Here at Glassdoor, we’ve dedicated ourselves to helping people find the jobs and companies they love. Having revolutionized workplace transparency, now it’s our turn to offer an inside look into the culture and community that make up Glassdoor. Learn more, firsthand, from the people who have found a home here. This week, Calvin Park, a Senior Android Engineer with our Mobile team shared his transition from aerospace engineering to the mobile space. Find out how he translates his experience building drones into helping Glassdoor create a more user-friendly career network for our 30 million members.1. What is your position here at Glassdoor and what do you do?I’m a Senior Android Engineer, so basically my entire job circles around working on Glassdoor’s Android application. I work with the Mobile team to come up with new features, and with designers to pick out which features are the best and collaborate on different screens and animations. And since I’m an engineer, I do a lot of coding, coming up with whatever features we decided on to make them look and work the best on the app. We also have an intern at the moment, so another part of my job is to give him mentorship here and there, as well as guide him in learning new processes.2. What did you do before you began working at Glassdoor?Before I got into the mobile space, I went to school for aerospace degrees, and then I was mainly working on drones. We actually built UAVs to be like remote airplanes, and then put brains on them. This was all in 2009 and 2010 before drones got really big. At the time, I was also doing research on how to make drones collaborate with each other to make network chains. I first got into the mobile space after I made my first Android app, which was the UI for a drone controlling system. After that, I started doing more research on building Android apps, and realized it’s a very fast-evolving space. It’s always changing, always challenging, and you always have to be on top of your game. There isn’t a final goal you hit where you reach the highest level of Android engineer—you’re always learning more. So I came out here to interview, and when I met the people I was going to work with I knew Glassdoor was right for me.3. Why be an Android engineer at Glassdoor?I think what I mainly look for in a company is the people I’ll be working with, and the culture here is amazing. For example, we have been really heads down lately working longer hours than usual. I don’t think it’s possible to do that in a place where you don’t enjoy the people you’re working with. It’s just the fact that we have so much fun when we’re working that it doesn’t feel too much like work anyway.4. Whether it’s working with dogs, catered lunch, or a keg in the office, what’s your favorite Glassdoor perk?I think my favorite perk is having open vacation. I like that it’s not tied to a certain date, and is based more on if you’re doing your work, then you can take time off when you need it. When I first got hired here, my sister had her wedding, so I had just started three weeks before and already needed to take time off. During the offer process, both my manager and the CTO were really understanding of the initial vacation for the wedding, which I really appreciated. Glassdoor was really flexible, and it really eased the stress of taking a new job across the country.5. What advice would you give others looking to pursue a career in engineering at Glassdoor?When you come in for your interview, ask as much about the flow of work and everyday tasks as possible. It’s also really important to find out as much as you can about the people you’ll be working with, because on those days with long hours and all the activities we do together outside of work, you have to like your team. The engineers on my team have become good friends, and I really enjoy hanging out with them after work sometimes. We do weekly volleyball sessions, and we also do volunteer activities together, like recently we did a Big Brothers Big Sisters walk. Finding that fun-ness in work I think is important.6. What is your favorite food served at the Glassdoor café?So far? I love the fruit—watermelon is awesome. It’s something I don’t usually buy at home, so all the people that know me see me taking big batches of watermelon at a time.7. What do you like to do when you’re not working?Outside of work, I like longboarding. I live in San Francisco, so I like to longboard around Golden Gate Park and around the Marina area. And on the weekends, I like going out with friends to bars and clubs in the city. I also picked up tennis when I came out here, so I do that sometimes. It’s a really good balance here between the big city and the nature in Marin. I can just escape the city and go on a four hour hike whenever I want.8. What do you like about working with the Glassdoor Mobile team that you didn’t have at past companies?Not micromanaging each other. We respect each other’s skills here. When somebody is assigned a task, we know for sure it’s going to be good when they finish, and that it’ll work. We have confidence in each other. Whoever joins our team next, those are the kinds of skills we’re looking for, so we know that they’re going to be able to do do the work we give them, and they’re going to do it right.9. Are there any challenging features you’ve worked on that you’re extra proud of?The one we’re working on right now, the new material release. Google just came up with a new design paradigm called material design. We’re going through our app and finding all new designs for all different places. It takes a lot of work to get out every detail and collaborate with designers and other engineers to fix design errors.Interested in working with Calvin? Sign up here to find out more about becoming part of the Glassdoor family!
NORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating two men who were caught on camera literally breaking into a U-Haul store in North Miami and taking off with a pickup truck.Surveillance video captured the burglars as they used a sledgehammer to break through a wall at the business, located along Northwest Seventh Avenue and 128th Street, Monday morning.Investigators said the duo then stole the truck.If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Go back to the e-newsletterTo celebrate their 10 year anniversary, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa hosted a staff appreciation event on the 16 March 2016 in the resort’s Al Midan Amphitheatre.The evening was attended by approx 700 employees of the resort as well as by several invited dignitaries, including H.E. Mohammad Al Zubair, Chairman, The Zubair Holding, H.E Ahmed bin Nasser Al Mahrazi, Minister of Tourism, H.E Mohamed Hamood Al Tobi, the previous Under Secretary of Tourism, and Mr. Rashad Al Zubair, Chairman, Zubair Corporation.The evening commenced with a variety of performances from employees representing key milestones and events throughout the 10 years since the resort opened. These performances included representations of the first General Manager, Desmond Hatton, through to the current General Manager, Mark Kirk, and events such as the Tom Jones, Ed Sheeran and Sterophonics concerts as well as Jimmy Choo’s fashion show and the breakthrough into the Indian wedding market.After the performances, 145 members of staff that were also working at the resort when it opened in 2006 were invited on stage for a special recognition.Mark Kirk, Area Manager and Hotel General Manager, later addressed his employees with a compelling speech highlighting how much pride he feels to be part of the resort, 10 years after he joined as part of the pre-opening team.During his speech he also conveyed many interesting facts about the resort over the past decade such as employing nearly 2,000 Omani colleagues since opening, with some now holding key positions at the resort and at overseas Shangri-La hotels. He highlighted since opening the resort has had over 1.4 million rooms occupied, bringing approximately 1.1 million international visitors to Oman and contributing approx OMR 23 million in municipality fees and tourism tax.Special recognition and thanks was given to a particular guest of the resort, Ms Laurence Brisbois from Luxemburg, who, in 2015, completed 500 room nights at the resort. Ms Brisbois was also present as an honorary guest at the celebrations.Mr Kirk emphasized the importance of the environmental work that the resort undertakes and that the Turtle Ranger has assisted over 50,000 turtle hatchlings (from just over 1,000 nests) make their way to the ocean.He was also very proud to highlight how Shangri-La Muscat has always been a key contributor to Oman’s tourism sector and have also indirectly created employment for approximately 60 Omani taxi drivers and tour guides with an average of 85,350 independent transports per year.To conclude his address to the employees of the resort, Mr Kirk offered his thanks for the support and drive received from the resort’s owner H.E. Mohammad Al Zubair, the Ministry of Tourism and His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said for his vision for developing tourism in Oman.Go back to the e-newsletter