Senior Staff Software Engineer at WP Engine

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It's fun to work in a company where people truly BELIEVE in what they're doing!

We're committed to bringing passion and customer focus to the business.

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At WP Engine, we are on a mission to help our customers win online. Whether that’s helping an aspiring entrepreneur to turn their hobby into an online business or a multinational corporation to launch a new campaign in weeks instead of months, our platform is there to help them win — whatever that means for them.

As a consequence of our focus on the customer, we have been blessed with dramatic growth. This growth provides many opportunities to tackle hard problems at scale, to deliver new products that continue to make WP Engine the platform of choice for online agility. You will be an essential part of taking our platform to the next level both in scale and functionality, helping to advance best-in-class web performance for customers and their site visitors. This is your chance to drive real improvement in digital experience delivery at incredible scale.

We are searching for a proven Senior Staff Software Engineer with a strong analytical mindset to join our Observability Engineering team. Our infrastructure is both virtual and container-based and consists of thousands of servers running on multiple public cloud providers that host over 500,000 customer web sites, serving 4 billion requests every day, reaching 5% of the world’s population. The ideal candidate will have a software engineering background and a history of applying software engineering skills and being a observability champion in an agile, fast-paced environment.

The day to day
  • Improve observability for our WordPress hosting fleet
  • Provide hands-on leadership in architecting solutions, building and improving our platform and applications in a large-scale environment
  • Produce quality, testable and maintainable systems
  • Design and maintain systems and products to drive site owners towards faster sites
  • Drive development of architecture for hosting millions of WordPress sites
  • Collaborate with development and operations team members
  • Ensure we keep the talent bar high, and grow the skills and capabilities of your team as our engineering organization grows
  • Use your extensive experience to provide leadership and mentorship
Your expertise and passion
  • Curating well organized data and insights
  • Bachelors in CS or related field, or meaningful industry experience.
  • Extensive software engineering experience
  • Backend devops
  • Time Series Data / Time Series Metrics (Streaming Data) knowledge
  • Ability to work with and switch between multiple languages; eg. Python, Go and Java
  • AWS or GCP experience
  • Exceptional quality mindset
  • Must thrive in a growing startup environment

Not required but a plus if you have experience with the following technologies:

  • InfluxDB, Telegraf, Kapacitor
  • Kubernetes or other container orchestration software
The perks and benefits:
  • Stock Options (Every employee is an owner in the company)
  • Health Benefits (100% Paid Employee Medical, Dental, and Vision)
  • Fertility Benefits (IVF/Fertility drug coverage)
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with a match
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • Paid Family and Caregiver’s Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Generous Vacation Time (Who doesn’t like time off)
  • One-time $500 Home Office Stipend
  • Company Wellness Days
  • Wellness Program

At WP Engine, we strive to have the broadest possible view of diversity, going beyond visible differences to include the background, experiences, skills, and perspectives that make each person unique. WP Engine is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.


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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavaLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • HubSpotCRM
    • SalesforceCRM
    • Constant ContactEmail
    • SendGridEmail
    • MarketoLead Gen


WP Engine is on the corner of 5th and Lavaca, blocks away from the Colorado River and Congress Avenue.

What are WP Engine Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Pet Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program

Additional Perks + Benefits

100% Employee Paid Medical, Dental, and Vision. Lunch provided Monday - Thursday. Equity - Every employee is an owner in the company. Paid downtown parking.

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