PHP Engineer

Wattpad is a global multiplatform entertainment company whose vision is 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 90 million people around the world spend over 23 billion minutes on Wattpad to share and discover stories they can’t find anywhere else. Our brand banner includes: Wattpad, Wattpad Labs, Wattpad WEBTOON Studios, Wattpad Books 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!

Wattpad is in hyper growth mode and we are seeking several engineers to grow our team. We have a need specifically for engineers with PHP expertise. Wattpad runs on a large distributed system that handles 45k requests every second. The microservices are written in Go, with the existing system in PHP, 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. We have opportunities to build new features and improve scalability of our core system written primarily in Go and PHP. If you have a passion for building solutions at a massive scale, let’s talk!

This position is for Wattpad’s Platform, Information and Enablement Team. The vision of this team is to build technology that will create capabilities to understand stories and users, and accelerate our ability to innovate at Wattpad. We believe in a team culture that enables empowered engineers to fix problems in the way that they see fit.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Designing, refactoring, and remodelling the existing PHP system described above which is responsible for serving millions of people per day
  • Improving reliability and performance of core components and existing systems
  • Writing unit and service tests for all your code
  • Researching new technology to solve tomorrow’s scaling issues

What we’re looking for:

  • You are experienced (3 – 5 years) and highly skilled in PHP
  • You enjoy both building and maintaining complex back-end systems that operate 24/7 at high scale
  • You write clean, readable code that communicates its intents and methods clearly to future engineers (and you can also deal with code that isn’t and doesn’t)
  • You enjoy working with a team, but have no problem working independently
  • Nothing makes you happier than a hard problem solved well

Bonus Points For:

  • You are familiar with AWS, kubernetes, and cloud computing in general
  • You have experience with client/server and distributed systems operating at high scale
  • You are skilled in GO

What We Offer:

  • Competitive salary
  • Career development; we believe in mentorship and supporting you to achieve your goals
  • Health benefits, fully covered on us!
  • RRSP Contributions
  • Generous vacation and Parental Leave Top-up
  • $200/month Transit and Home Office Allowance, choice of hardware, flexible hours, hybrid office and remote work options
  • Corporate discount for gym membership for you and your family
  • Downtown Halifax, NS location, with easy access to transit
  • Summer Fridays with afternoons off!
  • And a whole lot more!

Wattpad is conducting all interviews in a distributed manner using applicable third party software where needed and using visual interface tools such as Google Hangouts and Zoom.

About Wattpad

Who are we? Entrepreneurs and Do-ers. Our vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories, and our mission is to use the power of community and technology to unleash the full potential of stories to the world.
What does that mean? We are visionaries, community builders, passionate problem solvers, storytellers, coffee snobs (tea drinkers, too!), curious by nature, and culturally diverse.
What are we obsessed with? Our users. Solving complex problems and maximizing flow. Learning constantly. Building the next great storytelling product. Finding the greatest stories ever told. Dogs (and cats), coffee, and good snacks.
How do we work? Autonomously, collaboratively, respectfully. Balancing with work, family, and play…and all while having a great time.

Wattpad is a remote friendly company and encourages remote candidates to apply as long as they are located and authorized to work in either the US or Canada as a precondition of employment.

Culture and Diversity

Wattpad is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate. Period.

Wattpad welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. We have taken a leadership position on creating a culture and an organization that truly values diversity. We are committed to fostering a global team that reflects the diversity of the Wattpad community. At Wattpad, we believe cultural fit doesn’t mean culturally identical, and diversity of thought helps us to challenge one another to think big and think differently. We consider employment applicants without regard to age, race, colour, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, disability status or any other protected status.

If you have any special needs or accessibility requirements, please let us know. We will do our utmost to accommodate, in accordance with applicable local legislation.