Data Engineer, Platform Engineering

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At Stack Overflow, our mission is to empower the world’s developers. Every day, millions of developers come to us to get answers to their programming questions, collaborate better with their teams, and find their next dream job. As the world continues to transform with technology as a leading force, we’re driven to make Stack Overflow a place where everyone who codes feels welcome to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

The Data Platform team at Stack Overflow builds and maintains the data processing and analytic pipelines that democratize access to data across our organization.  Your cross-functional team will optimize flow and collection of all of our product and business data, enabling data at scale for Stack Overflow.  You’ll ensure that our data delivery architecture is optimized and consistent, enabling software engineers, database architects, data analysts, and data scientists to do their best work.  Data engineers have several key responsibilities:

  • Create and maintain optimal data pipeline architecture to extract, transform, and load data from a wide variety of data sources using SQL and Azure “big data” technologies
  • Assemble large, complex data sets that meet functional / non-functional business requirements
  • Identify, design, and implement internal process improvements: automating manual processes, optimizing data delivery, re-designing infrastructure for greater scalability, etc.
  • Keep our data separated and secure across national boundaries through multiple data centers and Azure regions
  • Create data tools for analytics and data scientist team members that assist them in building and optimizing our product into an innovative industry leader
Skills and Requirements

We expect to see:

  • 5+ years experience building and optimizing “big data” pipelines, architectures, and data sets
  • 5+ years working SQL knowledge and experience working with relational databases, query authoring (SQL), as well as working familiarity with a variety of database platforms
  • Strong analytic skills related to working with unstructured data sets
  • 5+ years experience building processes supporting data transformation, data structures, metadata, dependencies, and workload management 
  • A track record of leading and mentoring less experienced developers. You are eager to teach others and invested in the growth of your team.
  • Self-motivating, self-directing, and a great communicator (written and oral). You thrive in an environment that grants you a lot of autonomy to explore creative solutions.
  • Excellent problem solving skills. You excel at analyzing and solving problems using technology.
  • Working within GMT-7:00 (US) to GMT+2:00 (Europe) time zones.

We like to see (but not required):

  • Experience with Microsoft technologies and Azure cloud services for building and operating data pipelines
  • Experience working remotely and/or working with teams that are distributed geographically.
  • Experience with Agile methodologies such as Scrum, XP, or Kanban. Certification is a plus, but not a requirement.
  • An active Stack Overflow profile, open source code, example projects that you're proud of (whether open source or worked on at a previous job), or any other evidence of your passion for building great software.
  • Knowledge of how Stack Overflow works from our blog, podcasts, and other public artifacts. Ideas about how to evolve the platform and increase our impact on the developer community are even better.
  • Experience with leveraging cloud-native technologies and techniques to build product ecosystems

What you’ll get in return:

  • Competitive Base Salary 
  • 20 days paid vacation
  • Generous parental leave (16 weeks at 100% pay), family care leave, and paid sick days
  • Stock options
  • Completely free health insurance (no copay, no premiums)
  • 401K match
  • Gym membership reimbursement
  • Employees will never be poked with a sharp stick

If your role is not located in one of our offices…. We’ll reimburse you up to $2,000 to set up a great home office.

If you want to work in our office… You’ll be in our headquarters in New York City, and enjoy additional benefits like free lunches, transportation reimbursement, and all the espresso you can drink.

Work Environment:

We’re a remote-friendly team. Whether you work remotely or work out of our New York office (re-opening voluntarily Fall 2021), you’ll be part of a remote work culture that emphasizes online communication (Slack, GitHub, Hangouts, Zoom, Stack Overflow for Teams).

Employment is conditioned upon successfully completing a background check and having the appropriate legal right to work.

Diverse teams build better products.

Legally, we need you to know this:

Stack Exchange, Inc. does not discriminate in employment matters on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected class. We support workplace diversity.

But we want to add this:

We strongly believe that diversity of experience contributes to a broader collective perspective that will consistently lead to a better company and better products. We are working hard to increase the diversity of our team wherever we can and we actively encourage everyone to consider becoming a part of it.


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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
    • .NETLanguages
    • C#Languages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ASP.NETFrameworks
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • LookerAnalytics
    • FigmaDesign
    • JIRAManagement

Location

Conveniently located in lower Manhattan, just blocks from the water with unbelievable 360º views of the city, East River, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

An Insider's view of Stack Overflow

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

I often brag about this to my friends. Stack nails work-life balance! We’re encouraged to take the time off we need to recharge. We have a policy that allows caregivers to balance their workload and maintaining their responsibilities at home. As a single mom, I can adjust my schedule so that I can succeed at work and be a kindergarten teacher!

Dejanelle

Senior Events Manager

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Working on Stack Overflow for Teams product line, I get to help some of the most interesting companies in the world find genuine solutions to a myriad of problems. What's been most exciting has been learning from our clients as they find interesting new ways of using the product to solve the many different kinds of problems they face every day.

Matt

Sr. Sales Engineer

What does career growth look like on your team?

Stack Overflow invests in technology, coaching, and numerous resources to enable sales reps to upskill and succeed. The servant leadership culture supports my career growth because managers create a culture of trust, foster leadership in others, and build camaraderie amongst teammates. The support lets us put customers first and grow our careers!

Chris

Senior Account Manager

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Motivating! I am surrounded by leaders, mentors and peers who just want me to succeed and are constantly cheering me on. The people on my team, get me so excited to come to work everyday and make an impact!

