Interview With Chris Schulz, Developer

For our Computronix employee interviews, we sit down with people from all levels of our company and ask them about their jobs, and what it’s like working for Computronix.

One of the core principles that Computronix values is learning. Employees are constantly encouraged and given opportunities to deepen their knowledge in a wide range of areas. This could include anything from taking classes on programming or leadership, allowing for on-the-job mentorship, or just assigning people to projects that will require them to develop new skills. Chris Schulz has experienced a lot of this learning during his two years at Computronix.

Within his first year, he was given the opportunity to be a lead developer on a database upgrade for a client. Along with that, he was required to update their website to match the new code. Because he had never worked on websites before, it was a challenge, and it required him to learn and gain experience. However, whenever he was faced with a particularly difficult problem, he was able to consult with his co-workers and the other members of the project team to figure out how to find a solution. Chris described the project as “challenging, but it was a lot of fun.”

His position is somewhat unique within the company, because instead of working full-time with a large client, he serves a lot of smaller clients – seven at the time of the interview. This provides him with a lot of variety in his work, and also allows him to gain experience in a wide range of tasks.

Aside from the learning that happens within his team, Chris appreciates that Computronix allows and even encourages “cross-team working,” meaning that just because an employee is assigned to a specific project, doesn’t mean they can’t help out with other projects. This wasn’t the case for him with past employers. There is also a company-wide social network in place that allows people to post their questions and receive answers quickly. All in all, “It’s just a really supportive, friendly, fun environment to be a part of.”

For our Computronix employee interviews, we sit down with people from all levels of our company and ask them about their jobs, and what it’s like working for Computronix.

When starting any new job, there’s a learning curve involved in becoming familiar with the company, with your new position, and learning where or who to go to for help. To understand how Computronix tries to make this transition as smooth as possible, we spoke to Lori Bluemel three months into working for Computronix as a Senior Business Analyst – just long enough to have caught up with the learning curve, but still have the transition process fresh in her mind.

She says that there were two main reasons why she chose to join Computronix. The first is because the company’s needs lined up extremely well with her skills and experiences. She has an extensive background in both the government and technology industries, making it very much a win-win partnership between her and Computronix. The second is that two longtime colleagues and friends of hers, Doug and Laura Fairchild, both work for Computronix, and Lori knew that if it was the kind of environment that they enjoyed, she would also be able to thrive. For her, it was “all about the people – hard work is easy if you’ve got the right people, and good work is more challenging if you’ve got the wrong people.”

Even with industry experience, there was still a lot to learn about the specific capabilities and requirements of our POSSE product. But Lori found that her co-workers constantly made time to help her. “People listen here,” she says, “Ask a question, you always get an answer.”

In her opinion, this is because there is a unique environment in place at Computronix “that permeates throughout the company, starting from the top.” She describes it as “treating everyone like individuals, not just numbers…like people, not just employees. We all care about each other, and everyone comes together when someone needs help.”