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Popular Pays Scalability Engineer

Imagine in the course of 12 months, your user base would grow from 100,000 to 10 million.  This is the problem we are looking for help with.

We use a client server architecture that includes Ruby and Javascript built on Rails, Node.js, and Ember.js. We have Postgresql, Redis, and Elasticsearch instances.  We use S3 for static assets and user Heroku to help streamline our DevOps.

You will be the principal owner of scalability, performance, and optimization efforts at Popular Pays. As such, you will also be a stakeholder in our project planning cycles and have the opportunity to lead projects technically if you want that experience.

In addition, you’ll be leaning in and leading efforts on our projects to enhance the functionality of our platform to be the SAAS solution that can service clients ranging in size from small businesses to enterprise agencies and brands.  You’ll also be working closely on our recommendation engine to help make this huge influx of users more searchable, while still performant, as well as implement matching algorithms to intelligently match creators to brands based on their wants and needs.

Does this kind of work and responsibility excite you?


We prefer not to set specific requirements for candidates - We know everyone has different career journeys and that’s something we embrace.  If you feel confident that you would fit well into this role, we would like for you to apply!

High level, that’s the job. We’re sure you have more detailed questions about the role and are excited to answer them during the interview process. 

Engineering Culture

Here’s a high-level overview of the core values of our engineering team:

We believe engineering teammates are owners of the Product.

We believe in being lean, scoping projects, shipping continuously, communicating the good and bad.

We believe in failure - it makes us stronger.

We believe in shipping and iteration, not endless deliberation and inaction.

We believe you thrive in a feedback heavy culture.

We are opinionated, but open to ideas.

We believe in writing code that follows existing patterns where applicable and writing code that can be easily understood by the next person that works on it - we favor avoiding complexity over cleverness and over-optimized solutions.

We believe in asking for forgiveness not for permission - autonomy and self-management are important on our lean team.

We're an outputs not an hours motivated organization. We expect our teammates to be productive and active contributors to our business.

Pretty straightforward stuff, but we feel like it’s important to have an identity and practice what we preach.


We pay competitively across the tech industry (our HQ is in Chicago) based on where we believe you measure up on our engineering ladder regardless of where you choose to call home.  We offer many of the perks you’ll find at other tech companies - company-issued computer, monthly office stipend, 401k, maternity & paternity leave, and unlimited PTO.

Initial Application

When you apply please be prepared to share the following with us: 

  • A resume that highlights your skills and experience relative to the role above.
  • A CV that tells us:
    • A little about yourself
    • What you bring to Popular Pays
    • What you hope to accomplish with your time at Popular Pays
    • Something that excites you about Popular Pays
    • Something you’ve done recently that you’re proud of (it does not have to be relevant to writing software!)

Our goal is to learn as much about you as possible with your resume and CV! We take a holistic approach to hiring - we’re humans first and we believe the ability to create something worth sharing is more than the surface level of being able to write code.

Thanks for your time and we hope to hear from you!

Popular Pays - United States

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