Manager, Engineering (Storage) - New York, NY

| New York, NY, USA | Hybrid
Employer Provided Salary: 186,000-246,000 Annually
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Databases are the beating heart of every business in the world.

Cockroach Labs is the creator of CockroachDB, the most highly evolved cloud-native, distributed SQL database on the planet that scales fast, survives anything, and thrives anywhere. We created CockroachDB to unshackle teams from the constraints of their database. Join us on our mission to enable every developer to build world-changing applications!

About the Role

We're looking for an Engineering Manager to lead our Storage team. Storage is the team responsible for Pebble, CockroachDB’s storage engine. Storage is the bedrock of our database product, and is responsible for the safe, durable and efficient persistence and retrieval of data, on top of which the rest of the database is built. Our team develops and maintains Pebble, in addition to a number of Multi Version Concurrency Control (MVCC) APIs, iterator stack, and our Enterprise Encryption At Rest (EAR) feature in CockroachDB. The team also has a hand in the development, operation and troubleshooting of our Cockroach Cloud product, as it relates to the various storage offerings of the cloud providers on top of which Cockroach Cloud runs.

You Will

  • Help engineers successfully navigate their day-to-day by providing them the resources they need, as well as access to individuals who can help them accomplish their goals at Cockroach Labs.
  • Partner closely with our engineering and product leadership to set the engineering roadmap for CockroachDB and our future products.
  • Collaborate with managers across teams to tackle people management challenges, but to also ensure the coordination of documentation, marketing, and product initiatives as we scale.
  • Coach and provide direct feedback to your team to guide personal development and growth beyond just technical skills. Managing performance and making sure that our engineers are achieving their goals is essential to retaining a high performing team of engineers.
  • Exemplify our core values of aim high and build to last, establish balance, be transparent about highs and lows, and respect. This is especially important as you begin to grow the team.
  • Be excited to bring your technical understanding and product architecture knowledge to Cockroach Labs and learn more about databases
  • Enjoy being involved in tech talks, community meetups, conferences, and hackathons and encourage your team to participate in events that interest them. Your engagement helps to strengthen our open-source community and increase our presence in the tech community.

The Expectations

In your first 30 days, you will become an integrated member of our engineering team. You’ll spend time learning about the Storage team’s domain, processes and people, as well as learning about CockroachDB and CockroachDB Cloud. 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 will be fully integrated into the team and comfortable leading the Storage team’s execution in partnership with Product and Design. You’ll have built an understanding of the Storage team’s tech stack and feel comfortable with the architecture and components the team develops and maintains. You’ll understand the team’s priorities and roadmap.

After 6 months, you’ll be up to managing a team of 4-6 engineers and starting to grow the team yourself. You will be making sure that each member of your team is working on projects that align with both our needs and their interests.

You Have

  • A passion for building relationships and are responsible for the welfare of the engineering team you manage, including their professional development and growth. We're looking for managers that want to empower the team to achieve their professional and personal goals.
  • Experience working on complex technical products and have exposure to distributed systems, concurrency control, data replication, file systems, or SQL processing.
  • Comfort using programming languages like Go, C/C++, Java, and Python. We use Go, but if you don't know it, you'll learn while you're here.
  • A solid product architecture knowledge and grasp how a variety of teams interactions’ may impact it.
  • Been exposed to performance management, understanding the importance of building an effective team that can function independently, while collaborating and supporting each other.
  • Partnered across departments, ensuring coordination with internal teams (e.g., with Documentation; Marketing; Product).

The Team

Reporting to Nick Travers - Senior Manager, Engineering

Nick joined Cockroach Labs in 2021, and looks after the Storage, Key Value (KV) and Admission Control (AC) teams, that collectively make up the DB Platform team. Storage is responsible for Pebble, our RocksDB-inspired Log Structured Merge (LSM) Tree implementation. KV turns multiple Pebble stores into a multi-node distributed KV store, encompassing replication, transactions and distribution. Admission Control helps to prevent cluster overload by admitting or throttling certain types of work, based on available cluster resources. Nick lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son, but hails from Perth, Australia. An avid Arsenal Football Club supporter, he also dabbles in cookery.

Isaac Wong - EVP 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 cannoli's with his wife and kids.

