Principal Software Engineer at DigitalOcean

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Have you ever wondered what happens inside the cloud?

Based in New York, DigitalOcean is a dynamic, high-growth technology company that serves a robust and passionate community of developers, teams, and businesses around the world. We believe that today’s entrepreneurs are changing the world through software. Our mission is to empower these entrepreneurs by bringing modern app development within reach for any developer, anywhere in the world.

We want people who are passionate about staying on top of the latest cloud infrastructure trends, and have an excellent aptitude for supporting internal employees and teams.

We are looking for a highly experienced, highly motivated Principal Software Engineer with a Computer Science or Engineering background that will be involved in the architecture, design, implementation, verification and integration of the next generation of DigitalOcean Cloud Computing software.

What You’ll Be Doing:
  • Working at the forefront of cloud and distributed computing technologies.
  • Serve as the architect driving the technical strategy and direction for our large-scale cloud services, driving simplicity, high-reliability, ease of maintenance and operation.
  • Own the primary responsibility for establishing a pragmatic long term technical direction for our software services ensuring alignment with our customers, business goals and internal teams.
  • Lead a team of highly passionate technical leads to evolve our service architecture, oversee alignment of several products technical roadmaps. 
  • Lead by example through direct contribution, and provide direction in establishing development and operational practices.
  • Serving as the technical lead on our most demanding, cross-functional projects.
  • Actively mentor individuals and the engineering community on advanced technical issues.
What We’ll Expect From You:

Architect level experience in the following domains:

  • The ideal candidate is excited about the incredible opportunity that cloud computing represents, and is passionate about delivering high quality services in a hyper-growth environment where priorities can shift fast. 
  • Proven track record of  leading and mentoring large software teams
  • Experience with web and cloud native services is a must-have.
  • Demonstrate excellent ability to influence, build consensus and increase productivity by driving technical alignment between multiple teams..
  • Adept at Systems Thinking and is able to decompose complex problems into simple, straight-forward solutions.
  • Fully and completely understand system interdependencies and limitations.
  • Expert knowledge in performance, scalability, enterprise system architecture, and engineering best practices.
  • Leverage knowledge of open-source, industry, prior art in architecture decisions.
  • Balance technical leadership and savvy with strong business judgment to make the right decisions about technology. You’ll strive for simplicity and will demonstrate significant creativity.
  • Master’s degree or higher preferred
  • 15+ years professional experience in web-scale system software development
  • 5+ years developing and supporting serverless applications
  • In depth experience in two or more of the following areas: Cloud Computing, Storage, Networking, Platform-as-a-Service, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Software-as-a-Service.
  • Excellent communication skills at all levels is a must.
Why You’ll Like Working for DigitalOcean:
  • We value development. You will work with some of the smartest and most interesting people in the industry. We are a high-performance organization that is always challenging ourselves to continuously grow. We maintain a growth mindset in everything we do and invest deeply in employee development through formalized mentorship, LinkedIn Learning tracks, and other internal programs. We also provide all employees with reimbursement for relevant conferences, training, and education.
  • We care about your physical, financial and mental well-being. We offer competitive health, dental, and vision benefits for employees and their dependents, a monthly gym reimbursement to support your physical health, and a commute or internet allowance to make your trips to your office or your desk easier. We offer generous parental leave with transition time built-in upon return to work. We offer competitive compensation and a 401k plan with up to a 4% employer match. 
  • We support our remote employee experience. While we have great office spaces in NYC, Cambridge and Palo Alto, we’re very distributed—we use a number of communication tools to connect across the company—and all remote employees have the opportunity to visit our offices and meet their teams face-to-face at team offsites. We also have an annual company offsite, Shark Week, to get quality in-person time with the entire company at least once a year. We also allow employees to outfit their workstations to meet their needs—whether remote or in office.
  • We value diversity and inclusivity. We are an equal opportunity employer and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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Location

Easy to access for employees both in and outside of NYC, our HQ is located in the heart of trendy SoHo.

An Insider's view of DigitalOcean

What are some social events your company does?

We host an annual Shark Week where the entire company comes together for a week of learning, team time, opportunities to network cross-functionally, social activities, and more. We also host internal Hackathons (or Shark-a-hacks, as we call them) twice a year!

Olivia Melman

Manager, Recruiting Operations

What makes someone successful on your team?

Success on my team is fueled by my team’s mutual respect and trust. My team has given me all of the necessary tools needed to get the job done and I am trusted to contribute to company projects that will transform the business. It is invaluable to be surrounded by a team that is just as committed to my success as I am!

Melonie

People Operations Associate

What is your vision for the company?

DO is in a unique position as the entry point to the internet for 500,000 customers today, and with the potential to reach many millions more over time. We have an incredible opportunity to help the world's developers and entrepreneurs test their ideas, build their business and realize their dreams.

Yancey

CEO

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

DigitalOcean sources meetups, conferences, projects, non-profit organizations, student-run hackathons, and individual developers who create useful content. The ethos here is community driven, and based on love, so we go out of our way to support developers and entrepreneurs who are creating meaningful technologies and businesses.

Daniel

Senior Developer Relations Manager

What are DigitalOcean Perks + Benefits

DigitalOcean Benefits Overview

DigitalOcean benefits offerings vary by region. You can expect to enjoy things like:
- Full Health Coverage: Fully paid health benefits for all our employees. Nobody gets sick on our watch
- Commuter Benefits: Local employees receive a monthly metrocard or equivalent reimbursement for remotees
- 401k Plan: It's never too early to start saving. DigitalOcean matches up to 4% of every employee's salary
- Education Support: All employees receive reimbursement for conferences, training or education
- Gym Reimbursement: Up to $100 per month to support your physical health
- Custom Workstations: Mac? PC? Linux? We’ll hook up your rig with your preferred equipment
- Free Meals Every Day: Food tastes better when you’re eating together
- Flexible Vacation Time: Take the time you need to live a balanced and fulfilling personal life
- Headphones: Up to $100 for headphones of your choosing
- Teambuilding & Social Events: Hackathons, Shark Week (our annual company retreat), team offsites, anniversary parties and more

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
DigitalOcean's team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
DigitalOcean gives employees unlimited PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive unlimited days of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Our NYC office provides free catered breakfast and lunch Mondays through Fridays
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted once per week in the warmer months.
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
DigitalOcean reimburses its employees up to $100 per month for fitness services and activities
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
DigitalOcean hosts lunch and learn meetings weekly.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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