It’s been about 45 days since my first day at Tapjoy’s Boston office, and I’m just as excited and thrilled to be here as the day I started. I feel like I’m an important member of an incredible team, I’m surrounded by excited mentors, and have opportunities to explore some really cool solutions. Looking back on my first month-and-change at Tapjoy, I’ve had a lot of really cool experiences.
I had met most of the office during my interview process, but the bonding took a turn for the awesome once I actually got on a team and got working. The environment here reminds me of a great project class from engineering college; small teams taking off in cool new directions, with everyone having a part to play and code to deliver.
We have a fantastic office layout; no cubicles to stifle collaboration and a shared speaker system in the office (which is almost always a good thing, although it means we are exposed to each others’ eclectic music tastes at times). Even when everyone is focused on what they’re doing, I have never felt awkward about walking over to one of the senior engineers’ desks and asking questions or occasionally challenging them to a game of ping-pong.
It took me a couple weeks to get familiar with the application and the development environment, but after that I started writing and committing code (and getting lots of helpful feedback—one of the reasons I joined the Boston office is that there is a real opportunity for me to grow and mature as a software engineer here). It’s a really great feeling knowing that the code you’re writing will eventually be touching hundreds of millions of devices, interact with tens of thousands of apps, and ultimately help tens of millions of people have a great mobile app experience. This feeling is even more powerful after visiting the San Francisco office to meet the rest of the engineering team and go through my orientation.
I’m fortunate to be working with such an awesome group of people at Tapjoy; at the orientation I met people from Tapjoy offices in Atlanta, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, New York, and more, and have consistently been impressed. I’m also lucky that the Boston office has such great culture; whether we’re on one of our frequent trips to Davis Square for lunch, grilling in the courtyard on Friday, or just hanging out, it’s a blast.
If you’re in the area and you’d like to meet a group of super-smart, super-cool software engineers, we try and hold tech talks every month where we invite people into the office to learn something cool and hang out on a Friday afternoon, and we’re in Davis for lunch pretty frequently, so don’t be shy about reaching out. I’m so excited for the future here at Tapjoy.
Dean Dieker, Software Engineer, Tapjoy Boston (@martialdean)