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Internal Tools Engineer - Entry Level, 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 an internal tools engineer, you’ll be building software and automation that helps Ashby stay efficient and nimble as it grows. Your customers will be your colleagues; you’ll be able to get feedback and iterate quickly and your changes will have an immediate, direct effect on our day-to-day operations. We love to work with engineers who are product-minded and can take over a lot of responsibilities typically associated with product managers.

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!

This is an entry-level position and we’re open to candidates with less than 1 year of full-time work experience. With sustained, excellent work you’ll have the opportunity to transition to a product-facing position.

You Could Be a Great Fit If

  • You enjoy talking to users

  • 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

Examples of Things You’ll Work On

  • Improve our data generation and simulation to make sales demos more realistic and cover more scenarios and features.

  • Add features to our internal operations app to help our support team debug more customer issues without the help of an engineer.

  • Setup, style, and deploy our marketing site using NextJS connected to a CMS.

Beyond the above, we believe that this series of tweets is a great summary of what makes an amazing software engineer.


  • 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).