Platform Engineer at Muck Rack (Remote)

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Muck Rack is the leading SaaS platform for public relations and communications professionals. Our mission is to enable organizations to build trust, tell their stories and demonstrate the unique value of earned media. Muck Rack’s Public Relations Management (PRM) platform enables PR teams to work together to find the right journalists for their stories, send customized pitches, build meaningful relationships with the media, monitor news, and quantify their impact.

Self-funded, globally distributed, and growing quickly, Muck Rack has received several awards for its unparalleled culture and product from organizations like Crains, G2, and BuiltIn. We value resilience, transparency, ownership, & customer devotion and infuse these values into everything we do.

Muck Rack is looking to hire a Platform Engineer to join our team and help bridge engineering and DevOps. You will work closely with the VP of Engineering, Matt Dennewitz, as well as the backend and devops teams on managing and scaling our app’s underlying platform and core services. This opportunity will have a lot of greenfield architecture opportunities. 

What You’ll do:
  • Straddle both coding and operations
  • Work on backend architecture, developing and designing core services  
  • Develop and improve systems for monitoring, alerting and analysis to ensure site health 
  • Take on part of the responsibility for the operation of the application, delivery and high availability
What You’ll Need:
  • 4+ years of professional experience with Python, MySQL, and AWS; including managing high traffic sites and scaling/managing large data platforms
  • Experience with performance profiling, monitoring, and observability
  • Ability to architect and design performant, scalable, and secure software that supports requirements of specific features
  • Understanding of DevOps principles
  • Knowledge of Celery or other task, streaming, or batch processing frameworks (e.g. Luigi, Spark, Airflow)
  • Experience with Elasticsearch is a plus (especially if you’ve indexed and managed large volumes of data or have worked on a product heavily dependent on search)
  • Experience with event streaming platforms like Kafka is a plus
  • Experience in big data, horizontally scalable databases, NoSQL databases or columnar databases is a plus (e.g. Cassandra, Dynamo)
Key Attributes:
  • Autonomous self-starter who functions well with high level direction
  • Clear communicator with both technical and less technical stakeholders (verbally and in writing)
  • High level of personal accountability 
  • Collaborative, with the ability to give and receive feedback and ask for help or support when necessary
  • Logical problem solver 
  • Analytical systems-thinker who can also rely on intuition and experience
  • Understands systems at a high-level but flexible and willing to jump into handle specific issues
Interview Overview:

Below you'll find an outline of the interview plan for our Platform Engineer role. Please note that this is what we expect the process to look like; we may ask you for supplemental information or require an additional step before making a final decision.

  • 30 min interview with a member of our Talent Team
  • A 1 hour zoom interview with the hiring manager
  • Take-home assignment (2 hours max)
  • Final interview with several team members, including a code discussion
Salary

In the US, the base salary for this role is between $140,000 and $170,000, depending on skills and experience. We take a geo-neutral approach to compensation within the US, meaning that we pay based on job function and level, not location. For all other countries, we have competitive pay bands based on market standards.

Individual compensation decisions are based on a number of factors, including experience level, skillset, and balancing internal equity relative to peers at the company. We expect the majority of the candidates who are offered roles at our company to fall healthily throughout the range based on these factors. We recognize that the person we hire may be less experienced (or more senior) than this job description as posted. If that ends up being the case, the updated salary range will be communicated with you as a candidate.
Why Muck Rack?

Remote Work, Forever. We’re a fully distributed team and have pledged to remain that way forever. We offer employees a full home office setup, phone & internet reimbursement, and a monthly coworking membership. We build culture through virtual and in-person team bonding opportunities including team lunches, friendly competitions, and celebratory events!

Transparent Compensation. We offer competitive geo-neutral pay in the U.S. and review compensation at least once annually to ensure internal equity and alignment with the external market. Depending on the role, we offer either a standardized bonus program or attainable commission structure and an opportunity to earn equity in the company. All employees are eligible for our 401(k) plan* with employer contributions.

