Senior Technical Recruiter, Engineering at Root

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Company: Root is a car insurance company founded on the simple idea that people who drive well are less likely to get in accidents, and that means they should pay less for insurance. With a small initial venture capital investment, Root was faced with the challenge of building the entirety of the technology necessary to run a car insurance carrier from scratch. Through applying techniques to gain significant engineering leverage in the short-term without compromising long-term velocity, the engineering team at Root was able to deliver successfully, creating one of the fastest venture-backed companies to ever reach a billion dollar valuation. 

 

Progress: We’ve been in business now for four years. In those four years, we have become the fastest growing auto insurance company, on a % growth in premium basis. Our most recent round of funding valued us at $3.65 billion and brought our total VC funding to $527.5 million. In the last two years, we have grown our team from 60 to 800. 

 

Values:

Embrace the love of the problem.

Question the norm.

Tackle the tough challenges head-on.

Have the uncomfortable conversations.

Ask forgiveness rather than permission. 

Judge on the merits of work.

Celebrate ambitious teamwork.

Lead with empathy. 

Filter the temptation to do the obvious. 

Invest, don’t spend.

Empower the customer to solve.

 

Culture: Root has been rapidly growing for the last few years. Our early signs of success are in large part due to our unwavering standards in hiring. We recognize that our product is only as good as the people building it. We look for passionate problem solvers who can find solutions by moving through the cycle of ideation to implementation with curiosity and rigor. We work together as one team and expect every team member to lead with empathy and courage.

 

Position: We’re searching for a Senior Recruiter to join us in building the most transformative Engineering Team ever. We’ve been able to hire the best team for Root by being intimately aware of who we are and who we aren’t. With this in mind, we expect a Senior Recruiter to study the business, work with leaders in Engineering and Recruiting to understand current/future recruiting needs, and then be a thought partner in ideating/executing solutions. 

 

This position will be based in Chicago, IL and report to a Senior Candidate Experience Manager in Columbus, OH.

What you'll be doing

  • Facilitating and managing the logistics of our hiring process (scheduling, travel, expenses)

  • Living between the business and the candidate. It’s your responsibility to use your context on the needs of the business and the perspective of the candidate to create a best in class candidate experience in every touchpoint.
  • Educating the Chicago engineering market on what we’re building and how we work by attending/hosting events and building relationships with candidates, and related local organizations.
  • Reaching out to qualified candidates utilizing tools like Github, Stack Overflow, and Linkedin
  • Exploring new channels and strategic partnerships for recruiting, and using data to validate or eliminate each hypothesized approach
  • Critically evaluating our hiring processes and solutions to ensure that we’re approaching each specific problem with the best possible solution.

What you're best at

  • Communicating - We believe the best communication is honest, empathetic, and clear.
  • Thinking creatively - We’re operating in a new market, and you’ll have a good deal of ownership as to our approach. Often, the best approach isn’t the first one suggested. The ability to think outside the box will be an asset in this role.
  • Analyzing - We use data to drive decisions and we’re hoping you do too.
  • Iterating - The solutions we’ve used in the past aren’t always what should be used today. We change our approach with the dynamic needs of the business.
  • Ownership - You’ll be working with a great deal of autonomy to meet our hiring needs in Chicago. We’re hoping you thrive when given the opportunity and freedom to solve problems.
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
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    • SqlLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • React NativeLibraries
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases

An Insider's view of Root

What does your typical day look like?

A quick standup followed by opportunities for both pairing and soloing. Maybe an occasional design meeting or retrospective. My team sits at the intersection of a lot of technologies so the day-to-day work varies. There's time carved out to learn technologies that are new to me and to help lead others with the technologies that I already know well.

Jordan

Senior Software Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

I think the emphasis on team rather than personal responsibility makes Root a great place to grow. Engineers aren't concerned with producing their "own" work at the exclusion of helping others. Engineers at Root also just love problem-solving and step up to whatever problems I come to them with.

Liz

Software Engineer

What are Root Perks + Benefits

Root Benefits Overview

Our benefits exist to support exceptional employees in doing their very best work. We have full health, vision, dental insurance and we cover 100% of the premiums for employees and 75% for dependants.

Culture
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Root employees can contribute up to $2700 annually to their FSA.
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers $1250 of expenses.
Vision Benefits
The vision benefits plan covers 100% for annual eye exams with $130 for glasses and contact lenses.
Health Insurance Benefits
A health insurance plan that provides for you and your family.
Life Insurance
Employer-paid for life insurance is equal to 60% times an employee's annual salary.
Pet Insurance
Pet insurance that protects your four-legged loved ones.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Root contributes the equivalent of 3% of your salary to your 401(K) regardless of your contribution.
Company Equity
Root offers incentive stock options that vest over a 4-year period for all of our Engineering roles.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Root also provides 6 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Root provides employees with a flexible work schedule but our core hours are generally 9-5.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Root offers up to $100 a month for qualified commuter expenses.
Free Daily Meals
We provide catered lunch every day.
Stocked Kitchen
Root has a stocked kitchen of snacks and drinks. Everything you need to do your very best work.
Relocation Assistance
We offer competitive relocation packages.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Root has a continuing education budget for conferences, online resources, and certifications that are related to their work.
Lunch and learns
Root hosts weekly lunch and learns from
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
We have 12 hack days a year for engineers to explore new technologies or build things that aren't prioritized on our product roadmap but pique their interest.

Additional Perks + Benefits

Our carefully curated benefits and perks exist to empower our employees to do their very best work by bringing their authentic selves to work every day.

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