Product Engineer, All Teams (Laravel)

tldr; We build software for Airbnbs to rent themselves, with a state-of-the-art product and user experience.

We have crafted an Applicant Handbook, which we highly recommend you check out, where you can find out more about the company, culture, how we recruit, what we do, and how we do it.

We believe in the value of team diversity and seek candidates from a wide range of backgrounds in their work, life, culture, and experiences.

We are bold, like risks, and take on big challenges together. Our customers love the product, provide valuable feedback, and trust us to rapidly help them with more of their problems.

Feel free to join in one of our upcoming Townhalls on Youtube to experience it for yourself!

We are looking for candidates to work in our CoreDirect and Platform teams on all the exciting things we have planned, you can read more about our team breakdowns and get an overview of what each team works on here.

What you will be working on

You will be an important part of our product and engineering team, focusing on shipping glorious experiences to our hosts.

Together with other software engineers and product team, you will be continuing to evolve the product and continue working on our vision to make it trivial to operate a short-term rental.

Although this is a software engineering position, you will have a high degree of ownership and accountability over the product shaping process. This isn’t about dragging Jira tickets and programming what you’re told.

We are currently a fully-distributed team of 4 product managers, 11 backend engineers, and 3 frontend engineers. We’re hiring for these roles to help us keep shipping at a high velocity and fill areas in the team that have opened up through growth.

After a few weeks onboarding, you’ll dive right into feature development; building, improving and owning the experience that we deliver to hosts and their guests.

To accomplish this, you will:

  • Partner with product, sales, customer success, and other engineers to develop and ship features that solve the right problems.
  • Use your software engineering chops to build magical user experiences, which are both simple for customers to use and simple for other engineers to understand and maintain.
  • Add your voice to product shaping discussions.
  • Iterate on launched features based on customer feedback.
  • Actively seek out opportunities to innovate.
  • Integrate multiple third-party services, often in an asynchronous logic flow.
  • Creatively solve issues presented by lots of moving parts at scale.
  • Work within our “majestic” monolithic codebase and few micro-services, all sitting on a Kubernetes-powered infrastructure-as-code stack.
  • Implement and use observability tooling to track and debug post-deployment.
  • Seek out and remedy performance issues, high resource usage, and other technical problem areas that have the most impact on business operations and customer experience.

As a team we are all in on Laravel, we are fortunate to have two Laravel community heavy-weights on our engineering team; Bobby Bouwmann and Tom Herrmann.

Our self-defined tech stack acronym is PALM-B; PHP, Angular, Laravel, MySQL and Beanstalk.

Requirements

Hospitable.com is a remote-only and distributed company. For this position, your location is not a requirement. The ideal fit would work under European timezones.

Don’t tick all the boxes? Talk to us about why you’re still an amazing fit. In the meantime, here’s what we’re paying attention to:

  • 3+ years software engineering experience, with a focus on backend.
  • Significant experience with Laravel, PHP 8.1+, MySQL, and testing pipelines in a deployed web application used by paying customers. We are all in on Laravel; this is non-negotiable.
  • A ‘shipping’ mentality – you get kicks from seeing real customers using your features, receiving feedback from them and iterating/improving on it.
  • Exceptional communication skills – especially written. We are a remote-first, fully distributed company. Most communication happens on Slack and Notion.
  • Knowing that Siofra’s favorite fruit is pineapple
  • An eye for testable, maintainable, and intuitive code, but also…
  • Your compass points towards customer and business value, over perfect code (if such a thing exists)
  • The ability to think through non-obvious usage scenarios and explore ripple effects within complex systems.
  • High degree of empathy both toward customers and teammates.
  • Self-motivated and able to make decisions when surrounded by uncertainty. You don’t require a support system to maintain momentum.
  • Experience with query optimisation and queue/job-centric backends is a plus.
  • Experience with support engineering and communicating with stakeholders who are impacted by your work

Benefits

The company itself is also a product, one that we iterate on. We’re always improving and creating an environment where we all love to work.

  • A supportive and caring team environment, where you are trusted, not managed.
  • The total budget for this role is within $106,448.40 – $134,450.00 depending on the cost of living in your location. We can hire talent internationally as contractors—or employees if you are based in the United States, the European Union, or Australia, taking into account payroll taxes to determine your gross compensation.
  • We also offer an extra incentive into our equity with RSUs (through our $HOST token) which could range from $47,310.40 to $53,780.00 (not tied to location or status).
  • 35 days off per year, encouraged (including self-serve public holidays) and parental leave.
  • Mental-health and emotional support with therapists on call through Slack.
  • Recognized on Inc.’s list of Best Workplaces for 2023