February 08, 2024
USA Only
$90K - $160K USD *

Distributed Systems Engineer (L5) - Cloud Engineering

About the job:


Netflix is one of the world's leading streaming entertainment services with over 247 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, films and games across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can play, pause and resume watching as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, and can change their plans at any time.

Netflix has been on the leading edge of the cloud since beginning the migration to AWS 15 years ago and runs one of the largest Cloud footprints around. The Cloud Engineering organization exists to manage that massive scale, constantly innovating to increase fleet-wide agility, efficiency, and reliability of the Netflix cloud infrastructure, while solving scale problems that we are the first to ever hit. We build, operate, and maintain Compute, Network and Storage services so that developers at Netflix can rely on foundational building blocks when entertaining hundreds of millions of customers around the world. Join us as we push the boundaries of performance and resilience, empowering developers to create groundbreaking applications on a reliable platform.

We are looking to add new stunning colleagues to the teams outlined below.

Team Spotlights

Cloud Gateway

The Cloud Gateway team provides a consistent traffic management story at the edge. We abstract out the complexity of resiliency, security, routing, and insights from application owners and their business logic. As a member of this team, you will own the feature set that Edge Proxy provides, comprising everything from low-level networking and incoming request processing to high-level product features directly impacting the customer experience. This role will have a broad impact and will allow you to partner with client teams, product teams, and cloud infrastructure teams.

Service Networking

The Service Networking team provides the foundational infrastructure for all service communication needs, abstracting the network from application developers. We are building and driving the adoption of a Service Mesh product which will redefine the IPC ecosystem at Netflix providing a secure, reliable, resilient communication layer and increased observability into network issues. Our Service discovery product is vital for Netflix services to find and connect.  

Network Services & Insights

Network Services & Insights re-architects the approach to managing and exposing modern cloud networking features, building on top of Netflix’s federated resource management platform. We apply time-tested software principles to develop a network management platform that is user-focused, intent-first, and built in layers using composable modules with clear schemas and single responsibility principle. The team connects the dots across other networking teams, products, and features to allow us to ship end-to-end experiences, not org charts. We additionally develop and operate some of Netflix’s largest distributed systems offering topology, health, and performance insights, solutions for the identification & consumption of network resources, and structured network data access.

Must-have skills

  • 5/6+ years of professional Software Engineering experience, preferably with recent technical leadership
  • Recent and proficient experience with Java, C++, Go, Python, or similar
  • Experience building & operating highly reliable distributed systems in a cloud environment
  • Passion for technology, pragmatic thinking, ability to jump into an ambiguous area and break down complex problems

What you'll be doing

  • Building and operating Services, APIs, and Tooling for a variety of use-cases
  • Balancing bias to action with the ability to make well-informed bets
  • Engaging directly with end engineering users to understand their needs and improve their experience
  • Understanding and solving business needs at scale with high-quality solutions
  • Leaning into proactiveness and effective communication in pursuit of cross-functional alignment

Success criteria

  • You thrive in ambiguity; complex and fuzzy requirements are more common than clearly defined customer expectations
  • You take incremental steps toward solving big problems; test and learn approaches work better than heads down development
  • You are independent and self driven; progress is often self-directed by teams & individuals 
  • You’ve read about Netflix’s culture and think you would thrive here

Here are a few recent talks and posts from members of the team to highlight the work we do:

Keeping Netflix Reliable Using Prioritized Load Shedding

How Netflix uses eBPF Flow logs

NATless IPv6/IPv4 Address Translation

Consistent caching mechanisms in Titus Gateway

Netflix Drive 

Zero Configuration Service Mesh with On-Demand Cluster Discovery

Does this sound interesting? Or does this sound interesting-but-intimidating? Please don’t self-select out, let’s figure it out together. We’d love to talk to you!


Our compensation structure consists solely of an annual salary; we do not have bonuses. You choose each year how much of your compensation you want in salary versus stock options. To determine your personal top of market compensation, we rely on market indicators and consider your specific job family, background, skills, and experience to determine your compensation in the market range. The range for this role is $100,000 - $700,000.

Netflix provides comprehensive benefits including Health Plans, Mental Health support, a 401(k) Retirement Plan with employer match, Stock Option Program, Disability Programs, Health Savings and Flexible Spending Accounts, Family-forming benefits, and Life and Serious Injury Benefits. We also offer paid leave of absence programs.  Full-time hourly employees accrue 35 days annually for paid time off to be used for vacation, holidays, and sick paid time off. Full-time salaried employees are immediately entitled to flexible time off. See more detail about our Benefits here.

Netflix is a unique culture and environment.  Learn more here.

We are an equal-opportunity employer and celebrate diversity, recognizing that diversity of thought and background builds stronger teams. We approach diversity and inclusion seriously and thoughtfully. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, caste, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic makeup, marital status, or military service.

USA Only
$90K - $160K USD/Year *

Company Benefits

* Compensation was calculated as an average of similar positions and is not guaranteed.
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