Engineering Team at DataFox

DataFox’s machine learning and natural language processing algorithms structure data on millions of businesses and deliver reliable insights into the workflows where they’re most needed. We’re going to double our engineering team in the next year – come join us and help grow our platform!

Job Openings at DataFox

Top Engineering Values

Each team is asked to select, explain, and rank their top 8 values in order of importance.
  • Start-to-Finish Ownership

    You’ll own you work from the initial project scoping all the way to marketing your final product.

    At the onset of a project, you’ll work with product managers and customer success to conduct customer interviews. As an engineer, you too need to understand what the customer needs are. You’ll then work closely with design to figure out the best UI. Implementation and execution are fully yours to own and once you’re delivered your project, you’ll work with sales, marketing, and customer success to get your product out into the world. Project ownership doesn’t just mean owning the work that was given to you at DataFox. Full ownership to us means seeing a product through from the earliest stages of inception to supporting our customers that use it.

  • Committed to Personal Growth

    Personal and professional development manifests itself in a number of ways at DataFox.

    For one, there is a strong culture around learning whether that means attending tech meetups, conferences, or taking online courses. We provide a $1,500/year stipend for personal development whether it’s used towards further your education or expanding your networking. Our Lunch & Learns are another way that we encourage continued learning. Engineers pick different topics to present on and get to teach the rest of the team about anything from new industry trends to deep dives into specific topics. We also have an Engineering Book Club, where past books have included Solr in Action and Clean Code. We see opportunities to learn in everything we do.


    If continuously learning is important to you, you’ll never get stagnant at DataFox. We have a lot of interesting technical challenges. We do machine learning and natural language processing; have a ton of data that require scaling our databases, backend systems, and data pipeline; and are constantly working to automate our customers’ grunt work. We’re fast to adopt open source technologies without bureaucracy and we keep to date with technologies (ie. moving from CoffeeScript to ES6). Getting bored at work is one of the most dreaded things and we promise it’ll never happen here.

  • Actively Practices Inclusion

    Our small engineering team has 50% from underrepresented minority groups.

    We proudly represent women, people of color, and LGBTQ on our engineering team. Having diversity at our company is in line with our company’s learning-centric culture. We learn so much from one another because of the diversity of our backgrounds and experiences, which also enriches the process of learning new things together. In addition to hiring diverse engineers, we also focus on creating an inclusive and safe environment for everyone. We take turns doing the “office housework” making sure that everyone takes notes, plans social events, and runs meetings. Even jobs like refilling the water cooler or building new teammates’ desks are things that we all take part in helping with. We understand the dangers of looking for a “culture fit” and our interviews reflect that. It’s about the value add, not value fit. We’re committed to maintaining employee inclusion and engagement as we grow the company, using tools like Culture Amp to survey, measure, and identify areas to improve.

  • Open Communication

    The good, the bad, and the ugly: we are hyper-transparent with one another about everything.

    Open communication is part of the foundation for learning and development. If you aren’t comfortable sharing all aspects of your project, then you’re preventing yourself from learning and moving forward. We share demos, send company-wide emails every week about the progress (or lack of progress) of our initiatives, and involve every member of the company when we do quarterly planning. Our feedback during code reviews are candid and everything our board knows, the whole company knows too. We practice a level of openness that gives everyone a seat at the table in everything we do.

  • Impressive Team Members

    We come to work honored to work with one another.

    Some of us graduated from the top engineering schools such as MIT, Berkeley, Stanford, and Duke. Some of us have a lot of experience working at scrappy startups. Some of us have made significant contributions to the open-source community while others have years of wisdom working in enterprise software. Some of us do volunteer work on the side, such as teaching for Girl Develop It. Despite being a small team, our collective expertise makes for an incredibly exciting work environment. One thing that we all share in common is code quality, which we are able to apply our various backgrounds to improving.

  • Cross-Department Collaboration

    You’ll know everyone by name whether they’re in sales or marketing or customer success.

    As an engineer, your work spans far beyond just pushing code. We are a customer-focused group of engineers which means everyone hops on at least one sales of customer call every month to garner empathy for both our customers and coworkers. Every team plays a critical role in the company, and the best way to celebrate our successes is knowing how we each contribute to them. That’s why we do an “Empathy Day” every quarter where everyone shadows another co-worker to learn more about their jobs, or we act as one of our customers to understand how they use our product. Empathy, one of our company core values, is baked into collaborative work and we practice it daily with one another as well as with our customers. You’ll never feel disconnected from the end user either, as we have a weekly “Customer Feedback” meeting where we hear raw, honest feedback from our users.


  • Heavily Team Oriented

    For one, our entire team voted on what our 8 key values were and worked together to describe why they resonate with each of us.

    There is an unmistakable sense of camaraderie on our team. Collaboration within our engineering team as well as across the various orgs at the company is central to how we operate. We vote on all important decisions whether it’s in regards to hiring, style conventions, or new libraries. Everyone has a say. The level of teamwork is really one of the best parts of working at DataFox. If you have a question or are stuck on a bug, you have plenty of resources sitting right next to you. If you need a sounding board or want someone’s opinion on something you’re working on, anyone will happily pull up a chair.

  • Work/Life Balance

    As passionate and industrious as we are, we’re also really good about prioritizing life outside of work.

    We know burnout is real and actively try to avoid it before it even starts to creep in. We all play a role in keeping one another in check, making sure you don’t stay really late and encouraging you to take that vacation already! We value the time we have with our friends and families and feel lucky to be able to call one another our friends as well. In addition to our company-wide socials (a full day at Golden Gate Park) and engineering socials (Escape the Room challenge), we also have a running group, a book club, and volunteer in the community together.

Values

  • Start-to-Finish Ownership
  • Committed to Personal Growth
  • Actively Practices Inclusion
  • Open Communication
  • Impressive Team Members
  • Cross-Department Collaboration
  • Heavily Team Oriented
  • Work/Life Balance

Company Properties

  • B2B
  • Technical Founder(s)

Team Members

  • 2 Designers
  • 11 Full-Stack Engineers
  • 2 Product Manager

Vacation Policy

We have an open vacation policy.

Tech Stack

MongoDB, Solr, Node, ES6, Ember, Python

Interview Process

After an initial phone screen, you’ll do a technical screen (45-min) using a collaborative editor. You’ll then come in for a 4-hour onsite where you meet with various team members for both technical questions and a deep dive into your resume and background.