Inside RV: Life on the RV Engineering Team

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At Red Ventures, we’re constantly looking for new ways to innovate, adapt, and improve our technical capabilities ― and no one does it better than our incredible engineering team. 

When RV engineers aren’t busy writing code or implementing new technologies, they’re looking for fresh ways to solve problems, building their skill sets to face new challenges and of course, having fun in between.

So, what’s life like on the Red Ventures engineering team? We asked and our engineers answered. 

1. Our culture is rooted in community… 

Ricardo Ledan, Associate Engineer | Florida: “My favorite thing at RV revolves around solving interesting problems with an awesome group of people, all invested in collaboration, teamwork, and constant improvement. Everyone is a powerhouse and we form a superhero team every day to solve problems.”

Zachary Dixon, Senior Front End Developer | Austin: “I’ve only worked at startup size companies before, and Red Ventures is much larger. Having more people and developers requires much more communication than I’ve ever needed. This means we basically have our own community where we can ask questions and get input on new ideas.”

2. … and it thrives on learning and development.

Andy Kim, Senior Front End Engineer | Charlotte: “It seems like wherever you go in RV, there’s a culture of learning. I think that’s almost a basic human need or enjoyment ― to learn things. The engineers exhibit this culture of learning in a way that achieves results and exceeds expectations.”

I’ve never been held back from an opportunity because of my skill set ― instead, I’ve been given the resources and time to learn what I needed to know to succeed.

Brittany Vliek, Engineering Manager | Charlotte

Abbie Sadler, Associate Software Engineer | Detroit: “I love working alongside people who are passionate about good tech. A lot of thought and care are put into the code, technologies, tools, and the processes we implement, which allows us to maintain high-performing teams that continuously deliver value. All of this creates an environment where I feel like I am constantly learning and growing.”

Brittany Vliek, Engineering Manager | Charlotte: “Learning and development is built into the job. I’ve never been held back from an opportunity because of my skill set ― instead, I’ve been given the resources and time to learn what I needed to know to succeed.”

Ricardo Ledan, Associate Engineer | Florida: “RV has a great culture, and most of all, a strong emphasis on growth, learning and challenging yourself. My team and my managers are all invested in my growth and that’s something you don’t find everywhere.”

3. We embrace challenges. 

Abbie Sadler, Associate Software Engineer | Detroit: “RV is challenging in a positive way. It’s really exciting to look back at where I was when I started here last summer and see how much I’ve grown as an engineer. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much support I’ve gotten from my leaders and my team. They go out of their way to make sure I have the tools I need to be successful.”

Zachary Dixon, Senior Front End Developer | Austin: “I really enjoy the challenges that come with working in a portfolio company, where teams operating within a variety of industries and businesses can all come together. I learn something new every day and that’s really why I’m here. The people at RV are genuinely happy to help you learn and enjoy collaboration.”

4.We engineer our own career experiences (pun intended).

Brittany Vliek, Engineering Manager | Charlotte: “As a great Culture FEST speaker once said, you have to be your own loudest advocate. Communicate your goals and ambitions with your manager; they can’t help if they don’t know what you’re aiming for!”

It has helped me tremendously as a front end developer to think through ways I can share my knowledge, and build engaging lessons for my fellow engineers.

Andy Kim, Senior Front End Developer | Charlotte

Ricardo Ledan, Associate Engineer | Florida: “Think about what you want to accomplish within the next 5 years and come up with a plan with your direct supervisor so you and your team are accountable for your growth. Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions!”

Andy Kim, Senior Front End Developer | Charlotte: “Teaching has been my secret weapon at RV. We’ve got a bunch of smart people here. It has helped me tremendously as a front end developer to think through ways I can share my knowledge, and build engaging lessons for my fellow engineers.”

5. We get great power over our responsibility.

Shalini Kodali – Engineering Platform Manager | Charlotte: “By slowly expanding my knowledge, I’ve been able to make career strides. When I first started, I tried to take in too much too fast, but I discovered that I didn’t need to take everything in at once. I slowed down and deliberately focused on a few things at a time, and my skills have grown from there.”

Abbie Sadler, Associate Software Engineer | Detroit: “One of the biggest differences between my experience as an engineer at Red Ventures compared to other places I’ve worked is the level of ownership I have over the entirety of the SDLC process. In past organizations, work was more siloed off, limiting my exposure to things such as requirements gathering, handling deployments, troubleshooting bugs, or setting up infrastructure. This isn’t the case at RV ― I feel that I benefit from being responsible for all phases of the process. Whether it’s writing terraform to spin up new infrastructure or participating in user story breakdown sessions, being able to fully participate provides me with a more holistic understanding of both our business and technology.”

Want more from our RV Engineers? Check out how we’re building a great engineering culture, and don’t miss these career tips RV women in tech.

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