Root Insurance Company

Root Insurance Company

Columbus, OH

React Staff Software Engineer at Root Insurance

The engineering team at Root strives to be one of the most transformative engineering teams ever. We’re changing the way an industry works by leveraging technology and data to build the best products possible. Even with our significant growth, we operate in small teams that are given ownership over projects and results. We’ve found that the people closest to the problems are the best at solving them.

Our tech stack includes:

Ruby / Rails backend, RSpec for testing
Javascript / React Native frontend, Mocha for testing
Small amounts of native iOS and Android
Deployment to AWS ECS using containers
Buildkite for CI

We’re scaling rapidly, and we recently launched a $6B IPO:

Our team excels at delivering software to solve the problems in front of us at Root: presently, a suite of world-class mobile, web, and server-based products obsessed with the customer experience. We’ve shaped our team and process around this; we know that constant iteration and experimentation produce the best results.

For more information on engineering at Root see

Staff Engineers at Root are our most trusted technical experts.  They work across multiple teams of engineers to set and coordinate technical direction. Staff Engineers facilitate the delivery of large projects and features by helping design solutions, pair programming with other engineers, contributing to code review and by writing code themselves. They help strengthen the technical prowess of the entire engineering organization by mentoring and growing the engineers around them. We’re searching for exceptional, React-focused software engineers to leverage their expertise on the front-end to fulfill the responsibilities of this role.

We divide the areas of responsibility for engineers into three major areas:

Technical: The skills and knowledge that make up an engineer’s basic problem-solving toolbox.
Planning and Execution: The ability to plan and execute assigned work beyond basic technical solutions.
Working with Others: The ability to work effectively with other engineers and people in other functions.
Scope of Impact Multiple Teams, Large Initiatives, or Company

What we look for in React Staff Software Engineers:

  • Technical Skills:
    • Ability to architect complex, performant, and scalable mobile and single page web applications
    • Expert-level knowledge of web and mobile technologies including ReactJS and React Native
    • Understanding of test strategies, best practices, and tools used in front-end frameworks
    • Experience with functional, procedural, and object-oriented programming techniques
    • Deep understanding of front-end build pipelines, version control tools, and upgrade strategies used with large groups of developers
  • Planning and Execution:
    • Plans and completes large and complex multi-person or multi-team projects
    • Foresees issues and requirements for large projects and features
    • Thinks critically about work to guarantee business functionality. Internalizes business goals in their technical decision making
    • Can break down large initiatives into incrementally implementable deliverables and coordinate them across multiple engineers and teams
  • Working with Others:
    • Provides effective and accurate technical feedback in code reviews
    • Able to work across teams to tackle complex issues
    • Mentors and grows the engineers around them
    • Works with product owners, analysts and other functions to move the company’s priorities forward

About Root Insurance Company

We started Root to change the car insurance industry. Other insurance companies don't know whether people are good drivers or bad drivers. They set insurance prices based on crude demographic factors like age and gender, resulting in bad drivers paying too little, and good drivers paying too much. At Root we are changing that. We've created a way to understand how people actually drive, so that we can give the best drivers the best insurance prices. We have an opportunity to collectively save people billions of dollars a year. We received regulatory approval from the Ohio Department of Insurance in 2016 to become an officially licensed insurance carrier. This enabled us to launch and start selling policies. In 2020 and 2021 we're focused on adding top engineering talent to our current team of 200 engineers while also increasing the number of states we are licensed to sell in and building out new lines of insurances. With a stellar team, our product growing rapidly on the market, and our recent public offering, it certainly is an exciting time to join our ever-growing team!