Recruiting FAQs

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Do I have to be an Acorns user to apply?

No, but it helps! As a team, we are passionate about the products we are building and are looking for individuals who share our excitement for saving and investing.  However, we understand that not everyone is eligible to open an account. Whether you are a long time user, or just getting to know Acorns, we recommend that you browse our website to better understand the financial wellness system we are building for our customers. 

I just applied. When will I hear back?

So that each candidate knows where they stand, Acorns recruiters strive to get back to every candidate within 2-3 weeks of application. This is one way that we #LeadwithHeart.

What are the steps in the recruitment process?

While each department will have a slightly different format, you can generally expect the following steps in our interview process:


Step 1: Apply.


Step 2: Phone screen with a recruiter. If your background experience and skills align with what we are looking for, a recruiter will reach out to you to schedule an initial phone interview. These conversations will revolve around your knowledge of Acorns, what you are looking for in your next role, and your previous experience.


Step 3: Phone interview with the hiring manager or technical partner. This conversation will delve deeper into your skills specific to the role. If you are an engineer, this will be a technical interview with coding exercises. 


Step 4: In-person interview with the team. At this point, you will typically meet with the hiring manager, key partners on the team, and stakeholders from other departments. 


Step 5: Phone interview with our CEO, Noah Kerner. Noah is a champion of mission and values, and speaks with every candidate who is recommended for hire. 


Step 6: Offer.


Note that some teams will also include a take home exercise during the interview process. This varies by team, but your recruiter will give you all pertinent details. 

I applied for a technical role. What does the interview process look like?

For our technical roles (Engineers, Data Scientists, Data Analysts, etc) there are typically 2-3 technical rounds that are led by current team members to determine your level and fit for the role. This can include live coding exercises, or take home assignments.  In addition to the technical portion, there are also behavioral sessions with the hiring manager and department head to ensure that your skills are a fit for both the team and the company. 

How long does the interview process typically take?

Typically, the interview process will take about 3-4 weeks. While we want to be cognizant of your timelines as well, the Acorns Talent Acquisition team works diligently to find the perfect candidate for each role, so timing can vary. 


Do you offer healthcare coverage?

Yes! Acorns strives to keep our employees healthy and happy. We offer medical, dental, vision, and life insurances in our health coverage and have several different packages for you to choose from. 

What is Acorns pay philosophy?

Acorns provides competitive compensation to attract, motivate, and retain the most talented team in fintech. Acorns has an internal HR & Payroll Specialist who conducts market research to benchmark our compensation against companies in similar industries, size, and locations. We ensure a fair and consistent process by reviewing our compensation practices annually and offering performance-based annual increases.

How is my offer determined?

Acorns HR & Talent Acquisition teams work hard to make sure that your pay is fair and equitable. We have an internal HR & Payroll Specialist who conducts market research to help us obtain accurate, real-time information on job market compensation. During the interview process, the team will level you based on your background experience. Once we understand your level, we’ll determine fair base pay in your particular location.

Does Acorns provide equity?

We do. We want every employee to feel as though they have a direct stake in the success of Acorns, so equity will be included in your offer.

Does Acorns provide a 401k?

Yes. Acorns is proud to provide our employees with the opportunity to invest in a 401k. 

What is Acorns Parental Leave policy?

We currently offer 12 weeks of paid leave to moms and dads for the birth or adoption of a new child, regardless of caregiver status.

What other benefits does Acorns provide?

Acorns offers a wide range of benefits, from catered lunches to quarterly team outings. You can take a look at our list of benefits here.

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