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Staff Software Engineer

| Austin

About Us:

HomeAway, based in Austin, Texas, is the world leader in vacation rentals with more than 2 million unique places to stay in 190 countries, and is a part of the Expedia, Inc. family of brands. HomeAway offers an extensive selection of vacation rental homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, especially more room to relax, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online.

About our Data Tools Engineering Team:

Our goal is o accelerate Dev teams' adoption of data platforms in the cloud and help them migrate schema and data between heterogeneous database systems effortlessly. We provide REST APIs and UIs that allow teams to spin up database infrastructure in Amazon AWS, create and maintain schema on these databases; and move data among the databases (including to/from our legacy Austin datacenter) either as a bulk/batch operation or as a near-real-time streaming service. Data integrity is our currency; and our tools are usually heavily multithreaded to move data in bulk but with minimal latency. Some of our tools have stricter guarantees such as exactly once delivery, in order delivery etc. The Data Tools team is not a DBOps team; we develop these tools so that Dev Teams can self-service their data needs in a manner that is aligned with HomeAway's standards on security, data reliability and data retention policies. We have other dedicated Ops teams to maintain the data infrastructure that our tools spin up.

Challenges you can work on:

  • Dockerize our apps and services for cloud deployment
  • Develop tools that allow teams to spin up their micro services’ persistence layers on demand in the cloud
  • Scale our persistence layers across continents, while providing the necessary reliability and monitoring metrics.
  • Implement single sign-on(Okta), logging (Splunk/Datadog), unit tests and integration tests for the above applications, consistent with existing HomeAway standards.

Technologies we use: Java8, Hadoop, Elasticsearch, Cassandra, MongoDB, SQLServer, AWS, Mesos,Docker, Linux, Jetty, Samza, Dropwizard, Kafka

Required skills and experience:

  • BS or MS in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • 5+years of professional Java development experience
  • Experience writing k stream connections for Kafka
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to work well cross-functionally across multiple department
  • An analytical problem solver that is passionate about delivering a high quality user experience

Specific Deliverables can include:

  • Own new features from design to production release
  • Ensure the persistence layers that we support/tool for, are easily adoptable by development teams; and provide the data security, scalability and reliability that is expected of production data.
  • Dedicated to delivering tested and optimized high performance code for a distributed SOA environment.
  • Create and maintain quality software using best-in-class tools: Git, Splunk, NewRelic, Sonar and TeamCity
  • Work with QA, product management, and operations in an Agile environment
  • Participate in resolution of production issues and lead efforts toward solutions
  • Grow a performance production environment in a way that makes the system increasingly reliable
  • Participate in our inner source culture (Internal Open Source) by delivering high quality code that levels up not only your team but the entire organization
  • Opportunities to showcase your work on our tech blog and internal &external conferences
  • Conduct peer code reviews and act as a resource for junior developers

Benefits & Perks:

  • Competitive health and insurance benefits
  • Competitive salary
  • Annual target bonus or commission
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Vacation rental on a yearly basis (taxable benefit)
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Free snacks and beverages
  • Frequent company update talks with our leadership team
  • Free listing on HomeAway.com
  • Electric, adjustable stand-up desk
  • Discounted Metro & Rail pass
  • Casual dress code

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. 

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • .NETLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • SmartsheetManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

HomeAway has six offices in the Austin area with a 16-story global headquarters under construction at the Domain set to open in 2019.

An Insider's view of HomeAway

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Some of us have been working together for 5+ years and have been there for each other during engagements, births, divorces…you name it. They have truly been my second family and my coworkers are the best part of coming to the office every day.

Amanda

Director, B&B Sales and Supply

What projects are you most excited about?

As a Software Engineer, I’m excited to rebuild an old JavaScript and jQuery STAB component into a new React based component. The goal is to update this component to our new tech stack so when consuming applications move to using Catalyst based applications we can ease the integration process.

Juliana

Advertising Account Executive

What makes someone successful on your team?

Being a successful finance person means being a strong business partner and not only understanding what is happening throughout the business but also being insatiably curious about it. It’s not enough to just know math, or know the numbers; you need to know where those numbers come from, how they get there and what's driving that result.

Sharon

Sr. Director Global Finance Operations

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

The Talent Acquisition team is always pitching innovative ideas at our 120-day planning sessions that directly impact the company and recruitment experience. It’s amazing to see how quickly we’re able to implement new ideas every 120 days and measure the results. We’ve seen everything from employee referral reform to self-defense classes in Austin.

Marisela

Director, Global Talent Acquisition

What projects are you most excited about?

I'm on a team that's investigating the integration of react-native into our existing mobile app and my focus is primarily on bridging our existing native analytics packages into the react-native side of things. This allows us to adapt and improve based on what customers do while using our product,

Andrew

Software UI Engineer

What are HomeAway Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
HomeAway offers up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave (yes, dads, too!) for eligible new parents with at least 1 year of service.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
9 paid holidays + 2 floating holidays you can take any time during the year.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Parking
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program

Additional Perks + Benefits

We were recognized by the Austin American-Statesman for having the most generous parental leave in Austin!