We help engineering teams deeply understand their own production systems through observability.
Honeycomb was founded by a software engineer (a “dev”) and an infrastructure engineer (an “ops”). We were determined to build a world of software ownership, and saw observability as the shared understanding necessary to get there. What began as a sociotechnical problem has evolved into a sociotechnical solution, in which tool choice is simply the catalyst for improved processes and culture on engineering teams.
Give all software engineering teams the observability they need to eliminate toil and delight their users.
Our values are the “how” in how we work with our colleagues, engage with our community, and build Honeycomb.
Fast and close to right is better than perfect.
Take pride in your craft and ship relentlessly. Be like our storage engine: 99% right in milliseconds is better than 100% right in an hour. Code in production is worth two in canary.
We hire adults.
Pay attention to your mind and body so you can give and get help. All of us wobble, and being transparent about that means we can support each other. Participate fully in collaboration, coaching and management. If any group of us were together in a car on a long road trip, there would be no need for a dividing line in the back seat to keep people from hitting each other.
Everything is an experiment.
Don’t get attached to specific outcomes, as they can prevent you from moving forward. Construct your experiments with purpose, evaluate them with honesty, share your results, and iterate. Failure is a constant, it’s what we learn that matters.
Feedback is a gift.
Give feedback freely, give gently, give timely, but give. Listen first, listen intently, celebrate each other’s growth. We are a high-trust and high-transparency team, and this requires us all to dig deep. Discomfort is temporary. We polish each other like diamonds.
Act with autonomy and ownership.
Come curious. Focus on impact over output. Be generous with your ideas and use your judgment. Optimize for our collective success, not individual glory. Kill your darlings. Be bold, shake it up, don’t assume the way things are was on purpose. Do it with style.
We’re looking for teammates to share in our mission to help engineering teams deeply explore and understand their own production systems—in real time.
Honeycomb is a service for the near and present future, where distributed systems are the new default, every service is a platform, and empowered generalist software engineers are the new ops. We are passionate about consumer-quality developer tools and excited to build a product that raises our industry’s expectations of what our tools can do for us.
Started in 2016 and headquartered in San Francisco, we’re a distributed team and have employees all over the United States and Canada. We think equally about building Honeycomb the product, the business, and the company. We’re committed to building a company of which our people are proud to have been a part.
We’re building a diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other. We hire adults. We value transparency, autonomy, experimentation, and kind, direct feedback. We welcome nontraditional candidates, and people of all backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives. We’re an equal opportunity employer and our hiring process is designed to put you at ease and help you show your best work; if we are doing a poor job of this at any time, please let us know. Come build and maintain great things with us.
Why Honeycomb Invests in DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion)
We’re attempting to build a product unlike any before it—something incredibly powerful and yet broadly accessible to many different kinds of engineers and technical contributors. To do this, we have to examine the thousands of implicit and sometimes faulty assumptions baked in to the current generation of software tools and practices.
A diverse team will see these assumptions from many different angles and bring the breadth of knowledge and experience to challenge them; building an equitable and inclusive team will allow us to realize the benefits of that diversity over the long term. We are building for the future of the software industry, not its past.