Employee benefits at Basecamp

Top 5% salaries

We monitor industry salaries annually and make sure we’re paying in the top 5%, based on skills and experience, for every position at the company. Salaries are standardized on the Chicago market.

4-day Summer Work Weeks

May 1 through August 31, we work a Monday-Thursday 8-hour day work week, aka “summer hours”, for a total of 32-hour weeks. Brand new employees may have to complete a training program per their team lead to be eligible. Note: The customer support team staggers their days off so we always have 24/7 coverage.

$100/month Fitness Allowance

Basecamp will pay up to $100/month for your gym membership, yoga studio membership, or whatever activity you do to stay in shape. If it’s not organized fitness, that’s okay, too. You can use your stipend to pay for race registrations or even new running shoes.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Allowance

Fresh, organic, local fruits and vegetables are great to have on-hand, so Basecamp will pay for a local CSA membership at home for you and your family.

One-Month Sabbatical Every Three Years

Every three years, employees are eligible to take a one-month-long sabbatical.

Paid Parental Leave

When you welcome a new baby, Basecamp encourages you to take up to 16 weeks maternity leave and up to 6 weeks paternity leave, at 100% paid salary. Single fathers, or primary care givers, can also take up to 16 weeks.

$100/month Massage Allowance

Every month, you can expense up to $100 towards a massage. Stay loose.

$1000/annual Continuing Education Allowance

If you’re interested in taking classes to learn something new or further a skill, we’ll cover $1,000 annually. Some people take classes directly related to their career, while some take photography lessons, learn a musical instrument, or roll with cooking lessons. A few have even taken flying lessons! It’s up to you; the point is to learn something that you feel enriches you as a person.

Health & Dental Insurance

Basecamp offers a Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO health and dental policy. Basecamp pays 75% of the premium, and you pay 25% of the premium. We don’t offer vision, but our medical insurance plan gives us discounts on eye exams, glasses, and contact lenses.

Work Wherever You Want

Work from anywhere in the world. Move cities, keep your job.

100% match 401k Retirement plan

Basecamp matches 100% dollar-for-dollar up to 6% of your salary that you contribute to the plan.

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

An FSA is an account where you can set aside pre-tax money for out-of-pocket medical expenses, such as prescriptions, OTC medicine, vision care, etc. Every year you decide up front how much money you want to put in the account (the max is $2400/year).

100% Coverage of Hardware/Software

Whatever hardware, software, or services you need to do your job are always 100% on us. No red tape, no questions asked.

Standing desks

Our Chicago office is outfitted with standing desks. If anyone working outside of Chicago wants a standing desk in their home office, Basecamp will cover the full cost (up to what we spend on the desks at the office).

$100/month Coworking Space Stipend

Basecamp will pay up to $100/month for you to use towards renting co-working space in your city.

$1000/year Matching Charitable Gifts

When you donate money to a qualified charity, Basecamp will make a matching gift to that charity on your behalf. Basecamp will match up to $1000/year per employee. Your charity must be a registered 501c3.

No-Red-Tape Expense Account

Every employee based in the US will be issued a company American Express card in your name. You can use this card for any work-related expenses, such as travel, software, or office supplies. If you have any doubts about whether or not to expense something, just ask. No pre-approval needed, and no limits — just be reasonable. Employees outside the US should use your own payment methods, which we’ll promptly reimburse when a receipt is presented.

Vacations and Paid Holidays

Basecamp offers 3 weeks of paid vacation, a few extra personal days to use at your discretion, and a few national holidays every year (we have people in so many different countries that it’s really difficult to talk about paid holidays, so a few holiday days can be used however you like). This is a guideline, so if you need a couple extra days, no problem.

Basecamp Holiday Gift

Every year, at the end of the year, Basecamp gives everyone a thank-you gift. Employees who have been at Basecamp for one year or less get one gift (last year: a night on the town in his/her hometown), and longer tenured employees get a more elaborate gift (last year: a paid vacation to one of 16 amazing locations around the world). We switch up the delivery of these every year, so you’re always in for a nice surprise.


Set goals for 2018

  • サービスのローンチ

  • 1冊以上本をよむ (1ヶ月単位)

  • 1回以上運動する (1週間単位)

  • 1回以上ブログを更新する (1週間単位)

  • 歯医者に行く (3ヶ月単位)