Software Engineer - Monetization Products (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 engineering team works on challenging problems to achieve our mission at scale. 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. We iterate quickly by using continuous deployment, which means that every commit goes live on our production servers within minutes, no matter what time it is. 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:

To fully achieve our mission to share and grow the world’s knowledge, we need to make sure that the knowledge on Quora will improve and last forever. Revenue from our monetization efforts plays a critical role in empowering us to do that. Since we first launched our advertising platform, we've already grown to support thousands of advertisers who are reaching over 300 million monthly unique visitors on Quora. We have continued to build new products from the ground up and tackle exciting challenges at scale around audience targeting, low-latency real-time ad delivery, and a suite of advertiser tools to create and optimize campaigns, to name just a few. We're also expanding our monetization efforts beyond ads, including features to support creators on Quora. With the recent launch of our subscription product, which is designed to give earning opportunities to content creators, this role will be instrumental in scaling and driving the success of this fast-growing product. 
As an engineer on the Monetization team, you'll work on efforts focused on generating revenue for the success of the company and mission to share and grow world's knowledge. As a member of a highly cross-functional development team, you'll build data-intensive applications, systems and new products that will unlock future monetization opportunities for Quora. This also includes defining, and shaping the experience of users, advertisers and businesses on Quora.

Responsibilities:
  • Drive projects from ideation to production using the full technology stack.
  • Work on a product team focused on monetization efforts at Quora.
  • Architect, design, and implement features for our mission-critical online revenue platforms at massive scale with data-driven iteration.
  • Identify high impact features that achieve engineering and revenue goals, and be able to explain rationale for your decisions.
  • Work with Product Managers, Product Designers, Data Scientists, and fellow Engineers to implement new features and analyze their impact.
  • Work quickly and effectively on multiple projects, prioritizing effectively to ship new features and scale up existing ones.
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
  • 2+ years of professional software engineering experience building consumer or enterprise web products
  • 2+ years of professional experience using online storage systems such as MySQL or MyRocks
  • Excellent coding skills with proficiency in Python, Java 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:
  • 2+ years of professional software engineering experience for online advertising or related areas in monetization, subscriptions or marketing
  • 2+ years experience with React and GraphQL
  • 1+ years of experience building with open-source data infrastructure technologies, such as Kafka, Airflow, and Spark
  • Passion for experimentation and new ideas
  • 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

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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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