Sr. Software Engineer


Remote Hybrid May 14
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In-office locations: Santa Monica, CA, USA and Philadelphia, PA, USA. Remote location(s): United States. As a certified B Corp, our mission is truly woven into the fabric of what we do. As you grow professionally, you are doing good for the planet by helping us to transform the way consumers access clean energy and accelerate the world’s transition to a net-zero carbon future.  Our rapidly growing Engineering Team of mission-driven, climate enthusiasts is passionate, innovative and committed to a better future for the planet. We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer to help us work in our core systems.  The project work is varied but if your focus is on the backend, you’ll be integrating with third party APIs, writing background processes, and creating JSON APIs for our internal and externally-facing applications. If your focus is on the frontend, you’ll build modern interfaces in both internal and consumer-facing applications.  You will join a dynamic team and contribute alongside them, working in a collaborative and supportive environment.  You’ll rely on your experience to make our technology platform better, furthering our mission of impacting the world positively through renewable energy.  If you have a passion towards technology and interest in solving tough problems and care about our mission of spreading renewables across the country, let’s talk! How you’ll help: 
  1. Be an integral contributor within a product-design-engineering “squad”.  Write code, write tests, ship code to production multiple times per week.
  2. Own your features, from inception to completion. Participate in grooming sessions, code-reviews, QA, and post-deploy monitoring.
  3. Write and maintain comprehensive documentation of solutions.
  4. Advocate for best-practices within the team and mentor other engineers through pair-programming, code reviews, and coaching.
Some 1 year deliverables:
  • Project Work
    • Take on a large vendor integration or a big internal feature, understand the problem, the requirements, scope it out and deliver it.
  • Tech Stack Improvements
    • Make recommendations and implement changes to how we test, lint, review, deploy code.
Here’s what you’ll bring to the table:
  • Must Have
    • Experience that provides a deep knowledge in software engineering concepts, with a focus on web technologies.  Typical applicants have at least 3-5 years experience developing professionally. If you have less (or more), and feel you’re a fit, please feel free to apply.  We welcome applications from candidates with either a traditional or non-traditional education.
    • Some examples of topics you have informed opinions on: 
      • How and when to use modern frameworks
      • Best practice for API conventions
      • Optimal code organization
      • When to test your code and how
      • Optimal data structure
    • You should have worked on a web application, APIs, databases, or other business-focused technology systems in a professional environment.  
    • Desire to provide technical mentorship to the core team.  This could take many shapes but some examples include:
      • Providing actionable, helpful feedback on pull requests, 
      • Running best practice presentations
      • Pair programming with other engineers
    • Experience or interest in the languages and frameworks (or equivalents) in our tech stack (if you don't have experience in all of them, that's ok!)  We look for self-directed learners who have learned languages before.
      • Backend: Ruby/Rails, Sinatra/Padrino, RSpec
      • Database: PostgreSQL, We use ActiveRecord and Ruby Sequel for ORMs
      • Frontend: React, NextJS, Cypress
      • Git/Github/Your choice of text editor
      • Experience deploying to Heroku, AWS, or similar
  • Nice to Have
    • Experience in a mission-driven team or renewable energy
    • Experience leading change within a team
Our Work Model: This position is eligible for remote work. Being bi-coastal, we have mastered the art of working collaboratively across different time zones and regions. Working from the comforts of our own homes, we don't mind the constant cameos from children and pets.  Here’s what we offer: Health & Wellness:
  • Medical/Dental/Vision coverage starts from day one
  • Summer Fridays and Wellness days
  • Mental Health Benefits (Headspace, Ginger)
  • Company Paid Parental Leave
Life at Inspire:
  • Flexible Time Off
  • 401(K) up to 4% Matching 
  • Employee Resource Groups
  • Treks through GivePower and the opportunity to participate in service trip
  • Training, development, and growth opportunities for all employees
  • Work from Home
  • Semi Annual Performance Bonuses
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • B Corporation Discounts
  • Open Office Floor Plan 
  • Dog-friendly workplace
  • Fun Company Events
More About Who We Are: Inspire is a clean energy technology company on a mission to transform the way consumers access clean energy and to accelerate the world’s transition to a net-zero carbon future. We provide our customers with access to renewable energy from wind, solar, and hydro powered sources without service interruptions or costly installations at a flat, predictable monthly rate. On average, one year of being an Inspire member can help avoid 9,639 pounds of carbon emissions - that is 7x more impactful than one year of recycling!
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401k with company contribution
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Cell Phone Reimbursement
  • Snacks Provided
Health & Wellness
  • Dental Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • FSA
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Mental Health Benefits
  • Short Term Disability
  • Vision Insurance
Professional Development
  • Employee Recognition Programs
  • Tuition Reimbursement
Parental Benefits
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Nursing Room
  • Parental Leave
  • Fully Remote Options
  • Pet Friendly Office
  • Paid Holidays
  • Unlimited PTO
What makes Inspire an exciting place to work? We are constantly working towards something bigger than ourselves. Our mission is what inspires and connects us. But we're also raising awareness for customers that they have choices when it comes to choosing an energy source. Roughly 20% of your overall carbon emissions come from your home — which is huge. You can eliminate that 20% from your carbon footprint simply by deciding to go with Inspire. Through data, we empower customers by informing them of their choices and giving them an option to positively impact the environment.   What’s unique about working on Inspire’s tech team? Between Philly and Santa Monica, we have about 60 people on our tech team. Being small, we’re able to bond and work together closely. Everyone across the entire team has a hand in creating something for customers. No one group comes up with ideas or roadmaps and presents them to the rest of the group; we collectively decide what we should be working on and how we can work towards bringing Inspire’s overall mission to life. We’ve created a very supportive and uplifting subculture. It’s not just about social events; it’s about asking, “How can we grow together? How can we work better together?”   How has Inspire has worked to improve employee work/life balance during the pandemic? Due to the always-on nature of working from home during quarantine, we found that people had started working more hours and taking less PTO. Even when we told people to take time off, they still seemed to check in and contribute. We established “bonus days,” where every other Friday is off for the entire company. That way, no one is working, employees don’t feel that they are missing anything, and everyone can truly relax and recharge.   What qualities make someone a promising job candidate at Inspire? Everyone at Inspire is driven by the mission to expand access to clean energy and work toward a zero-net carbon future. So we look for candidates who have that same passion for taking care of our earth. We’re a company of team players who collaborate closely, always ready to hop on Zoom to solve problems as a team. From a tech perspective, we want talented engineers of all levels, but we are also looking for people who also think deeply about the Inspire user and build features and solutions that work for them. People who are interested in their careers and helping grow the careers of those they work with share knowledge and level up their skill sets.