Roles at Compose

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Marketing Product Specialist

As Compose's Product Marketing Specialist, you will be developing marketing content, product positioning, and programs to drive awareness of Compose products with the goal to grow customer engagement and revenue.

Compose has grown by leaps and bounds through a 100% online sales model, and we're looking for someone to help us ramp up our trajectory. You will be playing a vital role by helping Compose continue to grow with a focus on expanding into new audiences to generate new trial signups, convert evaluators into customers, and introduce customers to new features and databases.

The "product" at Compose is our database platform, which currently supports 7 databases (more coming) and is the foundation for Compose Enterprise, our BYOS (bring your own server) version of Compose. As product marketing specialist, you will take ownership of marketing and platform positioning, segment the message by database or customer type, and develop content for the website, landing pages, emails and other communications channels. No one at Compose works in a vacuum, and this role is no exception: you will be working with our engineers, writers, support team, customer advocates and marketers to develop campaigns for each database and our add-ons.

You should have a basic understanding of how databases are used in modern web app development. You must have strong writing chops, be able to communicate database concepts to novice and experienced developers, and report on the effectiveness of the programs you’re running. A background in computer science, data science, business analysis, software development and/or database administration is going to be a big help.

All the bits we hope you're good at (or can become good at):

  • Positioning: Developing messages for various audiences for both Compose and the products we support
  • Writing and communications: We are not looking for the next Shakespeare, but you should be a strong enough writer to passionately regale both technical and non-technical audiences within many different channels such as email, social media, and blogs
  • SEO and A/B testing: Have strong understanding of how to SEO-ize a page and theorize iterative improvements through A/B testing
  • Landing page development: Create hypotheses and test them on new landing pages which are at the top of our funnel
  • Fearless about technology: You can grasp technical concepts quickly and become conversant on the topic of databases and application development
  • Sales tools: We don’t have many today, but experience developing videos, whitepapers, and other assets is a good thing

Think you're a match?

Compose is small enough that you wil be able to make a significant impact on the company’s trajectory, yet big enough that there is plenty of support and boundless opportunity for growth. Work from anywhere, enjoy challenging and rewarding responsibilities, and have a meaningful work/life balance at a company that is growing fast. Our team is smart, friendly, fun, and incredibly helpful, and you will have a ton of resources to help you get started and be successful.

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Technical Content Creator

At Compose, we're looking for strong writers with technical backgrounds to join our eclectic writing team. Do you find yourself writing and reading technical blogs for enjoyment? Maybe you've squashed your last 4AM bug and want to step out of the fire and share your wisdom with others? Or, perhaps you're an experienced fan of a particular database and want to share your praises (...or foreboding...) with the masses?

If you're technically inclined - programming, analytics, technical marketing - and want to stay comfortably plugged in to the software world, we would love to hear from you. At Compose, quality technical content is a major part of what we do. Our articles, how-tos, case studies and marketing materials are a crucial piece of our overall puzzle. If you'd love to spend your days growing with a fantastic, casual and close-knit team, we have an unbelievable spot for you.

Compose has grown into a vibrant work environment where folks can feel comfortable being themselves, living a balanced life. We welcome you to enjoy comfort when taking risks, collaborate with spirited peers, and to unleash your creative personality.

Technical things we hope you're good at (or can become excellent at):

  • Databases: We provide databases as a service. We'd love for you to have all sorts of experience with different types of data-storage.
  • Dev-y Things: It would be helpful if you can git, script, code things, and work with common software tools like Slack, Ghost, Google Analytics and Segment. The more technical know-how and experience, the better. Our stack is built with Ruby/Go and it would be excellent if you could contribute to that, too.
  • Tech Talk: Distill complicated technical ideas to any audience. It's a tough thing to do!

We're excited to see what sort of character will wind up in this role... a few helpful traits include:

  • Driven: We're a self-managing organization that gives you the respect, trust and responsibility to operate with minimal oversight.
  • Compassionate: Compose is stuffed with many great hearts, minds, and spirits. We'd love for you to want to collaborate and grow with them.
  • Inventive: You'll need buckets of creativity to help you solve a wide range of (sometimes vague) conundrums.
  • Accepting: Freedom to fail! Things won't always work, but things will always iterate. This is a fun role and should feel that way.

