By Brittany Anas For Hack Reactor
Peruse listings for software engineers in San Francisco on LinkedIn, and you’ll find more than 4,000 openings. Suffice it to say, this particular career field is in high demand in the Bay Area, with companies looking to hire skilled employees to build products, create computer games, and run network control systems. Upon completing a coding bootcamp, you’ll get a competitive edge and stand out among candidates as you apply for six-figure salary software engineering jobs while discovering that employers here offer phenomenal perks and benefits. Free gym memberships, unlimited PTO, and snack-filled kitchens are all among the extra benefits these companies offer to attract and retain top-notch talent.
But Silicon Valley isn’t just a hot spot for tech and innovation. San Francisco is a coveted place to live thanks to its cosmopolitan restaurants, a robust arts and culture scene, and pro sports teams that call The Bay home. As we continue to socially distance amid COVID-19, residents here can fill up their weekends year-round with outdoor activities, including access to the coast or hiking among the famous redwoods in Muir Woods, just north of San Fran.
If you’re looking to pursue the next chapter of your software engineering career in San Francisco, here are some of the top companies looking to fill roles. After all, some of the biggest names in tech, many of which have become increasingly relevant amid COVID-19, have prominent offices in San Francisco.
With interest rates at historic lows and a growing share of first-time homebuyers snapping homes off the market, it’s an exciting time to be in real estate. Already, Zillow has been the first stop for many homebuyers who want to browse homes online before going to open houses or requesting a showing. But, the pandemic has really accelerated the virtual tour trend, and the engineers at Zillow have been ahead of the curve, creating a 3-D Home App that adds online tours to listings. Zillow has landed on “best places to work lists,” including esteemed lists pulled together by Fortune Magazine. Some employee benefits at Zillow include paid parental leave, free breast milk shipping for nursing mothers who need to travel for work, 401K matching, pet insurance, adoption assistance, gym reimbursement as well as stand up and treadmill desks.
Apply for jobs at Zillow here.
A social networking app that connects you with your neighbors, Nextdoor can help build community, and forging those connections online has been more important than ever amid the coronavirus pandemic. For instance, the platform’s #ICanHelpChallenge inspired people to do grocery runs or pick up prescriptions for their elderly neighbors and sew face masks for community members. Nextdoor has several openings for software engineers, ranging from careers for new grads to more senior positions. In addition to traditional benefits, Nextdoor provides monthly wellness stipends for employees and time off to volunteer.
Apply for jobs at Nextdoor here.
To say that 2020 has been stressful is an understatement. Here to help is Calm, an app designed to help users achieve mental fitness by way of guided meditations and sleep stories created to lower stress and lessen anxiety. While much of the Calm team is remote, the company is headquartered in San Francisco. Engineers that work here appreciate the company culture that values ambition and entrepreneurship, and gives employees the freedom and autonomy to create. Among Calm’s benefits is a “take what you need” PTO policy.
Apply for jobs at Calm here.
In addition to rideshare, Lyft users can also unlock bikes and scooters to borrow through the app and search nearby bus, ferry, and train schedules in the app. The rideshare company has 45 offices, including a major site in San Francisco in the Mission Bay neighborhood next to the ballpark. The company has a long list of perks, including adorable office dogs, unlimited paid time off, free access to licensed therapists, Lyft ride discounts, 18 weeks of parental leave, and lots of office snacks. The company currently has several open positions for both hardware and software engineers.
Apply for jobs at Lyft here.
Dropbox’s San Francisco office began in a two-bedroom apartment in 2007. Now, it’s home for the file hosting service company’s global operations and a renowned cafe with gourmet meals for employees. The company wants to make life easier for its employees, and so it offers commuter subsidies, customized ergonomic working spaces, and laundry service along with more traditional benefits like generous paid time off and medical benefits. The company currently has 15 engineering positions open in its San Francisco location.
Apply for jobs at Dropbox here.
With restaurant closures and limited capacity requirements, food, and grocery delivery another industry that has been surging in popularity amid COVID-19 is food and grocery delivery. As Postmates grows, the company is looking to hire more engineers to help power the app that allows people to order groceries and restaurant meals from their phones to be delivered at their doorsteps. In addition to health benefits and generous stock options, Postmates employees can attend wellness workshops, get massages, and enjoy lunch and snacks in a stocked office kitchen.
Apply for jobs at Postmates here.