Kik - Server Developer

Server Developer

Kik Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


As a Server Developer at Kik, you will work on a highly-scaled distributed system that receives hundreds of millions of messages and terabytes of raw data in real-time per day. Facing some of the most difficult challenges in modern software engineering, your team will power the core of a system relied on every day by millions of users. You’ll be building server components to improve users' daily digital life.

Your Impact:

  • Designing and developing high-volume, low-latency applications for mission-critical systems and delivering high-availability and performance using our gRPC microservices framework.

  • Participate in full software development lifecycle and write code that is performant, maintainable, clear, and concise.

  • Take part in an on-call rotation to maintain our users' trust.

Experience We Like:

  • Experience building scalable solutions with Java, Go or Python.

  • Experience working with relational and noSQL databases.

  • Experience working in the AWS ecosystem.

  • You are passionate, highly motivated, and fun to work with.

  • Able to deliver amazing results with minimal guidance and supervision.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience.

  • Nice to have: Javascript experience and understanding of web paradigms.


  • Generous Health, Drug, and Dental benefits plans, including Family and Travel coverage.

  • Stock options.

  • Flexible work hours.

  • Catered lunch and dinner from a top restaurant.

  • Starbucks!

  • Flexible vacation: 3 weeks plus a 2-week shutdown in December.

  • Fully equipped office gym with a shower and towel service, and fitness classes.

  • Ping-pong and Foosball tables.

  • Much more!

About Kik:

Our mission is to connect the world through chat. We are doing that by building an ecosystem of services around Kik chat, so users can connect with people, businesses, and the world around them.

Kik is used by millions of users every day where people can chat with friends and connect with chat-based services.  Since our company’s founding in 2009, we have raised US$120.5 million from investors including Union Square Ventures, SV Angel, Valiant Capital Partners, and Spark Capital.In August 2015, Tencent – China’s largest company and the maker of WeChat – invested US$50 million in Kik, valuing the company at US$1 billion.

Our headquarters are in Waterloo, Ontario, close to the University of Waterloo, where Kik’s founders were students. We also have offices in Toronto, New York, and Tel Aviv.


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