Overview

Job Description

About the position

Wirecutter is seeking a full-stack Software Engineer to work collaboratively building digital products and features that share our research and expertise, helping our millions of readers make informed buying decisions.  As a Software Engineer, you will be a member of a cross-functional team that includes other engineers as well as a product manager, project manager, and designer. We are working toward our mission of being the most trusted and helpful recommendation service. You will use your knowledge and skills alongside your team members to help us get there.

We have a respectful and inclusive culture that values learning, creative problem solving, supportive teamwork, and shipping value.  We focus on scale, reliability, performance and product agility, which means picking the right tool for the job, while also being pragmatic and flexible as needed.

The best code our software engineers write is none at all.  That being said, Wirecutter is powered by a modern web stack consisting of a variety of languages and frameworks including:

  • JavaScript – Node.js, Express, React, Apollo

  • PHP – WordPress, Laravel

In this role, you will:

  • Partner with Product Management, Project Management, Design, Editorial, and other professionals within your team and beyond, to collaboratively tackle difficult and ambiguous problems.

  • Build scalable, high-quality, and creative product features.

  • Write, test, debug, and deploy code across a variety of languages and frameworks including JavaScript, PHP, WordPress, and React.

  • Write code that is simple, reliable, maintainable, performant, functional, and compatible across devices and browsers.

  • Work across the different phases of the software development lifecycle including estimating level-of-effort, identifying the best approach, building, performing QA testing, deploying, documenting, debugging, and supporting features.

  • Participate and contribute to stand-ups, sprint planning, and retrospectives at the agile team level and up.

  • Understand requirements, discuss trade-offs, and collaborate on the right approach to solving a problem.

  • Succinctly communicate complex problems and proposed solutions, in writing, and in conversation.

  • Perform code reviews with helpful and meaningful feedback for your teammates.

  • Implement automated testing and do manual quality assurance.

  • Work collaboratively across the engineering department to ensure standard methodologies and processes are followed.

About You:

You think critically, communicate clearly, provide helpful feedback to your co-workers, collaborate well with others, tackle problems, write quality code, ship features that achieve business goals, and are biased towards action.

You should have:

  • Experience with vanilla JavaScript, PHP, Python, or other similar programming languages.

  • Understanding of object oriented software principles, design patterns, and the Document Object Model API.

  • Experience with git and basic shell scripting.

  • Awareness of cross-browser compatibility issues and client-side performance considerations.

  • Strong communication skills that allow you to be thoughtful and purposeful while providing code reviews.

  • Ability and/or interest in working across the technology stack (back-end to front-end).

  • Analytical and creative problem-solving skills.

  • Empathy for our readers and desire to improve their experiences.

  • Desire to work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team.

  • Ideally, you have experience developing features for a content management system, such as WordPress or Drupal.

  • Ideally, you have previously worked on a distributed or hybrid team.

  • Ideally, you are comfortable working without micromanagement of day to day tasks.

About Wirecutter

Wirecutter helps people buy the right things for the way they want to live. The site was founded by journalists in September 2011 and was acquired by The New York Times Company in October 2016. Our recommendations are made through vigorous reporting, interviewing, and testing by teams of veteran journalists, scientists, and researchers. Consider us a best-of list for everyday things; a curated gallery filled with only interesting, useful objects; a thank-you note to the designers and engineers who create the stuff that makes our lives better; a geeky friend with next-level research skills who tests everything they buy so you don’t have to. The point is to make buying great gear quickly easier so you can get on with living your life.

We pride ourselves on following rigorous journalistic standards and ethics, and we maintain editorial independence from our business operations. Our recommendations are always made entirely by our editorial team without input from our revenue team, and our writers and editors are never made aware of any business relationships. Wirecutter is mission driven and reader supported; learn more about us here.

Our Company Principles

Our principles help us create a work environment that breeds trust, respect, learning and is one that we all are excited about showing up to each day.

Seek Understanding: We are lifelong students who want to understand the world around us. We are curious to understand our readers, how we get better at our own disciplines and how we can work better together. This means we are active listeners, information hunters and empathetic.

Explain Why: Because we seek to understand, we value the importance of explaining our ideas and our understanding. This means we are constructively candid, sharing our perspectives and the thought process behind it. And then learning from the conversation that ensues. We are all teachers and students, helping each other grow.

Solve Things: We love to solve things, whether they are our own problems, our readers problems or our colleagues problems. While we often can solve problems on our own, we believe our best results come out when we solve them together.

Get It Done: We are passionate about getting things done. Whether it is our own individual work or teamwork, our instinct is to forge a path forward and learn as we go. This means we continually focus on how to turn work into achievable chunks, communicate those effectively to the team and efficiently execute against them.

Make It Better: We aren’t satisfied with perpetuating the status quo. We’re always looking forward. We live to change the world around us for the better, making a difference in our own lives and our readers’ lives. If we are being ambitious enough, this means that we will both fail and succeed and we take pride in owning both of those outcomes as long as we are learning.

Locations

Even with our offices in New York City and Los Angeles, Wirecutter remains a highly remote friendly culture, and proud to employ incredible people across the country. Right now, we are eligible to hire in CA, CO, CT, FL, HI, ID, IL, IN, ME, MA, MI, MN, NH, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, WA.

Overview of Benefits at Wirecutter and The New York Times Company:

Though Wirecutter has physical locations in both NYC and LA, the company promotes and encourages a remote workforce, so that our employees can work in flexible and comfortable ways. We are committed to career development, supported by a formal mentoring program as well as tuition reimbursement. The New York Times Company offers frequent panel discussions and talks by industry leaders (Sheryl Sandberg, Melinda Gates and Ta-Nehisi Coates are a few recent examples), that we encourage our employees to attend.

We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of employee groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.

We offer a generous parental leave policy, which was recently expanded in response to employee feedback. Birth mothers receive 16 weeks fully paid, adoptive parents and birth fathers receive 10 weeks also fully paid. Similarly, we offer competitive health and dental insurance, as well as 401k matching.

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The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local “Fair Chance” laws.