Seneca Systems

Silicon valley
11 - 25 employees
< 10 engineers
$100m+ funding
Pre-series a

Seneca Systems was founded to strengthen the vital bond between the government and its people. Its constituent services platform, Romulus, centralizes constituent communications, organizes service management, and provides insights into constituent behaviors and preferences. Built for governments by people who love government, Romulus enables government workers to get more done in less time, with less overhead, and to more constituent applause.

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Why join us?

  • We're backed by some of the most well-known and respected investors in the space. We're a YC company (S16), and raised a seed from Initialized Capital, Cowboy Ventures and a bunch of angels including Paul Buccheit (creator of Gmail), Leo Polovets, Greg Brockman (former CTO of Stripe and cofounder of OpenAI), and Elad Gil (cofounder of Color Genomics).

  • We're changing an industry that has been seriously underserved for a long time. We're filling a big need, and governments are excited about what we're offering. We currently have one of the shortest sales time in the industry.

  • Because of how much of a need we're filling, our customer count is growing rapidly. We were able to crack the government sales process, and have one of the most successful SaaS subscription models in the government space.

Engineering at Seneca Systems

Engineering team and processes

Engineers here work in one week sprints. We have a sprint planning meeting every Monday to discuss the upcoming week. Currently, team members from sales/CX sit in on these meetings to forward feedback they are getting from customers. We use Github Pull Requests to code review and changes, TravisCI to run tests and then continuously deploy to Heroku on a successful build. There are currently no designers or product managers on the team, so the engineers have to do that work as well. We are planning on hiring for these roles soon.

Technical Challenges

Our software has to be able to handle incoming and outgoing communications across multiple channels, and then abstract away the fact that it is multiple channels to the user. This presents some interesting challenges in terms of how to mutate an email into a text message.

Because we are handling a lot of communications, our software has to be able to scale to accept phone calls, text messages, FB messages from potentially hundreds of sources simultaneously.

Projects you might work on
  • You could work on building a sentiment analysis engine to analyze incoming communications and present whether the communication is positive or negative.

    You could work on implementing collaboration features in the software that allow multiple cities to collaborate on a project.

Tech stack
Ruby on Rails

Working at Seneca Systems

At Seneca, it's not just a job - we're doing important work for important governments, and it shows in the enthusiasm running through the office every day. Even better is the curiosity and weirdness every Senecan brings every day—whether it's to a sprint meeting, a customer demo, a happy hour, or a Bladerunner screening.

Perks & benefits
  • Generous Vacation

    We have an unlimited vacation policy with a strictly enforced mandatory 15-days off per calendar year. 15 days is a minimum with a general target of 20 days.

  • Gym/Fitness

    We have a $100/month stipend to cover gym, fitness or wellness classes.

  • Workshops/Conferences

    We think it's important for people to improve themselves so we have a $1500/year stipend to go towards anything meant to learn. This includes conferences, workshops, classes, books, etc.

  • Health Insurance

    We provide full medical, dental and vision coverage for employees, and 80% coverage for dependents.

  • 401(k) Contribution

    Investing in your future is important, so we offer a 401(k) match of 2%.

  • Flexible Hours

    Most people work from 8-5, but you are free to work whenever works better for you. It's the work that matters, not the time.

  • Transportation

    We offer $255/month towards train or bus, or $80/month towards parking.

  • Philanthropic Contributions

    We match 100% of contributions to a charity of your choice up to $500/year.

  • Maternal/Paternal Leave

    We offer 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents, and is the same for mother's and father's and also in the case of adoption. These 12 weeks do not count towards your mandatory vacation days; we do not consider caring for a newborn to be “vacation.”

  • Team Activities

    We do frequent team lunches, happy hours, movie screenings, etc. We love spending time with each other.

  • Relocation

    We offer a $5,000 relocation benefit, even if it's a short move from San Francisco to the peninsula.

Our Team by the Numbers

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