We recently snuck up to the IT Department to speak with Tim Unger about his first seven months as a Software Developer at SVG. Learn how his experience thus far has been a great learning experience and why trust is vital for a growing IT department.
What were you up to prior to joining our team?
I was attending the University of Washington when an opportunity came about to work in the film industry. I ended up spending multiple years doing post-production for movies and TV shows before deciding to go back to school for software development. I attended Eastern Washington University for that and then began evaluating companies to work for — which led me to finding Spring Venture Group.
So, why did you end up choosing SVG?
I wanted a place where I could make an impact.
I knew that I wouldn’t be happy in a corporate environment where you are given a task with well-defined requirements, simply going down the list without thinking. That didn’t appeal to me at all. Knowing that this was my first, true software development job, I wanted to make sure I’d have the opportunity to learn and create solutions that help move the business forward.
You’ve been here for seven months. Is SVG what you thought it’d be so far?
As developers, we’re asked to solve problems – so when I see a creative solution, it’s actually part of my job to speak up and contribute my ideas. It doesn’t matter that I’m on the junior-end of the developer spectrum. When a new idea comes about, everyone wants to hear it. Our leaders want you to ask questions because they want you to make better decisions as you become more experienced.
What does software development mean at SVG?
As you might imagine, the day-to-day really depends on the day. My work involves a great level of collaboration with other IT team members as well as people throughout the business – marketing, analytics, and more. My overarching goal is to develop tools and services that help support the efforts of other teams. We create the underlying technologies that allow them to execute at a high level.
How do you inject professional development into your busy days and months?
The IT team does Tech Days every other Friday. This is an opportunity to focus on learning a new technology or skill that the team can leverage on a bigger scale. You are then called upon to deliver insights to the team on your learnings. Recently, the senior developers have been presenting the why’s behind what we do and the steps we take. This helps me (and other new members of our team) get context about the business to help us be more efficient in development.
Why should other developers be attracted to work for SVG?
The best thing about SVG, really, is the people. Everyone I’ve met is friendly and willing to help when you have a question. It makes your job easier when you’re able to ask the “stupid” questions. This is a place where you have an opportunity to make an impact since you are trusted with a lot of responsibility right away.
Want to join the IT team and work with great people like Tim? View current job openings.