Engineering Ladder was born out of the need to share our image of the ideal Mercari engineer, and to build an organization that maximizes everyone’s strengths. It was essential that we share these ideas to build a strong culture and respect every member’s skills, personality, and diversity.
Engineering Ladder clearly defines the expectations for a Mercari engineer in six sets of actions derived from Mercari’s three values: Go Bold, All for One, and Be a Pro. These expectations are defined for many different levels in an engineer’s career, as expectations for a junior engineer and a senior engineer obviously differ.
Engineering Ladder is used for evaluation, setting goals, and designing career paths, and serves as a guideline to let engineers know what they need to work on to reach the next level.
Engineering Ladder is not meant to be a checklist of things that one must fulfill completely, as each individual engineer possesses a unique set of skills. We realize that everybody has different strengths and weaknesses, and that everybody grows at a different pace.
We welcome the diversity in engineers’ strengths and weaknesses. We believe this will help us create a better product for our customers.
The Ladder has also been made publicly available on GitHub.
The differences compared to the previous MG (Mercari Grade) are indicated in bold below;