Come build the OS for work

The problem we’ve chosen forces us to be ambitious. But Rippling’s approach is simple. Build multiple products. Trust engineers to lead.

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We’re a compound startup

The engineering team at Rippling is building multiple products in parallel, which seamlessly interoperate as a single system.

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FORMER FOUNDERS ON STAFF

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PRODUCTS LAUNCHED TO DATE

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Silicon Valley is wrong

“Startups fail when they don’t focus on a single product.”

This is Silicon Valley doctrine. It pulls founders away from hard problems. It pushes investors toward quick exits. And it’s made everybody believe that shipping multiple products means shipping crappy products.

We think there’s another way. From Day One, Rippling has shaped its technology and organization around a multi-product strategy. That’s made it possible for us to shard our product development process and build more.

How we build products

How we build careers

Being a compound startup enables Rippling to give each engineer experiences that just aren’t available at other companies.

Don’t get stuck on one product forever

With a single-point solution, there’s only one thing worth building. Rippling has many. If you’re itching to build something new, raise your hand. We’ll try to make it work.

Build products people actually use

Everything on our roadmap has product-market fit. We just need you to build it. With distribution already in place, even the latest product can be a revenue machine.

Own your product end to end

A single Rippling product could be an entire startup. That’s why our teams are small and autonomous. The result? Each engineer has a uniquely high degree of ownership.

How we build culture

Our hiring process finds engineers who can succeed at Rippling. Our principles help them live up to that promise.

We are engineering-first

Today 50% of Rippling is engineers, product managers, and designers. For our first three years, engineers owned the product without any support. We’ve grown a lot since then. But our culture remains engineering-led.

Two paths of mentorship

Want to create something from nothing? Our team has 50+ ex-founders who will teach you how. More interested in scaling a product? Learn from Rippling engineers who cut their teeth at Google, Facebook, and Amazon.

Our engineering values

Entrepreneurialism

Your product is your company. It’s not enough to know the code. You need to understand the business around it, too.

Leadership

Coding and leadership go hand-in-hand. Don’t be surprised to learn that a team’s manager is also its best engineer.

Communication

We keep meetings small and short because we believe in communication. Writing precisely in email and chat is a must.

Our engineering practices

Bias toward speed

V1s come early and often. Then we make them better.

High-quality code

Test. Then code. We don’t write regression-prone code.

Automate everything

But not the way it’s currently done. The way it should be.

Beyond the codebase

Building great products is a huge part of Rippling, but there’s more to learn.