What we're doing matters
If we succeed in closing the childcare gap, every child will have access to safe, high-quality childcare and every stay at home parent will be economically empowered in a way never before possible.
of American families can't afford childcare
of families live in a childcare desert, where there are 3 kids for every seat
women left the workforce during the pandemic
parents are stay-at-home parents who don't work outside the home
of stay-at-home parents and their families live in poverty
childcare seats have been lost since March 2020
Empathy for our community and our team makes us better.
Trust is built over time, but it can be lost in an instant.
We make magic when we simplify our users’ lives.
Respect caregivers and recognize that their work is the foundation for all we do.
We're building for the needs of our community. We succeed when they succeed.
Step change is how we drive impact.
What guides us
Our operating principles
Our operating principles
Do the right thing, especially when it’s hard
The right thing to do is always the right thing to do - and sometimes it's also hard.
Ask good questions
Our best questions help us learn better and our worst questions help us ask better questions next time.
We ask our users to be vulnerable with each other so that they can build trust. We owe it to them and to ourselves to create a space where vulnerability is encouraged and leads to trust and courage.
Think, write, share
We'll do our best work when we can learn from one another.
In addition to competitive salaries and equity ownership in the company, we offer:
We offer free medical, vision, and dental benefits for you and your dependents.*
We offer a 401(k) plan so you can plan for your future, starting now.
7 years to exercise your options
We offer a 7-year exercise window to exercise options for people who stay with Otter for two years or more.
Flexible time off
We offer unlimited PTO so you can recharge as you need and take time for the things you love - and we'll insist you take the time.
We offer paid parental leave and flexibile schedules as you come back to work so you can spend time with your growing family.
Dependent care FSA
You can set aside up to $6,000/yr pre-tax to put towards care for any of your dependents.
To build childcare that feels like family for families everywhere, we need a team with all kinds of different perspectives, experiences and backgrounds.
Here are some of our open roles:
Interested in joining the team but don't see a fit above?
Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us how you see yourself joining our team.
Helen Mayer founded Otter to help every family find their village.
Helen was raised by a stay-at-home mom and started Otter in 2020 while she was a stay-at-home parent to her toddler twins.
“I feel so lucky to get to tackle a problem I'm passionate about with people I admire.”