Think you're a match?

Compose implements blind-hiring! Merit based, objectively graded work samples are the first step. We have worked hard to minimize our own biases as much as possible and find the best possible humans for the team. We respect a fancy education or a list of spectacular previous accomplishments, but nothing is more impressive than the right combination of ingredients - which you can objectively demonstrate.

At any time during the process, we are available to chat (email, video, whatever you like) to ensure you are comfortable with the process and feel that you're being treated fairly and with respect.

Good luck, and have fun!

Please note: At this time we are only able to accept candidates in the United States, Canada, and the UK.

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Platform Engineer

Developing software appeals to those who love to solve puzzles and apply their creative energy -- and also to those, in our experience, who like working from home in their pyjamas. It is often said that one of the trickiest accomplishments in the development world is imagining, building and maintaining a complex and interconnected mental model of your entire infrastructure within your working memory. If you have experience applying this mental feat within some type of Software-as-a-Service and want to grow into something new, we have a tremendous challenge for you and a terrific team willing and able to support you through it.

We need crafty humans to help expand the Compose vision. Compose has grown into a vibrant work environment where folks can feel comfortable being themselves, living a balanced life. We welcome you to enjoy comfort when taking risks, collaborate with spirited peers, and to unleash your creative personality.

Technical things we hope you're good at (or can become excellent at):

  • Distributed Systems: Our systems have many interconnected pieces. You'll need to help sew them all together.
  • Databases: We provide databases as a service. We'd love for you to have interest within different types of data-storage.
  • Ruby: Ruby is common. Ruby on Rails, too, for presentation layers.
  • Go: We love Go-lang!

We're excited to see what sort of character will wind up in this role... a few helpful traits include:

  • Driven: We're a self-managing organization that gives you the respect, trust and responsibility to make your own decisions.
  • Compassionate: Compose is stuffed with many great hearts, minds, and spirits. We'd love for you to want to collaborate and grow with them.
  • Inventive: You'll need buckets of creativity to help you solve a wide range of (sometimes vague) conundrums.
  • Accepting: Freedom to fail! Things won't always work, but things will always iterate. This is a fun role and should feel that way.

Think you're a match?

Compose implements blind-hiring! Merit based, objectively graded work samples are the first step. We have worked hard to minimize our own biases as much as possible and find the best possible humans for the team. We respect a fancy education or a list of spectacular previous accomplishments, but nothing is more impressive than the right combination of ingredients - which you can objectively demonstrate.

At any time during the process, we are available to chat (email, video, whatever you like) to ensure you are comfortable with the process and feel that you're being treated fairly and with respect.

We look forward to meeting you!

Please note: At this time we are only able to accept candidates in the United States, Canada, and the UK.

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Application Developer

In the present world of application development it's difficult to determine where the front-end stops and the back-end begins. While we don't feel wise enough to define where this point may be, we feel the right candidate will be adventurous enough to focus more on how to provide the strongest and cleanest user experience. We're seeking someone familiar with Rails and JavaScript who is interested in creating beautiful and functional work. Compose will lead you to opportunities to learn and grow, while providing excellent conventions (like our internal framework Megatron) to comfortably work within.

As an Application Developer with Compose, you'll contribute your creative flair to the design, function and user experience of our product. You will be supported be a talented in a self-managing and open organization. We're remote first and have a diverse group of friendly people located all over the world.

Compose has grown into a vibrant work environment where folks can feel comfortable being themselves, living a balanced life. We welcome you to enjoy comfort when taking risks, collaborate with spirited peers, and to unleash your creativity personality. If you love making beautiful and functional things and want to have some fun, we'd love to see what you can cook up for us.

