Pivotal Software is hiring a

Software Engineer - Database R&D

Palo Alto, United States

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Known for taking an iterative approach, our 3000+ employees are empowered every day to help shape the way we build software. Pivotal is committed to open source, a diverse culture, and fostering safe spaces for all of our individual employees.

We are looking for engineers who want to make a lasting impact on our enterprise-grade database offerings, Pivotal Greenplum, Pivotal Postgres, and MySQL for PCF.


You are looking for a collaborative environment building database systems that enable enterprises to focus on their business rather than architecting open source database solutions from scratch.

You are a polyglot who loves learning new programming languages and systems. Furthering your education has always been a goal of yours. Pair programming is either something you enjoy or something that you wanted to try out.

You believe in relentless automation to simplify operating inherently complex things.

Contributing to open-source software makes you feel good about the transparency it brings to an organization's code quality.


Agile concepts are at the core of our process. We have a whole host of Pivotal Practices around Test Driven Development, pair programming, team retrospectives, technical retrospectives, and continuous integration. We are excited to teach these to you and innovate with you on their implementation.

We believe in a sustainable pace, so we work 8 hour days, maintaining core hours to support collaboration. Although on-call rotations are part of most teams, incidents are exceedingly rare. 

We pair in small teams of 4 - 8 people in our San Francisco and Palo Alto offices. We prefer to be co-located but when we do work with team members in other locations we use Slack to stay connected and screen sharing for pairing. We work hard to ensure that our distributed teams function as smoothly as our distributed systems.

Making an investment in each Pivot’s professional development improves the organization as a whole. We encourage you to go to conferences, take classes, and read books -- and we’ll give you a budget each year to do it.

Desired Skills/ Experience

We know from experience that not ticking every box on the skills sections stops many from applying. You should apply regardless of your self-assessment because we want to hear from you.

  • Ability to dive into a large polyglot codebase and contribute as you learn
  • Know your way around CI/CD platforms and tools
  • A good understanding of databases like PostgreSQL or MySQL
  • Demonstrable ability to research problems and break them into discrete parts
  • Demonstrated ability to fully engage with your team
  • Ability to ramp-up quickly and contribute to a production codebase
  • Demonstrated mentor and technical team leader in a professional software team
  • Contribute to a culture of continuous learning and improvemen
  • Being okay with the uncomfortable feeling that comes from learning new things

Nice to Haves

  • BA/BS in Computer Science or a related field
  • Skilled at drawing on your technical domain knowledge, design patterns, and experience to build maintainable software
  • Ability to mentor others in a professional setting
  • Operations or Systems Administration experience, particularly on Linux
  • Experience with Kubernetes, Docker, or cloud deployment technologies
  • Experience with Test Driven Development (TDD)
  • Worked in a pair programming environment
  • Contributed to an open-source project
  • On-call experience with production grade systems

Pivotal is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that will consider all qualified applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetics, age, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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