The RiseSmart Story – Outplacement and Career Transitions


It starts with Sanjay Sathe looking for a new job and getting frustrated – really frustrated – with the available job sources and career transition tools. There had to be an easier way, he thought, to sift through all the jobs listed online and find the ones that fit his skills and experience.

From that frustration came inspiration. Whereas traditional outplacement offerings tend to focus more on helping laid-off employees cope with being jobless, RiseSmart helps those employees turn a setback into an opportunity by giving them relevant job leads and expediting the job search process to move their careers forward. And guess what? Traditional outplacement companies are still living in the past.

Taking Care of Business

Sanjay and company co-founder Dan Davenport started out working in coffee shops and even moved into a modest first office inside a warehouse to get the company going in 2007. A year later they were in Silicon Valley, and along came investors who believed in their idea: a mix of individualized, personal service backed by the latest technology could help people find new work much faster and at a lower cost to their former employers than more traditional approaches.

RiseSmart’s original next-generation outplacement solution, Transition Concierge, followed by its latest innovations in RiseSmart Spotlight, have helped us achieve impressive growth. We’ve grown our revenues and our team while adding an impressive roster of new companies to our list of customers. We are proud to call our customers a great mix of small and medium enterprises and Fortune 500 companies. Every one of the companies that has become a RiseSmart customer is still a RiseSmart customer. We have also earned a 9+ out of 10 customer satisfaction score across thousands of RiseSmart participants.

We Are Family

Amid this growth, RiseSmart hasn’t forgotten how important it is to be a great place to work. Sanjay and the management team continue to commit themselves with passion and determination to RiseSmart and its employees. Not only do we win awards for innovation, but we are also frequently recognized as employer of choice. In fact, RiseSmart has been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times three years in a row.

Welcome to the Revolution

RiseSmart has had an amazing beginning, but our story is far from over. Now we’re taking our reinvention of the outplacement industry to the next level with even more powerful technology and services to make outplacement a benefit for companies and their transitioning employees alike. We want to be the undisputed leader in career transition, and we’re making it happen.