Senior DevOps Engineer

Posted on Feb 28, 2023

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Job Details

Full Time
🌎 Worldwide

About Parabol

Parabol exists to make work meaningful. Join our fully distributed team and build software that makes every meeting worth the time invested.

Since 2015, our global team has worked to build lovingly crafted, open-source software that helps teams do their best work. We work just as hard on delivering an employee-centric people-first company culture.

We Are:

  • Creators of Parabol, the open-source meeting app for remote and agile teams
  • Backed by top investors: Microsoft, Slack Fund, CRV, and Haystack
  • Committed to transparency, honesty, empathy, experimentation, and play
  • A fully-distributed global team who value flexible scheduling and travel
  • An Equal Opportunity Employer

We (Gladly) Comply with U.S. Employment Laws

Classification: We follow and are in full compliance with both IRS and DoL Classifications of “Employee”, “Contractor”, and “Intern”.

Authorization: All new hires—regardless of citizenship—are required to complete a U.S. federal Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9).

Equal Employment Opportunity & Harassment: (TL;DR: Come as you are. Feel welcome. Feel safe.) We are committed to safeguarding our workplace from all forms of discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, disability, military status, or family status. This commitment extends to all aspects of the employment relationship including recruiting, interviewing, selection, hiring, transfers, promotions, training, terminations, working conditions, compensation, and benefits.

The Position

As a DevOps Architect at Parabol, you’ll bring new experiences to life that shape the daily work experience of a growing user base, designing and building along with an inspiringly talented and kind team.

We Are:

Creators of Parabol, the open-source meeting app for remote and agile teams Backed by top investors: Microsoft, Slack Fund, CRV, and Haystack Committed to transparency, honesty, empathy, experimentation, and play A fully-distributed global team who value flexible scheduling and travel An Equal Opportunity Employer


You Are:

  • An ace containerization and infrastructure engineer, who keeps up-to-date on the latest patterns and technologies
  • Somebody who loves open-source software & wants to share your code with the world
  • Comfortable designing a scalable infrastructure from the ground up
  • Experienced in deploying auto-scalable micro-services
  • An empathetic and generous communicator that lives by, “don’t hate, iterate”

Your experience:

  • Designing and developing CI/CD pipelines (Cloud Run, Gitlab Runner, GitHub Actions, and Circle CI)
  • Administering and deploying kubernetes (GKE (preferred), AKE, AKS)
  • Cloud experience, especially with Google Cloud Platform or AWS. (GCP preferred)
  • Deploying microservices
  • General scripting and development experience (python and bash)
  • General observability and monitoring experience (e.g. application alerting, database metrics, outage response)
  • Developer experience mindset (e.g. onboarding developers, supporting development environments, assisting with application onboarding to CI/CD)
  • Nice to have: Observability and monitoring with Datadog
  • Nice to have: Experience using Github and Gitlab
  • Nice to have: A security-focused mindset with experience securing environments and applications.

Our Hiring Process

We want to make the interview process as painless and fun as possible. We don’t believe in standard coding questions, whiteboard interviews, or asking pointless brain teaser questions like “are there more doors or wheels in the world?”.

Instead, this is how we’ll evaluate you:

Screening interview

This is a brief (15-30 minutes) interview with either our in-house recruiter or the hiring manager. We’ll ask you a few questions to gauge your experience and your values. At this stage, we won’t ask any technical questions. This call is a chance for us to get to know one another.

Async challenge

We’ll email you a technical challenge and give you a week to work on it. The challenge will be straightforward and will resemble what working with us would be like. It should take you two hours at most to complete it.

Fit for role interview

If you pass the technical challenge we’ll interview you to evaluate your technical expertise. We’ll ask questions about how you solved the technical challenge. We’ll try to learn more about your thought processes and how you handle problems. For marketers and sales-people, we’ll talk you through our funnel and let you ask questions or run a mock sales call. This interview takes about an hour.

Fit for organization interview

The hallmarks of Parabol’s culture are transparency, empathy, and experimentation. We think the best way to preserve our culture is to hire people who share our values. That’s why at this stage we’ll evaluate your cultural fit.

You’ll be interviewed by a team of three people, each representing one of our departments. This interview takes roughly one hour. We’ll share the questions beforehand so you’ll know what to expect!

Batting Practice

This is the last stage of our interview process. We’ll hire you part-time to collaborate on a paid project. Overall we expect you to work with us for a total of 20 hours on a challenge of your own choosing. You can take this process at your own pace and spread the hours over a 2-4 week period.

This will give you the opportunity to evaluate what it’s like to work with us and meet the rest of the team. That way if we make you an offer at the end of the Batting Practice you’ll be able to make a more informed decision by having a clear sense of what Parabol is like on the inside!


  • 💰 Fair & location-agnostic pay:US-based salaries, no matter where you’re based. Plus: early-stage equity in a well-funded, fast-growing startup.
  • 🐙🐱Work in the open: Our code is open source, and so is our way of working. We’ve been publishing a weekly update since 2015.
  • 🌞 People-first schedules: We limit recurring meetings to 1-2 hours per week per team, with no synchronous daily standups. We offer unlimited PTO to everyone, and encourage folks to take time off. We also have both company-wide and country-specific holidays.
  • 🌍 Work from anywhere with people around the globe: Our current team stretches from Los Angeles, California to Warsaw, Poland. Work wherever works for you.
  • 🌀 Growing faster through experimentation and autonomy: From peer code reviews to monthly sales experiments, we structure our work to maximize learning. Everyone owns their work and can develop their skills quickly.
  • 🛫 Global travel: All-expenses-paid company retreats and team retreats.
  • ✨An Equal Opportunity Employer: We founded Parabol to help build stronger teams by empowering members to be their authentic selves. Our company is no exception.
  • 💖 Great teammates: An inclusive team of curious and purposeful people on a mission to improve how work gets done.
  • 💪 Health care: We work with local partners to provide healthcare & benefits that are aligned with top industry standards.
  • 🔢 No standard coding questions or whiteboard interviews: We’ll assess how we work together by collaborating on a short paid project We want to know how you actually work, not how many LeetCode / Project Euler / Stack Overflow questions you can answer.
Senior DevOps Engineerat Parabol