Wattpad

Toronto, Canada

  • Coding principles
    Code formatter does the work, Debuggers and breakpoints
  • Work/Life Rhythm
    Remote as needed, No taking work home
  • Modern Tech Stack
    Redis, Memcached, Kubernetes, PHP, Go, MySQL, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon S3, Amazon SQS

Our Mission

Our vision: To entertain and connect the world through stories. Since 2006, we’ve been on a mission to use the power of community and technology to unleash the full potential of stories to the world. Every month 70 million people around the world spend over 22 billion minutes on Wattpad to share and discover stories they can’t find anywhere else. Our brand banner includes: Wattpad, Tap by Wattpad, Wattpad Labs, Wattpad Studios, and Wattpad Brand Partnerships. We’re proudly based in Toronto, but our reach is global. Come build the future of entertainment and storytelling, and write your next chapter with us!

Tech Stack

Wattpad runs on a large distributed system that handles 40k requests every second. We’re looking to add a backend engineer to our team to help find creative solutions to making it faster and more stable. Our system is transitioning from a monolith to microservices hosted on AWS. The microservices are written in Go and choreographed using SNS/SQS, each backed by S3, DynamoDB, MySQL and other appropriate storage solutions. At this scale, caching is paramount so we have multiple terabytes of data across Memcached, Redis, and groupcache. The monolith is getting smaller and the number of microservices is growing. This introduces other interesting challenges, like achieving true continuous deployment using automated tests and Kubernetes.

What Our Team is Reading


Team Q&A

  • What is Wattpad?

    Wattpad team


Core Values

Working at Wattpad means being part of a unique work culture that’s centered around something we all believe in—using technology to find new ways to tell the world’s stories. Through everything we do, we strive to create an environment that fosters transparency and collaboration. There are no ivory towers or fancy corner offices here. Instead, we offer weekly all-hands meetings, access to our CEO’s private blog, and an open, available leadership team that works alongside everyone else. So you’ll always know where Wattpad is going and how your work is getting us there. We also push ourselves to innovate. Each decision is driven by our desire to be better, and backed by data. And each team member is given access to Wattpad’s live numbers and revenue stats.    Oh, and did we mention we’re fun? We celebrate wins. And fails. We bring our dogs to the office (#Wattpups forever). We play our own version of Family Feud. Working at Wattpad means more boat cruise dance moves. More birthday and work anniversary cake and drinks. Our values are the shared principles that guide our team. They collectively determine how we interact with each other, how we behave at work, and how we approach challenges every day. #UserObsessed We make every decision by stepping into our user’s shoes #TeamWork We do what’s best for the greater good #Resourceful We make the most of every minute and every dollar #Inclusive We help everyone belong #Trailblazer We push ourselves on how we think and how we act #PlayToWin We’re driven to lead the pack #BuildItForward We’re always building a foundation for tomorrow Inclusivity: not just a buzzword: 45% of our employees identify as a person of colour 41% of our leadership team identify as a person of colour 50% of our leadership team identify as women 94% of employees feel that Wattpad values diversity 56% of all employees identify as women

Vacation & Benefits

6 week PTO Competitive salary Meaningful equity (stock options) Career development & mentorship opportunities Regular hackathons Full health benefits Generous parental leave top-up Complimentary transit pass Your choice of hardware Flexible hours Healthy snacks & drinks Corporate discount for gym memberships for you and your family A beautiful office in downtown Toronto Easy access to transit

Culture

  • Honesty == hard conversations
  • Freedom & autonomy
  • Trust our intuition
  • Empathy with customers

Cool Tech

  • Full-featured IDE editor

Day in the Life

  • Weekly executive Q&A

Team members

  • 2800+ employees worldwide

Ivan Yuen

Chief Product Officer

  • iMac 2018
  • Jetbrains IDE
  • Mac keyboard
  • PHP
  • Poker
  • Super Mario

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