Engineering

Challenging

We solve interesting problems that span cutting-edge JavaScript, iOS, data mining, search, ranking, optimization, graphics and scalability.

Craftsmanship

We take pride in creating exceptional products, elegant architecture and clean, simple code.

Scale

We operate at scale. We serve a lot of traffic with consistently fast page speeds. We process massive quantities of images and data every day.

Efficiency

We believe in building tools and systems, gathering stats and monitoring. We automate everything so that we can spend time on more interesting projects.

Ownership

We give engineers a lot of latitude because we trust in their ability to make an impact.

Tools

MySQL, memcached, nginx, Solr, RabbitMQ, Hive, AWS (EC2, Route53, S3), Splunk.

Engineering Blog

The 10 Biggest Surprises of My Polyvore Internship

Hi, my name is Julia Alvarez and I am a junior at Brown University, pursuing a degree in computer science. You should know that I am not one of those programmers who has been coding since I was in diapers. In fact, I switched from psychology to international relations to English and finally to computer science. I "discovered" computer science after stepping into the opening day skit of Brown’s legendary CS15, an "Introduction to Object-Oriented Programing" course, and was hooked.

Diversity and Meritocracy at Polyvore

Nine months ago, a female engineer named Tracy Chou posed the question: Where are the numbers? Since then, over 170 companies have released their diversity numbers. Today we’re releasing Polyvore’s. Many companies focus on increasing diversity at the front of the hiring pipeline. I think it’s equally important to think about what happens *after* people join a company.