Technical things we hope you're good at (or can become excellent at):

  • Rails and JavaScript: Fluent in Rails/JavaScript. We use a lot of Go within our infrastructure, but this role doesn't require it. An idiomatic and structured approach to your work is appreciated.
  • Utility: You'll run into bugs. A handy stable of useful tools and a keen eye for broken things is essential.
  • API: A pragmatic and thorough understanding of API as a database-like source of data.
  • Testing: Able to write tests and specs for new features and offer insight to improve existing specs.
  • Databases: We provide Databases-as-a-Service; a solid fundamental understanding of good practices and various management systems would be helpful.
  • Security: Awareness of security vulnerabilities and protection techniques.

We're excited to see what sort of character will wind up in this role... a few helpful traits include:

  • Driven: We're a self-managing organization that gives you the respect, trust and responsibility to operate with minimal oversight.
  • Compassionate: Compose is stuffed with many great hearts, minds, and spirits. We'd love for you to want to collaborate and grow with them.
  • Inventive: You'll need buckets of creativity to help you solve a wide range of (sometimes vague) conundrums.
  • Accepting: Freedom to fail! Things won't always work, but things will always iterate. This is a fun role and should feel that way.

Think you're a match?

Compose implements blind-hiring! Merit based, objectively graded work samples are the first step. We have worked hard to minimize our own biases as much as possible and find the best possible humans for the team. We respect a fancy education or a list of spectacular previous accomplishments, but nothing is more impressive than the right combination of ingredients - which you can objectively demonstrate.

At any time during the process, we are available to chat (email, video, whatever you like) to ensure you are comfortable with the process and feel that you're being treated fairly and with respect.

We look forward to meeting you!

Please note: At this time we are only able to accept candidates in the United States, Canada, and the UK.

Apply Now

Rails Developer

As a Rails Developer at Compose, you will develop new and useful features into the Compose application. You'll create useful things like referral systems, in-app tool-tips, metric collection - all sorts of neat stuff that you and the team will dream up. After you've shipped, then you will test which features increased engagement, share your results with the team, and then work with our platform and application engineers to polish them up.

A development role within Compose gives you endless opportunities to learn and grow, while providing an excellent internal framework to draw inspiration from (Megatron). You'll contribute your creative spirit to the design, function and user experience of our product. If you love making beautiful and functional things and want to have some fun, we'd love to see what you can cook up for us.

Compose has grown into a vibrant work environment where folks can feel comfortable being themselves, living a balanced life. We welcome you to enjoy comfort when taking risks, collaborate with spirited peers, and to unleash your creativity personality. If you love making beautiful and functional things and want to have some fun, we'd love to see what you can cook up for us.

Technical bits we hope you're good at (or can become good at):

  • Rails and JavaScript: An idiomatic and structured approach to your work is appreciated. Experience with slick customer-facing pieces will help you.
  • Metrics and Analytics: Cooking up new features is helpful. Knowing how these features are impacting the user's experience is vital.
  • API: A pragmatic and thorough understanding of an API as a database-like source of data.
  • Databases: We provide Databases-as-a-Service; a solid fundamental understanding of good practices and various management systems would be helpful.
  • Security: Awareness of security vulnerabilities and protection techniques.

We're excited to see what sort of character will wind up in this role... a few helpful traits include:

  • Driven: We're a self-managing organization that gives you the respect, trust and responsibility to operate with minimal oversight.
  • Compassionate: Compose is stuffed with many great hearts, minds, and spirits. We'd love for you to want to collaborate and grow with them.
  • Inventive: You'll need buckets of creativity to help you solve a wide range of (sometimes vague) conundrums.
  • Accepting: Freedom to fail! Things won't always work, but things will always iterate. This is a fun role and should feel that way.

Think you're a match?

Compose implements blind-hiring! Merit based, objectively graded work samples are the first step. We have worked hard to minimize our own biases as much as possible and find the best possible humans for the team. We respect a fancy education or a list of spectacular previous accomplishments, but nothing is more impressive than the right combination of ingredients - which you can objectively demonstrate.

At any time during the process, we are available to chat (email, video, whatever you like) to ensure you are comfortable with the process and feel that you're being treated fairly and with respect.

We look forward to meeting you!

Please note: At this time we are only able to accept candidates in the United States, Canada, and the UK.

