Senior Software Engineer - Data Infrastructure (Remote) at Quora

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[As of June 2020, Quora has become a "remote-first" company.  This position can be performed remotely from anywhere in the world, regardless of any location that might be specified above.]

About Quora:

The vast majority of human knowledge is still not on the internet. Most of it is trapped in the form of experience in people's heads, or buried in books and papers that only experts can access. More than a billion people use the internet, yet only a tiny fraction contribute their knowledge to it. We want to democratize access to knowledge of all kinds — from politics to painting, cooking to coding, etymology to experiences — so if someone out there knows something, anyone else can learn it. Our mission is to share and grow the world's knowledge, and we're building a world-class team to help us achieve this mission.

About the Team:
Our small engineering team works on challenging problems every day. We have a culture that's rooted in constantly learning and improving, and our engineers are encouraged to think big and experiment with new ideas. Using continuous deployment, we quickly see our changes in the product and make fast iterations. Our engineers focus on creating polished products and writing high quality code by designing APIs and abstractions that are extensible and maintainable. Everyone on the engineering team has a huge impact on our product and our company.
About the Role:
Our data infrastructure team maintains, operates and expands data ecosystem at Quora which includes Data warehousing, Streaming infrastructure, Distributed cluster-computing framework, Distributed query engines, Messaging systems, Data pipelines & Automation Tools. In this role you will be responsible for contributing to different aspects of data pipeline development and operational stability of the production big data systems. We leverage existing open source technologies like Spark, Flink, Kafka, HDFS, Hbase, Hive, Presto, Airflow and also build our own systems for experimentation & time-series analysis. As a member of our team you would spend time designing and scaling our distributed data systems, working closely with other teams to identify and execute on new use cases & evangelize the correct use of data at the company. We are looking for someone who will be excited by the prospect of optimizing, enhancing or even re-designing our company’s data architecture/pipelines to support our next generation data initiatives.
Responsibilities:
  • Design, implement, maintain and optimize data pipelines, architectures and data sets.
  • Collaborate with data scientists, platform engineers, and business partners to understand data needs and drive key data infrastructure decisions.
  • Bring your expertise to help model structured & unstructured data. Own these data models at a high level & be a data consultant for partner teams.
  • Own the data definitions & lineage across different data platforms and maintain systems of record for operational and non operational data stores.
  • Engineer reusable capabilities, abstractions & resilience in data pipelines for DML, DDL, ETL & Data flows which can be leveraged across teams.
  • Be a data mentor & a team player with strong communication, prioritization, and adaptability skills.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ability to be available for meetings and impromptu communication during Quora's "coordination hours" (Mon-Fri: 9am-3pm Pacific Time).  Members of our Infrastructure Engineering team are not required to work the full coordination hours, but should anticipate that they will need to be available Mon-Fri from either 11am-2pm PST or noon-3pm PST at minimum.  Learn why here
  • Proficiency in any/all of the programming languages: Python/Java/Scala & strong query authoring skills in SQL.
  • Must have 5+ years of experience building data pipelines, including data ingestion, cleaning, processing, transforming, staging & loading.
  • Proficiency with big data processing frameworks: Spark, Flink, Hive, Hadoop, Kafka, EMR, Presto.
  • Operational mindset with ability to do Problem diagnosis, Root cause analysis, SLA compliance, Performance tuning and Incident Management in Data Infrastructure.
  • Experience building data-intensive applications (high velocity/high volume).
  • Experience with SQL/NoSQL data store & data lake operations.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Flexible and positive team player with outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Passion for Quora's mission and goals.
  • Hands-on experience with AWS technologies like S3, Redshift, EMR/EC2, Athena, Snowflake.
  • Familiarity in designing and operating a streaming platform (eg. Kafka, Flink, Spark)
  • Data wrangling & Data tooling ability

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • C++Languages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • KotlinLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • TypescriptLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • RelayLibraries
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    • PyTorchFrameworks
    • HBaseDatabases
    • HiveDatabases
    • MemcachedDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases

An Insider's view of Quora

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

The culture is extremely collaborative and allows you to create a balance between your work and personal life wherein I’m motivated to work as per the requirements to create a meaningful impact. The constant appreciation & recognition of my work would encourage me to go above and beyond for Quora without feeling over-burdened.

Priyal

Manager - APAC Growth Sales

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

As a recent project, I helped organize the 2022 Quora Programming Challenge, a free programming competition open to participants from around the world. I especially enjoyed the cross-functional nature of the project: many teams had to collaborate in order to deliver a successful competition, including engineering, recruiting, design, and marketing

Victor

Software Engineer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Every day I’m grateful to work with talented co-workers who really care about Quora’s mission of sharing and growing the world's knowledge. Our team ideated and launched new monetization programs to empower Creators to share their expertise; everyone has a voice in determining the next great ideas to build to accelerate our mission.

Vivien

Head of Subscription Products

What makes someone successful on your team?

Be authentic, genuine, driven & flexible. Emotional Intelligence & Team Work go a long way. Success is knowing how to create & keep an amazing team dynamic. Be honest, give constructive feedback and always be flexible to receive the given. Everyone who is eager to learn can have an amazing career when given the opportunity & responsibility.

Marcell

Manager - EMEA Sales

What are Quora Perks + Benefits

Quora Benefits Overview

* Remote-first Environment - remote-first reimbursement
* Coworking Space Program - apply for reimbursement of a coworking space or for use of a private office at a WeWork paid by Quora
* Hack Weeks - Offroad, Quora’s Hack Week, happens a few times a year and is a week for people to work on self- defined projects that they think will be valuable to the company or help the company learn
* All Hands and Q&A - Every week, we host two company wide meetings inviting everyone to listen, learn, and ask questions on your mind
* Referral Program - compensation program in place to reward you for helping Quora’s team grow
* Book Reimbursement - expense the purchase of any book that you think will be helpful to your work in any way
* ERG - Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
* EAC - Employee Activity Clubs (EAC)
* New Hire Buddy Program - connects employees to new hires to help guide them through their onboarding period
* Monthly Newsletter - Quora’s monthly newsletter provides company highlights, shares employee resources, and more
* Sending Kudos - Acknowledge your coworkers and peers for doing something awesome!

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Remote Work Program
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program

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