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Intern Series: From MongoDB User to Return Intern - Meet Andy Mina

Andy Mina is a rising senior at the City University of New York. Last summer, Andy interned with us during the COVID-19 pandemic and impressed us enough to receive a return intern offer. He is currently working on the Node.js Driver Team, where he’s partnering with a fellow intern to revamp the program’s error system. Despite working remotely, Andy has made the most of his experience at MongoDB by engaging in meaningful work and forging lasting connections with his teammates. In this interview, you will hear about everything Andy has taken away from his two summers at MongoDB. Natalie Cwalk: Hey, Andy! I know you've been programming for a long time. Is that how you first learned about MongoDB? Andy Mina: I started programming in high school. I would make websites for school programs, local businesses, and every idea that popped into my head. The size of my projects began to grow, and the need for a database became very clear. MongoDB Atlas was unveiled around that time, and I gave it a shot. Since then, MongoDB has become my best friend for any programming adventure I embark on. While searching for summer internships my sophomore year of college, I wondered if MongoDB had any open positions — and, to my delight, it did. I was excited to give back to the community and product that had helped me so much already. NC: That's awesome! Why did you decide to intern with us? AM: As a programmer who has used MongoDB in my personal projects, I was stoked at the opportunity to contribute to the community. I enjoyed using MongoDB for projects, and I knew I’d enjoy working at MongoDB too. When I interviewed on-site for the final round, the future was clear: I wanted to intern here. I fell in love with the consistently welcoming people, the impact interns can make with their projects, and the company values because they mirrored my own. The office atmosphere and MongoDB’s work-life balance were also really appealing. I interned at MongoDB last summer and fell even more in love with the company, so I knew I had to return this summer. What's your favorite thing you've done at MongoDB? AM: I’m currently working on revamping the error system in the Node.js Driver. Previously, the driver threw only one general-purpose error with a message detailing where things went wrong. Warren, a fellow intern on the team, and I were tasked with coming up with a better error system for the entire driver. I really appreciate the independence the project has given us because the decisions we’re making contribute to the future of the driver. We’ve introduced new errors and we’re still refining everything so developers who use the driver can quickly identify and resolve issues in their code. NC: Wow! I'm so glad to hear you've felt empowered to do such meaningful work. Can you tell me a bit more about your team? AM: I’m interning on the Node.js Driver team, and I love it. The Node.js Driver is the official interface for JavaScript developers to take advantage of MongoDB. I used the Node.js Driver pretty regularly before joining MongoDB, so it’s a full-circle experience to come work on the product I’ve used. My current mentor, Neal, is amazing. He’s the best thing since sliced bread, and he’s one of the best mentors I’ve ever had. Plus, the team is super friendly and extremely passionate about the work they do, so it's a win-win. NC: What is the culture like at MongoDB? AM: In three words: exciting, inspiring, and, most importantly, really fun. It's so good to hear you've had a positive experience here. To close, what is your favorite part about interning at MongoDB? AM: MongoDB really cares about its interns. I’ve never felt like I was doing “intern work” or like I was a fly on the wall during team meetings. One of MongoDB’s core values is, “Make it matter,” and that definitely shines throughout the intern program. My favorite part about working at MongoDB is that interns are just as valued as full-time employees. I’ve been given impactful work that can make change. MongoDB’s summer intern events are also the best! I’ve made some good friends through intern events such as a virtual escape room, arts and crafts, and even a chocolate-making class. Besides the events, the speaker series MongoDB holds throughout the summer is super insightful. Everyone who has spoken so far has shared great career and even life advice. It’s also especially cool to hear that many full-time employees were previously interns! P.S. We are excited to announce we’ll be hosting two virtual summits for students this summer: our inaugural Make It Matter Summit (Wednesday, August 25 — RSVP here ) and our fourth annual Women in Computer Science “WiCS” Summit (Wednesday, September 1 — RSVP here ). Each event will include technical presentations, professional development, and networking opportunities for first- and second-year undergraduates. Hope to see you there!

July 27, 2021
Culture

Meet MongoDB's Global Talent Sourcing Team

As MongoDB’s India-based team grows, we’re looking to add new members to our Global Sourcing team in the Gurugram office. Hear from Gagan Singh , Senior Manager of Talent Sourcing, along with some Sourcing team members to learn more about the day-to-day of a Talent Sourcer and how MongoDB provides access to leadership, fosters inclusion, and enables career growth. About the Sourcing Team Our team of Global Talent Sourcers partner with our recruiters to identify and hire top talent for MongoDB. We are divided into specialized sourcing teams by business units (Sales, Engineering, Customer Engineering, Corporate, and Marketing), and our team works to support the hiring needs in Australia/New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America. The Recruiting team partners with the Sourcing team to pipeline for open positions, as well as organizing ad hoc projects such as talent pool insights to understand availability of talent, location analysis to understand favourable locations to hire, and org chart creation of target companies for our open positions. As Talent Sourcers, our job is to help find the best talent within a competitive market. Our day begins with doing extensive secondary research for talent on sites like Linkedin, Google, Github, Seekout, and in our internal database. We then identify which candidates qualify for a role based on the skills required for the open position. Quality candidate profiles are uploaded to our CRM (candidate relationship management tool) and ATS (applicant tracking system) for further review and outreach. Along with sourcing talent, our group of Talent Sourcers who support open positions in APAC engage with candidates over the phone, email, and InMail to prequalify them for recruiters. The team also contributes by examining the market and target company trends and developing useful insights based on their research for different locations. This helps us be strategic talent advisors to our recruiters and hiring managers. The success measures for a Talent Sourcer are divided into leading and lagging indicators. Number of prospects, candidates sourced, and candidate quality are the leading indicators. Number of candidates sourced by the Talent Sourcer who received an offer or were hired is a lagging indicator. Hear from some of our team members Ruchi Puri, Global Corporate & Marketing Sourcer “Being a global Sourcer is pretty exciting. Although we each support our given business unit and region, we still get to work and strategize with other recruiters and sourcers. There is an open culture which allows us to reach out to our stakeholders and leaders for absolutely anything. Being part of the Global Corporate & Marketing Sourcing team gives me the ability to work with recruiters from various countries and cultures. The best thing is that our recruiters and leaders have trust and confidence in us and are always available to provide any kind of support we need." Vivek Negi, Global Customer Engineering Sourcer “Working at MongoDB has been a joy so far, and I have gained tremendous knowledge about the database market and software industry. I also had the opportunity to visit our New York City headquarters for a People Team offsite, and it gave me the opportunity to meet our senior leadership team and have one-on-one conversations with my stakeholders. I am privileged to work with really smart people.” Tanu Saxena, Tech Sourcer - NA “I’ve been working at MongoDB for three years, and what a journey it has been. I can’t be more thankful to work with such a talented and amazing bunch of people willing to help each other do great work with a positive mindset. I have worked in a similar structure at my previous companies but the people here at MongoDB are truly amazing. I have never felt like one team with global stakeholders in my previous jobs but here it is an entirely different level with amazing partnership.” Kuldeep Pandey, Sourcer- APAC “I joined MongoDB in August 2018 from an agency background where I was responsible for managing a team. Being a part of MongoDB has been a great journey. I have worked under different lines of business including North America Sales, Global Customer Engineering, and now India/APAC Sourcing. I was promoted in August 2020 from Talent Sourcer to Senior Talent Sourcer and can certainly see a clear path of growth and learning for myself in the coming years.” Yumna Alvi, Sr. Sales Sourcer- EMEA “I am very proud to work at a company that embraces diversity and accepts people from all cultures. I remember when I started wearing my headscarf (hijab), a lot of my friends and relatives warned me that it could affect my long-term career goals. After receiving my MBA, I began interviewing to start my career, and many companies questioned me about my attire. These questions were very demotivating and my response was always, ‘I cover my head, not my brain.’ MongoDB never questioned me about anything. Instead, they always supported and appreciated me by simply letting me be myself. In the last two years, MongoDB has provided me with the best opportunities of my life: international exposure, managing stakeholders, mentoring new hires, and interviewing candidates. MongoDB practices its core values every day, especially Embrace the Power of Differences.” Tanya Agarwal, Sr. Sales Sourcer- NA “MongoDB has been a life-changing journey for me. I received two promotions within two years of me joining the company and each level has helped me build on my knowledge. I feel special when I get to know how I am contributing to the growth of MongoDB. Over the past couple of years, I have benefited from the international exposure I have had while partnering with my recruiting counterparts in North America. I have the liberty to make mistakes and I always have the support of my leaders to focus on improvements.” How to succeed on the team We look for individuals with strong research skills, knowledge of LinkedIn Recruiter, and a drive to go above and beyond to find great candidates, especially for niche roles and geographies. If you are applying to be a tech sourcer, you need strong conceptual technical knowledge of topics such as MongoDB fundamentals, products, and competitors; databases; software development lifecycle (SDLC); web services and microservices; DevOps, DataOps, and TechOps; and distributed systems. Experience in sourcing from unconventional tools such as Github is highly desirable. Our interview process involves a live sourcing test followed by interviews with the hiring manager, department head, and stakeholders. For sourcing tests, we ask candidates to read a job description, prepare a boolean based on their understanding of the job requirements, and then run a search. Candidates are assessed on their approach and engagement with the interviewer throughout the conversation, more than the number and quality of search results. The rest of the interview rounds focus on culture fit, relationship building skills, communication, and articulation. Overall, if you have attention to detail, great communication skills (sharing your observations and asking right questions), are research-oriented, and can be creative with boolean strings, we would love to network with you. Interested in pursuing a career on the Talent Sourcing team at MongoDB? We have several open roles and would love for you to transform your career with us!

