Software Engineering | Brooklyn, NY, United States
Etsy is seeking Intrinsically Motivated Full Stack Product Hackers to join our Engineering team. Our ideal candidates are talented and intrinsically motivated individuals who can operate without supervision. These full-time positions are based in Brooklyn, NY.
About the Team
The technical staff at Etsy believes that code is craft, good software and systems designs are works of art, and that the work we do is part of larger creative culture represented by the hundreds of thousands of inspired makers who make Etsy such a wondrous marketplace. We believe that small, empowered, self-motivated teams can do big things. We also believe in the right tool for the job, not language-as-religion. Our current systems run PHP, Java, Python, Ruby, Solr/Lucene, Postgres, MySQL, and more. Check out our Engineering blog: http://codeascraft.etsy.com/
You consider critical thinking to be among your core competencies. Rigor is important to you. You are prone to quixotic behavior. You dedicate time and effort communicating nuance to Manichaeans. Honesty, integrity, and a firm grip on reality are much more important to you than being right. You recognize the inherent limitations of your own wetware, and you do your best to work around them. You find argument exhilarating.
You have mastered more than one technology stack in your life, and you are comfortable with the idea of mastering several more. You're competent at high levels and low levels. But technology is a means and not the ends for you, and you don't flinch at the idea of writing largely PHP for a living. We're here to change people's lives, and in that light whether this stupid thing is a LISP-1 or a LISP-2 seems irrelevant. You do know the difference between those categories, and when you're wearing a different hat you care about it.
Most importantly for this job, it never even occurs to you that there might be someone else you could bug to fix your immediate problem. You take no dependencies. Not only are you not married to your implementation, you can name dozens of things that you frankly hate about it.
You are thoughtful, and you ship.
If you're interested in joining the team at Etsy, please send a cover letter along with your resume telling us what inspires you about Etsy and why you think you are perfect for the team (resumes without a cover letter will not be considered). If you contribute to an open source project, write a blog, or practice another craft besides product hacking, that means something to us, we’d love to hear about it.