Jobs @ ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek is hiring! w00t! Open positions are detailed below. Don't be shy, if you've got the skills and want to work hard and have fun with a bunch of geeks and their dogs, we want to hear from you!

Current Open Positions

    Finance Intern

    Geeknet, which owns and manages ThinkGeek.com, is looking for an enthusiastic, motivated Finance Intern to work with a fun, close-knit team and learn/do something new every day. As Geeknet’s Finance Intern, you will support the Controller, the Financial Planning and Analysis team, and the rest of Finance as needed in a growing public company. You will increase your Finance and Accounting skills with practical experience by performing expense analysis, and assisting with Accounts Payable accounting, monthly closing activities and Fixed Asset inventory.

    We are looking for candidates with the following experience:

    • Currently pursuing or recently graduated with Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Business Administration
    • 1-3 years General Accounting and/or Accounts Payable experience strongly preferred
    • Strong communication skills
    • Excellent work ethic
    • Good systems knowledge
    • Strong Excel  Skills
    • Team Player
    • Proficient in data entry
    • Experience in e-commerce company is preferred but not required

    This position is based out of Fairfax, VA. This is a paid internship ($12-15/hour, depending on experience) from February- April 2014, and can be part-time or full-time.

    Geeknet is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal opportunity to all applicants and employees in full compliance with all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran's status, or any other class protected by applicable state or federal law.

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    Freelance Graphic Artist

    Are you a Graphic Artist with a love of internet and geek culture? If so, your dream assignment awaits! ThinkGeek is looking for a few freelance graphic artists to help design and manufacture the coolest, geekiest items in our hemisphere of the galaxy. Duties include product artwork, packaging artwork, sketches, illustration and more.

    Most importantly, you'll get to work on some of the top sci-fi and gaming licenses in the world including Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Portal, Game of Thrones, Minecraft, and DOTA.

    What we’re looking for:

    • Mad design chops. No fooling!
    • Awesome illustration skills. Sketching, comics, concepts, etc.
    • Acceptable typography and logo skills.
    • Good knowledge of geek pop culture
    • Self-starter, deadline focused, easy-going personality
    • Expert use of Photoshop and Illustrator
    • 40 hours per week availability Monday-Friday
    • A portfolio of your work

    Ideally, our freelance Graphic Artists can be at our Fairfax VA headquarters, Monday-Friday, 40 hours/week. This position is ineligible for benefits.

    What you don't need:
    Previous work experience… but see above, you need to meet all the requirements.

    What's in it for you?

    • $15-20/hour; one month of work. (Guaranteed contract for 40 hours of work per week. Total 160 hours)
    • A place to hang at our Fairfax VA office
    • Friendly geek camaraderie

    SUPER IMPORTANT!!
    You must submit a portfolio of work to be considered for this position. No portfolio... we don't even look at your resume. So make sure you include one. Yes? You can submit a link, upload it, anyway you like.

    But ThinkGeek, what happens after one month?
    We need a bunch of talented, reliable designers. If you make the cut and we have the demand, we will extend your contract. Great performance means you could become a full time employee at an increased salary. Remember, all we guarantee you is 30 days of work to begin.

     

     

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    LEGO Builder

    Do you love LEGO? Are you a wizard when it comes to building crazy unique creations? Then come help ThinkGeek develop some brick based awesomeness with our own LEGO compatible building sets.

    You'll be working with our internal GeekLabs product design team. You might even get to work on some of the top sci-fi and gaming licenses in the world including Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Portal, Game of Thrones, Minecraft, and DOTA.

    WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

    • Great hands-on LEGO building skills
    • Expert use of LDD software
    • Ability to create accurate building instructions and list of parts for models
    • Good knowledge of geek pop culture
    • Self-starter, deadline focused, easy-going personality
    • 40 hours per week availability Monday-Friday
    • A photographic portfolio of your past LEGO building creations

    Ideally, candidates for this job can be at our Fairfax VA headquarters, Monday-Friday, 40 hours/week. This is a contract position ineligible for benefits.

    WHAT YOU DON'T NEED:

    Previous work experience... but see above, you need to meet all the requirements.

    WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?

