Rails Programmer


They have a Summer 4 day work week (32hrs) from May 1 to August 31 every year

Only considering candidates eligible to work in the USA ⚠️

37signals is hiring experienced Rails programmers. The salary range for this position is $170,000-$201,980 USD. We are only considering candidates currently based in the US for this opening.

About the job

You'll be building new product features alongside a designer using our Shape Up methodology, as well as spending time addressing issues to make sure our apps are robust and our codebase is weed free.

Our teams are always working on our popular email service HEY, its Calendar, and our flagship product, Basecamp. We're also actively developing a new line of products called ONCE, beginning with our installable, self-hosted group chat system Campfire. We maintain a cherished set of legacy products that we're operating until the end of the internet. Everything is built as a majestic monolith using Ruby on Rails, and we're all-in on Hotwire for the front-end.

To give you a clear idea of what the job could entail, here are some real examples of the work we’ve done lately:

  • Extending a system to move information within Basecamp to accommodate a long-requested feature.
  • Collaborating with a designer to create a novel way of tracking progress in Basecamp.
  • Building a system to export iCalendar feeds for calendar events.
  • Diving into the RFC 5545 standard to design a system to synchronize external calendars incrementally.
  • Creating a Ruby library to parse natural expressions into dates.
  • Working with a designer to add more recurrence options to HEY Calendar.
  • Investigating why a HEY screen presents a jumpy scroll when navigating to it.
  • Troubleshooting and fixing a bug where a customer can't export emails for an Extension in HEY.
  • Creating an API for Campfire that customers can use to build their own chatbots.
  • Designing a Ruby gem that brings easy Web Push notification support to Rails.
  • Building a feature for session transfer via QR code, so Campfire users can quickly move between devices without logging in again.

About you

We’re looking for candidates with a strong track record of putting Rails to work and bringing products to life. You should be experienced in the framework, in Ruby, and with the staples of full-stack web development: HTTP, HTML, JavaScript, and CSS.

Just because you’re experienced, it doesn’t mean we expect you to hit the ground running. You’ll have a gentle, intentional on-boarding experience, and time to learn and grow comfortable with our systems, processes, and people.

Since the bulk of our work is written – from the code and interfaces we design, to the pull request discussions and long-form proposals we make – being a good writer is important. Effective, concise writing leads to effective, concise code.

We're not big on credentials, so a Computer Science degree or graduating from a prestigious university is not something we spend much time looking at. We care about what you can do and how you do it, not about how you got here.

While you'll report to a team lead, 37signals is a company where Managers of One thrive. We're quick to trust that you can do it, and here to support you in making it so. You can expect to be counted on. You can expect to do your best work and build a career here.

This is a remote job, but for this opening, we're only looking for people based in the United States.

We respect everyone's right to participate in political expression and activism, but avoid having political debates on our internal communication systems. 37signals as a company also does not weigh in on politics publicly, outside of topics directly related to our business. You should be at peace with both of these stances.

Pay & Benefits

37signals pays in the top 10% of the industry based on San Francisco rates. Same position, same pay, no matter where you live. The salary for this position is $170,000-$201,980 USD.

Our benefits support a life well-lived away from work. Ample time off and all the resources you need to support you in doing the best work of your career. Here's more on the benefits we offer.

How to apply We are accepting applications until Monday, June 17, 2024, at 5:00PM CDT. Please submit an application with a resume and a cover letter that tells us about yourself, what you can bring to 37signals, and 37signals’ role in your future. Tell us about something you’ve done, something that’s relevant to the kind of work we do, something that excites you. Overall, be descriptive, but don’t write a novel — 500 words or so is plenty.

If you've participated in open source work of any kind, please include links to pull requests, bug reports, feature pitches, or any other public engagement. Open-source participation is by no means a requirement, but if it's something you've done, we'd love to look at it.

You can expect to hear from us about the status of your application by the end of June. After an initial conversation with our People Ops team, we ask our candidates to complete a take-home technical exercise. The exercise is representative of the kind of day-to-day work our programmers do. You should expect to spend up to 8 hours completing this project.

After the technical exercise, the top candidates will proceed to an interview with the team. Expect a 1-hour Zoom call with your future colleagues, on your schedule. We’ll talk through your background and your technical knowledge. No gotchas, brainteasers, or whiteboards.

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply for a job where you can do the best work of your career.

Please note that we’re unable to offer individual feedback during the screening process. Our small hiring team simply doesn’t have the bandwidth to offer personalized feedback before the technical exercise round.

We look forward to hearing from you!


37signals makes Basecamp and HEY.

Working Week

They have a Summer 4 day work week (32hrs) from May 1 to August 31 every year

Our Vacation Policy

37signals offers 18 days of paid time off plus 11 local holidays every year

Remote Working Policy

37signals is a fully-remote company with no physical headquarters. They're collectively spread out across dozens of cities on multiple continents. Everyone is free to live and work wherever they choose.

  • USA
  • UK
  • Pakistan
  • India
  • France
  • Canada
  • Germany

Company Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • 401(k) company contribution
  • Flexible working hours
  • Generous parental leave
  • Dentalcare
  • Profit Sharing Program
  • Equipment allowance

Our Team

We're a team of 180 across 12 departments:

  • engineering
  • support
  • education
  • human resources
  • operations
  • information technology
  • arts and design
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Desirable Skills and Experience

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