Careers at Shopify: Engineering

Careers at Shopify: Engineering


Well they have this saying that ‘Engineers
rule the world’ Engineers build the product they build the
platform they build the tooling that allows merchants to solve their problems What it should really be is ‘Engineers serve
the world’ Exactly Engineers are damn opinionated here Without Engineering and without people developing
software there wouldn’t be a Shopify If we don’t have a product that works well
then it doesn’t matter how good the foundation is there is nothing for the user’s to use Ya that’s a good way of looking at it actually I believe very strongly that being able to
communicate being able to relate to other people is far more important Relationship building in Engineering is something
that is very underrated It is very much a creative design activity
that tries to leverage some aspects of Engineering I disagree with that completely It’s like trying to whip up a steak dinner
for a vegan I guess so You can do it but that’s not really what
you want to do That’s a good analogy I haven’t thought
about it In a way it’s not Engineering at all As engineers we tend to often focus on the visible
stuff Does the code look beautiful is it easy to
change because it matters If this is like the most beautiful thing ever made but no ones using it that doesn’t make sense to me If you’re going really fast in one direction
that’s not great we have to stay agile Sure by all means Engineers have opinions [laughter] and they
usually have strong opinions and that’s not a bad thing Everyone is doing their thing and it kind
of goes in concert You just have to find that piece that you’re
driven by and like chase it We’re sort of given the reign to do what
we think is right People need to be very clear about the goal
they are trying to achieve You tell us what the problems are and then
you solve it At this scale we need to develop certain patterns
to be great for our merchants A lot of peoples livelihoods are based off
of the work we do They are putting food on the table right now because
we’ve enabled their business to succeed Our product will never ever rest or stand
still it will always be at the forefront of generating a new user experience We’re investing in building the future and
solving the problems that haven’t been dreamed of yet You don’t need to be the best yet but you
need to be determined to become the best

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