Senior Product Manager, SQL at Cockroach Labs (Greater NYC Area, NY)

| Greater NYC Area
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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 are looking for a Senior Product Manager to build an excellent developer experience for our cloud-native distributed SQL database. You will lead the experienced SQL Queries engineering team to tackle challenging customer problems while improving upon our state-of-the-art distributed SQL. You will also own the end-to-end user journeys and user experience query performance (e.g., HTAP, OLAP), multi-region access patterns, and the platform layers that include the Cost-based Optimizer and Distributed Execution Engine. You will define and execute against a product roadmap, including interfacing with product marketing for go-to-market activities. You will interface with developers daily and advocate on their behalf to help CockroachDB provide an excellent developer experience.

You Will
  • Lead the SQL SQL Queries product development teams and interface closely with other database and cloud product managers. 
  • Work directly with customers to understand and address their primary pain points, diligently collect product requirements, and document customer needs.
  • Collaborate with Engineering, Design, and Documentation to develop cloud-native solutions and iterate toward a delightful user experience.
  • Put yourself in our users’ shoes and acceptance test features before they go live to prioritize and iterate on usability gaps.
  • Leverage our BI platform to understand product adoption and prioritize enhancements to improve our product.
  • Drive adoption of our solutions by working with marketing and other departments to highlight differentiated workflows for developers.
You Have
  • 5 - 8+ years of work experience in product management, including technical expertise working with engineering and/or design teams.
  • Computer Science Degree and/or experience as a developer and/or building products for developers 
  • Excellent writing skills; our strategic product meetings are based on docs rather than decks. 
  • Familiarity and comfort using SQL, including working with databases
  • A collaborative nature and are an enthusiastic, amiable, and personable teammate, open to partnering with all other functions in the company.
  • The ability to communicate the unique value proposition of your product area to support the Marketing and Sales teams. You will periodically produce content to drive adoption and awareness of particular features. 
The Expectations

In the first 30 days, you will go through PM onboarding with your roachmate. You will shadow your area's Senior Group Product Manager (SGPM) and understand the team culture and processes. You will spin up a CockroachDB cluster and test core features, getting a sense of the end-to-end experience for yourself. You will work with your SGPM as well as our customers to understand the significant user pain points for the area and spend time getting familiar with the specific developer and industry problems your team is solving. You'll review your backlog, get up to speed on in-flight features, and learn how to understand feature adoption using our analytics platform.

You'll also build relationships with the tech leads, other product managers, and members of the broader organization you'll be working with daily. You and the SQL SGPM will have the first of many long-term career planning conversations to understand your goals and how Cockroach Labs can best help you achieve them. 

In your first 60 days, you will work with the SQL SGPM to drive monthly product-market-fit meetings, which require you to summarize your team's progress towards our OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) and product-market fit. You will start to vet new feature requests and add them to the backlog.

After three months, you will lead your team and meet with your direct reports to provide guidance, unblock development, and build their careers. You'll identify, research, and test solutions to problems. You will analyze product data from alpha releases to determine where to focus our efforts to create the most impact. There are countless opportunities for us to invest in, and you will be responsible for prioritizing the ones that will exceed our customers' expectations while generating a competitive advantage over the long term. We want our users to have a phenomenal experience using CockroachDB, which requires excellent products built by you and your team.

The Team

Reporting to Andy Woods, Data Interfaces Senior Group Product Manager, Cockroach Labs

Andy is responsible for the overall roadmap for the Data Interfaces product area, which covers the primary developer interface for using CockroachDB, including SQL, Migrations, and SQL Observability. User journeys in this area include connecting to the database, schema design & migration, SQL coverage, query performance (including cost-based optimizer and execution engines), and query introspection (why is my query slow?). Andy is also responsible for the multi-region experience inside CockroachDB, including the SQL abstractions and underlying technology that make CockroachDB a globally distributed database. Andy joined Cockroach Labs in 2017 to help build our core database offering. Andy enjoys a good book, movies, Crossfit workouts, and the new puppy that keeps him on his toes when not at work.

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]

The annual anticipated base salary range for U.S. candidates for this role is USD $130,000 to $205,000, 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, unlimited 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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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

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The office is cool & calm. We're not mandated to come in, but between the collegial spirit, fully stocked kitchens, daily lunch, events, and positive feel compelled to be there. Folks come in to be amongst and learn from one another. You work where you want, chill how you like, and leave when you’re done. It's all about personal energy!


