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“A Day in the Life” Series: Junior AWS Administrator

 

Meet: Dan

Title: Junior AWS Administrator

Location: Montvale, NJ

Time with Sulzer US: 1 Month

Team Size: 4

 

 

Quick Overview of Role:  I take care of all AWS issues, including creation and set-up of servers, user permissions, network security, and automation of our environment. 

 

On an average day…

7:00am: Waking up looking at my clock, hoping I still have an hour to sleep!

8:00am: Arriving around 8:30 and having breakfast so I don’t get hangry in the morning.                                                                                                     

9:00am: Start my day looking through documentations and testing some of my fixes that I worked on the night before.

10:00am: Possibly having a meeting or creating more documentation for future projects so we are prepared for what’s to come.

11:00am: Working on diagrams to estimate our company cost of the architecture we are using and looking for ways to improve and where we can save money.

12:00pm: Going to lunch and losing to Frank in foosball. (Our current record is Frank-28 / Me-0.)

1:00pm: Testing new templates I made for automation and finishing any of my short-term tasks that I have on my agenda.

2:00pm: Looking at educational videos of AWS services and what we can do to implement these in our environment.

3:00pm: Either helping other teams with any resources that they need in AWS or working with Ben on implementing changes that will improve our security in the AWS network.

4:00pm Doing maintenance on any servers that are scheduled to be reset and tested.

5:00pm: Working on troubleshooting documentation so we have all issues that we ran into during the day documented and fixed. We can use these if the same issues turn up again in the future.

6:00pm: Wrapping up my work around 6:30pm and losing to Frank in foosball, again, before I leave the office.

7:00pm: Getting home and thinking what there is to work on for the next day and implementing some test environments at home to try any new ideas to apply in the morning.

 

 

Favorite Part About Role:

There is an endless amount of knowledge that you can take in. AWS has so many different services and is always changing, so you can’t ever get bored or worried about doing the same things over and over. I also put work in outside of the office to learn more, which is a good challenge.

 

 

Words of Advice for Someone Starting Their Career:

Don’t come into this career thinking you know everything. Be humble enough to know that you still have a lot to learn from others and be ready to document everything you do to make life easier. 

 

7 Interview Tips From Our HR Team

“I’m applying for a job…now what?!”

We’re here with guidance and tips from our amazing HR team to give you insight
as you prepare for your interview and seek out that acceptance offer!

 

1

Do your research on the company, even before applying. Keep in mind: “Are their values something I believe in?
Is their culture something I want to be a part of?” Have a general sense of what the company does and if
the company will be a good fit for you, as well as if you will be good fit for the company.

2

Know your resume inside out and make sure it is up to date. You should be able to walk anyone through your resume
and thoroughly explain your experience without hesitations. You’ll come across as more knowledgeable and confident!

3

Ask questions in the interview. This shows the recruiters that you did your homework! When asking technical questions for jobs in the technology industry,
interviewers will be signaled that you understand the requirements of the position. When asking non-technical questions, this shows them that
you came prepared and are truly interested in the position.

4

Be ready for anything. Once you are in the interview, you should be prepared to solve
various problems. For the tech industry specifically, you may be asked to answer using various methods,
such as on a computer or on a whiteboard.

5

Give yourself time during your entire interview process. When you are scheduling interviews with multiple companies,
try not to overload yourself. 
It may be easy to schedule multiple interviews in one day, however, it can get overwhelming.
Know your limit so that you can stay efficient and succeed in each of interview!

6

Send a “thank you” note after your interview. It can be in the form of an e-mail or a quick LinkedIn message, or even a brief phone call.
Interviewers love that you take the time to contemplate the interview and genuinely thank them for their time. This is also a great avenue to ask
any last minute questions you didn’t get the chance to ask in the interview.

7

Enjoy the experience! While interviews can be nerve-racking, there is always something to learn from them!

 

If you’re looking for job openings in the tech industry, check out our open positions at Sulzer US!
Click here for our Careers page, and be sure to also check out our Benefits page.

 

Women in The Tech World

Honorable founders, engineers, and innovative women have taken the tech world by storm! Here are a few women who made history in the tech industry and continue to be an inspiration to women all over the world.


