Interest

501+ employees
251 - 500 engineers
$100m+ funding
Series c

We make it easy for people to have the best retirement plan made by robots and humans working together.

Human Interest is a Y Combinator-backed company that offers an easy and affordable 401(k) retirement plan for the modern workforce. We've built an automated, paperless 401(k) that makes it possible for small and medium-sized businesses to offer a 401(k) benefit to their employees — something that only 14% of them are able to do today. In doing so, we're empowering businesses of any size to safeguard the financial futures of their employees.

Human Interest acknowledges the fundamental value and dignity of all people. We've pledged ourselves to developing and maintaining an environment that respects diverse traditions, ideas, heritages, and experiences. We're committed to honoring our differences by accepting nothing less than equitable treatment of all applicants and employees.

Diversity and inclusion help us do better as a business, and we deliberately build processes to create a workplace where all are welcome and accepted. We're proactive and purposeful in prioritizing diversity and inclusion internally not only because it's the right thing to do, but also because we believe it's the only way to effectively create products and services that can be truly helpful to all people.

Human Interest is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran or military status, or any other characteristics protected under federal, state, or local laws.

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Why join us?

  • We have a strong, empathic team — We've assembled a great team with experience from world-class tech companies. Our team has worked at companies like Google, Mozilla, Clever,, Patreon, GetSatisfaction, PushBullet, Procore, Good Eggs, Macy's and more.

  • We have lots of customers, and we're growing quickly — Thousands of small businesses all across the country use our software to manage their 401(k) plans. That number is growing quickly. Our customers love our product!

  • We have great investors who believe in our mission — We’re backed by top Silicon Valley investors including Y Combinator, SV Angel (investors in Gusto, Github, and MemSQL), Wing VC, Adam Nash (CEO Wealthfront), famous quarterback Joe Montana, Jacob Gibson (co-founder of NerdWallet), and Greg Brockman (former CTO of Stripe).

Engineering at Human Interest

Engineering team and processes

We operate on a one week sprint cycle, meeting weekly to discuss the metrics and backlog. We do a big roadmap meeting quarterly to identify the top 15 projects we'd like to accomplish.

We have two teams and four streams of work: 1. General product (team/project) 2. Firefighter (one engineer, General Product, reactive) 3. Quick Win (one engineer, General Product, Unit Stories, ad-hoc product requests, proactive) 4. Recordkeeping Systems (team/project)

Technical Challenges

Creating a product that's simple and intuitive for a broad range of users — We're automating 401(k) plans, which can be a tricky system on its own for people to understand. This gives us the opportunity to experiment to see how we can best overcome the behavioral hurdles in users' minds.

Writing clean, accurate backend automation code that scales — We need to be able to represent and optimize a lot of relational data, not to mention keep it synced across multiple systems, including legacy retirement planning software.

Projects you might work on
  • Payroll and HRIS Integrations — Some payroll and HRIS systems give us an API, or a CSV file drop, or we need to automate a browser. This is very challenging to lower the maintenance cost.

  • Compliance Metrics — There are 20 things that we are required to do by law, which includes tracking the deliverability of email. How do we know that we're doing it within the appropriate SLAs?

  • Participant Exclusion — We notice when employees join your company through your payroll records, but we can't tell if they are temporary or interns, which would make them ineligible for your 401(k) program. What is the easiest way for an administrator to tell us this?

Tech stack

Working at Human Interest

We enjoy having idealistic and talented people on our team of excellent human beings. You'll be encouraged in your growth and your ideas will be given shape, substance, and support. Your objectives, as part of a quarterly OKR collaboration, will include time to read and deepen your craft.

We practice agile and hue close to its manifesto, with a bring your whole self to work strategy: your manager will push you to take more vacation and more sick leave, more emphasis on rest. Just as you will push to do your very best work and burn brightly while collaborating and coding and debugging.

As an employee benefits company, benefits are very important to us, and at Human Interest our philosophy is to be generous when it comes to employees' wellness. We invest in the long-term physical, financial, and emotional well-being of our employees.

Perks & benefits
  • 401(k) Contribution

    As you might expect, we offer employees a great 401(k) plan: our own! It includes a dollar-for-dollar employer match up to 4% of compensation with ZERO asset fees. (Most companies cannot offer this — it's where 401(k) plans make their money!)

  • Health Insurance

    We provide top-of-the-line health insurance plans, as well as dental and vision insurance, with premiums fully paid for by the company. Your dependents will be covered 50%. This also includes an annual membership to One Medical Group.

  • Flexible Hours

    Our core hours are 10am-4pm, and otherwise are very flexible but want to maintain very close to 40 hours/week to accommodate your obligations outside of work.

  • Generous Vacation

    Our untracked/unlimited vacation with team-established minimums gets you the best of both worlds. We make sure to provide enough support so that you can get the rest you need, and will be pushed by your team to do so.

  • Work from Home

    You can work from home with a heads-up that you'll be doing so. We mostly work from the office, though!

  • Maternal/Paternal Leave

    We <3 babies!! Please take the time you need to land safely back into work. Primary caregivers get 16 weeks of paid time off. Secondary caregivers get 8 weeks of paid time off. Time off can be taken any time within the first 12 months of the child's birth!

  • Free Food

    We provide many healthy snacks and drinks available at our office, including a zillion teas and high end Chemex coffee. We have alternating catered company lunch and engineering org lunch on Thursdays.

  • Philanthropic Contributions

    We offer dollar-for-dollar match of employee donations to non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, up to $500 per year.

  • Company Retreats

    Every year we have a company off-site in a beautiful place to dream about the future of our company!

  • Workshops/Conferences

    We offer $800/year for conferences. Please get knowledge from outside and meet lots of people!

  • Transportation

    You can get a pre-tax benefit (Zenefits card) for Bart and other transportation.

  • Relocation

    We offer a relocation bonus for those moving in from out of state, amount determined with your offer.

Our Team by the Numbers

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