Senior Software Developer, Teams at Stack Overflow

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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.

As a senior full-stack software developer on the Teams team, you’ll join a cross-disciplinary team of developers, designers, and product managers working on new and existing features while supporting existing product tiers. The contributions you’ll make will have a far-reaching impact and help shape the future of the world’s largest community of developers. Some recent projects we've been working on include:

  • Our Stack Overflow for Teams free tier, where teams of up to 50 people share knowledge together privately and securely on the Q&A platform that they already use and love.
  • An upgrade to our search engine to provide a read-only search index of our public questions and answers to our cloud-hosted Teams and Enterprise customers. It even incorporates a new nested question and answer view that is a much more intuitive and useful user experience!
  • Creation and rollout of our home grown and open source rich text / markdown editor to improve question drafting and editing for the thousands of contributors who use it every day. This feature was born on Teams and has made its way back to the public Q&A site.

You'll work primarily in our main tech stack of C#, ASP.NET, and Microsoft SQL Server, with supporting technologies like Redis, TypeScript, and Elasticsearch. If you’re not familiar with our specific tech stack, we'll pair you with mentors who will help you bridge the gaps. As a company dedicated to increasing developer knowledge, we’ll give you the resources and support you need to develop mastery in your craft. 

Skills and Requirements

We expect to see:

  • Strong programming skills in your language of choice (not necessarily ours) and a track record of getting stuff done.
  • 5+ year(s) of full-stack web development experience with any major server-side stack, relational database, and modern front-end (JS, HTML, CSS). Experience in our stack is a plus, but not a requirement.
  • Experience with Agile methodologies such as Scrum, XP, or Kanban. You’ve been on teams that practice Agile and you understand why it’s beneficial for the team.
  • Prior experience developing software solutions for companies and/or end users. You've built features and fixed bugs for a commercial product offering before.
  • Self-motivating, self-directing, and a great communicator (written and oral). This does not mean that you need to speak or write English perfectly! 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.
  • Living and working within GMT-7:00 (US) to GMT+2:00 (Europe) time zones.

 

We like to see (but not required):

  • Experience working remotely and/or working with teams that are distributed geographically.
  • Experience shipping features in a fast-moving, cross-disciplinary team (Product Managers, Designers, UX Researchers, Product Marketing, etc).
  • Experience mentoring less-experienced developers. You know how to build skills and teach others in an empathetic and kind way.
  • Experience with building high scale, end-user applications. Skills working with large amounts of data, feature flagging, and A/B testing of features are a plus.
  • 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 and podcasts.
Work Environment

We’re a remote-friendly team. Whether you work remotely or work out of our New York office (re-opening in Fall 2021 at the earliest due to COVID-19), you’ll be part of a remote work culture that emphasizes online communication (Slack, GitHub, Hangouts, Zoom, Stack Overflow for Teams). While we’re generally very flexible on working hours, living and working within GMT-7:00 to GMT+2:00 time zones (US through Europe) is required for scheduling and interaction with your team and support staff who assist our customers. We also believe in strong work-life balance and are focused on making sure that everyone finds a good balance, whether in-office or remotely.

What you’ll get in return:

In the United States, benefits include:

  • Competitive salary
  • 20 days paid vacation
  • Generous parental leave (12-16 weeks at 100% pay), family care leave, and unlimited sick days
  • Stock options
  • Completely free health insurance (no copay, no premiums)
  • Gym membership reimbursement
  • Employees will never be poked with a sharp stick 

Employment is conditioned upon successful completion of a background check and upon 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 on-site chef prepared meals everyday. 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
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
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.
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.
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
We have a remote-friendly culture. Before the pandemic we were 40% remote. Today, we’re fully remote through at least July 2021. 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.
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 is lucky to have talented chefs and kitchen crew who work hard to provide 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 dart board, and a ping pong tabl
Stocked Kitchen
If chefs preparing 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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