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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fully stocked kitchen
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
$1,200 Health Bonus Stipend
Waterfront location in historic downtown Kirkland
We are dog friendly
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.
1 month of maternity leave and 3 weeks paternity leave
100% paid for by the company for you, your spouse, and dependents
We offer a matching 401(k) plan with a non-elective 3% match
We offer dollar-for-dollar match of employee donations to non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, up to $2,000 per year.
We pay for bus and/or toll passes
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.
Games & Happy Hours, Pool and Ping Pong Tables, Company Parties
Profit Sharing & Bonuses, Sick Leave, $4,000 Annual Education Stipend, $50,000 Life Insurance Policy, Sabbatical Leave, Great Work-Life Balance
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