Software Engineer

About Magoosh

Magoosh is fixing a broken test prep industry.

Why should students have to put up with exorbitant prices for boring test prep classes and books that might not even work? With Magoosh, they don’t have to. Our mission is simple: create products that give students everywhere access to enjoyable, affordable, and quality test prep. We help millions study at their own pace, on their own time regardless of location, social status, or background. Our team is driven to create the best content and study tools because we’re out to change the test prep experience for all.

Magoosh started in 2009 with four co-founders and a few computers. Today, our team is growing fast and our products are used all over the world in more than 180 countries. Millions have studied with us, downloaded our apps, and watched our videos. And every day, we work with thousands of students to help them get the scores they need to get into the schools they want.

If you’re a friendly, passionate, lifelong learner who’s looking to make a real difference in students’ lives, we want you to help us level the educational playing field.

About the Job

We’re looking for a Software Engineer. You’ll help us improve our products, shape engineering process, and grow our small but impactful engineering team. We’re a 30-person company with 3 engineers, so you’ll have a lot of autonomy and responsibility.

We’ve accomplished a lot with a little: we have over 2 million students using our free products, hundreds of thousands who have paid, and revenue well into the millions. Rather than pursuing hyper growth at all costs, we’ve built a profitable and growing company where we truly care about our employees and our students. We’ve turned test prep from a necessary evil into an enjoyable experience at an affordable price.

About Engineering at Magoosh

You’ll work on all parts of our stack. So far we use Rails (the core of our application); PhoneGap + AngularJS (for some old mobile apps); and ReactNative (for newer mobile apps). We’re hosted on AWS and have DevOps help, but you may need to jump in if necessary. While we’d love previous experience with any of these, we care much more about the quality of your engineering than the languages and tools you know.

We build and ship new features quickly and deploy multiple times a day, but don't have many tests (maybe we should add more?). We work together to prioritize which bugs and features to work on, but don't try to build or fix everything, focusing on the most important problems. We work closely with non-engineers on the product team and other Magooshers, but we don't receive product requirements documents or create high-fidelity mockups. We all work together to iterate on product designs, as we don't have any dedicated designers. We’re generally in the office from 9-10am to 6-7pm or so and sometimes work from home on evenings and weekends, if inspired or there’s a need.

The salary range for this position is $116,000 to $134,000.

This position is based in the Magoosh office in Berkeley, CA. You must be authorized to work in the US.

In this position, you will…

  • Collaborate on architectural and product decisions
  • Plan, scope, design, implement, and monitor features for our Rails app and for mobile apps
  • Write code often and wherever needed (new features, bug fixes, infrastructure, internal tools etc.)
  • Collaborate heavily with our product and engineering team and lightly with many others in the company
  • Do whatever else needs to be done!

You have many of the following…

  • 2+ years of production-level Ruby on Rails software engineering experience (must have)
  • Built web/mobile applications from scratch or significantly contributed to existing apps
  • Released features that have impacted tens of thousands of users
  • Experience with front-end and back-end
  • A passion for making a difference and leveling the education playing field

Note: Please feel comfortable applying, even you don’t meet all the requirements for the position.

To learn more about our hiring process, check out our blog post.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


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