Search the hundreds of open roles at our portfolio companies.

Senior Backend Engineer



Software Engineering
Posted on Monday, June 5, 2023

No Longer Taking Applications

Job Description

We’re setting out to level the playing field for job seekers, building a truly consumer-first platform that equips people with the tools, technology, and resources they need to feel empowered to achieve career growth on their own terms. Our long-term goal: to help people make confident career decisions from the day they start working to the day they retire—and that starts with the job search.

We’re looking for a fully remote, US-based seasoned Rails developer. You will be working directly with our CTO, our engineers and our designers to build out features that surface insight, guidance and time savings to our users.  Join us as we build the first truly consumer-first platform to help people grow and manage their careers.


  • Build out features that offer insights and career guidance for our users
  • Help maintain existing services
  • Collaborate with our designers and business stakeholders, brainstorm, have fun :)
  • Develop and shape the company’s backend standards and processes


  • At least 3 years of experience with our stack: Rails, Postgres, Redis, Heroku
  • With testing, and you love it
  • Working in a startup environment where helping to build culture and processes is just as important as building code


  • Working in an early stage company (series Seed & A startups) where process grows along with our team size.
  • Experience working in a 100% remote environment

Skills & Tools You Will Use And Learn

  • Rails, Postgres, Git, Redis, Application Architecture

What Great Looks Like

At day 1:

  • You’ve made your first pull request, perhaps a missing test, or readme improvement.

At 1 week:

  • You have a good idea of how the backend services work.
  • You have a small PR merged into master.

At 1 month:

  • You’ve deployed your first full feature.
  • You’ve associated this feature with a metric, and seen how your feature has moved the needle on this metric.

At 3 months:

  • You are fully fluent in our platform, showing us what is possible, what can be improved.
  • You are helping us plan major features.

What We Offer

  • Salary: $160,000 - $180,000
  • Incentive Stock Options proportionate to salary
  • Fully remote work & remote office stipend (coworking, laptop, etc.)
  • No company wide meetings on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
  • Career development stipend
  • Unlimited vacation and sick days
  • Up to 12 weeks paid parental leave, earned 1 week for each month of tenure
  • 80 - 100% coverage of health insurance (depending on chosen plan) & 401K Benefits with up to 4% company matching
  • Guaranteed 1-month severance if things don’t work out. You are trusting us with your career, and we want you to know we take it seriously.
  • As mentioned we are fully remote, however once per year we pay for the entire company to fly to the same city for a week of fun projects and general team building, think hackathons, boat rides and great food.

About Teal & Our Hiring Practices

Who We Are

A small team of innovative, collaborative, and dedicated individuals passionate about helping people build meaningful careers.  Our backgrounds range from Architecture to Digital Design and from Human Resources to Software Engineering.  We are travelers, pet lovers, musicians, parents, scuba divers, podcasters, readers, gamers, croquet players, and puzzle masters.  We focus on aligning intentions, resulting in fewer miscommunications, fewer meetings, and better outcomes.  We adhere to a “what-by-when” mentality, which means the hours you keep are up to you, and we value your ability to set expectations and do your best to meet them.

Our Hiring Process


  • We read every application and make our best effort to reply to everyone.
  • Please read the job description. We love when people strive but if you do not meet more than 50% of the requirements, we are less likely to respond.

Exploratory Interview

  • Goal: High level qualifications & mutual fit
  • 30 minute Zoom with Keith, our CTO.
  • We make sure to preserve 10 minutes for your questions.
  • We will provide the question and guidance  in advance.

Technical Interview

  • Goals: Deeper understanding of qualifications
  • 1-3 hour Zoom with 2 Backend Engineers
  • This is a *realistic* interview.  No abstract puzzles.  There is a question and answer session, some refactoring, and an architecture question.

Work Culture Interview

  • Goal: Meet more of the Team
  • 60 minute zoom with 2 Teal people
  • We will provide the question and guidance  in advance.

Reference Interviews

  • We will ask for 2 references from your most recent managers that you are comfortable using as references.

Our Current Team & Process

Our engineering team is currently 7 people: 4 frontend, 3 backend

We are a kanban styled team, with VERY few meetings, and very light process.

Learn more about our team and how here work on the Teal Engineering FAQ Page

Commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity: (Come as you are. Feel welcome. Feel safe.) We are committed to safeguarding our workplace from all forms of discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, disability, military status, or family status. This commitment extends to all aspects of the employment relationship, including recruiting, interviewing, selection, hiring, transfers, promotions, training, terminations, working conditions, compensation, and benefits.

Apply for this role

It won't take too long, we promise. All you'll need to do is answer a few questions and upload your resume. We hope to hear from you!

Start Application