Distributed Systems Engineer (L5) - Cloud Engineering



Software Engineering
United States · Remote
Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2023
Netflix is one of the world's leading streaming entertainment services, with over 260 million paid memberships in over 190 countries, enjoying TV series, films, and games across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can play, pause and resume watching as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, and can change their plans at any time.
Netflix has been on the leading edge of the cloud since beginning the migration to AWS 15 years ago and runs one of the largest Cloud footprints around. The Cloud Engineering organization exists to manage that massive scale, constantly innovating to increase fleet-wide agility, efficiency, and reliability of the Netflix cloud infrastructure, while solving scale problems that we are the first to ever hit. We build, operate, and maintain Compute, Network, and Storage services so that developers at Netflix can rely on foundational building blocks when entertaining hundreds of millions of customers around the world. Join us as we push the boundaries of performance and resilience, empowering developers to create groundbreaking applications on a reliable platform.
We are looking to add new stunning colleagues to the teams outlined below.
Team Spotlights
Cloud Gateway
The Cloud Gateway team provides a consistent traffic management story at the edge. We abstract out the complexity of resiliency, security, routing, and insights from application owners and their business logic. As a member of this team, you will own the feature set that Edge Proxy provides, comprising everything from low-level networking and incoming request processing to high-level product features directly impacting the customer experience. This role will have a broad impact and allow you to partner with client, product, and cloud infrastructure teams.
Storage team focuses on providing storage and insights services to platforms, applications and users around the globe which are performant, secure and centrally managed; enabling platforms to move, store and efficiently archive data in the cloud. We offer a consistent mechanism to create & manage object/block/file resources, integrate Netflix ecosystem for access control and provide observability into the cost & lifecycle of these resources, by taking ownership of existing tools and shaping a more cohesive strategy. We manage storage at exabyte scale and enable Netflix to serve a huge amount of content around the globe.

Must-have skills

  • 7+ years of professional Software Engineering experience, preferably with recent technical leadership
  • Recent and proficient experience with Java, C++, Go, Python, or similar
  • Experience building & operating highly reliable distributed systems in a cloud environment
  • Passion for technology, pragmatic thinking, ability to jump into an ambiguous area and break down complex problems

What you'll be doing

  • Building and operating Services, APIs, and Tooling for a variety of use-cases
  • Balancing bias to action with the ability to make well-informed bets
  • Engaging directly with end engineering users to understand their needs and improve their experience
  • Understanding and solving business needs at scale with high-quality solutions
  • Leaning into proactiveness and effective communication in pursuit of cross-functional alignment

Success criteria

  • You thrive in ambiguity; complex and fuzzy requirements are more common than clearly defined customer expectations
  • You take incremental steps toward solving big problems; test and learn approaches work better than heads down development
  • You are independent and self driven; progress is often self-directed by teams & individuals
  • You’ve read about Netflix’s culture and think you would thrive here
Here are a few recent talks and posts from members of the team to highlight the work we do:
Does this sound interesting? Or does this sound interesting-but-intimidating? Please don’t self-select out, let’s figure it out together. We’d love to talk to you!
Our compensation structure consists solely of an annual salary; we do not have bonuses. You choose each year how much of your compensation you want in salary versus stock options. To determine your personal top of market compensation, we rely on market indicators and consider your specific job family, background, skills, and experience to determine your compensation in the market range. The range for this role is $100,000 - $720,000.
Netflix provides comprehensive benefits including Health Plans, Mental Health support, a 401(k) Retirement Plan with employer match, Stock Option Program, Disability Programs, Health Savings and Flexible Spending Accounts, Family-forming benefits, and Life and Serious Injury Benefits. We also offer paid leave of absence programs. Full-time hourly employees accrue 35 days annually for paid time off to be used for vacation, holidays, and sick paid time off. Full-time salaried employees are immediately entitled to flexible time off. See more detail about our Benefits here.
Netflix is a unique culture and environment. Learn more here.
We are an equal-opportunity employer and celebrate diversity, recognizing that diversity of thought and background builds stronger teams. We approach diversity and inclusion seriously and thoughtfully. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, caste, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic makeup, marital status, or military service.