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About The Position
Wirecutter is looking for an experienced Software Engineer, to work collaboratively to build digital products and features that share our research and expertise, helping our millions of readers make informed buying decisions. You will report to an Engineering Manager on the Reader Journey team.
As a Software Engineer, you will be a member of a cross-functional team, Reader Journey, that includes other engineers as well people working in disciplines like product management, project management, and design. We are working toward our mission of being the most trusted and helpful recommendation service, and you will use your skills alongside your team members to help us get there.
On the Reader Journey team, you will work on projects designed to convert our audience into paying subscribers. You will also work on testing and building features that make Wirecutter worth paying for.
We have a respectful and inclusive culture that values learning, creative problem solving, supportive teamwork, and shipping value. We focus on scale, reliability, performance, and product agility, which means picking the right tool for the job, while also being pragmatic and flexible as needed.
Wirecutter is powered by a modern web stack consisting of a variety of languages and frameworks including:
- Fastly – Cloud CDN
- PHP – WordPress, Laravel
- AWS Services – S3, Lambda, ECS, EC2, ALB, RDS (My SQL), ElastiCache, WAF
- CI/CD – CircleCI
- Infrastructure-as-Code – Terraform
- Collaboratively tackle interesting problems as part of a cross-functional team.
- Work across the different phases of the software development lifecycle including estimating level-of-effort, identifying the best approach, building, performing QA testing, deploying, documenting, debugging, supporting features, and shipping security improvements.
- Contribute to stand-ups, sprint planning, and retrospectives at the agile team level and up.
- Perform code reviews with helpful and meaningful feedback for your teammates.
- Research, document, note trade-offs and recommend potential solutions around future product features.
- Actively contribute to the adoption of development best practices and processes across the engineering department.
- Desire to work collaboratively as part of a diverse team.
- Intermediate experience with Node.js, PHP.
- Experience with GraphQL is a plus.
- Knowledge of software principles, application architecture, data structures, coding conventions, and security practices.
- Analytical and creative problem-solving skills.
- Empathy for application users and desire to improve their experiences.
- Have strong communication and collaboration skills, including the ability to receive and deliver constructive feedback.
- Familiarity or an interest in working with cloud services like Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
Even with our office in New York City, Wirecutter remains a highly remote-friendly culture and is proud to employ incredible people across the country. Right now, we are eligible to hire in the following states: CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, ME, MA, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA.
Wirecutter strives to be the most trusted product recommendation service on the internet. We obsessively test and report on thousands of items each year to recommend the best of everything. Our goal is to save you time and eliminate the stress of shopping, whether you’re looking for everyday gear or gifts for loved ones. We work with total editorial independence. That means nothing appears on the site as a recommendation unless our writers and editors have deemed it the best through our rigorous reporting and testing. Wirecutter was founded in September 2011 and acquired by The New York Times Company in October 2016. Wirecutter is mission-driven and reader-supported; learn more about us here.
Overview of Benefits at Wirecutter and The New York Times Company
Though Wirecutter has a physical office in New York City, the company promotes and encourages a remote workforce, so that our employees can work in flexible and comfortable ways. We are committed to career development, supported by a formal mentoring program as well as tuition reimbursement. We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of affinity and employee resource groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.
The New York Times Company and Wirecutter provide employees and their families access to a comprehensive suite of benefits that includes not only medical, dental, and vision coverage, but also programs that help support their wellness goals. We offer a full suite of work/life assistance benefits including a generous parental leave policy, which was recently expanded in response to employee feedback. Employees giving birth now receive 20 weeks of paid leave. Non-birth, including adoptive parents, spouses, and parents also receive 20 weeks of paid leave. In addition, we also offer 401k matching.
The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.
The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local “Fair Chance” laws.