Front End Engineer at Morningstar

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About the Role
Morningstar front-end engineering is dedicated to creating thoughtfully engineered financial products and services so that people across the world can make the best investing decisions for themselves and their clients. In close collaboration with the design team, we deliver complex financial information into experiences that empower our users to deliver better outcomes. We do this by not only creating the look and feel of a product, but also driving product direction: prioritizing the biggest opportunities to support our users and the business, while maintaining a strong sense of product ownership and its resulting success. We're always seeking front-end engineers who are motivated, are driven to deliver user-centered outcomes, and are equally committed to craft and compassion.
We are seeking a mid-to-senior Front End Software Engineer experience to become part of our Workplace and Retirement Solutions team, which is focused on saving retirement in the US. This role is focused on building out new applications that will change the retirement industry, helping people to save more and have a better retirement, as well as iterative transformation of existing applications.
Candidates should have solid software engineering experience in building commercial-grade Web-based applications. You will work closely with designers to build out experiences that our users love, work with API engineers to design performant APIs, and be a part of a team that continuously improves the CI/CD pipeline modernizing the platform. This position is based in our Chicago office.
Job Responsibilities
  • Collaborate with designers and act as the bridge between design and engineering to ensure the brand, design vision, and UX best practices are properly translated into the browser.
  • Collaborate with the Design System team on enhancements to the central design system library.
  • Build reusable UI components and have authored documentation for its API and usage so other developers can easily understand how to use it.
  • Work with JavaScript and various JavaScript frameworks, building the logic and maintaining the state that drives the front end application in the browser.
  • Able to understand, write and maintain server side JavaScript (NodeJS)
  • Create cascading style sheets (CSS) that are consistent across all browsers and platforms.
  • Write CSS code that controls the look and feel of the web experience that implements typography, responsive layout, animation, and other visual aspects of the UI with a focus on modularity, flexibility, compatibility, and extensibility.
  • Craft semantic HTML markup with a strong focus on accessibility.
  • Write unit tests to ensure components keep an elevated level of quality and consistency as they are improved and iterated on.
  • Identify challenges and opportunities as it relates to the delivery of UI during planning and execution and has worked with design and product to solve and deliver superior solutions.
  • Actively participate in the code review process, receiving and providing constructive feedback on ways to improve code execution.
  • Test across browsers and devices to ensure a consistent user experience.
  • Create lightweight and fast-loading experiences through optimization of front-end code.
  • Use an Agile approach to iteratively maintain and develop new functionality.
  • Stay up to date on emerging technologies.
  • Promote and implement usability best practices.
  • Promote and implement accessibility best practices.
  • Mentor junior engineers (if senior front end engineer)

  • 3+ years of front end development experience working with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript
  • 2+ years experience with client side frameworks such as Vue, React, Angular, Ember, etc.
  • Familiarity with server side technologies such as Node.js
  • In depth knowledge of and experience designing and implementing front end concerns related to testing, security, performance, accessibility, reusable components, etc.
  • Experience working with build process management tools like Grunt, or Gulp, or Webpack.
  • Experience working with designers and act as the bridge between design and engineering to ensure the brand, design vision, and UX best practices are properly translated into the browser.
  • Experience working with server-side engineers to ensure code is compatible with views, services, APIs, and other architectural
  • Highly motivated individual with the potential and desire to learn new technologies and take on an increasing level of responsibility within the technology team.

Nice to have
  • Knowledge of AWS, Jenkins, Docker
  • Finance industry knowledge/experience (especially wrt retirement industry in the US)
  • Architecting/managing micro-frontends.

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22 W. Washington , Chicago, IL 60602

An Insider's view of Morningstar

What does your typical day look like?

Every day is a little different. Our team is focused on POC (Proof of Concepts). My work involves problem-solving, development and software design. I work on the Data collections team, currently most of this involves, on a high level, automating the process currently used to collect data from raw sources through Machine Learning.


Software Engineer, Data Collections - AI R&D

How does the company support your career growth?

We believe in promoting from within, based on previous impact to the team. Whenever possible, we will stretch our employees to take on expanded roles that aligns with the career progression they are interested in.


Head of Technology and Product

What are Morningstar Perks + Benefits

Morningstar Benefits Overview

At Morningstar, your contributions have meaning and can drive change. Across our 27 offices worldwide, we’ve invested in fostering a community where talented, driven people can grow. Our entrepreneurial spirit and uncompromising ethics guide everything we do. It’s all in the name of empowering investors. Morningstar is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to eligible, full-time employees in the United States who work a minimum of 30 hours per week. Our benefits are designed to invest in your -- and your family's well-being, including investments in your health and financial future.

Volunteer in local community
Morningstar encourages our colleagues to become involved in their communities, by providing paid time off for volunteer activities.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Morningstar encourages unconscious bias training for all employees, especially managers and hiring personal. We believe that by raising awareness of bias we can decrease its effects.
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Morningstar offers two Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)— one for healthcare expenses and one for dependent care expenses. You may enroll in both $ determine the contribution amount.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers 100% of preventive services, 80% of basic services, and 50% of major services.
Vision Benefits
With Morningstar's vision benefits you can get an annual eye exam with an in-network provider with just a $10 copay.
Health Insurance Benefits
Morningstar continues to offer the choice of two medical plans—the Savings Plan and the Classic Plan. Both are administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBS).
Life Insurance
Morningstar offers 4 tiers of life insurance that offer varying benefits. Basic Life insurance is equal to 1 times an employee's annual salary.
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Our insurance covers 80% on in-network mental health services. Our Employee Assistance Program provides no-cost, confidential, 24-hour counseling on a wide variety of issues.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Take advantage of a number of Morningstar tools to help you manage your 401(k) account and your finances, including Morningstar Retirement Manager, available to you at no cost.
401(K) Matching
Morningstar provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed. We match $0.75 for every dollar contributed, up to a maximum of 7% of employee pay contributed to the plan each pay period.
Company Equity
Morningstar’s global employee equity benefit, Shared Ownership, enables you to take a portion of your bonus payout and exchange it for RSUs, with Morningstar providing an additional 50% match.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Colleagues who exceed their performance goals substantially may be eligible for Impact RSU Awards as an additional reward on top of their cash bonus/commission award.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Morningstar's Matching GIfts program will match your charitable giving up to the local currency equivalent of $500 USD per calendar year.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Morningstar offers the option of in-home child and elder care, in addition to the existing day care center back-up care benefit.
Generous Parental Leave
Morningstar has a global minimum of 6 weeks paid time-off to bond with new family members. This benefit applies to all individuals equally, including birth mothers, fathers, adoptive parents.
Flexible Work Schedule
Morningstar provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Summer hours, Work from home, Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
The safety of our employees is very important to us. We have been operating remotely due to COVID-19.
Family Medical Leave
Eligible employees may take up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave per year for certain specified reasons, and up to a total of 26 workweeks of leave to care for a family member.
Adoption Assistance
We reimburse up to 80% for eligible adoption expenses, up to $4,000 per adoption, in addition to a minimum of 6 weeks paid time off.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Morningstar sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 2 days per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional 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.

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