26 - 50 employees
< 10 engineers
Private funding

Optimal helps prospective students make informed, data-driven decisions to improve their collegiate experience and their post-college careers. We provide over 85,000 in-depth student reviews and college rankings for every major based on alumni salaries and manually researched tuitions. Our tools provide accessible and transparent data regarding cost and earning potential, allowing students to choose educational paths to success without the burden of insurmountable debt.

While many other education researchers obscure data and promote exclusively elite colleges, we understand that transparency, accessibility, and impact are crucial. We will always be transparent about what data we are using and where it is coming from. We will focus on providing data that really matters to people and could have a tangible impact on their lives, like what their earning potential will be and what it will cost them to get there. Led by well-grounded data, we share the best educational options out there.

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Why join us?

  • We have been in business since 2004 and are highly profitable

  • Our company has doubled in size over the past couple years as we are rapidly expanding to become #1 in our space

  • An open and collaborative culture that fosters self-development through a growth mindset

Engineering at Optimal

Engineering team and processes

Our engineering team is broken down into several sub teams that support multiple systems. We operate on two week sprints utilizing Jira. All code is checked into GitHub through Pull Requests to conduct code reviews. We utilize a Continuous Integration pipeline that ensures all checked in code passes tests, adheres to best practices, and satisfies the requirements. Our features branches end up representing the ID through Jira so that we can use an automated script to open a Pull Request, attach the relevant ticket for reference, and have it auto merge and deploy upon CI passing.

Technical Challenges

We built an in house CMS that allows our Product Managers to easily and quickly build out rich content on our public facing websites. This CMS utilizes new web technologies such as web components. Ensuring that search engines can effectively crawl our content has been a big undertaking.

Projects you might work on
  • You would get to work on an in house CMS that utilizes modern web technologies to deliver rich content to our users quickly.

  • You would get to work on an in house marketing platform that allows us to source prospects and share content we have recently published.

Tech stack
Ruby on Rails

Working at Optimal

At Optimal, we embrace a culture of growth, experimentation, and creativity. Our small and agile team allows all members to exercise great responsibility and freedom, leading each person to have a measurable impact on our business. We also offer unique benefits like tuition reimbursement and charitable donation matching. We enjoy solving hard problems as much as our wine and cheese parties and snuggling with our troop of quirky office dogs.

Perks & benefits
  • Free Food

    Fully stocked kitchen

  • Generous Vacation

    Starts at 3 weeks and grows at a rate of 1 additional week every 2 years of tenure up to a maximum of 6 weeks

  • Gym/Fitness

    $1,200 Health Bonus Stipend

  • Beautiful Office

    Waterfront location in historic downtown Kirkland

  • Pet Friendly

    We are dog friendly

  • Workshops/Conferences

    We encourage our engineers to attend a conference that is completely paid for by the company. We think it's important for our engineers to learn about new technologies and keep themselves up to date.

  • Maternal/Paternal Leave

    1 month of maternity leave and 3 weeks paternity leave

  • Health Insurance

    100% paid for by the company for you, your spouse, and dependents

  • 401(k) Contribution

    We offer a matching 401(k) plan with a non-elective 3% match

  • Philanthropic Contributions

    We offer dollar-for-dollar match of employee donations to non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, up to $2,000 per year.

  • Transportation

    We pay for bus and/or toll passes

  • Flexible Hours

    Most of our engineers are in the office from 9AM until 4 or 5PM, but we don't have any hard rules around this. If you need a work-from-home day, feel free to take one! We care about productivity, not hours.

  • Team Activities

    Games & Happy Hours, Pool and Ping Pong Tables, Company Parties

  • Other

    Profit Sharing & Bonuses, Sick Leave, $4,000 Annual Education Stipend, $50,000 Life Insurance Policy, Sabbatical Leave, Great Work-Life Balance

Our Team by the Numbers

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