Software Engineer - Site Reliability

Engineering - Palo Alto, CA, United States

Our mission is to let people discover and share content in beautiful and simple ways. 

Headed by Mike McCue, former CEO of Tellme, and Evan Doll, former Senior iPhone Engineer at Apple, Flipboard is inspired by the beauty and ease of print media and combined with the power of social media, helps inform, entertain and inspire people every day.

The company is based in Palo Alto, California and backed by legendary investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer, Index Ventures and Insight Venture Partners.

Software Engineer - Site Reliability

We’re looking for a software engineer to help us manage, maintain and monitor all aspects of the Flipboard production environment.  Our environment is a modern combination of application stacks and data stores including HBase, ElasticSearch, and MySQL all within Amazon Web Services.  You’ll be challenged dealing with the growth of a highly trafficked mobile application coupled with services that consume the world of content daily.


  • Ensure the reliable operation of our large scale services built using open source technologies including MySQL, Hadoop, HBase, ElasticSearch, memcached, Redis, and Haproxy all within Amazon Web Services
  • Build operational automation and developer tools to help us move faster
  • Participate in the research, design, and implementation of new technologies for scaling our growing data sets and processing pipelines
  • Continue to build runbooks that assist in monitoring that you eventually replace with automated remediation


  • Fluent with advanced shell scripting plus another scripting language such as Python or Ruby
  • Experience using and automating in a fully Amazon Web Services environment
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills in a Linux environment
  • Familiarity with relational databases such as MySQL and distributed data stores
  • Experience with performance tuning and system load monitoring and diagnostics
  • Organized, good attention to details, and able to work independently
  • Excellent communications skills

Extra bonus points

  • You believe in automating and measuring everything -- metrics and improving them drives you
  • You're a fan of automated remediation and predictive analytics for failures -- solve problems before they happen
  • You're either familiar with or want to learn to run HBase operationally
  • You believe in tooks like Puppet and Chef (Ansible and SaltStack also) -- we're a Puppet shop
  • You've worked with or want to learn how to build real-time data pipelines using open source projects like Kafka and Storm

Why Join Flipboard

  • Build a product that millions use and love every day, transforming how people discover, browse and share media. By joining Flipboard now, our startup culture will enable you to learn and grow while shaping the product, the company, resulting in the most impactful work of your career.
  • Team-up with cutting-edge thought leaders from Apple, Google, Netflix, Adobe, Ellerdale, Sony, Ning, Tellme, and Microsoft, Time Inc. & Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to help grow the world's first social magazine across multiple platforms.
  • CEO, Mike McCue is a creative visionary experienced at building innovative products and companies (acquired by Netscape & Microsoft).
  • Collaborative teams work together with strong purpose and vision. “Mock O’clock” held each week serves as a forum for team members to demo new ideas and projects.
  • Pick your equipment: we provide your choice of computers, screens, tablets, and peripherals.
  • Flipboard’s HQ is an open, beautifully converted art studio centrally located in the heart of downtown Palo Alto.
  • Compensation including base, equity, plus generous, comprehensive benefits

Benefits & Perks:

  • 401(k) with company contribution
  • Vision, dental, life, and health insurance
  • Unlimited “out of office time” for holidays, vacation, sick leave, and personal or family needs
  • Flexible hours
  • Subsidized commuter programs
  • Beer Fridays: casual team & friend meet-ups at Flipboard HQ
  • Team celebrations: company anniversaries, birthdays, Thanksgiving, weddings/babies- you name it, we celebrate it.
  • Flipboard Sports- Basketball team, certified rock climbers, biking, or anything you’d like to organize.
  • Lots of snacks (healthy and otherwise).