Software Engineer

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Block Renovation Software Engineer 

ABOUT US

Block is a renovation platform transforming the $450 billion renovation industry. Block democratizes access to high-end design, while combining design, construction, and materials into a streamlined experience. Block simplifies a complex and convoluted process and gives homeowners certainty on outcomes, quality, price, and time. 

Our mission is to give homeowners a better way to improve the spaces they live in, and to give contractors a better way to work. We are building an ambitious, tenacious, and creative team who is unafraid of tackling new challenges. The founders are former leaders at Casper, HuffPost, and Rent the Runway. Investors include Softbank, New Enterprise Associates, Lerer Hippeau, Giant Ventures, Obvious Ventures, MorningSide Ventures and more.

Employees come to Block for the opportunity to work in a rapidly scaling tech start-up that remains steadfastly dedicated to its employees, its culture, and constant iteration and improvement.

Learn more about the platform we’re building here.

ROLE

We are building an ambitious technical organization and looking for software engineers across backend, frontend, and full-stack to contribute to our mission. 

You will work with our engineering and product teams in a low-debt, high-velocity environment to develop our home renovation and contractor platform. 

As an early contributor, you will help contribute to key decisions about the technologies, tools, and best practices we adopt into our engineering culture. You will deliver the best experience possible for our clients while ensuring high standards of code quality. Your work will make a tangible impact on the lives of design and construction professionals along with people and their homes. 

Learn more about our tech stack here.

We have three cross functional product development squads: Growth, Scope and FX.

The Growth Squad focuses on the initial experience homeowners have with our platform - from helping them visualize their new spaces to scheduling their initial calls with Block Project Planners.

The Scope Squad focuses on the interdependencies between labor, materials and costs. They help our platform get smarter and better understand the complexities and intricacies of a renovation to keep things simple for homeowners and contractors. They also build tools to help with supply chain and logistics challenges to ensure the right materials arrive on the jobs sites at the right time.

The Efficiency and Experience Squad - FX for short - focuses on the lead-up to construction, schedule and task management, and communication between homeowners and contractors.

Some products you could work on:

  • Visual Planner - a responsive web app for playing with different finish materials and visualizing them in real-time renders.
  • Digital Scope Engine - an intelligence rule engine for managing the labor scope and materials for a renovation project, as well as the associate pricing model. 
  • Builder App - the core of the technology experience for our network of General Contractors. From the app, GCs accept new projects, manage timelines, communicate with homeowners and keep track of the success of their business on the Block platform. 
  • Customer Dashboard - the platform where homeowners see progress on their renovation project and take action to drive it forward. Starting with the planning stage of their project, through preparing to break ground, and finally while the finishing touches are put on their space, the dashboard gives our customers a real-time view into everything happening in their space. 

Some challenges you can help us solve:

  • How can we learn a homeowner’s tastes in a fun way and use that knowledge to significantly reduce the time spent designing a space?
  • How can we leverage experience from hundreds of past projects to solve construction challenges that pop up during design and in the field?
  • How can we help GCs build their businesses and spend less time dealing with administrative work?
  • How can we reliably and quickly get compatible building materials to job sites?

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Architect and build innovative, user friendly web applications for the renovation process
  • Help set and uphold high standards for code quality, test coverage, and platform stability
  • Collaborate on new ideas to rapidly create and test prototypes
  • Work alongside engineering, product, design, and business counterparts
  • Ensure our digital client experience is the best it can be
  • Continually improve the engineering team as a whole through thoughtful code review and design doc feedback
  • Make good, informed decisions around technical dept, 3rd party tools, and tradeoffs rather than reinventing the wheel 
  • Iterate on internal process to help the team achieve more with less 

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Generally, 2+ years of industry experience
  • Experienced in modern ES6 Javascript/Typescript programming, testing, troubleshooting and automation techniques
  • Deep understanding and passion in understanding the latest in best programming practices
  • Rigorous in technical decision-making and upholding quality standards
  • Personal interest in solving complex problems that tangibly impact people

BENEFITS

  • Earn equity in an early stage high-growth company
  • 100% subsidized health insurance, dental coverage, vision coverage
  • 12 weeks universal fully paid family leave
  • PTO and company holidays
  • 3 weeks a year where you can work anywhere  
  • 401k retirement savings plan with matching employer contribution
  • Employee discount on renovation services
  • Budgeted learning and development stipends
  • Working alongside an ambitious, kind, no-drama team

COMPANY VALUES

  • Force simplicity
  • Problems are our fuel
  • Collaborate with tenacity and humility
  • Save money where we should
  • Speed is our advantage
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • TypescriptLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • React NativeLibraries
    • ExpressFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • TableauAnalytics
    • SegmentAnalytics
    • FigmaDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • ContentfulCMS
    • HubSpotCRM
    • SendGridEmail

Location

Our office is nestled between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge, overlooking the cobblestone streets of the trendy DUMBO neighborhood.

An Insider's view of Block Renovation

What are some social events your company does?

Every quarter we host a happy hour with our network of contractors - we celebrate the amazing work they have done and learn how we can better support their businesses through our tools and technology.

We have an annual employee talent show which is an amazing opportunity for our team to showcase their many talents - from breakdancing to baking!

Danny

Director, Project Operations

What does your typical day look like?

Home renovations require many different expertises to achieve a great result. On any given day, I’ll need to collaborate with sales, support, architects, designers, and software engineers to deliver the best experience for our clients. There’s always something to learn from each other, and the result ends up being greater than the sum of our parts.

Will

Senior Product Manager

What makes someone successful on your team?

As a project planner at Block, I’ve found that dedication, drive and collaboration are critical to our team’s success. We focus on delivering a premium and customized experience for our clients by injecting personality & creativity into every interaction. After all, both bathrooms & kitchens are the most personal spaces in the home!

Sarah

Senior Project Planner

What projects are you most excited about?

It's so exciting to see the breadth of the platform we've shipped this past year. From our visual planner that shows real time design choices to clients, to the builder app our GCs run on their phones (iOS and Android) we've built a really strong foundation to innovate upon in 2021. We're planning projects for all stages of the renovation process.

Ben

Head of Engineering

What are Block Renovation Perks + Benefits

Block Renovation Benefits Overview

Earn equity in an early stage high-growth company
100% subsidized health insurance, dental coverage, vision coverage
12 weeks universal fully paid family leave
​​Flexible Vacation Policy: recommended 2-3 weeks vacation / year
3 weeks a year where you can work anywhere  
401k retirement savings plan
Employee discount on renovation services
Working alongside an ambitious, kind, no-drama team

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Members from our team volunteer as industry advisors with the New York Tech Talent Pipeline
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Block currently has a weekly virtual workout with a personal trainer featuring themed workouts and activities ranging from yoga to kick boxing. Pre-covid we had a daily pm Spartan Race training.
Mental Health Benefits
Block employees have access to confidential counseling via Health Advocate and Talkspace
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of fully paid leave for both caregivers.
Flexible Work Schedule
Block provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes core hours.
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Block has a flexible vacation policy with most people taking between 2-3 weeks of PTO on top of the 10+ company holidays and bonus days off.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Block hosts company outings and activities at least quarterly, but often monthly.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Block team members occasionally bring their pets to work.
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Block offers employees professional development opportunities like annual individual budgets for training, onsite training courses, and the ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Lunch and learns
Many teams at Block host weekly lunch and learns.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

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