Employee spotlight: Francis Mangornong
What makes 84.51˚ an intriguing company? Is it the flexible hybrid work options, the free food regularly found around the office or the challenging problems that we tackle? While these aspects are undoubtedly great, it’s the people that make working here truly special. Check out our Employee Spotlight series to learn more about who we are and the unique traits of our teammates. Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Office Location: Cincinnati Start Date: 08/03/2020 Job title: Senior Data Engineer
Describe your role.
Currently, I am an engineer working in our DevSecOps initiative on the Dev Pipelines team.
How long have you worked in engineering and what inspired you to pursue this field?
I have been working here at 84.51° engineering for more than 4 years (almost 5). My inspiration for joining this field stemmed from my deep passion for problem solving, collaboration, and the exposure of being surrounded by all things tech.
What interested you in joining 84.51°?
For some background, I was a former contractor converted to FTE. The reasons that I was interested in joining 84.51˚was the culture first and foremost. I had never felt more comfortable in a work environment than I had anywhere else.
"I truly felt heard and seen by my teammates and colleagues."
The different projects and work streams that I could contribute to was also a refreshing flexibility that I had never experienced.
What has been the most memorable experience or favorite project you’ve worked on?
In general, my most memorable experience working here at 84.51˚ would have to be [company conference] Area 51 last year as it was my first one attended in-person. It was an awesome time and being able to see and interact with everyone was incredibly enjoyable.
I, personally, do not have a single favorite project but there have been standout moments across the many projects that I have worked on.
When I worked on building an internal data platform, there was a special moment getting our orchestration service deployed for the first time that stood out to me as a key technological milestone. We were one of the first development groups to go to production in GCP and using Kubernetes.
Then more recently, my team’s latest release of CI/CD reusable workflows was a huge milestone for us. It was a culmination of almost a year’s worth of work and to have it be so well received during our demo (with a turnout of more than 200+ people from across the business) was a really touching moment for myself.
What’s your favorite part about working at 84.51°? Do you have a favorite benefit or perk that is offered?
My favorite part about working at 84.51˚ is absolutely the people. The opportunity to work with so many different types of people has been an absolute blessing. I have had the fortune of meeting, getting to know, and working with the highest class of people here at 84.51˚. The myriad of different backgrounds and the sheer wealth of knowledge that any given individual can bring is just incredible.
My favorite work “perk” is the flexibility of full-time remote work/working from home.
What advice would you give to those who are considering working in the engineering industry?
For anyone looking to work in the engineering industry, I would definitely recommend it. Engineering (in tech) is one of the most rewarding work experiences that someone could have. You are bound to find a rewarding opportunity due to the flexibility provided by the numerous opportunities available in the industry. There is also the opportunity and flexibility to pivot and focus on other types of projects and work streams which isn’t always available in other industries or disciplines.
What do you like to do in your free time outside of work hours?
Some of my hobbies/things I like to do in my free time include, playing video games (FPS, RPGs, etc.) and hanging out with friends and family. I have a passion for cooking and really all things food. I also love travelling and getting to experience different cultures.
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