We're looking for exceptional programmers who are comfortable diving head first into an ocean of data and resurfacing with pearls.
About the Engineering Team
The technical staff at Etsy believes that code is craft, good software and systems designs are works of art, and that the work we do is part of larger creative culture represented by the hundreds of thousands of inspired makers who make Etsy such a wondrous marketplace. We believe that small, empowered, self-motivated teams can do big things. We also believe in the right tool for the job, not language-as-religion. Our current systems run PHP, Java, Python, Ruby, Solr/Lucene, Postgres, MySQL, and more. Check out our Engineering blog: http://codeascraft.etsy.com/
About the Position
Our work involves instrumenting the Etsy Web site to gather data for analytics usage, processing that data using Hadoop, and then building the tools to present that data to users in a meaningful context. We're looking for engineers who can contribute across as much of that spectrum as possible. On any given day, you may be working on code for the Etsy Web site, writing a Hadoop job, or modifying an internal tool to add a graph that resulted from your analysis.
At Etsy we have a product culture that revolves around making data-driven decisions (http://etsy.me/Nda1Aw). Our data engineers are responsible for delivering the data to make those decisions. We interact on a daily basis with Etsy's top-flight team of business analysts and with engineers across the company.
• You are a Data Scientist. Or you are a practitioner of "data science." Or you are a software engineer who's into statistics, machine learning, or other data-related pursuits.
• You are an outstanding software developer, comfortable programming in at least one language, preferably more.
• You have some experience with Hadoop but you're not afraid of full-stack development.
• You are comfortable with Unix command-line tools and a scripting language like Perl, Python, or Ruby.
• Newspaper articles that mention an average when a median would be
more appropriate really get on your nerves.
• You are capable of being your own manager, coming up with ways to
create value and making them happen.
• We expect all of our engineers to be generous with their time and
expertise and to be able to communicate clearly with engineers and
Etsy is the world's most vibrant handmade marketplace. Our mission is to enable people all over the world to make a living making things. We value the relationship among makers and buyers and celebrate individual creativity in design and craftsmanship. Etsy connects unique people, stories, and products in a playful and meaningful way. The growing Etsy community includes 19 million members in over 150 countries and in 2011 they sold over $500 million of goods. We operate transparently and you can check in to see how the Etsy community is doing in our monthly weather reports here: http://www.etsy.com/blog/news/tags/weather-report/ .
Working at Etsy is like this http://www.avc.com/a_vc/2010/09/the-office-matters.html and this http://www.officesnapshots.com/2010/10/11/etsy-offices/. We're empowered and expected to be ourselves, share our ideas and figure out what we can each do to keep Etsy evolving. You'll get to work with some of the brightest, most creative people you've ever met---but you'll also be challenged to be one of those people. We enjoy full company-paid benefits (including family and domestic partner benefits), humane working hours, couches, quiet spaces, dogs, handmade desks and homemade lunch twice a week.
As you’ve probably guessed, Etsy is a place that values individuality and variety. We don’t want you to be like everyone else, we don’t even want you to be like us---we want you to be like you! So write to us, in your own human voice, and tell us what you’re all about. What gets you up in the morning? What excites you? What throws your whole day off and causes you to pull your hair out?
If you have a presence on the web that we can easily access (blog, twitter, facebook, rap sheet), contribute to an open source project, write a blog, or practice another craft besides coding, that means something to us, and we would love to hear about it when you write!
Index Ventures - 18 months ago
Etsy is a marketplace, but it's also a community made up of many different individuals with many different lives and points of view.