Marco Polo

51 - 100 employees
11 - 25 engineers
Private funding
Series c

We’re reimagining social connection through our popular video chat app, designed to help millions of people connect authentically. That’s our purpose – to help people feel close – and we do it without engaging in practices that harm our community. This lays the foundation for an uncommonly joyful work experience. And for the opportunity to solve large, complex problems.

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Why join us?

  • We’re a purpose-driven company making a difference in the lives of millions of people.

  • We have been doing the remote work thing long before it became necessary. We’re good at it and we’ll make sure you are too!

  • We move quickly so you’re constantly learning and things never get stale.

  • We know good ideas come from everywhere, so we work to ensure every person feels safe to take risks and think outside of the box.

Engineering at Marco Polo

Engineering team and processes

We follow an agile process with all work represented in a Kanban board in Asana. Most engineering teams hold daily standups, but otherwise we strive to stay light on scheduled meetings – which means communication is key!

There is a strong onus on engineers to ensure that they understand the goals of an initiative and the breakdown of work, and to know when it's time to forge ahead, and when to stop and have a conversation. As a remote organization, this helps us all be productive towards meeting our goals and manage our days effectively.

Technical Challenges

We are solving problems at a petabyte scale.

Projects you might work on
  • We are constantly finding new ways to enhance our core experience to our millions of users.

  • We are actively building new features to help expand our award-winning product to an even larger user base.

Tech stack

Working at Marco Polo

We're a small team that cares about creating an impact in the world. We work hard at building an amazing product, and just as hard to create a culture of empathy, trust, and purpose. Our culture is built around continuous learning and improvement, recognition of a job well done, and flexibility.

Since the beginning, our company and our culture were built around being remote-first, remote-always. It’s who we’ve always been, and it’s how we’re moving forward.

Diversity and Inclusion

We believe that in order to continue to build a strong product that attracts a diverse customer base we need to be a diverse team internally. And we know that saying we care about diversity is not enough. We proactively strive to find talent that adds diversity to our team. We believe that great talent shows up in many forms and with a wide array of backgrounds, and because of this, we don’t believe in determining a person’s fit solely by their educational background.

Though our backgrounds are diverse, we share a belief—lives flourish when people feel close. That common inspiration keeps us aligned with our purpose as a team. One of our company values is ‘Belonging’ - that we all actively seek ways to co-create an environment where everyone feels safe to show up as their authentic self. We bake this value into everything we do - from how we hire, to the benefits we offer, to how we make decisions and how we build processes. We know this work requires nurturing and there will always be more we can do.

Connect with our team during your hiring process

As part of our commitment to an inclusive workplace, we are happy to offer prospective engineers the chance to connect with our engineering employees who come from underrepresented backgrounds. It’s a way to get a better sense of our team and what it might be like to work with us.

If you’re interested in connecting with our team, be sure to bring this up during one of our introductory calls!

Perks & benefits
  • Company Retreats

    Quarterly in-person and virtual team retreats, all expenses paid

  • Women-led company
  • Work from Home

    Since the beginning, our company and our culture were built around being remote-first, remote-always. We know how to create effective, relationship-driven teams that collaborate seamlessly and operate on trust. It’s who we’ve always been, and it’s how we’re moving forward.

  • Social impact driven

    “From the start, we’ve committed to never collecting our user data to sell to advertisers. We will never show ads. We will never use ‘likes’ or social comparisons or manipulate algorithms.” —CEO and Co-Founder Vlada Bortnik

  • Flexible Hours

    We believe in having flexibility in the workplace so that our team, outside of our core collaboration hours (9am-3pm PT), can build their work schedule to fit their life

  • LGBTQ+ friendly
  • Health Insurance

    We offer comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage plus benefits that support your mental health and emotional well-being

  • Generous Vacation

    We believe time off is critical to our team’s wellbeing and success. We have flexible paid time off (most people take between 2 and 4 weeks per year), 12 company holidays, and self care days.

  • Maternal/Paternal Leave

    Paid time off for parents to care for and bond with their new family members.

  • Dedicated Human Resources team
Our Team by the Numbers

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