Product Engineer

Jordan Sherer
Jordan Sherer / January 2, 2018

Hi there!

We're looking for a Product Engineer to join the engineering team at Zapier. Want to help engineer a simple product that allows anyone to do complex, incredible things with the world's APIs? Then keep reading!

We know applying for and taking on a new a job at any company requires a leap of faith. We want you to feel comfortable and excited to apply at Zapier. To help share a bit more about life at Zapier, here are a few resources in addition to the job description that can give you an inside look at what life is like at Zapier. We hope you'll take the leap of faith and apply.

Zapier is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce.

Even though our job description may seem like we're looking for a specific candidate, the role inevitably ends up tailored to the person who applies and joins. Regardless of how well you feel you fit our description, we encourage you to apply if:

You care deeply about building products that simplify the lives of millions of people through automation.

About You

You love building new things. Most of what you’ll do each day is guiding, building and maintaining Zapier's core workflow engine and platform. This is a full-stack position, so you’ll be working across the entire Zapier codebase. You'll have a primary focus on backend development in Python. You'll also be working with frontend tech, our developer platform and more. Zapier is built on Django, React, node.js and AWS. We use modern tools, which means you’ll have the opportunity to work with software like Memcached, RabbitMQ, Zookeeper, Docker, Redis, Jenkins, Puppet, Ansible and much more.

You have worked with teams before on large Python projects. You’re also familiar with frameworks for several languages like Django/Flask and React/Backbone.js. You understand how to design systems in a distributed manner across hundreds (and even thousands) of servers - we handle 100s of millions of API calls every week and are growing fast.

You love shipping to customers. Your engineering projects will focus on understanding customers' needs and translating those needs from product specifications into functional, production ready code. You'll have the opportunity to ship code daily that will be used by millions of people.

You love doing things efficiently. At Zapier, we believe in “Don't be a Robot, Build the Robot.” We build systems and processes that let us scale our impact to be larger than ourselves.

You love learning. Engineering is an ever-evolving world. You enjoy playing with new tech and exploring areas that you might not have experience with yet.

You love to set your own course. You will have a team meeting and a one-on-one meeting every week where you can help direct the course of your projects. You'll have a direct impact on what we work on next.

Things You Might Do

Zapier is a small, fast-growing, and remote-first company, so you'll likely get experience on many different projects across the organization. That said, here are some things you'll probably do:

  • Help scale a fast-growing and unique system - our workflow engine connects with hundreds of APIs across thousands of servers
  • Plan and build product features - directly impact how our customers can be more productive
  • Improve our developer platform - directly impact the way partner devs add their apps to Zapier
  • Ship code to millions of users every week
  • Work with hundreds of different API integrations
  • Give back to the community via open source and blog posts
  • Help customers via support to ensure they have the best experience possible

You’ll also have the opportunity to specialize in a variety of areas of the Zapier codebase, including core product or platform development. Focusing on a specialization will not limit your area for growth at Zapier as each engineer brings a unique perspective and can contribute differently in all areas. We encourage participation and will frequently have engineers contribute across teams to assist in projects.



About Zapier

For the past six years, Zapier has been helping people across the world automate the boring and tedious parts of their job. We do that by helping everyone connect the web applications they already use and love.

We believe that there are jobs a computer is best at doing and that there are jobs a human is best at doing. We want to empower businesses to create processes and systems that let computers do what they are best at doing and let humans do what they are best at doing.

We believe that with the right tools, you can have big impact with less hassle.

We believe in small teams. Small teams are fast and nimble. Small teams mean less bureaucracy and less management and more getting things done.

We believe in a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment. All teammates at Zapier agree to a code of conduct.

The Whole Package

Location: Planet Earth.

If you want to work remote, that's great. If you want to work near others, that's cool too. Our team of 100+ is distributed because it lets us work with the best people. You don't have to be located in the USA either. Some team members live in the United Kingdom, Thailand, India, Nigeria, Taiwan, Guatemala, New Zealand, Australia, and more! You just need the skills and drive to succeed in this role and the ability to work from anywhere.

Compensation:

  • Competitive salary (we don't use remote as an excuse to pay less)
  • Great healthcare + dental + vision coverage*
  • Retirement plan with 4% company match*
  • Profit sharing
  • 2 annual company retreats to awesome places
  • 14 weeks paid leave for new parents

Pick your own equipment. We'll set you up with whatever Apple laptop + monitor combo you want plus any software you need.

Unlimited vacation policy. Plus we require you to take at least 2 weeks off each year. We see most employees take 4-5 weeks off per year. This isn't a vague policy where unlimited vacation means no vacation.

Work with awesome companies around the world. We partner with great software companies all over the world and you'll constantly get to interact with people from these great companies.

*While we take care of our international folks as best we can, currently, healthcare and retirement plans are only available to US-based employees.

How to Apply

We have a non-standard application process. To jump-start the process we ask a few questions we normally would ask at the start of an interview. This helps speed up the process and lets us get to know you a bit better right out of the gate. Please make sure to answer each question.

Complete this form with answers to the questions below.

  1. Tell us about your qualifications for this role.
  2. Tell us about the most difficult API/library/software bug you've squashed (we love troubleshooting stories).
  3. Tell us about an engineering solution you've built that you're proud of.
  4. Tell us about the largest deployment you've worked on.
  5. Tell us about your favorite technology to work with and why.
  6. Tell us about an industry trend you're excited about.
  7. Share some code (preferably Python) that you’ve written. You can include a link to a GitHub, GitLab, or other public code repository. Or provide us with a 500+ Line of Code (LOC) sample via Dropbox, gist, or other link to help us get a feeling for how you write code.
  8. We are currently hiring for two main areas of Zapier, the core product and the developer platform. Engineers working on the core product focus on end users, building features for the Zap editor, team accounts, and task history. Engineers working on the platform focus on partner developers, building features related to creating and supporting apps on the Zapier developer platform. You probably have lots of questions about each of these teams, and there is always a lot of opportunity to move across teams. Having said that, would you prefer to focus on the core product or developer platform? Please briefly explain why
  9. Optional: Share anonymously some demographic information about yourself to help us better track trends related to the backgrounds of candidates interested in working at Zapier in order for us to build a team that represents the users at Zapier and the broader world population.

Finally, wait for us to reply! You are going to hear back from us, even if we don't seem like a good fit. In fact, throughout the process, we strive to make sure you never go more than seven days without hearing from us.

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Zapier is an equal opportunity employer. We're excited to work with talented and empathetic people no matter their race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, or age. Our code of conduct provides a beacon for the kind of company we strive to be and we celebrate our differences because those differences are what allow us to make a product that serves a global user base.