July 27, 2021
Culture

Meet MongoDB's 2021 Sydney Storage Engines Interns

Last December, in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MongoDB Campus Team successfully completed a virtual recruitment season for the first time in the program’s history. An important part of those new recruits were the Sydney Storage Engines Team interns. Our Storage Engines team was created by way of acquisition and contributes to the performance, scalability, and hardware efficiency of MongoDB. We asked a few interns from this cohort about what their summer experience was like: from being onboarded in a virtual environment, to working with their mentors and peers in a hybrid capacity - they even had fun perks like a free subscription to the meditation app, Headspace! Read on to hear more about what they gained from their time with MongoDB. Natalie Chwalk: I'm very excited to learn about your experiences as interns! To begin, can you tell me a bit more about what you are studying, where you attend university, and a fun fact about yourself? My name is Clarisse, I am currently studying Software Engineering at Monash University. I'm a huge foodie who loves singing, playing guitar, reading books, and creative writing. My name is Siddhartha Mahajan (Sid), and my interest in computer programming began at a very early age of 15, which eventually led me to pursue a degree in Computer Science at Western Sydney University. Besides my interest in science, I also enjoy cooking and yoga. Hi, I'm Monica. I’m currently studying Computer Science and Finance at the University of New South Wales. I'm passionate about all things data and technology-related. I also enjoy reading, photography and learning new things! Hello my name is Sean and I'm a Computer Engineering student at the University of New South Wales. I have a passion for technology and enjoy tinkering with electronics in my spare time. I enjoy spending weekends doing various outdoor activities like sailing, hiking and spending time with my dog. Natalie Chwalk: Why did you decide to intern with MongoDB? Clarisse Cheah: Through the interview process, I felt drawn to MongoDB and the people who worked there. Everyone was so passionate, kind, and amazing to talk to. I learnt a lot and it felt like they were teaching me so much even through an interview. I also used MongoDB before in one of my projects at university, and was interested to work for the company behind its great product. Monica Ng: I have always been intrigued by the fields of data and software engineering, and the internship position with the team at MongoDB seemed like it would be a good fit. Whilst interviewing for the role, I also got a sense that the engineers had genuine interest in the product and enjoyed working through the technical challenges they were faced with. I felt that MongoDB would be a great place to gain practical software development experience, collaborate with an awesome team and learn more about highly technical areas such as databases and storage engines. Natalie Chwalk: What was the experience like working semi-remote? Clarisse Cheah: I did almost the entire internship remotely from Melbourne and only went for a visit to the office for the final two weeks. It was amazing how the culture could be felt even through Zoom calls, and how friendly and willing to help everyone on the team was. Sean Watt: Working at MongoDB semi-remotely has been a really great experience. I was initially hoping to be able to go into the office full-time but was prepared to work at home for the required days. Living far away from the office, I realized a mix of working in the office and working from home was a healthy balance. It saved on long commute times throughout the week but still provided important collaboration and face-to-face time. The team was also well set up for remote work using Slack, Zoom, JIRA and other tools which made working from home just as efficient. Natalie Chwalk: What is your favorite project you have worked on? Sean Watt: My favorite project I’ve worked on has been the column store project. We were first tasked with creating an example program to understand how a developer would use the column store API provided by WiredTiger. This eased us into the project and we were then able to work on adding support for column store, to new features that WiredTiger had recently implemented. Natalie Chwalk: How have your team and mentors helped you as an intern this summer? Clarisse Cheah: I had an amazing mentor - someone who's extremely kind, patient, and intelligent. He was constantly willing and ready to help me out, and never belittled me when I didn't know something, but rather, helped encourage me to better myself through honest feedback. He really cared for me and my personal wellbeing as a person, and we got along really well. I fully enjoyed the summer with him as my mentor. Sean Watt: My team and all the mentors have helped me and the other interns a great deal this summer. In the first few weeks, we had many demonstrations by various team members about the development process and tools used by the team. Our mentors then guided us through our first individual tasks and PRs. We then started work on our project and sought help from many of the team members. Everyone was eager to help and would often jump on a quick zoom call or meeting room with us to explain a concept or help us debug. Natalie Chwalk: What is the most interesting takeaway that you learned during your time at MongoDB? Sid Mahajan: The WiredTiger sessions gave me a theoretical understanding of various components of WiredTiger. All the sessions were extremely interesting, informative and useful. Additionally, I have gained a better understanding of utilizing the code collaboration tools, for example, GitHub and JIRA. Sean Watt: The most interesting thing I’ve learned in the internship has been the architecture of a storage engine. I went into the internship without clear definitions of what a storage engine was and how it differed to other parts of the database stack like the execution layer. At the beginning of the internship one of the engineers took a session each day to introduce us to the architecture of WiredTiger. These were immensely informative and gave us a thorough overview of how the storage engine works. Monica Ng: Learning about how databases and storage engines are built, as well as the underlying architecture of WiredTiger was very interesting for me. This internship was also my first exposure to software engineering in an industry setting, and I learned that the software engineering workflow involves a lot more than just coding. It also entails meetings to discuss various projects and initiatives with engineers, leads, and program and product managers, designing and scoping out new projects, sprint planning, as well as sprint retrospectives to reflect on how we have been progressing. Natalie Chwalk: How would you sum up the culture here at MongoDB? Sid Mahajan: MongoDB has an incredible work culture. The people are highly qualified and are always willing to help, and the work is quite exciting. Clarisse Cheah: The culture here is without a doubt amazing. It's so rare to find a company where everyone is passionate about the product they work on, willing and eager to impart their knowledge, and so genuinely caring towards the people around them. Everyone here makes you feel empowered and appreciated as a part of the team, and it really urges you to learn more and strive for greater heights. Natalie Chwalk: What was your favorite part about interning with MongoDB? Clarisse Cheah: The people I've met here and the things I've learned throughout make tough competition for the top spot. I've learned so much through the people I've met, and both have been nothing short of amazing. I've worked on things that were meaningful and actually added value to the company, so that was very cool. So many great conversations, and so much imparted wisdom and knowledge. I'll never forget it. Monica Ng: My favorite parts about interning at MongoDB are the people, the strong engineering culture and the size/stage that the company is in. The people here are very open and supportive, and genuinely want to help you grow and learn. MongoDB has established strong engineering practices and whilst it is still experiencing high growth, it is still at a size where your contributions can have a meaningful impact. Interested in interning at MongoDB? Our 2021/2022 Software Engineering Summer Internship for Sydney is now live and accepting applications for students with Australian/New Zealand citizenship or Australian Permanent Residency. We have several other open roles on our team and would love for you to transform your career with us!

