What’s it like to work at Calendly? Get a peek inside the life of a QA engineer at Calendly, Michael Rose.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what led you to join Calendly?
I grew up in Atlanta and graduated from Georgia Tech. I enjoy problem-solving, pushing my limits, and understanding how things work -- this has led me to a career on the technical side of testing software. What drew me to Calendly was having the opportunity to support a product that millions of people rely on and the chance to work on a world-class engineering team.
Talk to us about your role and what you do at Calendly.
My main responsibility is leading the testing efforts for Calendly's iOS and Android mobile apps. As a QA team member at Calendly, I am also involved in support and testing for our main web platform because we are a very collaborative team.
What are some of the challenges you get to tackle in your role?
Some of the most interesting challenges that I get to work on are designing tools to speed up testing cycles for our mobile apps and working with our support team to solve interesting problems and feature requests that our users present to us everyday!
One challenging and rewarding aspect of my job is that, as the first dedicated QA team member for our mobile app development team, I have the opportunity to establish automated and manual testing processes that will ensure we deliver the delightful experience that users expect from Calendly, natively on their smartphones.
What’s the culture like at Calendly?
The company culture is, without question, the best that I have ever been a part of. Everyone is so invested in Calendly's success, and it is easy to find support when a personal or professional problem presents itself. Leaders organize regular team outings to foster strong relationships between employees that extend outside the office.
What do you enjoy the most about your work?
Helping my teammates and Calendly's customers solve problems and save time.
Okay, let’s chat about your life outside of Calendly!
When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my son, wife, Callie, and our cat. When I can, I like to run or workout, and I recently got a Onewheel that I ride any chance that I get. I also like to work on personal programming projects and develop my chess skills.
Rapid fire Q&A time!
Favorite spot in Atlanta?
Most important innovation you’ve witnessed?
The smartphone. (In a few years, maybe the Onewheel!)
Something you’ve wanted to try, but never have?
Riding in a hot air balloon.