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San Francisco, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
Unknown / Non-Applicable
We're a self-driving car service designed for the cities we love. Our all-electric self-driving fleet has the potential to save millions of lives, reshape our cities, reduce harmful emissions, give back billions of hours of time and restore freedom of movement ... Read more

Mission: Building the world’s most advanced autonomous vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about.

Company Updates

  • Early in his career, Cruise VP of Finance Bill Nash was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Submarine Force. His eight years of service profoundly shaped the way he manages teams today: “I learned the vital role that leaders play in establishing a climate that allows teams to be successful. I believe in the concept of Servant Leadership and try to apply it every day at Cruise.”

    We're proud to support our community of #VetsatCruise, and we’re grateful for what they teach us about leadership and sacrifice today and every day.

  • Cruise VP of Engineering Mo ElShenawy on why the best company cultures are high-performance with humanity: "They're inclusive, respectful, open, and peer-driven."

    Here's how we've cultivated a peer-driven engineering culture at Cruise:

    Developing a Peer-Driven Engineering Culture at Cruise

    In my last blog, I shared my engineering philosophy for individual and company growth. This philosophy included a shallow organization structure, hiring and calibration frameworks, and a clear definition of responsibilities and levels within each role. (I also discussed this philosophy at length on Software Engineering Daily's podcast.)

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Cruise – Why Work With Us?

We’re Cruise, a self-driving car service designed for the cities we love.

We are building the world’s most advanced self-driving vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving cars will help save lives, reimagine cities, redefine time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many.

Backed by some of the world’s most respected companies like General Motors, SoftBank, Honda, and T. Rowe Price, we operate as a fast-moving startup with deep financial resources. Their backing for our technology demonstrates their confidence in our progress, team, and vision and makes us one of the leading autonomous vehicles organizations in the industry. Our partnership with General Motors enables us to manufacture a fully-integrated self-driving car that is 100% electric, and we believe this approach is crucial to truly solving transportation challenges at global scale. 

Cruisers have the opportunity to define new ways of working and learn from world-class leaders in their field. This is a place where dreamers and doers can succeed.

If you are looking to play a part in making a positive impact in the world by advancing the revolutionary work of self-driving cars, join us.

Solve Tech’s Toughest Challenge

Whether improving data processing efficiency or modeling simulation systems, Cruise engineers face the toughest challenges across robotics, machine learning, hardware design, and more. And we’re doing it at scale—and fast. We’re gearing up to launch San Francisco’s first fully self-driving rideshare service. Yep, there really won't be a driver. Our current fleet of Chevy Bolts are on the roads of San Francisco, Michigan, and Phoenix, where we navigate thousands of complex driving maneuvers every day.

Join a World-Class Team

We’re looking for the best of the best. That means our engineering talent hails from leading companies like Google, Amazon, NVIDIA, NASA and Tesla, and we recruit out of top engineering programs at Stanford, MIT, UC Berkeley, Cornell and more.Our teams work in small groups of six to nine people to create better learning experiences and empower our engineers with more responsibility.

Reap the Reward

Elite talent deserves top-tier compensation now and in the future. To put this in perspective—the global market for personal mobility is worth $6 trillion, and Cruise has the potential to take a huge stake. We’re still early in our journey, but our valuation has grown 14x since General Motors’ first investment in 2016. In 2018 alone, we raised $5 billion in funding from SoftBank and Honda. This takes deep pockets, but Cruise works like other startups with its own equity and board of directors. We pay competitively and offer lucrative equity packages for the best engineers and leaders. If you want to work with a purpose at a world-class company and get rewarded for your efforts, come join us.

Take Care of Yourself

Work-life balance is super important to us, so we offer our employees unlimited vacation time on top of 10 company holidays, flexible work hours, 16 weeks of paid parental leave, family expansion assistance and a monthly wellness stipend, to name just a few perks.

Enjoy Being at Work

Cruise offices offer catered lunch and dinners, a vegan-friendly snack bar and in-office massages—and we know how to have a good time. On top of our penthouse bar and game room, our monthly happy hours, new hire mixers, Hack Weeks, Tech Talks and Cruise Cares community outreach initiatives are a great way for Cruisers to take a breather and mingle.

Stand for Progress

Diverse teams are shown to be more productive, and Cruise has pledged to increase minority representation throughout the company by at least 15% in 2019. But it’s not just about the numbers. Our Cruise employee communities, which range from LGBTQruise to Cruisers From the African Diaspora, ensure that inclusion and belonging are at the heart of Cruise culture.

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    Engineering Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Cruise (San Francisco, CA) in November 2018.


    A recruiter reached out to me. I responded, and she scheduled an initial phone screen. From that initial contact to the time I had an offer in hand was 5 weeks. Most of that time was spent waiting for people’s availability (mine and theirs). At each decision point, Cruise acted quickly and decisively. After I talked to the hiring manager on the phone they were in contact the same day to set up an on-site interview in San Francisco. The on-site was on a Friday. The following Monday they let me know they wanted to proceed to the offer stage. I had the written offer that Wednesday. These folks do not screw around.
    The interview itself was a fairly standard 5 hour affair. I gave a presentation in the morning, followed by a pretty tough and far reaching technical interview that covered software architecture, development practice, and mathematical modeling. Then I had lunch with a couple engineers. After lunch I met with the hiring manager again and we talked about the role and also had some business/strategy discussion. After that was a code review. Then I talked to the recruiter again, and she asked me about compensation. I probably asked for too little. The company pays very well, at least by my standards.
    On the whole I felt my interviewers were prepared and engaged and I look forward to working with them.

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    • How to manage chains of coordinate transforms.   4 Answers
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