July 2, 2021
Culture

The Future is Inclusive: Meet The Queer Collective, MongoDB's Affinity Group for the LGBTQIA+ Community & Allies

MongoDB affinity groups are employee-led resource groups that bring together employees with similar backgrounds, interests, or goals. They play an important role in our company and culture. Our affinity groups build community and connections, help us raise awareness of issues unique to members’ experiences, and offer networking and professional development opportunities. I sat down with some of the leaders of The Queer Collective to learn more about their initiatives, impact, and plans for the future. What is The Queer Collective? The Queer Collective is a member-based group working towards equality in the workplace and beyond. We envision a workplace atmosphere in which everyone feels comfortable bringing their full selves to work, regardless of gender identity, gender expression, race, religion, age, or sexual preference. We aim to champion LGBTQIA+ rights in the workplace, provide a space for queer people and allies to meet, encourage an open exchange of thoughts, organize impactful events, and provide education and networking opportunities to individuals who would like to learn more. The Queer Collective is open to LGBTQIA+ and allies and complements our closed employee affinity group, Queeries, which provides a safe space for queer-identifying employees. The Queer Collective is open to all MongoDB employees who would like to join. How did The Queer Collective get started, and how has the group grown? In early 2020, the Dublin Workplace team decided to organize activities for a virtual Pride celebration throughout the month of June. This was an ambitious idea that required a collective of people, so a call for volunteers was sent out. By the end of May of 2020, seven people offered help, and in the end, it became a huge success. The same seven volunteers decided to keep working on evolving these initiatives, and that's when The Queer Collective was officially born. We realized that raising awareness and sharing knowledge with the community (both the LGBTQIA+ and ally communities) couldn’t be accomplished in just one month, and so The Queer Collective formed into an ongoing initiative. The most fun part of forming any group is naming it. There were multiple ideas, but the one that stuck the most was a pun of sorts. It combines both the collection of documents in a database and the LGBTQIA + community: The Queer Collective. We are now almost 200 members globally and can't believe how much we've grown in just a year. As we continue to grow, we hope to start regional chapters so that our planning and programming can evolve on a global scale. What types of initiatives does The Queer Collective organize? We organize a range of social, educational, and awareness events. Over the past year, these have included (Inter)national Coming Out Day , Transgender Awareness Week, Pride Month programming, Zero-Discrimination Day in partnership with MDBWomen, and smaller events such as happy hours and Drag Bingo. This year and for the first time ever, we are a top-tier sponsor for the Lesbians Who Tech Summit, the largest & most diverse tech event in the world! As we continue to grow and diversify, we have partnered with MongoDB’s Learning and Development team to develop training on managing and supporting LGBTQIA+ employees and colleagues. We’ve also begun developing programs on intersectional thinking to help leaders, managers, and other colleagues understand the importance of intersectionality in the workplace. How has participating in The Queer Collective impacted some of our employees? The Queer Collective has provided visibility to members of the LGBTQIA+ community and the amazing allies that support us. Some of The Queer Collective’s leads have been approached for advice and support by members of the LGBTQIA+ community who are coming to terms with their own sexuality or gender expression, as well as colleagues looking for a supportive corporate structure in which to be themselves. Awareness initiatives have impacted how many people view the LGBTQIA+ community, providing an opportunity for people from different backgrounds and cultures to learn about the lived experiences of LGBTQIA+ individuals by listening to their stories. Hear from one of our members to learn more about the impact The Queer Collective has had on our allies. The Joy of Being an Ally in The Queer Collective Community Diana Balaci (She/Her), Workplace Manager, Paris “I am the Workplace Manager for MongoDB’s Southern European offices and a very proud ally of the LQBTQIA+ community. Allies help to support, uplift, and amplify the voices of others, and I humbly feel that I learn something new every day alongside the wonderful humans that are part of The Queer Collective.” “To understand my activism is to know my story. I come from Romania, an ex-communist country. I was born in Bucharest and lived in a big industrial and university city in the southwest of the country until I was 24 years old. In my family, I was taught values like tolerance and supporting differences early on. All the while we were still living under very conservative, traditional society patterns. My upbringing, combined with my choice of attire and value for art, culture, and universality made me pivot towards the extremely few and timid queer people in my hometown. In a time when the word ‘gay’ was not even spoken publicly, I witnessed the bullying and ignorant labeling of my best friend. Defending him started a wave of questions and pointing of fingers, questions that I am honest to say I did not know how to respond to. I promised myself then and there that I would continuously do my best in growing and learning more about the LQBTQIA+ community. Fast forward to now, my friend is happily engaged and in a loving, fulfilling relationship with the man of his dreams in a more open-minded Bucharest. As for me, I’m still educating myself and those around me.” “I am thankful for the opportunity to meet amazing people through The Queer Collective who have such complex personalities that truly value inclusivity and diversity. They embraced the weird, loud, outspoken person that I am. I am in awe when I see the efforts they make to give a voice to everyone, and I am humbled and touched when I see them sparing their time to make sure that events are safe, accessible, and welcoming to every identity. I am honored to be in this community.” What has been The Queer Collective's biggest highlight so far? We launched an incredibly ambitious program for Pride 2021, including both fun and educational events organized by our members all across the world. The schedule included educational training, voguing workshops, drag events, a trans experience fireside chat, a U.S. benefits webinar discussing fertility and family-forming, virtual happy hours, and more. Pride 2021 kick-off drag event with Cissy Walken Our biggest hope is that our Pride programming advocates for inclusivity, educates about respect, and celebrates the wonderful complexity of the human experience. We believe this is the best spotlight so far as it includes multiple events over the month of June. Some past events that have also been impactful are (Inter)national Coming Out Day 2020 and the Trans Awareness Panels hosted the same year. The first emphasized the life experiences of LGBTQIA+ members in The Queer Collective, and the latter focused on the trans color in the LGBTQIA+ rainbow: educating participants to see the transgender identity, to understand it and, most importantly, to respect it. Respect is highly cherished by all members of The Queer Collective and is the foundation of all our actions. From gender pronoun forums, to book club discussions, to learning and development training, our goal is to support and educate others about all identities. “I see you and I respect who you are” may be easily said on paper, but it takes real effort to turn it into actions in your everyday life. What are Queer Collective's goals and plans for the future? We are delighted to announce that we have partnered with Ryan Francis , Vice President of Worldwide Demand Generation & Field Marketing, to be our executive sponsor. Ryan’s support will help us grow, amplify our message, and enable our voices to be heard in spaces we don’t have access to. While it is a commitment, we are excited to see where this partnership will take us. Ryan had this to say: “I accepted the invitation to be the executive sponsor for The Queer Collective to do more for my community here at MongoDB. It's easy to forget in the rush of Zoom calls, deadlines, and fire drills that I'm incredibly lucky to be in the position I'm in, and it's because of the people who have done the work before me that I am. It's the least I can do to create visibility for my community and support them to the fullest extent.” The next step for us is to foster intersectional cooperation with other MongoDB affinity groups. We have worked quite closely with Queeries, the closed group for queer folks at MongoDB. We admire the work of MDBWomen , The Underrepresented People of Color Network, MongoDB Veterans, and Underrepresented Genders in Tech, and we recognize that true inclusion, equality, and equity is only achieved through intersectionality. We intend to partner closely with these groups and any emerging affinity groups. Everyone exists at the intersection of multiple identities and labels, and we need to be mindful that The Queer Collective member identities are multi-faceted and complex. We also hope to collaborate with other teams and departments at MongoDB with a focus on working together to solve for equity across the business. What do we mean by that? There are nuances in ways of working across teams. The Sales team works in a very different way and has a different set of priorities than, for example, the Product or Engineering teams. We want everyone at MongoDB to benefit from an inclusive culture and welcoming environment. No matter your role, you should feel safe, welcome, and supported in bringing your full self to work at MongoDB. Finally, we’re working on developing partnerships externally so that the work we do extends beyond MongoDB. This began with our sponsorship of the 2021 Lesbians Who Tech Summit and we also have an upcoming talk at MongoDB .Live on allyship which will be given by two of our leads. We hope to continue sponsoring more conferences, speaking at more events, and lending our knowledge to other groups. Meet our current Queer Collective leads Interested in pursuing a career at MongoDB and joining The Queer Collective? We have several open roles on our teams across the globe and would love for you to transform your career with us!

