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Working at Companion

By Libby Rockaway BA MSc MS · May 10, 2023
Working at Companion

Our Company

Companion is on a mission to talk to dogs. We make the world’s first device that can interact with dogs at home for hours a day using cutting-edge hardware, machine learning, responsive software and best-in-class positive reinforcement techniques. This new category of in-home dog enrichment products represents an inflection point in the life and care dogs are able to lead at home.

Dogs of all ages and breeds love playing with Companion, whether it’s practicing training with audio cues or playing games that keep them mentally and physically stimulated.

There is no organization with more experience, talent, and desire to make dogs' lives better using technology. Our team has spent decades across machine learning, software and hardware, consumer products, design, canine behavior, cognition, and data science. Over the past four years, we’ve worked with 1000s of dogs of all ages and breeds, 5+ dog centers and 150+ homes.

Companion has raised $15M from investors that represent the leaders in pet care (Mars, Michelson Found Animals) and technology (Lerer Hippeau, IA Ventures, Tuesday Capital). Our advisors come from leading institutions, universities, and organizations with animal welfare, dog behavior and cognition, and technology.

How Our Teams Work

The software team at Companion is a small team of senior generalists. That means we work with a high degree of autonomy on a wide range of interesting problems. This is a place where you could work on algorithms, REST endpoints, code to control our hardware device, and machine learning all in the same week. Companion is a place where you can have a say in, and a direct impact on important engineering decisions that have an immediate impact on the team and company. We believe that high code quality allows us to keep moving fast and makes our developers happier.

Our product team is a growing group of experts in human and animal behavior. We work collaboratively to understand what is best for dogs and the people who love them. We do this by seeking to understand the problems that our customers face, the motivations that drive their behavior, and unique solutions that improve their quality of life. The product team works x-functionally through planning, prioritization, research, and design; and partners with the engineering team through development, testing, and iteration. This is a team where all ideas and feedback are welcome, where strong opinions are loosely held, where failure is celebrated as part of learning, and where product success is ultimately measured by the success of our customers (both human and dog).

Companion’s hardware team is an experienced group of people who have been there and done that. Years of developing and scaling complex electromechanical systems and devices with teams near and far. They have the foresight to anticipate challenges and develop solutions ahead of the curve. Working on some of the most beautiful and successful consumer products means that the engineering work they do is coupled with design chops to find the best and most elegant solutions.

Join Us!

We do our best to make our work enjoyable and balanced. Working at Companion has many benefits, including:

  • Work with a team who loves animals and gets to work with dogs!
  • Competitive salary and equity
  • Work remotely from anywhere
  • Unlimited vacation
  • Get great benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401K matching, paid family leave, and childcare and petcare reimbursement for work travel
  • Home office set up allowance plus top-of-the-line computers
  • Quarterly budget to co-work with colleagues

Interested in joining our team? Send us an email with your resume!