CarGurus
We're re-engineering car shopping. Join us for the ride.
Cambridge, MA

Principal Software Engineer, Digital Retail (Cambridge, MA)

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Who we are
At CarGurus (NASDAQ: CARG), our mission is to give people the power to reach their destination. It all started in 2006 when Langley Steinert—Tripadvisor’s cofounder—gathered a small team of developers to help bring trust and transparency to car shopping. Since then, our history of innovation and go-to-market acceleration has driven industry-leading growth. In fact, we’re the largest and fastest-growing automotive marketplace, and we’ve been profitable for over 15 years.

What we do
The market is evolving, and we are too, moving the entire automotive journey online and guiding our customers through every step. That includes everything from the sale of an old car to the financing, purchase, and delivery of a new one. Today, tens of millions of consumers visit CarGurus.com each month, and ~30,000 dealerships use our products. But they're not the only ones who love CarGurus—our employees do, too. We have a people-first culture that fosters kindness, collaboration, and innovation, and empowers our Gurus with tools to fuel their career growth. Disrupting a trillion-dollar industry requires fresh and diverse perspectives. Come join us for the ride!

Role overview

The Digital Retail team at CarGurus is looking for a skilled Principal Software Engineer to help mentor others and drive exciting projects in the automotive space. As a member of this team, you will be a huge part in helping transform the way people buy cars by enabling a full online retail experience and building the most innovative online car purchasing platform available.

This is a very exciting time for CarGurus and is a huge opportunity for you to be a part of something truly amazing.

Our currently public initiative are:

  1. Financing – Enabling financing transparency.

  2. Digital Retail – Building the blocks to enable online transactions

Our startup DNA means we particularly value diverse set of backgrounds and perspectives. Come help build the next phase of CarGurus!

What you'll do

  • Collaborate with fellow engineers, designers, and data analysts to take an idea from concept to technical design to implementation to testing to measurement
  • Pitch in wherever there will be the greatest impact. This could be anything from implementing a new full consumer facing feature, to integrating with a key partner or technology, to a quick vapor or A/B test to help determine what’s next
  • Work with partner companies to define requirements in order to integrate their solutions with our platform
  • Be deeply engaged in the full development lifecycle designing, developing, testing, deploying, maintaining, monitoring and improving software.
  • Advocate for new technology and new methodologies
  • Continuously learn and expand your capabilities
  • Have fun!

What you'll bring

  • Expert in OOP (Java preferred), ideally in fast paced environments
  • Solid experience in the data layer including SQL, caching strategies, and storage alternatives
  • Comfortable with Web Tier technologies and strategies
  • A strong understanding of data structures, algorithms and complexity analysis
  • The ability to iterate and ship ideas quickly, with loose direction
  • Ability to guide and mentor more junior engineers (for Principal and Lead jobs)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering
  • React experience is a plus
  • Curious and plays well with others
  • 8+ years of relevant work experience

Working at CarGurus
We reward our Gurus’ curiosity and passion with best-in-class benefits and compensation, including equity for all employees, both when they start and as they continue to grow with us. Our career development and corporate giving programs, as well as our employee resource groups (ERGs) and communities, help people build connections while making an impact in personally meaningful ways. A flexible hybrid model and robust time off policies encourage work-life balance and individual well-being. Thoughtful perks like daily free lunch, a new car discount, meditation and fitness apps, commuting cost coverage, and more help our people create space for what matters most in their personal and professional lives.

We welcome all
CarGurus strives to be a place to which people can bring the ultimate expression of themselves and their potential—starting with our hiring process. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We foster an inclusive environment that values people for their skills, experiences, and unique perspectives. That’s why we hope you’ll apply even if you don’t check every box listed in the job description. We want to know what only you can bring to CarGurus.

Additional information
US employees must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation. #LI-Hybrid

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Where we are

2 Canal Park 4th Floor , Cambridge, MA 02141

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What are CarGurus Perks + Benefits

CarGurus Benefits Overview

We reward our Gurus' curiosity and passion with best-in-class benefits and compensation, including equity for all employees, both when they start and as they continue to grow with us. Our career development and corporate giving programs, as well as our employee resource groups (ERGs) and communities, help people build connections while making an impact in personally meaningful ways. A flexible hybrid model and robust time off policies encourage work-life balance and individual well-being. Thoughtful perks like daily free lunch, a new car discount, meditation and fitness apps, commuting cost coverage, and more help our people create space for what matters most in their personal and professional lives.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
CarGurus participates in local volunteer activities such as the The Boston Children's Hospital Corporate Cup Challenge, The Freedom Run 5k, etc.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
CarGurus has committees that are re-elected annually and manage events and programs such as the Charitable Giving Committee, Community Council.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
We actually pay employees who serve on our Diversity Advisory Council, as well as those who raise their hands to lead one of our 6 Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
A free subscription to the Headspace app is provided. We encourage teams to avoid meetings on Wednesday mornings to give people a midweek break, and have several mental health days off each year.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
CarGurus offers company equity in the form of Restricted Stock Units.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We offer 100% paid leave up to a maximum of 16 weeks for the primary caregiver plus a gradual return to work policy, also at 100% pay.
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
We offer adoption assistance of up to $10K per adoption.
Restricted work hours
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Sabbatical
We provide a 1-month sabbatical after 5 years, and another after 10, which people use to take dream vacations, go to playoff games, etc.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
We have unlimited sick leave and personal days, which is great if you have a dentist appointment, have an electrician or plumber coming by, a parent-teacher conference, etc.
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
We do not have a dress code at CarGurus; we want people to feel like they can come to work as their authentic selves.
Commuter Benefits
Our commuter benefits cover 100% of your parking, train fare, and other expenses depending on how you travel to work. If you do walk or bike to the office, you are entitled to a $150 bonus quarterly.
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
In-office employees are provided with a fully-catered lunch on every day of the week.
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
A free gym membership and reimbursement of up to $300 for fitness or weight-loss related expenditures, including a free subscription to the Studio Sweat fitness app.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
We offer tuition reimbursement of up to $10K.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications

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