Our Benefits

  • Competitive Health Insurance Coverage (for you & your dependents!)
  • Paid Parental Leave (with baby bucks)
  • Flexible PTO
  • Learning & Development Budget
  • Relocation Support (as applicable)

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].

The annual anticipated base salary range for U.S. candidates for this role is USD $186,000 to $246,000, plus commission if a sales role. We set standard ranges for all U.S.-based roles based on function, level, and geographic location, benchmarked against similar stage growth companies. In order to be compliant with local legislation, as well as to provide greater transparency to candidates, we share salary ranges on all job postings regardless of desired hiring location.  Actual salaries may vary and fall outside of this range depending on factors such as a candidate’s qualifications, geographic location, skills, experience, and competencies. In addition, we are often open to a wide variety of profiles, and recognize that the person we hire may be less experienced (or more senior) than this job description as posted. Salary is one component of the Cockroach Labs’ total rewards package, which includes stock options, health insurance, life and disability insurance, funds towards professional development resources, flexible PTO, paid holidays, and parental leave, to name a few! Salaries for candidates outside the U.S. will vary based on local compensation structures.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
  • People Operations
    • GolangLanguages
    • TypeScriptLanguages
    • SCSSLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • CypressFrameworks
    • DockerFrameworks
    • gRPCFrameworks
    • JestFrameworks
    • KubernetesFrameworks
    • OAuthFrameworks
    • React Testing LibraryFrameworks
    • CockroachDBDatabases
    • PebbleDatabases
    • AWS (Amazon Web Services)Services
    • GitHubServices
    • Google CloudServices
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • LookerAnalytics
    • InVisionDesign
    • AirtableManagement
    • NetlifyCMS
    • Chorus.AICRM
    • DocuSignCRM
    • DriftCRM
    • LinkedIn SalesNavigatorCRM
    • OutreachCRM
    • SalesforceCRM
    • AnaplanCRM
    • DemandbaseCRM
    • ClariCRM
    • PostBeyondEmail
    • MarketoLead Gen
    • BizibleLead Gen
    • SlackCollaboration
    • ZoomCollaboration
    • Google MeetCollaboration
    • CultureAMPCollaboration
    • PaveCollaboration
    • BambooHRCollaboration
    • JIRAProject Management
    • LookerProject Management

Location

Our HQ is centrally located on the border of Chelsea, Manhattan's vibrant arts neighborhood, and the trendy Flatiron District. Known for a rich and diverse dining scene, there are no shortages of cafes and eclectic lunch, dinner, and happy hour options to explore in this area.

An Insider's view of Cockroach Labs

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

We empower our teams to be more creative with two core values: autonomy and a commitment to excellence. We surround teams with examples of excellence, high standards, and critical information to spark ideas and then empower them with the autonomy to act.

Isaac Wong

VP, Engineering

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

Lasse

Member of Technical Staff

What are Cockroach Labs Perks + Benefits

Cockroach Labs Benefits Overview

Well-being for All: We partner with Spring Health (12 pre-paid sessions per year), LiveHealth Online, and an Employee Assistance Program to provide free counseling and mental health support on our team.

Flexible Time Off: Take time off when you need it and disconnect when you're not at work. Arrange your calendar in the way that makes the most sense for your unique personal and professional priorities.

Having Fun Together: In addition to sharing meals and snacks in the office and through online #donut meetings, we dedicate company time to bond through activities and events that include trivia, karaoke, paint-alongs, games, cocktail crafting, cooking, fitness classes, and more.

Team Trips: These might be trips to the NYC HQ or to camp in the mountains. The connections made in these environments build friendships, inspire ideas, and deepen the ties which make working together fun and productive.

Learning is Good: We provide an annual stipend to support your learning and development. We also host free professional development workshops throughout the year.

Parental Leave & Family Planning: We offer 12 weeks of paid parental leave to all new parents after 30 days with us, individualized transition time and re-entry support with 10 transition days to use during the first month after returning from leave; plus $500 baby bucks.

Health, Retirement, & Other Perks: competitive health insurance coverage for you & your dependents; One Medical membership; XP Health smart vision platform benefits; gym discounts; gender-affirming care; life insurance; free Covid testing; employee discounts & perks through SmartSpend; commuter benefits; FSA; 401(k).

