[LRUG] [JOBS] Full Stack Web Developer at Magnetic

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Mon Jun 22 09:51:24 PDT 2015

I'm exhausted just reading about your 3-stage interview process. Salary 
not mentioned either. I don't get it.


On 22/06/2015 15:20, Stephen Henderson wrote:
> *Full Stack Web Developer*
> (Apply online via jobvite
> <https://hire.jobvite.com/Jobs/Apply.aspx?v=1&j=obtf1fwE&rt=/Hiring/ViewJob.aspx> or
> if you have any questions please contact stephen @ magnetic.com
> <http://magnetic.com>)
> Magnetic has been going through a period of rapid expansion and
> following our recent merger with MyBuys
> <http://www.magnetic.com/magnetic-culture/press-release-magnetic-mybuys-merge-announce-25-million-in-equity-funding/>
> we have nearly tripled in size from where we were twelve months ago to
> over 300 employees (including over 60 engineers). To ensure our service
> scales in line with this expansion we are re-evaluating the architecture
> of our core UI platform. We’re looking for disciplined polyglot
> engineers to help us migrate to a revised UI stack based around
> decoupled micro-services rather than the monolithic Rails stack we have
> been using to date.
> *What you'll be doing:*
>   * Working with fellow members of our web guild to refactor our
>     existing Rails-based UI into a scalable, multi-tier microservices
>     platform
>   * Working with our QA team to produce an end-to-end functional test suite
>   * Working with product management to design and implement new features
>     that delight our users
>   * Researching and implementing features using new technologies and
>     frameworks
> *We’d like to talk to you if:*
>   * You are a full stack web developer, experienced in or open to
>     learning Rails
>   * You are a polyglot developer comfortable coding in multiple languages
>   * You believe there is more than one “right” solution to any tech
>     challenge
>   * You value expression of intent as much as performance in your code
>   * You believe that testing is as important as coding
>   * You have a solid background in SQL/RDBMS
> *What we offer in return:*
>   * Full funding for any global tech conference in which you are
>     accepted as a speaker, and an annual budget to go to local tech
>     conferences or training courses as an attendee
>   * A relaxed and comfortable work atmosphere
>   * A wide ranging benefits scheme including pension, medical & dental
>     insurance, subsidised annual travel-pass and childcare vouchers
>   * “No-policy” vacation and time off policy (you’ll just need your
>     manager’s approval)
>   * A results-oriented startup mindset, with sane working hours and a
>     stable business model
>   * Stock options.
> *How we work:*
> Until recently the Magnetic engineering department has followed a
> traditional scrum/agile approach to team management. Following the
> recent addition of MyBuys’ development teams in Ann Arbour (Detroit) and
> San Mateo (California) we are now in the process of adopting the
> “Spotify Agile
> <https://labs.spotify.com/2014/03/27/spotify-engineering-culture-part-1/>”
> approach for organising geographically distributed teams:
>   * Two geographical “Tribes”: London/New York and Ann Arbour/San Mateo.
>   * Cross-functional scrum “squads” of 4-6 developers within each tribe.
>   * High-level “chapters” grouping developers by specialism within a
>     tribe (web, data, qa, etc.).
>   * Looser-level “guilds” grouping developers by specialism across tribes.
>   * 2-week sprint cycles.
>   * Quarterly company hackathons and dedicated tech-debt sprints.
> *The Hiring Process:*
> Our typical hiring process involves three stages and gives candidates a
> chance to interact with both our London and NY development teams. We try
> to make a final decision within three weeks of application where possible.
> /Stage 1:/ Informal phone/skype call to discuss the role + the company
> and to go over the candidate’s recent work experience (typically ~20-30
> minutes). The goal of this stage is to ensure the candidate understands
> the role and that it is a good fit for their experience level and career
> goals.
> /Stage 2:/ In-person interview with our London development team (~2
> hours, during office hours). The goals of this stage are to gauge the
> candidate’s ability to describe systems they’ve worked on and to test
> basic coding and software design skills. This stage typically involves:
>   * A white-board architecture exercise (e.g. "describe the system you
>     are working on in your current role").
>   * A coding exercise in the candidate’s preferred language + IDE/editor
>     (or their own laptop). Candidates are expected to demonstrate
>     knowledge of their preferred language’s standard data structures and
>     how to write unit tests.
>   * A datastore design/modelling exercise.
>   * General technical questions based on the candidate’s CV.
> /Stage 3:/ Video-link interview with members our NY team (~2 hours, can
> be done in an evening after work). In this stage the focus is on testing
> the candidate’s web-stack/ui knowledge explicitly as well as their
> communication skills (since the role will involve a lot of collaboration
> with our NY team). The exact format of this stage can vary depending on
> how the candidate performed in stage 2. Typically it will involve
> another coding exercise on a collaborative editing tool.
> *Applying:*
> You can apply online via jobvite here
> <https://hire.jobvite.com/Jobs/Apply.aspx?v=1&j=obtf1fwE&rt=/Hiring/ViewJob.aspx> or
> if you have any questions please contact stephen @ magnetic.com
> <http://magnetic.com>
> *About Magnetic:*
> Magnetic, the leader in search retargeting, is a digital technology
> company specializing in ad targeting solutions that combine intent data
> with display advertising to power brand awareness and direct response
> campaigns. Magnetic uses billions of search data queries and a
> proprietary bidder to programmatically buy and reach audiences who have
> signaled either interest or purchase intent where they spend 96% of
> their time online – on news sites, blogs, e-commerce sites and social
> networks. Founded with a specialized focus on search retargeting,
> Magnetic’s advertising solutions also extend to site retargeting, and
> include advanced media optimization and buying, and cross-channel
> capabilities.
> MyBuys has recently merged with Magnetic! Together, MyBuys and Magnetic
> have a unique data set of online and offline information that creates a
> single, comprehensive view of the consumer purchase journey across
> channels, devices and buying stages. The scale and breadth of the
> combined company will enable marketers to drive better marketing
> performance and enhanced analytics and insights.
> Headquartered in New York City, Magnetic also has offices in Los
> Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Toronto and London. For more
> information, please visit http://www.magnetic.com
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