About Garden

Garden's mission is to keep developers productive and happy in the cloud-native era.

Docker, Kubernetes and other cloud-native technologies have made us better than ever at operating our systems in production, but the day-to-day development experience has been left lagging behind.

Developers spend less time in flow, and more time waiting for builds, debugging scripts, or otherwise fighting their tools. We're here to fix that.

Our platform—which includes our open source core product—allows developers to work on distributed systems in remote, production-like dev environments while enjoying the same fast and frictionless feedback loops we've come to expect when developing a single service locally.

It's a platform that democratizes the kind of advanced developer tooling that only the largest software companies have the resources to build and maintain.

We're still a small team and you'd be joining as an individual contributor at a time where you can have a huge impact on our product and our culture. If you've ever thought to yourself that something's not right with our modern development workflows, now's your chance to help fix it!

What you'll do

Our open-source core product is a pluggable, graph-based, cloud development tool. That's a mouthful, but in essence, it's an engine that's optimised for building, testing, and deploying workloads that run on the cloud.

It features plugins for Kubernetes, Helm, Terraform and more—and we're always looking to the future in terms of what technologies to support.

As one of three Open Core Developers, you will be responsible for maintaining and improving the core engine and main plugins.

More specifically:

  • You and your team will work closely with the founders and together you will decide on the direction and architecture of Garden Core.
  • You'll be in close contact with our community, triaging issues, receiving feedback and weaving it into our overall product roadmap.
  • You'll work on functionality that interfaces with other cloud native products such as Kubernetes and Terraform.
  • You'll write code, lots of code. Most workflows and pipelines are already set up and the developer experience is smooth. At the same time, there are a ton of exciting features that'll delight developers worldwide that we can't wait to build. So in short, you'll get to do all the fun stuff. And since it's all open source, you can see exactly what that looks like by checking out the codebase.
  • You’ll write, maintain and improve documentation, guides and examples around the product.

What we're looking for

Garden solves problems for teams developing distributed systems that can run on Kubernetes. We're looking for someone that understands the challenges that these teams face, and wants to join us in building developer tooling that helps our users overcome them.

More specifically:

  • You have 2+ years of experience as a full-stack engineer with Node.js and Typescript.
  • You're passionate about developer tooling and productivity.
  • You are interested in distributed systems (or micro-services) and the cloud native technologies used to build and run them.
  • You have experience working in remote distributed teams and have excellent written communication skills.
  • You're happy to work with a team that is still figuring a lot of things out, and values trust, openness, and collaboration while doing so.

We explicitly encourage applications from groups that are underrepresented in tech. We celebrate and encourage diversity of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age and thought. Diversity is easier said than done but it's one of our founding principles to provide a diverse and inclusive environment.

Working at Garden

  • Culture striving towards individuals and teams doing their best work in a friendly, positive, diverse and inclusive environment
  • Built by engineers for engineers
  • Competitive compensation
  • You can work fully remote or join us at our HQ in vibrant Berlin, Germany
  • Wellness stipend and membership
  • Equipment you feel comfortable with
  • Professional development stipend

Our Process

We're a small team that tries to keep things simple and lean—and that applies to our interview process as well.

The first step is a 30-minute intro call with Eythor, our CTO and Ines, our Senior Engineering Manager. The goal is to give both parties a chance to get to know one another, ask questions, discuss the role and culture at Garden and to talk about salary and availability.

After that you’ll have a 60-minute technical interview with Albert and Vova, our engineers on the Open Core project. There are no string reversal algorithms though. Instead, we anchor the conversation in things you've actually done in the past and dig deep into those.

The final step is a 60-minute presentation + Q&A where you present work you’ve done to the engineering team. This may be something you’ve done in the past or an assignment we design for you. We want everyone involved in the process, so this is also a chance for you to meet the rest of the team and vice versa.

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