Embedded Firmware Engineer

Job Locations US-ID-Boise
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 2 months ago(12/12/2022 11:32 AM)


Cradlepoint was born in Boise and built for wireless. We are a team of authentic, hard-working, and innovative people driven by a shared vision to Connect Beyond the limits of wired networks. We help customers — big and small, across industries and around the world — utilize LTE and 5G cellular technology to connect people, places, and things, anywhere. We’re at the forefront of the Wireless WAN and 5G — the next big waves in networking — and we remain as hungry and humble as the day we started. If you’re hungry to be part of something big, come join us.


How Will You Contribute to the Company?


Cradlepoint is seeking an Embedded Firmware Engineer that can develop best-in-class features for our industry-leading wireless routers. This role will give the employee exposure to all layers of the embedded world - from bootloaders to Linux kernel, userspace libraries and services, UI, and AWS cloud services. In this position, you will get a chance to work with a talented team on making our next-generation wireless platforms using the latest 5G and Wi-Fi and LAN technologies. 


What Will You Do?

  • Work with Linux kernel on drivers for new hardware, kernel modules to implement new features, and upgrades with code from SoC vendors
  • Work with U-Boot on initial board power-up activities
  • Work with various CPU architectures (arm, arm64, mips, x86) in turn-on activities and performance
  • Work with various communication buses (MDIO, PCIe, UART, USB, I2C, SPI, SDIO)
  • Work with various networking protocols to deliver typical features of a router as well as new and innovative solutions (802.11, Ethernet, IP, L2 switching, L3 forwarding/routing/tunneling, VLAN, Q-in-Q, Link Aggregation, STP, BGP, OSPF, RSTP, LLDP, TCP/UDP, etc)
  • Work with various programming languages (C, Python, Javascript, Java, shell script, Makefile, etc)
  • Work with various elements of the toolchain to fix bugs, improve performance, and bring in new features (UCLIBC, GCC, BINUTILS, etc)
  • Work with various source control management systems (GIT, GitLab, Gerrit, Yocto, quilt)
  • Debug problems using protocol analyzers, oscilloscopes, JTAG debugger, network traffic generators, IPerf, etc)
  • Create new services that use the kernel infrastructure to expose new features to the user (GPS, GPIOs, serial, network accelerators, networking features, and many more)
  • Utilize software development skills to design, code, and implement new router features
  • Coordinate with different departments and multiple teams to determine software needs
  • Requirements gathering and feature definition: plan, scope, and document requirements for features or projects
  • Document development and create unit tests, work with automated test framework to create integration tests and regression tests


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related field and/or one to two (1 – 2) years of equivalent experience
  • Experience in Linux kernel, driver, or application programming
  • Strong experience in C programming and debugging skills on embedded platforms
  • Strong hardware and software troubleshooting skills

Bonus Points: 

  • Familiarity with 802.11 wireless (Wi-Fi) networking and OpenWRT

Note: Did you know that women and other marginalized groups often hold back on applying to jobs if they don’t meet 100% of all listed requirements? We don’t want you to hold back! If you don’t check every single box above but still feel like you could successfully do the work, we encourage you to apply! We’d love to connect and see how you could add to our team.


Why Cradlepoint?


At Cradlepoint, we’re one team - all in on inclusion. Celebrating the uniqueness of our individual team members across the globe helps us build diverse teams where we all can thrive. Our connected, community-focused culture enables each one of us to perform at our best and fully be ourselves.


Our Cradlepoint values drive everything we do:

  • Stay humble and hungry: Be a curious learner, resilient, and competitive.
  • Don’t point a finger; lend a hand: We are one team! Communicate, provide support, and lift others.
  • Make a difference: Prioritize, innovate, differentiate, and think big for customer success. Make a difference in work and in our communities.
  • Keep it simple: Eliminate complexity. Reduce time to value.
  • Enjoy the ride: Celebrate – appreciate – grow.
  • Trust, Respect, and transparency: Be ethical, data-driven, respectful, and straight shooters who share openly.

We are creating the future of global connectivity & community. Come join us. You belong here.


Compensation and Benefits at Cradlepoint

At Cradlepoint, we know that our people are the key to our success. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package to help with your individual needs and goals.


Your Pay:

The actual salary offered is dependent on various factors including, but not limited to, location, the candidate’s combination of job-related knowledge, qualifications, skills, education, training, and experience.


Your pay also includes the opportunity for an annual bonus. This variable pay opportunity is dependent upon the attainment of agreed to goals and objectives as determined by Cradlepoint’s Senior Leadership team. Certain eligibility and pro-ration rules apply.


Your Health:

Cradlepoint offers excellent, competitive employee benefits, such as: subsidized, nationwide PPO medical benefit options including a low-deductible Point of Service Plan and a qualifying High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP), with a generous company-provided HSA contribution. For California employees, we offer a subsidized HMO option through Kaiser. Cradlepoint also offers subsidized dental and vision coverage.


Your Financial Security:

We invest in both your short and long-term financial wellbeing. Cradlepoint’s 401(k) plan has a 4% company match and immediate vesting. Employees will also receive company-paid employee basic life and AD&D insurance and company-paid disability benefits.


Your Time:

Your work-life balance is important to us. Cradlepoint provides generous paid time off, including: 15 days of Flexible Time Off (FTO), four paid quarterly well-being days, and 11 paid annual holidays (includes nine company holidays and up to two floating holidays).  Please note that an employee’s FTO balance and floating holidays may be prorated in the first year, based on start date.   Cradlepoint also offers paid maternity-leave benefits and six weeks 100% paid family leave for all employees. 


Additional Benefits:

Cradlepoint offers other company-paid benefits such as a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program, a free Headspace membership, LinkedIn Learning access, Talkspace mobile therapy, and volunteer paid time off.




Cradlepoint’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging mission is to create an inclusive work environment where all employees’ differences are celebrated, their thoughts matter, and everyone feels safe to bring their authentic selves to work. We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer and aim to attract, develop, and engage top talent from a diverse candidate pool. It is our policy and commitment to provide equal opportunity employment for all persons and not discriminate in employment decisions by placing the most qualified person in each job, without regard to any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law.


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