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Full-Stack Engineer - Europe & North America at Ashby

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Benji Encz
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About the role

About Ashby

At Ashby, we're building powerful, delightful, high quality software to help companies be the absolute best at hiring. Prior to starting Ashby, our Co-Founder and CEO, Benji, experienced the limitations of current products first hand. We believe the most promising productivity improvements have yet to be built, and we have a relentless focus to make them a reality.

We’ve not launched publicly yet, but we already have happy (paying) customers who prefer us over our competition, including: Opendoor, Plaid, Figma, Airtable, Snyk, and Benchling. We’re also backed by great investors, including YCombinator, Elad Gil, and Lachy Groom. We’ll share more once we meet.

We've only scratched the surface of how Ashby can help our customers. It's the perfect time to join.

Our Philosophy

Here are a few key points that should give you an idea of what it is like to work with us:

  • We invest a lot in common building blocks that allow us to build powerful and customizable products fast. At the core of Ashby is a set of common components (analytics modelling and query language, policy engine, workflow engine) which we are constantly improving.

  • Customers use Ashby every day, so we put a lot of effort into designing products that are approachable to beginners but mastered & extended by power users. In many ways, spreadsheets set the bar here.

  • We strongly believe that small teams with very talented people (and the right work environment) deliver much better performance than teams with large headcount. We hire and compensate accordingly.

  • Our users’ pain is our pain. Engineers conduct user interviews, Slack with our customers, and work closely with them to define, design, and implement solutions.

  • We value each other’s time so we can maximize our impact. We accomplish this by doing lots of research and writing specs before building, investing in automation, and practicing efficient and deliberate communication. Engineers average 36 hours of focus time per week (and it’s only increased over time).

We value a strong sense of ownership and principled thinking over experience - we’ll get into these and other values during the hiring process.

About this Role

As a full-stack engineer you will take ownership over a large portion of one of our products. We love to work with engineers who are product-minded and can take over a lot of responsibilities typically associated with product managers. While we all contribute to both our frontend and backend, we find that most folks specialize more in one area over time.

Our technology stack is: TypeScript (frontend & backend), Node.js, React, Apollo GraphQL, Postgres, Redis. We don’t require previous experience with these, but experience with and a love for typed languages is helpful!

We care a lot about optimizing our tools and automating workflows as it allows us to work in smaller teams. You should share that enthusiasm and be excited to contribute.

One formality, we require at least 1.5 years of experience as a full-time software engineer for this role.

You Could Be a Great Fit If

  • You can own large projects independently, but know when to loop folks in for help

  • You have an opinion on product - and you can clearly communicate it

  • You get to the bottom of things; superficial knowledge and assumptions are not enough, you seek deep understanding

  • You can articulate your plan on how to implement larger features and can collaborate with the rest of the team on it

Beyond the above, we believe that this series of tweets is a great summary of what makes an amazing software engineer. We know this kind of talent is rare and we're excited to pay top of market to have you join us!

Examples of Things You’ll Work On

  • Design and build a more powerful Calendly-feature in Ashby. The feature automates the scheduling of interviews by calculating possible times from a pool of interviewers and presenting these times to the candidate for selection via our responsive web app.

  • Build a generalized filter architecture that allows users to build complex filters for any record with a consistent UI, and compile it to SQL in our backend. This product infrastructure will be used across many user-facing features.

  • Spec, design, and implement a feature that allows users to complete the process of signing offers entirely within Ashby. You’ll talk to customers to understand their requirements, decide on what technologies to use, build a prototype, and work with other team members to integrate the final implementation into other features.

Your First Two Months at Ashby

By the end of your second month, you’ll deliver at least one large, impactful feature from research to specification to delivery. We’ll help get you there by pairing you with another engineer to onboard you and introduce you to how Ashby delivers impactful changes to customers. On your first day, they’ll help you run a script to get your dev environment setup (it’s that easy!) and commit your first change to production. In your first two weeks, the team will introduce you to our customers, our product, and key architecture through training sessions. You’ll also fix bugs and add small features to Ashby to get familiar with our code base. From there, you’ll take on projects of increasing scope (with guidance from your onboarding engineer) until you’re ready to take on your large, impactful feature.


  • You’ll get the time to do things the right way; we put a lot of emphasis on high quality work and avoid quick hacks as much as possible

  • You get to use your own product (we use Ashby for our own hiring!)

  • Competitive compensation including equity

  • 10 year exercise window for stock options

  • Top notch health insurance for you and your dependents with all premiums covered by us (U.S.)

  • 401(k) matching (U.S.)

Ashby provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce and welcome people from all backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and abilities.

Why you should join Ashby

We’re building the next generation of enterprise software and we’re starting with a suite of products that help talent leaders, recruiters, and hiring managers run their hiring process significantly better (we haven’t shared much publicly about what we’re building yet, but we’ll be more specific once we meet).

We are well funded and backed by great investors, including Y Combinator, Elad Gil and Lachy Groom.

We have not launched publicly yet, but we're already working with amazing companies, such as Plaid, Airtable, Snyk, Benchling and SalesLoft (and many others which we cannot name yet).