Careers at DuckDuckGo

Learn more about career opportunities and the DuckDuckGo hiring process below. To view open roles and start the process, please click here.

About us
At DuckDuckGo our vision is to raise the standard of trust online and our mission is to be the world's most trusted search engine. Building trust is also our central internal value, and we trust our remote team to contribute from anywhere across the world, including the US, UK, Canada, Italy, Japan, and more.

One of the great things about having a remote team is being able to create a community of great thinkers and doers regardless of their national origin, sexual orientation, age, or gender. Joining our small team is a unique opportunity make a significant impact.

We look for DuckDuckGo users who are passionate about what we're trying to accomplish and who share our core values.

Our Culture
Company Values: Our company culture arises out of a set of shared values. We try to exemplify these values as best we can in all projects that we tackle. The values are:

  • Building trust (both with our users and internally with each other)
  • Questioning assumptions (for example, the assumption you need to track people)
  • Validating direction (a statement about how we operate projects internally in order to maximize our impact)

Company policies and benefits: The basis of all our company policies is use good judgement. This impacts our daily activities and how we work with each other. It is also the cornerstone for some of the great perks of working at DuckDuckGo such as:

  • Flexible work schedules
  • Co-working space reimbursement
  • Open vacation policy
  • Comprehensive family leave benefits
  • Team and company teambuilding trips
  • Company-wide Hack Days

About our hiring process
Being effective in our remote work environment is hard to figure out from interviews alone. As such, we like to work with you for a period of time to see if there is a good fit on both sides. The progression usually looks like:

1) Contact
2) Paid, part-time evaluation project
3) Conversations with the team
4) Paid, part-time or full-time contracting on internal projects
5) Join the full-time staff

We are happy to work through the process on a flexible timeline around your current schedule, and have navigated through it successfully in a variety of scenarios, including people with full-time jobs in Tokyo!

1) First contact
It's pretty easy to stand out in your initial application by conveying your knowledge and interest in DuckDuckGo. We especially react well to product criticism, which quickly shows creativity and that you've really thought about what we're trying to do here. If your interests and skill-set match with an open role we will reach out to schedule time for a conversation between you and members of our team.

2) Paid, part-time evaluation project
This project varies per position and is designed to establish if you are a good match for the particular position. We've been doing our best to keep these projects to a minimum, expect 1 or 2 projects that usually take 10 hours to complete. The way to shine here is to ask questions as they come up, and communicate effectively.

3) Conversations with the team
If the evaluation project goes well (if it doesn't, we encourage people to try again in six months), we introduce you to a few members of the team over video chat, or in person if you're close by to someone and want to meet up. These conversations will focus on past work experiences, future goals, and are an opportunity for you to ask questions!

4) Paid, part-time or full-time contracting on internal projects
At this stage we only contract with people if we think we want to hire them full time. The majority of people we bring on internally get hired, though sometimes it doesn't work out. Again, at this and every stage, we are flexible working with you based on current work/other schedules.

5) Join the full-time staff
Once we both feel there is a good fit you will work with the team manager to make a transition from internal contractor to full time team member. As a full time team member you will be able to enjoy our internal benefits and continue to work on meaningful projects in your area of expertise and interest.

So, want to get started in raising the standard of trust online? Click here to see the roles we are currently hiring for and start your application process. We're looking forward to hearing from you.