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Chef Software Overview

Seattle, WA (US)
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Enterprise Software & Network Solutions
₹5 to ₹10 billion (INR) per year
Puppet, Ansible, SaltStack
Chef Software is the industry leader in IT automation and DevOps solutions. We are a dynamic and rapidly growing software company with a strong sense of dedication to our customers and the Chef community. We work hard but try not to take ourselves too seriously. This is a very ... Read more

Mission: Chef is the leader in Continuous Automation software, and one of the founders of the DevOps movement. Chef works with more than a thousand of the most innovative companies around the world to deliver their vision of digital transformation, providing the practices and platform to ... Read more

Chef Software Reviews

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Chef Software CEO Barry Crist
Barry Crist
70 Ratings
  • "Chef- Great place to work and grow with a great team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Chef Software full-time (Less than a year)


    I love working at Chef- mostly because of the people. They are collaborative, helpful, smart, and enjoy smiling. The business growth is re-accelerating with an expanded product portfolio. The executive management team is mostly new and has done a great job aligning and setting a clear vision, priorities, plan, etc. It's a very transparent environment.
    The office is great. They provide lunch on Wednesdays. The benefits and vacation are too. They have an Open PTO policy which means you take what you need when you need it provided your manager is on board.
    The culture encourages openness, collaboration, authenticity and learning. It is truly a growth mindset.


    Growing pains associated with scaling the business. Things like policies are hard to find. The tools are a bit unorganized- like using slack as an email replacement. Employees are spread throughout the US which means having to work harder to make personal connections.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on track now that we have the executive management team. Build the rest of the teams. Continue to communicate vision, strategy, priorities, and plan. Don't bite off more than you can chew.

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Chef Software Photos

Chef Software photo of: Barry Crist (CEO) explaining the importance of habitat
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Chef Software Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview




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    Inside Sales Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA (US)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Chef Software (Seattle, WA (US)) in October 2016.


    After receiving an email following my application, I had an initial screen with the hiring manager via video conference, a technical interview with a Sales Engineer via video conference, and concluded with five 45 minute in-person interviews on a single Tuesday. The whole process from initial contact to decision took six weeks.

    The interviews were mostly typical from my past experiences. Questions were geared towards gauging experience and competency in sales, IT ops, and development. Before the technical interview I was required to work through a brief workshop to create a Chef cookbook. For the in-person interviews I had to prepare to present a brief PowerPoint presentation, which was provided a little over a week beforehand.

    There was a little more focus on company cultural fit than I had experienced with other companies. It is obvious Chef is concerned about maintaining their company culture. This is a very good thing given what I've been able to gather from Glassdoor reviews and customer comments around the web. Additionally, everyone I met was extremely open to questions from the candidate. In fact, I'd say they expect a candidate to ask many questions.

    Overall, while the outcome was a disappointment for me, the process was enjoyable. Everyone I met was wonderful and reinforced my positive view of Chef.

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Chef Software Awards & Accolades

  • Tech Impact Award in Seattle for Best Enterprise Software of 2016, Seattle Business Magazine, 2016
  • Deloitte Technology Fast 500, Deloitte, 2017
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