5 San Francisco companies that are hiring for software engineer jobs right now and how to get the job

Updated in 2023

Are you looking for software engineer jobs and feeling overwhelmed? Oftentimes, it seems like people just apply online and then wait by their email to see if they will hear back.

We want to make it a little easier on you. We’ve compiled a list of 5 great San Francisco-based companies that are hiring right now for software engineer jobs. We have also created guides to getting hired at these places as well as 200+ other tech companies throughout the country. So, you can see their values, mission, interview processes, interview questions, and more.

Most of the software engineering interviews at these companies follow a similar structure:

  1. Phone screen with recruiter
  2. Technical challenge or interview
  3. Onsite interview (mix of technical and behavioral)

We’ve given you some information on how you can prepare for both the technical and behavioral interviews at each of the companies.

1. Stripe

Stripe has a lot of software engineer positions open. Plus, they are known for being one of the best places to work as an engineer. They were part of the Y Combinator summer 2010 batch and have grown rapidly since their time in the incubator. In fact, they are currently valued at over $20 billion.

When applying for positions at Stripe, keep in mind their culture and values. This is important because they are still startup-minded despite growing so much. You can learn more about this by checking out their Life at Stripe page. You can practice technical questions that they have asked in the past on our how to get a job at Stripe guide


 2. Adobe

Adobe currently has 142 software engineer jobs in San Francisco and San Jose for you to choose from. They have been on the Fortune magazine ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ list 16+ times. Many celebrate them for their strong company culture.

You should definitely be ready to talk about your commitment to their values, including diversity. So, be sure to read their Diversity page. Their onsite interview is known to be a little longer than other companies. So, you should prepare by practicing your responses ahead of time and working on the technical questions that will likely be asked.

3. Box

Box employees are described as people who love their jobs. The atmosphere in the company is described as vibrant and energetic. Their office is located in Redwood City and they have 80+ software engineer jobs currently open.

You can check out their blog to learn more about their culture and the way employees work at Box. This will help you with your behavioral interviews. When getting ready for your technical interviews, practice the questions they have asked before. You can be find these on our how to get a job at Box guide. If you are applying to a specific software engineering position, like backend engineer, try practicing more questions related to that topic.

4. Slack

There are 185 open software engineer jobs at the San Francisco Slack office. They are “building a strong, diverse team of curious, creative people who want to find a purpose in their work and support each other in the process.”

They follow 6 core values: empathy, courtesy, thriving, craftmanship, playfulness, and solidarity. Being able to work these values into your elevator pitch and your behavioral interview responses will help show the team that you are a good culture fit. Also spend some time practicing the software engineering questions they can ask so that you wow them in the technical interviews as well.


5. Palantir

Known for establishing an engineering culture, Palantir is a great place to look for software engineer jobs. The company works on flat, decentralized teams, each with decision-making authority. In addition, their employees have the freedom to approach, own, and solve problems creatively.

When you are interviewing for positions at Palantir, you should definitely be aware of the way they interact with one another and the type of team members that thrive in this structure. This is what they will be reviewing in your responses. Review the software engineering interview questions on our guide to getting hired at Palantir.

With these tips in your back pocket, you should be more than prepared for your interviews with these, and more, tech companies.

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