Sulzer Activities

Pride Month

June came and went, but our pride will be forever!
Throughout the past month, we celebrated diversity and inclusion with themed lunches and activities. We love getting together as a team to do fun projects and go to outings, because it’s important to work hard and play hard! First, we did a tie-dye activity. It was a gorgeous day outside, so we set up a tarp, grabbed all the rubber bands we could find, and colored away. Then we showed off our wearable artwork at the Bogota Golf Center for a round of mini-golf!
In the process, we raised money in support of the Human Rights Campaign, a foundation dedicated to the advocacy of LGBTQ equality. Additional funds were donated for every hole-in-one, so we tried our best to be the next Tiger Woods of mini-golf! Thank you to all who participated and helped spread the love.

 

 

 



We’re on Instagram!



We are so excited to announce the unveiling of our Instagram account @sulzer_us ! Follow             us now to get a behind the scenes look at our culture, people, activities, and more!            Like what you see? Join us!

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 … 

 

 

 

 

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!

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!

5 Easy Resolutions for 2019

The new year is an opportunity to set goals for yourself, whether that may be to make more time for yourself, finally finish that book you started months ago, or introduce yourself to new people; there’s always something to strive for! We asked our team to share some of their resolutions. Here’s what we heard, along with tips and tricks to help obtain their goals!

 

Resolution: Travel more

How to check it off: Do your research

  1. The best time to book airline tickets for the best bang of your buck is about two months before you fly and early in the week when airlines adjust fares.
  2. Go to National and State Parks- admission fees are manageable and often go by car rate rather than person. Just about everything the park has to offer: tours, transportation, trails, and of course, wildlife, is free!
  3. Don’t forget about your good friend, public transportation. Check out the local routes, just about any city will have bus, train or underground.

 

Resolution: Read more books

How to check it off: Schedule reading time at least once a week

  1. Always carry your book on you or try getting an audible book that way you can listen anywhere, especially if you’re a commuter.
  2. Creating a bedtime reading ritual helps to signal your body that it’s time to wind down.
  3. Researchers have found that reading can reduce stress by 68%.

 

Resolution: Live in the moment

How to check it off: Focus on the present

  1. Journaling and staying organized with your work schedule and chores will help you relax and feel at ease in your leisure time.
  2. Be grateful for the people in your life and all your accomplishments.
  3. If your mind is occupied by things you have no control over, refocus and get control of both how you’re thinking and how you feel.

 

Resolution: Spend less and save more

How to check it off: New money management routine

  1. Create a daily and weekly spending record- grab a journal or download a free app and start keeping track! Visualizing where your money goes will help you cut down on unnecessary purchases.
  2. Use weekly sale ads to help create a budget friendly grocery list and pre-plan those meals!
  3. If public transportation isn’t an option for you, when your car needs more gas give yourself enough time to scope out the cheapest gas station.

 

Resolution: Start up a workout plan

How to check it off: Take small steps

  1. Schedule in time to work out, even if it is a rest day and you stretch out. It is easier to stick to a routine.
  2. Consistency over intensity- don’t overcommit or over-perform yourself. Avoid feeling burnout by gradually spending more time and effort on your workout.
  3. Don’t skip out on your warm-up and cool down… which includes staying hydrated and fueled up!

A Spoonful of Holiday Cheer From Sulzer US

Happy Holidays from Sulzer US! Every year we like to send out a special treat to all our clients to show our appreciation of them. This year, we got together to make DIY chocolate dipped spoons topped with different festive candies— the perfect treat to help mix together any cup of hot cocoa. The Sulzer Squad hopes that everyone is starting off their holiday season with some of their very own delicious delights! 

Happy Holidays!

 

 

Introducing the Sulzer US Culture Deck

What is culture and what does the culture feel like at Sulzer? To answer those great questions, Sulzer US recently unveiled their culture deck. The Sulzer Culture Deck covers everything under the sun about what it means to be a member of the Sulzer Squad. Our new interns and employees receive their own mini book during their first few days at Sulzer. The culture deck is a great resource for a quick reminder of what our team values and expects, as well as pointing out the unique features our office has to offer. It even includes a glossary with some key words you might hear around the office. Throughout the book there are blank pages so one can take notes and write their own story.