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In the competitive industry of online sports betting, Penn Interactive will settle for no less than being the best.
Pennsylvania made sports betting legal in 2018. By June of 2019, Penn Interactive, the digital gaming arm of Penn National Gaming, welcomed the tech leadership team that would develop the Barstool Sportsbook app.
The team started with only seven scrappy technologists. In just under two years, the company has grown from seven to 270 employees, 100 of whom work on the Sportsbook engineering team.
Though the team continues to add more mates, the start-up style pace shows no signs of slowing down. Penn Interactive technologists must remain creative and resilient in the face of ever-shifting government regulations. Such constraints lead to interesting technical challenges that call for deeply curious problem solvers who can roll with the punches.
A healthy desire to kick ass is celebrated at Penn Interactive, as its mission is to be the number one sports betting app in the industry. That said, falling on your face in the name of innovation is encouraged as well, so long as you quickly dust yourself off and try again. Equally important is the commitment to developing thoughtful, responsible gaming practices for a safe gaming experience, and maintaining the company’s signature positive attitude.
Before you worry that you don’t have enough (or any) experience in gambling or sports betting to work at Penn Interactive, know this: 90% of the engineering team doesn’t have it either. In fact, the company values employees with an outside perspective so that it can create an even more accessible app for a wider audience. But if you’re curious to learn, Penn Interactive offers a beginner-friendly sports betting 101 course.
Like most companies today, Penn Interactive’s teams work remotely, but still make time to uphold in-office traditions such as the Hangry Mafia cooking club, workout club and 80s movie night. Mental health days and a weekly CEO live stream meeting provide the space for self-care and honest conversations. They look forward to returning to their “awesome” office space at 1818 Market Street when the time is right.
“We’re scrappy as hell. We move quickly and put a lot of pride in our product. Everything is done meaningfully, collaboratively. We build things people like and want to use — stuff that is fun for the end user, but also done in a responsible way.”Dan Tracy Director of Architecture
“It’s been a crazy ride, launching during the pandemic. But we made it. It was insane in an exciting way. It worked out really well. I’m so proud to be a part of it; building something from the ground up, turning nothing into something.”Ronnie Tabor, Director of QA Director of QA
“This is the best job I’ve ever had. It’s the place I want to be. The people here value you and treat you like they want you to be here. There are a lot of opportunities to create change. Anyone can have an idea and potentially see it in the app a few months later.”Britt Sikora Drake Scrum Master Lead
What do you look for in engineering candidates?
Most importantly, we look for people who are curious. We’re not looking for code monkeys, we’re looking for people who can solve problems.
The government doesn’t stop, so regulations are constantly changing. That means that a great feature we implement today may need to change to fit new requirements tomorrow. You have to be adaptable to those sorts of changes.
It’s important to know, we’re not looking for perfection. We’re looking for people who are willing to acknowledge they don’t know something, are ready to be challenged and to learn.
What are your 2021 plans for growth?
We’re currently headquartered in Philadelphia with offices in Cherry Hill, NJ and Las Vegas, NV. We’re looking to double in size, responsibly, over the course of the year.
Specifically, we’re looking to fill roles across engineering, mobile, front-end, data, cloud, QA, product, design, marketing, and CRM analytics.
As a company that has grown so big, so fast, talk to us about how the internal work culture has shifted.
The engineering team used to feel like a startup, but today it feels more like a real company, not because we have a big corporate feel, but we’ve implemented more official processes.
With 50-60 employees, the engineering team is still small enough to get to know most people and work collaboratively. We also work with other teams, but our processes allow each team to have autonomy over their part of the product so that they can put their own touch on things.
Part of our culture is that we’re open to the fact that new ideas come from anywhere. Any employee can draw up a proof of concept and build a demo. If we see value in it, we can implement it the very next day. With our pace of change, you’re able to improve the process and the end product very quickly. It’s exciting. We love to learn about new technology and frameworks.
What does the future of interactive betting look like?
There’s so much more to betting than just sports. There are all sorts of things you can wager on, and markets are becoming more and more open to other categories. So stay tuned, there’s lots to come.
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