Backend Software Engineer

Engineering Indianapolis, Indiana United States


Description

Please Note: For the health and safety of our employees, Lessonly’s physical office is currently closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. All of our employees are working remotely and we are re-evaluating the opening date of our office on an ongoing basis.

This position may work in the Lessonly office in Indianapolis, IN or remotely from any of the following states: Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Alabama, Texas, Virginia or Washington.


We are a tight-knit group with diverse backgrounds who value our culture. Individually, we strive to be humble, hungry, and people-smart. As a team we put learners first, we share before we are ready, we ask clarifying questions, we highlight what’s working, we have difficult conversations, we get agreements, and we make time for life. These aren’t just slogans we put on the wall…we love and live by our culture.

So, if you are a hungry engineer who is looking to jump on a path of continuous learning, continuous improvement, and a team that values impacting real people in a real way… look no further, you may be a llama and just don’t know it yet.

The candidate in this role will be most successful if they have a desire to grow in our entire stack but specialize immediately in the backend. Specifically, a love for SQL and APIs will take you a long way!

Candidates for this role will typically have at least 2 years of experience building production software, but if you've gained equivalent experience in another way, we'd still love to talk.


Roles & Responsibilities

  • Backend Engineering (80%)
    • Backend engineering at Lessonly includes the following server-side tech stack; Ruby, Rails, PostgreSQL, Redshift, Algolia, Redis, Memcached, and whatever comes next.
    • This job will require the ability to write code according to our Ruby style guide and Rails style guide which will include fixing bugs, authoring and modifying gems, as well as authoring and modifying core and supporting application functionality.
  • Code Reviewer (20%)
    • A strong peer review culture is incredibly important to us. Everyone strives to improve every day, and the code review process is vital to this goal.

Skills

  • Essential Abilities
    • You have experience building server-side tools, applications, APIs, or similar.
    • You have experience writing and maintaining code with a team at scale.
    • You have experience working closely with back-end engineers, designers, testers, and product managers. People skills, along with a desire to both learn and teach, are essential.
    • You frequently ask clarifying questions about the intended impact of the work, weighing options, and devising creative solutions to complex problems.
    • You take a big problem and decompose it into shippable chunks that can ensure all parties are aligned on the outcome.
    • You are able to translate the non-technical business needs into a clear technical action plan and vice versa, seamlessly.
    • You are known for the ability to make an estimate, establish a deadline collaboratively, and hit that mark.
    • Server-side tech (especially Ruby, Rails, Postgres, Docker)
    • Working Cross-Functionally
    • Producing value, not work
    • Showing progress through iteration
    • Business and technical translation
    • Promises delivered
  • Nice-to-have Abilities
    • As demonstrated by having written production-quality integrations that involve JSON, XML, and open protocols such as SAML or xAPI.
    • Integration tech


Lessonly Benefits 

  • Health Insurance - Medical, vision, dental, and life plans available.
  • Disability Insurance - Short-term and long-term coverage.
  • Paid Parental Leave - Because time with your new baby llama is important.
  • Unlimited PTO - We believe in making time for life, so we like to keep this benefit simple. 
  • 401k Plan - Save and prepare for the future with us.
  • Equity - When we win as a team, you should win, too. 
  • Flexibility - What works best for you, works for us—whether that means you’re in the office, at a coffee shop, or at your kitchen table. We have llamas working in Indy and across the U.S. We also provide everyone with a tech stipend to keep their tech rocking and rolling smoothly.
  • Work Happier - Our community is one of recognition and fun. From company-wide shoutouts to dogs in the office to our vibrant Slack workspace, we’re constantly collaborating and celebrating together. 
  • Make Indy Brighter - Every year, we select four organizations that serve kids in Indianapolis and dedicate our time, money, and talent to them. Making time to volunteer and give back to our community matters.
  • Professional Development - We learn from experts, community leaders, and each other constantly. From Mass Classes and workshops to company events and daily conversations, we’re always growing.
  • Accessibility - We’re conveniently located in the Monon16 neighborhood, right by the Monon Trail and the Red Line if you prefer to run, walk, bike, or bus to work. 
  • Self-Care - We have in-house yoga, ping-pong, Peloton bikes, a meditation room, a library for silent work, a mother’s room, wellness groups, and more because we’re humans first and llamas second. 

Lessonly is an Equal Opportunity Employer, we do not discriminate against any protected class including, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status. Lessonly will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please contact [email protected] if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job.