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How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Early on, I wore many hats. With a broad role, you’re able to see what aspects you enjoy and what your strengths are for the business. As I took on more projects related to Employee Experience, I realized how much I valued information sharing and growing the team. These focuses landed me in my current role where I focus on People Development.


Senior Manager, People Development

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. But creativity needs space, so every Friday is a flex day where teams can explore these ideas.

Isaac Wong

VP, Engineering

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

One of our best benefits is Breather Weeks, which are week-long hackathons on things we're particularly excited about. On my end, I've used the time to explore animations and web experiences, which have slowly started to make way into the design systems for our products. The extra time creates a nice back and forth between design & engineering.


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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.

Well-being for All: We partner with Spring Health, LiveHealth Online, and an Employee Assistance Program to provide free counseling and mental health support 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.

Flexible Time Off & Hours: We care about productivity, not face time. 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 in-person and virtual activities and events that include trivia, karaoke, paint-alongs, games, cocktail crafting, cooking, fitness classes, and more.

Team Trips: Twice a year we try to all meet in person. 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 $2500 annually to support your learning and development. We host free professional development workshops throughout the year and each employee has full access to the Udemy Business platform and courses.

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 (including 80% return with Family Fridays), an additional 2 weeks of PTO if leave is taken all at once, plus $500 in baby bucks. We provide family planning support through the Cleo platform and dependent care FSA.

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).

Volunteer in local community
CRL dedicates at least 2 days per year to volunteering and partners with Sequoia for additional volunteer opportunities. 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, Power to Fly, and Marcy Lab. Our marketing, events, and recruiting teams have long replaced swag gifts with charity-based campaigns.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We currently have 4 employee-run ERGs, and our eng org has community service teams that address concerns, issues, cross-departmental partnerships, and other areas that are not owned by a single branch
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
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. [email protected], 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 Benefits
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 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 and XP Health membership (includes 3 $180 benefit credits for eyewear or lenses).
Health Insurance Benefits
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.
Onsite Gym
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.
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
Child Care 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
Cockroach Labs offers up to 12 weeks of flexible family leave with an additional 2 weeks of PTO, $500 Baby Bucks, re-entry support with an 80% return, and more to all employees.
Flexible Work Schedule
We understand flexibility is essential and encourage employees to work with their managers on determining an agreeable regular schedule. Each Friday is Flex Friday, a day to self-manage and grow.
Remote Work Program
Cockroach Labs has adopted a distributed workforce model. We support employees who work in multiple locations, from our corporate offices, to home offices, to co-share spaces, to some combination.
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 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.
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.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Pre-tax Commuter Account & Citi Bike Membership Contributions.
Company Outings
Monthly Company Activities, Holiday Parties, & Bi-Annual Company Trips.
Free Daily Meals
Fully stocked office kitchens and catered lunches Monday through Thursday or meal stipends for employees when in office. Monthly customizable snack box deliveries for hybrid and remote employees.
Game Room
Our NYC office loves their ping pong games!
Stocked Kitchen
All corporate offices have fully stocked kitchens with unlimited snacks and beverages. Visit the NYC HQ for kombucha on tap!
Some Meals Provided
Catered lunches Monday through Thursday or daily meal stipends for employees when working from a Cockroach Labs office. Monthly customizable snack box deliveries for remote employees.
Happy Hours
Cockroach Labs regularly hosts in-office and virtual happy hours. Our [email protected] 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.
Fitness Subsidies
Cockroach Labs offers a gym reimbursement program and CitiBike membership discounts.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
New Roachers are eligible for up to $1000 in reimbursements to improve their work-from-home setup ($500 yearly thereafter for fully remote employees).
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
$2500 Learning is Good Budget - to be used for learning materials, conferences (and travel), and continued education.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Lunch & Learns are regularly hosted at Cockroach Labs.
Cross functional training encouraged
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.
Continuing Education stipend
$2500 Learning is Good Budget - to be used for learning materials, conferences (and travel), and continued education.
Time allotted for learning
Flex Fridays are your days to self-manage and grow how you best see fit.,
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

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