Our latest Employee Highlight comes from our Budapest office. Krisztián may be one of our youngest, but this smart and reliable Software Engineer brings a wealth of talent to the Whitepages Team! Here he shares his appreciation for music, online gaming, and his fellow colleagues. (And maybe a fun fact or two!)
Read on to learn more about Krisztián:
Where do you consider your hometown to be?
How long have you been with Whitepages? Why did you come to Whitepages?
More than three years already, I joined after a week of turning 19. I wanted to learn more and be the least knowledgeable person in the room so I could improve, which I couldn’t do effectively with my previous employer.
How do you describe your job to family or friends?
I make computers do what humans want for a greater good, working with a great team of smart people, improving and learning together.
What are some of your day-to-day tasks you do that people may not know about?
Bothering PM’s for extra specification when it’s missing. 🙂 Also checking the metrics of the 10+ services we maintain, to keep them in a healthy state.
What’s your go-to snack in the kitchen?
Fruit (apples, bananas, watermelon)
What was your very first job?
At age 16 I worked as a tour guide for a Danube sightseeing company, convincing tourists (in three languages) to get on our boat to take a beautiful roundtrip on the waters of Budapest.
What does being a Whitepager mean to you?
Working with a great team on hard problems that push the boundaries of the members, while also doing a service to the people by providing information that protects their privacy and safety.
What’s the last TV show you binge-watched?
Actually, there were several: Rick & Morty, One Punch Man, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop. It was a long week. 🙂
What are you most proud of in your professional career?
There were multiple projects which I worked on that turned out to be successful that I’m proud of, but I have no favorite. If anything, I’m proud that I could develop the necessary mindset of critical, analytic thinking which gave me the drive to push myself in this field. This drive made completing all of these projects possible for me and I wouldn’t be here without it.
What’s your favorite Whitepages memory (so far)?
I always enjoy the yearly company trip, but the one in Bend, Oregon was for me the best one yet. I had tremendous fun with everyone from all three of our offices.
What do you do when you have 30 minutes of free time?
Play guitar, play a (hopefully quick) game of Dota, and browse programming related sites.
When you’re not working at your desk, where are you in the office?
On the 12th floor, playing table soccer.
What’s the last vacation you went on?
I went to the Let It Roll festival in the Czech Republic, which is the biggest drum & bass festival in Europe. One of the best experiences of my life.
What’s your favorite lunch spot?
The cafeteria we have in the building — it has a sweet spot for price, food quality, and speed.
What’s been the most influential piece of technology in your life so far?
Clojure (a programming language), without a doubt. It changed the way I think about software and gave me a solid vocabulary to express my ideas in a concise and elegant way.
Choose one of the Whitepages values and describe how you see it at work on your team? (Serve, Own It, Lead, Invent, Do)
Own It – Every single one of the Pro team members here in Budapest had at least one previous experience where they put in that extra effort to get over the finish line/fix a bug that was above and beyond the expectations. We do not just write software for an employer, but really OWN these solutions, and treat them as our own responsibility to bring/keep them in a good state.
What is one fun fact that most people may not know about you?
I did parkour for three years, while also doing gymnastics. I have some fun stories regarding law enforcement, which I could tell 🙂
What do you wish people knew about Budapest?
I would like to tell people, that while we have the best nightlife in all of Europe, this doesn’t mean that you should leave your normal, civil behavior at the airport when you get here. Having said that, I would recommend LÄRM to anyone who likes deep electronic music and wants a unique experience which you cannot get elsewhere in the city.
Want to work with Krisztián and the rest of the Whitepages team?
Check out our available positions in Seattle, New York, and Budapest!