Jobs at SideTour

Software Engineer

Host Development

Software Engineer

We're looking for an experienced full-stack Rails developer who loves pair programming and TDD. Our engineering team works very closely with the rest of the company to come up with ideas and make them real. Our ideal candidate loves their craft and wants to be a contributor to our company, not just a heads-down coder. You'll be working with a year-old, well-maintained, modern, object-oriented Rails 3 app with better than 1:1 test coverage. You'll be pairing. You'll be writing HTML, CSS, and Javascript. You'll be doing some devops. Most importantly, you'll be helping to define the product.

  • Great Attitude and Personality

    We look forward to seeing each other every day. So most importantly, you should be fun and easy to work with, a great communicator and generally awesome to be around.

  • Technical Skills

    You should be proficient with Ruby, Rails, Coffeescript (or Javascript), HTML, LESS (or SASS/CSS). You should be at least comfortable with the command line, PostgreSQL or something similar, deploying, monitoring, and maintaining Rails apps (we use Heroku, New Relic). We expect you to be proficient with your text editor of choice.

  • How We Work

    You need to be either proficient with or smart and eager to learn behavior-driven development / test-driven development. We use Cucumber and RSpec, but we don't care what your integration vegetable of choice is, if you use Test::Unit, or have only done BDD in another language.

    If you don't have a lot of experience with BDD/TDD, but you are eager to learn and you are a solid programmer, this won't be a problem. We love teaching as much as we love learning. We think pairing is a great way for everyone to do both constantly.

  • The Interview

    We don't care about your college degree or the number of years you've been writing code in our particular language. Your technical interview will be a set of in-person pair programming sessions with our team in New York where you will show what you know about test-driven development and producing high-quality, working code.

    The only people you will ever have to work with at SideTour are people who can pass this test. This means that once you join, you will never have to work with someone who you don't like to pair with.

  • About SideTour

    Our engineering culture is focused on getting things done while improving our craft. We learn from each other constantly, and we never skirt best practices in order to meet arbitrary deadlines. We work sustainable hours for a startup, because happiness is an important value for us. Compensation is competitive with other funded startups. You will have a stake in owning the business. We provide health insurance and some other basic benefits. Every new SideTour has a "SideTour spot" where an employee can go for free and evaluate the experience. It's an awesome perk.

    We will do a lot of pair programming – 100% at first, and then once you feel comfortable, you'll be pairing whenever it makes sense. For us, that works out to pairing about 75% of the time. We are serious about test-driven development, continuous integration, agile methodologies. We do them because we love them, not because some manager or agile consultant is forcing us to.

    You will not have quiet working conditions. You will be working with other people constantly. We hope you find that exciting. As engineers, we work especially close with one another. You will become a better programmer for working with our team, and we will each become better programmers thanks to your contribution and knowledge.

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Host Development

We’re looking for a bright, highly motivated, salesperson to help expand the community of SideTour hosts and experiences. From Groupon's NYC office, the account executive will work to grow this unique department at Groupon and help source and create unique event opportunities hosted by experts and other interesting people nationwide.

  • About SideTour at Groupon

    SideTour is a department at Groupon where individuals can offer unique, small-group experiences based around their passions. Whether it's exploring a city's underground infrastructure, learning about a famous museum's scandalous past, or dining with a former investment banker turned monk, SideTour hosts offer a rich and diverse array of experiences sold across the Groupon platform.

  • Skills

    You are highly energetic and you love to hustle. And you will take a ton of ownership and initiative to discover the most talented and interesting people a city has to offer, from artists and musicians to top chefs and high-profile bloggers.

    You have a knack for finding new ways to experience a city and its unique activities, culture, people, and way of life.

    You are hyper-organized and can easily manage / prioritize numerous projects that all demand your immediate attention.

    You may have some business development / sales experience.

    You have strong oral and written communication skills and an ability to represent Groupon and SideTour's value proposition effectively to a wide range of people.

  • Responsibilities

    Building up the supply side of our business by researching, contacting, and onboarding talented individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds to serve as hosts

    Communicating the benefits and advantages of SideTour on Groupon to prospective hosts

    Identify new and creative businesses & people to be featured, expanding the range of offers for our subscribers

  • Compensation / Benefits

    Competitive compensation, base + commission

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