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Coursera Overview

Mountain View, CA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Colleges & Universities
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Coursera was founded by two computer science professors at Stanford with a vision of providing life-transforming learning experiences to anyone, anywhere. It is the world’s largest online learning platform for higher education. 170 of the world’s top ... Read more

Mission: Provide universal access to the world’s best education.

Company Updates

  • Jeff Maggioncalda, Coursera CEO, discusses the skills we'll all need in 2019.

    Here are the skills you'll need in 2019 | Coursera Blog

    The future of work conversation, catalyzed by the rapid advancement of technologies like machine learning and blockchain, and demand for skills in these areas, has dominated headlines in 2018. Rightfully so, these areas are seeing enormous demand from our 37 million global learners. Upon examination of our learner data, a few interesting trends are emerging.

  • Shravan Goli, Coursera's Chief Product Officer, takes a look back at the most popular Coursera courses in 2018.

    End of the Year Round-Up 2018 | Coursera Blog

    By Shravan Goli, Chief Product Officer, Coursera In a world where 50% of the jobs are at the risk of automation, and more than 300M people entering the workforce in the next 10 years, Coursera's goal is to provide learners with access to high-quality content and skills that enable them to make a smooth transition into whatever is next - whether it's to learn something new, bone up on the skills for a new job or to enter a new industry altogether.

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Coursera – Why Work For Us?

Coursera’s vision is to create a world where anyone, anywhere can transform their life through access to the world’s best learning experience.

We want to be the place people come to discover what they are capable of in their lives, communities, and careers, and the source of the knowledge, tools, confidence, and inspiration they need to reach their potential. We are dramatically reducing the cost, distance, and time barriers that have existed throughout the history of education, giving learners from around the world unprecedented access to top universities and outstanding teachers.

Since launching in 2012, we’ve grown from just two online courses - and one big idea - to one of the world’s leading platforms for online learning. We have over 35 million registered learners, a rapidly growing group of major enterprise customers, 170 educational institutions, and 2,600+ courses on our platform. Our investors include top venture firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates, GSV Capital, International Finance Corporation, Laureate Education Inc, and Learn Capital.

Our values guide everything we do:


Relentlessly improve ourselves, our teams, and our product. Continually advance the experience of our learners, partners and customers, and transform hundreds of millions of lives through education.


Have the courage to strive for greatness. Face challenges with grit and determination, take risks, and be decisive.

Deep Honesty:

Be open and direct with teammates, learners, and partners. Talk to people, not about people. Admit our failures and learn from them.


Care for teammates and empathize with learners. Recognize that we are united in changing the world, and that we are all part of something larger than ourselves.

Join Us

At Coursera, you’ll have the opportunity to build cutting-edge technology, collaborate with top universities, educators, and businesses, and transform the lives of learners around the world.

We’re a vibrant, diverse, and big-hearted community of more than 200 employees. We’re not just engineers, designers, marketers, and managers - we’re also DJs, triathletes, published scholars, parents, pet owners, artists, amateur ceramicists, adventurers, and more. We bring our whole selves to work, and we’re united by our belief in the transformative power of learning and our commitment to expanding access to education around the world.

We’ll empower you to do the most meaningful work of your career. You’ll harness technology to break down traditional barriers associated with access to higher education, and you’ll help millions of people around the world transform their lives by building new skills, discovering new interests, and embracing both the challenges and the opportunities of the 21st century.

If you want to be a part of a fast-growing, fast-moving company that’s emerged as the leader in the online education space, and that’s backed by top-tier VCs, government funds, and the IFC/World Bank, contact us!

Changing the world is easier when you’re happy, healthy, rested, and fed. To that end, we provide:

  • Competitive salary and meaningful equity.
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage.
  • Open vacation policy - take time off when you need it.
  • Delicious lunch, dinner, and snacks every day.
  • Regular make-a-thons to work on bold projects outside your day to day.
  • Free access to Coursera courses to further your personal and career growth.

Coursera Reviews

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    "Awesome company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA
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    I have been working at Coursera full-time (Less than a year)


    - I love working for a mission-driven company, helping people develop and transform their skills creates an overall purpose to everything we do
    - Culture: people are passionate, collaborative, smart and down to earth. I really enjoy working with everyone
    - I enjoy that we're still a start up in the sense that each individual has a big impact in shaping the company
    - Great diversity
    - Flexibility: I work full time in the Mountain View office but I do have the flexibility to work from home if needed, something that I value as a working mom
    - Lunch and dinner served every day: NOT because we're expected to stay for dinner (very few do), but just because they want to help make our lives easier


    Nothing out of the ordinary, the usual growing pains of a fast growing company. Mainly:
    1) We need to create a more efficient and structured way of sharing knowledge and information
    2) We need more engineering resources. Our product has SO much potential but we're a bit strapped right now due to resource shortages

    Advice to Management

    - We have an amazing culture of passionate, collaborative and smart people that are also authentic and down to earth, we really need to preserve this culture as we grow
    - We need to create a more efficient and structured way of sharing knowledge and information, this will be especially important as we're looking to grow substantially and are hiring new people every week.

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Coursera Interviews



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    Connected with a recruiter first who did a brief phone screen with standard interview questions (why this role, tell me about your past experience). Moved on to a phone screen with the hiring manager with additional standard interview questions (why this role / why this team / why this company, give a few examples of relevant work experience). Proceeded to an in-person interview panel with five 30-minute interviews, which ranged in topic level and difficulty. The interview questions were largely specific to the role, including giving past examples of relevant work/projects and doing a few thought exercises. I went back for a second round of in-person interviews with two higher-level people at the company; these questions were more general.

    Heard back about the role and received an offer within 2 weeks.

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Coursera Awards & Accolades

  • Best New Startup, Techcrunch, 2012
  • 2018 Disruptor 50 list, CNBC, 2018
  • LinkedIn Top Companies | Startups, LinkedIn, 2017
  • The 2013 TIME 100, Time, 2013
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