Senior Software Engineer

Chicago, Illinois, United States · Software Development


We’re hiring a Senior Software Engineer to join our team. Our Senior Software Engineers have strong technical and consulting skills and demonstrated leadership ability. Read on to learn about us, what it’s like to work with us, what we’re looking for, and our hiring process.

Who we are

Tandem is a technology and innovation studio that specializes in strategy, design, and development. We create custom software that inspires people and drives business forward. As a talented group of thinkers and makers from many disciplines, we are brought together by a shared goal: do work that changes the world for the better. We always focus first on people — our clients, their customers, and our team — by collaborating to solve meaningful business challenges. We enjoy designing and building ambitious digital products and tools.

What it’s like to work with us

As a consultancy, we have the opportunity to solve a lot of different problems. We work directly with our clients in small teams, building and providing guidance on products, and collaborating with designers. Our unique approach to consulting leads to a better developer experience and a higher quality of work life.

As engineers, we love well-tested, maintainable, and clean code! We are always encouraging each other to write better code through pair programming and code reviews. We’re generalists and strive to make sure that we’re choosing the best technology to solve our clients’ problems. Right now we’re loving Postgres, Rails, and React as our greenfield tech stack, but we occasionally have projects in the Python, Java, .NET, Node, iOS, or ReactNative ecosystems. Nothing is off-limits, so we never turn down the opportunity to learn a new technology!

Our vision is to create a supportive, collaborative environment and empower people to deliver work they’re proud of. At Tandem, everyone teaches and everyone learns. Egos are low, and we're all genuinely interested in seeing everyone else succeed.


Who you are

We would love to hear from you if you

In this role, you will...

For a full list of responsibilities, please check out our Software Engineering Career Path.


Technical Skills

Professional & Consulting Skills


How we work and our benefits

We care deeply about our team and strive to provide flexibility and benefits so each person can prioritize the things they care about.

For example, our core working hours are from 10am-4pm. The goal of core hours is to ensure that we can pair and collaborate in a high-bandwidth way during the majority of our workday while allowing us the flexibility that real life requires. You may notice that 10am-4pm for five days doesn't add up to 40 hours - yet 40 is generally what we expect to do. How you organize your work time outside of core hours is at your discretion, whether this is early mornings, late evenings, or weekends (though weekend work is not recommended).

Our other benefits include

For a full list of all benefits and employment policies, please check out our Company Handbook.

Our hiring process

We use a 4 step process.

  1. Application
  2. Phone screen
  3. Take home code challenge
  4. Onsite/remote pairing interview

The first step in our process is to fill out our application form. You will be asked a few questions on that form. We value thoughtful responses and will disregard applications without them.

If we decide to move forward, we’ll follow up with you to schedule an initial phone screen with one of our engineers. Our phone screens are non-/low-technical. We won’t be grilling you on database design but are interested in learning about your career trajectory, professional experiences, and what interests you.

If that goes well, we’ll send you our take-home code challenge. We know that everyone has different responsibilities and priorities in life, and we want to give you the time you need to shine. You will have 7 days to complete your challenge and submit it. Once submitted, we’ll schedule a 1-hour review call where you will meet with 2 of our engineers to talk through your problem-solving approach and decisions.

Finally, the last step in our process if we choose is to do a pairing interview with you. You’ll have the chance to pair with many of our engineering team on real clients and problems that we’re solving that day. If you’re in the Chicago area, we’ll bring you onsite and you’ll also have the chance to grab lunch with our designers to see how we work together.

Who you’ll be working with

To get a sense for us, check out these posts about and by our team.

Yaasss! How Queer Eye Helped Me See the Consultant I Could Be by Erin Hochstatter

You Too Can Animate: SVG Line Animation by Max Oppenheimer

Imposter Syndrome: Feels, Not Reals by Mina Slater

Punching Fear in the Face: How Apprentices Should View Programming by Shamyle Ghazali

PLEASE NOTE: applications which do not include thoughtful responses to the questions on the following screen will be disregarded.

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