Name Your Role (Design, Engineering, Product)



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Product, Design
Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2022

Aptible's mission is to empower every developer to focus on their ideas, not their infrastructure.

Aptible aims to fundamentally transform how software developers interact with the cloud. Great people are necessary to achieve such an ambitious mission. But the people alone aren't sufficient to achieve: we must (and do) invest in and nurture a culture that not only empowers but, in fact, propels our team to do so. You can learn more about our culture here.

We believe that the next 10 years of cloud and software development will look markedly different than the last 10 years.

The historical focus has been on the mass lift-and-shift of old data center workloads into the cloud. The future focus will be on building higher level abstractions that allow developers to focus on application code without worrying about the underlying infrastructure. Consider:

  1. AWS, GCP, and Azure have not successfully invested in abstractions
  2. Database platform players like Snowflake and PlanetScale have effectively competed by providing a better developer experience and better scaling
  3. Vercel is hitting success by innovating on the DX for frontend engineering teams
  4. Similarly, there are application-focused platforms that developers are beginning to move to, but as of yet, no fullstack platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is both great to start and great to scale.

That's our opportunity: Aptible has already shown it's great to scale with, and in 2023 our priority will be making it great to start with. By doing so we believe we will provide a compelling alternative, not just to other PaaS solutions, but also to infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), for product-focused developers.

The macroeconomic environment has never been more conducive toPaaS : the increasing complexity of IaaS, slowing growth of engineering team sizes, and lack of investment in and poor strategic decisions by the incumbent PaaS platform (Heroku) all foreshadow the need for a new PaaS that's both great to start with and great to scale with for every developer and every team.

Our Platform and Roadmap

Aptible has developed its PaaS since 2013. To date, most of the focus has been on ensuring the platform was great to scale with for the hundreds of companies and thousands of developers who rely on it for production workloads.

In 2023, we are investing both in making Aptible easier to get started with and supporting increasingly sophisticated use cases while more efficiently managing resources and costs. We are already a good part of the way towards our "great to start" mission: Aptible Managed Databases provision in 97 seconds as compared to 15 minutes for RDS; Aptible Apps provision in less than 90 seconds as compared to 3-5 minutes for ECS. We think we can optimize both further.

Currently our platform today supports over 40,000 daily events like deployments and resource provisioning against the over 50,000 containers that run apps and databases for our customers. We expect these numbers to rapidly grow in 2023 as we invest in acquiring new customers faster through improvements to our product-led growth and marketing and developer relations strategies.

Our Team

Aptible is a fully distributed company, and we’ve been remote since 2013. Importantly, Aptible focuses on our company culture, probably more than most any other team of our size. Culture is how we shape our attitudes and behaviors, and live out our values in our day-to-day. It’s an alignment of our personal drives and needs to Aptible’s mission, and how we unleash our energy towards our shared purpose, in order to enable every single team member to thrive.

We invest in culture to ensure it evolves and grows into something we love, and something that will ensure we will achieve our mission.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

We prioritize diversity within our team and value different perspectives, educational backgrounds, and life experiences. We encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

Don’t see the role you’re looking for?

Being a team member at Aptible means that nearly no day will feel the exact same as the last. As a small team of about 20 people, we’re constantly looking beyond the scope of our role to find opportunities for value creation through high-impact work. It’s challenging and often ambiguous, but that’s exactly why we love working here.

As a result, it’s not always easy to silo things down when opening up new roles, though we’re constantly excited about the vast diversity of talent that exists in the market. So if you feel like none of the roles we have open right now fit your “official title” but you have great ideas on how you can contribute to our mission and culture, we want to hear from you and offer you the opportunity to pitch your own role at Aptible.

Share us your thoughts through the application below, and we look forward to ideating with you!

Assuming Aptible gets excited about the role I pitch, what will the process then look like?

We seek to make the experience of interviewing with us as delightful, efficient, fair, respectful, and transparent as possible. While we use a standard interview process described here, you can expect more collaboration for the Name Your Role process. For example:

  • Instead of our standard pitch/screening call, the first step will be an alignment call to discuss the role and expectations in detail, ask questions, and determine whether what you have in mind is a good fit for what we seek
  • We will work together to agree upon a work sample that will reasonably demonstrate your skills and expertise for the role you design
  • Any additional discussion either party feels is necessary to further align on enabling success for the role (e.g. brainstorming initial projects, a 30/60/90 day plan, etc)

Our Benefits

  • 90th Percentile Compensation & Transparent Comprehensive Philosophy: Aptible believes that the only way to attract and retain great team members is to have a highly competitive and transparent compensation philosophy. Accordingly, Aptible endeavors to pay every employee a base salary in line with 90th Percentile total compensation for their personal market and Aptible's market. We provide the data so you can see exactly how we determined your compensation, and we automatically keep your comp up to date as the market changes. Read more about our Talent and Compensation Philosophy in the Aptible Handbook.
  • Work from Anywhere: Enjoy the flexibility of working from home, a local co-working space, or your favorite coffee shop.
  • Open Vacation Policy: We encourage you to take the time you need, when you need it — for any holiday or matter of personal importance.
  • Paid Parental Leave: We offer job-protected Paid Time Off — 14 Weeks, Fully Paid — for all parents to bond with a newly born, adopted, or fostered child.
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance: We offer comprehensive health care for employees, with 100% of premiums paid by Aptible.
    401(k) Plan via Vanguard.
  • Hardware & Software: We help you create your ideal office setup and provide any software you’ll need.
  • Company Travel: We come together in-person at least two to three times per year, in locations around the globe.

Our Interview Process

We seek to make the experience of interviewing with us as delightful, efficient, fair, respectful, and transparent as possible.
A typical process at Aptible might include the following steps, and can take up to 3 weeks to complete. Note that these steps may vary depending on your role, and details will be provided to you early on in the application process.
  1. An introduction to Aptible with the hiring manager (30 minutes via Zoom)
  2. A discussion-based interview with an Aptible team member (45-60 minutes via Zoom)
  3. A take-home work sample exercise (You will be compensated for completing this.)
  4. A discussion-based interview with an Aptible team member (45-60 minutes via Zoom)
  5. References (Ideally 3 former managers, Conducted asynchronously by Aptible)
We believe that the work sample exercise is an important part of the process, in that it gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in a concrete way. We take the time to design these exercises such that they: a) give you a view into the actual work you'd do at Aptible, and b) are standardized, so every candidate is evaluated using the same criteria.
We try to move as quickly as possible, but if you have any time constraints, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate.
If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please notify the hiring manager or coordinator for the role you are applying to, and we will reach out soon to see how we may be able to assist.

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