Vistar Media | Software Engineer - Technical.ly

Software Engineer

Vistar Media | Philadelphia | Dev / Eng

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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 Old 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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Nestled within the window-lined walls of Vistar Media’s new office at 400 Market St., the company’s software engineers are hard at work. The seven-year-old adtech startup offers its company-hoodie-clad engineers an open floor plan that facilitates a collaborative environment. Vistar Media’s Product and Business teams are located in New York or other satellite locations, leaving engineers to enjoy the Philly office all to themselves.

The quiet workspace is filled mostly with the sound of tapping keyboards as engineers work their way through the day’s tickets, coupled with team members offering suggestions and answering each other’s questions. Conference rooms named after landmark Philly waterways like the Schuylkill River and Pennypack Creek allow employees to take calls in private or buckle down to work distraction free.

Despite the word “quiet” being a dominant adjective for describing Vistar Media’s culture, the company is obsessed with languages. Engineers are fluent in coding languages from Java and Go to TypeScript and Python, while books like Seven Languages in Seven Weeks dot the communal bookshelf for anyone looking to pick up a new skill — or hone an existing one.

Job candidates can expect a phone interview, then a take-home coding puzzle meant to showcase their creative problem-solving and decision-making skills. From there, candidates tackle a final technical interview. Vistar Media is a fast-paced engineering shop, but if you’re willing to learn — a major quality Vistar Media looks for in applicants — the company and your coworkers will champion each person’s skills and work-life balance.

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