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Senior Cloud Scaling Engineer

Engineering & Operations | San Francisco, CA

Job Description

Are you an engineer that considers 10 million pages per day a traffic level where things get interesting and 100 million pages per day a seriously intriguing challenge? If so, get ready to work at massive scale. 

Like our wikis and communities, Wikia is passionate, high-energy and collaborative. Think of Wikia as the encyclopedia of pop culture, as we maintain over 300,000 wikis across an impressive array of subjects, spanning all aspects of entertainment, gaming, and lifestyle. Wikia is the top global video game publisher on the Web today, with over 70 million unique visitors a month. Wikia was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

Imagine rebuilding a 747 while it’s flying…that’s the challenge of this role as we are continually growing our platform. Your work will be seen by millions of unique users every day. Our technology was built on the open source MediaWiki stack and customized to scale in ways that other companies have yet to imagine. You will continue to work on this scaling process alongside some of the best of the best engineers in the world. Hey – you will even get the chance to work on site with your cohorts at some of our international locations. Not a bad way to spend a day at the office. 

You are a Senior Engineer who is very familiar with large scale web services that have ideally been running on MySQL. As we are the 34th largest site on the web, we would love it if you have worked for one of the 33 sites ranked above us. Your experience includes how to deploy code and optimize service across hundreds of nodes. You understand the nuances of Linux, you can code in Perl, and also feel comfortable working in other parts of the stack. We will also need your SQL expertise, as a big part of your role will be moving data as part of the scale and load balancing challenge. It will be critical that you have employed and enhanced front and back end caching strategies to achieve measurable gains.  

Unlike most startups, our exciting platform is also coupled with a strong work life balance. You’ll have the opportunity to shape the revenue stream of the company, technology, and products, while having fun. For your expertise, we will offer a competitive base salary, full benefits, and big play on equity. Our dog-friendly digs are located in San Francisco (between BART and CalTrain) and also come with a stocked pantry and gaming room, where some employees practice yoga at lunch. If you enjoy pop culture and gaming, working for Wikia will allow you to work on what you love.

Joining our mission to scale one of the largest and most interesting sites in the world is easy. Inquire within and let’s get you started. 



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