Meet a few software architects from our development team
A few of our best restaurant software architects were recently interviewed by www.BuiltinBoston.com for an article titled, “More than a paycheck: What Boston engineers really look for in a job.” Here’s a post of the full interview:
What initially attracted you to CrunchTime?
Haixi Liu: Growth potential and location. When I joined CrunchTime in early 2013, it appeared to be a steadily-growing small company with a great outlook. I was impressed by the fact that CrunchTime had continued to grow its business, and I am excited to witness and proud to have contributed to the explosive growth of CrunchTime since 2013. And, I also like the location – being right next to North Station is great.
Vinay Singh: I worked at companies with few thousand employees spread across continents. The downside was that you work in your own silo. CrunchTime was an established technology startup which was on a growth trajectory and had customer problems to solve. I would get a chance to contribute to product stability, scalability and work with various teams to solve challenges.
Stanley Zhang: CrunchTime is well-known in the restaurant tech industry to be a successful enterprise software company. They provide sophisticated inventory and labor solutions to support complicated restaurant businesses. This is an exciting area to be in for tech.
What makes your team’s culture unique?
Haixi: I am not sure if it’s unique, but we are a small team working on many different projects. We challenge, complement, and support each other at the same time.
Stanley: We’re a very focused, self-motivated and mutually supportive group.
Vinay: Our team works with all the departments of CrunchTime to solve customer’s problems. We support the old versions product and have an eye towards the future to add features customers want.
I am excited to witness and proud to have contributed to the explosive growth of CrunchTime since 2013.
What challenges are you tackling right now?
Vinay: We had been dealing with scalability and now our product is stable under heavy loads. Currently the team is building the next generation API’s for our customers to transact with our application.
Haixi: Overall, our team is working on taking our back-office applications to the next level. Our “scale up” initiative has many aspects, such as function innovation, server robustness, operational optimization, and integration flexibility. One current project I am working on is to improve the resilience of our SaaS application and shield all other customers from if a particular customer encounters critical issues. Another project I am working on is to help improve the operational efficiency of CrunchTime IT when they need to add/move/remove many franchisee customer locations quickly.
What makes these challenges exciting?
Vinay: Because no two customers are same and they do not have the exact same requirements, it is interesting to see how they use our product. It is fun to build a product to changing landscape of hospitality industry and help customers achieve their goals.
As a side note: Not only we have an awesome team but some kick-ass ping pong players who keep the adrenaline rush flowing in the ping pong room when you need a break from writing code.
Haixi: I am very excited about the work I am doing and the challenges I am facing because I feel these problems we are attacking are hard, real barriers. Our team is making meaningful contributions to shape CrunchTime’s future.
Stanley: Overcoming operability, stability and performance of our applications are the kinds of challenges that makes the job more interesting and meaningful for me. Doing this on a great team makes it even better.