We’re hiring a Software Engineer III to join our team. Our Level 3 Software Engineers are independent team members who can not only organize their own daily work in a productive manner but also effectively estimate their work and stay aware of prioritization on their projects. Read on to learn about us, what it’s like to work with us, what we’re looking for, and our hiring process.
Who we are
Tandem is a technology and innovation studio that specializes in strategy, design, and development. We create custom software that inspires people and drives business forward. As a talented group of thinkers and makers from many disciplines, we are brought together by a shared goal: do work that changes the world for the better. We always focus first on people — our clients, their customers, and our team — by collaborating to solve meaningful business challenges. We enjoy designing and building ambitious digital products and tools.
What it’s like to work with us
As a consultancy, we have the opportunity to solve a lot of different problems. We work directly with our clients in small teams, building and providing guidance on products, and collaborating with designers. Our unique approach to consulting leads to a better developer experience and a higher quality of work life.
As engineers, we love well-tested, maintainable, and clean code! We are always encouraging each other to write better code through pair programming and code reviews. We’re generalists and strive to make sure that we’re choosing the best technology to solve our clients’ problems. Right now we’re loving Postgres, Rails, and React as our greenfield tech stack, but we occasionally have projects in the Python, Java, .NET, Node, iOS, or ReactNative ecosystems. Nothing is off-limits, so we never turn down the opportunity to learn a new technology!
Our vision is to create a supportive, collaborative environment and empower people to deliver work they’re proud of. At Tandem, everyone teaches and everyone learns. Egos are low, and we're all genuinely interested in seeing everyone else succeed.
Who you are
We would love to hear from you if you
- Have an advanced proficiency in at least 1 full stack, including relational database, server-side framework, and client-side framework
- Have experience making relational data modeling decisions
- Believe in continuous integration and continuous development
- Have experience working in an agile development process
- Love to learn and looks at challenges as learning opportunities
- Value a breadth of knowledge and enjoy being a generalist developer
- Delight in problem solving and strive to make the right decisions for the problem at hand
- Are excited about software testing and always ship well-tested code
- Align with our core values and genuinely want to do work that makes a positive impact
In this role, you will...
Our career levels and responsibilities are cumulative. For a full list of responsibilities, please check out our Software Engineering Career Path.
- Consistently produces high quality work that may require only minor adjustments
- Takes ownership of larger portions of a project and/or code base as a subject matter expert (SME)
- Demonstrates leadership abilities within their project team
- Supports project leads (Senior or Principal Engineers) proactively
- Actively participates in helping to craft estimates and is more engaged in forward project planning
- Leads phone screens, code reviews, and interviews for new candidates
- Works on high complexity features, such as those that integrate multiple systems or call out to a third party, independently
- Effectively debugs high complexity issues in the code using a systematic approach, with some coaching and pairing assistance from other team members. High complexity issues are those where the remediation steps are unknown and may require large refactors or multi-level system changes.
- Executes medium complexity refactors, such as those that touch multiple components within many layers of the application
- Models data for medium complexity features, such as those that require join tables
- Consistently delivers code with test coverage for all of the primary functionality and some of the non-primary functionality, striving for at least 75% coverage
- Delivers code with error handling for user input and other critical data errors in integral parts of application functionality
- Consistently writes useful abstractions to increase code reusability and extensibility
- Provides detailed documentation for their work most of the time, including PR descriptions, commit messages, README updates, or content in the project management tool, with some coaching and pairing assistance from other team members
- Communicates their opinions on technical matters and can explain the justifications behind their implementation decisions, appropriate to constraints of relevant requirements
- Decomposes complex requirements into constituent parts and documents these tasks as effective stories
- Provides supportive, specific, actionable design and product feedback and suggests feasible alternatives
- Provides supportive, specific, actionable technical feedback to other team members in PR and code reviews, and identifies areas for refactoring, while providing high-level implementation direction
Professional & Consulting Skills
- Proactively manages scope with an eye towards timeline and budget, with some coaching and pairing assistance from other team members
- Produces realistic estimates for their individual scope of work at the story level. They explain assumptions, risks, and unknowns for their estimates.
- Explains trade-offs in their decision making, with some coaching and pairing assistance from other team members
- Identifies scope creep and escalates to their team. Offers alternatives to the team and presents those alternatives to the client.
- Explains technical and business decisions to clients
- Leads client calls and negotiates scope with the client when necessary, with some coaching and pairing assistance from other team members
- Manages client expectations and has difficult conversations with clients, with some coaching and pairing assistance from other team members
- Finds opportunities to unblock their team members’ work some of the time
- Reliably completes necessary project management tasks in addition to technical tasks
- Manages “up” to project leads and more senior members of the team with tact and effectiveness
- Handles risk, change, and uncertainty within their personal scope of work effectively. Handles uncertainty within project scope of work effectively and supports team members through the uncertainty, with some coaching and pairing assistance from other team members
How we work and our benefits
We care deeply about our team and strive to provide flexibility and benefits so each person can prioritize the things they care about.
For example, our core working hours are from 10am-4pm. The goal of core hours is to ensure that we can pair and collaborate in a high-bandwidth way during the majority of our workday while allowing us the flexibility that real life requires. You may notice that 10am-4pm for five days doesn't add up to 40 hours - yet 40 is generally what we expect to do. How you organize your work time outside of core hours is at your discretion, whether this is early mornings, late evenings, or weekends (though weekend work is not recommended).
Our other benefits include
- Healthy work/life balance with no overtime requests; work 40 hours and go home
- Competitive annual salary
- 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee, spouse, and family
- 100% employer paid life insurance policy
- 100% employer paid short-term and long-term disability insurance
- 3 weeks of paid time off to start, increasing by 1 week each year up to 5 weeks off
- 3 paid conference days each year
- Annual learning budget for conferences, courses, online training, books, etc.
- Yearly pre-tax transit benefit
- Eligibility to enroll in the Tandem retirement plan with 3% employer matching after 6 months of employment
For a full list of all benefits and employment policies, please check out our Company Handbook.
Our hiring process
We use a 4 step process.
- Phone screen
- Take home code challenge
- Remote in-person interview
The first step in our process is to fill out our application form. You will be asked a few questions on that form. We value thoughtful responses and will disregard applications without them.
If we decide to move forward, we’ll follow up with you to schedule an initial phone screen with one of our engineers. Our phone screens are non-/low-technical. We won’t be grilling you on database design but are interested in learning about your career trajectory, professional experiences, and what interests you.
If that goes well, we’ll send you our take-home code challenge. We know that everyone has different responsibilities and priorities in life, and we want to give you the time you need to shine. You will have 7 days to complete your challenge and submit it.
Once submitted, we’ll do an internal code review to determine if we’d like to do an in-person interview. If we choose not to move forward, we’re happy to schedule a call for feedback.
Finally, the last step in our process is a remote in-person interview. You’ll have the chance to meet with many of our team members, extend your code challenge, pair with us on real clients and problems that we’re solving that day, and participate in a consulting challenge.
Who you’ll be working with
To get a sense for us, check out these posts about and by our team.
Tandem Roundtable: Stephanie and Shamyle on Pair Programming, Remote Work, and How Taylor Swift Can Help You Produce Better Code by Stephanie Minn and Shamyle Ghazali
Imposter Syndrome: Feels, Not Reals by Mina Slater
PLEASE NOTE: applications which do not include thoughtful responses to our application questions will be disregarded.