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 ...
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.
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.