Software Engineer, Core Product

| San Francisco, CA, USA | Hybrid
Employer Provided Salary: $130,000-$250,000 Annually
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About Us:

We're on a mission to make it possible for every person, team, and company to be able to tailor their software to solve any problem and take on any challenge. Computers may be our most powerful tools, but most of us can't build or modify the software we use on them every day. At Notion, we want to change this with focus, design, and craft.

We've been working on this together since 2016, and have customers like Pixar, Mitsubishi, Figma, Plaid, Match Group, and thousands more on this journey with us. Today, we're growing fast and excited for new teammates to join us who are the best at what they do. We're passionate about building a company as diverse and creative as the millions of people Notion reaches worldwide.

Notion is an in person company, and currently requires its employees to come to the office for two Anchor Days (Mondays & Thursdays) and requests that employees spend the majority of their week in the office (including a third day).

About The Role:

As a Core Product engineer, you will directly contribute to the foundational pieces of Notion's building blocks. You will be a key player in building a robust technical foundation that allows Notion to achieve the connected workspace vision. Your work will include both internal platform contributions to accelerate other Notion engineering teams, and end-user facing functionality to enable toolmaking ubiquity. The team acts as a multiplier for the engineering organization, has outsize impact on how fast Notion grows, and guides the full-stack direction. Moreover, you will be presented with challenging technical problems as Notion’s product needs are complex. You’ll also play a key role in identifying and executing against technical investments that ensure the long-term quality, reliability, and performance of databases in Notion as we scale. You will help define team norms, operating principles, team culture, and much more.

What You'll Achieve:

  • You’ll work with a team of engineers and cross-functional partners across product, design, data science, and user research to define a product strategy and drive execution through conception, research, implementation, and maintenance.
  • You’ll build and maintain foundational pieces of Notion’s building blocks, enabling a wide array of use cases in Notion such as docs, wikis, issue tracking, project management, and more.
  • You’ll contribute to the overall performance, reliability, and robustness of the Notion product, ensuring it scales elegantly across many dimensions.
  • You’ll partner with engineering leaders to identify and execute against high leverage technical investment that ensure the long-term flexibility and sustainability of our core systems.

Skills You'll Need to Bring:

  • Proven track record of execution: You have 7+ years of engineering experience, including several years building world-class product experiences alongside a team of engineers.
  • Tech leadership experience: You have previously held positions where you were responsible for making key technical decisions, guiding a team through complex projects, and mentoring junior team members.
  • Shipping quality user interfaces: You partner closely with product and design to craft beautiful user experiences for large audiences, leveraging web technologies like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and a modern UI framework like React. If you've experienced the technical challenges of rapid growth, that's a plus.
  • Building the team: You enjoy collaborating with both fellow engineers and cross-functional partners. You are a lifelong learner and invest in both your own growth, but also the growth, learning, and development of your teammates.
  • Thoughtful problem-solving: You approach problems holistically, starting with a clear and accurate understanding of the context. You think critically about the implications of what you're building and how it will impact real people's lives. You can navigate ambiguity flawlessly, decompose complex problems into clean solutions, while also balancing the business impact of what you’re building.
  • Not ideological about technology: To you, technologies and programming languages are about tradeoffs. You may be opinionated, but you're not ideological and can learn new technologies as you go.
  • Empathetic communication: You communicate nuanced ideas clearly, whether you're explaining technical decisions in writing or brainstorming in real time. In disagreements, you engage thoughtfully with other perspectives and compromise when needed.

Nice to Haves:

  • You're proficient with any part of our technology stack: React, TypeScript, Node.js, and Postgres.
  • You have experience driving teams toward shared goals and can balance business priorities with individuals’ strengths, areas of interest, and career development goals.
  • You've heard of computing pioneers like Ada Lovelace, Douglas Engelbart, Alan Kay, and others—and understand why we're big fans of their work.
  • You have interests outside of technology, such as in art, history, or social sciences.

