Lead Software Engineer at Kazoo

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Kazoo is the only all-in-one people management solution in the market that takes recognition, engagement, and performance and delivers them in one powerful platform. Through its Recognition & Rewards, Performance Management, and Surveys offerings, Kazoo is an award-winning, employee-first solution that increases productivity, retention, and revenue, and enables companies to build a purpose-driven culture of high engagement and high performance. With over 500 global customers, the Kazoo platform puts actionable analytics in the hands of business leaders, connecting them to what really matters. Kazoo is when work is working.

Our approach is employee-driven, not top-down.  We built our platform, and our company, with a promise to give employees what they need to deeply engage in their work and with their colleagues, and to drive results for the company.  Our focus is on building teams, cross-functional collaboration, and purposeful perks. We practice transparency, provide a culture of continuous feedback, and promote regular service to our community.

Overview of Role:

We’re looking for a full-time Lead Software Engineer with a passion for collaboration, problem-solving, and software development to join our growing team. As a Lead Engineer, you’ll be responsible for designing, building, and deploying features while leading and mentoring the members of the engineering team. You’ll be working with Mongo, React, Node, AngularJS, Express, and other modern technologies.

What awesome stuff you’ll do:

  • Lead the engineering team as they design, build, and deploy scalable web applications
  • Mentor team members and champion engineering best practices
  • Write maintainable, extensible, performance-minded code (full stack)
  • Write reliable tests, review others’ code
  • Influence our product’s direction with your ideas and technical expertise
  • Support our customers by understanding their needs and improving our platform to meet them

What you'll need to be successful:

  • Ability to lead by example
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A strong desire to innovate, experiment, collaborate and learn
  • High standards for quality and attention to detail
  • Minimum 7 years of application development experience required
  • Strong knowledge of JavaScript
  • Strong abilities with HTML and CSS, knowledge of HTML5, CSS3
  • Server-side experience working with Node
  • Modern front-end framework experience (Angular and React)
  • Experience with relational and non-relational data stores such as Postgres and Mongo
  • Experience with AWS, S3, Heroku
  • Advocate for modern software engineering practices such as continuous integration, unit testing, and automated deployments
  • In-depth understanding of web app scalability
  • A proven track record developing production applications
  • Experience with agile software development processes such as scrum

Bonus points for:

  • DevOps knowledge is a plus
  • Experience in both creating and consuming GraphQL APIs is a bonus
  • Experience in Ruby on Rails is a bonus

 

When you work at Kazoo, we provide competitive benefits to make your life better both in and out of the office, which include: health, dental and vision insurance; open vacation policy; flexible wfh policy; 11 paid holidays; 401k program; Stocked kitchen; Mac Laptop; Transportation/Parking Stipend; Generous Parental Leave; Fertility benefits; Breast milk delivery; EAP & more!

At Kazoo, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to how we grow and operate our business. We’re building a diverse workforce that cultivates and supports all individuals. We believe a culture of equality creates a stronger work environment for all employees and that we are all accountable for encouraging and celebrating diverse voices.  Kazoo commits to promote and recognize principles of fairness, equity, and social justice in relation to, and across, intersections of race, age, color, disability, faith, religion, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, social class, economic class, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, and all other identities represented among our diverse membership.

We strongly encourage people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and non-binary people, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. Kazoo is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team. If you need reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • RubyLanguages
    • Ruby on railsLanguages
    • GraphQLApolloLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • TypeScriptLibraries
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • ApolloFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • OutreachEmail
    • MarketoLead Gen

Location

363 W. Erie St. Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60654

An Insider's view of Kazoo

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Kazoo treats its employees like adults. That may sound trite, but it's true; we trust our coworkers to get their work done and respect that we all have lives outside the office. We have an open PTO policy and a flexible schedule which allows folks to hold nonstandard work hours. Not feeling pressure to give in to “presenteeism” is a huge plus.

Austen

Scrum Master

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Kazoo has been working hard to rethink and redesign how Performance Management and Rewards & Recognition platforms will directly integrate together. We are laser-focused on understanding best practices, techniques, and ensure we’re building a solution that creates an awesome employee experience that keeps people connected with their team and peers.

Chris

Director, Product Design

What does career growth look like on your team?

A deep passion for the work we do, the discipline to do the hard work day in and day out, the willingness to be uncomfortable because you know that discomfort brings growth, the ability to brush off the rejection you get on a daily basis, a natural curiosity that drives your ability to ask more questions, and a desire to have fun!

Erin

Executive Director, Market Development

What are Kazoo Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We have organized a Culture Committee that helps to improve culture, drive cross-departmental connections, discuss important topics, and organize frequent activities/events
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Acme Co.'s pet policy is Occasional bring your pet to work days.
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Customized development tracks
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