Stephanie

Strategic Community Operations Manager

What are Stack Overflow Perks + Benefits

Stack Overflow Benefits Overview

From the beginning, Stack Overflow’s mission has been to be the best place anyone has ever worked. We make an extra effort to provide everything a person could ever want in a company, from completely free medical insurance to a professional development budget. Stack Overflow truly cares about our employees as people, and we have provided benefits that reflect how people really live.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
We have employee resources groups ranging from Asian & Pacific Islanders, Black & Brown, LGBTQ+, Mental Illness & Neurodiversity, Moxie, Solo Parents, & more. All started from our very own employees.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Stack Overflow covers 100% of the costs of preventative care, including x-rays for you and your family!
Vision Benefits
Our vision plan cover you and your family with a $150 credit towards lenses or frames each year for after a $20 copay for an eye exam.
Health Insurance Benefits
Stack Overflow covers 100% of the medical costs, from prescriptions to copays to major medical events (such as births!) through an employer-funded HRA for you and your family!
Life Insurance
Employees are provided a $50,000 life insurance policy, with no premiums associated. If you would like supplemental insurance over and above that, a small amount will be deducted from your paycheck.
Wellness Programs
In addition to reimbursing up to $150 per month toward gym memberships or fitness class costs, we host virtual yoga sessions.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Stack Overflow provides a Roth IRA and Regular 401(K) options for our employees.
401(K) Matching
Stack Overflow matches 100% of employee contributions up to 3% on earnings and 50% of employee contributions between 3% and 5% of earnings. The company match is vested immediately.
Company Equity
As Stack Overflow isn’t public, employees are provided stock options upon their start, and then issued more upon later in their tenure for evergreen or promotion grants.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
All of our employees receive stock options with their offer letter.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Stack Overflow allows employees to participate in a DCA (Dependent Care Account), and employees can put up to $5,000 a year pre-taxed toward expenses for day camps, preschool, or au pair fees.
Generous Parental Leave
For employees who have worked here a year, Stack Overflow provides 16 weeks at 100% pay. This goes for adoptions, too. Upon their return to work, new parents can expense up to $500 for take-out meals.
Flexible Work Schedule
Stack has employees all over the world across many departments. While in the NY office hours are generally 9am-5pm, it is flexible and employees can generally work the hours they choose.
Remote Work Program
Before the pandemic, we were 40% remote. Today, we’re mostly remote and provide hybrid options in NYC. So long as your timezone works for your team, work where you want.
Family Medical Leave
Stack Overflow provides 12 weeks of unpaid time, and also 7 days of paid leave per 12-month period in order to provide care for a family member who requires it of the employee.
Adoption Assistance
We assist our employees by offering financial assistance in the adoption of a child. We'll reimburse up to $5,000 to use towards legal expenses, adoption agencies or other adoption professional fees.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Each US employee at Stack Overflow earns 20 vacation days on a regular accrual schedule per paycheck. Upon reaching the third year of employment, employees earn 25 days per year.
Paid Volunteer Time
All employees are entitled to take up to 4 days of paid time off ‘Volunteer Days’ each year.
Sabbatical
By 5th year of employment, they’ve earned dedicated time to relax and reset! Stack Overflow provides 4 weeks of paid time off and 1 week of credit added to your account.
Paid Holidays
Stack Overflow provides paid time off on all major federal holidays.
Paid Sick Days
Stack Overflow has unlimited sick days, though if employees are out more than a consecutive seven days, they could be eligible for Short Term Disability Leave and covered through our insurance.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Stack Overflow employees are encouraged to wear whatever makes them comfortable! Jeans and t-shirts are the norm. Whenever you see someone in a suit, you know they are here interviewing! :)
Commuter Benefits
Stack Overflow provides $130 toward commuter fees each month. Employees can choose between most NYC public transportation options include a monthly unlimited metrocard (most common).
Company Outings
Since so many teams have members who operate across many locations, department meet-ups are typically scheduled annually.
Free Daily Meals
Stack Overflow provides a wide selection from our partner Cater2.me that delivers delicious and nutritious lunches each day the office is open.
Game Room
While Stack doesn’t have a designated game room, there are various gaming stations throughout the office, including but not limited to: an Xbox, a Nintendo Switch, a dartboard, and a ping pong table
Stocked Kitchen
If lunches weren’t enough for you, Stack Overflow also provides fully stocked pantry shelves ("Snack Overflow"), fresh fruit, fridges, and cabinets for all breakfast and snack needs.
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Stack Overflow reimburses up to $150 per month toward gym memberships, fitness classes, or equipment costs.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Remote employees will also be provided with a one-time reimbursable allowance of the equivalent of up to $2,000 USD to purchase office furniture, monitor, and computer peripherals.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Each employee is eligible for up to $2,500 for continuing education, conferences, etc. to advance their skills and knowledge each year.
Tuition Reimbursement
Stack Overflow provides employees who have been employed for 6 months with up to $5,250 in employer education assistance benefits tax-free each year for undergraduate or graduate courses that qualify.
Diversity Program
Stack Overflow takes diversity and inclusion seriously and firmly believes diverse teams build better products. We have several active affinity groups who host Slack channels and meetups.
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

We really think about the experiences of our employees and how we can make lives easier. Little things like the remote employee holiday party stipend, or the take out reimbursement for new parents - these are small gestures, but show how we really understand our employees and support them in each aspect of their lives. Stack Overflow truly believes in everyone being able to bring their full selves to work.

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