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A Day In The Life Of A Silverliner: Doug Friedman

A Day in the Life

Who: Doug Friedman

Position: Technical Architect

Start Date: April 6, 2015

Fun fact: I’ve been working as a software engineer for six years but I majored in Spanish and French in college.

What is your position at Silverline?

I’m a Technical Architect, so my job ranges from writing code to designing solutions for clients, to reviewing code and writing tickets, to offering advice and assistance to clients and internally about technical topics.

What does your average day look like?

Every day I wake up and make an espresso, and check Slack (Silverline’s internal communication tool) to see if anyone has a quick question for me to answer in the morning. I head into the office and review any code that has come in from the developers. I have some meetings if necessary, and then the rest of my day is helping anyone with questions and finding time to review and write code.

How did you find out about Silverline and your current position?

I was working at a small start-up and heard about a developer meetup. My previous job was okay, but I was thinking about getting back into consulting, so I came to the developer meetup and got the impression that the people here were smart and seemed enjoyable to be around, so I sent over my resume.

What motivates you at work?

The job in its purest state is something that I would do whether I was paid for it or not. I really enjoy solving things with technology, writing code, and designing things. What motivates me is finding as much time as possible to work on those aspects of the job.

What do you like most about your work?

I like the fact that it involves my brain, that it’s challenging but in a way that is enjoyable. It can be stressful but it’s a good kind of stress. I also really enjoy my coworkers.

What are some challenges you face?

Clients typically hire us because they don’t have expertise in technology and need our help, so they often don’t know how to describe what they want. It can be challenging to get the clients to trust us enough to put their solutions in our hands and let us figure it out for them when they don’t know exactly what they want.

What new things have you learned since you began working at Silverline?

I’m constantly learning new things about Salesforce because Salesforce is constantly evolving and releasing new features, so I’ve learned a lot since I began working here.

What do you think makes Silverline a successful company?

I think it’s the people who work here that make Silverline successful. The company is really invested in making the people who work here comfortable and happy, and that results in an environment where people can work really hard without burning themselves out. Also, Rich and Gireesh are so fluent in all aspects of the company, and there’s so much openness within the company.

What is your favorite perk?

Free lunch on Wednesdays and the office location.

What is your favorite memory?

I really enjoyed my interview process. It was great meeting some of the people here who I would end up working closely with and was a nice experience.

What do you hope for your future at Silverline?

I really like my current job, it’s still challenging even though I’ve been doing it for a long time, so what I hope to do is continue to learn and develop expertise in different areas.

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

I would tell them to dress nicely for their interview.

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