June 29, 2021
Culture

Meet Our Growing Flex Consulting Team

In this blog post, Aman Kumar , Director of Flex Consulting, writes about the growing Flex Consulting team within our Professional Services organization. Aman and some of his team members give insight into the Consulting Engineer role; what you can expect in terms of training, learning opportunities, and team culture; and why this is an exciting career opportunity. What are Professional Services and Flex Consulting? An organization’s success often rests on its ability to leverage software and data to innovate better and faster. The Professional Services team provides expertise to accelerate the success of customers’ most important projects. With strategic advisory services and deep technical knowledge and experience, our Consulting Engineers (CEs) help drive success at all stages of application development and digital transformation with MongoDB. We know customers who work with MongoDB Professional Services are more likely to succeed in their journey or project compared to those who do not. With the objective of helping as many customers as possible and extending the reach of our consulting, MongoDB Professional Services launched Flex Consulting in late 2019 to provide a more flexible offering with variable engagement sizes and delivery models. Whether a customer has a few questions they need answered or a larger project with which they need help, Flex Consulting from MongoDB can help them meet their goals. With variable engagement sizes, we can help design and develop new applications, migrate to MongoDB successfully, optimize MongoDB usage, or even operationalize MongoDB deployments. Read how Flex Consulting has played a role in these MongoDB customer journeys: Showingly Transforms Real Estate With MongoDB Atlas and MongoDB Realm Flowhub Relies on MongoDB to Meet Changing Regulations and Scale Its Business The journey so far It has been a roller-coaster ride for everyone involved, but the offering has been a big success for our corporate customers. We have helped customers all over the world succeed in their application lifecycles, which has led to consistently positive feedback even after working with customers at scale. When the Flex Consulting team began, there was only one Consulting Engineer ( Saurabh Mishra ) and I. We have come a long way since then. We are a quickly growing team with more than 25 members based across India, and the extended Professional Services team is spread across the world. What we look for in a Consulting Engineer We look for people with a wide variety of skills — typically a software engineering background with great communication and problem-solving skills. This job requires not only a thorough understanding of MongoDB products and technologies, but also an understanding of best practices for software development, DevOps, application design, and competitive products. Just as technology is ever-evolving, so is this role. You should love to learn and keep yourself updated on what’s happening not only with MongoDB, but also with the technology world overall. Every day is a new challenge, so you should like to solve technical problems while helping customers. Being agile is key in this environment. Learning and growth opportunities on the Flex Consulting team The market continues to accelerate toward consumption-based models as the norm, and Flex Consulting is at the forefront of our Professional Services portfolio. You get exposed to many interesting use cases on your journey with MongoDB Professional Services and Flex Consulting. This is still a new team growing at a rapid rate, creating growth opportunities on its way. We’ve promoted three individual contributors (ICs) to leadership positions from within the team, and we believe this is the best way to set up the team for success as they transition into natural mentors and managers. There is also an IC growth path for those who prefer to keep their hands in solving customer problems. As we grow, we will continue to invest and build new roles within the Flex Consulting team and the larger Professional Services organization. Setting up Consulting Engineers for success As with all our tech roles, MongoDB offers extensive training, including technical training that provides a deep understanding of MongoDB’s product portfolio. After you complete the initial technical training, you’ll go through another robust program specifically designed for our Consulting Engineers. This allows you to practice with exercises and learn the skills needed to be a successful CE. Finally, you will shadow and co-lead engagements with some of our existing CEs as a way of learning on the job before you start your own journey. You will be given autonomy and accountability, but your leaders will be there to teach, coach, enable, and show you how to get where you need to be to succeed. You’re still very much supported, but you have the freedom to drive your engagements independently. Team culture Although we haven’t met some of our new hires in person due to our remote-working environment during the COVID-19 pandemic, the camaraderie and team cohesion is amazing. Whether you have a technical problem or a personal situation to deal with, the team is just a Slack message away. Although this role can be challenging, the support from the team is unmatched. The team is always doing things together — constantly looking to collaborate on projects and work together. The culture has been one of my favorite parts of working at MongoDB. The team also brings diversity of background, thought, and experience, and without it we wouldn’t be able to innovate, challenge the norm, or think about different ways of doing things as much as we do. On top of all this, we don’t forget to have some fun along the way! Meet some team members Karan Srivastava , Manager, Professional Services “I started my journey as a Consulting Engineer, and I have since moved into a leadership role. My goal was always to be in a customer-facing technical role and to help people by doing what I love the most: building and running efficient software! The Consulting Engineer role provided me with just that. At its core, Flex Consulting helps customers succeed with MongoDB. My prior experience in software development has immensely helped me to be successful in this role, but the speed at which you’ll learn here is supersonic. What I love the most about MongoDB — especially this team — is that everybody is focused on making you successful, helping you develop new skills, and allowing you to be creative and own your ideas.” Jay Chakra , Consulting Engineer “In this role, every day is meticulously planned. Unlike software engineering, however, where you work on a single project for a long period of time, every day we work with different customers on a variety of problems and use cases. Solving interesting real-world technical problems gives me a sense of great achievement. In this role, you’re also given a lot of visibility and opportunities to make an impact. MongoDB’s product portfolio and reputation as a leader enables us to continue to make our mark on the massive database industry. This gives members on the Flex Consulting team a lot of potential to grow, as well as the opportunity to work with some of the smartest people in the industry.” Interested in pursuing a career in Professional Services at MongoDB? We have several open roles on our team , and we would love for you to transform your career with us!