We hire talented and passionate people from a variety of backgrounds because we want our global employee base to represent the wide diversity of our customers. If you’re excited about a role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every bullet point listed in the job description, we still encourage you to apply. If you’re a builder at heart, share our company values, and enthusiastic about making software toolmaking ubiquitous, we want to hear from you.

Notion is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in hiring or any employment decision based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other applicable legally protected characteristic. Notion considers qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Notion is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation made due to a disability, please let your recruiter know.Notion is committed to providing highly competitive cash compensation, equity, and benefits. The compensation offered for this role will be based on multiple factors such as location, the role’s scope and complexity, and the candidate’s experience and expertise, and may vary from the range provided below. For roles based in San Francisco, the estimated base salary range for this role is $130,000 - $250,000 per year.

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An Insider's view of Notion

What's something quirky about your company?

The most unique thing I've experienced here is a series called "Life Stories" where a Notino shares a condensed version of their life in 45 minutes. It's an opportunity to hear about people's backgrounds and the experiences that defined them allows us to work together in a way that highlights people's strengths and unique perspectives.

Alma

Software Engineer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

I find that engineers do a lot more product thinking here. At Notion, UX, PM, and engineers work closely together to craft the right user experience together. We ask ourselves: are we actually solving the user need? Can we solve this more efficiently? I love that engineers are empowered to give feedback and propose alternate solutions.

Penny

Software Engineer

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Working with a team that is so smart and humble at the same time creates a unique energy and I love exchanging thoughts with my colleagues. Everybody is passionate about our mission and lifts each other up.

Marlene

Account Executive

What are Notion Perks + Benefits

Notion Benefits Overview

We work to make sure our employees have what they need to succeed.

We offer 100% health insurance coverage for employees and dependents. This includes medical, dental, and vision premiums. You and your dependents will have access to a provider that can create a personalized treatment plan such as digital Cognitive Behavioral Therapy programs, coaching, therapy, navigation support, medication management, and EAP services. Our fertility benefit gives you employer-sponsored funds you can use to pay for fertility treatments and family-forming services. Notion makes it easy to save money for retirement. There’s also employer matching!

We want you to take time off to rest and rejuvenate. Notion offers unlimited paid vacation as well as 10+ observed holidays by country.

We believe employees should have access to paid time off for pivotal life events that may fall outside of traditional leaves. Full-time employees can take up to 10 days of paid leave in a rolling 6-month period for bereavement, pregnancy loss, abortion procedures, recovery, and related travel, legal proceedings (e.g., custody hearings, legal components of gender affirmation, proceedings concerning incidents of sexual violence or sexual harassment), or bereavement following the death of a pet.

We offer Notinos a monthly stipend to use towards services that fit their personal needs. This gives you the opportunity to choose your own adventure and use the funds toward things that matter the most to you.

We offer biological, adoptive, and foster parents paid time off to spend quality time with family.

We offer a generous monthly subsidy for your commute.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Our office is in the Mission district of San Francisco, and we frequently partner with organizations in our neighborhood, including the Boys and Girls Club, as well as local restaurants and artists.
Partners with nonprofits
We give nonprofits free Notion workspaces. Some of our top nonprofits include Greenpeace, Stanford Hospitals, and more.
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Quarterly engagement surveys
Hybrid work model
In-person all-hands meetings
In-person revenue kickoff
Employee awards
Flexible work schedule
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Our management team is 50% women, and most of our teams are also split 50/50.
Mandated unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Transgender health care benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K)
401(K) matching
Company equity
Performance bonus
Charitable contribution matching
Pension
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Fertility benefits
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Flexible time off
Bereavement leave benefits
Company-wide vacation
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free daily meals
Free snacks and drinks
Company-sponsored happy hours
Onsite office parking
Pet friendly
Recreational clubs
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Home-office stipend for remote employees
Meditation space
Mother's room
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education stipend
Online course subscriptions available
Personal development training

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