Software Engineer - Growth (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:

Every day, millions of people seek answers and share their knowledge through Quora. To foster this marketplace of knowledge, we need to build systems that make sharing knowledge rewarding and discovering it easy; that show you answers to questions you didn't know you had, on topics you didn't know you liked, and that scale to support the participation of the entire planet.
The Product Engineering teams focus on growth, engagement, and activation. This work includes how we distribute content to the right people, how we curate content on Quora, and how we engage new users, writers, and readers. This also includes defining, shaping, and changing the fundamental dynamics of Quora, to create a compelling and cohesive experience for users to share and grow knowledge.

About the Role:

Full-stack product engineers work closely with cross-functional members to drive product decisions, designs, and implementations. We strive to build scalable, reliable, user-friendly, and highly personalized products for our 300 million+ monthly unique visitors on Quora.
For a software engineer on the growth team, we especially value:

  • Growth mindset - You will continuously propose, test and reassess growth experiments, and drive decision-making to both iterate quickly and maintain high technical standards of maintainability.
  • Autonomy - You will be able to show initiative and get things going without too much guidance.
  • Agility - You will need to be comfortable with experimentation, learning from varieties of approaches and quickly iterating on different ideas.
Responsibilities:
  • Develop full-stack web applications with Python, TypeScript, React, GraphQL, etc.
  • Design and implement core product features to support the next phase of growth of Quora, such as sign-up/log-in experience, SEO, user acquisition, and other growth initiatives
  • Collaborate with designers, product managers, data scientists, and other engineers to prototype and implement functionality and analyze the impact
  • Drive system stability and product excellence
Minimum Requirements:
  • Ability to be available for meetings and impromptu communication during Quora's "coordination hours" (Mon-Fri: 9am-3pm Pacific Time).  Learn why here
  • 1+ years of professional software development experience building consumer or enterprise web products
  • Backend development experience with storage systems such as MySQL, PostgresSQL, HBase, or Redis
  • Web frontend development experience; React, GraphQL, TypeScript experience is a plus
  • Good coding skills with proficiency in Python, Java, Ruby, Go or similar programming language
  • Ability to think holistically about a complex, social product, and map big picture metrics to a realistic, actionable plan
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with data-driven product decision-making
  • Passion for using A/B testing tools and running A/B experiments to drive business metrics
  • Excellent communication skills to ensure that both your project and its dependencies are successful
  • Love of the Quora product

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
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    • JavascriptLanguages
    • KotlinLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • TypescriptLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • RelayLibraries
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    • 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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