Staff Software Engineer, Airbnb

Network Infrastructure


Expert level
Remote in US

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Community marketplace for holiday accomodation

Open for applications


Community marketplace for holiday accomodation

1001+ employees

B2CHospitalityB2BTravelMarketplaceSharing Economy

Open for applications


Expert level
Remote in US

More information about location

1001+ employees

B2CHospitalityB2BTravelMarketplaceSharing Economy

Company mission

To create a world where anyone can belong anywhere.


Who you are

  • 9+ years of relevant software development industry experience in a fast paced, high growth tech environment
  • Deep understanding of cloud native networking and distributed system concepts
  • Expertise with virtual network architecture on public cloud providers (e.g. AWS, GCP, Azure) and their network service offerings (e.g., VPC, Security Group, PrivateLink and related products)
  • Experience running large scale networking systems and software (e.g. Edge proxies, DNS, CDN, network gateways), experience working with istio, Envoy is a plus
  • You are a full-cycle developer: strong ownership and experience building and operating high-scale, distributed systems across the full software life cycle
  • You have excellent communication skills and the ability to work well within a team and with teams across the engineering teams
  • You are a strong problem solver and have led a team that is on-call for production infrastructure before
  • You are passionate about efficiency, availability, technical quality and system quality

What the job involves

  • The Networking team within Airbnb’s Cloud Infrastructure org owns the entire Airbnb production network infrastructure
  • The group is responsible for designing, building and operating the software and solutions that connect all Airbnb users and services, such as traffic proxy and load balancer, service mesh, VPC/backbone and cross-region connectivity, network monitoring and security systems
  • With users around the world, reliability, scalability, efficiency and high availability are our team’s core concerns
  • As a member of the network infra team, you will be working with talented engineers on cutting edge technologies of cloud native network stack from Layer3 - Layer7
  • You will contribute to the key infrastructure components that connect all Airbnb users and services across the globe
  • You will have the chance to define and influence large infrastructure initiatives such as global traffic load balancing and disaster recovery, next-gen service mesh, cross-region gateways and edge security etc
  • Airbnb is a member of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) end user community, and we work closely with the open source community (e.g. k8s, istio) and peer companies to tackle cloud native engineering challenges at scale
  • You will also have the chance to make an impact on the industry and open source communities
  • Work with open source communities (e.g. istio) to build the next generation service mesh for all Airbnb back-end services
  • Build the cross-region gateways and load balancers for global Airbnb services
  • Work with external partners and internal engineering and security teams to deliver edge security systems that protect Airbnb services
  • Design the multi-region network architecture on public clouds, and build software and operation tools to manage Airbnb’s production network
  • Work with product and engineering teams to optimize the network performance for Airbnb services

Otta's take

Sam Franklin headshot

Sam Franklin

CEO of Otta

When Airbnb was originally founded, the product helped customers book air mattresses on people's apartment floors. Since then, Airbnb has had over a billion customers hosted through its platform. With more than 4 million registered hosts worldwide, it has grown into a major player in the hospitality sector.

Airbnb has been successful in disrupting the traditional holiday lettings sector. Before it existed accommodation was limited to hotels and bed and breakfasts, but Airbnb has mainstreamed the idea of renting out spare rooms or even entire homes. It has created a new sector of hosts purchasing properties to rent out on the platform and provides a level of flexibility and a range of offerings not previously possible for travelers.

Perhaps a victim of its own success, by 2022 supply of Airbnb-listed properties began to outstrip demand in some markets, as hosts overestimated the appetite for domestic travel. However, the company is still posting strong financials and has unveiled new tools to support its hosts in a tougher rental market. With a healthy bottom line and a huge user base, Airbnb is very likely to overcome the current market turbulence and continue its growth.


Top investors

Some candidates hear
back within 2 weeks

25% employee growth in 12 months


Funding (last 2 of 10 rounds)

Apr 2020



Mar 2017



Total funding: $3.8bn

Company benefits

  • Paid volunteer time
  • Health food and snacks
  • Generous parental and family leave
  • Learning and development
  • Annual travel and experiences credit

Company values

  • Champion the Mission: We’re united with our community to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere
  • Be a Host: We're caring, open, and encouraging to everyone we work with
  • Embrace the Adventure: We’re driven by curiosity, optimism, and the belief that every person can grow
  • Be a Cereal Entrepreneur: We’re determined and creative in transforming our bold ambitions into reality

Company HQ

Showplace Square, San Francisco, CA


Brian Chesky

(Co-Founder & CEO)

Previously an Industrial Designer, studying at Rhode Island School of Design.

Nathan Blecharczyk

(Co-Founder & CSO)

Studied Computer Science at Harvard, and had around 4 years of professional Software Engineering experience before founding Airbnb, including interning at Microsoft.

Joe Gebbia


Also studied Industrial Design at Rhode Island, and previously founded various design-related startups

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