OANDA is looking for a Java Developer:
A culture of transparency and openness, and a continued focus on constantly developing innovative technology. At OANDA, you will work under the leadership of computer science and economics experts in an almost lab-like environment. You will develop and challenge your skills every day. You will have the ability to be self-directed in your work within a collaborative team structure. You’ll enjoy the immediacy of a small company, but use the most advanced tools/technologies that a large firm can offer. And to maintain that community feel at OANDA we offer flexibility & sociability with things like a concierge service, on-site massage therapist, catered lunches, Friday @ 4 gatherings and more.
Well, for starters, OANDA had a $100M cash infusion about a year ago, apparently. It’s not clear how that cash was infused, exactly, but I have trouble imagining that this is bad news in a potential employer. Reports from friends of friends imply that this is a fun place to work.
Despite their apparent positioning in Forex, their website gives off a distinct amateur feel to me, although I can’t always put my finger on why. Reports from friends of friends also that it’s not a place that’s terribly well-paid and has a history in simpler code-bases, and possibly has a lot of technical debt racked up.
A lot, really. What’s the compensation like? How senior a Java developer are they looking for? Are they mostly Java-based or is there still a ton of whatever the historical development model was (Perl/CGI, maybe)? Are you working on a team? How big a team? What would your role be with respect to that team? Who would you be reporting to? What would you be working on?
Where are they located? Their website points to a post-office box in a Holiday Inn — do they have offices there, or are they located somewhere else? I gather they’ve moved recently.
And so on.
Your mileage may vary when it comes to working in a ‘young company’ (coming again from that whole friends-of-friends source).
If you’ve got a Java background and you’re looking for a job, they might be worth talking to to learn more — it’s really hard to say. There’s not very much explicitly wrong with the posting, there’s just not a lot of information.