Software Engineer

| Chicago

Do you like the challenge of building great, feature rich products?

Would you like to work in a highly collaborative environment where sharing knowledge and ideas is not only encouraged – but expected?

Do you want to use cutting edge technologies on real products that are in production?

Do you want to grow your career?

If you answered yes to all the above, then you belong at Kapow!

Kapow, now a Cvent company, is a Chicago based industry-leading event platform that allows companies to find, book and manage events by combining unique, pre-packaged experiences, national partnerships with restaurants, retailers and other special event venues, and the service and expertise of local event experts. We've got a prime downtown office on the river at Wacker and Wells (close to CTA and Metra).

We are looking for a Software Engineer to join our team. You'll play a critical role in the success of Kapow by developing high quality, efficient, functional, and maintainable software.

Some of the technologies that we actively use are Ruby on Rails, Javascript, React, AWS, MySQL, and Elasticsearch. We use Jenkins and Travis CI for continuous integration, and several tools for collaboration – Jira, Confluence, and Slack.

The prerequisites for joining our development team are simple. We care more about your attitude and aptitude than the specific tools and technologies you have used in the past. You need to have a strong passion for software development and must take pride in the code you produce. You should also have great analytical skills and ability to handle complex, modular software development in a collaborative team-based environment.  

In addition to this, our IDEAL candidate will meet the following criteria:

  • 3+ years of professional software engineering experience.
  • Experience in Ruby and/or Javascript.
  • Experience developing on a back end web application framework like Rails, Django, or Express.
  • Front end HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript development experience.
  • Experience with relational databases like MySQL or PostgreSQL.

Other nice to haves are:

  • Experience with modern front end frameworks like React (preferred), Angular, Ember, or Vue.
  • Experience with recent versions of Ruby on Rails.
  • Experience with unit testing.
  • Experience with Elasticsearch.
  • Experience with AWS.

At Cvent we celebrate, support and are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. We're proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other legally protected characteristics.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • OptimizelyAnalytics
    • FigmaDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • TumblrCMS
    • WordpressCMS
    • IntercomCRM
    • SalesforceCRM
    • SendGridEmail
    • Salesforce InboxEmail
    • PardotEmail
    • PardotLead Gen

Location

Located on the Chicago River across from Merchandise Mart, Kapow’s offices are close to public transportation, bars and restaurants.

An Insider's view of Cvent | Kapow

What are some social events your company does?

We have event experts and experienced planners on staff and we partner with many of the country's best restaurants, retailers and venues. So, our quarterly team outings have included rock climbing, rooftops, murder mystery parties, escape races, game nights and more. We also have monthly happy hours at our in-house bar and impromptu karaoke nights.

Olivia

Marketing

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Right now, my team is focused on scaling our marketplace. It’s been a really exciting initiative for us all to collaborate on prototyping concepts and implementing the right solution for us. It is so satisfying to work on such a tenacious team whose attitude and curiosity truly reflects in the benefits our product provides our clients.

Addie

Technology

What makes someone successful on your team?

Successful members of our engineering and product team have an insatiable sense of curiosity - wanting to understand how something works, how it’s used and how it could be better. This drive for continuous improvement leads Kapeeps to develop amazing features and propose innovative ideas they are proud to work on and unlock meaningful results.

Mehul

Technology

What is your vision for the company?

Kapow is a leading corporate events technology company, backed by the leader in the industry, Cvent. However, at our core, we are powered by real event experts, melding innovative technology with flawless execution and a sense of fun. Our mission is to save our customers time, create awesome experiences and make events easy to plan and execute.

JC

GM

What projects are you most excited about?

Our product team is ambitious and imaginative, so Kapow is moving fast on lots of exciting projects. As we expand the volume and types of inventory we offer, we're revisiting and refining everything behind how we build and relate our marketplace listings. It's a fascinating challenge that's also preparing us for some very cool future features.

Jorin

Technology

What are Cvent | Kapow Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Cvent | Kapow participates in volunteer activities, including Dress for Success, Hour of Code and local food drives.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Kapow has an internal employee advisory group that fields departmental requests to maintain and enhance our culture, organizes social events, takes snack requests, and mentors coworkers.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Kapow hosts company outings Annually.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Employees get free, catered lunch on Wednesdays
Happy Hours
Kapow Happy Hours are hosted quarterly
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Kapow hosts lunch and learns once per quarter or as needed.
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