Hire Date: April 2012
Fun Fact: Can speak German fluently and studied abroad in Germany while in school.
“I’m psyched to be at a company that has really amazing and compelling ideas, and then solves problems for students with those ideas!“
Why did you decide to join Chegg full time?
Well, I was an intern here before my last year of school and had an amazing time here but also the mission is so compelling. I did college in 6 years and it should have taken me 4. Huge factors were cost and ability to get the classes and resources I needed, so to see a company that has a vision to address those issues for students is really exciting.
How would you describe your first 1.5 years?
A whirlwind! It’s also been very exciting for me because I’ve been able to learn and grow a lot. Especially being a part of this particular team.
What does the Platform Infrastructure team do?
The Platform team has several roles but the main role is to build a platform as a service for the other teams here at Chegg. When teams are tasked with building new products, and building new services to store and track data needed for those products, we build a platform that they can build on top of which will take care of all the “horizontal concerns” – things every system has to solve for for – so they can focus on the specific business problem.
The work we do is very impactful – in both the positive and negative sense – meaning if we don’t do our job right it can impact a lot of people. It’s challenging but I’ve learned a lot in the process.
I love this team; we are very collaborative and there are different levels of experience on this team. I’ve valued being able to learn so much from those more experienced than me just by being around them.
What are you proud of so far?
Specifically the work I’ve done on the platform. We’ve been working on it for over a year now. We’ve used it as an internal tool for the team and now more than half of the other teams are using it as well. To see other teams use it and hear them talk about it is validation of all the work we’ve been doing and that’s awesome for me.
What excites you most about Chegg’s future?
The vision we have for connecting students with the right resources and services to help them during such an important time of their life. That vision is huge! I mean, wow, how could you ask for something better than that?