WHEN THEY TELL YOU THEY DON'T HIRE PEOPLE LIKE YOU

Maybe you can send them here. We can show and tell them the scariest of truths: their competition already does. The companies they aspire to be, do. They do intend to change the world, right? To make it a better place for you and me? Maybe they just don't know yet. Maybe they're getting a little stale, lazy, or ignorant on this one. Let's just rinse and repeat. Same thing, different day. Status quo. But maybe they're not going to be anymore. Maybe they have something to prove - just like us. Maybe they can. Maybe they will.

 

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

Don't believe the rumors and the haters. The heavy hitting name brand tech companies of the so-called Silicon Valley are already deeply investing in non-traditional hiring efforts in software engineering. They may not all be loud and proud about their work yet (some of them are!), but don't be fooled, these non-traditional hiring programs are growing and thriving. Here are all of them.

 

THOUGHTBOT

PINTEREST

LINKEDIN

UBER

LYFT

TWILIO

ADOBE

PANDORA

ASANA

GITHUB

INTUIT

CHICAGO

Chicago has what may be the longest history investing in non-traditional engineers. And the technical leaders in this city choose to defy all beliefs about how big a company must be in order to benefit from a software engineering apprenticeship. If you can survive those winters, Chicago may be the best city for you to launch and grow your technical career.

 

JP MORGAN CHASE

8TH LIGHT

JELLYVISION

DETROIT LABS

TRUNK CLUB

THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE

DIGITAL BRIDGE SOLUTIONS

EIGHT BOT

NARRATIVE SCIENCE

HASHROCKET

LAUNCHPAD LAB

TABLE XI

DOUGH

DEVMYND

CLIQUE

SEATTLE & PORTLAND

Project Section Subtitle

 

MICROSOFT 

AMAZON

AVVO

NEW YORK CITY

 

OSCAR

AMAZON

AVVO

LOS ANGELES &
SAN DIEGO

 

8TH LIGHT

INTUIT

NBCUNIVERSAL

ANNAPOLIS JUNCTION, MARYLAND

8TH LIGHT

INTUIT

NBCUNIVERSAL

 

REMOTE

While not necessarily the best way for everyone to launch their technical career, remote opportunities allow for flexibility and independence that many people crave or need logistically. It's often what inspires people to pursue technology in the 1st place and inspires us about what the future of work may hold. Keep in mind, you'll pay for your freedom early on with less opportunity to learn directly from others and less opportunity to build crucial relationships. If you're willing to put in the extra effort, this might be the path for you.

 

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