Welcome to Fluid Truck’s Employee Spotlight blog - where we highlight one of our awesome employees once a week so that you can meet the people behind Fluid Truck!
At Fluid Truck, our product is people. We bring in smart, talented people with a lot of ambition and we give them the opportunity to grow and expand their skill sets rapidly. Our end goal is to equip every person who joins our team to one day grow beyond us to create incredible things on their own. Learn more about our employees every week! Interviews are edited for clarity.
This Week, Meet JK S.
JK is Fluid Truck’s CTO and resident pitmaster - Every day he leads our engineering team, and on very lucky days, he brings in homemade brisket, ribs, sausages, and other smoked treats for the team. JK was one of Fluid Truck’s first five employees, and has some great advice for joining and thriving on the Fluid Truck team. Keep reading to learn more!
What do you do when you’re not working?
This used to be an easier question before Covid! I enjoy hanging out and cooking, and playing with the dog. I like hiking.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
The team! My engineers are all so great. The culture that we've developed is so awesome. It's very much a collaborative culture. I’m so proud of our metrics and how well we deliver features together. We don't saddle one person with a bunch of stuff - it's very much a group effort. That's something we're very protective of.
Any advice for someone trying to break into the industry?
The biggest thing would be to make sure you understand what the startup world is before you throw your hat in the ring. It's not as bad as the video game industry... but we do have weeks when it can be pretty intense! Basically if you want to be part of Fluid, you have to be ready to work collectively. How do you phrase, "don't be an asshole?" You're going to help own these products - you're not just a cog in the machine. You are the machine!
Do you have any secret talents?
I’m a pretty decent cook! [Not really a secret - see above!]
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
The biggest thing I can say is COMMUNICATION. Make sure that if you're an individual contributor you're advocating for yourself, and if you're a manager you're advocating for your team. Know how to communicate. Be aware of how you're talking to people and who your audience is. The best career advice I've gotten is to learn how to communicate, gradually over the years.
Want to work on a team that values communication and collaboration? Tired of being a cog in a machine? You’re in luck - we’re hiring for engineering and developer positions! Click here to check out our job postings.