At Morningstar, we believe in building great products in-house in a highly collaborative, agile environment where we focus on technical excellence, the user experience, and continuous improvement. Our technologists represent a range of skills and experience levels, but they all view their work as a craft and push technology’s boundaries to find new and better ways to serve investors.

The Team: Fueling the technologies that drive our products and support our company’s infrastructure, the Technology team consists of talented developers, network architects, and IT experts who help make technology one of Morningstar’s core strengths. Though our technologists represent a range of skills and knowledge bases, they all view technology as a craft and care deeply about creating positive user experiences. From Agile methodologies to mobile applications, to software as a service (SaaS) delivered from our private cloud, we push technology’s boundaries to build scalable, elegant solutions that help investors reach their financial goals.

The Role: Do you get excited about new technology? Do you think investing is fun? Do you like helping people and making sense out of chaos? At Morningstar, helping investors is what brings us together and drives our work. We are seeking Java Engineers to join our team, grow with us, introduce us to new ideas, and develop products that empower our users. You’ll interact daily with our project managers to understand and implement requirements, creating appropriate technical solutions. You’ll also work regularly with our client operations team to understand our clients’ needs so you can help address them. These positions are based in our Chicago office.

Responsibilities

+Solve investors’ problems with technology, understanding market chaos at work and crafting technically appropriate interactive experiences to communicate effectively with individual investors.

+Be passionate about quality, process, programming, and investing in general, seeing opportunities for improvement, seizing them, and then sharing your findings with others.

+Take ownership of the success of the team with a "gets things done" attitude; the ability to understand and leverage new technologies, potentially wearing many hats including business analyst, DBA, QA, and project manager.

+Follow software design best practices such as continuous integration, test-driven development, and regular deployment.

+Help to shape product vision.

Requirements

+A bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field.

+ Three plus years of experience developing commercial quality web applications.

+Experience with Java, Linux, and Tomcat, as well as experience with full-stack web development.

+An understanding of how to protect web applications from common security vulnerabilities.

+Knowledge of object-oriented design, domain modeling, and building highly scalable and available systems.

+Understanding of design patterns such as MVC, MVVM, or SPA.

+Strong communication skill.

+Be organized and able to remain productive even when you have multiple deliverables.

Morningstar is an equal opportunity employer.

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Why work with us
We’re an ambitious group, driven by our passion to make investing better. Imagining the next big thing is in our blood—it’s transformed us from a company with just a few employees in 1984 to a leading independent investment research company with a worldwide presence today.
Culture
There are no corner offices in our Chicago headquarters. In fact, there are no offices at all. At Morningstar, our open environment reflects our belief that anyone at any level can voice their ideas and take part in making them happen. You’ll see little of the typical corporate hierarchy here, with no rigid structures or barriers between people or teams. Morningstar employees enjoy a fluid work environment where they are given both the resources and opportunities to pursue a fulfilling career.
Perks & Benefits
Compensation at Morningstar is more than a salary. It’s about making positive contributions to both life and work. We give our diverse workforce the choice and flexibility they need to maintain their health, retirement plans, time, and professional growth.
Morningstar offers medical, dental, and vision coverage to employees and their families. Our philosophy is to provide access to excellent health care while maintaining low out-of-pocket costs.
Morningstar provides three tools to help employees maintain work-life balance—vacation, sabbatical, and leave. There’s no “use it or lose it” vacation policy at Morningstar. Employees take the time they need with their manager’s approval.
On top of the major benefits, we believe in preserving the little things that make a workplace friendlier. Some of these perks include: Casual dress every day, Open, egalitarian environment, Free beverages, Free bagels every Wednesday, Social events year-round, At-cost subscriptions to products for family members and friends, Employee discounts at selected merchants and retailers.

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