Working at the world's fourth largest retailer mixes the best of many worlds: cutting-edge technologies meet real business needs meets real customers who spend billions of dollars at our stores in North America.
What is it like to work at The Home Depot QuoteCenter?
We were a startup once upon a time and much of our startup culture still exists: the agility of a small operation, the impact that comes with being a leader in our industry. Our developers use the latest open source technologies to build new products that facilitate 9-figure project sales at The Home Depot. We invest proactively in our people. We sponsor developer events, including .Net Fringe, NodePDX and PADNUG, and our developers headline workshops to teach Portland-area web developers how we use cutting-edge technology to solve real world problems. The mission of the QuoteCenter product team is to radically reimagine the shopping experience at Home Depot utilizing the latest web technologies and data tools.
What problem will you be solving in this role?
Building QuoteCenter's robust data and business intelligence platform to ingest data from across The Home Depot's product databases. There are always new data sources and destinations.
What tools do we use?
ElasticSearch, Hadoop, Kafka, Cassandra, SQL Server, SSIS, SSAS
How will we interview for this role?
Aptitude is our first and most important desired attribute. We need problem-solvers who make a living as coders. We need developers who can learn new tools and languages because our technology stack has a habit of evolving quickly in response to real business needs. Our technology stack is a toolbox from which we draw different tools to solve problems. Sometimes we add new tools to that toolbox. You won't find us giving random code tests or drilling you on a specific language. You can expect to be asked questions that will help us determine your ability to solve problems. We interview candidates with 2-3 interviewers so we can understand what your work style might be like in our cross-functional team environment.
What is expected of a Senior Data Developer at QuoteCenter?
Senior data developers are looked to for leadership on large and small projects. We need senior data developers to:
* Exhibit influence derived from past leadership experience
* Demonstrate work ethic that motivates and encourages others on their team
* Mentor less-experienced members of their team
* Prepare to become a lead if the opportunity presents itself
* Self-direct: able to lead a pair
* Bring depth - be very skilled in certain parts of the technology stack
* Bring breadth - not isolated to a single segment of the technology stack
QuoteCenter's developers have the challenge (and fun) of taking on a wide variety of problems and directly affecting users and the business. The following is a list of attributes found in successful QuoteCenter developers:
* Work collaboratively with business stakeholders, user experience designers, and your fellow developers to create a solution.
* Build domain knowledge and understand the user & business problems you're solving.
* Good software architecture - at QuoteCenter every developer is an architect. You are responsible for creating systems that are appropriately maintainable, scalable, and extensible.
* Good software implementation - conform (and contribute) to team conventions and industry best practices.
* Work ethic and self-direction are keys to success on your team.
* When a problem comes to your attention, take care of it. If you're too busy with something more important either assign it to someone else or set a reminder to come back to it later.
* Think through the business goals and desired outcomes of the projects you're involved in and what could go wrong.
* If you see something that needs doing and feel you could do it, take it on and talk to your team leader \ manager about your interest in that area.
* Be organized in your work. We will equip you with a variety of tools that allow for quick, transparent organization so your colleagues can access your knowledge a day when you may not be at work.
* Be willing to learn whatever technologies, tools, or patterns necessary to solve a problem.
* Don't avoid a problem because "someone else 'owns' the code" - learn the code, learn the domain, solve the problem.
* Write and speak clearly and concisely.
* Be prepared to explain your work, decisions, and ideas to your colleagues. We try to let decisions stand on their own merits, not on tradition or title.
* Be prepared to graciously challenge ideas that don't seem right, no matter where they originate.
* We utilize Slack for much of the day-to-day, quick communication and notification needed across our cross-functional teams. Email is great, as well, though not as closely watched.
* Have a sense of humor. Build relationships with your colleagues.
* Work out differences with your colleagues directly. Go to your manager if your unable to resolve it there. Actively work to disrupt backchannel and office politics.
* Look for ways to make the work environment better for everyone.