Articles by Michael White
- Square’s Growth Framework for Engineers and Engineering Managers
Square's engineering ladder defines levels based on scope, complexity and impact, not years of experience. Two distinct tracks exist for engineers (L3 to L9) and engineering managers (L5 to L9). Promotions occur when an engineer demonstrates performance at the next level, as determined through a structured review process. The levels and principles evolve over time through feedback from engineering teams to best represent Square's diverse engineering disciplines and needs. IC skill categories include Technical Execution, Ownership, Collaboration, and Team Building.