Vistar Media | Software Engineer -

Software Engineer

Vistar Media | Philadelphia | Dev / Eng

Job Description
Company Culture Coverage

Some of our Arsenal

    • Scala
    • Python
    • Java
    • Go
    • CoffeeScript / TypeScript
    • Spark
    • PostgreSQL / TypeScript
    • Amazon Web Services
    • React and Redux
    • Flask
    • Docker

On the Vistar Media engineering team, we never stop looking for our next addition. We’re kinda hoping that addition is you. We are located in Center City, Philadelphia.

We’re a startup with an established, well-tested codebase, but we aren’t afraid to shake things up. We want to solve our problems with the right tools, whether they’re cutting-edge, or tried-and-true. We’re happy to explore new territory (who isn’t?), but we won’t jump on something shiny for the sake of it. Our engineers work with many different languages and platforms every day. If this gets you excited, we’d love to hear from you.

You Must:

  • Be well versed in at least one compiled, one interpreted language and one web framework
  • Have extensive experience with distributed systems
  • Have coded a non-trivial system soup to nuts. CSS, persistence, deployment, et cetera
  • Understand Linux to a degree where you’d be comfortable admin’ing a fleet of boxes
  • Be able to design and implement a large, efficient codebase
  • Be able to ballpark the computational complexity of a snippet of code
  • Understand HTTP
  • Be able to decompose business requirements into a set of RESTful resources
  • Be opinionated about your tools. Love Angular? Great. Hate Angular? Great.
  • Have experience with the full stack. From the database to CSS.
  • Be able to both identify and implement a practical test suite

It sure would be nice if you:

  • Have run a system on EC2
  • Know how to decompose an algorithm to map/combine/reduce phases
  • Have worked with language abstractions like CoffeeScript and less
  • Have experience coaxing functional requirements out of business requirements
  • Know right where to look when your friend has messed up their .htaccess

We’ll consider baking you a cake if you:

  • Have experience in the advertising industry
  • Write a practical test suite for your personal code and push it to a CI server
  • Like using tools like Git Flow to organize releases, features, and fixes
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Do I need to specialize in one language to be a viable candidate?

Not necessarily. Vistar Media looks for full-stack generalists who love constantly learning. In fact, the freedom of language choice and coding ability is a compelling plus to working at Vistar.

How will I get to know my coworkers?

Mostly likely at lunch. Everyone gathers in the kitchen at least twice a week to eat lunch together.

Any team bonding outside of office?

Once a year the entire company gets together for a meetup to bring the two offices together. At Vistar, the social life aspect of the culture isn’t forced but rather is what you make it. There are occasional poker nights, a strong bike-to-work community and an overall “nerdy” sense of humor.

What is the sprint schedule like?

Vistar Media’s ‘Code Review’ is an important part of the daily tech workflow. Every line of code is reviewed by at least two people before being cut, an impressive feat considering that Vistar Media has a one week development cycle. That means almost every week, employees are working on a new set of code or new product.

What does productivity look like as an engineer?

Vistar wants its engineers focusing on coding as much as possible. This means meetings are minimized, an office IRC channel (think of it as the grandfather to Slack) is utilized extensively and through the code review process, almost everyone has a hand in everyone else’s code.

We build things the right way, to support the long term growth and success of the OOH industry. 

Vistar’s end-to-end programmatic ecosystem provides unrivaled scale, built for the complexities of OOH media. Using advanced movement data analysis, we provide targeting, seamless activation and measurement of audience-based buying across out-of-home and mobile media.

In the past six years, engineers at Vistar have developed software solutions in a multitude of coding languages (our team is 'agnostic to tools' and will learn any language necessary for the task at hand), addressing the needs of both the buy side and sell side of digital out-of-home media. From refining our geotemporal data analysis to improving our programmatic ad exchange, Vistar’s engineers are constantly tackling new challenges.

An important part of the daily tech workflow is our code review. Every line of code is reviewed by at least two people before being cut - an impressive feat considering that Vistar has a one week development cycle. That means almost every week, employees are working on a new set of code or new product.

At the core of our business, from analytics to product, and across all support teams, we put technology first.

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