Spotlight: Ben Wu

IMG_5345Role: Sr Software Engineer, Enrollment Marketing

Hire Date: April 2007

Fun Fact: The company was 9 people when he joined.

“By putting students first, Chegg is changing the whole education path and experience for those students.” 

What’s been your experience over the last 7 years at Chegg?

When a company is 9 people, it feels very much like a family and you know everyone really well. Although the company is much larger today, our team on Enrollment Marketing still has that family feel to it, which is really nice.

Also, because of the growth of the company, I’ve been able to grow a lot over the past 7 years. Every year, I’ve been able to take on more challenges that have really helped my career. Every day, I come in looking to improve myself so I can help make the company better.

What did you do before coming to Chegg?

Chegg was my first job after college. Before Chegg, I was at the career center at UC San Diego as a Web Developer developing a scholarship application. Coming to Chegg was a natural fit.

Why do you stay at Chegg?

Chegg’s mission to help the student is great and I’m really drawn to it. The average student may have issues getting through college with a lack of funds or other services and Chegg is building something that is going to help those students and any student throughout their whole lives. How can you not want to be a part of that?

Also the people here are awesome. Our team is really close and feels like a family. The company has a great energy here.

What makes someone successful here?

People will be successful is they understand and are on board with our mission. Also, self directed and motivated people, who are curious and want to continue to learn and grow, will do really well here.

How did you get into engineering?

One of my science teachers in high school was going for his graduate degree and one of his classes was developing a web site. The teacher enlisted my help to build the site so I started helping as extra credit. I taught myself html and javascript to make it happen and really liked web development so I went to college for it.

What are you proud of?

I loved working on the shopping cart and getting it to the point where it could handle a large scale of customer orders.  Also, seeing the architecture change at Chegg and knowing that I’ve played a part in that. I’ve also been really proud of being on this journey for the last 7 years.

What excites you for Chegg’s future?

I love that we put students first and I just know that as we continue to build out our student graph we are going to be able to help more student’s educational future . That is so huge!

What have you been working on lately?

Lately, I’ve been developing architecture for the web framework for our Enrollment Marketing product.  Prior to this role, I was working on the check out system for Chegg

What do you do out side of work that people would be surprised to know about you?

Watching television is one of my favorite things to do – I watch it all the time with my wife. Grey’s Anatomy and Agents of SHIELD are a couple of our favorites.

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