“I would like to be remembered as someone who was not afraid to do what she wanted to do, and as someone who took risks along the way in order to achieve her goals.” [1]

– Sally Ride – Physicist, NASA Communicator and Astronaut 


 

“Life doesn’t always present you with the perfect opportunity at the perfect time. Opportunities come when you least expect them, or when you’re not ready for them. Rarely are opportunities presented to you in the perfect way, in a nice little box with a yellow bow on top. … Opportunities, the good ones, they’re messy and confusing and hard to recognize. They’re risky. They challenge you.” [2]

Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube


 

“Those who have learned to walk on the threshold of the unknown worlds, by means of what are commonly termed par excellence the exact sciences, may then, with the fair white wings of imagination, hope to soar further into the unexplored amidst which we live.” [3]

Ada Lovelace, Mathematician, considered to have written instructions for the first computer program in the mid-1800s

 


“Feeling a little uncomfortable with your skills is a sign of learning, and continuous learning is what the tech industry thrives on! It’s important to seek out environments where you are supported, but where you have the chance to be uncomfortable and learn new things.” [4]

Vanessa Hurst, Co-Founder of Girl Develop It 


 

[1] https://bigthink.com/words-of-wisdom/remembering-sally-ride-risk-taker-achiever-icon  
[2] https://skillcrush.com/2016/02/23/advice-from-women-in-tech/ 
[3] https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/ada_lovelace 
[4] https://skillcrush.com/2016/02/23/advice-from-women-in-tech/ 
[5] Image: Publiscism.info
[6] Image: Dryicons.com
[7] Image: Womenyoushouldknow.net
[8] Image: Dribble.com

10 Easy Ways to Stay Active During the Work Week

Adding an exercise routine into your schedule can be a little overwhelming. Although, it doesn’t always have to be. Here at Sulzer US a lot of us attend the gym on the daily and strive to maintain our active lifestyles despite how crazy busy we may be. Basic tips can help motivate you to pencil some time in for the gym! Here are some recommendations from our team members:

 1. Plan your workouts: Set specific days for specific workouts. For example: every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday run 3 miles.

 2. Make it a habit: Working out regularly can help you from feeling obligated to go to the gym and turn it into an inner need to work out.

   Frank getting some cardio in despite the cold weather!

 3. Prepare the night before: Lay out your clothes, sneakers, and any other gym equipment you’ll need in       the morning the night before. That way come the morning, you’ll be ready to go!

 4.  Keep your alarm clock out of reach: Getting up out of bed to shut off your alarm will prevent you             from hitting snooze.

 5. Start the day off right: Before you allow yourself to think of how much you don’t want to work out,  or         how busy works going to be, think of 3 things you’re grateful for.

 6. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning: Drinking a glass of water right away helps some             people feel more energized and re-hydrated.

 7. Find someone to work out with: Invite a friend to come with you to the gym. Not only are you                     responsible to go to the gym but for your friend as well. 

 8.  Start slow and easy: Begin doing something easy everyone can do, a 5-minute jog or a few squats.

 9. You don’t need heavy weights: There are plenty of workouts based solely off your own body weight           that are just as intense. 

 10. Motivational music: Listen to a motivational speech that plays over your favorite music that pumps you up.                    

Programming Memes that Only Real Coders Can Relate To

We asked our developers to send in memes that describe their day and here’s what we got … 

 

 

 

 

Sulzer Squad

Rachael Janz, HR Generalist

Meet Rachael, Sulzer’s Human Resources Generalist. Rachael has been a HR Generalist at Sulzer for about 8 months now – although she started as a summer intern last year! Her favorite part of the role is finding new ways to expand Sulzer’s recruiting efforts because trends are always changing, and it allows her to be creative while finding the best quality talent! Her biggest accomplishment so far has been overseeing and guiding the company’s first Social Media/PR intern and her goal is travel to Sulzer’s HQ in Munich to strengthen the relationships between Sulzer’s HR offices. When she’s not handling all things recruiting, Rachael enjoys working out, hiking, or any other outside activity that allows her to eat lots of food! Be on the lookout as our Sulzer team grows because Rachael is working hard behind it!

Catching Up With Sulzer US

We’ve had a busy last couple of weeks but that doesn’t stop us from having fun in the office!


Here at Sulzer US, we look forward to any celebration that involves good food and great people! Towards the end of the year we had lots of birthdays, which of course means bringing in some treats for everyone.


On January 11th we celebrated Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day by creating name tags in code.

Did you know Morse Code served as a foundation for one of the first high-speed communication networks in the world?!


Wednesdays─ the half way mark of the work week. What’s a better way to celebrate than with a DQ run? Yum!  


Our Human Resources team actively works hard to find fun activities we can do as a team. Keep an eye out for some more as Sulzer US is ready to kick the new year off right!

5 Books Every Techie Should Read

Looking to start a career in the Tech industry, love staying up to date on the latest trends in the tech world, or on the hunt for a new read? Look no further! Here are 5 books every techie should read.

