Developers Corner

Top 10 Perks of Working at Achieve Internet

Aug. 4 2014
Dagoberto Aceves
Lead Engineer

Big, Exciting Projects

The coolest thing about Achieve is that we work on a bunch of really cool projects. We’ve done work for companies like Universal Music Group, Disney, NBC Universal, The Grammys - the list goes on and on. All of these projects were incredibly challenging but our team is always able to knock them out of the park. If you love a challenge, then we think you’ll fit in pretty well.

Lunch & Learns 

Every Tuesday we huddle in our conference room and one of our team members present on a new technology, topic of interest, recent project success as well as a number of other topics. Our Director of Engineering Operations, Shawn Smiley, is always giving great presentations on new ways to handle server performance issues, top security vulnerabilities and ways to mitigate/avoid them and other Drupal best-practice talks.  I love Lunch & Learn Tuesdays because it gives us a view and deeper insight into how the other developers approach complex problems and leverage Drupal to come up with great solutions.

SCRUM

Unfortunately, not the Rugby kind. Everyday we get everyone from all of our teams (marketing, sales, development,) into a room and we all share what we did the day before, what current tasks we’re working on, and if there are any blockers or impediments. It is a great way to keep the lines of communication open between our multiple teams including our Los Angeles Drupal Development team as well as a way to quickly and informally receive help from the crowd on any minor roadblocks.

Cool Events

When you work at Achieve you get to go to really awesome events. On September 6th – 7th we’ll be heading up to Drupal Camp LA. As Platinum sponsors we’ll be there networking, presenting and giving away free stuff at our booth.  Just a few weeks ago we sent our Account Manager, Lamin Turay, and our Senior Drupal Engineer, Rob Montero, to Los Angeles for E3. The guys were *forced* to spend the day demoing new games, chatting with the game developers, networking with industry experts and getting a bunch of swag. They brought back a trove of killer gear, which was immediately raided by the rest of the development team. One of the few items that remains, is this awesome poster:

Open Door Policy

Our CEO isn’t the iron-curtain executive type. He likes to keep his door open, so if you ever have something to say to him you can just pop right into his office and have a chat about pretty much anything. If you’re a baseball fan, you’ll probably get along.

The People

The Achieve office is filled with great people. A lot of times it even feels like we're not at work since everyone is so easy to get along with. Whether we're out having a lunch and learn or collaborating on a project, everyone seems to make an effort to be friends and not just colleagues.

The Snacks

If you have questionable self-control (like me), then Achieve Internet may not be the best place for you. Our kitchen is STOCKED with snacks. So throughout the course of the day you might find yourself making trip after trip to chomp on grape vines, cookies, chocolates, trail mix etc.

Our Running Club

A few of us really love to run, so we have developed a pretty nice habit of going out for mid-day runs a few times a week. Just the other day I went a bit crazy and decided to run 6 miles in the high heat! Not too long ago, Bill, German and myself all completed the San Diego Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon! Anyway, if you can’t control your snack habits then you can just run it off, which is what I do!

On-Tap

We have two-quarter kegs sitting in our state-of-the-art kegerator in the dev room. 2! Currently on tap is “White Rascal”, a Belgian style white ale from Avery Brewing Co. and “Yeti”, an Imperial Stout from The Great Divide Brewing Co. Apparently, this is the go to post-run drink for our running-club.

Coffee Station

We’ve built the Holy Grail of coffee stations here at Achieve. If you need your daily fix then this is definitely the place to get it. It’s like a Starbucks, or some obscure local coffee shop if that floats your boat.

I can list off a bunch of other cool aspects of working at Achieve, like the laid back atmosphere, constant joking around by everyone, our star wars collection, or the company basketball team. The simple fact is I really enjoy coming into work everyday. If you're an experienced Drupal developer and working at Achieve seems like something you could get used to, then give us a shout. Follow the link below to learn about our recent opening for a web developer.

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