Careers at 8th Light

Trust your team. Take pride in your code.

Our Crafters

Our software crafters and designers are self-driven, creative problem solvers who embrace every opportunity to learn and grow as professionals. Our software crafters and designers have completed 8th Light's modern apprenticeship program, which provides guidance to ensure that our team is a high-quality group of disciplined polyglots who are comfortable applying the principles and practices of software as a craft in any technology stack. We are trained to answer the questions that clients don't ask. We are passionate about sharing our knowledge with others, and are excited about the opportunity to build a long career in software around continual learning and self-growth.

Our Teams

8th Light strongly believes in well-constructed teams. The members of our project teams are a diverse group of individuals who possess a range of experience, skill levels, and specialties. We rotate team members to ensure our software crafters and designers are constantly teaching and learning on every project, every day.

Our Clients

8th Light’s clients range from one-person startups to Fortune 500 companies, and everything in between. Our software crafters spend anywhere from 6 - 12 months as consultants on a single project, working closely with our clients to discover and solve their most challenging problems. Some clients require our software crafters to work on-site, while others allow us to work out of 8th Light’s office, or a combination of the two.

Our Offices

8th Light believes that the highest quality software is built locally. In order to better serve our clients, we have offices in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, and New York; and our custom website Design Studio is based out of our Chicago office.

Our Apprentices

Guiding and teaching others is one of the most gratifying components of treating software as a craft. A software crafter's experience as an apprentice and as a working professional qualify us to co-mentor and mentor apprentices who are beginning their own long careers at 8th Light. The mentor-apprentice relationship is strong, and persists long after an apprentice graduates. Read more about our apprenticeship program.

Learning at 8th Light


We reserve 10 percent of our work week for non-billable self-learning. Our software crafters and designers use this time to contribute to open source projects, write blogs, prepare talks and workshops, or volunteer as tutors in the community.

Mastery Cohorts

Each quarter, software crafters spend a day receiving hands-on instruction from industry leaders in a workshop setting. 8th Light's cohort leaders are master software crafters who travel to our offices to lead challenging and stimulating lessons for their cohorts throughout the day, and give keynote presentations for the entire company during lunch.

Education Budget

We want our software crafters and designers to keep their claws sharp. 8th Light encourages crafters and designers to expand our ever-growing library by reimbursing for books and learning materials as needed.

8th Light University

We host MeetUps with keynote presentations from influential figures inside and outside of our company. Check out our MeetUp page to learn more!

Annual Conference Budget

We have a generous conference stipend that covers tickets and travel to conferences all over the world, including Belgium, Germany, and more!

Travel For Speakers

If you are selected to host a workshop or speak at a conference, we will cover travel expenses.

Unique Workplace

We are employee-owned, and we empower our employees to seek out and create the change they want to see in their workplace. We aspire to remain in constant motion.

Our apprenticeship program fosters a culture defined by continual learning. Everyone is eager to share their knowledge and learn from one another. We challenge each other to continually learn and grow on our teams and during our 10 percent time.

Our business and administrative teams are dedicated to supporting our software crafters and designers and providing the ideal work environment for them to continually learn and grow.


Interested in our program?

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