 

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our  Future

    By Kevin Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Kelly paves a road map for the future by breaking down the twelve technological imperatives that will change the way we live our everyday lives.

 

 

The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

   By Scott Galloway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Galloway breaks down the madness behind the successful journey of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Readers will learn how the average person can start implementing these skills and strategies into their everyday life.

 

Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn from the Innovation Capital of the World

   By Deborah Perry Piscione

Despite their failing banks, uncertain markets, and high unemployment, Silicon Valley is home to 40% of all venture capital investments in the United States. Get an inside look and learn all the secrets of Silicon Valley as the author gets insight from several professionals.

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

    By Nir Eyal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sure we’re all guilty of thinking “urgh this is awesome!! Why didn’t I think of this!” when a new successful product hits the market. In Nir Eyal’s book, he covers why some products get widespread attention and others are flops. Eyal breaks down the patterns used by successful companies to help encourage the behavior of the customer.

 

Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future

    By Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A helpful resource for learning how to make the most out of your future, as the innovative tech world doesn’t stop for anyone.

“A Day in the Life” Series: Financial Controller

Meet: Brian

Title: Financial Controller

Location: Montvale, NJ

Time with Sulzer: 1 year, 9 months

Team Size: 1.5 (Administrative Manager  spends half-time for Controlling Department) 

Quick overview of role: 

I manage the preparation and reporting on all financial areas at the corporate level, as well as the financials for all development projects (the core of our business).  I work closely with Sulzer’s President, Julian Offermann in aligning our financial goals with the organization’s strategic growth.

On an average day…

6:00am– Enjoy a cup of coffee, on my private back deck, weather permitting before starting my day. Occasionally, I have a friend or two who joins me

 Brian’s friend, Mr. Fox!

7:30am– Leave for work. I have a very enjoyable commute for practically the first time in my career. It is a 20-minute trip with a wide diversity of music available from Sirius XM.

8:00am– Arrive at office (generally the first or second one here).  I check the bank balances: I am mainly looking for fraudulent activity, or any other anomaly if the balance is quite different from what I expect it to be. I review my calendar for the day to ensure I am prepared for scheduled meetings or to determine what needs to be done in preparation, as I make the best effort to send out material in advance of the meeting.  I also review the calendar for next 3 business days and I prioritize tasks that require completion for upcoming meetings.

9:00am– Work on task lists priority items, usually based on the calendar for that day and other near-term meetings.

10-12:30pm– Meetings and priorities vary by day. Depending on the week of the month, I have different activities to do. During the beginning of the month I focus on completing and analyzing the prior month’s financial reports in addition to attending my regularly scheduled activities and meetings. Mid-month, I concentrate more on the strategic direction of the Company. I review how we are tracking actual financial performance to the budget. I also focus on how we are tracking to the financial metrics we have created based on our past performance and anticipated future projects and opportunities.

1:00-4:00pm– I am also in charge of financials for our development projects and try to commit some afternoon time in this area. In addition to my accounting background, I spent many years as a project manager. The combined experience allows me to understand the challenges that our Project Managers and teams are up against and enables me to better understand the difficulties in tracking and adhering to the projects’ financial metrics.

5:15pm– Wrap up, review next day’s calendar and update the task list.

6:00pm– Attend Spin class at my gym almost every day. It is very convenient as I pass it on the way home, so if I do not stop some days, the guilt factor kicks in.

An inside look at Brian’s spin class.

 

 

7:30pm– Arrive home, frequently with takeout food as my wife gets home at a similar time and we are not up to cooking.

8:00pm– Weather permitting, I usually complete the day back on my deck, with a beverage other than coffee. 😊

 

 

 

 

Favorite part about role:

I love the automation in today’s financial world. It allows me to focus on results, as opposed to creating the reports which took much more time earlier in my career. Being in an innovative technology organization allows me to have some custom reporting done by our management team when necessary. The above outcomes enable me to focus strategically in conjunction with the President.I am at the bottom of the totem pole in technology capabilities in this company of creative, youthful individuals, so I enjoy the opportunity to try and learn new things in that area to help make me more efficient in my role.

Words of advice for someone starting their career:

I started my career as a controller in a start-up technology company and earned my MBA in Finance part-time in the evenings.  I then moved to the healthcare industry as a controller.  During this time, I realized how far behind the healthcare industry was in the technology field. I gradually worked my way into a career change and was a technology project manager in both small companies and a Fortune 100 company, though I had no actual technology education, unless you go back “a few years” and count Basic Programming and COBOL college courses where there is a computer lab with 5 computers for a class of 30 students to complete your work.  

