Backend Engineer (Remote) at Fathom (W21)
$150K - $200K  •  
Never take notes again with the #1 AI Meeting Assistant
US / CA / Remote (US; CA)
Full-time
6+ years
About Fathom

We think it’s insane that so many people and businesses rely on notes as a primary means of remembering and sharing insights from video calls.

Notes are time consuming and stressful to create while trying to hold a conversation. Even when done well, notes are a poor solution compared to hearing something first-hand.

We started Fathom to rid us all of the tyranny of note-taking, and people seem to really love what we've built so far:

🥇 #1 Highest Satisfaction Product of 2024 on G2

🔥 #1 Rated on G2 with 2,200+ reviews and a perfect 5/5 rating

🥇 #1 Product of the Day and #2 AI Product of the Year

🚀 Most installed AI meeting assistant on both the Zoom and HubSpot marketplaces

📈 We’re hitting usage and revenue records every week

Check out our product (it’s free)!

About the role
Skills: Go, Kubernetes

About Fathom:

We think it’s insane that so many people and businesses rely on notes to remember and share insights from their meetings.

Notes are time-consuming and stressful to create while trying to hold a conversation. Even when done well, notes are a poor solution compared to hearing something first-hand.

We started Fathom to rid us all of the tyranny of note-taking, and people seem to really love what we've built so far:

🥇 #1 Highest Satisfaction Product of 2024 on G2

🔥 #1 Rated on G2 with 2,200+ reviews and a perfect 5/5 rating

🥇 #1 Product of the Day and #2 AI Product of the Year

🚀 Most installed AI meeting assistant on both the Zoom and HubSpot marketplaces

📈 **We’re hitting usage and **revenue records every week

We're growing incredibly quickly, so we're looking to grow our small but mighty team.

Role Overview:

We are looking for a backend engineer who is passionate about improving reliability, scalability, and efficiency of mission-critical services, and who is equally comfortable developing new services or tackling long-tail problems with existing services.

As part of our team, you’ll play a critical role in improving customer experiences by scaling our services and contributing to our culture of innovation and continuous improvement. You’ll work closely with our backend, infrastructure, and application engineers, as well as our outstanding customer support team to deliver an unmatched customer experience.

What you’ll do:

Contribute to our collection of highly-scalable services (some stateless, some stateful). Our services run in multiple regions, are engineered to support spiky but predictable workloads, and are deployed via multi-stage rollouts to build confidence in the correctness and efficiency of changes.

  • By 30 Days:
    • Use your background to understand and improve existing services under the supervision of existing team members
    • Analyze the cost models of our services and suggest areas of and strategies for new operational efficiencies
  • By 90 Days:
    • Lead the development of new services such as (1) a k8s operator to control a service’s lifecycle or (2) a cloud storage caching layer
    • Play a key role in technology evaluations and architecture evolution discussions
    • Harden and productize internally or externally developed libraries and services.
  • By 1 Year:
    • Work with our infrastructure and application engineers to re-evaluate the relationship between our backend services and our user-facing application, and drive improvements of scalability without introducing unnecessary friction

Requirements:

Hard Skills:

  • Proficiency with k8s and Go, including a strong understanding of garbage collection and profiling. Experience with Cgo is a bonus.
  • Familiarity with our tech stack (or equivalents): GCP/GKE, Linux, Docker, Ruby/Rails, Redis, ffmpeg
  • Experience in a SaaS or PaaS environment at our scale (currently 100s of millions of async jobs per week). Experience with video streaming at scale is a bonus.

Soft Skills:

  • Curiosity-driven and pragmatic with a focus on delivering results
  • A generalist mindset with the ability to dive deep into a wide range of challenges
  • Resilience, attention to detail, and an ability to grind through complex problems
  • Openness to disagreement and commitment to decisions once made
  • Strong collaborative skills, with the ability to explain complex insights in an accessible manner to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Independence in managing one’s workload and priorities

What You'll Get:

  • The opportunity to shape the foundational software services of a growing company
  • A role that balances innovation and incremental improvement
  • A dynamic and collaborative engineering team
  • Competitive benefits and compensation including stock options
  • A supportive environment that encourages innovation and personal growth
Technology

We use all of the following to power the Fathom app. If you're an engineer, knowledge of these would be helpful but you need not be familiar with all of them. If you're not an engineer, you can ignore this :)

GKE, S3, Ruby/Rails/Sidekiq, Go, Electron, Typescript/TSX, Stencil, Elasticsearch, C++, Kafka, MySQL, Redis, Pusher, GitHub Actions, Docker, ArgoCD, CircleCI

Interview Process
  • No live coding. We have no idea who thought writing code on whiteboards was a good idea but we hate it. We’re much more interested in what you’ve done and learned.
  • You’ll meet the entire team. We think it’s important that you get to meet everyone you’ll be working with.
  • No bullshit. Ask us anything you like. We’ve never understood why companies pretend they’re something that they’re not in the hiring process - you’re going to find out eventually so we’d rather you know who we are up front so we can both make sure this is a good fit for all involved.
  • Quick turnaround time. We know you have lots of options so we move fast usually in less than a week from start to finish.

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