Software Engineer, Infrastructure & Site Reliability

| Greater LA Area
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WHO WE ARE

Postmates enables anyone to have just about anything on-demand. We pioneered the on-demand space and currently serve 3500+ cities with a fleet of more than 350,000 Postmates and the largest network of merchants in the US. We’re changing the landscape of commerce by making cities our warehouses, providing the delivery infrastructure, and connecting our customers to any product, anywhere, anytime. Postmates isn’t just an app, it’s a way of life and a part of pop culture. We are the O.G. of on-demand and we’ve given people a new superpower — the ability to Postmate anything from anywhere. We’re building a movement to make Postmates a verb: Postmate it.

WHAT WE DO

Postmates relies heavily on our engineering team to realize this vision. Building a software platform that is reliable, scales, and stays agile under demanding product needs is a serious technical challenge. Postmates is a three-part balancing act connecting customers, merchants, and couriers in real-time. If any piece is out of whack, the whole system suffers. Working with the Postmates engineering team offers an opportunity with explosive growth, cutting-edge technology, a highly visible charter, and a cool user-focused product vision.

This team includes Infrastructure Engineers, Database Infrastructure Engineers, and Site Reliability Engineers who work to keep the platform running and make every engineer at Postmates more effective. This means writing software to help us scale in addition to identifying patterns, tools and processes to increase our performance and reliability as we grow. We need engineers with deep technical knowledge and experience with complex systems and performance. Every day you’ll be making our services and our processes better!

OUR TECHNOLOGIES
  • Server: Python, Go, Erlang
  • Cloud: AWS, GCP
  • Databases: BigTable, Postgres, DynamoDB
  • Infrastructure: Kubernetes, etcd, Consul, Terraform, Prometheus, Grafana, Vault, nginx
YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

We like to use the full set of tools and services available to us from Amazon Web Services to build out new functionality in a service-oriented environment. You will be building the foundation that Postmates Engineering depends on using modern immutable infrastructure patterns. We make extensive use of Python, Django and Go.

  • Create and maintain the foundational infrastructure services running Postmates services run on:
    • Public cloud
    • Kubernetes and containers
    • Application performance analysis and monitoring
    • Service monitoring
    • Immutable infrastructure patterns and tools
    • Continuous Integration and Deployment
  • Provide expertise and guidance to other engineers regarding topics such as:
    • Distributed Systems
    • UNIX Operating Systems
    • System networking
    • Application and system optimizations
    • Application and system level security
OUR REQUIREMENTS
  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) required
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience developing and managing horizontally scalable and fault-tolerant distributed systems in production at scale
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills along with a keen sense of empathy
  • Strong knowledge of UNIX/Linux, and experience working with open source software
  • Experience with containerization and/or virtualization
  • Knowledge of modern web architecture (HTTP, REST, gRPC)
  • Strong knowledge of (and opinions about) DevOps
  • Excellent problem-solving and troubleshooting abilities
  • Production experience with SQL databases and/or noSQL datastores, Postgres a plus
  • Public cloud experience
  • Software engineering experience, preferably in Python or Go
  • Experience with automation, tuning, and optimization of datastore systems
YOUR BENEFITS

Postmates has your back. In our impact-first work environment, we value huge company vision. As you strive to build the future with us, we’ll support you with: 

  • Competitive salary and generous stock option plan.
  • Access to the Postmates 401(k) plan.
  • 100% coverage for employees medical, dental, and vision insurance.
  • 95% coverage for dependents medical, dental, and vision insurance.
  • Pre-tax Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for qualified out-of-pocket health care costs.
  • Flexible time off policy under which Postmates will not limit paid time off for vacations or to handle personal affairs. (Salaried US Employees)
  • 16 days paid time off and 7 days paid sick leave (Hourly US Employees; amount of paid sick leave depends on state).
  • 3 days paid time to volunteer through CivicLabs and positively impact the communities we serve.
  • Generous parental leave including flexible transition plans, Postmates meal credit, and subsidized access to the Milk Store, Urban Sitter, and Concern.
  • Free and confidential counseling resources through an Employee Assistance Program.
  • Pre-tax Commuter Benefits for parking or transit fees.
  • A free subscription to Postmates Unlimited.
  • Catered lunches, open snack bar, and subsidized Postmates Pickup meals.
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • KotlinLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ErlangLanguages
    • FluxLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SparkFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • DjangoDatabases
    • DynamoDatabases

Location

0.2 mile walk from downtown Santa Monica Expo Line stop (direct transit from downtown LA), 0.5 mile walk to beach, close to 3rd St Promenade shopping

An Insider's view of Postmates Inc.

How does the company support your career growth?

I once read that “growth and comfort don’t coexist” and Postmates lives by it. From day one at Postmates, I felt challenged and have been given projects that impact the business. I’ve had to flex technical muscles that I have never used and it’s exciting because I’m developing into a more well-rounded engineer which only enhances my career growth.

Juan

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Instead of assigning work/tasks to my team, we operate by having the team identify what they think are the problems that we need to be solving today, and how that will scale or change over the next few years then align those with company priorities. This forces my team to be more creative in how they approach their work on a day to day basis.

Aabhas

INFRASTRUCTURE LEAD

What are Postmates Inc. Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
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
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Postmates health insurance policy covers up to 100% of out of pocket expenses.
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 24 hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Social team outings monthly
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Meal credits provided 3x per week
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
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