The engineering team at Root strives to be one of the most transformative engineering teams ever. We’re changing the way an industry works by leveraging technology and data to build the best products possible. Even with our significant growth, we operate in small teams that are given ownership over projects and results. We’ve found that the people closest to the problems are the best at solving them. We’re actively hiring Engineers remotely and excited to announce that Root is a “work where it works best” company. Meaning we will support you working in whatever location that works best for you across the US. We will continue to have our headquarters in Columbus and offices in other locations to give more flexibility and more choice about how we live and work.
Our tech stack includes:
Ruby / Rails backend, RSpec for testing
Small amounts of native iOS and Android
Small amounts of Rust for high performance use cases
Deployment to AWS ECS using containers
Buildkite for CI
Our team excels at delivering software to solve the problems in front of us at Root: presently, a suite of world-class mobile, web, and server-based products obsessed with the customer experience. We’ve shaped our team and process around this; we know that constant iteration and experimentation produce the best results.
We divide the areas of responsibility for engineers into three major areas:
Technical: The skills and knowledge that make up an engineer’s basic problem-solving toolbox.
Planning and Execution: The ability to plan and execute work across a team of engineers beyond basic technical solutions.
Working with Others: The ability to work effectively with other engineers and people in other functions.
What we look for in Staff Engineer on Growth and Distribution:
Ability to architect complex, performant, and scalable mobile, single page web applications, and backend services
Familiar with web and mobile technologies preferably with ReactJS and React Native
Understanding of test strategies, best practices, and tools used in front-end and back-end frameworks
Experience with functional, procedural, and object-oriented programming techniques
Deep understanding of front-end build pipelines, version control tools, and upgrade strategies used with large groups of developers
Planning and Execution
Plans and completes large and complex multi-person or multi-team projects
Foresees issues and requirements for large projects and features
Completes large pre-planned tasks in an efficient manner
Thinks critically about work to guarantee business functionality. Understands and takes into account business goals into their technical decisions.
Can break down large initiatives into incrementally implementable deliverables
Working with Others
Provides effective and accurate technical feedback in code reviews
Able to work across teams to tackle complex issues
Able to positively influence other engineers, both directly and indirectly
Able to coach engineers on software engineering techniques and best practices
Works with product owners, analysts, and other functions to move the company’s priorities forward
What we do on Growth and Distribution
Growth and distribution is a collection of teams that own the entirety of the customer journey from the moment a customer engages with an ad through to policy lifecycle and management. Teams in this department have a high impact on the experience of new and existing customers. These teams also collaborate closely with nearly every engineering and cross-functional team at Root from Claims, to Pricing, Marketing, Customer Service, and Foundational teams. Growth and distribution engineering teams partner heavily with the product team and drive innovation of Root’s insurance product through innovative customer experiences, and industry-leading partner integrations.