Welcome to Fluid Truck’s Employee Spotlight blog! We love highlighting our awesome employees and introducing you to the great people behind Fluid Truck.
At Fluid Truck, our product is people. We bring in smart, talented people with a lot of ambition and give them the opportunity to grow and expand their skill sets rapidly. Our end goal is to equip every person who joins our team with the skills they need to one day grow beyond us and create incredible things on their own.
This month’s Employee Spotlight centers on Caitlin S., a Senior Frontend Engineer at Fluid Truck –– a position that is the backbone of our user interface.
Caitlin is at the forefront of designing and implementing elements of our web applications, ensuring that our customers and team members have a seamless, intuitive, and engaging experience. Caitlin's expertise is crucial for the efficiency and consistency of our web platforms.
By focusing on the frontend, Caitlin ensures that the complex functionalities of our platform are accessible and user-friendly, whether it's for booking a truck on FluidTruck.com or enabling our Customer Care team to manage reservations effectively. Her dedication to problem-solving and passion for learning new technologies reflects our company ethos of innovation and excellence in the mobility industry.
Keep reading to learn more about Caitlin! Interviews are edited for clarity.
Tell us what it’s like to be a Frontend Engineer at Fluid Truck!
I maintain and create new features on all of our web apps. I also maintain our component library, which is kind of like our toolbox for our websites. It makes for quicker development.
The frontend is more of the UI side –– anything that the user or customer care agents are working on. Everything from coding to help managing deployment, features and migrations. I work on FluidTruck.com, our web app, because it's the user facing side, and then I work on the admin side for the Customer Care team to maintain and manage reservations.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
I like problem solving. I love coding in general, and finding better ways of doing things and learning new tech.
Learning and problem solving is probably the best part about coding in general. And improving people's workflow. That's what I like to do.
When you aren’t working, what are you usually doing?
I try to stay active, I mountain bike and ski. I have two dogs that are like my kids. We hike and camp. I see a lot of standup comedy and shows at Red Rocks or wherever.
I try to do a river trip every year. The last big trip I did was Ruby Horse Theif, it's part of the Colorado RIver. It goes from Fruita to Utah, right over the state line. That's a pretty chill trip -- I paddle boarded it. The campsites are beautiful and the weather is great. The year before we did the Rio Chama down in New Mexico.
Do you have any secret talents?
I'm always getting injured so I'm not really good at those things! I'm into weaving. Like macrame wall art. It's fun, and I've been getting into embroidery too.
It's fun learning new things. The weaving stuff is fun, it's nothing in particular it's just art. Embroidery has been fun too. I just started doing it to try something different.
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Just grind it out. I didn't start coding till I was like 30 –– I did some web design stuff before I learned to actually code. Just tough it out and keep at it. It's really corny, but at the end of the day it'll always work out. No matter how many times somebody tells you “no,” no matter how smart you think you are –– everybody's smart, it's just about who has the longevity. At the end of the day there's always someone smarter than you –– accept that. Do your best. If you put the time into it, you'll be fine.
If you could have a Fluid Truck full of one thing, what would it be?
What motivates you at work?
I think my biggest fear –– even in school –– was to not get things done. I hate things not being finished, even if they're not what you want them to be. Half-done work drives me crazy.
I think my biggest drive is to learn something new. Even if I'm not super interested in the project I'm doing, there's always something to learn like architecture or the tools I'm working with. I can always find something to make it interesting. If I'm refactoring old code someone else wrote, it's painful –– but I'll try to find if there's something I can learn, like tools I didn't know I could use, or a different way of doing something.
If you had a TED Talk, what would it be about?
I'd give the worst TED Talk ever .... I'd say, "you shouldn't be here, go do something productive!" Stop reading self-help books, go do it. Everyone's going through something.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I was waitressing–– I’ve always bartended or worked as a server, but there was one restaurant at the boardwalk in Jersey. I lasted a month. It was all seafood, the clients were giant families that didn't tip well, and you got yelled at by the BOH all day. It was the worst restaurant I ever worked at because the money wasn't worth it. It was right after college in the early 2000s.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
YouTube history channels. Once in a while I'll watch a terrible reality series like Selling Sunset but then I feel terrible about myself. It's so outrageous, but it's like a car accident where you can’t look away.
What would you tell someone who wants to come work at Fluid Truck?
I've had a lot of support from my engineering team. Especially with trying out new tech, and general support with work/life balance. That's the biggest benefit here. We have a lot more freedom, which makes me more productive to have that autonomy. That's my biggest benefit of working here.
Want to work somewhere where you can be a part of a growing company work with brilliant, hard-working folks like Caitlin? Click here to check out open positions at Fluid Truck.