[Foundations] Staff Site Reliability Engineer at Checkr (Remote)

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Checkr’s mission is to build a fairer future by designing technology to create opportunities for all. We believe all candidates, regardless of who they are, should have a fair chance to work. Established in 2014 and valued at $5B, Checkr is using technology to bring hiring to the next level. Our People Trust Platform uses machine learning to help thousands of companies modernize their background check process and make hiring safer, more efficient, and more inclusive. Some of our customers include Uber, Instacart, Doordash, Netflix, Compass Group, and Adecco.

A career with Checkr is an opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest minds, disrupt an industry for a better future, and give otherwise overlooked candidates access to employment. Checkr has been recognized in Forbes Best Startup Employers and is a top Y Combinator company by valuation.

We’re looking for a Staff Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) with extensive observability experience. In this role you will help to lead the administration of tools like DataDog, Sentry, and PagerDuty, identify strategies to improve our full-stack telemetry and monitoring capabilities, and mentor other SREs who contribute to observability-related work. 

SREs work cross-functionally with Core Infrastructure, Platform and Product Engineering, combining operations work with software engineering principles to enable high-availability of Checkr’s production systems. You will serve as a partner to our Product Engineering teams to help make their services more performant, scalable, observable, and reliable. We believe every engineering team at Checkr should be responsible for the software they build, and SREs play a critical part in providing the tools, practices, and expertise to make that happen. 

We are growing and evolving the SRE team to help meet Checkr’s product-first reliability goals for 2022 and beyond. Having established a strong foundation--including a containerized microservices architecture (AWS, Kong, Kubernetes, Kafka, MySQL and MongoDB), CI/CD, full-stack monitoring, structured incident response and a blameless postmortem culture--we are focused on implementing new capabilities like:

  • Automating observability and alerting across an ever-changing landscape of microservices
  • Automated Service Reliability Scorecards and Production Readiness Standards
  • Chaos Engineering and Game Day Simulations to discover and test fixes for weak spots that would otherwise not be identified until a real-life production incident occurred
  • Software engineering project work, proposed and driven by individual SRE team members, to remove operational bottlenecks and increase velocity in ways we’ve never considered before

What a typical week may look like at Checkr

  • Expand and improve our observability and monitoring footprint
  • Collaborate with the Engineering Manager, other SREs and Cloud Infrastructure Engineers to create architectural plans, define project requirement and establish technical standards
  • Review the work of other team members, help them get unblocked, and provide mentoring
  • Improve common operational challenges by building tools and automating scripts
  • Serve as the on-call incident commander to help debug and drive resolution of production reliability issues, contribute to the postmortem, and work to prevent recurrence
  • Participate in design and production reviews for new features, products, or infrastructure
  • Audit and tune the configuration of systems owned by other engineering teams
  • Plan for the growth of Checkr’s infrastructure and infrastructure reliability/resiliency 

What we value in a Staff Site Reliability Engineer

SREs combine some level of experience in both software engineering and operations and may hail from a variety of backgrounds and job titles including: production or application engineers, software developers with a strong DevOps mindset, SysAdmins with solid systems and programming skills, Cloud Infrastructure or DevOps engineers. We are looking for someone with the following experience:

  • 10+ years working in a relevant role, including 3+ years of technical leadership experience mentoring more junior engineers
  • 3+ years of experience architecting and administrating observability stacks, either managed or self-hosted (e.g. DataDog, New Relic, Prometheus, Elastic Stack/ELK)
  • Operation of containerized microservices running on public cloud, asynchronous event processing, and databases
  • Strong command of Linux, Git and CI/CD pipelines
  • On-call support of highly available production systems
  • Design and build new tools to automate repetitive tasks, prevent incidents or improve TTR using an object oriented programming language such as Python
  • Infrastructure as Code using tools like Terraform, Terragrunt or Cloud Formation
  • Understand how application components interact, and contribute to architectural discussions
  • Unwavering commitment to operational security and best practices
  • Ownership: identify problems but also propose solutions, then go out and implement them--from submitting a merge request on another team’s repository to scoping out a new reliability project
  • Connection: motivated to help other teams improve their service reliability through reviews, pair programming, hands-on training and continuous improvement of tooling and serviceUnited States, Remote


What you get

  • A fast-paced and collaborative environment
  • Learning and development allowance
  • Competitive compensation and opportunity for advancement
  • 100% medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Up to 25K reimbursement for fertility, adoption, and parental planning services
  • Flexible PTO policy
  • Monthly wellness stipend, home office stipend

Equal Employment Opportunities at Checkr

Checkr is committed to hiring talented and qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds for all of its tech, non-tech, and leadership roles. Checkr believes that the gathering and celebration of unique backgrounds, qualities, and cultures enriches the workplace.   

Checkr also welcomes the opportunity to consider qualified applicants with prior arrest or conviction records. Checkr’s commitment to diversity extends to hiring talented individuals in spite of a prior criminal history in accordance with local, state, and/or federal laws, including the San Francisco’s Fair Chance Ordinance.

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An Insider's view of Checkr

What’s the vibe like in the office?

After 5 years of working at Checkr, I'm pleased to say that the vibe in the office hasn't changed! It's still a fun, vibrant and progressive environment where I'm constantly learning. If you're energized by smart, humble and ambitious professionals, you'll love Checkr.

Ashley DiRuggiero

Human Resources

How does the company support your career growth?

Checkr has helped me grow in my career with challenging Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) each quarter. Because my individual OKRs are aligned with company-wide stretch goals, achieving them means that I am an integral part of moving the company forward AND getting new experiences under my belt!

Temi Vasco


How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

The sales team is on the front line with customers which gives us strong customer insights and a tremendous opportunity to shape the product strategy of the company. We bring that feedback to the executive team on a regular basis to influence the company's GTM strategy.

Kristen Faris

VP, Industry Strategy

What are Checkr Perks + Benefits

Checkr Benefits Overview

Checkr provides generous benefits and perks including comprehensive healthcare, unlimited PTO, commuter benefits, gym reimbursement, work from home Wednesday and an annual learning and development allowance.

Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Nationwide Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Checkr offers equity in the form of Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) that vest over a 4 year period.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary or secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Checkr provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes flexible start and end times and a company wide initiative to work from home on Wednesdays.
Remote Work Program
Adoption Assistance
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Checkr pays $100 a month for commuter benefits.
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
We provide free breakfast on Monday. Employees get free lunch and dinner on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Checkr has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited drinks, snacks, coffee and tea.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Checkr reimburses $50 a month for gym memberships.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Checkr has a $2,850 budget per person for additional learning and development.
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

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