June 25, 2021
Culture

Why It's an Exciting Time to Join MongoDB's Expanding Australian Location

Although MongoDB is headquartered in New York City, our company has offices spanning the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. MongoDB is currently made up of more than 2,900 employees, and we are continuing to grow. One location experiencing expansion is Australia. Established in 2012, our Australian team is spread across our offices in Sydney and Melbourne, or remote throughout the country. In this spotlight, team members share what life is like at MongoDB in Australia and why it’s an exciting time to join. An overview of MongoDB Australia The teams based in Australia currently include Storage Engines, MongoDB Charts, Technical Services, Professional Services, Solutions Architecture, Human Resources, Marketing, Sales, MongoDB Labs, Customer Success, Developer Relations, and more. We’ll continue to build out new teams as MongoDB grows, and the opportunities in Australia will grow along with it. Katie Mapstone , Principal Recruiter, Sydney “Our teams in Australia are still small enough that employees can see the direct impact and contribution of their work. At the same time, we’re big enough that there are clear paths for professional growth and development, whether within your team or into others.” “You’re not just a cog in the wheel here, and you have a lot of autonomy and opportunity to take initiative in your role. This is a good atmosphere for those who like the freedom to create because you also have the global support of an established company. It’s a great opportunity to work at an innovative organisation where what you do really matters.” Despite MongoDB’s size, the Australian team gets the best of both worlds: a tight-knit, small-company vibe with the benefits, resources, and support of a larger, more evolved organisation. Some benefits for our Australian team members include: Above-standard 25 days of annual leave. More than 20 weeks of company-sponsored, fully paid parental leave, family planning benefits, and parental counselling support. Generous contribution toward company health insurance plan, ranging between $3,000 (single) and $7,600 (family) per year, depending on the level of coverage chosen. Income protection, life cover, and total permanent disability insurance. A generous equity and employee stock purchase program. Ongoing local and global company initiatives to support physical and mental well-being, including mental health resources, a free subscription to Headspace, gym benefits, and an employee-assistance program. Free lunches two days a week (when the team is in the office). Joey Zhang , Director of Employee Experience for APAC, India, and New Markets “At MongoDB, our goal is to create opportunities that enable employees to learn, develop, and fulfill their potential. We encourage everyone to follow their career interests and fully support transitions across teams and functions. We invest in our people for the long term through truly awesome technical and professional learning and development opportunities, including internal online learning, external coaching, workshops and accreditations, and more. Employees will openly share knowledge and experience, both work and personal, with others who may be seeking guidance or support.” “Diversity and inclusion also play a big role. People feel safe and encouraged to share their opinion, and they consider everyone else’s needs and feelings when an event is to be hosted or a decision is to be made. The sense of belonging, pride, and close-knit feeling here is significant.” The Sydney office and team culture Our largest office in Australia is in the heart of Sydney’s Chinatown, a short walk from Central and Town Hall train stations. As vibrant as the city around it, our office is just minutes from the Darling Harbour and the new Darling Quarter and Darling Square, offering a spoil of some of the best restaurants in town. For the sports-minded, there are gyms, yoga studios, and an aquatic centre within walking distance. When the team was working in-office, the Workplace team organised monthly and annual events, such as wellness seminars and cultural celebrations. We also had activities such as paint nights, ping-pong tournaments, a running group, and themed parties. The pandemic posed an interesting challenge, with the majority of our employees working remotely. The team has adapted some in-office activities to ensure everyone feels connected, though, including remote lunches, trivia nights, virtual team activity challenges, workshops, cook-alongs, and more. Thomas Rueckstiess , Staff Engineer for MongoDB Labs “I’ve worked at MongoDB for almost nine years, and I’ve been provided with interesting challenges and career opportunities. I started in Support, then went on a six-month secondment to the New York headquarters as Program Manager, and finally returned to Sydney to start the Compass team and later the Charts team. Recently, I moved from a Lead to a Staff Engineer role and joined our research division, MongoDB Labs. The internal mobility available to employees is fantastic.” “One thing that makes working at MongoDB in Australia special is the team culture. I felt welcomed from day one, back in 2012 when we had only five employees in Australia. I’m glad to say we’ve been able to maintain the friendly, welcoming experience even while growing close to 100 employees in the Sydney office alone. Many of us have become close friends over the years. Before COVID-19, we regularly had barbecues or dinners together, played board games after work, or went for a run in the morning. The pandemic made seeing one another in person difficult, but the social connections remained. Now we play games online, have virtual drinks on Friday afternoons, and informally chat over Zoom and Slack throughout the day. The team here is extremely supportive and inclusive, and we’re always looking for ways to share knowledge and help one another.” Stephen Steneker , Director of Community “I’ve personally had great opportunities at MongoDB, and I really enjoy working with my colleagues. My first seven years were in the Technical Services organisation, and my responsibilities grew to a global scope while remaining based in Australia. I moved into a role in Developer Relations in September 2019, and two of my team members joined me — we’ve worked together for more than five years now.” “I recently took on an expanded role as Director of Community, leading our global DevRel community team, which includes engineering, triage, and community programs such as Champions and User Groups. I find the leadership support, alignment, and trust in our global team inspiring and highly motivational.” “The company growth has been tremendous, but I think we have done well scaling one of the harder aspects: company culture. Our six company values are top of mind and given consideration in how we recognize employees and collaborate.” Our Australian team gathers for in-person events prior to COVID-19. Meet some of our Australian teams Core development teams: MongoDB Charts and Storage Engines Alex Gorrod , Director of Engineering “The original Storage Engines team joined by way of WiredTiger, MongoDB’s first acquisition in December 2014 . At the time, I was working at WiredTiger as a software engineer. We had been developing an eponymous open source storage engine for several years, which provided high performance and