I'd love for you to come join Buffer for the fun ride. We have just under 1 million users and are on a $2m annual revenue run rate. There are some super interesting challenges ahead, as we're just about to pass 1 million users (any day now). We are expecting even faster growth as we focus on Buffer for business.
We're looking to expand our engineering team with the following open positions.
* Backend/DevOps Engineer
* Front-end Engineer
Here are some key stats about our technology and scale.
- we have over 150k monthly active users.
- 6000+ API clients. Most popular: Feedly, IFTTT, Pocket, Instapaper
- we release changes several times a day
- we have an entirely data-driven process, with Einstein and Buffer-Metrics, our custom built a/b testing and metrics tracking framework.
- Some of the tech we work with: PHP, Python, MongoDB, AWS (Elastic Beanstalk, Elasticache, SQS), Backbone.js, Grunt.js, Android, iOS.
We're a small team of driven hackers and happiness heroes (our support people). Just like you, we're excited and passionate about engineering challenges and have some interesting architecture and scaling problems we work on.
If you're interested in coming on board, you will:
- work closely myself on technical architecture and Joel on product.
- ship to thousands of users and iterate quickly
- work with our metrics team to make smart changes
- be friendly and comfortable talking directly to customers on issues and features
- be a happy, positive-minded and kind person who has a great approach in dealing with others
- be a Buffer user
- be anywhere in the world, and if you'd like, you have help and support from us to move to where you want to be
- have experience working with another startup or building side projects before (would be awesome, it’s cool if not)
- we are totally transparent. We raised $450k, we currently have 1 million users and generate $160k/mo. Ask me anything else!
- within the company, all salaries and equity are open and we have a formula for the distribution.
- we're all very focused on self improvement - we have daily standups where we discuss our current improvements. This could be waking up earlier, starting public speaking, blogging, exercise, learning a language, etc.
- here's our culture deck: http://www.slideshare.net/bufferapp/buffer-culture-03
If this sounds fun, let's chat. Send me a note about yourself, why you’re interested in Buffer, and any relevant links (Github profile, projects and background):
- Sunil (CTO)
I would still encourage this company to not take location into account for salaries. Why should the company take the benefit from your choice(or lack of) to live in a cheaper place? You live there, you took the risks and the tradeoffs, but the company is taking the benefit from it... Some companies pay 3-10 times lower salaries and even if they give you stock options you can't afford to buy the shares when the time comes. This is not the case here, but it may become an issue in the future.
The fact is that the living costs (largest chunk being accommodation) varies so drastically, that it feels hard to justify having the same salary and basing salary purely on skill, with the assumption that location truly is a choice and people have chosen to live somewhere cheaper. We have people who end up paying $2,500/mo rent and others where it is more like $800/mo or even less.
In addition, we always want to pay people more if they choose to move somewhere more expensive, it seems unfair if someone gets used to a salary in one place and suddenly they move somewhere much more expensive, and we don't help them out.
I'd love any more thoughts you have on this :)
That's a terrible assumption to make. People often live where they do due to obligation to others (family usually). I would never work for a company that would consider cutting salary because they moved to a lower cost area. I also know several people that have quit a job rather than relocate to a lower cost part of the country with an employer as the relocation also included a cut in pay.
That said, it is very easy here in the comments to argue how bad it is to cut the salary when someone moves to a cheaper location. However, the flip-side of the same coin is what about when someone moves to a more expensive location? Should we then say "this is the fixed salary and you choose where to live, and if you move somewhere more expensive that is your choice"? I don't think that is fair. So the other side of the coin of "salary goes down if you move somewhere less expensive" is that we increase salary if you move somewhere more expensive. We've done this for people and it is highly appreciated.
Our overall philosophy is that we want to help people to be wherever in the world they can be happiest and most productive. We encourage traveling and we have set ourselves up as a distributed team based around this value.
I'd say that's absolutely fair, it's kind of the default expectation in my mind at least - I provide a certain value to the company as a remote worker, for which they pay me accordingly. (edit - as someone who just found a job via a HN jobs thread, I don't want to hijack this with a long response. Please see http://pastebin.com/4SrQJRj6 for my full response to this)
Startups are more personal, small teams, that once in a while all of them, including the "boss", gather together to drink a beer or soda, and you know that on that table, people with same responsibilities have same compensations. It feels fair.
There are reasons US guy won't want to live in India, right? So the salary should compensate at least some part of those reasons (I mentioned in another comment here).
Most people with jobs from poor countries have to support way many family members or relatives than that US guy.
So think twice before penalizing people from poor countries.
And yes, not everyone lives in rural areas or small towns. Stockholm is one of the most expensive places out there.