This week’s Inside Edition with ReadyTalk Engineering highlights a day in the life of Alex Abbott, a Quality Engineer on our Core team. Alex has been with ReadyTalk for almost 3 years now. Not only has he been a great addition to our Engineering team but he has also spent numerous hours giving back to our community. Alex coordinated a partnership with Skyline Park and has been in charge of organizing volunteers at ReadyTalk to help keep the park clean and looking beautiful. In addition to his work there, he is a big advocate for the Open World Learning Program http://www.openworldlearning.org/, where he works with underprivileged kids on computer programming, confidence building and time management. In between his time hacking code and giving back to the community, you will find Alex skydiving wherever he can.
Describe a typical day for you at ReadyTalk
A typical day at ReadyTalk, starts with a meeting with my team where we figure out what tasks are the highest priority for the day. Sometimes, if we are lucky, somebody sings a show tune (that is the punishment for not updating all of your tasks before the meeting). Then I retreat to my desk to get started, but not before grabbing some delicious shame or fame pastry. When I start on the tasks for the day, I get lost in the sea of technology that we live in here. Sometimes I am compiling in Xcode on a Mac and testing our iPad client. Maybe using one of my windows VM or taking advantage of some powerful Linux servers to run simulations. I guess there are few days that I would call typical, but they are always interesting and I am never short an opportunity to learn something new. Any day might include a book club, a volunteering event, a creative thinking exercise or maybe a beer at the end of the day (that coconut stout might just be my favorite beer of all time).
Why do you think ReadyTalk is the #1 company to work for in Colorado?
There are several things that make ReadyTalk awesome. One of the most important is the trust. It is the mutual respect that comes from a trusting environment that turns your peers into your friends.
Tell us about your favorite day at work…
Some of my favorite days at work were leading up to one of our largest software releases in the company's history. It was the largest concerted software effort of which I have been a part and seeing everyone pulling everything together and overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges was truly an amazing experience.
If someone were interested in working on your team at ReadyTalk what advice would you have for them?
Bring your A-Game and get ready for the best job of your life!
Catherine Harrison is part of the ReadyTalk Recruiting Team. (AKA the Beaphins) She has been seeking out the top talent in the industry for 5 years now. Finding the geekiest engineers in the industry to join the ReadyTalk team is her top priority. When she is not on the prowl for Geeks you can find her hiking, rafting, snowboarding, and camping…anything outside!