Software Engineer, Frontend - Distributed US, Toronto at Cockroach Labs

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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: building the best products. Join us on our mission to enable every developer to build world-changing applications

About the Role

At Cockroach Labs, we strive to deliver delightful and intuitive user experiences to our customers. Creating such experiences that make data easy and painless is critical to our mission. We are looking for frontend software engineers to make these critical contributions to CockroachDB and our cloud offerings, create user interfaces that give users effortless observability into their database, and improve our frontend infrastructure and tooling. 

In this role, you bring your expertise and commitment to excellence to collaborate with other engineers, SREs, and our product and design teams, as we work together to give developers a platform for their data. You will also have the opportunity to make a significant impact by helping establish the culture and practices for frontend engineering at Cockroach Labs.

You Will
  • Build and deploy elegant solutions to complex UI challenges that our customers face when provisioning and managing their databases through our cloud offerings and operating large CockroachDB clusters on-premise.
  • Contribute to the growth of CockroachDB as a consumer product by designing, building, and testing compelling systems with a focus on the frontend. 
  • Make CockroachDB highly observable by transforming large and complex sets of data into sophisticated visualizations that give developers the insights they need to diagnose issues and monitor performance.
  • Develop in React/TypeScript on the client side and Go on the server side, but if you don't know them you'll learn while you're here.
  • Collaborate with Product, Design, and Engineering to create strategic customer value.
  • Evolve our design system and frontend enablement processes to facilitate collaboration between engineering, design, marketing, and other stakeholders.
The Expectations

In the first month you will join your engineering team and start to learn about our production systems, software development workflow, the architecture of CockroachDB, and how our users interact with our offerings. We believe that it's essential for you to take this first month to become familiar with our technology, company, and our culture.

After 3 months you'll be a fully-fledged member of your team and comfortable contributing to CockroachDB’s frontend ecosystem and relevant backend components. You will begin to determine the parts of our product that most interest you and work with your manager to focus your efforts on projects that align with those areas and our goals.

As our team grows you will have the opportunity to shape the direction of development for the ergonomic web experience of CockroachDB. We want to eliminate the headaches of database operations for our users and you play a crucial role in making COckroachDB a joy to use. We also offer technical training and experienced mentorship to help you learn and grow into whatever you wish it to be.

You Have
  • A passion for building beautiful, intuitive, and responsive user experiences that help people succeed at their jobs.
  • A strong background in frontend languages like Javascript and Typescript, and exposure to developing web applications using programming languages like Go, Java, or Python.
  • Experience implementing user interfaces using tools like React, Redux, Vue.js, or Angular.
  • An understanding of how to build cross-browser compatible experiences with seamless design patterns for complex UIs.
  • Experience building collaborative relationships with your colleagues. You enjoy being part of the code review process and partnering with your teammates on challenging problems.
  • 5+ years of relevant experience (preferred).
  • A BS in Computer Science or equivalent experience.
The Team

Marylia Gutierrez - Engineering Manager

Marylia joined Cockroach Labs in 2021 and she has been working as the Engineering Manager and a full stack developer for the SQL Observability team ever since, helping users gain insights into their SQL workloads through the collection of metrics and delivering features to the UI Console. Marylia was born in Brazil and lives in Toronto. When she is not working she enjoys watching TV series, playing video games, traveling and hiking.

Jordan Lewis - Director of Engineering, SQL

Jordan is responsible for the group of teams that develop and maintain CockroachDB’s SQL layer. He’s been around since 2016, when he joined Cockroach Labs as an engineer, and has been involved with a wide variety of CockroachDB development projects. He’s also heavily involved in the CockroachDB community and has a Friday Twitch stream which features live CockroachDB development. Jordan lives in Brooklyn where he was also born and raised. Outside of work he enjoys bike riding, hiking, Spikeball, and ever so slowly trying to learn the Irish flute.

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

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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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
    • C++Languages
    • GolangLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • CockroachDBDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • InVisionDesign
    • AirtableManagement

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).

Culture
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
Diversity
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
401(K)
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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