scalability on modern hardware. At the time of acquisition, we were working on an integration with MongoDB’s new pluggable storage API, which would add distributed database architecture (networking, replication, sharding) that was complementary to WiredTiger’s single-server storage engine. This powerful combination would become key to the future of the core MongoDB server. The WiredTiger storage engine debuted as an alternative configuration option in MongoDB 3.0, and became the default storage engine for new deployments in MongoDB 3.2.” “Half the original WiredTiger development team was based in Sydney and integrated into the local office, which helped establish the Australian contribution to MongoDB’s global Engineering organisation, including ongoing innovative research and development. More than six years later, all the local team members who joined are still working at MongoDB. The team has collaborated with our global Engineering team to plan and deliver innovative new features such as distributed multidocument ACID transactions, which is a multiyear engineering effort.” Tom Hollander , Lead Product Manager for Charts “ MongoDB Charts is one of the pillars of the MongoDB Cloud platform, allowing users to quickly create charts, graphs, and tables from any data stored in a MongoDB Atlas database. The Charts product began its life in 2017, when it was incubated as an extension to another MongoDB product called Compass . At the time, the Compass team was split over three continents, and when the decision was made to spin off Charts as a new product it was clear there would be benefits to choosing a primary geography for each team.” “Sydney was chosen as the new home for Charts, and the team has since grown tremendously. Software development is a team sport, and having all key roles represented in Australia makes it easy to collaborate and build a strong team culture. We still frequently work with teams in other geographies, but our relative isolation is often a major plus that allows us to get stuff done without too many distractions. I feel very lucky to work for a global software company delivering one of its core products, all from the comfort of Australia.” Sales team Francesca Ruygrok , Strategic Account Manager, Australia/New Zealand “When I started at MongoDB, I was looking after 10 accounts. As our customers have grown their usage and we have expanded our team, I have been offered the opportunity to focus on two strategic accounts. MongoDB has such a strong reputation in the market, not just for our product suite, but also our leadership and go-to-market strategy. The education, coaching, and playbook you receive here will change your career for the rest of your life. Our product delivers tangible value to our clients. To work for a sales team and with customers where there is constant success is such a positive working environment to be in.” Ed Liao , Corporate Account Executive, Australia/New Zealand “My MongoDB career growth has been extraordinary. I started as a Sales Development Representative supporting the U.S. and Latin America markets. After my promotion to senior, I was approached to pilot new efforts and became the first dedicated SDR for the Australia/New Zealand region. Through this incredible opportunity, I built a new sales development model from scratch and permanently relocated from Austin, Texas, to Sydney. I then began running midmarket deals, and, after much success, I was promoted to be the first Corporate Account Executive in the region. There are more than enough career growth opportunities here, and, from a sales perspective, ANZ is a largely untapped market for modern database technology.” “What really keeps me at MongoDB is our team culture and focus on learning and development. Our sales leader and Regional VP, Jeremy Powers, wants all of us to succeed, even if it means failing a few times before we start to see results so we can truly learn and improve ourselves. The team camaraderie is also tangible — even if I do well with my numbers, I won’t feel successful if the whole team isn’t. MongoDB will give you the responsibility and trust to own what you do and allow you to grow your career at a highly accelerated pace. It’s truly an amazing time for someone to join our sales team here in ANZ.” Customer Success team Leanna Lewis , Senior Customer Success Manager, APAC “When I joined MongoDB in 2019, the Customer Success program was already well-established, but it turns out we were just getting started. Since I joined as the first Customer Success Manager outside of North America and Dublin, CS has quadrupled in size globally, and now there are multiple streams of CS ensuring our customers get the most out of MongoDB, whether they are entrepreneurial startups or a global enterprise. I love how my team strategically partners with customers and has the freedom to be flexible and creative in their approach to ensure each customer gets what they need to be successful.” “The true joy in my role is knowing I play a key part in customers’ ongoing growth and success. We get to solve real business problems and will continue to do so as MongoDB quickly evolves to meet our customers’ needs. I deliberately changed my career path from sales because I was motivated by knowing I could have a direct impact on helping customers grow. MongoDB is changing the face of the database industry, and our company culture and the incredible amount MongoDB invests in our employees in terms of training and benefits is the best I have experienced — but my colleagues are what really makes MongoDB an amazing place to work.” Technical Services team André de Frere , VP of Technical Services, APAC “The Technical Services team uses a follow-the-sun process to ensure our customers are always supported, no matter the time of day. It makes sense for Australia — and the counterpart offices in APAC — to be part of the unbroken chain of support we offer our customers. Because of time zones and geography, our daytime means we are able to work through the hours that would otherwise be very difficult for our international customers. That means we have a big impact, especially when our customers need help outside their usual office hours, which usually means help on the most urgent issues. I think the main thing about the work itself is the challenge and reward. It’s truly unlike any support organisation I’ve worked in or interacted with, and we get regular positive feedback from our customers telling us so. The team is motivated to solve interesting problems, and we work on a fast-moving technology stack with some of the world’s biggest companies. There is a lot of opportunity for our team, both in growing more technical and developing our leadership.” “MongoDB has offered me huge career opportunities. I went from Technical Services Engineer (TSE) to Senior TSE to Team Lead to Director, and now I’m an Area Vice President. The number one reason I stay, however, is the opportunity I’ve been given to work with some truly great people. We’ve built an exceptional team at MongoDB, and it has been so amazing to see how we’ve grown in Australia over the past nine years. The thing I feel most fortunate for is seeing all the people who I’ve worked with grow within MongoDB, both inside and outside Technical Services.” Interested in pursuing a career at MongoDB in Australia? We have several open roles on our team and would love for you to transform your career with us!

