Rapidly Growing Team
LaunchDarkly was around the 200 employee mark at the start of 2021. We plan to end the year with around 450 employees, which equates to more than doubling in size.
While scale is important, we also place a high emphasis on a great candidate experience and are transparent about what you can expect throughout our process.
At LaunchDarkly our goal is to change the way every software engineering team deploys their code. We are assembling an unstoppable team of talented people and that begins with a great candidate experience. The first call is with our Talent team, followed by a brief conversation with one of our engineering leaders (or product or design leaders, respectively). Our goal is to learn more about you, your interests, and your skills. And we want to give you the opportunity to discover if LaunchDarkly is right for you.
If you are an engineer applying for an individual contributor role, the next step is a short coding project. This helps us understand how you approach problems as a developer. And it allows you to see the types of challenges our engineers work on day to day. The project you complete will serve as the basis for later steps in the interview.
We then proceed to a virtual onsite interview consisting of:
- Two verbal technical interviews, covering your background and a system design challenge.
- A review and extension of your coding project, in which an engineer will review your challenge with you and discuss your implementation. Then you’ll be asked to extend your solution to take on some new requirements.
- A Values interview, in which we discuss our company and our team values and the values that are important to you in your work.
We’ve built our interviewing process to assess candidates holistically. Once we decide to make an offer, we match the candidate to the team (or squad, as we like to call them) that best matches their interests and the team’s needs. Squads are typically six to eight engineers and each squad works closely with a product manager, product designer, and engineering manager to achieve a distinct mission. We always make sure each of our squads have a mix of senior and junior talent and encourage movement to different squads so engineers can be exposed to different projects and technologies.
You’ll work closely with folks from every other department. We look for people who will thrive working as part of a collaborative, high-performing team. We feel strongly that teams do it better.
High Employee Retention
LaunchDarkly is doing bold new things to ensure our employees are engaged.
Many team members who were part of the founding team are still here. Alexis Georges, Engineer, and Andrea Echstenkamper, Director of Marketing, have been here since 2015. The respect that we place on our employees' lives outside of work makes working at LaunchDarkly enjoyable.
When the pandemic first arrived, LaunchDarkly adapted quickly. We rapidly transitioned into a remote-first company, making all the requisite changes to ensure that everyone was supported during this difficult time. We added benefits such as a home-office stipend, and changed how we worked together to ensure that everyone had the resources they needed to get their jobs done effectively. We continue to invest in collaborating closely, even though we are physically distant.
It has paid off. Our business and team continued to grow. We hired dozens of new Product Delivery teammates in 2021 and will continue to scale throughout the year, adding new people from all over the U.S. You can learn more about our high performing team here.
Team is Diverse
We create an inclusive space for everyone.
Respect and integrity are really at the core of how we hire, how we work together as a team, how we treat our customers, and how we engage with our greater communities. We believe in teams, not fiefdoms; leaders, not tyrants. We believe that teams do it better, and the best teams are built on the diverse experiences and skills of a rich mix of people. We recognize that great individuals make even greater teams, and we celebrate the many backgrounds and stages of life we come from and belong to.
Ideal for Parents
Enterprise startups like LaunchDarkly need to be built for the long run, and we are building a team that can be healthy and effective for years to come.
That means setting healthy boundaries for work, and ensuring that we all put family and health first. We support people through life transitions and ensure that we balance work and family. Andrea Echstenkamper discussed her transition to becoming a new mom at LaunchDarkly in a recent blog post.
We offer a tremendous amount of flexibility on our teams. We became a remote first company and worked to ensure that you can do your best work from anywhere. Team members have an enormous amount of autonomy with their time. We generally work on Pacific Time, but as long as you are accomplishing your goals and collaborating well with your team, no one will be checking your clock but you.
Meetings happen. At LaunchDarkly, we try to make sure they don’t happen too often. We also strike a balance between collaborating and making individual progress. We understand that people need uninterrupted blocks of time to create their best work.
We also support an unlimited vacation policy – and we strongly encourage you to use it. We want everyone to take the time they need to stay healthy for the long run. Burnout is real and we actively work to avoid that here. Our CEO has personally experienced burnout herself, and wants to make sure that this doesn’t happen to anyone else. You can learn more about Edith in this Medium article.
