Full Stack Software Engineer (Senior/Staff/Principal-level)

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Who we are

We are a rapidly growing startup launched by serial entrepreneurs and run by a team gathered from the publishing and tech industries. Millions of readers use our products every day to find great books, and our service empowers thousands of leading publishers and authors to drive sales and find new fans. We’re expanding our team to address the challenges and opportunities of the publishing industry while continuing to help readers find stories and authors they’ll love. Check out BookBub and our audiobooks retailing platform, Chirp, and learn more about what to expect working at BookBub.


Our engineering philosophy

We organize into small cross-functional teams that are deeply focused on one product or initiative. These teams are empowered to make product and technology decisions and quickly build the best solutions for our readers, publishers and authors. Our typical teams consist of four to five engineers, a product manager, and a designer. We lean heavily on automation, good test coverage, and continuous deployment to ensure we’re constantly getting rapid feedback from our users, and follow the approach of starting small, shipping often, and deferring unnecessary complexity. Our teams are strongest when we aren’t over-specialized or operating in separate silos, so we encourage our engineers to rotate teams about once per year.

We believe that we build better products when our teammates have a variety of perspectives and experiences, so we care a lot about creating a supportive and inclusive environment; it’s important that everybody who joins BookBub cares about this, too.

Learn more about what to expect in our engineering interviews.


In your first six months, you’ll likely:
  • Build, launch and test several significant new features
  • Ship code to production ~100 times via our continuous deployment pipeline
  • Pick up a few new programming techniques and hear about several new technologies from our continuously learning team
  • Work closely with other product, design, analytics, & other from the business stakeholders in a cross functional team
  • Write lots of integration and unit tests (no separate QA team here)
  • Engage in many deep technical discussions with really friendly and talented engineers
  • Solve at least one really hard scaling challenge
  • Work across our entire stack: Rails, AWS, Postgres, React.js, Redis, Snowflake, AWS Lambda, Ansible, Clojure, GraphQL, Airflow, and more (it’s fine if you haven’t worked with this stack before)

We’re looking for engineers who:
  • Are smart, friendly, collaborative, and intellectually curious
  • Love to learn and teach, to be both mentors and mentees
  • Are sensitive to the perspectives of others and care about creating a positive and inclusive environment
  • Possess good judgement on technical tradeoffs
  • Enjoy moving products forward quickly, but want to work at a sustainable pace—we're building a business with long-term value
  • Have experience building web/mobile/internet products
  • Note: distributed systems and high-scale experience are a big pluses, but not required
Benefits

BookBub offers competitive benefit options including medical, dental, vision, 401k, generous paid parental leave, and take-what-you-need paid time off.


Remote work flexibility

Our team has where-you-work flexibility that allows you to choose a predominantly remote, in-office, or hybrid setup. Our office is located within Cambridge, Massachusetts. We’ll help each team member figure out the work set up that’s best for them, including WFH equipment or a dedicated desk space in our office. We value the health and safety of our people above all else, and our in-person work options will remain contingent on local safety guidelines and recommendations.


Your interview experience

Our goal is to create an environment where you can interview at your best. At this time, our interview process is fully remote, conducted via phone and video calls. If we can provide any assistance or accommodations during your time with us, please let us know at [email protected] All requests are treated as privately as possible and have no impact on candidate eligibility.


Not sure which of our open roles to apply for? Apply for any that align with your interests and experiences, and mention in your application that you would also be open to the other roles. If we think you would be a good fit for any of them, we'll reach out so that we can talk through the options with you.


BookBub strives to be an inclusive workplace and we value learning from different perspectives. We seek to foster an environment filled with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • InVisionDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • WordpressCMS

Location

We’re in Kendall Square — perhaps the most concentrated square mile of startups, technological innovation, and entrepreneurial people in the world.

An Insider's view of BookBub

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

There is no shortage of collaboration here at BookBub! On the marketing team, we frequently meet with cross-functional teams to work on acquisition strategy, tackle challenges, and brainstorm new initiatives. We value a diverse set of opinions and meeting with other teams helps us put together a solid and cohesive strategy.

Grace

Consumer Marketing

What's something quirky about your company?

We love books! Our office is full of advance copies we receive from authors and publishers, and all of our conference rooms are named after authors. As you might imagine, we also have a book club every quarter!

Hannah

PeopleOps

What are BookBub Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Parking
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
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