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Associate Software Engineer - HBCU (Pivotal Rise)

New York, New York

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Job ID 1544843 Date posted Feb. 06, 2019


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Pivotal Software, Inc. combines platform, tools, and methodology to help the world’s largest companies transform the way they build software and run their most strategic applications. Our technology is used by Global 2000 companies and developers to give software development and IT operations a strategic advantage. Founded in 2013, Pivotal unleashes software-developer productivity and creates an environment for innovation to scale, while fulfilling our mission to transform how the world builds software.


Our Values

We’re committed to increasing representation of POCs in the tech space and would like to take a bigger step in the right direction by formalizing our investment in HBCUs as part of a broader strategy to increase diversity and inclusion at Pivotal. With a team of dedicated members and the strong support of Pivotal leadership, we’re inviting new graduates to join and contribute to our unique culture of doing the right thing, doing what works, and being kind.



The Pivotal Rise Program is a full time, entry level pilot program designed for graduating students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) who are interested in a career in engineering. Students from all HBCUs who identify with a group that is historically underrepresented in the technology industry, including but not limited to Black, Hispanic and/or Latino, Native American, students with disabilities, and veterans, are encouraged to apply.


Our vision for the Pivotal Rise Program is for participants to learn, grow, and thrive in their careers and professional communities as part of a carefully selected cohort. Through your day to day work on the Pivotal Cloud Foundry Engineering Team, you will pair with senior technical engineers, and you will have the opportunity to take advantage of unique, career-changing opportunities, including: pair programming, mentorship from experienced engineers, integration into professional communities such as employee resource groups, and exposure to real software that transforms the industry. You will also have the opportunity to engage one-on-one with the Pivotal leadership team and explore long term professional development opportunities in our challenging, inclusive, and enriching environment.  At Pivotal, you will find a community in your cohort, team, office, and the company at large, and we are excited for you to contribute to our unique culture of doing the right thing, doing what works, and being kind. Lastly, as part of the inaugural cohort for this pilot program, you will have a direct role in influencing the design and direction of the program itself. You will not only be an architect of your own experience in the Pivotal Rise Program, but also have a meaningful impact on the experience of the next cohort of new colleges grads.


At Pivotal, the opportunities afforded to you are endless based on your individual goals, aspirations and skills. We value an environment of continued learning and development. Being a part of the first cohort means you have the unique opportunity to accelerate your career and shape the future of Pivotal Rise.


You are looking for a collaborative environment and pair programming is something that you want to try out. You love shipping features, but know that well factored code is what lets you keep shipping features in the long run.  You judge your success by the success of your team; you are interested in learning about distributed systems; and you are excited to work on open source.


You are also a part of creating and shaping the strategy for our Pivotal Rise program. You have the opportunity to impact and leave your fingerprints on the company and industry.


Your Day

As cliche as it may sound, every day is completely different from the next. We have a general framework for what our day looks like and the majority of it will be spent with your pair:


9:06 AM - Office-wide stand-up to build office cohesion and start the day off together.

9:10 AM - Team standup - discuss any blockers, choose pairs, maybe even tell a joke.

9:30-12:30 PM - Start pairing, tackle an open GitHub issue and open a pull-request.

12:30-1:30 PM - Lunch! Go for a bite, run an errand, or join a book club.

1:31-6:00 PM - Get back with your pair and start an acceptance test for a big feature.


We pair program, all-day every-day, because we know it delivers remarkable results. We work in small teams, and rotate among them frequently. We believe in working at a sustainable pace – we know there is a life outside work, and we want you to be able to spend time with family and friends.


Desired Skills/ Experience:

  • BA/BS in Computer Science or related field from an HBCU, but we will accept applications from students who may be majoring in a field outside of engineering but know how to code, and want to go into tech.  
  • Comfort navigating ambiguity; ability to remain flexible and agile in a challenging and changing environment.
  • Ability to dive into a polyglot codebase and contribute while learning.
  • Interest in exploring new programming paradigms, languages, and patterns.


Nice To Haves:

  • Operations or Systems Administration experience, particularly on UNIX.
  • Experience and/or interest in Test Driven Development (TDD) and agile methodologies.
  • Worked with Go/Ruby/Rails codebases.
  • Contributed to an open-source project.

Pivotal is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that will consider all qualified applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetics, age, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


For San Francisco-based employment, pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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