Good for Junior Devs
LaunchDarkly is an ideal place to grow as a person, as a contributor, and as a leader. You can do the best work of your career here.
LaunchDarkly is a place where everyone can learn and grow. We're dedicated to the professional and personal growth of all our team members. We are growing rapidly, and with growth comes new opportunities. We have a track record of balancing our team by growing new leaders internally as well as bringing in fresh ideas from the outside. Every team needs both. We encourage teammates to move around, to try new challenges, and to learn new skills. We even make it possible to switch departments and careers for people who are passionate about trying something new.
We also offer every team member a $2,500 annual educational stipend. People use it to attend seminars, workshops, and conferences, to take classes, and to purchase books or other learning materials.
LaunchDarkly has partnered with LifeLabs to offer workshops to all employees across the organization. Some of our most recent workshops have centered around coaching, feedback, inclusive interviewing, and productivity.
Creative + Innovative
Every engineer at LaunchDarkly has personally felt the pain of shipping and breaking something in production. We’re here to help.
Feature management is critically important to every software company, and every company that is in the process of becoming a software company. We proudly serve customers like Square, Atlassian, Intuit, IBM and NBC (to name a few) and know how valuable it is to have a safety net when releasing new changes of all types. Rapid, easy, risk-free deployment is transformative for software teams. We love being able to empower development teams to collaborate more effectively, maintain stability, and deliver software faster.
We serve trillions of feature flags daily for companies big and small. Developers and operations teams use LaunchDarkly to eliminate risk from their software development cycles, and we (of course) use our own product to uneventfully ship code many times a day.
We won’t stop until every software team on the planet is using feature management to deploy with confidence.
Engages with Community
We are proud to be based in Oakland and be a part of the community here.
The business landscape in Oakland is much smaller than it is in San Francisco and in the rest of Silicon Valley, and we like being a part of it. Oakland as a city is community-driven and grassroots. We embrace the diversity that exists in Oakland. We aim to leave our mark on the city through mentorship, creating jobs, and donations to local grassroots organizations.
We host monthly Coffee and Code meetups for the Oakland chapter of Girl Develop It. We’re partnering with Code Nation for annual summer internship programs. Code Nation equips students in under-resourced schools with the fundamental coding skills and professional experiences that together create access to careers in technology. We highly recommend other companies to participate!
We empower our employees to come up with creative opportunities for diversity initiatives and community events to promote growth and education for all individuals by making resources available and inviting the community to participate. We offer gift matching, and encourage employees to use time to contribute to the non-profits they feel most passionately about.
LaunchDarkly also joined Pledge 1%, a global movement to create a new normal for companies of all sizes and stages to have a positive social impact through their business. We are pledging 1% of revenue to charitable causes and have partnered with local Oakland nonprofits that address homelessness and poverty.
High Quality Code Base
We’re software engineers building products for software teams.
One of the things we love about working at LaunchDarkly is that we are making life better for software teams around the globe. Our “Product Delivery” Team is made up of engineers, product managers, and designers. We have four Product Delivery values:
- Always Be Flagging – be exemplary users of Feature Management to ship faster with less risk.
- Think Incrementally – embrace the cumulative impact of small changes.
Simple, Correct, and Fast – to achieve big things efficiently, design for simplicity first.
- Simple, Correct, and Fast – to achieve big things efficiently, design for simplicity first.
- Invest in the Team – be generous with your time, because we succeed or fail as a team.
We approach hard problems with an engineering mindset. And we're not afraid of big challenges.
Our engineering team is composed of veterans from the top technology companies in the industry. We built our system right the first time and it has scaled for years as a result. We have been able to meet the challenges that exponential growth of our product has brought with it, and much of this has rested on our foundational decisions.
We invested heavily in a modern, distributed flag delivery network – even when the company was small. We handle our infrastructure as code. We build and deploy on AWS and have made extensive use of platform capabilities (AWS Lambda, Kinesis). We want our team to focus on high-value problems and leave the undifferentiated heavy lifting to others.
All of our core services are written in Go, which strikes a great balance between performance and ease of development. All of this gives our customers the ability to control their software in product and make critical changes in situations when milliseconds matter. We work every day to give engineering teams just like ours new super-powers.