Product Engineer, Backend

| New York, NY, USA
Employer Provided Salary: 150,000-300,000 Annually
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About Us

Radar is location infrastructure for every product and service. Companies like Vercel, Panera, and T-Mobile use Radar's geofencing SDKs and maps APIs to power location-based experiences across hundreds of millions of devices worldwide.

Founded in 2016, Radar is headquartered in New York, NY. Radar has raised $85.5M from leading venture capital firms including Accel and Insight Partners.

About the role

We're looking for a Product Engineer to build high throughput data intensive infrastructure. Over the past year, the Radar SDK has been installed on over 100M devices worldwide and our steady state traffic is 10,000 qps. Our SDKs are open source (Android) (iOS), and interface with location services to expose new primitives to make location data simple.

How we work:

Most of our engineering team are former technical co-founders or former Radar interns from schools like Waterloo and CMU. Most engineers at Radar fit one of two molds, technically: either Staff level expertise in one stack, or Multi-Stack at any level. We say Multi-Stack because "Full-Stack" has the connotation of "Frontend and Backend", but Radar Engineers might also work on Mobile or Data engineering. Not that you need to be an expert in all of those, but a desire to learn, jump around to different stacks and get things done is the important part.

We care a lot about shipping fast and talking to customers. We're committed to our product vision of full-stack location infrastructure, but we also know that customer feedback is a treasure map to gold. Even though Slack is the brain of our company, working together in-person in our NYC HQ is the fastest way for us to get things done. We meet on Mondays to plan out work for the week in small groups and use Linear for planning. All projects are run by an Engineering lead, an executive and a Go-to-Market lead. Engineers figure out what to build, talk to customers, talk to prospects, help close them, get them live and make them successful.

One of the hardest and most valuable practices we have is Walk A Mile - which is shorthand for putting yourself in the user's shoes - but also for literally walking a mile and dogfooding the Radar SDK, because you can't create location infrastructure behind a desk - you have see how the device behaves in the real world. To us, a week is a long time, and we expect to ship big things every week.

The stack:

Core development is on HorizonDB, our Geospatial database built using RocksDB, Rust, FSTs, and Tantivy. Terraform and offline data pipelines in Airflow and Scala are important as well.

The api layer is a Node.js Express app written in TypeScript using MongoDB, HorizonDB, S3/Athena, Redis, and everything is deployed to AWS.

The frontend is React and Next.js deployed to Vercel.

Most engineers are in the on-call rotation.

We sponsor OpenStreetMaps, MapLibre and OpenAddresses.

The hiring process:

After a brief call with our CTO, we'll invite you to our NYC HQ for an interview if we think there is a possible match. During that time we'll work on system design problems together and do some coding for 2 hours to build something simple. You might meet one of our co-founders and we'll also go into more depth about how we work to see if there is a match.

What you’ll do:

  • Work on core infrastructure that serves 10,000 qps steady state traffic generating 10's of GB of data into our data lake per day
  • Work on core Radar server infrastructure using TypeScript, Rust, MongoDB, RocksDB, Tantivy, S3/Athena, Redis, Airflow, EMR, Scala, and Terraform all deployed to AWS.
  • Work on full-stack features across the frontend, backend, and data engineering
  • Work on our next generation geocoding and routing infrastructure
  • Have your work be used by 100's of millions of devices
  • Talk to Radar customers and prospects, hear their feedback, incorporate it into your work and make them successful

You should:

  • Have experience building high throughput data intensive applications
  • Be interested in talking to customers or prospects and making them successful
  • Be deeply curious about how things work, and have the tenacity to sit with hard problems and power through them

Bonus points if you:

  • Are a former technical co-founder
  • Have experience with geocoding, routing, or mapping

You’ll work with

  • Nick Patrick, CEO
  • Tim Julien, CTO
  • Craig Kochis, Director of Engineering
  • Jeff Kao, Senior Staff Engineer
  • Our customers and prospects
  • Our Customer Success, Sales Engineering, and Sales teams

Benefits & Perks:

  • Competitive compensation package and equity plan
  • Medical, dental, and vision plans with 100% premiums covered for you
  • 401(k) plan with a generous employer match
  • Unlimited PTO vacation policy
  • Paid parental leave
  • Weekly catered breakfast and lunch at our NYC office
  • Free CitiBike membership (if based in tri-state area)
  • Monthly fitness reimbursement and wellness programs via Classpass and Gympass

Compensation:

For candidates based in the United States, the base salary range for this full-time position is between $150,000 - $250,000/year with an opportunity for performance bonuses and incentives.