Apply Now

Support Engineer

Our customer base is growing quickly, and we want your combination of sharp technical and warm people skills to help our customers solve problems and get the most out of their databases at Compose. We operate a fleet of various databases, so there is something for everyone: MongoDB, PostgreSQL, Redis, Elasticsearch, RethinkDB, and likely many more!

If you are a developer, DevOps/SRE magician, or database junkie and know how to help developers with technical questions, we want to talk to you. You will be most effective if you have an inquisitive nature, are technically-inclined and love to learn. We are not just looking to fight fires, we are looking to prevent them. We pride ourselves in providing top-notch support and guidance, so being able to communicate effectively with empathy and compassion is a must.

This is the perfect position for a motivated learner who wants to gain experience within a vibrant team focused on building an intuitive and customer-focused product. Spending time with our customers and product will let you interact with all sorts of interesting characters and will help you grow into a high-end distributed systems engineering position (we need those too, so if you start on support and do a great job, there is a huge amount of room for growth).

We're a distributed team and we work across many different time zones. If you're a night owl, an early riser, or somewhere in between, we're happy to accommodate untraditional work schedules -- our worldwide customers often need help at odd hours!

Technical bits we hope you're good at (or can become good at):

  • Databases: We provide production-grade databases to our customers. Hopefully you've navigated a few, even if it was Visual FoxPro.
  • Linux: You'll want to know vmstat from sysstat and iftop from iotop. You should be comfortable with a text editor (vi, emacs, nano, makes no difference) and be able to grep | sed | awk your way through a mess of log files.
  • A language: They're not just for humans anymore! Ruby, Go, Python, JavaScript, Haskell... chicken!? Whatever works. We interface with developers every day, and the support team itself is a team of devops, system engineer, and developers. You'll be happiest if you can poke through someone else's code, and maybe hack out a little bit of your own.
  • Communication: You should like to communicate with people. Human-focused communication of technical things - it's a delicate balance!
  • Creative Problem-Solving: You'll face a wide range of weird, wild problems.

We're excited to see what sort of character will wind up in this role... a few helpful traits include:

  • Patient: You'll deal with many crisis-like situations. Being able to stay cool under fire is essential.
  • Driven: We're a self-managing organization that gives you the respect, trust and responsibility to operate with minimal oversight.
  • Compassionate: Compose is stuffed with many great hearts, minds, and spirits. We'd love for you to want to collaborate and grow with them.
  • Inventive: You'll need buckets of creativity to help you solve a wide range of (sometimes vague) conundrums.
  • Accepting: Freedom to fail! Things won't always work, but things will always iterate. This is a fun role and should feel that way.

Compose implements blind-hiring! Merit based, objectively graded work samples are the first step. We have worked hard to minimize our own biases as much as possible and find the best possible humans for the team. We respect a fancy education or a list of spectacular previous accomplishments, but nothing is more impressive than the right combination of ingredients - which you can objectively demonstrate.

At any time during the process, we are available to chat (email, video, whatever you like) to ensure you are comfortable with the process and feel that you're being treated fairly and with respect.

We look forward to meeting you!

Please note: At this time we are only able to accept candidates in the United States, Canada, and the UK.

Apply Now

Company Benefits

Compose is a close-knit team. We're proud of what we create. Here are some of the perks that you'll receive joining our team:

  • Competitive salary and excellent benefits
  • Flexible hours
  • Vacation when you need it
  • Comfortable work environment
  • Talented and relaxed peers
  • Remote first
  • Fair and objective blind-hiring

Office Locations

Our two main offices are located in San Francisco, California and Birmingham, Alabama, with remote employees in South Africa, Canada, London and many places in between.

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Blind Hiring, The Compose Way

The overall interview process is reasonably simple: anonymized sample exercises are the first major step. If you do well, then we have you work a day with us (which we'll pay you for). Afterwards, the possibility of an offer. The whole process is usually done within a few weeks.

We understand that this is a big commitment for talented people. We think it's worth it, though, and we've done a lot of work to ensure our hiring process is as transparent, objective and respectful as possible - completing this work is the first step towards an enduring and productive work environment.

If you'd like to learn more about how we've built our hiring process, we've written about how we plan to scale Compose.