Software Engineer

| Chicago
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About Us

At Focused Labs we take a unique approach to developing high-quality, business focused, software for our clients. Our approach is structured around delivering products to market fast, testing with real customers, and iterating based on their feedback.

We love to write code, and if you do too, you will love Focused Labs. Everything we do from our sustainable pace to minimal meetings is designed to optimize your time in front of an editor writing software! Focused is truly a place to grow or hone your software craft - you could see 3-5 clients in a year and each one presents new things to learn.

 

What we're looking for

We are looking for talented developers who are excited to help build our team! We believe that building software is a craft, one that always presents opportunities to improve and learn from teammates. We need Web Developers who have a strong understanding of building products across a range of technology stacks. Every client and project is different. You may spend 2 months building a web-based Ruby/Rails app and then rotate onto a native iOS app with a Java/Spring GraphQL backend.

If you are passionate about full-stack software development, testing driving new features, and ruthlessly refactoring we’d love to chat!

 

The Bullet Points

  • Experience building web applications with 2 or more languages / frameworks
  • Experience with Test Driven Development
  • Pair programming experience a plus
  • Desire to continuously learn and improve
  • Focus on building software as a team, aligning your success with that of the team

 

Benefits

  • We are located in mHUB, every employee gets a full membership with access and complementary training on equipment like 3d Printers, CNC Routers, Laser Cutters and more.
  • 100% coverage for BlueCross BlueShield Platinum HMO Health plan
  • Additional options for PPO and HSA health plans
  • Complimentary 30k Life Insurance Policy
  • 401k matching
  • Unlimited vacation policy
  • Build what you want with 10% of time allocated for learning with our accrued "Focused Hours"

 

 

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • KotlinLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • ConcourseLibraries
    • JenkinsLibraries
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • Spring BootFrameworks
    • Cloud FoundryFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • DB2Databases
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • Dynamo DBDatabases
    • GemfireDatabases

Location

965 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

An Insider's view of Focused Labs

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

I think there's actually a deeper question, what is the balance between work, life, and time to be creative. When you spend all your time hacking away at a backlog you're not learning. At Focused we want you to have creative time, and time with your family/friends. That's why we offer Idea Hours and have a strong culture of 8 hour days, no more!

Austin

CEO

What does your typical day look like?

Focused is an environment where coding is a social exercise and learning is a continuous process. We work together by pairing and speaking openly. We find programming to be a creative process, one that is most effective when fingers are on a keyboard, not a meeting room. By writing code all day, every day, we learn and deliver together.

Luke

Programmer Extraordinaire

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

We have a program called Idea Hours. Idea Hours are accumulated like vacation and can be used to attend conferences, build an app, try a new language, or anything else. If you have an idea and a need a team, use those idea hours to get a few folks working together.

Austin

CEO

What are Focused Labs Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Pair programming
Diversity
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers $1000 of expenses.
Health Insurance Benefits
We cover 100% of Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum HMO for our employees. We also offer two PPOs and an HSA and cover the equivalent of the HMO if you select those plans.
Life Insurance
We offer a complimentary $30,000 life insurance policy for every employee.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Acme Co. hosts company outings Quarterly.
Pet Friendly
Acme Co.'s pet policy is dog friendly daily.
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings weekly.
Time allotted for learning
Acme Co. allows employes to set aside 10% of working hours for learning.
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