Senior Full-Stack Engineer

At Periscope Data, engineers work the whole stack - from shipping UI to optimizing the billions of rows in the data cache.

We're constantly making the SQL faster and the charting more powerful. You'll be working on the full stack: from the Go and Java servers managing giant database clusters to the Rails and CoffeeScript frontends.

How You'll Ramp:
  • First day: you'll ship new code to production.
  • First week: you'll build at least one customer-facing feature.
  • First month: you'll write code at every level of the stack, from cache backends to web servers to UI code.
  • First 6 months: you'll rebuild a major piece of the Periscope stack to support our ever-increasing scale.
What You've Accomplished So Far:
  • You have loads of evidence of all the code you write and ship.
  • You believe strongly that shipping is a feature. You're comfortable with tradeoffs. You understand instinctively that today >> tomorrow.
  • You have at least a hobbyist-level relationship with data. You find that moment when a datapoint makes you say "hmmm..." to be delightful.
  • You're excited to pitch in wherever the team needs help, from writing blog posts to supporting customers.
About Periscope Data:
  • We're a small, venture-funded team with hundreds of customers working out of an office in SoMa.
  • We're a kind, curious, tight-knit bunch. We eat together, toast our shared accomplishments together, and often spend holidays and ski trips together.
  • We are on-boarding rapidly! The team grew from 20 to 69 in 2016, and will grow to 140 and beyond in 2017.
  • We believe strongly in a data-driven approach to all that we do. We're constantly measuring and optimizing everything about the business.
  • We have close relationships with our customers. We see customers several times a month, and email with them several times a week.
Recent Engineering Projects:
  • Speeding up metrics calculations by over 10,000X by implementing them as parallel bitwise operations on bitsets.
  • Improving chart render speed by over 100X by reimplementing on top of Canvas instead of SVG.
  • Auto-ETLing entire customer databases into our data cache while targeting < 1hr freshness on all customer data.
  • Implementing cross-database query translation and cross-database joins.
Our Interview Process:
  • We want to know what it's like to work together; there are never any riddles or whiteboards. 
  • First you'll see Periscope and how customers use it. Later we'll code together online, or review your solution to an offline code challenge. And when you come on site to meet the team, you'll spend a couple hours pair programming in the Periscope codebase.

Periscope's most important feature is our phenomenal development speed. We deploy to production an average of 9.7 times per day. Much of this is cultural, and much of it is investing in anything that will reduce drag on the team, like fully automated testing, one-click test-and-deploys, and great whiskey. (Wait, what?)

We plan to double our team in the next six months. If you learn quickly and have that get-shit-done attitude, we'd love to talk to you!


Meet Some of Periscope Data's Employees

Sunny X.

Customer Solutions Manager

Sunny is at the intersection of customer service and engineering—responding to inquiries about Periscope via email and Twitter while implementing the latest data visualization frameworks.

Skylar L.

Software Engineer

Skylar codes new product features and utilizes Agile, feature-driven development processes to keep Periscope servers robust and up-to-date as much as possible for all customers.


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