Job Board/Senior Backend Engineer at Codecademy

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emoji of a pushpinNew York, NYemoji of a money bag$150,000 - $190,000emoji of an envelopemia@codecademy.comemoji of a clockTue Dec 29 2020
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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 100+ headquartered in SoHo, NYC. We’ve raised over $40m in venture capital funding from top investors including Union Square Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Naspers, 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!

This team is focused on attracting new learners to Codecademy and enrolling them in the right learning experience within our products. The team helps grow our business by understanding our learners and using this information to make our Pro product more appealing. We work on projects like our product experimentation framework, finding new ways of acquiring users, and shipping experiments to improve our user experience.

If you’re passionate about convincing more people that they can learn technical skills and finding the right way and time to introduce them to our products, this is the team for you.


  • Extend the code evaluation engine that parses and evaluates code samples submitted by our learners, millions of times every single day (Go, Docker, AWS)

  • Improve the interactive Learning Environment by creating new experiences, and increasing its reliability and performance (React, Ruby on Rails, Go)

  • Design and improve systems for gaining insights about user learning (Ruby on Rails, Go, AWS Redshift/SQL)

  • Design and improve APIs to enable other product teams to surface learning data to users in novel ways (Ruby, Go)

  • Scale learning content production capacity by building new content production workflows in our internal CMS (React, Ruby, Go)


  • A minimum of 5 years of experience developing web applications using Ruby on Rails, Go, and/or JavaScript

  • Experience designing APIs from the ground up; comfortable with API design patterns (REST, RPC)

  • 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 a combination of PostgreSQL, MongoDB, and Amazon Redshift

  • Familiarity with containerization technologies. We use Docker and Kubernetes extensively in development and production


  • Experience with ops and/or containerization technologies: Kubernetes, Terraform, EC2, ECS, Puppet, Ansible, Chef, etc.

  • Experience working with modern front-end frameworks. We use React, Redux, and Webpack

  • Particularly strong front-end experience in the React ecosystem

  • Expertise in HTML & CSS, with a knack for layout, specificity, cross browser compatibility, and accessibility

  • Proven empathy for our users, such as a background in education or past experience using our site

  • BS/MS in Computer Science or engineering

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.

What is your Interview process like?

There is an introductory call with a member of the recruiting team that lasts roughly 30 minutes. We proceed with a take home test or a live coding challenge based on the candidate’s preference. After that we have a 4 hour interview consisting of a coding portion (in a language of the candidates choice) an architecture and design round, a cross functional interview, and a managerial interview with someone they’d be reporting into.

What efforts are you making in terms of increasing diversity & inclusion within your company?

Codecademy believes that diversity and inclusion are inherent in and critical to our mission of empowering people everywhere to transform their personal and professional lives by helping them learn modern skills.

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