[Note: Most of this comes from the standard job description... More from me at the bottom.]

Do you prefer to work on a wide variety of projects in a challenging environment? Have you ever felt that your job was monotonous or repetitive? Are you a builder, not a maintainer? Do you enjoy change? If so, Yahoo's platform engineering may have the job for you. Come be a part of our Tiger team.

The Tiger team at Yahoo is dedicated to providing highly skilled, senior engineers to a variety of projects. Tigers perform as an internal "consulting" team, providing short term resourcing to dedicated product engineering teams that have critical or time sensitive problems. In the past Tigers have contributed to highly visible products such as Y! Mail and anti-spam, Y! Messenger and Y! Alerts.

The ideal Tiger is a technically strong engineer who likes a dynamic environment and assignments that change every 6-8 months. As a member of the Tiger team you will get wide exposure to a variety of Yahoo's products with an emphasis on back-end systems, performance work and platforms. Due to the rapidly changing team environment, strong communications and teamwork skills are a must.


Required Skills:

  • MS/BS in Computer Science (or equivalent experience).
  • 7+ years industry experience building scalable systems in C/C++ on a Unix platform
  • A proven track-record of technical leadership, including responsibility for design or architecture
  • Good development-process skills: structured design documentation, build processes, coding styles, testing frameworks, etc.
  • Interest and demonstrated ability to work in complex team environments, with evolving team membership

Preferred Skills

  • Knowledge of Apache internals
  • Experience w/relational databases, particularly Oracle and MySQL
  • Experience w/web-scripting languages including Perl or PHP

[End Standard Description]

To the best of my knowledge, these jobs are on-site in Sunnyvale, California. If you're at all interested, please get in touch. I'm happy to answer questions about working at Yahoo.

I know several members of the Tiger Team, and they're quite amazing and get to work on very important short-term projects. Anyone would learn a lot working on their team.

Posted by jzawodn at February 22, 2007 07:36 AM

Reader Comments
# nikola tesla said:

> 7+ years industry experience building scalable systems in C/C++ on a Unix platform

hehehe 7+ years in industry that is barely 7 years old :-) you are looking for our fathers?

on February 22, 2007 08:06 AM
# David Cancel said:

Sounds like a dream job!

on February 22, 2007 08:11 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Nikola (heh):

What are you smoking?

Unix and C/C++ is hardly a "barely 7 years old" combination. I personally know people who've been doing that for far longer. The trouble is that they're happily employed already!

on February 22, 2007 08:12 AM
# David Dellanave said:


You're more than a little wrong. FYI, this industry didn't start in 2000. There are plenty of people who have legitimately 10 (maybe 15) years of experience building web applications and the infrastructure to hold them.

on February 22, 2007 08:38 AM
# Ryan said:

What do you mean barely 7 years old? I'm only 25, but even I was "blogging" by 1997. It's older than you think.

(note: I use the term "blogging" in quotes, because we didn't come up with a clever name for it until roughly 2005.. before then we called it writing, and only people with something to say did it)

on February 22, 2007 12:06 PM
# Kevin said:

"scalable systems in C/C++ on a Unix platform" doesn't imply the web, either. It's possible to have nearly 40 years of experience satisfying that requirement.

on February 23, 2007 01:19 PM
# Dossy Shiobara said:

Why am I not surprised that Yahoo! has an official "Tiger team" as part of its org?

I kept pushing the folks at AOL to formalize such a team (I suggested "Ninjas"--sneak in quietly, do what is required and leave no trace behind). Sigh.

When Yahoo! opens an engineering office in northern New Jersey, please let me know. :-)

on February 23, 2007 02:05 PM
# Gerry Cheer said:

Tiger Team, damn that really sounds like a very cool job. Too bad C/C++ are not my favourite languages :))

- Gerry

on August 6, 2007 07:30 AM
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