Remote, silicon valley
51 - 100 employees
26 - 50 engineers
$100m+ funding
Series d

Ladder makes it easy for anyone to buy life insurance. Life insurance is an industry that hasn't changed for many years. We're rethinking the entire process using software. Other life insurance companies prioritize agents' experiences. We're making the consumer experience great instead.

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Active Roles

Why join us?

  • You'll have a big impact in a huge, $130 billion industry! Agents and manual underwriting processes make getting life insurance difficult and miserable. The software you build here will change this and provide a great experience for users.

  • We care deeply about our company's mission. Our product helps people through some of the most difficult moments in their lives. One of our founders came up with the idea for Ladder because his father passed away when he was young. He saw first hand the importance of life insurance. It enabled him to get through college.

  • We're growing and gaining traction! Just raised $100M in 2021 after 4x'ing revenue.

Engineering at Ladder

Engineering team and processes

Our engineering & product teams are divided into three teams, each responsible for a different area of the product. Each team consists of a PM, designer, tech lead, and 3-4 engineers. Globally, each team has a set of quarterly goals, but teams independently decide on processes that work best for them. Typically, teams operate on a one or two week cadence - reflecting afterwards on how the sprint went and what we can improve on for next time.

Technical Challenges
  • You'll be joining a small engineering team using the latest tools (functional programming, immutable infrastructure, containerized deployments) and modern practices (code review, continuous deployment) to solve a huge problem ($20 trillion coverage gap).

  • Have product ownership. Think deeply about our user experience and use data driven experiments to optimize it.

Projects you might work on
  • Build a high throughput Kafka consumer that transforms and streams data into our data warehouse for tables that are always up-to-date

  • Create and deploy your own service by using our self-service auto-deployment framework.

  • Build a new user flow as an A/B experiment to improve user experience and conversion

  • Improve instant underwriting by identifying patterns in how our human underwriters label cases and incorporate that into our realtime system via rules and machine learning features.

Tech stack
Buck build

Working at Ladder

Walk out Wednesday: Every Wednesday, we randomly partition everybody in the company into groups of 3 or 4. Each group goes out for lunch in Palo Alto. It's a fun way to get to know people at Ladder.

Katas: Each month a member of the team will come up with a fun programming challenge. Engineers (optionally) build solutions to these problems. Afterwards, we discuss approaches and solutions together. Past katas have included: finding an appropriate reviewer for a change based on previous commits, building a TCP echo server, and computing transitive dependencies using our code base's dependency graph.

Game Night: We get together monthly and play a variety of board games with pizza.

Perks & benefits
  • Free Food

    We provide lunch every day and a snack bar

  • Generous Vacation

    Unlimited PTO

  • Gym/Fitness

    $50 / month fitness credit

  • Travel

    We send our engineers to Clojure conferences

  • Maternal/Paternal Leave

    10 weeks

  • Flexible Hours

    We like people to be in the office during core hours for collaboration but are flexible and more focused on output than facetime.

  • Health Insurance

    also dental and vision!

  • 401(k) Contribution

    100% matching on first 4% you defer

  • Transportation

    $255 / month commuter benefit

  • Team Activities
  • Work from Home
  • Workshops/Conferences
  • Relocation
  • Beautiful Office

    Our office is at 100 Forest in downtown Palo Alto with a second story deck.

Our Team by the Numbers

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