On developing impactful technology – Daniel, Software Engineer
I want to help make the world a better place. For me, that means developing new technology that can improve people's lives in novel ways. I also want to be able to work somewhere where I can learn new skills to be able to improve my ability to develop impactful technology.
What attracted you to Qualtrics in the first place?
Qualtrics had a significant recruiting presence at Brigham Young University, where I studied, and honestly had great marketing. While perhaps superficial, I was attracted to the aesthetic of the marketing materials. Eventually, though, I became more attracted simply to the idea of a company that was growing very quickly and that seemed to prioritize making a difference (the emphasis on 5 For The Fight was particularly interesting).
How has Qualtrics lived up to your expectations? How has it been different?
Qualtrics is a place where I have the kind of work-life balance I want and there are always new challenges and opportunities for career growth. It is the type of company where individuals can have an impact and where employees can experiment with new ideas.
What is your favorite part of your role?
Solving challenging problems and then seeing those solutions be made available to a huge number of customers. For complicated problems, there is rarely a "right" solution, so it is very satisfying to develop a great solution, working hard on that for a period of time, and then releasing that feature or functionality and observing the impact it finally has.
If you are not originally from Dublin can you tell us your story of moving there?
I started my career with Qualtrics in the Utah office. My wife found a great education opportunity in Dublin, and I wanted to be able to continue my career with Qualtrics. I was able to transfer to a position in Dublin which meant that my wife was able to pursue that great opportunity while I got to continue working with a great company.
What has surprised you most about working at Qualtrics?
I've been surprised at how comfortable I have been working at Qualtrics. It is a company that expects high-quality work, but it also feels like everyone acknowledges that everyone else is human, and goes to great lengths to ensure that people have healthy work habits, that the work environment is inclusive and safe for everyone, and that the systems and policies are constantly improved and refined as the company grows.
What is your top #LifeHack?
Cliche, but I find making sure that I start the day off with discipline by going for a run (I always struggle to wake up in the morning) and having a conscious structure to how I approach checking in on social media ensures the rest of the day is more effective.
What 3 words would you use to describe Qualtrics to someone?
Driven, empathetic, and improving.
How do you feel you've been able to apply what you studied at school to your career?
Qualtrics is a rapidly growing company which means the software infrastructure needs to be scaling up quickly alongside the development of new features. This can be a hard challenge that requires a very strong understanding of Computer Science fundamentals. Without applying that understanding I learned at school of algorithm analysis, software design, or networking, our solutions would not be sufficient to meet the quickly growing scale requirements.
|Daniel is an alumnus of Brigham Young University and started his career at Qualtrics. Daniel enjoys long-distance running and running marathons.|
September 1, 2021