#TeamWP: Meet Recent Grad Ali – Software Developer

 

After a successful 2016 summer internship, Ali is back with us as a full-time Software Developer with our Coresite Team! Ali is a recent grad from the University of Washington, with a degree in Informatics. Aside from doing full-stack work helping push out cool new features and bug fixes to the site, Ali has been instrumental in our recruiting events, Hackday 2017, and our Carepages affinity group. Read on to learn about Ali’s favorite things, how her new role “still feels like an internship,” and what working at Whitepages means to her.


Where do you consider your hometown to be?
Knoxville, TN

What’s the last TV show you binge-watched?
Orange is the New Black

What’s the last vacation you went on?
A month-long trip around Europe

What would your role be if there was a zombie apocalypse?
Buzzfeed told me I’d be a doctor

What’s your favorite lunch spot?
Anything poke related

What’s been the most influential piece of technology in your life so far?
My Garmin runner’s watch

What’s your favorite meme?
Anything with Grumpy Cat

Why did you choose to work for Whitepages?
Despite being comprised of small teams, Whitepages creates a big impact on its consumers. I like that Whitepages is a company that really values our consumers and that we are all able to contribute to and improve the user experience

How has the transition been from student to joining the workforce?
It still kind of feels like it’s a summer internship without a definitive end date

What are some of your day-to-day tasks you do that people may not know about?
Collaborating across teams to make sure that the changes we are making are in the best interest of all

When you’re not working at your desk, where are you in the office?
Somewhere that I can look out the window while I am thinking

What’s your go-to snack in the kitchen?
Carrots and hummus

What does being a Whitepager mean to you?
Being a Whitepager means being a part of a close-knit, hard-working team that values everyone’s input and collectively makes the business better every day

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: Though Coresite may be the “free” part of Whitepages there are a lot of parts that we have to keep track of to keep the revenue streams at their max

Look for our Recruiting Team later this month at the University of Washington Career Fair (Oct 24)!

Want to work with Ali and the rest of the Whitepages team?

View our current job openings

#TeamWP: Intern Edition – Meet Treon!

Treon is an incoming junior at Washington State University, working toward a Bachelor’s in Management Information Systems (MIS) and a minor in Economics. His past work includes building the School of Biological Sciences website at WSU and working with Cascadia Consulting Group last summer.

Here is Treon’s story about interning with the Pro Marketing Team:

 

In June, I joined the Whitepages Pro Marketing Team as a Pro Operations intern. My tasks range from taking photos, building icons, and researching prospective contacts for sales outreach. My favorite project has been taking photos for the Whitepages website, including everyday meetings, happy hours, and the office space (see below!). Through this experience, I was able to meet more Whitepagers, including people from other departments and business units.

While working at Whitepages, I’ve gained skills and values that I can use for future jobs. I’ve become more proactive, communicative, and efficient. I also learned to OWN my projects—simply holding myself and others accountable to deliver the highest quality work. Also, my studies in MIS have helped during this internship because I had experience in creating Excel documents and forms.

The most memorable moment of the summer was attempting to solve the puzzle room mystery at a team building event with the Marketing Team. This was my first experience with a puzzle/escape room, and we almost solved it! I had a great time working together to figure out the pieces, and in the process, got to know my team well. My favorite intern event was the scavenger hunt throughout downtown.

I chose Whitepages for my internship because of the people, and because I love analyzing and configuring data to find a solution, which happens to be what Whitepages specializes in. Overall, it has been a valuable experience that has better prepared me for my future career.


Treon joined us, along with fellow intern Mimy, through the Rainier Scholars Program, who we have partnered with for several years to find some of our stellar interns! Check out our previous blog post for more information about this as well as our Summer Intern program.

Treon shared some photos he took around the Seattle office. No doubt this intern has many talents!

Are you interested in joining Whitepages and becoming a member of our world-class team?
View our job openings here!

#TeamWP: Intern Edition – Meet Mimy!

Mimy Mersha is a Summer Intern with the Customer Care Team. Mimy’s responsibilities include organizing our customer interview and survey data, analyzing the user experience, and providing product feedback based on those findings. She was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and raised in Seattle, WA. She is currently a Finance Major at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.

Read about Mimy’s journey to discovering her career path and her internship with Whitepages.

 

At Boston College, I provide free consulting services to start-ups through Consult Your Community, as well as work to empower women through the club Women in Business. Though almost everything I currently am involved in relates to Business, the path to Business School was a complete accident. As a tired and nervous senior in high school, I did not read all fifteen of my college applications as closely as I should have, and this is how I accidentally became a Pre-law Finance Major. At the time, I did not know what I wanted to do, so I took this as a sign and decided not to change my major or my post-graduate path.