June 22, 2021
Culture

Kickstarting a Career in Sales: Introducing MongoDB's Sales Academy

I sat down with Bobby Gamble , Sales Enablement Program Lead, to learn about MongoDB’s brand new Sales Academy and why it’s a great opportunity for those looking to start their professional career. Jackie Denner: I'm excited to learn about this new program at MongoDB. Can you begin by explaining why you believe software sales is an exciting career to be in? Bobby Gamble: Software sales is on the front lines of helping customers solve their biggest business challenges with technology solutions. It’s a challenging and rewarding role that requires you to build trust with senior executives, deeply understand their goals and challenges, and be able to articulate a compelling case for change. The best software sales people are perceptive, empathetic, great listeners, articulate communicators, and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment. Furthermore, technology choices really matter. Combining the right people, processes, and technology is what gives companies their competitive advantage. As a software salesperson, your role is to partner with multiple stakeholders to help customers make intelligent, informed decisions to accelerate their business goals. JD: So, what is the Sales Academy? BG: The Sales Academy is an accelerator program to prepare those looking to kickstart an impactful sales career at MongoDB. It’s an opportunity to fast-track a path into Sales Development and start working on innovative projects taking place at household name brands. JD: What types of things will employees learn through the Sales Academy? BG: The Sales Academy is completely development-oriented, and there are two core pillars we focus on. First, we ensure that reps understand MongoDB technology and the wider technology landscape. A technical background is not required as we provide the support reps need through numerous learning programs so that they feel comfortable talking about MongoDB with customers. This includes learning about the software application stack, database fundamentals, the document data model, and our own suite of products. It is normal for reps to be apprehensive about the technology learning curve, and it is also normal for them to surprise themselves with how quickly they pick it up. I joined MongoDB as an Account Development Representative with a very limited understanding of the above concepts, but it is really fulfilling to look back at how comfortable I became with the technology after all of this training. It is knowledge I will carry with me for the rest of my career! Next, we give reps a strong foundation in sales excellence. We educate them on our sales process, how to run productive conversations with customers, and how to qualify opportunities for MongoDB. This starts with a SalesDev-specific program called Compass Week where reps learn how to generate and run effective discovery conversations. They then progress to Sales Bootcamp where they compound their knowledge and affirm their discovery skills alongside new hire Corporate Account Executives and Enterprise Account Executives. Bootcamp is where reps really solidify their readiness to execute successfully -- it’s the biggest part of a rep’s development journey that doubles down on everything they have learned so far across both the technology and sales process. Sales Bootcamp at MongoDB is an important milestone, reflected in multiple contributions from our C-Suite executives every single month. After Bootcamp, the rep continues to work through our various development programs as they grow into a Sales Development team member. This includes a group workshop series to share best practices and then a 90-day certification program to bolster their discovery armoury across our key products and services. After progressing to become a Senior team member, reps undertake a sales-wide initiative called Marco Polo, designed to help our sales org take MongoDB to market as a comprehensive cloud data platform with content to help reps engage CTO & CIO-level executives to solve their largest business challenges. This whole development path is curated to help new hires incrementally grow their impact and widen their skill set over a career-transforming first year at MongoDB. Then, when reps are ready for their next step, they undertake a role-specific upskill program ahead of the transition to ensure they can hit the ground running. We work with the leaders in each stream to provide a robust and worthwhile series of learning and practice opportunities to equip reps to thrive upon making the jump. JD: Are there any other programs and resources in place for employees in sales? BG: Yes, we are a very development-focussed organisation, and we want our own talent to grow and progress through what we call the “BDR to CRO” pathway. This is an initiative from executive sales leadership that demonstrates the investment in our people by providing a clear and transparent framework for employees to progress through the organisation. The pathways and avenues employees can explore are numerous, and “BDR to CRO” gives clarity to reps as they consider what will be best for them. JD: What opportunities are there at MongoDB for graduates of the Sales Academy? BG: Upon completion of the Sales Academy, reps will join the Sales Development team as either an Outbound (Account Development Representative) or Inbound (Sales Development Representative) rep. Outbound means partnering with your dedicated Enterprise Account Executives (EAEs) to plan and execute strategies to scale MongoDB’s footprint across your territory. Outbound reps are typically partnered with four EAEs who each report into a Regional Director and then a Regional Vice President. Reps team up with all of these stakeholders to develop and execute pipeline generation plans to grow MongoDB utilisation in both existing and new accounts across the patch. Inbound means handling leads coming in from both existing and prospective customers; qualifying and validating opportunities for sales to engage. SDRs working Inbound handle incoming queries at scale from customers anywhere across their region. As an SDR in North America for instance, you could be advising the CTO of a Silicon Valley startup in the morning and the VP Engineering of a major bank in the afternoon. SDRs aren’t mapped to a particular team of Account Executives, rather they uncover and qualify new opportunities from incoming signals of all types before sending them to the appropriate sales team to progress. Sales Development has become the springboard for a highly rewarding career at MongoDB. As an SDR or ADR, reps have the opportunity to make a big impact on the business while honing their skills to prepare them for their next career step. For many, this is an Account Executive role, but multiple progression routes exist. We’ve had Sales Development team members move into Customer Success, Marketing, Consulting or Sales Enablement, and more. JD: That's a great overview of the roles within our Sales Development team! Why is MongoDB a great place for someone to begin their sales career? BG: MongoDB is a great place to begin a career in any field, but in sales particularly, the level of investment in learning and development makes MongoDB unique. People choose MongoDB because they want to set themselves up for a great career. The company does a very good job of providing a growth-oriented environment that challenges you in the best way possible, while at the same time being a highly supportive and culture-focussed workplace where people can come to work as themselves. Last year, I benefited directly from this growth culture when I was promoted from Account Development Representative to Enablement Lead for the global Sales Development organisation. Personally and professionally, my growth while in Sales Development was substantial. I’d never seen a sales process and methodology so rigorously itemised out before. Then came the know-how and continuous learning required to deliver as an ADR with support from my manager and team mates. This meant regular, purposeful touch points to help each other better manage our stakeholders and be more effective in our processes. Sales Development at MongoDB to me means being put in a position to learn and grow. As a rep I was challenged every day to take more ownership and to think ever more strategically. Now, as part of the Sales Enablement team, I’m applying those lessons daily as I think about how to ensure every single new hire across all of our global locations is equipped to ramp and scale effectively during their time in Sales Development. Interested in a sales career at MongoDB? In addition to our Sales Academy , we have several open roles on our team and would love for you to transform your career with us!