    • $15-20/hour; one month of work. (Guaranteed initial contract for 20 hours of work per week. Total 80 hours)
    • Expenses to cover any LEGO parts used while working on ThinkGeek projects
    • A place to hang at our Fairfax VA office
    • Friendly geek camaraderie

    But ThinkGeek, what happens after one month?
    Depending on your personal skill level and our internal needs we could continue working with you indefinitely and your hours per week could increase. However remember  that all we guarantee you is 30 days of work at 20 hours per week to begin.

    Super Important!
    We need you to submit photos of your past LEGO building creations to be considered for the position.  If you don't have a photographed portfolio, we're probably not even going to look at your resume, so please be sure you include one.  Feel free to submit a link, upload it, or share it any other way you'd like. 

    Geeknet owns and manages Thinkgeek.com and is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal opportunity to all applicants and employees in full compliance with all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran's status, or any other class protected by applicable state or federal law.

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    Software Development Intern

    We're looking for a motivated, sharp, and eager to learn Software Development Intern to join our team that builds and maintains ThinkGeek's highly-successful custom e-commerce platform.

    Desired work authorization: US Citizen, permanent residents. Telecommuting is not available. All applicants must be able to relocate to metro DC/Northern Virginia area for the duration of the internship.

    Founded in 1999, ThinkGeek is a close-knit group of fun and enthusiastic people who invent the coolest geek gadgets, such as the iCade, the playable electronic guitar t-shirt, and the taun-taun sleeping bag.


    Much of our software is developed in-house, so projects will run a wide gamut of business areas (accounting to warehouse management, and everything in between). Development will be on an existing suite of software, so the ability to adapt to and extend an existing architecture is a must.

    Applicants that match our desired skillsets will be asked to complete code exercises.

    Main job responsibilities: 
    Under the direction of a senior developer, you will help us:

    • Develop features in web applications and improve existing ones.
    • Maintain the background processes that power ThinkGeek.
    • Develop tests and coordinate with our QA staff.

    Skills & Experience:

    • Programming experience in a web-oriented language, for example Perl, Ruby, PHP, or Python.
    • Good understanding of SQL and relational databases
    • Experience with creating and maintaining web applications (preferably database driven)
    • Excellent troubleshooting / debugging skills.
    • Basic HTML and CSS skills.
    • Must have excellent communication skills both written and oral, and be self-motivated.
    • Attention to detail and openness to change and learning in a fun, fast-paced environment.

    For bonus points:

    • Pursuing a BS or MS in Computer Science (or equivalent).
    • Experience with: Javascript (especially jQuery), MVC web frameworks, Templating systems, Testing and QA, Linux.

    Geeknet is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal opportunity to all applicants and employees in full compliance with all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran's status, or any other class protected by applicable state or federal law.
     

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    Sr. Perl Web Application Developer

    We're looking for a sharp and passionate software engineer to join our team that builds and maintains ThinkGeek's highly-successful custom e-commerce platform.

    Desired work authorization: US Citizen, permanent residents. Telecommuting is not available.

    This is a full time position in our Fairfax, VA office.

    Founded in 1999, ThinkGeek is a close-knit group of fun and enthusiastic people who invent the coolest geek gadgets, such as the iCade, the playable electronic guitar t-shirt, and the taun-taun sleeping bag.

    Much of our software is developed in-house, so projects will run a wide gamut of business areas (accounting to warehouse management, and everything in between). Development will be on an existing suite of software, so the ability to adapt to and extend an existing architecture is a must.

    Main job responsibilities: 

    • Develop highly-scalable and secure web applications designed to satisfy and engage both internal and external customers.
    • Create and maintain a variety of technologies from AJAX based user interfaces to third-party XML business integration feeds.
    • Participate in requirements and specifications gathering processes.
    • Develop tests, predict areas of risk, and coordinate with our QA staff to achieve the best blend of error prevention and error detection possible.
    • Take ownership of your projects from planning to stakeholder happiness.

    Skills & Experience:

    • 7+ years professional programming experience with Perl 5; Experience with Modern Perl, Perl Best Practices and PerlCritic; Experience or familiarity with the following modules: Try::Tiny, Class::Load, XML::LibXML, Test::More, Test::Exception; Experience with creating unit tests.
    • 4+ years professional experience working with relational databases (SQL), MySQL a plus in a highly transactional environment.
    • General experience with MVC patterns, ORMs, Web Services (client/servers).
    • HTML and CSS skills to create templates for web.
    • Experience with (and troubleshooting) Javascript (jQuery specifically) for DOM manipulation and AJAX interactions.
    • Ability to comprehend and implement complex business requirements in an exacting manner.
    • Effectively able to handle multiple priorities and manage time efficiently to deliver projects of varying size.
    • Must have excellent communication skills both written and oral. Active listening is key as we seek to understand others’ views.

