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A Day In The Life Of A Silverliner: Bryan Anderson

A Day in the Life

A Day In The Life Of A Silverliner: Bryan AndersonPosition: Technical Architect

Start date: November 14, 2014

Fun fact: I build my own quadcopters/drones.

How did you find out about your position at Silverline?

A member of Silverline’s talent acquisition team called me out of the blue and told me about the position. From there, I spoke with the CEO and then came in for an interview for an hour and that afternoon they asked me to join the company.

What is your current position at Silverline?

As a technical architect, I make technical decisions about a project like how to design data structures. I also decide what tool to use for an integration or data migration, and work with the client’s technology team to give our best recommendations on how to do that. Additionally, besides just advising, I sometimes do some of the actual work myself, whether its coding or integration.

What is your average day like?

The first thing I do when I get into the office is spending half an hour or so checking emails. Then, I have a variety of stand-up meetings for all the projects that I’m part of. Next, I’ll go to Jira, and see what stories or tasks I can work on that day, so that will involve doing either apex coding or integration for projects. I spend a couple hours doing that, then I have lunch and then go back to working on those tasks. I have meetings here and there with clients or internally, and I try to squeeze in a game of ping pong if I’m not too busy.  At the end of the day, I usually leave between 6 pm and 6:30 pm to catch the train home.

What motivates you at work?

What motivates me is being here and having a new challenge every day. My first job ever was at a consulting company in New Jersey, and coming out of college you only really knew about certain things so what I liked about that company was being exposed to a whole world of different technologies and different problems every day. After that, I had two different non-consulting jobs working for a large insurance company and was doing Salesforce and nothing outside of it which wasn’t really motivating for me. When I got the position here at Silverine it got me back into creative problem-solving. It motivates me that there’s always something new to learn and a new challenge.

What are some day-to-day challenges that you face?

The biggest challenge is not having enough time in the day. It’s definitely nice that Silverline is located in New York City, but it’s a little bit of a commute for me. I sometimes wish I could stay here until 9 or 10 at night, but it becomes a transit problem. Other than that, I really like working here and I really like the people I work with, so the biggest challenge is just not having enough time in the day.

What are some new things you’ve learned since you began working at Silverline?

I definitely think a lot of my soft skills have improved, my manager has really helped me improve my client communication, and worked with me on my sales technique to expand my skills beyond being just a tech guy.  I think that’s one of the areas where I have improved the most.

What do you like the most about working at Silverline?

I love the challenges and being able to get my hands dirty. I have a lot of respect for the big idea thinkers and overall project planning is really important, but I really just like having my hands in the mud, being directly involved in code and that kind of work.

What do you think makes Silverline successful?

I think it’s the talent that we bring in that makes Silverline successful. We have very diverse talent, everyone brings their own special skills, and we hire genuinely good people. I consider everyone friends and enjoy socializing with my coworkers. Silverline does a good job hiring people who not only possess the technical skills but also have great interpersonal skills and it just makes it a fun environment to work in.

What is your favorite perk that Silverline offers?

The ping pong table. Being able to blow off some steam by just playing ping pong is my favorite perk.

What is your favorite memory at Silverline?

I would have to say, my favorite memory was winning the Most Helpful Award in 2015 at the annual Silverline awards event. That was a really great moment.

What do you hope for your future at Silverline?

I just hope to be here and keep enjoying what I do and getting exposed to new problems and challenges every day. The people who work here and having a great manager have just made it so enjoyable to be here.

If you had a friend who was thinking about working at Silverline, what advice would you give them?

I would tell them to definitely brush up on their technical skills and be very knowledgeable about their subject. I would also tell them that it’s important to just be a good sociable person and to make sure they get along with the people and not take things too seriously.

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