Inside Elastic Path with Kenneth Culala
Kenneth Culala is a Software Engineer Test, who has been with Elastic Path for 3.5 years. He graduated in 2017 with a diploma from British Columbia Institute of Columbia. Prior to his role, Kenneth had a year of internship experience before joining the team full-time. Learn more about his role at our company!
Q: Can you describe a usual workday as a Software Engineer Test?
Q: What is typically the highlight of your day or week?
Kenneth: The highlight of my work week is when my team comes together at the end of a 2-week sprint. We discuss what we achieved, and it is a good time to recognize each individual's contributions. It also opens a moment for self-reflection, and to align on where we want to be.
Q: In your current role, is there something you are most proud of?
Kenneth: Something I am most proud of is my ability to put myself in the shoes of our customers. This is further reinforced by the internal tools that I get to use with our platform, it allows me to see how we impact their day to day. We can use these insights to make suggestions that could improve the way they use the platform and ensure that their customers have the best experience. It also opens up opportunities for myself and the team to discuss the value we bring, and make improvements for the customer.
Q: How would you describe the culture here at Elastic Path?
Kenneth: The culture at Elastic Path is very collaborative, and every employee is a slack message away. I also love how we are able to be there for one another.
Q: Thinking back, what were the reasons that made you join Elastic Path? What are the reasons you choose to stay?
Kenneth: I joined Elastic Path after seeing a friend of mine at the time, join the company after transitioning from an internship experience to full-time. This really spoke to me on how the company is willing to invest in the careers of individuals, ‘plucking’ them right out of school, teaching and building them up. I stayed due to the way the teams were organized. We have trust, autonomy and are able to self-organize in delivering value to the customer. Since the pandemic, we have had the flexibility that comes with working from home. I have been able to leverage this to run errands and go to the gym at my convenience.
Q: If you had to say to someone that was considering on applying, what would you say?
Kenneth: At the company, you will learn a lot, there is a lot of flexibility, and opportunity to push yourself and make the most of your career. For example, at Elastic Path, they foster development through a professional development benefit as well as PTO for individuals to encourage them to hone their skills.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
Kenneth: I find it hard to have a favorite but I lean towards the sci-fi genre when it comes to movies. One movie I recently watched was Dune, and it was very cool to see in theatres, due to the sound design and effects.
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