The engineering team at Root strives to be one of the most transformative engineering teams ever. We’re changing the way that car insurance works. We’re competing with companies that have been around for a century and comprise a $200B industry—and we’re doing it with astonishingly small teams.

 

Our tech stack includes:

Ruby / Rails backend, RSpec for testing

Javascript / React Native frontend, Mocha for testing

Small amounts of native iOS and Android

Deployment to AWS ECS using containers

Buildkite for CI

 

We recently raised the largest VC round ever for an Ohio technology company:

 

https://news.crunchbase.com/news/ohio-unicorn-root-insurance-rolls-on-with-350m-in-new-cash/1021/

 

Our team excels at delivering software to build Root’s products: presently, mobile apps and a backend platform for personal auto insurance. We’ve shaped our team and our way of working around this. Our engineering team would not be the most transformative team at building a mobile operating system. We’d be quite bad at that. We’re exceptionally good at building the type of software that is necessary to invoke change in the insurance industry.

 

For more information on engineering at Root see https://eng.joinroot.com/

 

Engineering Leads at Root are responsible for both technical and managerial leadership of their teams.  Leads are often our strongest individual contributors and we expect them to meet or exceed all of the technical and non-technical expectations of a Senior Software Engineer. 

 

We divide the areas of responsibility for engineers into three major areas:

 

Technical: The skills and knowledge that make up an engineer’s basic problem-solving toolbox.

Planning and Execution: The ability to plan and execute assigned work beyond basic technical solutions.

Working with Others: The ability to work effectively with other engineers and people in other functions.

 

Scope of Impact Team/Initiative/Company

 

What we look for in Engineering Leads:

Technical Skills

  • Deep understanding of technologies used in our stack, client-server architecture, and web technologies
  • Incorporates testing and thinks about reliability as a natural part of delivering working software
  • Experienced with several programming paradigms
  • Solid knowledge of databases, SQL, and version control tools
  • Adequate understanding of infrastructure and devops
  • Able to design and architect maintainable and scalable technical systems

Planning and Execution

  • Thinks critically about work to guarantee business functionality. Understands and takes into account business goals into their technical decisions.
  • Plans and supervises work for others
  • Completes complex tasks/projects in an efficient manner
  • Foresees issues and requirements for large projects and features
  • Can break down large initiatives into incrementally implementable deliverables

Working with Others

  • Mentors and grows other engineers
  • Sets and evaluates goals for direct reports
  • Provides effective and accurate technical feedback in code reviews
  • Able to work across teams to tackle complex issues
  • Able to positively influence other engineers, both directly and indirectly
  • Works with product owners, analysts and other functions to move company’s priorities forward
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An Insider's view of Root Insurance

What does your typical day look like?

A quick standup followed by opportunities for both pairing and soloing. Maybe an occasional design meeting or retrospective. My team sits at the intersection of a lot of technologies so the day-to-day work varies. There's time carved out to learn technologies that are new to me and to help lead others with the technologies that I already know well.

Jordan

Senior Software Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

I think the emphasis on team rather than personal responsibility makes Root a great place to grow. Engineers aren't concerned with producing their "own" work at the exclusion of helping others. Engineers at Root also just love problem-solving and step up to whatever problems I come to them with.

Liz

Software Engineer

What are Root Insurance Perks + Benefits

Root Insurance Benefits Overview

Our benefits exist to support exceptional employees in doing their very best work. We have full health, vision, dental insurance and we cover 100% of the premiums for employees and 75% for dependants.

Culture
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Root employees can contribute up to $2700 annually to their FSA.
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers $1250 of expenses.
Vision Benefits
The vision benefits plan covers 100% for annual eye exams with $130 for glasses and contact lenses.
Health Insurance Benefits
A health insurance plan that provides for you and your family.
Life Insurance
Employer-paid for life insurance is equal to 60% times an employee's annual salary.
Pet Insurance
Pet insurance that protects your four-legged loved ones.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Root contributes the equivalent of 3% of your salary to your 401(K) regardless of your contribution.
Company Equity
Root offers incentive stock options that vest over a 4-year period for all of our Engineering roles.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Root also provides 6 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Root provides employees with a flexible work schedule but our core hours are generally 9-5.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Root offers up to $100 a month for qualified commuter expenses.
Free Daily Meals
We provide catered lunch every day.
Stocked Kitchen
Root has a stocked kitchen of snacks and drinks. Everything you need to do your very best work.
Relocation Assistance
We offer competitive relocation packages.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Root has a continuing education budget for conferences, online resources, and certifications that are related to their work.
Lunch and learns
Root hosts weekly lunch and learns from
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
We have 12 hack days a year for engineers to explore new technologies or build things that aren't prioritized on our product roadmap but pique their interest.

Additional Perks + Benefits

Our carefully curated benefits and perks exist to empower our employees to do their very best work by bringing their authentic selves to work every day.

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