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“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

In a highly competitive job market, it is critical for recruiters to understand what software engineers look for. This allows us to effectively attract top tech talent. And, bringing an engineer into a new role is only the tip of the iceberg. It is just as important to also ensure that their position is the right long-term fit for their career.

In working with thousands of NYC’s top engineers, we have found that the majority seek the following in their jobs:

  • Competitive salary & benefits
  • Clear feature roadmap
  • Engineering-driven culture
  • Growth path
  • Learning opportunities
  • Exciting technical challenges
  • Exceptional colleagues
  • Modern tech stack
  • Inclusive & friendly environment
  • Impactful product

Engineers are individuals, and the criteria for what will make them happy varies widely! In addition to the points in the above illustration, a good number of engineers also tell us they are looking for:

  • Mission aligned with the engineer’s personal values
  • Healthy agile process, including good collaboration across functions
  • Successful revenue / business model
  • Well-known, established company (and yet others really want an “undiscovered” startup)
  • Transparency and the ability to work closely with founders
  • Flexible schedule, including allowing some remote work


Employers and engineers, we would love to hear your thoughts!

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