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The delayed paperwork, excessive costs, and unlimited time spent on administration frustrated Isaac Oates. It wasn’t the first time he’d felt this way — Isaac knew firsthand that entrepreneurs face challenges of all shapes and sizes. At Adtuitive, his first startup, the time he spent on hiring, payroll, and compliance kept him from focusing on what mattered most.
Workplaces were evolving. The needs of entrepreneurs, growing businesses, and employees had become more complicated, but the infrastructure to support them hadn’t kept up. The internet had made many things easier, but even people running internet businesses were still hunching over fax machines to hire and pay their team, not to mention struggling to understand complex payroll tax and compliance requirements.
After Etsy acquired Adtuitive in 2009, Isaac led Etsy’s HR and payments group, where he worked extensively with sellers, remote and distributed teams, and freelance and part-time employees. Again, he saw the constant administrative and compliance burden stifling people's full potential — there had to be a better way. So, in 2012, Isaac left Etsy to build one.
Everything about Justworks
Justworks mission is to help entrepreneurs and businesses grow with confidence. At Justworks, the team is making it easier to run a business, and helping teams lead happy and healthy lives. They do this with a simple and friendly platform, expert support from real people when it’s needed, and access to corporate-level beneﬁts that ensure people feel secure and valued.
Justworks handles the nitty-gritty of payroll, benefits, compliance, and HR, so you have more time to learn, grow, and seek something worthwhile. Work fearlessly, pursue your passion, and do more of what matters. Justworks got your back.
Hiring & Onboarding for Remote Teams: Scale your business and build your team — no matter which way it grows. Access the tools, perks, and resources to help you stay compliant and grow in all 50 states.
Growing Pains Made Painless: Justworks help your business comply with state payroll tax requirements, keep up with state labor laws, and support your employees’ health and wellness, so you can stay focused on building a solid team.
Build Remote Teams Fearlessly: With Justworks on your side, gain a competitive advantage to hiring and get support for your employment-related compliance needs so you can focus on taking bold steps with your business.
How PEOs Help Growing Businesses: If you're starting or running a business and looking for support with benefits, payroll, compliance, and HR-related tasks, then you might want to consider a Professional Employer Organization (PEO).
Put Your Employees First With Justworks: Gain access to top-tier benefits and perks, choose what you’ll offer your team, and sit back as they navigate enrollment on their own using the company’s all-in-one platform.
Health Insurance & Modern Perks
Taking the best care of your employees means more than offering health insurance. With Justworks, caring for your team just got easier.
As a PEO, Justworks can grant you access to HSAs, FSAs, fitness memberships, and One Medical’s primary care services to pair with their large-group health insurance plans.
Mental health resources
Your team will have access to Health Advocate’s employee assistance program (EAP), as well as teletherapy services through Talkspace.
A variety of additional benefits
Access other valuable benefits like Metlife’s life and disability insurance, rich 401(k) retirement plans via Slavic401k, and ConnectYourCare’s commuter benefits.
“Everyone loves how easy it is. Justworks has freed our team from administrative headaches and allowed us to focus on our core mission.”
Kayla Brown, Chief of Staff, Axios
Isaac Oates, Founder and CEO
Before founding Justworks, Isaac served for 12 years in the National Guard and Army Reserve as an intelligence officer, where the importance of an unshakeable team and a focus on people became clear to him. He began his professional career as a software engineer for Amazon, eventually leaving to build his first startup Adtuitive, which was acquired by Etsy in 2009.
At both Adtuitive and later Etsy, where Isaac led the HR and payments group, he recognized the system was broken. Frustrated by paperwork, exorbitant costs, and endless hours spent on administration instead of his team, he came up with the idea for Justworks in 2012.
Isaac is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s 25th Henry Crown Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He resides in Manhattan with his son James.