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The Information is looking for a passionate, product-oriented engineer to join our growing engineering team in San Francisco.

About Us

The Information is a San Francisco-based business publication known for original, in-depth reporting about the technology industry. We're the go-to daily read for the most important people in technology and business and are building a one-of-a kind community of subscribers. We have a sustainable business, plenty of capital and big ambitions to grow our business and team.

Job Description

This is a great position for an engineer with at least a couple of years of experience in Web development, who's ready to step up to the next level. It would be ideal for someone with a passion for building great online products for a smart audience.

This job isn't babysitting a CMS or adding a fraction of a percent to ad clickthrough. It's a chance to build features end-to-end that will change how people consume and discuss news in one of the fastest-paced industries in the world. We continuously design and build new features that are seen by an incredible community of subscribers who demand smooth functionality.


You'll build functionality spanning the full breadth of the platform, from the database to the frontend, so we're looking for people who can code across that range. You don't need to arrive knowing our environment but must have at least 1-2 years of coding experience in Web systems, primarily server-side but client-side as well.

Our small team is eager to learn from each other, and so we're eager to share our knowledge as well. You'll see that we keep a low-ego coding environment and are comfortable discussing and learning from our own mistakes, so we expect the same from you. We paircode and review each other's work often so that all can learn.

Coders who like to build exactly what's specified won't thrive here. You should be excited to contribute ideas on the product side and develop them iteratively with our stakeholders. When you have questions, we expect you to know when to take them to your manager, and when to work directly with non-engineering colleagues to get the work done.

Tech specifics

Our stack runs mainly on Ruby on Rails, Postgres, Redis, and Javascript, HTML, and SCSS. It’s fine if you don’t already know those first three, as long as you’re knowledgeable about some server-side Web environment (Node, Python, Java, …) and excited to learn them. As for the last three, we expect you to know them well with at least a year of professional experience.

You should have experience writing automated tests and know the difference between unit tests, integration tests, and... name one more type.

You should also understand why code linting, continuous integration, and automatic scaling are powerful tools for a smaller organization and be comfortable with tooling that handles these things.


Engineering roles at The Information come with a competitive salary and the opportunity for an annual bonus.

We have excellent benefits, including:

  • Company-paid health coverage for employees and their dependents;
  • Generous paid leave that increases over time;
  • A parental leave policy for new parents;
  • Access to a 401(k);
  • A gym and fitness stipend;
  • A highly professional, inclusive, diverse workplace with a zero-tolerance policy for harassment; and
  • Beautiful offices in the heart of the Financial District in San Francisco with an outstanding view of the Bay.

Our staff also get the chance to contribute to open-source projects and blog about their work here.

Next Steps

If this sounds interesting, please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected].

If you contribute to open-source projects on Github or elsewhere, make sure you mention and link to them in your application. We're also happy to examine your writing on StackOverflow or other engineering community sites.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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