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Pivotal's goal is to change the way the world makes software and we kinda sorta really mean it.

We value aptitude over alma mater, empathy over a list of APIs. It doesn't matter whether your resumé says PHP or PhD: if you're smart, empathetic and know some stuff, we want to work with you.

We have offices in SF, NYC, Santa Monica, Palo Alto, Seattle, Boulder, Denver, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, Atlanta, Austin, Dallas/Ft Worth, Toronto, London, Paris, Dublin, Tokyo, Sydney, Berlin, Singapore and Beijing. More offices open soon. Not all offices are hiring, but keep checking.

We're broken into three main divisions: Pivotal Labs (yes, that Pivotal Labs), Cloud R&D and Big Data.

-- Pivotal Labs helps clients to become better at product development. For engineering we are religiously lean and agile. In practice that means we pair program and TDD every line of code from the outside. Our product managers are fantastic at keeping products sharply focused, our designers are masters from users to pixels.

-- Cloud R&D is where we build the best cloud platform available. We're the majority contributors to the Cloud Foundry project. Our distribution has the fastest-growing sales of any opensource product ever and it's still zooming up and to the right.

Except for upstream code, every line is pair programmed and TDD'd. We dogfood the cutting edge of the technology on our own commercial public cloud (Pivotal Web Services). It works because we took the XP and Lean DNA of Pivotal Labs and scaled it up to build the best cloud platform available.

-- Big Data is our suite of battled-hardened products, now open sourced. Greenplum tackles massive datasets with the comfort of PostgreSQL. Apache HAWQ (incubating) brings Greenplum's distributed query planner to Hadoop. Gemfire, donated as Apache Geode (incubating), is an in-memory distributed grid with years of high performance in high-stakes systems.

-- Generally

At our offices we have free breakfast, weekly tech talks, excellent benefits and competitive pay. Ping pong isn't mandatory, but it's popular. I think west-coast ping pong is harder to beat, but east-coast style is more entertaining to watch. The NYC beer fridge has more IPA than I prefer but I guess that's life in paradise.

To see our open jobs and apply directly, follow this referral URL: http://grnh.se/xiy346

You can also email me at jchester+hn@pivotal.io to answer any questions.

Either of these helps me score one of our referral bonsues (did I mention our generous referral scheme?)

I may not be able to reply immediately, as I am just an engineer here.

Using "Who's Hiring?" to chase referral bonuses? Is that allowed?!

I've seen a number of people do it. Hell, I've done it in the past (no bites though). I have no problem with it, not that I'm an authority of any kind.

There was an energetic internal discussion about that very question when I started posting these about a year ago.

In the end, the conclusion was: yes. I am allowed. Encouraged, actually.

> energetic internal discussion

so - not discussed on HN then. I was wondering if it might go against HN "ethics" because it risks everyone posting these and then Who's Hiring gets spammed. One of the best things about Who's Hiring is that you get close to the person actually offering the position.

I see your point.

However, I've been doing this for a year now and, so far as I can tell, there hasn't been a significant uptick in comments in these threads. It tends to fluctuate between 700 and 1,000 depending on the month (more in northern hemisphere summer, less in winter).

I'd also add that I spend a bunch of my personal time answering questions, following up and so on. It can sometimes be fun and sometimes it isn't fun at all.

The referral link is new since last month and is exactly equivalent to any other direct application in getting "close to the person actually offering the position". They both go directly to the staff recruiter responsible for handling that job.

For those folk who don't want me to get a referral bonus, for any reason, you can visit https://pivotal.io/careers and go through the same system.

That sounds fair enough. I wasn't complaining - just wondering. And it looks like you're trying to maintain the level of involvement too which is good.

No worries. I get defensive easily, it's one of my charming qualities.

Depends very much on how the company handles referrals. My company gives no bonus for 'networking leads', but decent bonuses for 'personal recommendation'. I've never understood what difference it makes to the company or hiring process.

You're right, companies vary. As I said, there was an internal discussion, the conclusion of which was "Jacques's referrals from HN count".

Good people are good people, wherever they come from. That's the bottom line.

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