Right after high school, I joined Microsoft as a Finance Intern on the Americas Team. (At this point I did not even really know what Finance was, but I knew I wanted to learn.) I stepped onto their campus optimistic, but also anxious. My tasks included compiling client bank information, and creating Excel and PowerPoint slides. When I had some moments of free time I scheduled meetings with employees in different departments, strengthening my networking skills and learning more about the company. I grew tremendously at Microsoft, but I didn’t feel like I was really helping the organization overall. It made me feel as if Business might have been the wrong career path for me. I was so excited that I had gotten an internship, that I did not consider what I wanted out of the experience, and if that specific finance internship would meet those needs.

After a year of business school, I felt I was prepared to try another internship. This time I wanted a great internship opportunity that would get me excited about my future. I chose Whitepages partly because it is a smaller company and they would need every member of their team to do a significant amount of work, including their interns. It is very important to me that I am of use to the company that I intern with. I also chose Whitepages because I love the energy of the company! I enjoy that there is a great emphasis on collaboration. Everyone seemed to be passionate about the work that they were doing and wanted to partner with others to make the best product for the customer. This was the type of company that I dreamed of interning for!

While working at Whitepages this summer, I have found that all my previously held beliefs about the company are true. There were moments during my internship where I felt like I had failed, but in these moments I was supported by many co-workers who were eager to help. It has been a pleasure to see employees who are incredibly invested in the success of the company, not just because it is their job, but because they genuinely feel attached to Whitepages, and as a result, they are willing to go above and beyond to ensure the company does well. My extraordinary co-workers have taught me a lot about work ethic and consistency, as well as a lesson in not taking myself too seriously.

Whitepages has been a great place to grow! I hope to see this company continue to succeed!

 

Mimy (far right) with some of our awesome 2017 Summer Interns!

 

Are you interested in joining Whitepages and becoming a member of our world-class team? View our job openings here!

What Does It Mean to Intern at Whitepages?

Alison Haugh

There was a time that we looked forward to the summer, because we knew that it meant endless hours of running around outside with all the neighborhood kids. But 2016 was different as I found myself looking forward to summer for a much different reason: I had landed myself an internship. After handing out endless resumes, attending career fairs, and few technical interviews, I was about to begin my summer as an intern at Whitepages.

Being an intern at Whitepages does not mean running to get coffee for the whole team every morning and working on meaningless projects with little outcome. It means taking group coffee breaks and interns’ ownership of a project to bring all the way from the whiteboard to production. Over the past couple of months (has it already been that long??), I and the other interns have had the chance to learn the inner workings of a business that earned $70 million in revenue last year, contribute some of our best work to impact the experience of millions of users every day, and become part of a great team. At Whitepages, interns also become part of the whole company. From being included in daily standup meetings to being invited to join the company’s softball and bowling teams, we are given really great ways to get involved.

At the start of our internships, we were each assigned a mentor from our team as well as a “buddy” from a team other than our own. We collaborated with our mentors and the rest of our teams to complete projects throughout the duration of the internship. Our mentors also helped us to outline a set of goals that we wanted to accomplish over the summer. These goals ranged from completing our assigned project to developing professional skills such as networking with people in many different positions within the company. Our “buddies” were there for really anything else we needed and to answer questions about anything.

The projects we were assigned gave us the chance to apply the knowledge that we have been studying in school while also developing many more skills, like how to build a relationship with a team, refine communication skills, how to pay attention to detail, and how to deal with problems/bugs that you create – which are going to happen.

Of course, after all this work, we earned some play. Our amazing university recruiter planned some really great events that have given the interns, mentors, and buddies a chance to hang out and get to know each other outside of the office.  My favorite event this summer was playing Whirlyball, a game that combines basketball and bumper cars. We got some friendly competition going among the teams, and most games ended in a lot of laughter.

All in all, Whitepages is a company where employees get to contribute real work that has a big impact. It’s also a company where you can say “hi” to the CEO daily, intern with other brilliant students from top ten universities, and be inspired by each and every employee’s drive to help the company become the best that it can be.

Are you interested in joining Whitepages and becoming a member of our world-class team? View our job openings here!

This piece was written by our engineering intern, Alison Haugh, who works on the Search Experience team. Alison is currently studying informatics at the University of Washington.