Culture
Volunteer in local community
CRL dedicates at least 2 days per year to volunteering and our ERGs organize volunteer events throughout the year. For each hired referral, we donate $2,500 to the referrer's charity of choice.
Partners with nonprofits
CRL has ongoing partnerships with orgs including Black Girls Code and Marcy Lab. Our marketing, events, and recruiting teams have long replaced swag gifts with charity-based campaigns.
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Mandated unconscious bias training
CRL regularly conducts company-wide and departmental trainings on avoiding unconscious bias, anti-harassment, and fairness in hiring.
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity employee resource groups
CRL's CREWS groups aim to foster inclusivity and connection. POC@CRL, Women of CRL, Infinite Colors (neurodivergence), and Roacher Pride are currently active, and any Roacher can make a new one!
Hiring practices that promote diversity
CRL has built more equitable hiring practices with resume-less, exercise-based interviews and standardized rubrics across all interviews, along with regularly conducted unconscious bias training.
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
CRL's employees have the opportunity to elect into an FSA which allows them to make pre-tax contributions to an account for medical expenses.
Disability insurance
U.S. employees are covered by Cockroach Labs's short- and long-term disability insurance.
Dental insurance
Cockroach Labs offers comprehensive dental coverage with preventative care coverage at no cost to employees.
Vision insurance
We cover 100% of the premium for vision insurance which covers up to $130 in frames or contact lenses per year and XP Health membership (includes 3 $180 benefit credits for eyewear or lenses).
Health insurance
Competitive Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic Life, AD&D, and Disability Insurance for you, your spouse, partner, and/or dependents, along with One Medical and LiveHealth Online memberships.
Life insurance
Cockroach Labs offers competitive life insurance to our employees.
Pet insurance
Lower vet bills by up to 90% with a pet insurance policy.
Wellness programs
We offer a gym reimbursement program and contribute to CitiBike memberships.
Team workouts
Our Workplace Experience team organizes wellness events including summer yoga and outdoor retreats when conditions allow. Members of our #fitness channel meet daily for 15 min workouts.
Mental health benefits
Cockroach Labs partners with Spring Health to provide pre-paid therapy sessions to all employees in addition to an EAP and a LiveHealth Online membership.
Financial & Retirement
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.
Charitable contribution matching
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
Childcare benefits
Dependent FSAs allow you to set aside pre-tax dollars for child care during the day or before/after school. Cockroach Labs also gift new parents $500 Baby Bucks to use on family essentials.
Generous parental leave
We offer 12 weeks of paid parental leave to all new parents after 30 days with us, individualized transition time and re-entry support with 10 transitions days to use during the first month back.
Family medical leave
Employees in need may qualify for a leave of absence to care for their own serious health condition or that of a spouse, child, or parent.
Adoption Assistance
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation + Time Off
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.
Sabbatical
Employees with over five years of service who have significantly impacted the company's success are eligible for up to three months of sabbatical leave.
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Cockroach Labs offers up to two weeks per year of sick leave in addition to flexible PTO.
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Pre-tax Commuter Account & Citi Bike Membership Contributions.
Company-sponsored outings
Monthly Company Activities, Holiday Parties, & Bi-Annual Company Trips.
Free daily meals
CRL offices have fully stocked kitchens. In-office employees receive lunch stipends Mon-Thurs and order custom meals via a platform that donates a meal to alleviate food insecurity for each order.
Free snacks and drinks
All corporate offices have fully stocked kitchens with unlimited snacks and beverages. Visit the NYC HQ for cold brew on tap!
Company-sponsored happy hours
Cockroach Labs regularly hosts in-office and virtual happy hours. Our POC@CRL CREWS group hosts monthly "Wine Wednesday" Kickbacks.
Recreational clubs
Recreational Clubs at Cockroach Labs includes #fitness, ping pong, book club, and more!
Relocation assistance
Relocation assistance for you and your family to move to a corporate office location (as applicable).
Fitness stipend
Cockroach Labs offers a gym reimbursement program and CitiBike membership discounts. We also have a gym in our NYC HQ!
Onsite gym
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Learning is Good resources including a yearly L&D stipend (up to $1500 per year).
Lunch and learns
Lunch & Learns are regularly hosted at Cockroach Labs.
Promote from within
Mentorship program
New Roachers are paired with a "Roachmate" to act as guides and buddies through onboarding. The Engineering department offers a formalized Mentorship Program.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

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