Aetna Senior Software Developer (Server) in Denver, Colorado

Req ID: 51455BR


This position will be a Senior Software Developer on a team working on server-side APIs, microservices, and infrastructure. While we are currently a ruby and node technical stack, we're actively looking for strong developers with any server experience.

Fundamental Components:

Come join the Aetna Digital development team as a Senior Software Developer and help us change the way individuals manage their healthcare.

Our server teams work in a mix of Ruby and JavaScript. We lean very heavily on AWS, so if you have or are interested in acquiring AWS skills, we are very supportive of that. Supportive in this case means getting to use AWS in production and active encouragement about training opportunities. Currently were using a mix of ELB, EBS, S3, RDS, EC2, CloudFront, and are interested in Lambda.

The description below emphasizes Ruby and JavaScript because thats the tech stack the team is currently using. However, if youre experienced in Python, C#, Java, Clojure, name your language, and you're interested in Server work, then please apply. Were looking for people that really want to build quality software, in a modern, lean way, and deploying it continuously into the cloud.

We have a culture that starts with working together as a team. We place value on doing good work, with good people, and still taking time to have fun.

How would you score on the Joel Test?

  1. Do you use source control?

a. Yes -- git all day every day

  1. Can you make a build in one step?

a. Yes

  1. Do you make daily builds?

a. Yes - on commit

  1. Do you have a bug database?

a. Yes

  1. Do you fix bugs before writing new code?

a. No - we fix bugs based on the priority of all of our work.

  1. Do you have an up-to-date schedule?

a. Yes

  1. Do you have a spec?

a. Yes - The acceptance criteria for stories are defined before the story is pulled into a sprint.

  1. Do programmers have quiet working conditions?

a. We have an open floor plan; typically its fairly quiet.

  1. Do you use the best tools money can buy?

a. Yes. If you need a book, ask your manager and itll be ordered. If you need training, we have a training budget allocated for every employee. Were a Mac shop, so all developers have a top-of-the-line macbook.

  1. Do you have testers?

a. Yes, we qa developers and software developers who write unit and integration tests.

  1. Do new candidates write code during their interview?

a. Yes, new candidates take a code test during their onsite interview.

  1. Do you do hallway usability testing?

a. Yes. We have a dedicated Design team and are extremely focused on our customer experience.


  • 3 years experience developing server apps and services.

  • 5 years software development experience.

  • Experience translating large features into software designs.

  • Ability to estimate size accurately and deliver on-time and to specification regularly based on those estimates.

  • Ability to take responsibility for the implementation, quality, and operation of large features, such as an epic-level story or multi-sprint feature.


The highest level of education desired for candidates in this position is a Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.

Learn more about Aetna Digital:


Aetna is about more than just doing a job. This is our opportunity to re-shape healthcare for America and across the globe. We are developing solutions to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare. What we do will benefit generations to come.

We care about each other, our customers and our communities. We are inspired to make a difference, and we are committed to integrity and excellence.

Together we will empower people to live healthier lives.

Aetna is an equal opportunity & affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of personal characteristics or status. We take affirmative action to recruit, select and develop women, people of color, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

We are a company built on excellence. We have a culture that values growth, achievement and diversity and a workplace where your voice can be heard.

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