Software Engineer (Mobile SDK) (Seattle, WA or Remote)

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We’re Ookla, the company behind Speedtest, Downdetector, and an ever-expanding suite of connectivity tools. Our team is a group of people brought together through passion and inspired by possibility. We are looking for team members who enjoy solving complex problems, are motivated to challenge themselves, and are delighted with turning clever ideas into unique products.

Millions of tests are performed through our products and thousands of data points are collected globally every day. With all this usage comes countless ways to dissect and analyze our data, and plenty of exciting opportunities to optimize our monetization strategy. When you work for us, you are using Ookla data and insights to further our mission to improve connectivity for all.

We are committed to providing you a flexible work environment where individuality, fun, and talent are all valued equally. If you consider yourself innovative, adept at collaboration, and you care deeply about the work you do, we want to talk!

We are looking for a highly capable software engineer to join our Powered team and contribute to the core libraries that power every Speedtest client, and to the SDKs used by third-party device manufacturers and application developers.

You will be responsible for designing and building features that perform a wide variety of network tests, using platform-specific languages (Java/Kotlin, Objective-C/Swift, ...) to access and exercise device hardware and C++ for cross-platform functionality.

You love to code and appreciate well designed APIs, as you will need to strike the right balance between SDK and application code. You have experience with Android and are interested in iOS platforms and embedded environments. You want to make a better Internet for everyone. You already use Ookla’s tools to check your broadband or mobile data performance, now you have a chance to be a part of the team that produces them.

Expectations for Success
  • Develop and maintain the SDKs that provide network testing functionality to third party device manufacturers and application developers. This includes design, implementation, testing, documentation, deployment, development support and maintenance.
  • Solve for reliability, flexibility, portability, and code reuse.
  • Integrate analytics to ensure optimal performance of deployed code.
  • Collaborate on architecture, technology choices, and interactions with other core components such as front end code, backend APIs or our distributed server network.

Requirements

We are looking for the right person, not the exact list of requirements. If you believe your life experience has prepared you for similar challenges, we’d like to hear from you.

  • 4+ years of software development experience, with a solid foundation in data structures, algorithms, and design patterns.
  • Experience with Android using Kotlin or Java
  • Strong understanding of networking fundamentals (IP, TCP/UDP, HTTP/S, WebSocket).
  • Experience writing unit, integration, load and stress tests.
  • Proficiency with collaborative development workflows (branches, PRs) and continuous integration practices.
  • Excellent debugging and troubleshooting skills.
  • Strong time management skills and a self driven work ethic.
Nice to have
  • Experience with iOS or embedded systems using Swift, Objective-C, and C++.

Benefits

We care deeply about each other and the work we do, and our perks are just one way we demonstrate this. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including (but not limited to):

  • 401(k) matching,
  • unlimited PTO,
  • ESPP options,
  • health/dental/vision insurance coverage, and
  • enhanced parental leave.

You will have the best hardware, software, and tools available for you to do your work, and we provide excellent flexibility for working remotely as time and responsibilities allow. To promote your success and growth, we offer tuition reimbursement, educational opportunities, and anti-racism and LGBTQIA+ resource libraries. Transit passes, team happy hours and activities, and gym reimbursements are only a few of the additional, outstanding perks available to you at Ookla!

If you’re passionate about joining the work we’re doing, we welcome your application and encourage applicants with both traditional and non-traditional experience that makes them an excellent candidate for the role. We strongly believe diversity of all kinds makes us better. We are an equal opportunity employer actively working to build an inclusive workforce at all levels of the company. [Read our latest diversity report from our parent company here.]

We want to ensure candidates have everything they need throughout our application and hiring process. If you have any individual needs related to disability or accessibility, we encourage you to contact and let us know how we can best accommodate you.

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Location

Our headquarters is located downtown Seattle. Blocks away from Pike Place Market, next door to great shopping with nearby trendy restaurants and bars. Easily accessible from multiple public transits.

An Insider's view of Ookla

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

Since joining Ookla, I’ve experienced quite a few life events. I’ve welcomed my 2 children, lost my dad and both of my grandmothers, and moved homes. Whether I had a pregnancy check-up, a sudden loss in the family, or a much needed personal day, Ookla always supports and encourages me to take the time I need to focus on myself and my family.

Hillari

Director of Operations

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Many of the people I work with at Ookla are remote or international. By utilizing tools like Jira and Confluence or Slack, I always feel like we are working together by updating status' or doing screen shares. It's so easy to jump on a quick call and solve a problem instead of going through rounds of emails and we do that at Ookla very well.

Jamie

Technical Program Manager

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

My career has grown and matured beyond my expectations working here. There has always been a nice balance of challenging problems to solve combined with the support of the entire team to be successful. I still remember my first deploy, reaching millions of people within minutes! It was a surreal feeling and I still remember the sense of pride I had

Chris

Engineering Manager

What does your typical day look like?

Each day is about providing oversight of media relations efforts. I monitor industry news, manage inbound press inquiries, track media coverage and press placement, and share our content with the press when appropriate. I often review external materials and work with team members on media opportunities to further develop Ookla’s global voice.

Michelle

Press Manager

What are Ookla Perks + Benefits

Ookla Benefits Overview

Ookla prides itself on company perks, both practical and unconventional. In addition to competitive salaries, great offices, unlimited snacks and awesome company events, Ookla offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes 401(k) matching, flexible time off policy and sick time, personal days, a discounted employee stock purchase plan, robust health insurance coverage, an employee assistance program, and stand-out paid parental leave. Our extraordinary team thrives in an environment that values individuality and fun as well as talent. Taking care of our team members and creating a healthy work-life balance has always been important to Ookla. We value a flexible work environment and we don’t believe in a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Ookla has always encouraged their team members to work from home. Team members are given the freedom to be responsible and flexible in their work, which enables them to be more creative and successful in their accomplishments. Our operations team has worked hard to ensure that employees have the ability to be productive while working remotely even before Covid-19. Plus, we pride ourselves on making sure our employees have the best hardware, software and tools available so you can do your work your way.

We’re proud to be recognized by leading organizations for being a top place to work.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Ookla encourages and organize volunteer opportunities. Ookla provides 16 hours of paid time off every year to volunteer. We also give access to Benevity, a volunteering platform.
Partners with Nonprofits
Ookla is a sponsor/partner with Ada Developers. Ookla has one intern a year through Ada and also participates in panels when needed. We also launched Ookla for Good 5K and Charitable Campaign this yr.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Ookla has a wellness committee, diversity committee and a parent committee
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Ookla has a diversity task force that makes sure diversity continues to be a priority. We make sure to have an ongoing OKR and initiatives to help add support diversity within Ookla.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
We provide free lunch on Wednesdays and always have plenty of snacks provided everyday including but not limited to; Ellenos yogurt, meat and cheese, boiled egg, fresh fruit.
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Ookla will reimburse up to 5k a year for tuition
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available

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