In addition to cash compensation, Radar offers full-time employees a competitive equity plan with stock option grants. This is a meaningful ownership stake in the company that we provide to our employees as we build a category-defining company together.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

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Location

We're headquartered in the heart of Union Square, Manhattan, a mecca for many high-growth tech startups that are changing the game! Located in an iconic area filled with plenty of restaurants for all types of food lovers, bars, and nearby attractions makes the commute into the office worthwhile!

An Insider's view of Radar

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

We offer and value unlimited PTO so employees don’t feel limited when it comes to vacations and personal days. We also offer flexible work hours so our team feels empowered to craft their schedule in a way that works for them, whether that means taking a break for an afternoon workout, or traveling and working from a different time zone at times

Sienna

Recruiting Lead

What does your typical day look like?

A typical day involves prepping for and supporting prospective customer or partner calls, which we do in close collaboration with our all-star sales and BD teams. The goal is to ensure that prospects walk away with a clear understanding of how Radar can help build location-based experiences that delight end users, and help customers' business goals

Gianie

Director of Sales Engineering

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Radar and the people here have been instrumental in my career development. Spanning multiple teams and promotions, my managers have encouraged full ownership over each new role and helped me take actionable steps toward my next. As we grow rapidly, I'm constantly learning & taking on new projects that give me access to stakeholders at every level.

Sydney

Technology Partner Manager

What is your vision for the company?

Radar's vision is location infrastructure for every product and service. We want to power the next generation of location-based experiences, from curbside pickup to delivery to contactless payments, across industries including restaurants, retail, travel, logistics, gaming, and more.

Nick

CEO

What projects are you most excited about?

Location is inherently messy and nondeterministic, so the technical challenges I enjoy working on involve creating intuitive user experiences around providing visibility into how our SDK behaves in the wild. These efforts improve our developer experience and help to make the onramp for creating location-based experiences frictionless.

Jay

Lead Technical Product Manager

What are Radar Perks + Benefits

Culture
Open door policy
Open office floor plan
4-day work week
Flexible work schedule
Radar provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes flexible start and end times.
Remote work program
Radar is remote-friendly
Diversity
Mandated unconscious bias training
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Inclusive job descriptions, Rooney rule
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Employees can elect to enroll in Disability Insurance. We offer both voluntary long-term and short-term disability insurance. It is optional and paid for entirely by the employee.
Dental insurance
Radar covers 100% of the employee premium.
Vision insurance
Radar covers 100% of the employee premium.
Health insurance
Radar covers 100% of the employee premium.
Life insurance
Supplemental life insurance is a voluntary benefit and paid for entirely by the employee
Wellness programs
Radar offers discounted gym memberships and wellness programs via Classpass and Gympass.
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K)
401(K) matching
Radar matches 100% of your 401(k) contributions, up to 4% of your overall compensation (salary or wages, bonuses, and commissions). This program is managed by Slavic401k.
Company equity
Radar offers options - 4 years vesting, 1-year cliff using Carta.
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Radar provides 12 weeks of parental leave.
Vacation + Time Off
Unlimited vacation policy
Generous PTO
Radar has a flexible leave policy that includes unlimited vacation where employees are encouraged to take at least 3-4 weeks off.
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Radar has flexible sick days. We also offer 10 days of paid safe and sick leave.
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Radar offers employees in the tri-state free Citibike memberships.
Company-sponsored outings
Radar hosts company outings including monthly happy hours, social events, and our annual company parties.
Free snacks and drinks
Fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and all of the flavored LaCroix you can handle.
Some meals provided
Radar provides breakfast on Mondays and catered lunches Tuesday through Thursday.
Company-sponsored happy hours
Happy hours are hosted once per month.
Fitness stipend
Radar offers discounted gym memberships and wellness programs via Classpass and Gympass.
Mother's room
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Radar offers employees professional development opportunities like the ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Lunch and learns
Radar hosts lunch and learn meetings on occasion.
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