Data engineers are a tricky group – and I say this with confidence, I’m the Data Practice Lead for a team of 40+ data scientists and engineers. We like to be challenged and need puzzles to stay engaged. When I talk to candidates about WIzeline, they are quick to ask what type of work they would do at a services company. On paper, it seems less exciting than maybe a dream job at Google or Facebook.
I’d like to share 3 compelling reasons I think data engineers should consider joining us:
#1 Breadth of projects + depth of skills
Most people describe their time at Wizeline in “dog years” – a few years at Wizeline feels like 7 or 8 years somewhere else. Our teams work with Fortune 500 brands that need to leverage their data to transform their business or improve their products. Our work is typically mission-critical and tied to revenue.
Here are just a few examples of the type of work our team is handling:
- Migration from on-premise data services to GCP without affecting operations.
- Implementing BigQuery as a data warehouse for a large U.S. e-commerce company reducing maintenance time and total cost.
- Building a data platform for one of the largest multinational media companies in the world to improve user experience.
#2 Unconventional backgrounds are welcome
Many data engineers come to Wizeline after working in retail or financial services. However, we also welcome candidates who may have a more unconventional background (like a physicist, mathematician, or financial analyst). For me personally, the road to being a data engineer at Wizeline was not straightforward.
It was more than two years before I officially accepted a job at Wizeline – but I hope it takes you just a few days! I really wasn’t sure if a startup was for me. I was working at a large industrial company for over a decade, and I knew my way around the company and was really happy. However, I had a feeling inside that I should challenge myself more. I knew a startup – with all of its chaos and change – could provide those challenges and opportunities. I took a leap of faith and now, more than 2.5 years later, I am so happy that I did. I have learned so much, met so many interesting people, and the hard work has been worth it. I feel more technically savvy and have developed a more entrepreneurial mindset in the way I approach work.
If you’re still not convinced by my story, I encourage you to learn more about Fernando. In addition to being very interesting, he’s one of the best managers at Wizeline.
#3 People, people, people
Far and away, the best part of Wizeline is its people. Beyond working with our incredible data team, you will work alongside some of the best designers, technical writers, and project managers you’ve ever met. Wizeline’s culture encourages inclusion, continuous education, and a team spirit that permeates every department and discipline. Even in this remote environment, the “people” side of work truly matters. This is a great environment to challenge yourself and gain exposure to many products and business models – and make some lifelong friends along the way.