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Building at Airbnb

Airbnb is the world's largest marketplace for space, and we keep getting bigger every day. With 10 million nights booked and counting, we're constantly tackling challenges in search algorithms, payments, fraud prevention, and growth — all while maintaining a beautiful user experience. We want to build solutions to these problems that are scalable, performant, and elegant, and we're looking for talented people to help us do just that.

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Move Fast

Every engineer deploys on his or her first day — and every day after that too. We use Amazon Web Services and practice continuous deployment so we can quickly try out new ideas and iterate on existing product features, and we love experimenting with new technology if it's right for the job. Not only do we ride the cutting edge, we make it: we've open sourced Rendr, a JavaScript framework that lets Backbone.js apps render seamlessly on both the client and the server, and Chronos, a distributed fault-tolerant scheduler that runs on top of Apache Mesos, among other projects. Our engineers regularly present at conferences around the country.

Learn Together

We believe that engineering is a continuous process of learning and improvement, and that the best way to learn is by getting help from your fellow engineers. All of our engineers hang out in chat rooms so that we can keep informal knowledge sharing (and meme bombing) flowing — and because coding is more fun when you do it together. We host biweekly tech talks, both internal and external, so that everyone gets a chance to become the best at their craft.

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Pixelwax

That's our word for the dedication and craftsmanship we bring to our work. For us, engineering isn't just a job but a practice that we want to perfect. We aim to keep our systems modular, our code clean, and our documentation clear, and we follow the Cub Scout philosophy of leaving things better than you found it. It's not just about the code — putting the right processes and tools in place to make developers happy and efficient is important to us because it gives us the time to focus on polishing the product.

Articles from Engineering

Read a few thoughts from some of our esteemed engineers.

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Isomorphic JavaScript: The Future of Web Apps
Spike, Software Engineer

At Airbnb, we’ve learned a lot over the past few years while building rich web experiences. We dove into the single-page app world in 2011... Read more.

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Integration Testing with Selenium and Capybara
Amy, Frontend Engineer

For our frontend testing needs, we use a combination of Capybara and Selenium—Selenium because it's a mature solution for... Read more.

Tech Talks

We host tech talks at Airbnb every other Wednesday at 6pm.

Open Positions

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Application Security Engineer San Francisco, United States
Data Engineer San Francisco, United States
Infrastructure Security Engineer San Francisco, United States
Software Engineer, Android San Francisco, United States
Software Engineer, Application Infrastructure San Francisco, United States
Software Engineer, Business Travel San Francisco, United States
Software Engineer, Core Web (Engineering) San Francisco, United States
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Software Engineer, Data Tools San Francisco, United States
Software Engineer, Developer Infrastructure San Francisco, United States
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Software Engineer, Java San Francisco, United States
Software Engineer, Machine Learning San Francisco, United States
Software Engineer, Marketplace San Francisco, United States
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Software Engineer, Production Infrastructure San Francisco, United States
Software Engineer, Risk San Francisco, United States
Software Engineer, Search San Francisco, United States
Software Engineer, Security San Francisco, United States
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