Java Software Engineer

Pasadena, CA | Direct Hire

Job ID: WH-KO-IT-JSE01 Category: Information Technology Pay Rate: $100k - $150k (year)

About the Position

Java. Linux. Open source. Mobile apps. Brains. Guts. Passion. Persistence.

A world-class development team that you’ll love working with, in a fast-paced, agile, small (but self-sufficient) company environment, building a product that is used by and loved by millions of users all over the world.

QLess is a young, rapidly-expanding company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, with offices on 6 continents. Our product is the world’s first and only mobile queuing solution, and our company’s mission is to eliminate waiting in line from the face of the earth. So far, we’ve given back over 1000 years of otherwise-wasted time to our millions of users, by allowing them to hold their spot in a virtual line using their cell phone, instead of being stuck waiting in a physical line or a waiting room. Our customers include Fortune 500 retail stores, colleges, restaurants, DMVs, government offices, urgent care clinics, auto dealerships, and animal shelters. QLess is a company whose mission and product you can explain to people in 30 seconds, and the typical reaction is “what an awesome idea"! We’ve been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the BBC, Fox News, TechCrunch, and Mashable. Our founding team includes graduates of Caltech and MIT, and alumni of Yahoo. QLess has been named the Best Business Services Company in America by the American Business Awards, and has won many other national and global awards.

This position reports directly to the Chief Technical Officer, who will do hands-on development alongside you, and will provide every opportunity for you to shine and grow. You will be involved in everything — brainstorming, requirements gathering, design, coding, testing, deployment, operations, and support.

You’re welcome to work out of our Pasadena office, but most of the team works from home. In order to be successful working from home, you must be:

  • Self-motivated
  • Organized
  • Introverted

You’ll have some great people to learn from, but none of them are going to hold your hand. Attention to detail, deadlines, and quality are critical. We recognize that everyone contributes something different to the team. We all learn a lot from each other, and we will expect you to not only learn from us, but to teach us as well. We expect you to challenge us to think differently.

You’ll also get to help build a world-class product development organization, and have direct input in selecting your future co-workers. This means that you’ll ultimately end up working with a team full of people that you like and respect, and is one of the best things about working in a rapidly-growing small company.

Most importantly, you need to be able to Get Things Done.

Industry: Accounting, Finance, Banking, Financial Services, Legal, Information Technology, #Engineering, Computer Software, Consumer Products, Internet, #ECommerce

Required Qualifications

  • 3+ years experience with Java development
  • Bachelor degree in Computer Science or a closely-related field
  • A passion for making the world a better place

Desired Qualifications:

  • 2+ years building web-based applications
  • 2+ years experience with Enterprise Java development (J2EE)
  • 2+ years experience with JBoss
  • 2+ years experience using Linux
  • 2+ years experience with MySQL


  • Better than market rate salary, amount depending on experience
  • Generous stock options


Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

— Calvin Coolidge
Equal Opportunity Employer considering qualified candidates in accordance with state and federal laws, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

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