I’ve been back in the accounting/finance area now for the last 5 years, recently combining my financial and project management background in a growing innovative technology company.  It is exciting learning from many young and intelligent technology team members, while serving as the veteran and hopefully providing some useful guidance in life lessons to some team members who come to me for various topics.

The move to technology was risky and was full of many challenges, along with high rewards and some distressing results.  The roller coaster ride was well worth the effort and I encourage you to take chances and move outside your comfort zone when the opportunity arises, or better yet, when you proactively make it happen.

 

Meet Our Interns

What’s better than one intern? Try four! Sulzer US is so excited to have interns working with several different teams. Our interns are committed to bringing their skills and ideas to the table to make our team even more efficient than it already is. Let’s meet them!

 

 


 

Everyone say, “Hi Christian!” Christian came aboard in November as a Front-End Developer Intern. He recently graduated from Connecticut College where he received a major in Computer Science and minor in Economics. He heard about Sulzer US through a coding bootcamp he attended, the Flatiron School. Christian is working on a project for BMW/MINI designing the online driver’s guide. During his 12-week internship, one of his goals is to improve his confidence and ability with coding. His team encourages him to make the best effort possible to solve any issue but also to not be shy to ask for help- as that’s what they’re there for! One of his favorite things about Sulzer is everyone’s eagerness to get together outside of work, especially to go hiking. Christian enjoys playing and watching sports, especially soccer, basketball, and tennis. During his journey at Sulzer he hopes to gain experience with the front-end frameworks Angular and React and obtain a meaningful work experience.

 

 

 

I’m Cassidy! I also joined Sulzer US in November as our very first Social Media and PR Intern, AKA the voice behind the blogs! Currently, I’m studying Communication and Media Arts with a minor in Criminal Justice at Montclair State University. I was on a job application website when I saw the opening for Sulzer US and went for it! Working closely with our HR team, I’ve been proactively contributing new content for our LinkedIn and blog, as well as looking into new opportunities for our HR team─ from awards, connecting with nearby University’s, unique ways to reach potential employees and clients, raising our brand awareness, and outings the whole team can join in on. I’ve been doing lots of research covering all things social media too. Keep an eye out for a new social media platform for Sulzer US very soon! I appreciate the free range I’m given to create original content and I value the input and advice I receive from Sulzer’s HR team. One of my favorite aspects about interning at Sulzer is how welcoming and supportive everyone is. In my free time, I like to spend time with my family, travel, go to the beach, and try new things─ especially food. I look forward to gaining additional workplace experience and am eager to see where my creativity takes me. I’m happy to have had my very first internship with Sulzer US!

 

 

 

Meet Tyson, a graduate of Rutgers University with a major in Computer Science! Tyson joined us right as we rung in the new year as our Java Developer Intern. He heard about Sulzer through his friend who happens to be one of our other Interns, Brian! Tyson has been working hard on a recommender system for our BYO development. He enjoys being around team members who have similar interests as him as well as the challenges he may come across on a day to day basis. Like many others at Sulzer US, Tyson loves to go hiking. Born and raised in California, Tyson was surrounded by different terrains which inspired him to take up photography too. He’s captured shots of the landscapes and wildlife from the top of Mountain Konocti as well as several others. Through his internship experience with Sulzer, Tyson hopes to gain the knowledge and ability to design a web service in all its details that has an easily extendable and responsive service.

 

 

Hey, Brian! Brian will graduate from Rutgers University this May with a major in Computer Science. Finding the job on LinkedIn, he applied to the Sulzer US website and joined us in May of 2018 as an Application Developer Intern. Currently, he is working on the BYO Dashboard application which allows users to manage all sorts of information and files. Brian is always looking to learn more and says Sulzer is just the place for that! He’s been able to learn several new technologies such as the latest Spring Framework 5.0 and work with AWS, more specifically working with Elastic Beanstalk and Amazon S3. Brian also successfully built a complete Angular application with the latest version of Angular 7 and Angular Material. He enjoys the opportunities to work together on team projects and build upon the topics he’s been learning in school. Brian appreciates the culture at Sulzer─ from summer activities and lunches, to the ping pong and foosball tables. His team encourages him to set mindful goals of what he wants to accomplish. In his free time, he likes to do game development, play Xbox with his friends, watch the NFL, go fishing, and of course spend time with his dog, Jeter. Brian has been expanding his knowledge by learning new things every week, which is something he plans to continue doing while building his programming and development skills as well.

                

Sulzer US is proud to have Christian, Cassidy, Tyson, and Brian on our team.  Best of luck, and welcome to the squad!