Hire kind, thoughtful, self-directed engineers from a diverse pool of candidates.

A diverse candidate pool

In our candidate pool of more than 1,800 programmers, over 30% of people identify as women, trans, or non-binary, 5% identify as black, and 6% identify as Latinx.

Pre-screened candidates

Our admissions process is thorough. You’ll be hiring candidates who are pleasant to work with, curious, rigorous, and who on-board quickly.

Meaningful referrals

We work closely with you to understand your hiring needs, and only send candidates who we genuinely think are a good fit for your open roles.

Not a bootcamp

RC is not a bootcamp. All our candidates are programmers before they attend our retreat, and have anywhere from a few months to 30 years of programming experience.

RC is amongst our most successful recruiting partnerships. They’ve helped us hire dozens of engineers who work on nearly every area of Etsy’s tech stack. They’ve additionally helped diversify our company and brought us thoughtful team members who contribute to our culture in very meaningful ways.
— Mike Brittain, VP Engineering, Etsy

More reasons to hire from RC

Support free education

When you hire from RC, you don’t just get great people, you also help keep our educational retreat free for everyone, fund living-expense grants for people from traditionally underrepresented groups, and support open-source programming work.

Promote diversity

We have disbursed more than $1.5M in need-based living-expense grants to people from groups traditionally underrepresented in programming. These grants help people pay for housing, food, childcare, and more during RC.

I’ve had a great experience growing the Teachers Pay Teachers team with the Recurse Center. The RC crew are helpful and thoughtful. I love that RC engineers are exceptionally curious and excited about teaching and learning.
— Sha-Mayn Teh, Engineering Director, Teachers Pay Teachers

How much do you charge?

We charge companies 25% of a candidate’s first year salary, excluding bonuses, due the day they begin working at your company. We have a 90-day guarantee, so if it doesn’t work out during that time, we’ll issue you a full refund. Recursers don’t pay us anything to help them find a role or to attend the Recurse Center.

What is your recruiting process like?

We send you engineers that are both interested in your company and that we believe would be a good fit. All the candidates we work with have attended our full-time programming retreat. During this time we get to know their technical capabilities and talk with them about their motivations, interests, and what they’re looking for in a company before making any introductions. We work in whatever way is most convenient for you, whether it's email referrals, directly adding candidates to your ATS, a private Slack channel, or something else.

What types of companies do you recruit for?

We welcome all companies looking for great programmers. Our current partner companies include small startups, mid-size tech companies, public companies, non-profits, and technology-focused hedge funds.

What types of roles can you help fill?

We help companies hire for all programming roles, including Backend, Frontend, Full-stack, Data Science, Data Engineering, DevOps, Android, iOS, Mobile, Quality Assurance, Security, UI/UX, Developer Relations, and Engineering Management. Experience levels vary from six months to 30 years of programming experience.

Do you place people outside of New York and Silicon Valley?

Yes. We happily work with companies throughout the US and around the world. We also work with candidates looking for remote work, and are happy to send referrals for remote roles. After New York and the Bay Area, the cities where we currently have the most candidates are London, Toronto, Montréal, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Austin, Berlin, Bangalore, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Philadelphia.

What are the demographics of the candidates you work with?

Our community is around 5% black, 6% Latinx, and over 30% women. We are always striving to build a stronger and more diverse community, and have disbursed over $1.5M in need-based living expense grants to people from traditionally underrepresented groups in programming over the past four years. Read more about our efforts to support diversity at RC.

Do you recruit for contract or part-time positions?

No, we currently only work with companies hiring for full-time positions.

Do you charge for internships?

No, we do not charge for internships. However, if a candidate who was hired as an intern becomes a full-time employee then our standard fee (25%) will apply.

Do you offer discounts for non-profit organizations?

Yes, we have a discounted recruiting fee (20% of a candidate’s first year salary) for organizations registered as 501(c)(3)s in the US or equivalent designations outside the country.

How do I get started?

Complete this form and we’ll reach out with next steps if we think we could be a useful partner for you.