Software Engineer

| Chicago

Software Engineers are responsible for developing and maintaining Neighborhoods.com, 55places.com, and our other technical products. Specific tasks include new feature development, data management and integration, enhancing our existing feature set, and designing technical solutions to complex problems. This is an excellent opportunity if you like working with newer technologies and toolsets to solve difficult problems.

Neighborhoods.com is the first online real estate resource to put the neighborhood at the center of the home search. The platform invites visitors to imagine their life in a new area by providing a local’s perspective, including detailed descriptions and resident reviews of schools, amenities, and the surrounding community. With up-to-date listings, the company offers aspiring homeowners accurate and reliable information about market changes and new homes for sale. Neighborhoods.com and its network of real estate agents are licensed and knowledgeable experts that guide users through every step of the homebuying process—from the initial search to the closing table.

What you'll be doing as a Software Engineer:

  • Developing code and technical designs for existing and new products, with a strong focus on quality, performance and maintainability.
  • Working in a microservice-oriented suite of applications written mostly in PHP.
  • Using tools including AWS, Docker, Vagrant, Terraform and Jenkins to deploy to dynamic, scalable environments.
  • Participating in our engineering culture, with an emphasis on contributing ideas, thoughts, and constructive feedback regarding the work of others on our team.
  • Working with the engineering team to continually define and refine our technical practices and toolsets.
  • Collaborating with designers, front-end developers, and product stakeholders to deliver technical solutions to complex problems.
  • Creating and managing data integrations with large, complex third party data stores.
  • Assisting with interviewing, onboarding, and training engineers as they join the team.
  • Participating in code reviews, both of your code and of others.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of at least one object-oriented programming language (we use PHP)
  • Experience with framework usage and best practices
  • Understanding of common web stacks (apache, nginx, etc.)
  • Experience working with relational database systems (MySQL, Postgres, etc.) and NoSQL databases.
  • An interest in working with new technologies

Education and Experience:

  • At least two years of hands on software engineering in a production environment.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or another analytical discipline.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Why Neighborhoods.com?

  • The standards: insurance, 401k with match, flexible PTO, and casual dress code
  • Paid parental leave
  • Pre-tax commuter program
  • West Loop neighborhood (easy commute and lots of food options)
  • Volunteer and charity opportunities
  • Cold-brew coffee on tap
  • Transparent and approachable leadership and management
  • Help make a difference in the lives of homeowners across the country

Neighborhoods.com is an equal opportunity employer for people from all different backgrounds. Qualified candidates are considered for employment without regard to ethnicity, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, family status, or age. We strive to foster an inclusive environment that is comfortable for everyone. We will not tolerate harassment or discrimination of any kind.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PHPLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • LaravelFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • SketchDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • SalesforceCRM
    • MailChimpEmail

Location

We're at the edge of the West Loop, right next to Fulton Market. Transit options and lunch spots? We got 'em.

An Insider's view of Neighborhoods.com

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

Our work-life balance is fantastic. We value working hard during the day and encourage everyone to go home at a reasonable time.

Bill

Front End Developer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

We’re working on using new types of data to understand our customers better. By developing ways to use these insights effectively, we do a better job of focusing on building the features that most improve the customer’s experience.

Jill

Data Scientist

What makes someone successful on your team?

Neighborhoods.com is a really great place for self-starters. It's a place for people who love being their own task-master while still functioning as part of a team. That this is a workplace for people who thrive in the absence of micromanagement and hand-holding.

Deana

Associate Editor

What is your vision for the company?

My vision for Neighborhoods.com is to help people live their life to its fullest potential by helping them with the universal challenge of finding a neighborhood and house they can truly call home.

Bill

CEO

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

PMO's ideas and processes facilitate keeping our engineers and designers focused on the work they love which in turn encourages innovation.

Heather

Project Manager

What are Neighborhoods.com Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
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
Parking
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences

Additional Perks + Benefits

Aside from all of these tangible benefits- Neighborhoods.com truly values all employees. A positive company culture, transparency, collaboration, & providing an inclusive environment for all employees, is something we value highly.

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