Working at Chef Software | Glassdoor

Chef Software Overview

Seattle, WA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Enterprise Software & Network Solutions
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Chef Software is the industry leader in IT automation and DevOps solutions. We are a dynamic and rapidly growing software company with a strong sense of dedication to our customers and the Chef community. We work hard but try not to take ourselves too seriously. This is a very ... Read more

Mission: Chef is the leader in Continuous Automation software, and one of the founders of the DevOps movement. Chef works with more than a thousand of the most innovative companies around the world to deliver their vision of digital transformation, providing the practices and platform to ... Read more

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2017 (#22)

Chef Software Video

Provided by employer [?]


Chef Software – Why Work For Us?

We are Chef. We are IT automation for speed and awesomeness. We give you a model for automating IT infrastructure and applications that drive self-reliance across your development and operations teams. We are the Chef Community. We are tens of thousands strong. We are helping your businesses become faster, safer and more flexible, so you win in today's 24x7 digital economy. Join our movement today.

Chef Careers

We are Chef. We are all about IT automation for speed and awesomeness

If you're looking for a place to work with crazy smart, funny people who are passionate about building a product and a company that are both delightful to work with, then you've come to the right place. We're backed by DFJ, Battery Ventures, Ignition Partners, Scale Venture Partners, Citibank and Amplify Partners and our growing customer list includes many of the biggest and most innovative companies on the planet.

We're also big fans of having a life outside of work. Which makes Chef a fantastic place to work at any stage of your career - whether you're fresh out of college or approaching retirement age.

We're huge fans of Seattle but we know it might not be the center of your universe. We want to work with the best and brightest wherever they live. That's why you don't have to live in Seattle to work at Chef. We have employees who live and work all around the United States. We've worked hard to create a remote-friendly culture and believe you can have a big impact no matter where you live.

Smaller company, big company benefits.

  • Unlimited paid time off for US employees.
  • Excellent medical/dental/vision coverage, with low co-pays and deductibles. 100% of premiums are paid for employees, and 50% for spouses, domestic partners, and children.
  • Paid long-term and short-term disability insurance for employees who work more than 30 hours/week.
  • A 401(k) plan, partially matched by the company.
  • Section 125 plans, which allow you to pay for medical and child care expenses, tax-free.
  • A bus pass or parking reimbursement, depending on where you live and how you choose to get to work.
  • Telecommuting and flextime options, depending on position and department.

Diversity and inclusion are important issues that we are congizant of and proactive in creating change at Chef.  We recognize and acknowledge the need to discuss and act on changing the way we promote diversity in our workplace, we also realize there is no "quick fix".   We are deliberate in our people practices and are focused on creating a more diverse and welcoming workplace that ultimately reflects our national demographic.  We are also not afraid to be transparent.  

Affiliations and Events:

  • Proud sponsor of the Ada Developers Academy--100% conversion of hiring Ada talent into Chef as part of the Technology Alliance
  • Active member of the National Grace Hopper Foundation--we attend the annual conference and actively recruit talent.
  • Annually Speak at a variety of Technical Diversity conferences including  LISA, SuperWomen in Technology, and events
  • Chef is a proud sponsor of the Women In Technology Seattle Chapter 
  • Chef is a proud sponsor of GeekGirls and welcomes sponsored events into the Chef facilities in Seattle and San Francisco.
  • Chef is an active participate in multiple Diversity Sponsored events at various universities 
  • Member of the Washington STEM foundation--helping shape the curriculum of middle and high school Computer science programs.

Chef Software Reviews

Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Chef Software CEO Barry Crist
Barry Crist
72 Ratings
  • "Great Culture, Smart People, Solid Business Model"

    Former Employee - Recruiting in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Recruiting in Seattle, WA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chef Software full-time (More than a year)


    The growing pains that Chef has gone through over the past couple years have been difficult but they are really paying off. The executive team is exceptional and know what it is going to take to get us from the founder phase to a mature company. This most recent business model change creates viable footing for explosive growth while remaining true to our roots. The programmatic scaling of revenue and product teams has been remarkable. There is still work to be done, but I have complete faith in the teams we have in place.

    I’ll be rooting for you all from the sidelines and can't wait to see what you all can do!


    Chef can be very fast paced and agile. It can take a while to get your footing, but there is always someone that is willing to help if you are willing to ask.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving in the same direction and bringing people into the decision making process. The BMC is a clear indicator of the power of harnessing the incredible horsepower of the organization as a whole.

See All 103 Reviews

Chef Software Photos

Chef Software photo of: Barry Crist (CEO) explaining the importance of habitat
Chef Software photo of: Some shiny awards
Chef Software photo of: Meeting of Minds
Chef Software photo of: Concentration is key
Chef Software photo of: Don't try this at home
Chef Software photo of: Chef
See All PhotosSee All

Chef Software Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview




  1. Featured Interview

    Helpful (1)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Chef Software.


    Very straightforward process. Met with Recruiter, Hiring Manager, Pre-Sales, Peer in another territory. Awesome experience. Great people, great culture! Learned a lot about the expectation of the role and how to be successful at the company.

    Interview Questions

See All 26 Interviews

Chef Software Awards & Accolades

  • Tech Impact Award in Seattle for Best Enterprise Software of 2016, Seattle Business Magazine, 2016
  • Deloitte Technology Fast 500, Deloitte, 2017
  • 100 Best Companies to Work for in Seattle, Seattle Business Magazine, 2017
  • Geekiest Office Space, GeekWire, 2017
See More

Pledges & Certifications

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Work at Chef Software? Share Your Experiences

Chef Software
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
Click to Rate