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Software Engineer
The New York Times
Publication date: Dec 3rd
Job type: Full Time
Category: Software Dev
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Job Description

Wirecutter is seeking a full-stack Software Engineer to work collaboratively building digital products and features that share our research and expertise, helping our millions of readers make informed buying decisions. As a Software Engineer, you will be a member of a cross-functional team that includes other engineers as well as a product manager, project manager, and designer. We are working toward our mission of being the most trusted and helpful recommendation service. You will use your knowledge and skills alongside your team members to help us get there.

We have a respectful and inclusive culture that values learning, creative problem solving, supportive teamwork, and shipping value. We focus on scale, reliability, performance and product agility, which means picking the right tool for the job, while also being pragmatic and flexible as needed.

That Being Said, Wirecutter Is Powered By a Modern Web Stack Consisting Of a Variety Of Languages And Frameworks Including

The best code our software engineers write is none at all.
  • JavaScript - Node.js, Express, React, Apollo
  • PHP - WordPress, Laravel
  • Python - Django
This is a remote position in a fully distributed department. We are eligible to hire folks living in the United States - in the following states only: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HA, IA, IL, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, VA, WA.

In This Role, You Will
  • Partner with Product Management, Project Management, Design, and other professionals within your team and beyond, to collaboratively tackle difficult and ambiguous problems.
  • Write, test, debug, and deploy code across a variety of languages and frameworks including JavaScript, PHP, WordPress, and React.
  • Work across the different phases of the software development lifecycle including estimating level-of-effort, identifying the best approach, building, performing QA testing, deploying, documenting, debugging, and supporting features.
  • Participate and contribute to stand-ups, sprint planning, and retrospectives at the agile team level and up.
  • Perform code reviews with helpful and meaningful feedback for your teammates.
  • Research, document, note trade-offs and recommend potential solution around future product features.
  • Work collaboratively across the engineering department to ensure standard methodologies and processes are followed.
  • Lead by example.

About You

You think critically, provide helpful feedback to your co-workers, collaborate well with others, tackle problems that achieve business goals, and are biased towards action. You are self-aware, can clearly communicate complex ideas in writing or in person, and have.

You Should Have
  • 3+ years of programming experience across JavaScript, PHP, Python, or other similar programming languages.
  • Strong knowledge of software principles, application architecture, data structures, coding conventions, and security practices.
  • Ability and/or interest in working across the technology stack (back-end to front-end).
  • Strong communication skills that allow you to convey complex ideas in writing or in person.
  • Ability to use your technical skills to achieve business goals.
  • Analytical and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Empathy for our readers and desire to improve their experiences.
  • Desire to work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ideally, you have experience developing features for a content management system such as WordPress or Drupal.
  • Ideally, you have previously worked on a distributed or hybrid team.

About Wirecutter

Founded five years ago by journalists fed up with the time and energy it takes to shop, Wirecutter developed a simpler approach to giving buying advice: just tell people exactly what to get in one single guide. The company’s purpose: to help people find great things, quickly and easily. Through rigorous testing, research, reporting, and whatever means necessary, they create straightforward recommendations that save readers from unnecessary stress, time, and effort. We then monetize these guides by enabling our readers to easily purchase the products they are interested in.


Wirecutter’s main office is located in Long Island City, Queens, NY. We have another small office located in Los Angeles. Wirecutter remains a highly remote culture, and our engineering department is 100% remote.

Right now, we are only eligible to hire in the following locations:


Our Company Principles

Our principles help us create a work environment that breeds trust, respect, learning and is one that we all are excited about showing up to each day.

Seek Understanding: We are lifelong students who want to understand the world around us. We are curious to understand our readers, how we get better at our own disciplines and how we can work better together. This means we are active listeners, information hunters and empathetic.

Explain Why: Because we seek to understand, we value the importance of explaining our ideas and our understanding. This means we are constructively candid, sharing our perspectives and the thought process behind it. And then learning from the conversation that ensues. We are all teachers and students, helping each other grow.

Solve Things: We love to solve things, whether they are our own problems, our readers problems or our colleagues problems. While we often can solve problems on our own, we believe our best results come out when we solve them together.

Get It Done: We are passionate about getting things done. Whether it is our own individual work or teamwork, our instinct is to forge a path forward and learn as we go. This means we continually focus on how to turn work into achievable chunks, communicate those effectively to the team and efficiently execute against them.

Make It Better: We aren’t satisfied with perpetuating the status quo. We’re always looking forward. We live to change the world around us for the better, making a difference in our own lives and our readers’ lives. If we are being ambitious enough, this means that we will both fail and succeed and we take pride in owning both of those outcomes as long as we are learning.

The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.

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