The Walt Disney Company
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Hartford, CT

Software Engineer, Backend - ESPN Sports Content & Data at The Walt Disney Company (Hartford, CT)

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The Walt Disney Company has a rich tradition of creating innovative products and magical experiences for millions of people around the world. Software Engineers are at the heart of that innovation and magic, building platforms, services, tools, and infrastructure for an unmatched collection of content and brands such as ESPN, Disney, and ABC.
As a member of a diverse and talented organization, the software engineer crafts elegant and extensible solutions, at scale, using modern frameworks and technologies to deliver the foundation that powers the products our guests and fans use every day.
If you:
  • Demonstrate determination in finding solutions to complex puzzles
  • Have the curiosity to research and learn new technologies
  • Employ positive thinking and are able to work constructively in a diverse team setting
  • Are passionate about software development
  • Value learning and being exposed to new experiences
  • Love working in a startup culture

...then working at Disney is unlike anything else. We have the latest technology, game-changing ideas, and world-class talent. Come be a part of our team and help us find new ways to interact with users, however and wherever they connect with our brands.
Job Summary:
As a member of the Sports Core Data team, you will help build and support the data pipelines behind the live processing of our sports platform, the content pipelines that deliver the great ESPN storytelling content to all of our products, the taxonomy systems used to classify all of our data and content, as well as the backend systems in support of our content and data tools, all of which have a direct impact and exposure through many products like the ESPN app,, ESPN Studio shows, among many others. As a software engineer you and your team will be responsible for extensible solutions, at scale, and advancing our platform onto modern frameworks and technologies
Responsibilities :
  • Be involved in the requirements gathering, analysis, design, development, testing, deployment, and maintenance of systems that support or enhance other applications within our environment.
  • Improve, support, or add functionality to existing systems that handle critical data flows or traffic for our products.
  • Collaborate & troubleshoot with the rest of the team in the analysis and resolution of hard engineering problems involving high trafficked web application services and API's, including taking part of the on-call rotation.
  • Think of new ways to help make our data platform more scalable, resilient, and reliable and then work across our team to put your ideas into action.
  • Research and learn new technologies

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Understanding of high volume, cached, fault tolerant, multi-threaded scalable systems
  • Has worked with Java and open-source technologies like Spring, Tomcat, MySQL, Kafka, Elastic Search, etc.
  • Exposure to cloud-based technologies such as AWS EC2, ECS, SQS, S3, Lambda, CloudFormation, etc.
  • Exposure to full lifecycle of application development, including best practices of unit testing, code reviews, documentation, etc.
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to learn and adapt to new technologies
  • Strong analytical skills as well as solid capabilities for debugging and troubleshooting.
  • Good communication skills and attention to detail
  • BS Computer Science or related technical discipline or its equivalent

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What are The Walt Disney Company Perks + Benefits

The Walt Disney Company Benefits Overview

Because our employees and cast members are at the heart of everything we do, Disney offers a competitive total rewards package that includes pay, health and savings benefits, time-off programs, educational opportunities and more. Together, these rewards make up a comprehensive package that help you live your best life, grow personally and professionally and take advantage of the special extras that only Disney can provide.

Eligibility for certain reward programs will vary based on your job status, work location and/or the terms of any applicable collective bargaining agreement.

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An Insider's view of The Walt Disney Company

How does the company support your career growth?

Over my 13 years with the company, I’ve had passionate leaders and colleagues with diverse backgrounds who have taught me and given me opportunities to expand into areas I never thought possible. You have the freedom to take career risks and apply your previous experience in ways you may not anticipate.


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What is your vision for the company?

Disney has always been at the heart of the evolution of the media industry, and technology is an essential part of that. The way that we tell and consume stories in the future is going to be completely different than it is today, and The Walt Disney Company is uniquely positioned to shape and create that future.


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