Staff Software Engineer - Recommendations at Medium (Remote)

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Medium’s mission is to help people deepen their understanding of the world and discover ideas that matter. We are building a place where ideas are judged on the value they provide to readers, not the fleeting attention they can attract for advertisers. We are creating the best place for reading and writing on the internet—a place where today’s smartest writers, thinkers, experts, and storytellers can share big, interesting ideas. To do that, we create simple and beautiful product experiences that prioritize the user experience.

We are looking for a Staff Software Engineer, Recommendations team that will work on building advanced recommendation systems that help users to navigate the vast library of quality content on Medium. As an engineer on the recommendations team, you'll work closely with PMs and ML engineers to create the best version of Medium for every user. 

What will you do?

  • Work on a large-scale recommendation system that uses machine learning in its core.
  • Design and build scalable and performant backend services. (We use primarily Golang and Python).
  • Create data pipelines and high performance online serving infrastructure.
  • Design end to end experiments that optimize for reader satisfaction.

Who are you?

  • You have 8+ years of software engineering experience
  • You have proven experience building server-side software
  • You believe in the craft of software engineering, but are pragmatic with engineering tradeoffs.
  • You are passionate about using technology to help Medium readers discover the most relevant content.
  • You are familiar with services architecture and understand its trade-offs.
  • You have experience with AWS, Kafka, Redis, and relational database systems.

We'd particularly love it if

  • You have built services that serve a significant amount of traffic.
  • You are proficient in Golang, Python, and/or Spark.

At Medium, we foster an inclusive, supportive, fun yet ambitious team environment. We value having a team that is made up of a diverse set of backgrounds and respect the healthy expression of diverse opinions. We embrace experimentation and the examination of all kinds of ideas through reasoning and testing. Come join us as we continue to change the world of digital media. Medium is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested? We'd love to hear from you.

Please note that communication regarding your application, interviews, and job offers will only come from e-mail addresses ending in"". Anything else is not a legitimate outreach.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases

What are Medium Perks + Benefits

Medium Benefits Overview

Medium covers 100% of its employee's health premiums, and 70% of the premiums for their dependents, provides an FSA, a 401k contribution program, and a voluntary life insurance policy. We also offer pre-tax commuter benefits, unlimited PTO, and primary and secondary parental leave.

Medium also offers a range of exciting and practical perks to ensure Medians are well taken care of. These include a mental health benefit in partnership with Spring Health, unlimited professional coaching via Bravely, a yearly $1k education benefit, and a monthly fitness and wellness reimbursement.

Partners with Nonprofits
Medium partners with Code2040 exclusively for our summer engineering internship program.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We have a network of ERGs and Affinity groups. We also have a DEI Committee, an advisory board that supports not only inclusion efforts but partners closely with overall People focused initiatives.
Daily sync
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Currently, we have ERGS and Affinity Groups that include: [email protected], Women in Engineering, [email protected], The Parents ERG, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], and more.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Some Meals Provided
Pet Friendly
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
We have an annual $1000 learning reimbursement that can be put towards course work, books, conferences, and more.
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend

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