Codecademy
New York, NY
Remote

Senior Backend Engineer: Content Platform at Codecademy

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We are NYC based but remote friendly!

Hello, World! Codecademy has helped tens of millions of learners upgrade their careers, build meaningful projects, and gain confidence in their skills with engaging, accessible, and flexible education on programming and data skills. We provide hands-on interactive lessons ranging from Python to R to JavaScript and everything in between. Our learners have gone on to start companies, new jobs, and new lives thanks to what they’ve learned with Codecademy, and we’re thrilled to be working to take that impact to the next level.

Codecademy was started in 2011 by two college students in a dorm room at Columbia that were frustrated by the huge gap between education and employment. Almost a decade later, we are a rapidly growing, diverse team of about 200 distributed through North America and headquartered in SoHo, NYC. We’ve raised over $87.5m in venture capital funding from top investors including Kleiner Perkins, Naspers, Owl Ventures, Union Square Ventures, Y Combinator, and more.

If you want to help build a business that impacts tens of millions of people each year and helps them lead better lives, join us!

The Content Platform team’s mission is to build technology that enables Codecademy curriculum authors to efficiently create, launch, and maintain a rapidly expanding library of content that powers Codecademy’s interactive learning experiences. Content Platform develops and maintains Codecademy’s CMS and the API that serves learning content data—such as lessons, quizzes, and projects—to user-facing clients. The team is part of the larger platform organization which is responsible for developing the foundational services, applications, and components that cut across all of Codecademy’s business units.

WHAT YOU'LL DO
  • Design and architect solutions to complex and ambiguous problems
  • Enable new curriculum to be taught interactively
  • Improve our search service
  • Build features that make authoring content more seamless
  • Lead development of services across our platform that enable our users to achieve their learning goals
  • Collaborate with other teams to get ahead of cross-team dependencies
  • Contribute to engineering team-wide process improvements and automation
  • Help enhance the scalability and efficiency of our infrastructure
  • Design and improve systems for gaining insights about user learning
  • Design and improve APIs to enable other product teams to surface learning data to users in novel ways (Ruby on Rails, Postgres, GraphQL)
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience developing web applications using Ruby on Rails
  • Experience designing APIs from the ground up; comfortable with API design patterns (REST, RPC, GraphQL)
  • A passion for testing best practices; can write unit tests in your favorite language with your eyes closed
  • Experience working with both SQL and NoSQL databases. We currently use primarily PostgreSQL and MongoDB
WHAT WILL MAKE YOU STAND OUT
  • Particularly strong back-end experience in the Rails ecosystem
  • Expertise in GraphQL and Apollo Federation
  • Experience with ops and/or containerization technologies: Kubernetes, Terraform, EC2
  • Proven empathy for our users, such as a background in education or past experience using our site

At Codecademy, we are committed to teaching people the skills they need to upgrade their careers. Codecademy aims to educate a richly diverse demographic of users with our product and in order to accomplish this, we believe our team should reflect that rich diversity. Our company celebrates diversity in all of its forms-- race, gender, color, national origin, marital status, sexuality, religion, veteran status, age, ability, disability status-- and works to create an inclusive workplace where people of all backgrounds and beliefs are empowered to better their futures.

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Where we are

SoHo

Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • TypeScriptLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • TensorFlowFrameworks
    • Vue.jsFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • SnowflakeDatabases
    • DynamoDBDatabases
    • FigmaDesign
    • MiroDesign
    • JIRAManagement
    • HubSpotCRM
    • IterableEmail
    • Braze Lead Gen
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What are Codecademy Perks + Benefits

Codecademy Benefits Overview

In addition to base pay, paid holidays, equity packages, and generous health benefits:

We offer a $50 monthly stipend for use towards gym memberships, fitness classes, meditation, massages.
We offer a subsidy on Citi Bike memberships--don't just work in the city, see the city! Pre-tax commuter benefits.
We offer $1,000 a year towards education and growth to be used towards conferences, certifications, or any other opportunities to learn!
Catered lunch (Monday through Thursday in office) and a fully-stocked kitchen
$200 per quarter for you to invest in the things that will help make your space work for you when remote.
Up to $75/month internet stipend when remote.
GrubHub Corporate Membership with a $25 lunch stipend every Friday.
401k account through Human Interest
OneMedical account for primary care
Codecademy Pro account
Unlimited vacation policy: We encourage (and sometimes demand!) that employees take vacation time to rest and reboot.

Culture
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Online course subscriptions available

An Insider's view of Codecademy

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our office (emphasis in our) makes everyone feel welcomed from the moment they step in. We have great desks with sitting/standing accommodations, plants and other decor, lots of conference space and also my favorite: a large kitchen space to engage with teammates and collaborate. It is a laid back space that allows for serious work, but also fun.

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