Senior Software Engineer - Backend

| Greater NYC Area
OkCupid is looking to hire a Senior Software Engineer!
We’re seeking Engineers who:
  • are passionate about technology
  • are excited to learn new things
  • are independent
  • work well with others
  • can join our small team in NYC!
What is it like being a Software Engineer at OkCupid?
The OkCupid backend engineering team is comprised of six engineers building the infrastructure that powers matching algorithms, messaging, and more for millions of users every day. Because the team is so small relative to our user base, each engineer here has full ownership of what they're working on and the opportunity to have a huge amount of direct consumer impact. We also have a lot of input into both technical and product design, and we are involved in all parts of the product process from ideation to deployment, so everything we build is something that we also had a hand in designing.
 
Another result of our lean team size is that each of us has the opportunity to be exposed to many different parts of our stack and learn a ton. To give one concrete example, one backend engineer has in the past year alone: built the foundation of our anti-spam infrastructure, built out the backend support for a completely new messaging paradigm, and built the foundation of our machine learning infrastructure.
 
We work closely with the other engineering and product teams across the company to figure out the best ways to help people find meaningful relationships, and then to turn those ideas into live product features. These changes can include adding brand new features and experiences to the site; tweaking our matching algorithm to make sure that users see the best possible matches; or improving our infrastructure to ensure that users are always able to find matches and that we can continue to move quickly and improve their experience.
 
Some things you’ll do:
  • Analyze site activity and user behavior to figure out what makes people click
  • Work with product and engineering teams to figure out the best ways to help our users find love
  • Design, implement, and deploy features and improvements based on these findings
  • Some examples of projects that backend engineers are currently or were recently working on:
    • Discovery: building a new site experience to help users find other users based on shared interests, question answers, etc.
    • Matching algorithm: optimizing the algorithms that decide whom users see in different places across the site
    • ML infrastructure: building out infrastructure to allow our engineers and data scientists to quickly and easily deploy newly trained machine learning models into production
    • Core infrastructure: designing the future foundation of OkCupid's backend infrastructure, from deployments to testing environments to monitoring and alerting
Some things you’ll need:
  • 4+ years’ experience designing and building software
  • Expertise with C++, Go, Java, or similar
  • Experience designing and building scalable and reliable distributed systems – preferred
  • Experience working on consumer-facing products – preferred
What’s in it for you?
  • Competitive salary and full benefits, including Medical, Dental, Vision, and 401k
  • Workstation and tools of your choice
  • Paid attendance to conferences
  • Daily complimentary catered lunch from some of NYC’s top restaurants, and an endless supply of snacks and drinks
  • Company funded happy hours/events
  • Discounted membership to some amazing NYC facilities including Chelsea Piers Gym
  • Generous maternity and/or paternity leave and contributions towards fertility preservation
  • A sunny office full of incredibly curious and friendly people
OkCupid is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment for all employees. 
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • C++Languages
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • KotlinLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages

Location

We're located in Chelsea. We have beautiful Hudson River views, we're close to Chelsea Market, and yet we're off the beaten path of touristy NYC.

An Insider's view of OkCupid

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The vibe at OkCupid is better than anywhere I have ever worked. By far. If I had to describe it in a few words, I would say it is: challenging, collaborative, exciting, flexible, innovative, motivating and supportive.

Michael Kay

Global Communications Manager

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

The technical debt associated with legacy infrastructure and software can be difficult to overcome and is often ignored. The backend team is excited to be working on modernizing our whole backend infrastructure from the ground up! This provides significant learning opportunities to become familiar with bleeding edge technologies.

Taylor Dean

Senior Software Engineer - Backend

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

Every quarter OKC staff halts work on day to day tasks to engage in a week long Hackweek. This quarterly program gives people the opportunity to explore creative projects and collaborate with teammates they would otherwise not get to work with.

Dana Davis

Communications/Graphic Designer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

As a member of the marketing team, I work with all the value streams in varying capacities daily. And a great thing about OkCupid is there's a lot of transparency - every week team updates are sent out, and every other week we hold demos so each person can have a better understanding of what their colleagues are focused on.

Jane Reynolds

Associate Director, Product Marketing

What are OkCupid Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Dental preventive, restorative and orthodontia care for you and eligible dependents.
Vision Benefits
Vision exam and corrective care for you and eligible dependents.
Health Insurance Benefits
Health care preventive and illness coverage for you and your eligible dependents.
Life Insurance
Basic Life Insurance, Basic Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance, Supplemental Life Insurance, Supplemental (AD&D) Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Our 401(K) is managed by Charles Schwab
401(K) Matching
Match Group matches 100% of the first 10% of pre-tax contributions you make up to a maximum of $8,400. New employees will be fully vested in the Company match following 2 years of employment.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
We will match donations to eligible charities dollar for dollar (up to $5,000) after three months of full-time employment.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We encourage both moms and dads to take an active role in their family lives, to truly bond with their child. We offer 16 weeks to all birthing parents and 12 weeks to all non-birthing parents.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
3 weeks paid vacation, if less than 2 years. 4 weeks paid vacation for 2+ years. 5 weeks paid vacation for 4+ years.
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 8 hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
We cover up to $260 in monthly transportation expenses--for all major commuter lines, parking garages, and ride-share apps. You are eligible to join after your first paycheck!
Company Outings
We have company outings on a quarterly basis along with with Summer and Holiday parties.
Free Daily Meals
We provide free breakfast on Friday, free catered lunch Mondays - Wednesdays and order Seamless on Thursdays.
Stocked Kitchen
We've got snacks everywhere! We're like a Whole Foods with tons of options for everyone.
Happy Hours
We host happy hours either in the office or in the neighborhood. We've got a lot to celebrate in our line of work!
Pet Friendly
We're definitely dog friendly, so feel free to bring your pup in on occasions!
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
We offer employees professional development opportunities like an annual individual budget for training and the ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Lunch and learns
We like to learn and we like to eat!
Cross functional training encouraged
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