Staff Software Engineer, Developer Experience at Fivetran

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From Fivetran’s founding until now, our mission has remained the same: to make access to data as simple and reliable as electricity. With Fivetran, customer data arrives in their warehouses, canonical and ready to query, with no engineering or maintenance required. We’re proud that more organizations continue to leverage our technology every day to become truly data-driven.

About the role:

Fivetran is looking for a Staff Software Engineer enthusiastic about developer experience and productivity.

You are eager to get the best tools and apply the most effective methodologies to provide the top-notch experience to engineers around you and around the world. You are interested in finding points of productivity loss and you are ready to design, implement and deploy better approaches. You are not afraid to dive deep into details of implementation such as tools, plugins, local builds and tests, build systems and CI/CD pipelines to ensure that your solution is implemented in the most optimal way.

As a Staff Software Engineer, you will:
  • “Own” the developer experience and feel responsible and accountable for it.
  • Collaborate with engineers and engineering teams to identify productivity issues and bottlenecks before they impact engineers.
  • Develop metrics and approaches to measure developer experience and productivity.
  • Drive initiatives to eliminate bottlenecks.
  • Experiment with and deploy new tools and approaches to explore new levels of developers productivity.
  • Track trends, propose future changes and maintain a roadmap (backlog) of developer experience improvements.

Expectations and Success Measures:

  • After one month, you are familiar with our teams and development process
  • After three months, you participated in a project that optimized some aspect of our daily engineering routine
  • After six months, you identified and eliminated a major productivity issue
  • After twelve months you are leading key development productivity initiatives 

You can say that you've done great if:

  • The engineering team provides 90%+ positive feedback in a developer experience and productivity survey
  • Local builds and tests are fast and stable
  • Engineers aren’t blocked or frustrated by ineffective technical processes and policies
  • Engineers aren’t facing any issues with their tools


  • An extensive track record of building quality software
  • Experience with different programming languages and frameworks
  • Experience in development of tools and plugins
  • Experience with build tools (Bazel / Maven / Gradle)
  • Experience with CI/CD pipelines (CircleCI / Jenkins / Travis CI / GitLab / TeamCity)
  • Experience with code quality control tools (Sonarqube, PMD, PVS-studio)
  • Experience in workflow and process design and optimisation

Nice to haves:

  • Java, ES/TS, Python programming experience. 
  • Experience in data processing (ETL, ELT) and/or cloud-based platforms. 
  • Automation experience. 
  • Interest in new tools and methodologies. 
  • Desire to make engineers as productive and happy as they can be. 

Perks of working with us:

  • medical insurance for employees and their children;
  • life and health insurance;
  • additional sick leave compensation;
  • professional development and training opportunities;
  • English classes;
  • cell phone reimbursement;
  • unlimited coffee, office snacks/fruits and frequent catered lunches;
  • company happy hours and fun team building activities.

We’re honored to be valued at over $5.6 billion, but more importantly, we’re proud of our core values of Get Stuck In, Do the Right Thing, and One Team, One Dream. To learn more about Fivetran’s culture and what it’s like to be part of the team, click here and enjoy our video.

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An Insider's view of Fivetran

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

"Our work-life balance is less about "balance" and more about flowing seamlessly between the two. Everyone understands that to be our best in the workplace we have to embrace our true selves. That means a bike ride or yoga in the middle of the day is a priority so we can deliver great results for our customers, company, colleagues, and ourselves."

Mike Faber

Sales Leader Enablement Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

" I collaborated with other departments on a weekly if not daily basis. Our core value of One Team One Dream ensures that everyone makes decisions that are in the best interest of the organization."

Andrew Sutherland

Business Development Manager

What are some things you learned at the company?

Fivetran is a true rocketship. I didn’t realize what an incredible company I was joining, so I feel lucky to be here every day. Everyone loves Fivetran whether they’re a customer or they’re an employee. We all strive toward a common goal of making Fivetran the best, and we’ve done a pretty amazing job at it.

Rachel Musiker

Account Executive

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I just celebrated my one year anniversary with Fivetran! The accelerated growth has given me so many chances to learn new things and show off my skills! I’ve already been promoted twice and have more ambitious goals ahead!

Emily Chapman

Recruiting Team Lead

What are Fivetran Perks + Benefits

Fivetran Benefits Overview

100% paid Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life Insurance
25 days annual paid vacation, plus 13 paid holidays and generous sick time
401k match program
Pet Insurance -- and yes, you can bring your well-behaved fur babies to work
Commuter pre-tax benefits options to help with transit and parking costs
Professional development and training opportunities
Unlimited coffee, office snacks, and frequent catered lunches
Company happy hours and fun team building activities

Volunteer in local community
Fivetran encourages every employee to volunteer by giving them 2 days off each year to dedicate to a volunteer opportunity! How cool is that?!
Partners with Nonprofits
Fivetran partners with a number of nonprofits throughout the year via donation matching and other co-sponsored events.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
In 2020, our team launched new Employee Resource Groups like: Women's Network, 7ERG (LGBTQIA), and BFN (Black at Fivetran)
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Fivetran host a Wellness Week every yea
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Customized development tracks

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