A day in the life of a Backend Engineer


Please give us a summary of what your job entails.

 Hi, I’m Paradise and I’m currently a software developer at Zenjob. I work on our backend which keeps the lights on, as well as our core goal of matching students to jobs. My job consists of writing bugs, fixing bugs, and drinking coffee. Typically I work with my product owner and stakeholders to determine what needs to get done, as well as working with our QA engineers to ensure that I deliver high-quality features.  I also work cross-team to determine common architectures and standards, as well as collaborating on larger projects.

What does your average day as a Backend Engineer look like?

Mostly I take the bus, but if the weather is nice I take the time and cycle to work. Before stand-up, I polish off any remaining tasks left over from yesterday and respond to any review feedback. Post-standup I follow up on code reviews and answer emails. After a lot of planning and coordination, I’ll head off to eat lunch with some members of my team before blocking off the afternoon for some uninterrupted coding.

What do you love about your role and how does this relate to working at Zenjob?

I love the variety of problems that I get to work on, and as a startup, that means that a lot of them are interesting and unfettered by legacy code! After working at a more traditional company the flexibility of Zenjob is a breath of fresh air.

What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your role?

I love being presented with interesting challenges that I would never even consider, and then engineering solutions that I know will be performant, scalable, and will have a tangible impact.

How would you describe your teams dynamic?

Our team revolves around being ZESTY (inside joke, sorry)! This means embracing the Zenjob values of being Honest, Humble, Helpful and (most importantly) Hungry while having fun at work and being open when we have problems. Our team is a tight-knit group of programmers, data engineers, and QA, all of whom are wrangled daily by our product owner.

What advice would you give someone who wants to be an engineer?

Undercook the onions - everybody is going to get to know each other in the pot. What this means is that you don’t have to know everything as an engineer, and you should always aspire to work in an environment where you will always be learning.

What makes working at Zenjob special?

The people make the place, and Zenjob has some great people! (Also there are a ton of people who bring their doggos to the office, so there’s that).

Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?

I love teaching people how to lockpick and then letting them loose on the “love lock” bridges

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