This grade ladder was inspired by a blog post from Camille Fournier's renttherunway.com in which they shared their grade ladder. (They having in turn taken their inspiration from the original Foursquare engineering grade ladder made by Harry Heymann, Jason Liszka and Andrew Hogue).
We are sharing our latest evolution, licensed under the creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). That means we too are cool with you taking it and making it your own. All we ask is that you don't make money off it, and that you credit those who came before you, just as we have.
When documenting the grades, our objectives were to:
We've found the ladder has aided us in several ways. When hiring it's helped recruiters to understand what we expect from candidates. During interviews it assists us to see where someone would fit. When people join us the ladder provides a terms of reference for the expectations we have of you. Continuing through your career the ladder then assists forming the basis to understand how you can grow and demonstrate abilities to justify progression to more senior positions within the team.
If what you read here sounds like the kind of place you'd like to work, then you can check out our latest opportunities on our Careers site.
We're still working on definitions for our grades 9 and above, and will continue to evolve our existing definitions. We encourage everyone to provide feedback.