Software Engineer, Backend (Multi-Cloud) - Distributed US, Toronto

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Databases are the beating heart of every business in the world.

Cockroach Labs is the team behind CockroachDB, an open source, distributed SQL database. In addition to the open source version of the DB we are proud to present our self-service, fully managed cloud offerings of CockroachDB with Dedicated and Serverless options. We aim to build infrastructure that keeps pace with the world, so developers can focus on what matters most: innovating the best products. Join us on our mission to Make Data Easy. 

About the Role

Our Cloud Foundations team is looking for backend software engineers who are excited about building the infrastructure that enables us to scale fast, survive anything, and thrive everywhere.

We’re enabling key features of CockroachDB running on the cloud like multi-region deployments, customer managed encryption keys and elastic scaling. The platform is deployed globally and will push the limits of the services cloud vendors provide today. Every feature we build for the CockroachDB Dedicated and Serverless platform has immediate user visibility and is leveraged by our DBaaS offering.

You’ll be helping set our technical roadmap, working across cloud vendors, and developing customer facing features to help us build the right abstraction layers and the best platform to run CockroachDB and our cloud offerings on. Providing a Distributed SQL Database as a service offers a lot of fun and tough technical challenges. It’s not a solved problem and we need you to help us figure it out.

You Will
  • Work with Production Engineering leadership to set and develop our technical roadmap.
  • Create and grow the systems to build, test, and verify the DBaaS infrastructure.
  • Work closely with our SRE team to ensure that we can scale and maintain our SLOs for our cloud offerings.
  • Create and grow software and systems that makes our automation more efficient and reduces toil on our teams.
  • Leverage containers, Kubernetes, Infrastructure as Code, plus other cloud-native and systems-level technologies to ensure solutions are easily maintainable and extensible.
The Expectations

In the first month you will join your engineering team and start to learn about the existing internal and customer-facing production systems used to build, run and deploy CockroachDB-as-a-Service. You will gain insight into how our customers run CockroachDB on multiple cloud providers and private data centers. We believe that it's essential for you to take this first month to become familiar with our technology and our company.

After 3 months, you'll be a fully-fledged member of our Production Engineering team. You’ll be building the infrastructure that allows us to operate across multiple clouds by using Kubernetes and other cloud native technologies. 

As our team grows, you will have the opportunity to shape the direction of our infrastructure and processes. We are building our fully managed services to make it easier for people to get started with CockroachDB and make CockroachDB the developer’s database of choice. To help make this possible we need to provide the best, most stable platform to run CockroachDB. We also offer technical training and experienced mentorship to help you learn and grow into whatever you wish it to be.

You Have 
  • Experience contributing large features within a high performing team.
  • A genuine interest in building substantial platforms or applications on top of cloud platforms like AWS, Azure, and GCP.
  • A passion for working on complex technical products and exposure to the design and creation of modern distributed systems.
  • Comfort writing production code in programming languages like Go, C/C++, Java, and Python, but you also understand the intricacies of stitching together VMs.
  • Experience with orchestration software such as Kubernetes, Mesos or Apache YARN.
  • Experience with infrastructure automation like Terraform or Pulumi, or config management like Chef.
  • Experience building collaborative relationships with your colleagues. You enjoy being part of the code review process and partnering with your teammates on challenging problems.
  • A BS in Computer Science or equivalent experience.

Bonus Points For:

  • Having mentored and helped grow team members.
  • Specific experience with building complex platforms, systems, or applications atop Azure.
  • Working knowledge of cloud networking, security, and/or systems performance tooling.
  • Experience scaling a platform that needs to double year over year.
The Team

Reporting to Yandu Oppacher - Director of Engineering

Yandu works across multiple parts of CockroachDB, including Dedicated and Serverless, to ensure that our infrastructure and teams are robust and scalable. Yandu joined Cockroach Labs after nearly 8 years at Shopify where he started on the data platform team and helped it grow from 4 DB nodes to several hundred Hadoop nodes running over petabytes of data in Google Cloud. In his last 2 years at Shopify, he led the Production Engineering teams responsible for all of the compute runtime resources that power Shopify’s mission critical services. Joining Cockroach Labs allows him to get back to his first love, Databases, while applying his Production Engineering skills to help build our DBaaS platform. Outside of Cockroach Labs Yandu will be found reading or, more likely, chasing after his 3 young kids and exploring the outdoors with them.

Isaac Wong - VP of Engineering

Isaac is responsible for the health of the engineering organization at Cockroach Labs. He partners closely with teams to ensure we have a balanced culture that promotes quality and innovation in pursuit of our goals. Before joining Cockroach Labs Isaac was in life sciences for 16 years with Medidata Solutions where he had a front row seat on the exciting ride from a 30 person startup to more than 2000 people worldwide. But the lure of distributed, resilient, and consistent SQL databases, along with the amazing technology and culture at Cockroach Labs proved too much. When not working he likes to draw, play the piano and search NYC for cannolis with his wife and kids.

