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Staff Engineer, Growth and Distribution Team

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HQ: Columbus, OHIO


The engineering team at Root strives to be one of the most transformative engineering teams ever. We’re changing the way an industry works by leveraging technology and data to build the best products possible. Even with our significant growth, we operate in small teams that are given ownership over projects and results. We’ve found that the people closest to the problems are the best at solving them. We’re actively hiring Engineers remotely and excited to announce that Root is a “work where it works best” company. Meaning we will support you working in whatever location that works best for you across the US. We will continue to have our headquarters in Columbus and offices in other locations to give more flexibility and more choice about how we live and work.


Our tech stack includes:

  • Ruby / Rails backend, RSpec for testing
  • Javascript / React Native frontend, Jest for testing
  • Small amounts of native iOS and Android
  • Small amounts of Rust for high performance use cases
  • Deployment to AWS ECS using containers
  • Buildkite for CI

Our team excels at delivering software to solve the problems in front of us at Root: presently, a suite of world-class mobile, web, and server-based products obsessed with the customer experience. We’ve shaped our team and process around this; we know that constant iteration and experimentation produce the best results.



We divide the areas of responsibility for engineers into three major areas:

Technical: The skills and knowledge that make up an engineer’s basic problem-solving toolbox.

Planning and Execution: The ability to plan and execute work across a team of engineers beyond basic technical solutions.

Working with Others: The ability to work effectively with other engineers and people in other functions.


What we look for in Staff Engineer on Growth and Distribution:

Technical Skills
  • Ability to architect complex, performant, and scalable mobile, single page web applications, and backend services
  • Familiar with web and mobile technologies preferably with ReactJS and React Native
  • Understanding of test strategies, best practices, and tools used in front-end and back-end frameworks
  • Experience with functional, procedural, and object-oriented programming techniques
  • Deep understanding of front-end build pipelines, version control tools, and upgrade strategies used with large groups of developers


Planning and Execution
  • Plans and completes large and complex multi-person or multi-team projects 
  • Foresees issues and requirements for large projects and features
  • Completes large pre-planned tasks in an efficient manner
  • Thinks critically about work to guarantee business functionality. Understands and takes into account business goals into their technical decisions.
  • Can break down large initiatives into incrementally implementable deliverables


Working with Others
  • Provides effective and accurate technical feedback in code reviews
  • Able to work across teams to tackle complex issues
  • Able to positively influence other engineers, both directly and indirectly
  • Able to coach engineers on software engineering techniques and best practices
  • Works with product owners, analysts, and other functions to move the company’s priorities forward


What we do on Growth and Distribution

Growth and distribution is a collection of teams that own the entirety of the customer journey from the moment a customer engages with an ad through to policy lifecycle and management. Teams in this department have a high impact on the experience of new and existing customers. These teams also collaborate closely with nearly every engineering and cross-functional team at Root from Claims, to Pricing, Marketing, Customer Service, and Foundational teams. Growth and distribution engineering teams partner heavily with the product team and drive innovation of Root’s insurance product through innovative customer experiences, and industry-leading partner integrations.


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What are Root Perks + Benefits

Root Benefits Overview

Our benefits exist to support exceptional employees in doing their very best work. We have full health, vision, dental insurance and we cover 100% of the premiums for employees and 75% for dependants.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Root employees can contribute up to $2700 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
A health insurance plan that provides for you and your family.
Life Insurance
Employer-paid for life insurance is equal to 60% times an employee's annual salary.
Pet Insurance
Pet insurance that protects your four-legged loved ones.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Root contributes the equivalent of 3% of your salary to your 401(K) regardless of your contribution.
Company Equity
Root offers incentive stock options that vest over a 4-year period for all of our Engineering roles.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Root also provides 6 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Root provides employees with a flexible work schedule but our core hours are generally 9-5.
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Root offers up to $100 a month for qualified commuter expenses.
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
We provide catered lunch every day.
Stocked Kitchen
Root has a stocked kitchen of snacks and drinks. Everything you need to do your very best work.
Parking
Relocation Assistance
We offer competitive relocation packages.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Root has a continuing education budget for conferences, online resources, and certifications that are related to their work.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Root hosts weekly lunch and learns from
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
We have 12 hack days a year for engineers to explore new technologies or build things that aren't prioritized on our product roadmap but pique their interest.

Additional Perks + Benefits

Our carefully curated benefits and perks exist to empower our employees to do their very best work by bringing their authentic selves to work every day.

An Insider's view of Root

What does your typical day look like?

A quick standup followed by opportunities for both pairing and soloing. Maybe an occasional design meeting or retrospective. My team sits at the intersection of a lot of technologies so the day-to-day work varies. There's time carved out to learn technologies that are new to me and to help lead others with the technologies that I already know well.

Jordan

Senior Software Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

I think the emphasis on team rather than personal responsibility makes Root a great place to grow. Engineers aren't concerned with producing their "own" work at the exclusion of helping others. Engineers at Root also just love problem-solving and step up to whatever problems I come to them with.

Liz

Software Engineer

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