Glitch Design Engineer
NYC (or remote)
About Fog Creek
For 18 years, Fog Creek Software has worked to be the technology company that puts people first. We're proud of our history and the products we've created because they enable others to work together and make great technology themselves. Now, we're focused on helping millions of people (not just professional coders) rediscover the fun parts of the internet with our new friendly community, Glitch.
About the Role
Glitch is a fun, expressive and opinionated development environment without all the boring parts of software development. It's a community of creators, building together and discovering each other. It's an ambitious undertaking for our small team, so we're hoping you can help us!
We're looking for an experienced interface designer (UX/UI) who also develops to join our team and help us design and build Glitch community and editor features from conception to completion. You'll be joining a team of creators who all bring varied experiences and design skill to their work as developers. If you blur the line between design and code, have a portfolio, and you've created an amazing, cool, interesting, or weird app, then you're in the right place! ✨
This position is based at our beautiful new office in Lower Manhattan, but we'll happily consider remote candidates. While our office is in New York City, over half of our employees are all over the US and the world. When you work at HQ, you'll be in a brand new office, carefully and thoughtfully designed to give each person both private and collaborative work spaces. You'll be part of a remote work culture where all of our meetings are online and apps and tools like Slack, Trello and Google Hangouts are the normal way to communicate. Remote workers never end up struggling to hear a meeting where everybody in the office forgot that someone was on the other end of a speakerphone.
We offer fair, competitive, and transparent pay. The range for this position is $95K to $105K and we look at factors like your experience to determine our offer, which comes with a comprehensive benefits package. We don't negotiate because we make our best possible offer up front—no games.
We're looking for people with:
- Strong user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) skills, with a portfolio that reflects your knowledge of these principles
- Proficiency with Sketch and Adobe Illustrator
- Skilled in client-side JS, and are up to date on modern additions to the language (DOM, ES6, Promises)
- Proficiency in at least one frontend framework (React, Angular, Backbone, Ember, Vue, or other similar tools)
- CSS savvy, you know when to use:
- border vs. padding vs. margin
- flexbox vs. tables vs. floats
- responsive, fluid design
We'd be particularly delighted to hire someone with:
- Illustration experience and an understanding of animation principles
- Some backend experience (you don't need to be an expert but you shouldn't be afraid to dig into server side complications)
Most importantly, we are looking for:
- People who care deeply about empowering everyone to create on the web, and who are thoughtful about how to serve a broad set of audiences
- Fluency and familiarity with issues around accessibility and inclusive design
- Clear opinions on aesthetic design, and a willingness to both take feedback and advocate for a design direction
- Comfort with creating in collaboration, both with colleagues on our team and with members of the Glitch community
We want you to know
We welcome you, as you are, to work at Fog Creek. We're removing the structural barriers and daily frustrations that too many tech companies inflict on underrepresented workers. From day one, our company has been about respecting and valuing our workers, and you’ll be supported by every level of our organization when you join our team. We support workplace diversity.
Fog Creek Software, Inc. does not discriminate in employment matters on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected class. If you have a disability, we're more than happy to accommodate and make the interview process better for you.
What to expect when you apply
To apply, head over to apply.glitch.me and complete the required fields – keep in mind you'll need an up-to-date resume and cover letter telling us why you'd be great for the position! Include a link to your design portfolio or any projects you've been working on (bonus points if you've built them in Glitch!). Our auto-response will let you know we received your application and include an optional survey. We'll use whatever information you choose to provide anonymously to help us improve diversity at Fog Creek!
After that, rest assured your application will be read by a real, live Creeker (so please feel free to get as technical as you like).
If we decide to move forward, we'll schedule a short call with you and a member of our technical staff to talk more about what you've done and why you're interested in the role. This interview will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you have about the role or Fog Creek in general.
Finally, we schedule a day of interviews with you and some other members of the Fog Creek team. We'll do this over video for the most part, but if you're local we'd be happy to have you to our office and provide lunch. We lean heavily toward task-based interviews to help us understand your skill level and how you work and collaborate with the team. Our goal isn't to have you implement complex coding structures on a whiteboard, but to see how you think and give you problems you would actually encounter at work and then have a conversation about it.
At this point, lots of tech companies have great benefits. What makes Fog Creek's benefits stand out?
For starters, we'll set you and your family up with free health care. Seriously. You won't pay a dime out of pocket—it's by far the best health plan you'll find out there. Our paid leave gives you 20 days vacation (plus additional days for when caretakers need time to care for a family member), unlimited sick days and 12 weeks fully paid parental leave. And while you're welcoming a new family member, we'll let you reimburse $500 of food costs so that you can spend less time cooking and meal planning and more time staring at your little one or trying to get 4 consecutive hours of sleep. There's more, but if you're not at least a little impressed by now, what else can we do to change your mind?
OK, ok everyone talks about flexible hours and work-life balance at their company but I'm not buying it. What does work-life balance even mean these days?
Work-life balance at Fog Creek means that you'll have time to tend to the life stuff that comes up outside your job. Dentist appointment? Sick kid? Renewing your driver's license? You won't owe Fog Creek the hours you spend taking care of your life. From the top down, we model what it looks like to enjoy your work but have a well-rounded life outside it.
What is it like to work from the New York office at Fog Creek?
Our office was carefully and thoughtfully designed to encourage both collaborative work and give you quiet space to focus. In addition to the standard height-adjustable desk and classic Aeron chair, you'll have several spaces throughout the office to work (including an outdoor terrace!). We cater a healthy lunch every day to cultivate our community by eating together, not at our desks. We'll also give you an unlimited Metrocard every month, along with any tools or equipment you need to be successful.
How is working remotely different than working at the office? I've never worked remotely before and I'm worried I might feel isolated.
Over half of Fog Creek is remote, with some teams entirely remote, so we make it a priority to operate as if the entire company is remote. We're communicating via Slack, Zoom, and Google Hangouts the majority of the day (the sheer number of bad jokes in Slack is truly astounding) and do our best to give new remote workers the tips and tools they need to feel 100% part of Fog Creek from Day 1. We'll outfit your home office with an Aeron chair, standing desk and any other equipment you need.
We also have an annual company offsite where we all get to be together in 3D with 5-star accommodations against an extraordinarily gorgeous backdrop like canyons in Colorado or a private beach in Mexico. And in case you're wondering, that's 100% covered by Fog Creek.