Our Benefits
  • 100% health insurance coverage (for you and your dependents!)
  • Paid parental leave (with baby bucks)
  • Flex Fridays
  • Flexible time off & flexible hours
  • Education reimbursement
  • Relocation support (or coworking and home office allowances if you’re fully remote)

Cockroach Labs is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you need additional accommodations to feel comfortable during your interview process, please email us at [email protected]

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What are Cockroach Labs Perks + Benefits

Cockroach Labs Benefits Overview

Flexible Working: You are free to arrange your work schedule to meet your individual circumstances.

Wellbeing for All: We partner with Spring Health and an Employee Assistance Program to provide free counseling and support mental health on our team.

Flex Fridays: Focus on what drives and motivates you outside of core work responsibilities. This is your day to self-manage and grow in whatever way you choose.

Having Fun Together: We dedicate company time to bond over everything from trivia and karaoke to paint-alongs and fitness classes (even online!)

Team Trips: Twice a year we voyage beyond Manhattan’s shores. These might be trips to the Caribbean or to the mountains. The connections made in these environments build friendships and deepen the ties which make working together fun and productive.

Flexible Time Off: We care about productivity, not face time. Take time off when you need it.

Learning is Good: We provide $2500 annually to support learning and development through workshops, conferences, and networking events.

Paid Parental Leave (with baby bucks): We offer 12 weeks of paid parental leave to all new parents after 30 days with us, individualized transition time and re-entry support, plus $500 in baby bucks.

Health & Retirement: 100% health insurance coverage for you & your dependents; One Medical membership; Gym discounts; free Citibike membership; FSA; 401(k).

Volunteer in local community
Cockroach Labs does at least two company-wide volunteer days, partners with BUILD NYC, and for every referral that gets hired, we donate $2,500 to the referrer's charity of choice.
Partners with Nonprofits
Cockroach Labs partners with Women Who Code, Black Girls Code, and more. Our marketing and recruiting efforts have long replaced swag with charity-based campaigns.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Cockroach Labs regularly trains the company on avoiding unconscious bias, anti-harassment, and fairness in hiring.
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Cockroach Labs' CREWS are groups to foster inclusivity and connection, including [email protected], Women of CRL, Infinite Colors (for neurodivergent people), and Roacher Pride. New Roachers can start one, too!
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
We've built a fairer hiring process including resume-blind, exercise-based interviews, implement rubrics across all of our hiring processes, and conduct regular unconscious bias training.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Our employees have access to an FSA which allows them to make pre-tax contributions to an account for medical expenses.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Cockroach Labs offers comprehensive dental coverage with preventative care coverage at no cost to employees.
Vision Benefits
We cover 100% of the premium for vision insurance which covers up to $130 in frames or contact lenses per year.
Health Insurance Benefits
100% Company-sponsored Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic Life, AD&D, and Disability Insurance for You, Your Spouse, Partner, and Dependents.
Life Insurance
Cockroach Labs offers competitive life insurance to our employees.
Wellness Programs
Our Workplace Experience team organizes wellness events including summer yoga, we cover a portion of employees' gym memberships, and organize outdoor retreats when conditions allow.
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Cockroach Labs partners with Spring Health to provide complementary therapy sessions to all employees in addition to comprehensive medical coverage.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Equity compensation is determined by the impact we expect an individual to have in their role paired with the risk that earlier employees took in joining the company.
Match charitable contributions
Cockroach Labs matches employee referral bonuses with an equivalent donation to a 501(c)(3) organization of the employee's choice.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Cockroach Labs offers up to 12 weeks of flexible family leave, $500 Baby Bucks, re-entry support, and more to all employees.
Flexible Work Schedule
Cockroach Work Week: We offer employees a flexible schedule. Roachers are invited to work with their managers on determining an agreeable regular schedule, understanding that flexibility is essential.
Remote Work Program
Cockroach Labs offers a hybrid work model in which both working from home, from office, and some combination is possible.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Cockroach Labs regularly hosts Connect + Contribute Days, company-wide opportunities to volunteer or contribute to your community on company time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Cockroach Labs offers up to two weeks per year of sick leave in addition to flexible PTO.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Pre-tax Commuter Account & Paid Citi Bike Membership
Company Outings
Monthly Company Activities & Bi-Annual Company Trips
Free Daily Meals
Lunch Monday thru Thursday & Team Dinners Every Other Tuesday
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Relocation Assistance for You and Your Family to Move to NYC
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
We provide each full-time Roacher with a $1,000 budget to improve their work-from-home setup.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
$2500 Learning is Good Budget - to be used for learning materials, conferences (and travel), and continued education.
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

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