Software Architect at

Mountain View, CA 94041

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We are a technology company on a mission to make education accessible. helps millions of students improve their grades, gain career skills and earn college credit. We offer self-paced, online video courses that cover every subject taught in middle school through junior college as well as a growing suite of corporate learning and professional education products. We’ve built our platform from the ground up, leveraging data and technology to make the entire learning process simple and engaging for students.

We are a profitable, fast growing company looking to expand our team.

We began our journey in 2002 as a self-funded start-up and have grown every year since our inception. As a small, independent company, our employees have a direct impact on company direction and results.

We are located in the heart of downtown Mountain View, just a few steps from the Caltrain station. We only hire top talent, so those who pass our rigorous interview process will find themselves as part of one of the brightest and most innovative teams in Silicon Valley.

We have a culture of social responsibility. As we continue to generate profits, we give back by funding scholarship programs and helping charitable organizations provide open access to information and education throughout the poorest regions of the world.

Come join us on our mission and make a difference.

About the Software Architect Position serves over 25 million users each month, which requires a solid architectural foundation and cutting-edge user experience. We're seeking a passionate, data-driven, innovative Software Architect to help take our product to the next level and solve the complex problems that arise from developing predictive and recommendation algorithms based on massive amounts of user data.  Your work will directly impact how we evolve and grow.  The Software Architect is a fun, multifaceted job in an entrepreneurial environment.

The successful Software Architect knows and loves working with the latest software stacks, can model multidimensional data sets, and can draw from experience to impact our platform. You are analytical and creative, and you don’t quit. has a culture of getting things done, and demands exceptional collaboration across its engineering and product teams.


  • Lead architecture, design and implementation of's high-volume web applications
  • Participate in system design, architecture decisions and lead regular code reviews
  • Pair up for development of critical software components with other software engineers
  • Mentor and coach team members to foster ongoing technical development
  • Work in a highly interactive, team-oriented environment
  • Help refine our ROI and intent-matching algorithms to directly increase profitability
  • Actively find ways to improve our software platform, including new libraries, technologies and tools
  • Become a key member and decision-maker in our top-notch engineering team


  • 7+ years experience in Java and J2EE technologies
  • 5+ years direct experience in Spring and Hibernate
  • 5+ years experience in relational databases, SQL query optimization and tuning (MySQL preferred)
  • 2+ years experience in data warehousing design and concepts, including NoSQL databases (Cassandra preferred)
  • BS or MS in Computer Science or related field
  • Advanced knowledge of UNIX or Linux
  • Mastery of object oriented design, design patterns, data structures and multithreaded algorithms
  • Experience with front-end technologies like JSP, JavaScript, AJAX, JQuery, Angular, etc.
  • Solid knowledge of XML technologies: XSLT, XPATH, SAX, XSD
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented and strong analytical / problem solving skills
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment while juggling multiple projects

Preferred Qualifications:

  • History of working with NoSQL data stores such as Solr and Cassandra
  • REST-based Service Oriented Architectures development experience
  • Advanced Groovy, JQuery, AJAX, REST knowledge
  • Experience with rich internet applications using modern java frameworks (GWT, Angular, etc.)
  • Experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to build scalable web sites
  • Paired programming and agile development experience
  • Familiarity with Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) best practices
  • Experience with Git, Jenkins, Artifactory, Maven or Ant build scripts
  • JUnit or TestNG framework, JMeter, HtmlUnit, Selenium or other testing frameworks
  • Mastery of IntelliJ and/or Eclipse IDE
  • Exposure to online marketing, search engine optimization and lead generation

Why work for

  • Help make education accessible to people who need it
  • Enjoy a fun, casual and collaborative working environment
  • Participate in bi-monthly Innovation Fridays to work on your passion projects
  • Join a profitable and financially stable company that is still mission driven
  • Help guide company decisions and direction
  • See results of your work in days, not years
  • Have your work impact 25+ million web visitors each month
  • Grow professionally with our training and skill development programs
  • Work with other talented and passionate team members


  • Competitive compensation (including salary and bonus plan)
  • 401(k) retirement plan with employer matching
  • 20 days of flexible paid time off annually (increases to 30 days over 5 years)
  • Additional 10 paid holidays annually
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans (we pay 100% of premiums)
  • Fully subsidized Caltrain pass
  • Tuition reimbursement and gift matching programs
  • Stocked kitchen and beverages provided
  • Company sponsored gym memberships
  • Company sponsored Friday happy hour to celebrate weekly accomplishments
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