My journey to Squadcast (A roller-coaster ride of learning)

October 16, 2020
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My journey to Squadcast (A roller-coaster ride of learning)

#Behindthescenes is our monthly column where we give you a sneak-peek into #worklife and life in general of our teammates here at Squadcast. In first of this series, we bring you Mayank Gupta, Senior Software Engineer, who shares his excitement about working in a rising tech company & building a product that ensures the reliability of complex systems at scale.

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    What was the moment you knew you’d made the right decision to work here?

    My journey to Squadcast started through the technical recruiting platform called Geektrust.in. Geektrust lets developers looking for job opportunities submit their code, which is then assessed by the platform. If the code is satisfactory, Geektrust shares the profiles of candidates with companies that are interested in developers with that specific skill set. After Geektrust shared my profile with Squadcast - their HR department reached out to me with a technical assignment. I found the assignment to be very intriguing. I was interested because I felt the assignment was very practical and spoke volumes about the engineering culture at Squadcast.

    After clearing the technical assignment round I had an interview with Squadcast’s tech team, the discussion with them started with an informal chat about the technical assignment in the first round. Even though the interview was scheduled for three hours, the time passed pleasantly since the interviewers made me feel at ease. The experience was a shared session where both I and the interviewers shared our thought process in approaching the problem. This interview round was more like a pair-programming session and unlike any other interview I had attended before. This process helped me to gain an understanding of the engineering culture in Squadcast. This experience made me want to work for Squadcast and I decided to join if I was given an offer. I enjoyed the subsequent rounds of the interview process, and I had a good feeling about the people at Squadcast.

    How was your onboarding experience at Squadcast?

    Due to Covid-19 lockdown in place when I joined, I was a little apprehensive of the virtual onboarding process. This was the first time I was joining a job remotely. Squadcast’s HR helped me a lot in the first three days - scheduling calls with key people and following up regularly. In the initial days, I was mainly concerned with learning about the product. In a week I had my first customer call and that helped set the pace for the first month here. Overall, the process was very smooth and thanks to the efforts of my colleagues I learnt about the product at a sped up pace.

    Describe a typical day in Squadcast.

    I am looking forward to returning to the office to work closely with my colleagues. It’s been a month and even though I have deployed no code to production yet, I am part of knowledge transfer sessions and speaking with our customers regularly. Connecting with my colleagues virtually, I have already developed a strong camaraderie with them. I am becoming familiar with the working habits of my teammates.

    What part of your job generates interest and excitement?

    Getting to work in a rising industry is exciting for me. The SRE space is expanding quickly with many innovations and there is a great scope to build a 10x product. It’s great to be part of a company that is democratising SRE. I am excited to be part of a team building a product that ensures the reliability of complex systems at scale. Squadcast has a developer-first worldview, and it makes me happy to be a part of this movement. My contributions are helping make the lives of developers easier and more productive around the world.

    What tech do you get to work with?

    Since we are a developer first, and also an API first company, new technologies are something that is held in high regard, and any new piece of technology is thoroughly assessed before finally being used to enhance or support the overall system. We use a combination of latest  frontend frameworks and industry standard backend languages. It’s great fun to work with these technologies, as learning and using them to solve problems has helped me to open up my mind in unimaginable ways.

    What is one thing everyone should know about Squadcast?

    Culture! It’s the one thing that I really like about our company. I read somewhere that the culture influences the people and the people influence the culture. With my experience, I can truly say that ours is a pretty unique culture that pushes people to grow beyond what they thought imaginable. Anyone joining Squadcast should know that they are becoming a part of a culture of accelerated growth.

    What three words would you like to use to describe your job?

    For the win!

    Squadcast is an incident management tool that’s purpose-built for SRE. Your team can get rid of unwanted alerts, receive relevant notifications, work in collaboration using the virtual incident war rooms, and use automated tools like runbooks to eliminate toil.

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