Health & Wellness*. Muck Rack provides comprehensive health, dental, vision, and disability insurance for employees and their families. We offer a select plan with 100% premium coverage for individuals and 70% premium coverage for dependents, as well as a range of other plans. Our team also has access to OneMedical, 24/7 Virtual Care, an Employee Assistance Program, and a Flexible Spending Account. Team members have access to a quarterly wellness stipend and a free Headspace subscription.

PTO and Family Benefits. Our team enjoys 4+ weeks of off-the-grid PTO, plus paid sick/mental health days, summer Fridays, and 10+ paid holidays. In order to combat Zoom fatigue and allow for deep work without interruption, we have implemented “No Internal Meeting Fridays” year round. We also provide up to 16 weeks of fully paid parental leave.

Personal & Professional Development. We grow talent by creating internal pathways for advancement and promotion. Muck Rack conducts bi-annual performance reviews, hosts team-wide workshops, and offers management training and leadership training opportunities. We also provide unlimited subscriptions to L&D platforms including Coursera & O’Reilly, as well as 2 additional days of PTO to dedicate to learning and development.

Culture of Inclusion. We know that diverse perspectives breed innovation and help us better serve our customers. We are committed to ensuring employees feel their identities are valued and that people of all backgrounds and points of view are treated equitably.

Customer-First. Self-funded means we have the freedom to be nimble, highly collaborative and innovative, building forward-thinking products that enable 3,000+ companies around the world to build trust, tell their stories and demonstrate the unique value of earned media.

*These benefits are specific to US-based employees. In some, but not all, cases we are able to offer equivalent benefits to employees located outside of the United States.

If you're excited about an opportunity at Muck Rack but your experience doesn't align perfectly with the requirements of the role outlined here, please don't let it stop you from applying. We're committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we want to hear from you. You may be a great fit for this role or another position on our team. We deliberately encourage individuals from all backgrounds, including race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability status to apply for positions. We are an equal opportunity employer and we're committed to a fair and consistent interview process and candidate experience.
 
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An Insider's view of Muck Rack

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

I am able to be a professional while also being a mom. I don't have to forfeit my family for my work, and I can still grow professionally even though I'm not in a physical office.

Susan

People Operations Manager

How does the company support your career growth?

When you work for Muck Rack, you're trusted to do your job well and given the flexibility to work cross-functionally as you identify opportunities for improvement within the organization. I feel like we hire the best person for the job, maintain high expectations, and encourage our colleagues to try new things.

Vanessa

Senior Director, Customer Success

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

There’s not just one way to earn someone’s business and I enjoy seeing members of my team test out new strategies, and their colleagues adopt and adapt those that lead to the most success. This also speaks to one of my favorite things about working at Muck Rack - the sales culture.

Matt

Senior Sales Director

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Whether I'm coordinating additional trainings for customers with the Customer Success team, sharing feedback or asking about new features with the Product team, collaboration with these teams is essential for me to do my job. One of my favorite things about Muck Rack is how willing everybody is to help which makes our collaboration seamless!

Parone

Senior Account Manager

What are Muck Rack Perks + Benefits

Muck Rack Benefits Overview

We offer all team members off-the-grid vacation, 401(k) plan with employer contributions, health, dental and vision insurance, disability insurance, and various professional development opportunities. As a remote team, we fund coworking memberships, offer internet/phone reimbursements, and provide all employees with a home office stipend.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Muck Rack provides discounted memberships for the nation’s largest bike share program, Citibike. We also contribute monthly towards ClassPass.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Muck Rack offers up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year, as well as maintained health benefits, for any employee eligible under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

To align with our distributed work philosophy, Muck Rack takes a geo-neutral approach to pay within the US. This means that we do not use location to determine pay; pay is determined based on job level and job function.

A geo-neutral approach to pay allows Muck Rack to attract talent from all over the country, and also gives employees the opportunity to relocate domestically without impacting their compensation.

For all other countries, we pay based on market norms and use our US salary bands as a reference point.

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