Wayfair Careers

Chaos Engineer

Boston, MA

Job Description

Wayfair has billions in revenue, millions of customers, thousands of servers, and high growth in all of these areas.  The horizontal scaling properties of the various components of its tech infrastructure are not uniform in design or effectiveness, and this department's mission is to probe them for weakness, tweak their defensive code where appropriate, and introduce new architectural patterns as needed. Practitioners can take advantage of regular resilience and elasticity events, where we prepare for unplanned disasters by causing disasters of our choosing. 

If you are curious about the existing systems landscape, check this out:
https://tech.wayfair.com/2016/07/wayfair-engineering-faq-a-conversation-with-the-chief-architect/.  There is a wealth of opensource software in this area.  This department is expected to make use of it, and contribute pull requests and new independent components to the community. 

For examples in other domains see https://github.com/wayfair.

 About you:

 If you are on the early side of your career, you should be able to do systems scripting, preferably in Python, and design solid programs with reasonable control structures and feedback loops from telemetry of various kinds.  Knowledge of C, Java, PHP, data systems (see that blog post above) a plus.

 If you wish to lead this group, you should be a versatile hands-on architect and programmer with a track record of interest and achievement with scaling problems at internet juggernauts.

 How success looks:

 Resilience and elasticity events, in a couple of years, should be able to be run on any component of Wayfair hardware or software.

About Wayfair:

Wayfair Inc. offers an extensive selection of home furnishings and décor across all styles and price points. The Wayfair family of sites includes:

  • Wayfair, an online destination for all things home
  • Joss & Main, where beautiful furniture and finds meet irresistible savings
  • AllModern, unbelievable prices on everything modern
  • DwellStudio, unexpected modern design for everyday life
  • Birch Lane, a collection of classic furnishings and timeless home décor

Wayfair generated $3.6 billion in net revenue for the twelve months ended March 31, 2017. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with operations throughout North America and Europe, the company employs more than 5,700 people.

Requisition ID: 7980