Staff Software Engineer (AppSec) at Credit Karma

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Credit Karma is a mission-driven company, focused on championing financial progress for our more than 100 million members in the U.S., Canada and U.K. While we're best known for pioneering free credit scores, our members turn to us for tips as they work on their financial goals, including helping them monitor their credit, identity monitoring, searching for credit cards, shopping for loans (car, home and personal), filing their taxes with Credit Karma Tax and growing their savings* -- all for free. Credit Karma has grown significantly through the years: we've added more than 70 million members in the last five years alone and now have more than 1,100 employees across our offices in San Francisco, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Leeds, London and soon Oakland.
The Staff Software Engineer (AppSec) role has the critical responsibility of developing security toolchains for verifying secure architecture patterns, automated code review, testing capabilities, and security automation for CK’s security and engineering teams.

What's great about it:

  • You will earn and maintain the trust of our users by demonstrating our commitment to safeguarding their information
  • You will have lots of opportunity to break new ground, discover and solve brand new challenges, and make key decisions impacting a large organization
  • And, of course, you get all those awesome company perks that you probably already read about

What the job entails:

  • Develop code solutions to our application security challenges: current projects include the development of custom code investigation tools to identify CK specific vulnerabilities, both accepted and not accepted architectural patterns, and repository health scores
  • Leading engineering projects by developing designs, socialization with partners in engineering, and organizing engineering tasks into sprints to reliably deliver milestones 
  • Passionately contributing to mentoring through code reviews, design discussions, pair programming, working group participation, and agile engagement
  • Evaluate the key frameworks (and their ecosystems) that form the core platform for Credit Karma Engineering, looking for areas where framework improvements could eliminate the potential for vulnerabilities to be introduced
  • Envision, design and implement core features for our internal sidecar to bake security into every deployed microservice.
  • Expertise in Scala and/or Typescript, with at least one interpreted language for fast prototyping
  • Write code that is performant, maintainable, clear, and concise

Our ideal candidate:

  • B.S., M.S., or PhD in Computer Science or a related technical major or significant job experience.
  • Minimum 8 years experience in an engineering capacity. Security experience desired.
  • Strong algorithms and data structures background. 
  • Experience with software engineering patterns and best practices (e.g. SOLID, hexagonal architecture, domain driven design, test driven development, design documentation, code reviews).
  • Technical depth in many, if not most of the following areas: web infrastructure, microservices architectures, distributed systems, performance analysis, enterprise messaging systems, and/or large scale data processing
  • Development experience on the JVM, including asynchronous I/O, concurrency, and the Java memory model. 
  • A history of open-source contribution and a passion for development of elegant, well-designed frameworks.
  • Hands on experience with GCP and its services.

Credit Karma is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. We believe that such an environment advances long-term professional growth, creates a robust business, and supports our mission of championing financial progress for everyone. We offer generous benefits and perks with an eye single to fostering an inclusive environment that recognizes the contributions of all. We’ve worked hard to build an intensely collaborative and creative environment, a diverse and inclusive employee culture, and the opportunity for professional growth. As part of the Credit Karma team, your voice will be heard, your contributions will matter, and your unique background and experiences will be celebrated
Credit Karma is also proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome all candidates without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, status as a protected veteran, or any other protected characteristic. We prohibit discrimination of any kind and will also consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law. Our people are everything, our core values are real, and our guiding mission is strong. Join us!

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Credit Karma San Francisco is located in the heart of the city, with a ton of great restaurants, shops and above a subway and bus stop!

What are Credit Karma Perks + Benefits

Credit Karma Benefits Overview

Health and Wellness
Our employees’ physical and mental well-being is important to us. We offer competitive benefits to make sure employees are taken care of inside and outside of the office. We offer medical, dental, vision, mental health and life insurance coverage. We also offer a 401(k) matching plan, paid time off, holidays (including your birthday), and generous paid bonding for all new parents within the first year of birth. In addition to gym subsidy, we offer yoga, meditation sessions and a spa to relax. And because the belief is that all employees should share in the success of Credit Karma, every one receives stock options.

Professional Development
Credit Karma is committed to learning and development programs for employees, both professionally and personally. We offer a generous annual stipend for continued education, training workshops, conference opportunities, etc. We also have mentorship, coaching for developing leaders and a people manager onboarding program. Our Internal mobility program is designed to help our employees take ownership of their career and make progress within Credit Karma.

The fun and relaxed office environment means a casual dress code, ping-pong breaks, arcade games, and regular company events, such as happy hours, field day, and sporting events. Employees never go hungry with a fully stocked kitchen, filled with breakfast foods, drinks, and endless snacks. There is even an onsite barista.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Mentorship program