Engineering Intern Spotlight: Zsika Phillip, Summer 2015

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Engineering Intern Spotlight: Zsika Phillip, Summer 2015

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Working at LiveRamp has been an absolutely incredible experience.  The team is extremely friendly and helpful from the very first day (received a welcome card signed by my entire team!).  One of my most enjoyable experiences at LiveRamp was Hackweek, a week long hackathon event! At Hackweek all engineers are allowed to work on their own projects for a week and there is an award ceremony at the end. This is where the benefits of working in an open environment truly shines; cross collaboration between teams and pure creativity is the heart of any engineering effort in my opinion, and the essence of Hackweek is collaboration and creativity.

The actual engineering work is quite fast paced (a good thing!), I had my first project merged into the production code during the first week of being here (shipped!).  LiveRamp maintains a very dynamic startup environment so you feel like your experience and skill set grow as the complexity of your projects increases.  The mentoring program makes the learning process even more enjoyable, you practically have a coach who will show you the ropes and point you in the right direction without holding your hands; getting constructive feedback is quite invaluable so as an intern I really appreciate the work my mentor put into coaching me over the summer!

At LiveRamp I learned a lot– how to write clean and efficient code, how to collaborate with different teams and thrive in a fast-paced development environment, and how to process very large datasets with Hadoop and Cascading but I think the most important thing I will take away from my tenure here is that being nice is just as important as being super smart.  There are smart people in a lot of places but LiveRamp is where the people are super smart and super nice! It doesn’t get much better than that.

 

Zsika Phillip, Intern Summer 2015
M.S. Computer Science, Purdue University

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