Software Engineer - Technical.ly

Software Engineer

Axios |  Arlington, Va | Dev / Eng

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Quick take: Axios is a growth-stage startup dedicated to providing trustworthy, award-winning news content in an audience-first format. We are hiring a Software Engineer!

Why it matters: Our Engineers are a critical part of our mission to deliver the cleanest, smartest, most efficient, and trustworthy content to our users. You will architect and grow new and existing codebases, give technical input and feedback to Axios’ product and design teams for new features, and champion industry best practices around testing, accessibility, and documentation.  

Go deeper: In this role, you will make an impact on Axios through the following responsibilities:

  • Help architect and build significant features across the Axios web site, content/media management systems, and feeds
  • Write clean, well-documented, and well-tested code
  • Advocate for best practices, automation over repetition, the best technical approaches, and when to build vs buy
  • Collaborate with Axios’ platform engineers, product managers, and product designers to ensure we quickly and safely ship and iterate on high-quality products
  • Stay up to date with industry trends and collaborating on best practices 

The details: Ideal candidates will embody an entrepreneurial spirit, a passion for Axios’ mission, and have the following skills:

  • Experience working in large, high traffic front-end codebases, primarily in React
  • At least two years of experience developing software in a server-side programming language, e.g. Python, Go, Typescript, or Node
  • Proven ability to ship high quality, testable, and accessible code
  • Experience working with Postgres, GraphQL, and relational databases is preferred 
  • Proven experience with AWS such as EC2, Lambda, S3, and EKS
  • Experience working on cross-functional agile teams where you advocate for technical needs as well as the best solution to the problems at hand
  • Specific passion for user-focused and data-driven decision making
  • Experience working on web performance and accessibility is preferred
  • Experience with TDD and up-front tech design planning
  • Experience in testing and debugging applications
  • Experience working with asset management, content management, ad tech, and A/B testing solutions
  • Caching and multi-layered caching strategies (e.g. redis, memcached, but also Cloudflare, Fastly, etc) is preferred
  • Experience with Google AMP is highly valued
  • A passion for media and building award-winning brands

Don’t forget:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health insurance (100% paid for individuals, 75% for families)
  • Primary caregiver 12-week paid leave
  • 401K
  • Generous vacation policy, plus company holidays
  • Company equity
  • Commuter and cell phone benefit
  • A commitment to an open, inclusive, and diverse work culture

Additional pandemic-related benefits:

  • One mental health day per quarter
  • $100 monthly work-from-home stipend
  • Tele-mental health services 
  • OneMedical membership, including tele-health services 
  • Increased work flexibility for parents and caretakers 
  • Access to the Axios “Family Fund”, which was created to allow employees to request financial support when facing financial hardship or emergencies 
  • Weekly company-sponsored exercise and meditation classes 
  • Virtual company-sponsored social events
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What excites you about your products?

Our work, everything we do, is rooted in a commitment to putting our readers first. Online users have access to more content than ever before. At Axios, we want to ensure those who access our products are reading, hearing and seeing the information that matters in the most efficient way possible.

 

What’s the communication process like at Axios?

As a remote-first company, Axios has mastered digitally fostering a team spirit with frequent employee check-ins on Slack. Axios values transparency at all levels, including a weekly anonymous Q&A with its founders every Monday at the all-hands meeting. Real-time feedback is central to its culture and employees are encouraged to share their ideas and opinions openly.

Within the network of more than 250 employees, a new hire will be assigned to a smaller team and work with them every day. But no feat is accomplished without collaboration between fellow Axios squads, giving the Analytics & Insights team a chance to learn about the engineers’ daily tasks, and so on.

 

What does it feel like to be an employee at Axios?

It offers the stability of a large media company with the feel of a close-knit team. That’s partly due to the organization of our smaller squads, but Axios also makes it a priority to understand each employee’s needs. All new hires fill out a “user guide” with specifications about their communication style, decision-making process and interests. This helps new employees acclimate to our company seamlessly.

Axios encourages all employees to share opinions and ideas about new processes or potential changes. As a workplace, Axios wants to make sure all employees feel heard, and that logging on to work is something to look forward to.

 

Describe the technologists you seek to hire at Axios. 

A person who is passionate, fun, a team player and willing to take on a challenge.

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