Engineering Career Ladders at Credit Karma
What is a career framework?
Think of it as a guide for how to be successful at a given level and how to develop into the next level. This document is specifically for software engineers and describes the impact, scope and responsibilities at each level from Software Engineer I up to Principal Engineer.
What is its purpose?
Fundamentally, it provides an objective framework to assess success in each role. We talk a lot about growth at Credit Karma, and when companies scale, it’s important to have effective ways to clearly define role expectations and career growth opportunities.
How should I use this document?
As a Software Engineer :
● Approach this as a guide that provides clarity on current-level expectations and on how to grow into the next level.
● Don’t view it as a checklist! Instead, anchor to the scope and impact of a level, and then use the competencies as strong guidance for how to effectively achieve them.
● Work closely with your manager to identify both areas of strength and growth opportunity, so that you can develop actionable and specific next steps toward your career goals.