Linode | Senior Software Engineer – Kubernetes - Technical.ly

Senior Software Engineer – Kubernetes

Linode | Philadelphia, PA | Dev / Eng

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Linode is seeking an exceptional Senior Kubernetes Software Engineer who demonstrate initiative and passion for our goals and are as enthusiastic as we are about bringing massive scale computing power to the masses.

You’ll have the chance to work with Linode’s products and enable a simple and seamless way for our users to deploy and manage containers in the cloud. As a senior engineer, you’ll be a thought leader in your space. You know how to engineer complicated customer facing solutions, but you’re also keen on mentorship, building up those around you, collaborating upstream to other leaders and teams, performing code reviews, and influencing those around you.

If that sounds exciting, then Linode may be the place for you.

Our work environment fosters innovative solutions, rapid development cycles and open communication. Because our core technologies are Linux-based, familiarity with Linux is a must.

We’re a closely knit team with a focus on agile development and innovative solutions. We encourage and reward curiosity, ingenuity, and technical excellence. If you enjoy working on ambitious projects that have a big impact, you’ll enjoy working at Linode!

Technologies

You don’t have to have experience with all of these, but you should have experience with some of them and an interest to learn others

  • Design and maintenance of massive distributed systems
  • Kubernetes, Docker
  • Python, pip, virtualenv, pytest
  • SaltStack, Ansible, Puppet, Chef or the like
  • JavaScript (ES6 / ES7), NodeJS
  • Perl, C, Bash
  • Debian architecture and packaging, Linux Virtualization and Containers, QEMU
  • Git, Jenkins, Docker

Must haves:

  • 5+ years experience in software development
  • Educated views on technology and software design to bring to the table
  • Experience with automated testing
  • A Love for Linux

Nice-to-haves:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field
  • Relevant certification such as CKA (Certified Kubernetes Administrator) is a bonus
  • Contributions to open source projects as well as your own projects
  • Systems Architecture and Design Skills
  • API Design experience
  • Build and Deployment Automation Experience
  • Experience in a hosting environment or other IAAS or SAAS provider

Work With Us

  • Philadelphia office: We recently moved our HQ to one of the coolest tech buildings in Philly; join us on N3RD street!
  • Flexible work hours: We offer a flexible work schedule, a generous paid time off package, and two work from home days on a weekly basis.
  • Unbelievable benefits: We provide comprehensive health insurance, 401(k) contributions, a profit- sharing program, and pension plans.
  • Monthly wellness reimbursements: up to $100 towards gym memberships, diet plans, massages, etc.
  • A Macbook Pro: to use around the office and at home.
  • Free hosting service: Take advantage of some Linode service – we’ll pick up the tab.
  • Linode Lunch: What goes better with technology than food? Nothing. We bring in a catered lunch every week.
  • Competitive salary: It all begins with fair compensation. We believe in paying people well and rewarding those who go the extra mile.

Since 2003, Linode has been providing cloud computing services to customers around the world. Linode offers compute, storage, and networking services from nine data centers in three regions spanning the United States, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. We are committed to making Linode the most simple, powerful and reliable hosting provider that thousands of customers—from the fastest-growing startups to established enterprises—trust. This industry moves fast, but we strive to hire the kind of people who can stay a step ahead and keep us – and themselves – at the top. We are an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming workplace for all.

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What does Linode look for in prospective employees?

We constantly seek people who are not only qualified to do the job, but who are passionate about doing it well. We have a unique environment where our projects aren’t segmented or siloed — every employee owns what they’re working on and gets to see how it impacts our users and how it fits into high-level strategy. We look for people with a strong interest in learning and growing - personally and professionally.

Furthermore, empathy is the name of the game, and though it might sound cheesy, our number one requirement is a desire to help people. Assisting customers is the core of the job for every employee at Linode. If you’re not motivated by solving problems and making people happy, you’re at the wrong place.

What about technical skills?

Linode employees, especially those on the support team, often come to the company from a variety of non-technical backgrounds. That said, technical aptitude is a must. All employees pick up the Linux command line. The work we do is specific to Linux.

Technologists should know that while historically we’ve been a Python shop leveraging Flask, Django, and React, a lot of our next-gen systems are built with Go and Kubernetes. On top of that, we use SaltStack for configuration management, Docker for containerization and Jenkins for continuous integration. We don’t care so much about years of experience with particular languages, frameworks, and libraries as we care about passion, aptitude for learning new technologies, and eagerness to work with the best tools for each job.

What does a typical day of work at Linode look and feel like?

When it comes down to it, you can and should have a good time working at Linode. We empower our employees to use their knowledge to do the job the best way, to have constructive debates, and ultimately to do things that will produce the best results. We’ve held on to our startup feel, but with the benefit of being a market leader in a booming industry. At the end of the day, our employees are passionate about the things they work on which makes for a rewarding environment.

Linode strives to be communicative and open, both with our open source community and with each other. Employees are encouraged to offer their input on how to make the company and platform better, and that feedback is always evaluated.

How does Linode encourage professional growth and learning?

Linode offers a unique opportunity for those looking to launch or continue a great career in tech while learning new skills on the job. We’ve cultivated a culture of continuous learning and self-improvement. Professional aspirations aren’t limited here, and new roles are often created based on personal goals and company needs.

A new ‘Work From Home’ policy allows employees to work remotely two days a week, three if they are on the Support team. Many feel the new policy has increased their productivity, as well as eased the burden of finding that elusive balance between life and work.

What new projects or partnerships is Linode excited about?

Linode recently secured a premiere partnership with Limelight—an edge services platform delivering high-performance digital experiences. The partnership has been a win-win for both companies. Linode has gained access to a world class content distribution network, inciting its expansion into a new customer vertical of larger Enterprise customers, while Limelight reaps the benefits of Linode’s specialized computing expertise.  

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