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A Look at Our Fresh Grads and Their Journey Thus Far

At AppDynamics, our employees come from some of the best and most renowned universities worldwide. This also includes many of the younger, fresher faces of our company. On-campus recruiting begins in the fall and continues until the early months of winter, in which we interview hundreds of students to see if they have what it takes to join one of the top software companies in the world. These fresh grads provide us with a new perspective, along with innovative and cutting-edge ways of thinking, all of which is reflected in their work and the projects that they engage in everyday. Take a look at what our most recent grads have to say about working at AppDynamics…

Yuhui Feng

Yuhui (Felix) is a graduate from Ohio State University with a master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has interned with IBM Research and has a passion for the Java world, but most of all enjoys sleeping. He became an AppDynamo in June of this year and is now a Software Engineer on our APM team based in San Francisco.

What made you come to AppDynamics?

Number one in the APM field in the world. (Quietly: Full stock of snacks everyday.)

What’s the coolest project you’ve worked on so far?

Creating new field tests in DB monitoring.

What is most challenging about your job?

The most challenging thing about my work is to understand the new features and new APIs in the beginning. For a new grad employee, every feature or concept is totally new, so you need to fully understand the underlying logic and workflow to make sure you have a comprehensive test plan to cover all corner cases and ensure product quality.

What are great skills and traits to have at AppDynamics?

You must have a passion to learn new skills and love to ask questions and discuss the problem in depth with your colleagues.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

No restriction in working hours, getting instant help from colleagues, and tech and product knowledge being shared frequently.

What’s your favorite unexpected perk?

Delicious breakfast on Monday and the shuttle to work.

What advice would you give yourself if you could go back in time and give it to yourself?

Read more books, learn new tech, and that Java is important.

 

Slater Bridgman

Slater is a recent Georgia Southern University graduate and percussionist who has been at the company for about five months now. He’s an avid television fan and enjoys watching shows such as Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Westworld. Slater is based in our Dallas office as a Business Development Representative.

What made you come to AppDynamics?

The amazing growth potential, work culture, and great people.

What’s the coolest project you’ve worked on so far?

Being able to talk to large companies and do business with them. Can’t say who they are, though —  they aren’t customers yet.

What’s challenging about your job?

Starting out, there is a lot of information about the product that you have to learn. Everyday I’m learning new things. It is challenging, but it keeps me fresh and helps me grow.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy going on the quarterly trips. We’ve done a Top Golf event, and I have been to Toronto, San Francisco, and now we are doing a curling event. All these awesome events and I have only been here a little over four months! It really is an amazing experience.

What are great skills and traits to have at AppDynamics?

Communication and listening. You have to be able to understand what the customer is looking for, and communicate not only the value to the customer, but also communicate with the reps you are supporting.

What’s your favorite unexpected perk?

The massages. I had never gotten a massage until I started here, and now I am addicted.

What advice would you give yourself if you could go back in time and give it to yourself?

That hard work pays off. And pay closer attention in class. There are things I remember hearing about in my sales classes in college that are paying dividends now.

 

David Jeong

David joined AppDynamics in July of this year and is now a Software Engineer on our APM team in San Francisco. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Computer Engineering and enjoys spicy foods —  and he means any level of spice.

What made you come to AppDynamics?

The fact that you get to work on a product which impacts customers of different sizes in different industries, and that the work is challenging.

What’s the coolest project you’ve worked on so far?

A project to streamline the build process for the Java agent, which involves migration of existing build systems for our projects from Ant to Gradle. End-goal is to save dev and release times.

What’s challenging about your job?

Due to the nature of our APM product, we need to support a wide range of customer environment setups as well as external third party libraries. Since there are so many possibilities regarding these, it makes it sometimes difficult to debug problems in one go.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Getting my hands dirty with different libraries or tools that I hadn’t even heard of while in college. I also get to work with the Java agent which deals with Java at a byte code level.

What are great skills and traits to have at AppDynamics?

I think being able to solve problems is very important, since the product and the codebase is so complex, and taking the initiative to ask questions — someone else might have the same question and it might be a good opportunity for everyone to learn.

What’s your favorite unexpected perk?

There is a bean bag chair that is irresistibly comfortable.

What advice would you give yourself if you could go back in time and give it to yourself?

Why wasn’t I here for internships?

Check out our careers page for internship opportunities.

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