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Ascent is the industry's leading compliance automation solution.
Chicago, IL

Senior Rails Developer at Ascent (Chicago, IL)

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Who We Are

Ascent helps its customers follow laws and regulations.  We are a new type of company, a "RegTech" organization that combines a SaaS platform with intelligent content to provide customized tools and targeted advice for our customers.  We’re using modern techniques like machine learning and predictive analytics to stay on the cutting edge of our industry.

The Ascent platform makes it easy for compliance officers in regulated industries to see exactly what is expected of their companies, then track and report on the steps they’re taking to stay compliant.  Before Ascent, this was a very expensive manual process.  Reasonable regulation is an important part of the free market, protecting consumers and leveling the playing field.  But due to their complexity and sheer volume, regulations often feel more like a punitive burden.  By reducing the cost of compliance Ascent is encouraging innovation, helping existing companies stay in business, and making it possible for new companies to get started.  The efficient intelligence we provide helps our customers fulfill the spirit (and letter) of their obligations in a way that lets them breathe easy and focus on creating value for their own customers through their core business.

We’re currently focused on regulations in the financial services sector, though our platform is flexible enough to eventually handle all regulated industries (EPA, FDA, etc).  We raised a $1.2M seed round in August 2016 from respected investors in this space who strongly believe in the opportunity we’re pursuing.  We’re currently 9 full and part-time employees, located in Chicago at Michigan/Jackson.  As a team we explicitly value integrity, cooperation, persistence, customer obsession, and innovation.  We believe a diversity of opinions and perspectives creates a stronger team and product.

Who You Are

As trailblazers in our space we’re looking for people passionate about building new and innovative products, who aren’t afraid of challenging the status quo, and who have a thirst for knowledge and creating amazing solutions to generations-old problems.

You’ll play an important role across the board in our technology, product, process, and culture.   We want you to think critically about problems, potential solutions, constraints, goals - and then do whatever you can to help the team succeed.  Everyone brings a unique set of skills and talents, technical and otherwise, and we want to take advantage of everything you have to offer. You’ll work directly with our CTO Chris Doyle on a daily basis to gain context for your work, and to get the support you need for Ascent to be a transformational period of growth in your career.  We want to make sure you’re getting as much out of this opportunity as you’re putting in.

You’ll be taking significant ownership of our consumer-facing rails app (jquery, bootstrap css, postgres, elasticsearch, heroku).  It’s a suite of intuitive workflow tools to track the activities a company will take to fulfill their regulatory obligations.  The web product is where the “data product” (machine learning/data science stuff) meets the real world.  You’ll be growing our core platform, changing the way companies comply with regulations. This may include projects like:

  • Building out core backend and frontend features
  • Establishing APIs to support partnerships that can scale as the business grows
  • Creating workflows that allow us to scale a remote labor force cheaply and easily
  • Laying the groundwork to split key components into a small SOA architecture

We’re looking for someone who has demonstrated the ability to:

  • efficiently build stable, streamlined rails apps
  • create, evolve, and defend strong conceptual models
  • collaborate in the full product cycle
  • advocate for the user
  • push themselves to continually grow and learn


Ascent employees enjoy many benefits and perks, including:

  • Medical, dental, vision insurance - premiums fully paid by Ascent
  • Competitive salary and equity
  • Walkable from all loop trains and many busses
  • As much RAM as you can fit in a Macbook Pro

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Where we are

Our neighborhood is your neighborhood! Ascent has embraced a fully remote culture with a collective commitment to virtual teamwork and open communication.

Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • Twitter BootstrapLibraries
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • DocuSignCRM
    • HubSpotCRM
    • LinkedIn SalesNavigatorCRM
    • SalesforceCRM
    • SalesLoftCRM
    • ZoomInfoLead Gen

What are Ascent Perks + Benefits

Ascent Benefits Overview

Everyone brings a unique set of skills and talents, and we want to take advantage of everything you have to offer. We also want to make sure you get as much out of this opportunity as you put in, and we’ll give you the support you need for Ascent to be a transformational period of growth in your career.

Our team enjoys a number of benefits and perks, including:

Competitive compensation
- Medical, dental, and vision insurance; premiums paid 95% for the individual
- Medical HSA/FSAs
- Life insurance
- 401K
- Disability benefits
- Commuter benefits
- Dependent Care FSA
- Flexible PTO
- Parental Care Leave
- Backup child/senior/pet care stipend
- Professional development stipend
- Charitable matching gift program
- The opportunity to work with smart people on challenging problems!

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Charitable Matching Gift Program - annual match of employee donations to organizations of their choice
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Employer-paid Long Term Disability provided, covering up to 60% of annual salary. Voluntary Short Term Disability is also available.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Multiple plan options with Blue Cross Blue Shield, as well an HSA (Heath Savings Account).
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
There is an on-site gym in Prudential Plaza which is free to employees.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Ascent offers Dependent Care FSA
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Ascent also provides 3 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Ascent offers a completely flexible scheduling and work from home policy.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Ascent offers a generous professional development stipend per year.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Ascent hosts bi-weekly lunch and learn meetings with internal and external speakers.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

We want to create an environment where people can do their best work. That means supporting our employees in their careers, in their health, and in their lives. We're always looking for ways to concretely demonstrate these values. For example, we pay 95% of our employees' individual health premiums!

An Insider's view of Ascent

What are some social events your company does?

Our leadership really believes in building and strengthening our community here at Ascent. We have regular, non-work-related opportunities to connect virtually, including social breakout sessions, lunch & learns (including cooking demos and magic shows!) and games.


Regulatory Intelligence Analyst

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My team coordinates work that needs to be done by both people and machines. We do this by creating delightful interfaces/experiences for our users and by augmenting our workflows with machine learning to produce work that’s intuitive and efficient. This means my team gets to play with fun tech from the frontend all the way to the back.


Senior Software Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

Prior to joining Ascent, I used to believe "brilliance is evenly distributed but opportunity is not". Here at Ascent, irrespective of your gender, race or color, the opportunity to impact and change the world around you is evenly distributed and all anyone would require to succeed is the passion and desire to solve problems.


Software Developer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Our job as a leadership team is to provide context, not solutions. The people working directly on a project are in the best position to make decisions, so we hire smart people and then trust them. We're here to support our teams and to make sure efforts are aligned across the company.


Chief Architect

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