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500px // photography community
Engineering, Full Time    Toronto    Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
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The Company

Our mission is to connect the worlds photographers. Every month, millions of people from around the world use our website & mobile apps to find, share, & get rewarded for the worlds most inspiring photography.

We take pride in the products we ship & love what we do. Our engineering culture values mentorship, ownership, collaboration, & getting stuff done.

Our technology stack includes: React, Redux, ES6, Ruby on Rails, Python, Go, MySQL, MongoDB, Redis, Elasticsearch, & various Amazon AWS services. Check out our Engineering Blog for more.

The Job

The 500px website & associated APIs are critical to our business & to our community. As a Full Stack Developer youll be responsible for helping to deliver everything from tiny UX improvements, to broad structural changes spanning multiple codebases that require deep knowledge of React & Redux, & other web frameworks.

What You'll Be Doing

  • Designing, implementing & optimizing web products used by millions of users.
  • Turning product plans into code, involving close collaboration with product managers, designers, & front-end web & mobile developers.
  • Building highly scalable API services.
  • Supporting the design & maintenance of the 500px systems infrastructure.
  • Involved in technical planning & architectural decision-making.
  • Coordinating & collaborating with developers across multiple teams & tech stacks.
  • Providing technical leadership & mentorship to other team members.
  • Becoming intimately familiar with our servers & forming an opinion about how to debug & improve them.
  • Be able to work independently, & be effective at getting yourself unblocked when you need it.
  • Helping the team prioritize, assess risk, & evaluate tradeoffs.
  • Engaging in discussions thoughtfully, & supporting clear decision making throughout the team.

What the Ideal Candidate Will Have

  • A positive attitude & a strong intellectual curiosity.
  • 3+ years of web development experience.
  • Experience shipping software at scale, with a product-focused mindset.
  • Experience using JavaScript & familiarity with common JavaScript tools & frameworks like React & Redux.
  • Experience working with web frameworks like Ruby on Rails, Django, & Express.
  • Familiarity with MySQL, MongoDB, Redis, Memcached, & ElasticSearch.
  • A solid understanding of the pros/cons of these different tools, & sound judgement in evaluating their tradeoffs for different applications.
  • Intermediate-level knowledge of fundamental web technologies including HTTP & RESTful services, & common web security pitfalls.


  • Interesting technical challenges
  • Competitive salaries, quarterly bonus structure
  • Flexible hours
  • Catered lunches, snacks & drinks
  • Great health & dental benefits, paid parental leave
  • Professional development opportunities

Our Interview Process

  • Phone screen: <1hr conversation with HR.
  • Coding challenge: We'll ask you to write some code, & then share it with us to review.
  • In-person interviews: 3-5 hours at our office where you'll meet multiple members of our team.


We believe diverse teams perform better, & we seek to increase our overall team diversity. We make active efforts to reduce the impact of unconscious bias in our hiring process.

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