Cockroach Labs named #1 large company on Crain’s 2022 Best Places to Work

Last edited on September 29, 2022

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    We’re pleased to announce that Crain’s has ranked Cockroach Labs #1 in the large companies category of its 2022 Best Places to Work in New York City list. This is the third year in a row Cockroach Labs has received this ranking in the large category. We were named #5 in the overall list of 100 companies in NYC.

    Our founders named Cockroach Labs after resilience and survival. From the very beginning, our goal was to build a space for our employees that inspired innovation while still encouraging employees to find their unique balance of personal and professional commitments. Over the last couple of years that became even more of a focus. We saw the disruption of normal office operations as an opportunity to rethink workplace norms at a pivotal point in our company’s growth. Through a series of focus groups, surveys, and external research, our Workplace team created a new scalable distributed workplace model that provides flexibility while promoting opportunities to collaborate, connect, and retain a strong focus on productivity. We have built programs for better recruiting, more flexibility, better support, more opportunities in and out of the office, and fostered an environment where diversity of thought exists and is celebrated.

    Cockroach Labs has grown by over 125 Roachers in the last year. In addition to seeing such rapid growth, Cockroach Labs maintains a human-centered culture as a top priority for the company.

    Building a culture that is fun, inclusive, and diverse is not something that just happens. It requires a continuous effort from the whole organization — an understanding that rings true for every Roacher, from the leadership team to our interns. In order for all of us to thrive, we all have to work together. We are proud of the workplace we have built and are proud that we are a team made up of curious, passionate, driven, different, and respectful individuals. Take a look at what we have to say about each other and the organization we have built together:

    I believe that your development is influenced by the people you spend the most time with, so I prioritized working at a company filled with talented people. My colleagues push me to be a better professional daily. And, more importantly, they do so while also demonstrating strong core values. My co-workers are kind, generous, funny, and always willing to teach me something new. I am so thankful that I work with brilliant colleagues who are even better people.

    - Andy Woods, Group Product Manager

    Cockroach Labs has been disrupting the database space for the past few years with some of the smartest individuals in the industry. From your first day, it’s apparent the whole team wants to set everyone up for success in their roles. Starting with a Roachmate to help guide you in your role regardless of if you come in as an intern or director, a unique outlook on work-life balance, and an overall commitment to success to ensure we’re continuing our mission to enable developers to build world-changing applications all make it a one of a kind place to continue my career.

    - Waverly Heurtelou, Technical Campus Recruiter

    Cockroach Labs is a great place to work because, regardless of your professional background, the entire team is here to help get you up to speed and make sure you succeed. Because the database space and our tools are so complex, people at the company make sure you know there is no such thing as a bad question. In terms of work-life balance, especially during the pandemic - Roach & Relaxation days have been a huge help and on top of that, if you need a day to yourself, your manager can always help. The company culture really makes you feel part of the team, we’re always in the loop on the direction the company is going in and there’s a ton of transparency in the board updates.

    - Matthew Vardi, Technical Support Engineer

    It’s an honor to be recognized on Crain’s Best Places to Work List and we are humbled to be named alongside companies who are also striving for innovation and inclusivity in the workplace. We can all learn from each other.

    If you are in the market for your next role, consider joining us on our mission to build the next great database company. We are expanding, with open positions in almost all departments. Explore open roles at and hear directly from the folks building CockroachDB.