Engineering Team at Samsara

Samsara builds sensor systems that combine wireless sensors with remote networking and cloud-based analytics - all in an easy-to-use, software-centric solution. Samsara believes that by making sensors simple to deploy and their data easy to consume, customers will be able to deploy them by the thousands, and in places they've never been used before.

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Top Engineering Values

Each team is asked to select, explain, and rank their top 8 values in order of importance.
  • Fast-Paced Environment

    Startups in general are fast-paced but Samsara takes that to a whole other level.

    We’ve been able to move insanely fast because of our established leadership team. Our founders, CEO and CTO Sanjit and John, previously founded a company called Meraki which they took to a $1.2 billion acquisition by Cisco. They’ve proven that they can start, scale, and build a successful company and have applied many of their learnings from their experiences at Meraki to growing Samsara.


    As one simple example, our on-boarding classes include a diversity of hires: salespeople, designers, engineers, and HR. The company has starter projects mapped out ahead of time so new employees can hit the ground running in their first few days at Samsara. It allows people to collaborate with their peers, learn how the company operates by doing (rather than just talking), and means that engineers can push code on their first day. The process is incredibly smooth and is just one example of how our leaders’ experiences streamline our operations and enable us to move fast.


  • Customer Comes First

    As engineers, we like seeing first-hand how our work impacts our customers.

    Whether it’s your first week or your 100th as an engineer, you’ll do customer visits to collect feedback and learn how your product is being used. We have a wealth of customers in a variety of areas, so we make it a priority to become knowledgeable in each. We become experts in new domains by listening to customer feedback and constantly iterating on our products. Our product management team regularly makes trips to talk with our customers and hear feedback. These meetings are livestreamed for all interested engineers to hear how our products are being used and what we could improve on.

  • Flat Organization

    A flat structure allows us to make large contributions, step up to lead projects, and work alongside our leadership.

    The engineering culture at Samsara is heavily centered around teaching. We take code reviews very seriously, take feedback to heart, and are always thinking about how to improve. Engineers work on smaller teams of 3-4 people focusing on infrastructure, firmware, backend, or a few application teams that are split up by customer use case: driver safety team, routing and dispatch team, and compliance team. We also have designers and product managers who are not devoted to any particular team but work across teams. We have an open floor plan that promotes cross-functional collaboration and accessibility - our founders sit on the floor with everyone else! If you’re the type of engineer who wants exposure to a company in hyper-growth, you’ll find it here.

  • Open Communication

    There is very little that our executive team keeps private.

    We emphasize transparency at the company, not only between teams and departments, but also between leadership and employees. After every board meeting, Sanjit will run through the board slides at a company all-hands, concluding the presentation with an open Q&A session. We value these open lines of communication so that we can come together to share information and produce solutions together. Our founders will also hold informal office hours where employees can ask any questions about the company, from how we determine product pricing to how we tackle new verticals.

  • Wears Many Hats

    You don’t work at Samsara just to code.

    The best way to demonstrate how engineers wear many hats is to look at a few different engineers experiences at Samsara. Anubhav joined Samsara the summer after he graduated from MIT and went on a customer visit in his first week to deploy our sensors. Two weeks later, his work was used as a demo in the quarterly board meeting with our investors. Maxwell worked on designing a new sensor, sourcing the hardware to working with real customers to analyzing data from the field deployments. Engineers at Samsara have responsibilities that span across customer research, product management, design, and of course, engineering. We want to hire people who enjoy getting involved in a number of areas, work with various people, and are energized by the breadth of work that exists at a company like Samsara.

  • Rapidly Growing Team

    There is a lot of opportunity as the number of applications for our product wildly outnumber our bandwidth.

    We have a strong vision for how Samsara is going to have a huge impact. We’re building an IoT platform and aim to be the monitoring and control plane for physical infrastructure. That is the long term vision, and we are starting with specific applications, nailing the market and business, and expanding the scope. You can see this strategy unfold already; we started with temperature and food safety monitoring and have expanded into other markets like fleet and asset tracking. In 5 years we will dramatically expand the product line and you will see Samsara sensors in all kinds of industrial and infrastructure deployments ranging from utilities like water districts, monitoring and saving energy costs across campuses, and making transportation and shipping safe and more efficient. Join us as we tackle these new challenges!

  • Promotes from Within

    Everyone has opportunities for promotion, regardless of age.

    When companies are growing quickly and seeing success, it is a great spot to be in for career advancement. At John and Sanjit’s previous company Meraki, they had about 10 team lead positions open up as they grew from 20 to 100 developers between 2010 and 2014, and multiple new grads were able to be promoted within a year or two of joining. We brought the same mindset to Samsara, where we fundamentally believe in the importance of a diverse engineering leadership team, which includes diversity of age. We have a great culture that takes career growth seriously, and we plan to promote engineers from within the company. Learn more about who we are on our team page, and feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.

  • Work/Life Balance

    Samsara understands that engineers are in for the marathon, not the sprints.

    We’re creating an environment at Samsara that couples energizing passion and balance. A lot of people at Samsara have families and we want you to work hard and then go home. We have flexible work hours that allow people to arrive and leave when it best works for them. You can go home to eat dinner with your family or place an order for dinner (paid for by the company) in our Night Owls Slack channel. Everyone has their own schedule and we want to be accommodating. While we do have occasional sprints, we check in to make sure everyone is taking vacation. If you want to work remotely at the beginning or end of your vacation, you’ve got the green light.


    Samsara is moving fast and hiring fast. If you’re interested in deploying sensors around the world with us, apply here.

Values

  • Fast-Paced Environment
  • Customer Comes First
  • Flat Organization
  • Open Communication
  • Wears Many Hats
  • Rapidly Growing Team
  • Promotes from Within
  • Work/Life Balance

Company Properties

  • B2B
  • Technical Founder(s)

Team Members

  • Electrical Engineers
  • Front-end Engineers
  • Full-stack Engineers
  • Infrastructure Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Product Designers

Vacation Policy

We have a flexible vacation policy and yes, we really do take vacation.

Tech Stack

Golang, TypeScript, React, GraphQL, React Native