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Software Engineer, Site Reliability Engineering and DevOps Team

| Seattle

Company Description

PayScale is the world leader in modern compensation software. Our crowdsourced data and unique algorithms power the world’s largest real-time database of rich salary profiles giving both employers and employees immediate visibility into the right pay for any position. We believe that transparent, fact-based relationships between companies and employees will generate the best outcomes, enabling both to thrive.

We’re disrupting the compensation industry and we are looking to bring on scrappy engineers with diverse perspectives. We foster a playful work atmosphere where highly motivated individuals can be truly innovative. Are you bright, tenacious, and inventive? If so, PayScale may be the perfect place for you to grow your career!

Headquartered in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood, we are a fast-growing Francisco Partners portfolio company.

Job Description

About the Site Reliability Engineering and DevOps Team

Our motto: "Make every engineer at PayScale stronger, faster and better-looking."

Our backup motto: "We don't do your job for you, we just make it ridiculously easy to do"

This can take many forms, and really varies from project-to-project. An example of a project we've done in the past is converting our applications from our old bespoke build and deploy system to using standard continuous integration and deployment tools. We're pushing our operations from our colocation facility to cloud providers, and this team is integral to doing that safely, securely, efficiently and cost-effectively. Expect to work with IaaS, PaaS, and containers with Kubernetes.

Technologies We're Using

The SRE team tends to lean towards the back end. We use a lot of cool technology on the front-end too, we just spend less time with it.

  • Cloud providers: Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure.
  • For machine and application build and deployment: Terraform, Chef, TeamCity, Octopus Deploy, Kubernetes, and more.
  • For log shipping and reporting: Apache Kafka, Snowflake, Elasticsearch and more.
  • In addition to the above, we also use some other fun technologies: RabbitMQ, Redis, MongoDB, Datadog, Azure App Insights

We take a very pragmatic approach to infrastructure development: we use what makes sense for what we're trying to do. We're not dogmatic about anything. If we think we're currently using the wrong thing, and it makes sense to switch, we will.

What You'll Do:

  • You will create things that will be used. A lot. The work we do is heavily-leveraged by other teams within PayScale to do their work.
  • You will work across all aspects of a large-scale software-as-a-service application, including machine automation, deployments and more.
  • You will work in a collaborative team environment with highly skilled specialists in many areas, including: data warehousing, web analytics, distributed systems, machine learning, search, and econometrics.
  • You will maintain, improve and expand usage of our internal products for: build, deploy, provisioning, logging, monitoring, alerting, disaster recovering, and more.


What You'll Need:

  • You have a background in: builds, deployments, monitoring, testing, chat bots.
  • You have scripting-language skills (e.g. Python, PowerShell, Bash).
  • You have 2+ years of professional development or scripting experience.
  • You have excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • You have some experience with object-oriented programming (e.g. Java, C#).
  • You have working knowledge of relational and NoSQL databases (e.g. SQL Server, MySQL, Postgres, MongoDB, Redis).
  • You can explain technical concepts to developers, project managers, and technical managers.
  • You have the ability and desire to team up with others, solving complex problems that often require independent research with minimal supervision.

Additional Information

Benefits & Perks – The Highlights:

  • Unlimited Paid Time Off policy
  • 10 paid holidays AND Summer office closure the entire week of July 4th
  • Amazing Medical/Vision/Dental/Prescription coverage: 100% company-paid premiums for employees; 50% for eligible partners and dependents
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) options for pre-tax employee allocations towards: Medical, Dependent Care, Parking, and Transit
  • Long Term Disability, Short Term Disability, and Company-paid Life Insurance
  • Maternity and Paternity Leave and onsite Mother’s Room
  • 401k which vests immediately, complete with company match
  • Onsite bike storage, lockers, showers, and clothes dryer
  • Ergo friendly chairs and sitting-standing desks
  • Company-hosted happy hours every Friday afternoon
  • Fido Fridays (our canine colleagues join us the first Friday of every month. WOOF!)

Equal Opportunity Employer: PayScale provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. PayScale complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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PayScale's headquarters are located in the heart of the action in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square neighborhood.

An Insider's view of PayScale

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

We pride ourselves on providing balance to our employees! Unlimited PTO, summer office closure during the week of July 4th, consistent 40 hour work weeks, etc. We believe that if our employees have a life outside of PayScale that they will be more productive, more innovative, and that ultimately they'll decide to stay with us longer :)

Chris Stiemert

Director, Talent Acquisition

What projects are you most excited about?

On the sales team we're constantly innovating the ways that we communicate the value of PayScale to prospective customers. New features and products are added all the time, and it's exciting to work together to find the most effective way to let potential buyers know what's in it for them.

Mackenzie Fuentes

Sales Development Representative, Team Captain

What’s the vibe like in the office?

It’s a beer on a bad day, a coffee on a rainy Monday morning. The ups and downs come with the stress of work and real life, but with that the true comfort of coworkers who know what’s going on and assist where they can. It’s a good place to be and a better place to work.

Tom Owen

Client Management Support Specialist

What are PayScale Perks + Benefits

PayScale Benefits Overview

Unlimited Paid Time Off policy
100% company paid medical/vision/dental/prescription premiums for employees (50% for eligible dependents and partners)
Four Flexible Spending Account (FSA) options for pre-tax employee allocations towards:
Long Term Disability, Short Term Disability, and Company-paid Life Insurance
Maternity and Paternity Leave
10 paid holidays!
Summer office closure, entire week of July 4th
401k with company match, vests immediately
Casual dress code (JSS - Jeans, shorts, and sandals welcome!)
Onsite lockers, showers, and clothes dryer
Bike storage
Gender neutral bathrooms on most floors
Mothers' Room
Sitting-Standing ergo friendly desks
Weekly company sponsored happy hours
Fido Fridays (our canine colleagues join us the first Friday of every month. WOOF!)
Flexible work hours and potentially ability to work from home

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Medical, Dependent Care (can be used towards day care costs), Parking, Transit
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Fido Friday's the first Friday of every month!
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
We know creating an environment that values diverse perspectives and backgrounds is what enables us to have more innovative ideas and best serve our customers.
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