    For bonus points:

    • Experience with Agile software development practices (e.g. Scrum, Lean/Kanban).
    • Experience with Perl Template Toolkit.
    • Ability to train/mentor junior developers.
    • Experience developing automated functional and performance testing suites.
    • Linux knowledge.
    • E-commerce experience.
    • Published CPAN modules.
    • Experience with a common Perl web framework, such as Catalyst, Dancer, or Mojolicious.

     

    NOTE: A cover letter must be included, that tells us how you believe you fit what we're looking for, in order for your resume to be considered.

    Geeknet is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal opportunity to all applicants and employees in full compliance with all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran's status, or any other class protected by applicable state or federal law.

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    UI/UX Designer

    The ThinkGeek UX Overlords are seeking a UI/UX Designer to maximize ThinkGeek Awesomeness™ and contribute to our unique online customer experience. 

    We are looking for a creative and energetic individual deeply immersed in User Centered Design who understands how to wear the multiple hats of front-end web work to help create swoon-worthy experiences with a customer-centric focus. As a candidate, you must be able to work well in multi-disciplinary groups including technical, business, design, operations and customer experience.  You should be comfortable working in an environment that feels like a startup, but is also a mature, widely known leader in the eCommerce space.  You should like to have fun, dress casually, test out gadgets and toys on occasion, play with dogs and work really hard.

    You should:

    • Design clean, fresh and current user interfaces regardless of device (mobile/desktop/tablet/etc.).
    • Develop organized, standards-compliant front-end code.
    • Be knowledgeable and excited about the future of HTML5 and CSS3, and be able to write cross-browser-friendly code by hand.
    • Know your way around project management, including juggling multiple parts of a project and keeping up to date with all the moving parts.
    • Be able to speak the language of back-end engineers, internal business clients and our customers.
    • Be proactive.
    • Understand customer needs and work with team members to design device-agnostic online user experiences.
    • Know where all the magic whistles are in Super Mario Bros. 3.

    The kinds of things you'll likely do in this position:

    • Collaborate with, and support the Customer Experience team to execute both large and small-scale projects in a timely and efficient manner.
    • Use HTML, CSS, and JS to develop new pages, templates, and site content to continuously improve the ThinkGeek site experience.
    • Execute day to day tasks and content updates to keep the site fresh.
    • Assist in the building and launching of landing pages and site-wide promotions.
    • Help the optimization team conduct on-site testing and conversion optimization through installing A/B and Multivariate tests.
    • Assist with user research and data collection as needed (site heat maps, site metrics via Omniture, surveys, etc.)
    • Help identify opportunities to improve the usability of customer interactions.
    • Work with other visual designers, web developers, and programmers to achieve strong visual and technological solutions without sacrificing user experience.

    Skills and Experience:

    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
    • 3-5 years of web design / front-end development experience.
    • Strong HTML, CSS, and JS knowledge
    • Visual design experience a must
    • Experience in a fast-paced, retail eCommerce environment preferred
    • Experience with Agile development methodology
    • Experience with standard design, documentation, and web analytics tools (Adobe, etc.)
    • Keen sense of customer experience and customer needs
    • Experience working on transactional Web sites or software applications is preferred
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written)
    • Extreme Geeky Awesomeness™ and the desire to geek out with peers that “get” you.

    ThinkGeek is a small, close-knit group of fun, weird, and enthusiastic people who run one of the most successful niche eCommerce sites on the Internets (IR #180).  As part of Geeknet, a publicly held company, ThinkGeek employees receive an excellent benefits package while enjoying the benefits of working in an exciting start-up environment in our Fairfax, Virginia office.

    Please note, this posting is for a permanent, full time position in our Fairfax, Virginia office.  Only local applicants or those willing to relocate will be considered. No outsourcing or freelance positions for this job will be considered. Thanks for asking!

    Geeknet is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal opportunity to all applicants and employees in full compliance with all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran's status, or any other class protected by applicable state or federal law.

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