Front End Engineer

Seattle, WA - Full-time

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Glowforge is a beautiful device that sits on your desk. It uses a laser to carve and engrave products from raw materials like wood, leather, acrylic – even cardboard.

If you haven’t already, check out our video on While you’re there, you’ll notice something amazing: Glowforge is the largest crowdfunding campaign in history.

There is an incredible demand for what we’re creating. It’s not a geeky tool for the tech elite or a garage workshop; we’re crafting an iconic product that is going to change the way people think about creativity. Our customers include consumers, digital designers, crafters, engineers, teachers, artists, and more.

This is a full-time role in Seattle, and we are happy to help new employees relocate to this beautiful city

Why We Need You

Glowforge has a large, passionate, and diverse community of customers who are beyond the moon about their new laser-fueled superpowers, and the Showcase Engineering team is the backbone of this community.

We support customers from the moment they hear about Glowforge, through their learning process, and even beyond the time they have one of their very own and are creating anything they can dream up. Need to buy more Proofgrade materials for a project? We got you covered. Need a quick design for a gift? We got you covered. Want to invite your friend to print with you? That’s us too!

The Showcase Engineering team serves as the lynchpin for company growth by creating a flawless customer experience and supporting our business operations with everything from analyzing data that drives marketing decisions to create tools that empower the business to move quickly.

We need your talented eye and brilliant coding skills to help us make our customer experience even more magical. You have the expertise to help us achieve this by creating a polished user experience that teaches people how to share their projects, and master their Glowforge artistry so they feel comfortable creating whatever masterpiece they can conjure up! With your guidance, we can continue to make the Glowforge experience an amazing part of our customer’s daily people’s lives. If you are excited about empowering people to have laser-fueled super-powers then we are excited about meeting you!

Here’s What You’ll Be Doing

Our team is composed of software generalists and we know that you’re one too, but we particularly want your passion and thoughtfulness around front-end web development. While you’ll do lots of things here, you’ll be asked to take on some of our most challenging UX innovations for the web, and will spread your knowledge and experience through an organization that is eager to learn.

  • You’ll work on any task that helps us craft an amazing product for our customers — which will include stretching your coding skills in new directions and pitching in when your colleagues need help.
  • You’ll collaborate daily with designers and our customers (many of whom are designers themselves).
  • You’ll deliver features that continue to keep our current customers delighted and generate tons of excitement so we continue to add new ones.
  • You’ll iterate enthusiastically on designs based on user feedback without fear of questioning your assumptions.
  • You’ll take the latest web technologies into a buttery-smooth implementation of our product vision.
  • You’ll participate in planning sessions with the whole product team to help build the user stories, requirements, and specifications that will drive development.

You Need These Qualifications

  • You write copious amounts of thoughtful, high-quality code.
  • You’ve been responsible for shipping a product that people love.
  • You’re excited about being personally responsible for making Glowforge successful, and you’re willing to navigate the ambiguity that arises in a startup environment, adjusting to changing priorities, and moving with confidence even when guidance is limited.
  • You’re thoughtful about human-computer interfaces, responsive design, and applying software engineering principles to front-end implementations.
  • You have deep proficiency in HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript, and know the strengths and limitations of all three.
  • You’re passionate about writing phenomenal software… and know that you sometimes have to make some trade-offs to ship quickly.

It Would Be Nice If...

  • You’re experienced with mobile technologies, responsive design, browser compatibilities, and how best to mix web and native implementations.
  • You’re excited about being personally responsible for making Glowforge successful, and you’re willing to navigate the ambiguity that arises in a startup environment, adjusting to changing priorities, and moving with confidence even when guidance is limited.
  • You can wield React/Flux effortlessly, and espouse the virtues of stateless functional components.
  • You’re comfortable with Rails, Python, and Node (we have multiple technologies powering our web services).
  • You have worked at a start-up or rapidly growing company.

Send us a resume or a link to whatever showcases your skills the best. If a resume isn’t handy, a LinkedIn profile or GitHub account is fine.

One more, very important thing: we are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We’re strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all employees and all applicants for employment. For us, this is the only acceptable way to do business.

Have questions? Email us. Or check out the rest of the current openings.