Do you think you are a great fir for out team? Tell us why :)
You haven’t found the job description you are looking for - no worries, we don’t hire job descriptions, we hire humans and we are always excited to get to know people who are as passionate about Kubernetes and the whole container landscape as we are.
In order to help you make a decision on whether you think you’d fit in the team perfectly, we want you to have some insights into how we work, think and organise ourselves as a team and company.
Who are we?
Giant Swarm is a fast growing open source infrastructure management platform used by modern enterprises such as adidas or Vodafone. Our vision is to empower developers around the world to ship great products.
We're a distributed, diverse, and growing team spread across Europe. The company is based in Cologne, Germany, where we have a small office in a coworking space. However, only a few people work there. All workflows are created to function remotely - but of course, if you want to visit Cologne, you are more than welcome!
While we are remote first, we appreciate quality time with our co-workers, so we meet in person twice a year for an on-site meeting to work and have fun together (when we are permitted to do so again). We also meet each other at conferences as we like to be present in our ecosystem.
Let us know why you think you’d fit into our team and what areas you’re most interested in. We don’t expect you to take hours to think about what to write and how to convince us. Speculative applications can be a pain - so to make your life easier, we would like you to answer the following questions so we can get a better understanding of who you are, what you’d like to do and how you could make a difference at Giant Swarm.
Not really requirements but these might help you to show us why you are perfect for us:
- Why do you want to work for Giant Swarm?
- What would you like to do for Giant Swarm?
- A fun fact we should know about you?
- In which area/s can we learn from you?
- What are your salary expectations?
- Where are you currently located?
Every new team member changes the team. We love to learn from each other and we are looking for people who know things we don’t.
Becoming part of Giant Swarm means that, by extension, you also become part of the Cloud Native community. We actively contribute to upstream projects and our quarterly hackathons will give you space to work on out-of-the-box projects. Occasionally, when we, as a team, want to fully focus on one project, we scratch all meetings and routines for a certain time to better focus during our hive-sprints.
Continuous learning is important to us - we foster this through bi-yearly personal development talks, a budget for training/certifications/coaching as well as regular feedback talks and workshops. Our teams are cross- functional and collaboration is key.
Nothing crazy, but useful Basics: We don't count holidays but set a minimum number; You choose your own hard- and software; As a company that has almost, if not more, kids than employees, family-friendliness is crucial to us and paid parental leave is a no-brainer; We pay monthly perks that cover your costs for working remotely; We meet twice a year as an entire company and (if possible) see conferences as an important place to catch up with team members; We aim to be fully transparent (finance, salaries) unless it hurts people and trust you, based on this to make the best decisions
We failed in exactly describing our way to approach important company elements that can be described with ‘buzzwords’ such as agile mindset, cross-functional teams, self-organization, value of the individual or trust & teamwork. However, we truly care about them, we live them and we constantly iterate on them. Some snippets about how we do this are posted in our blog but by far not all of them.
Important note: We are not hiring job descriptions. We hire humans. :) We welcome applications from everybody, regardless ethnic or national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or age.