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Software Engineer, FigJam



Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2022

Figma is growing our team of passionate people on a mission to make design accessible to all. Born on the Web, Figma helps entire product teams brainstorm, create, test, and ship better designs, together. From great products to long-lasting companies, we believe that nothing great is made alone—come make with us!

FigJam is an online whiteboard for teams to ideate and brainstorm together. Purpose-built for every stage of your end-to-end workflows, FigJam makes everything from whiteboarding to design sprints easier and more fun — whether you’re working alone or collaborating with your extended team, no matter where in the world they’re based.
This is Figma’s newest standalone product offering and is still in its earliest stages of opportunity; we’ll look to you to help own and shape product direction as we explore this greenfield space. You’ll use our unique technical stack to solve complex technical challenges and help launch some of FigJam’s most compelling forthcoming features.
We use C++ (we call it fullscreen) for the main canvas working space in FigJam, which compiles to WebAssembly to run in the browser and enables our powerful performance and rendering capability - an industry setting standard for what is possible on the web. We use React and Typescript for our UI, where things like our toolbar and context menus live; it works in close concert with the WebAssembly layer, so we can offer a responsive, interactive, and delightful user experience. Livegraph is Figma’s own implementation of GraphQL, which helps us query data from our databases efficiently. We occasionally dabble in REST APIs and our infrastructure code as well!
Professional experience with these languages and technologies is not a requirement. We encourage candidates to use the programming language that they’re most comfortable with during interviews—new hires will be onboarded onto our codebase on the job.
Figma is a highly collaborative organization and most projects are owned by small teams of 2-3 people. You’ll form strong relationships and collaborate with engineers outside of your immediate team, designers, leaders, PMs, data scientists, and user researchers to both scale our product efforts and invest in each other’s learning, growth, and success. We strive to foster an inclusive culture that promotes equity and belonging, and use our engineering values to guide how we work together: communicate early and often, lift your team, focus on craftsmanship, and prioritize impact. Learn more about our values and how we developed them here.
This is a full-time role that can be held from one of our US hubs or remotely in the United States.

What you’ll do at Figma:

In 30 days, you will…
  • Be paired with an onboarding buddy on your team who will help you ramp in our stack and get to know Figma. You’ll move from starter tasks and codebase contributions aligned to your existing experience to areas that present growth opportunities and learning.
  • Begin contributing to feature workstreams organized around weekly roadmap goals and longer-term milestones in partnership with engineers and designers - we don’t operate in silos.
  • Get to know Figmates across the company via team-building activities (like our weekly Zoom hang, where we celebrate wins, play games, and have even made literal, delicious fig jam together), participating in our Give a Fig philanthropy efforts, joining one of our Employee Resource Groups, or creating something amazing during Maker Week.
In 60 days, you will…
  • Ship a feature to production, which might include things like a UX update to our delightful toolbar.
  • Participate in design reviews, technical reviews, and give feedback during user testing sessions.
  • Craft performance objectives with your manager that align with company priorities and career development opportunities.
In 90 days (and beyond), you will…
  • Work closely with cross-functional partners to drive a new feature from conception to execution to shipping, like Open Sessions, which allows users to join your FigJam files for up to 24 hours at a time without log-ins or friction.
  • Contribute to org-wide initiatives like new hire onboarding, developing interview processes, and Diversity, Equity, and Belonging efforts.
  • Improve engineering processes around testing, reliability, and quality.
  • Be a mentor and provide thoughtful feedback to your peers, and benefit from strong personal and professional mentorship opportunities yourself.

We’d love to hear from you if you have:

  • At least 3+ years* of professional experience shipping features or products as a fullstack developer, ideally in one of our core technical domains (but not required!)
    • Working on or leading development on a large web application.
    • Writing C++ (or related languages such as Objective C or C) in a user-facing context (e.g. gaming, native applications).
  • Proactive communication skills and a willingness to work directly with designers, product managers, and other collaborators to build performant, fun, accessible experiences for users.
  • Experience in and a desire to teach fellow engineers through pairing, code review, and in-the-moment feedback.
  • A dedication to building a supportive and inclusive environment with and for your teammates.
One of Figma’s values is to Grow as you go. We believe in hiring smart, curious people who are excited to learn and develop their skills. If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with the points outlined in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles!
We will work to ensure individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please let your recruiter know if you require accommodation.

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Pay Transparency Disclosure

If based in Figma’s San Francisco or New York hub offices, this role has the annual base salary range stated below.

Job level and actual compensation will be decided based on factors including, but not limited to, individual qualifications objectively assessed during the interview process (including skills and prior relevant experience, potential impact, and scope of role), market demands, and specific work location. The listed range is a guideline, and the range for this role may be modified. For roles that are available to be filled remotely, the pay range is localized according to employee work location by a factor of between 80% and 100% of range. Please discuss your specific work location with your recruiter for more information.

Figma offers equity to employees, as well a competitive package of additional benefits, including health, dental & vision, retirement with company contribution, parental leave & reproductive or family planning support, mental health & wellness benefits, generous PTO, company recharge days, a learning & development stipend, a work from home stipend, and cell phone reimbursement. Figma also offers sales incentive pay for most sales roles. Figma’s compensation and benefits are subject to change and may be modified in the future.

Annual Base Salary Range (SF/NY Hub):
$168,000$350,000 USD

We will work to ensure individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please let your recruiter know if you require accommodation.

About Figma

Dylan Field and Evan Wallace co-founded Figma in 2012 with the vision of building tools for designers in the browser. Their goal was to create the first design tool that combined the accessibility of the Web with the functionality of a native app. Today Figma is a platform with tools and spaces to support the entire product development process—idea to design to build—and has simplified collaboration for companies like Microsoft, Uber, and The New York Times to name a few.

At Figma, we celebrate and support our differences. We know employing a team rich in diverse backgrounds, experiences, and opinions allows our employees, products, and community to flourish. Figma is an equal opportunity workplace—we are dedicated to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national orientation, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

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