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2024-05-21 Waymo

Staff Software Engineer, Route Optimization

Mountain View, California, United States

Waymo is an autonomous driving technology company with the mission to be the most trusted driver. Since its start as the Google Self-Driving Car Project in 2009, Waymo has focused on building the Waymo Driver—The World's Most Experienced Driver™—to improve access to mobility while saving thousands of lives now lost to traffic crashes. The Waymo Driver powers Waymo One, a fully autonomous ride-hailing service, and can also be applied to a range of vehicle platforms and product use cases. The Waymo Driver has provided over one million rider-only trips, enabled by its experience autonomously driving tens of millions of miles on public roads and tens of billions in simulation across 13+ U.S. states.

The Ride-Hailing Infrastructure team builds mission-critical backend systems, as well as on-vehicle software, that allows Waymo's autonomous vehicles to operate at tremendous commercial scale.

We think deeply and solve complex technical challenges in areas like Vehicle Route Optimization, Scalability, and Capacity Planning, while collaborating with software engineers, data scientists, and product managers both on and off the car. Our systems allow our vehicles to deliver people and goods safely and efficiently to their destinations - so if you’re a software engineer who’s curious and passionate about bringing Level 4 autonomous driving to the public, we'd like to meet you! In this role, you will report to our Senior Manager of Commercialization Software.

Here are some of the exciting problems our team is currently working on:

  • Optimizing algorithms to suggest the best pickup and dropoff (PUDO) locations for our riders
  • Scaling Waymo’s Routing algorithms on Google infrastructure to determine the most efficient routes for Waymo vehicles to take

While each day at Waymo is different, your primary responsibilities will include: 

  • Implement and scale the backend for Waymo's Ride-Hailing and Routing services. This collection of systems manages trip requests, provides APIs to client apps and other services,  and calculates pickup/dropoff locations and ride times.
  • Lead the offboard Routing and Pickup/Dropoff (PUDO) Infrastructure area by setting technical direction with multiple stakeholders
  • Work closely with cross functional partners including onboard Software Engineers, Product Managers, and Data Scientists.
  • Develop expertise in (and make use of) various Google technologies like Borg, Spanner, Flume, as well as custom-built systems for Waymo-specific problems.
  • Contribute production-grade code, execute code reviews, and drive and influence detailed technical designs

At a minimum we’d like you to have:

  • Hands-on experience building large-scale distributed systems for product backends
  • Proficient in C++ or Python (or a strong willingness to learn)
  • Demonstrated experience working cross functionally with Product, Program, Data Science etc.
  • 8+ years of industry experience building highly performant systems
  • 2+ years of experience in a Technical Lead role

It’s preferred if you also have:

  • Experience in building Ride-Hailing related backend services: e.g, mapping, routing, localization, vehicle dispatching, and/or rider matching
  • 10+ years of industry experience as a Software Engineer/Technical Expert

While at Waymo, you will enjoy benefits that cover…

Health and wellness: Our people are at the heart of everything we do. At Waymo, you can enjoy top-notch medical, dental and vision insurance, mental wellness support, a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), a Health Saving Account (HSA), and special wellness programs.

Financial wellness: Your financial peace of mind is important to us. At Waymo, we offer competitive compensation, bonus opportunities, equity, a generous 401(k) plan, 1-on-1 financial coaching, a 529 College Savings Plan and lots of other perks and employee discounts.

Flexibility and time off: Take the time you need to relax and recharge. Enjoy the flexibility to work from another location for four weeks per year. We support an on-site or hybrid work model and offer remote working opportunities, paid time off, bereavement, sick, and parental leave.

Supporting families: When it comes to growing your family or caring for your loved ones, you have our full support. Enhanced leave options include paid parental leave (birthing parent gets 24 weeks of paid leave with up to 4 weeks of additional leave before their due date, and non-birthing parent gets 18 weeks of paid leave), and 20 days of subsidized backup childcare or adult/elder care.. Access to fertility care or adoption support as you grow your family.

Community and personal development: At Waymo, you'll find a range of opportunities to grow, connect, and give back. We offer education reimbursement, personal and professional development, mentorship, and other ways to connect through Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), other internal groups, and even time off to volunteer.

Cool perks: Access to Google offices, cafes, wellness centers, massages, and so much more. To support your wellbeing at home, you can enjoy at-home fitness and cooking classes, and more.



The expected base salary range for this full-time position across US locations is listed below. Actual starting pay will be based on job-related factors, including exact work location, experience, relevant training and education, and skill level. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for the role location or, if the role can be performed remote, the specific salary range for your preferred location, during the hiring process. 

Waymo employees are also eligible to participate in Waymo’s discretionary annual bonus program, equity incentive plan, and generous Company benefits program, subject to eligibility requirements. 

Salary Range
$226,000$286,000 USD
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