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Senior Software Engineer, Consumer Services

| Seattle

Company Description

PayScale is the world leader in modern compensation software. We believe data-informed discussions about compensation benefit both employers and employees and that greater pay transparency promotes equity, engagement and employee retention. We are bringing the dark art of compensation into the light by helping individuals understand the right pay for their position and more than 7,000 businesses retain and manage their largest investment: their people.

We’re transforming the compensation industry and are looking to bring on talented professionals like you with diverse perspectives. At PayScale, we acknowledge and value our differences as well as our combined strengths. We want all employees, regardless of their background, to feel respected personally and professionally. We foster a working environment that generates new ideas, promotes ownership and experimentation and encourages highly motivated individuals to be truly creative. Are you bright, tenacious, and inventive? If so, PayScale may be the perfect place for you to grow your career!

Job Description

What We Do: The Consumer Services team is focused on empowering employers, employees, and job seekers with compellingly presented real-time data. We build and maintain services, APIs and data processes that back millions of pages on our website.

What You Do: As a member this team, you will work closely with product, data, and front-end engineers to guarantee that we're providing our millions of users with accurate and updated compensation data. You will use your excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills to take on large system, data and technical problems.

Day-in-the-Life: As a Senior Software Engineer, a typical day may include the following…

  • Plenty of keyboard time working on back-end services and processes.
  • Working in two-week Agile sprints with a two-hour planning meetings every other Monday.
  • Providing quality and thoughtful feedback on peer code reviews.
  • Mentoring your peers and sharing your knowledge and takeaways with the entire engineering organization.

First Year in Role:

  • Month 3: Partnering with your teammates, you have completed a couple handfuls of bug fixes and feature changes. Your changes will be live in production making an impact on our consumer users and company metrics.
  • Month 6: At this point, you have completely ramped up on the team with the ability to pick up any task on the sprint board and complete it on your own from start to finish.
  • Month 12: You are fully integrated into the PayScale engineering organization and you are an authority in many of the projects, services, and processes that we own as a team.



  • 5+ years of software engineering experience.


  • You have previous experience with C# or other OOP languages.
  • You have experience launching high performance and scalable services and applications into cloud platforms.
  • You have working knowledge of relational and no-SQL databases.
  • You have familiarity/experience with unit testing and crafting testable code. 
  • You can explain technical concepts to developers, project managers, and technical managers.
  • You have the ability and desire to work with a team of people solving complex problems that often require independent research with minimal supervision.


  • We write all our back-end code in C#.
  • We work in Azure utilizing technologies such as Functions, Blob Storage, SQL and more.
  • We use TeamCity and Octopus for our build and deploy pipeline.
  • We track all our work in Jira and store all our git repositories in Bitbucket.

Additional Information

Meet Your Manager: Nicole Cua joined the consumer team at PayScale in 2014 as a full-stack developer then began refining her front-end development skills before taking a management position in 2016. Nicole now manages the consumer development team, working closely with the product team to ensure that the team delivers features at the highest quality.

Hiring Process: “Change is the only constant in life (and PayScale)” – Heraclites (okay, so we paraphrased a bit). The hiring process outlined below is a rough overview, and is subject to change based on business priority, interviewer availability, etc.

  1. Phone interview with Talent Acquisition (30 minutes) 
  2. HackerRank coding challenge (up to 3 hours) 
  3. Coffee with Hiring Manager (45 minutes) 
  4. In-person interview with team (4-5 hours) 

Benefits & Perks – The Highlights:

  • Unlimited Paid Time Off policy
  • 10 paid holidays AND Summer office closure the entire week of July 4th
  • Amazing Medical/Vision/Dental/Prescription coverage: 100% company-paid premiums for employees; 50% for eligible partners and dependents
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) options for pre-tax employee allocations towards: Medical, Dependent Care, Parking, and Transit
  • Long Term Disability, Short Term Disability, and Company-paid Life Insurance
  • Competitive Maternity and Paternity Leave, and onsite Mother’s Room
  • 401k with company match, vests immediately
  • Onsite bike storage, lockers, showers, and clothes dryer
  • Ergo friendly chairs and sitting-standing desks
  • Company-hosted happy hours every Friday afternoon
  • Fido Fridays (our canine colleagues join us the first Friday of every month. WOOF!)

Equal Opportunity Employer: PayScale provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. PayScale complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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PayScale's headquarters are located in the heart of the action in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square neighborhood.

An Insider's view of PayScale

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

We pride ourselves on providing balance to our employees! Unlimited PTO, summer office closure during the week of July 4th, consistent 40 hour work weeks, etc. We believe that if our employees have a life outside of PayScale that they will be more productive, more innovative, and that ultimately they'll decide to stay with us longer :)

Chris Stiemert

Director, Talent Acquisition

What projects are you most excited about?

On the sales team we're constantly innovating the ways that we communicate the value of PayScale to prospective customers. New features and products are added all the time, and it's exciting to work together to find the most effective way to let potential buyers know what's in it for them.

Mackenzie Fuentes

Sales Development Representative, Team Captain

What’s the vibe like in the office?

It’s a beer on a bad day, a coffee on a rainy Monday morning. The ups and downs come with the stress of work and real life, but with that the true comfort of coworkers who know what’s going on and assist where they can. It’s a good place to be and a better place to work.

Tom Owen

Client Management Support Specialist

What are PayScale Perks + Benefits

PayScale Benefits Overview

Unlimited Paid Time Off policy
100% company paid medical/vision/dental/prescription premiums for employees (50% for eligible dependents and partners)
Four Flexible Spending Account (FSA) options for pre-tax employee allocations towards:
Long Term Disability, Short Term Disability, and Company-paid Life Insurance
Maternity and Paternity Leave
10 paid holidays!
Summer office closure, entire week of July 4th
401k with company match, vests immediately
Casual dress code (JSS - Jeans, shorts, and sandals welcome!)
Onsite lockers, showers, and clothes dryer
Bike storage
Gender neutral bathrooms on most floors
Mothers' Room
Sitting-Standing ergo friendly desks
Weekly company sponsored happy hours
Fido Fridays (our canine colleagues join us the first Friday of every month. WOOF!)
Flexible work hours and potentially ability to work from home

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Medical, Dependent Care (can be used towards day care costs), Parking, Transit
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Fido Friday's the first Friday of every month!
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
We know creating an environment that values diverse perspectives and backgrounds is what enables us to have more innovative ideas and best serve our customers.
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