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CARFAX Overview

Centreville, VA
501 to 1000 employees
IHS Markit
1984
Subsidiary or Business Segment
IT Services
Unknown / Non-Applicable
CARFAX is a rapidly expanding company, and since 2014, we've created nearly 200 new jobs! Best known for inventing the Vehicle History Report, Team CARFAX now concentrates on innovative solutions used by millions of people every day to shop for, buy, own and ... Read more

Mission: Building products that helps millions of people shop, buy, own and sell used cars with more confidence - that's the CARFAX mission!

We understand that being a leader in the tech space requires building and keeping a talented team through ... Read more


Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2015 (#34)

Top CEOs: 2016 (#19)


Company Updates

  • During this unprecedented time, one of the things #TEAMCARFAX looks forward to is the daily update from our President, Dick Raines. He embodies the CARFAX playbook through his transparent and positive companywide e-mails. Here’s a picture of Dick and his four legged co-worker, Bailey, making sure our customers and employees are taken care of! In the words of Dick Raines, “Healthy Team, healthy Business!” We hope everyone is staying safe.

  • 🏆 10 years running! We are so proud to say that for the 10th year in a row we have been named @virginia_business Best Places to Work! Thank you so much to Virginia Business for honoring us with this award... and HUGE SHOUTOUT TO #TEAMCARFAX for making CARFAX the Best Work Place to work!

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CARFAX – Why Work With Us?


Experience the #CARFAXDifference

We’re passionate about our mission to help millions of people. Team CARFAX is the central gear that drives the success of the company, and the proof is everywhere. Teams often attend events like happy hours and new hire orientations, and they develop friendships that reach far beyond the office doors. In fact, fifty people representing Team CARFAX recently biked 104 miles with Bike to the Beach, raising more than $45,000 for Autism research and awareness.

Check out our current job postings here!



What We Have to Offer

CARFAX employees thrive in a state-of-the-art, dog-friendly campus where collaboration is encouraged, personal space is respected, and fun is everywhere. Video and table games, sports equipment, an indoor park and relaxation areas help Team CARFAX recharge throughout the day. Other key benefits include health and wellness programs, personal development time and quarterly hackathon challenges. CARFAX employees also participate in team fundraising efforts throughout the year.

CARFAX is constantly winning awards (like these) for making work fun and putting our employees’ lives first. We prioritize a work/life balance that enables you to put your best foot forward at work and at home. Plus, our benefits are unheard of, going beyond the basic to include things like pet insurance, gym reimbursements and auto discounts.

From hackathons to happy hours, find out what makes CARFAX a great place to work and apply today at CARFAX.com/careers.


CARFAX is a Web-based service that supplies vehicle history information for buyers and sellers of used cars (http://www.carfax.com/company/about). Headquartered in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area as part of the “Dulles Technology Corridor”, the company supports application development in Northern Virginia, Columbia, MO and our newest location, Dallas, TX.  One third of CARFAX's almost 800 employees work in tech.

CARFAX is always looking for talented, passionate people to join the team, and currently has many openings for front-end and back-end developers.  

Most of our tech positions operate in an Agile/Scrum work environment, practice paired (Extreme) programming, and leverage Test-Driven Development / Continuous Integration. For developers, Java, JavaScript/CSS3/HTML5, SQL/Mongo/RabbitMQ, MVC architectures, Joomla and like technologies are critical skills.

CARFAX offers a laid-back, yet high-achieving culture, where employees come to work dressed in ultra casual clothes (think t-shirts and flip flops), take breaks to re-charge playing ping pong, shuffle board or putting on one of the two greens, yet produce high-quality, user-friendly products that support our company mission of helping consumers make great decisions when it comes to buying, owning and selling used cars.   Check out our current job postings here!


 

All The People Say...



" I love my job. I read first-hand accounts from consumers about how the CARFAX Report is one of the most trusted and useful used-car shopping tools available. I'm so proud of what we do! " 
- Tracey H. Research Manager

" CARFAX is the best place I have ever worked in my entire life. Primarily because of the people! There’s never a time when I think “I hope that guy isn’t in this meeting.” Or “I hope I don’t have to work with her on this project.” Everyone here shares a common goal and is dedicated to diligently pursuing that goal without sacrificing any other member of the team. This place ROCKS! " 
- Britt F. Marketing Manager



What makes CARFAX such a great place to work?

It’s not just that we have Free Lunch Fridays, spontaneous happy hours, frequent celebrations, and generous time off. It’s because when you come to work for CARFAX you’ll be working for a company that wants you to have a life outside of the job.  Perks include:

  • Health/Dental/Prescription/Vision Insurance
  • Employee Retirement Savings Plan 401K
  • Flexible Savings Account
  • Pet Insurance
  • Combined Time Off
  • Free Friday Lunch
  • Automotive supplier discount program, Corporate Sales programs
  • Employee Fitness Reimbursement Program
  • Wellness Programs
  • Computer Loan Program
  • And much much more!



CARFAX Reviews

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    I worked at CARFAX full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Carfax takes great care of their employees. They are valued, given autonomy, and collaborate well.

    Cons

    Parent company is slashing budgets. Bonuses and raises getting smaller.

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CARFAX Photos

CARFAX photo of: Celebrating our 6th consecutive Washington Post Top Workplace win with the Car Fox!
CARFAX photo of: Keeping cool during the heatwave with ice cream!!
CARFAX photo of: Winners of our 1st Work Smarter Contest!
CARFAX photo of: "Is it Friday yet?!" - Arthur
CARFAX photo of: Team CARFAX gearing up for another Bike to the Beach ride!
CARFAX photo of: Winner, Winner! We love our regular raffles!
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CARFAX Interviews

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MO
    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at CARFAX (Columbia, MO) in February 2020.

    Interview

    1) Phone screen
    2) Virtual video interview for 90 minutes
    3) On-Site interview

    Phone screen was just the usual. Experience about my previous work, what I am interested in and so on. No technical questions asked.

    Virtual technical interview - In-Depth questions about previous projects and why was I planning to switch. The technical challenge was to complete a couple of APIs (GET) whose skeleton they had provided. I remember it being the Movies API to list in a lexicographically order and also eliminate the duplicates.

    On-Site was in Columbia, MO. 4 Rounds. One-on-One with the manager, panel interview with 4 team members, technical challenge with the idea of "pair programming" to a) fix an error and b) write unit test cases for an existing functionality and interview with the Director.

    Interview Questions

    • The technical challenge was to complete a couple of APIs (GET) whose skeleton they had provided. I remember it being the Movies API to list in a lexicographically order and also eliminate the duplicates.   Answer Question
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CARFAX Awards & Accolades

  • Washington Post Top Workplaces, The Washington Post, 2019
  • 50 Great Places to Work, Washingtonian, 2019
  • Virginia Business Best Places to Work, Virginia Business, 2019
  • 20 Companies Where Employees are the Happiest, Glassdoor, 2018
  • Selling Power ‘‘50 Best Companies to Sell For", Selling Power, 2017
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