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Duolingo Overview

Pittsburgh, PA (US)
201 to 500 employees
2011
Company - Private
Internet
£10 to £25 million (GBP) per year
Competitors

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Duolingo is the world's largest language learning platform and the most downloaded education app in the world. It was recognized as Apple's iPhone App of the Year as well as Google Play's Best of the Best. Duolingo has over ... Read more

Mission: Free language education for the world

Duolingo Reviews

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duolingo full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Recruiting team and hiring managers continue to hire talented and wonderful people.
    Pittsburgh office has an onsite gym, foosball, ping pong tables and a gaming room.
    Feedback and conversations are always constructive. You rarely see teams blaming each other.
    Elise, the people team and management put in a lot of effort to build a family-like atmosphere.
    Good compensation and flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Political discussions tend to be divisive at times and you see selective outrage on issues.
    Startup vibe has been waning as the company scales and coworkers do not know each other anymore.
    Pittsburgh winters can be dull and frustrating if you don't keep yourself motivated.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the energy!

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Duolingo Photos

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Duolingo photo of: Trick-or-treating at our headquarters with DUO! (2019)
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Duolingo Interviews

Experience

Experience
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    Interview

    1. I was invited to complete a test after almost a month of submitting my application.
    2. I completed the test within a week as requested and sent it back to them.
    3. Then it took them almost a month again to reply with a general 'not proceeding with your application' rejection email without providing any feedback.

    As an experienced linguist, I find this experience very shocking and disrespectful, especially coming from such a large language learning company. When you ask a potential candidate to spend 1-2 hours completing a test, you need to show some basic respect and appreciation by acknowledging receipt of the completed test and then provide professional feedback.

    We need to stop treating people working with languages professionally as machines and thinking that it is ok to let candidates do all these free tests without even showing them basic professional respect by providing some feedback. Big companies need to be held responsible and should play a critical role in reforming this exploitative culture.

    Interview Questions

    • It was a curriculum design task that actually required time and creativity to complete.   Answer Question
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Duolingo Awards & Accolades

  • Crunchies Award for Best Education Startup, TechCrunch, 2013
  • iPhone App of the Year, Apple, 2013
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