So I just finished a loop with Coupang for a Sr. data engineer in Seattle.
About the company >> Coupang is korean Amazon .. due to restrictions Korean market is not open to outsiders so this company is growing like crazy. They opened up shop in seattle to absorb amazon & microsoft folks. And thats what you will find there.
The people in Seattle office >> Like it or not, its full of amazon folks. It was a big turn off for me personally cos am sure they bring that culture with them as well. Some of the folks were actually rude in the panel. I guess working in amazon makes them superior human beings of some sort .. lol
The office looked absolutely empty. Maybe bcos most of them work odd hours trying to keep overlap with Seoul, Korea.
General telephonic round. What seemed weird was that they ask you to write spark code in telephonic & onsite rounds. Never seen any company do that.
Onsite was 5 rounds , 1hr each. 30mins for lunch (kinda tight). They do most stuff in spark sql so lot of stress on sql & spark. Expect to write full spark code on white board.
Overall not where I would look forward to work specially in Seattle market. I guess folks are hanging in there for the IPO .. i heard everyone in the panel bring that up .. haha ..
In coupang there is no data platform, it's just a wrapper over few aws services. Don't expect to work on any good stuff which adds value to you resume, all you will do is pure bs to your manager.