June 2, 2021
Culture

Celebrating 10 Years of Interns: A Look Back at MongoDB's Internship Program Over the Years

This summer marks the 10 year anniversary of MongoDB’s internship program. What started as a small experiment with a few interns has grown into a programmatic machine responsible for a third of our engineering hiring. In the past 10 years, we have expanded from New York City to Austin, San Francisco, Dublin, Sydney, Copenhagen, and India. We’ve grown from only engineers, to also hiring Product Managers, Designers, Data Scientists, Marketing roles, and more. In celebration of this historic milestone, we’re taking a look back at how it all started and highlighting an intern from each graduating class along the way. The history of the program is long and winding, but the results are critical to achieve the growth that MongoDB has seen in recent years. The Beginning MongoDB’s internship program began when co-founder Eliot Horowitz, now Executive Vice President of Core Engineering Dan Pasette, now Vice President of Program Management Ian Whalen and the only recruiter on the team at the time, Stacy Ferranti, decided to hire some interns in 2011. When Ian first joined the company, he lent a helping hand to anything and everything, even when it was outside of his core job responsibilities, which led to his involvement in running our first intern program. “The startup life is about doing all of the things,” Ian said. He attended career fairs, helped schedule interviews, and matched interns with mentors. Now, we have an entire Campus Team dedicated to that! Dan Pasette, remembers being active in recruitment as well. Dan drove to universities to give talks and encouraged others to do the same at their own alma maters. “We didn’t have a lot of people dedicated to the program and we experimented with a lot of things along the way,” Dan shared. The beginning days mirrored the life of a startup. Through the years iterations were made, feedback was incorporated, and the program grew not only in size but also in quality. However, two things remained the same through my interviews with our former interns. First, MongoDB always makes sure interns work on interesting challenges. And second, the people at MongoDB genuinely care about each other. Hear from our Former Interns Who Still Work at MongoDB Randolph Tan Intern Class: 2011 University: NYU Current Title & Team: Staff Engineer, Sharding Randolph joined our inaugural intern class and has worked at MongoDB ever since. An engineer from MongoDB came to NYU to give a talk and from there, Randolph got to work on an open source project with the company as a part of a computer science club on campus.. At the end of the semester, he submitted his resume for an internship and got accepted into the program. After his internship, he decided to come back as a full-time employee. “In the beginning, I wasn’t working on an official team, but working on side projects,” Randolph remembered. He worked on a special project with Dan, and then ultimately was adopted into the Sharding team, where he is currently a Staff Engineer today. Back then, Randolph recalls a lack of structure in the program but now says “the structure today gives [an intern] the understanding of what your actual work is going to be and how you interact with the team.” Wisdom Omuya Intern Class: 2012 University: American University of Nigeria & Columbia Current Title & Team: Director of Engineering, Atlas Data Lake Wisdom first came to know MongoDB when Ian attended a career fair at his university. MongoDB ended up being Wisdom’s first and only internship, and clearly it made an impression. After his internship, he joined our New Grad rotation program. At MongoDB, New Grads have the opportunity to rotate on three teams and then choose one of them that is best suited for their skills and interests. Wisdom has remained very close to both the internship and New Grad programs throughout the years. Wisdom attributes many of his successes as now a Director of Engineering to what he learned while mentoring other MongoDB interns. “The experience helped me learn how to support people, especially those coming from a position where they might not have as much confidence in their abilities or the confidence that their skills warrant,” he shared. “Supporting interns, nurturing their talents and helping them with opportunities to thrive is quite fulfilling.” Esha Maharishi Intern Class: 2013 & 2014 University: Columbia Current Title & Team: Director of Engineering, Server Like Randolph and Wisdom, Esha learned about MongoDB when employees visited her school for a career fair. “It sounded like there would be a chance to work on a lot of interesting algorithms,” Esha recalls. She interned twice on the distributed systems team and worked on that team for 5 years after graduation. One of her favorite parts of working at MongoDB was the reading group that was held every other week. “I loved hearing the conversation and understanding more about the field. It was amazing to me that MongoDB had adopted Raft, a replication protocol that had just been published in 2013.” She continued to participate in and lead learning initiatives throughout the years, from hosting a talk on how to find good resources to keeping a shared list of books and papers with engineers’ thoughts on them. She more recently has spent time working on a more research-oriented team, where reading research papers together has been a core part of the work. “It’s still one of the best parts of the week, when we get together and figure out what parts we didn’t understand, what insights we had, and what ideas we can apply to our own work.” Kyle Suarez Intern Class: 2014 University: Rutgers Current Title & Team: Lead Software Engineer, Query Kyle began his journey with MongoDB as an intern on the Drivers Team. His intern project, Monary, was a success and he and his intern partner were invited to speak about it at the PyGotham conference in New York at the end of the summer. After finishing the internship, Kyle went through the New Grad rotation program and ultimately landed on the Query. After three years on the team, he had what he calls an "existential crisis". Unsure of his career path, he decided to leave the company and work in finance. But he couldn't stay away for long -- after a two year hiatus, one of his MongoDB intern buddies called him up and told him about a Lead Engineer opportunity on the Query Team. "I was unsure of whether or not to come back, but I was excited to hear about the company's growth. Most of all, I realized that I missed my friends at MongoDB and the friendly engineering community they had built." Kyle rejoined the company in 2021, leading a team on Query Execution. He says that working as a lead has been very satisfying. "MongoDB definitely builds lots of cool features, but this is a lot more than that. Supporting the team and helping them develop their own careers as engineers brings me a great sense of joy and fulfillment." Emily Pakulski Intern Class: 2015 University: Columbia Current Title & Team: Tech Lead, Cloud Insights & Telemetry Kyle is not the only person to have left MongoDB and come back! Emily, a HackNY fellow, interned with MongoDB in the Summer of 2015 on the Cloud Automation team. She first learned about MongoDB through a hackathon, and then discovered several of her most talented friends and Teaching Assistants joined as New Grads here. While she had a great time during her summer internship, she later attended a startup fair and became very passionate about the startup world. “I really wanted to do something mission oriented,” Emily remembers, “and that led me to go to a little, little startup.” Through this new job, Emily was able to travel to Niger (in West Africa), a highlight of her early 20s. While the experience was amazing, she began to realize that she wasn’t on track to reach her full potential by developing core technical skills. She met up with one of her former TAs who had been at MongoDB since graduating, Jonathan Balsano, and they discussed the kind of technical challenges that might be available back at MongoDB. She matched with the Cloud Backup team. “It was very obvious that MongoDB was the right fit. Everything I didn’t have at the startup, I had on the Backup team. It was interesting, backend work, focused on technical problems and much more team-oriented.” Years later, Emily now is on Jonathan’s team, and has grown to be an engineering manager herself. Marcus Todd Intern Class: 2016 & 2017 University: Carnegie Mellon Current Title & Team: Software Engineer, Realm Marcus learned about MongoDB the way many of our former interns do, recognizing our super comfortable t-shirts on campus. I met Marcus at a career fair in 2015 and he joined us for the Summer of 2016 on the Cloud Core team and the Summer of 2017 on the Drivers team. Marcus enjoyed the breadth of work available here. “Before the internship, I [assumed] everyone was going to be doing database work, but as an intern I learned [MongoDB] is way bigger than I had expected.” The decision for him to join as a New Grad was an easy one, and enjoyed the opportunity to rotate on even more teams within the company. Ultimately, Marcus landed on Stitch, which later became Realm after an acquisition. Realm feels like a startup within a startup, which has been the most exciting part of Marcus’s journey at MongoDB. “It’s funny because it’s only been three years, and we will take a look at the code base and some of it looks like ancient runes. But I remember, I may have written some of those myself.” Marcus also has been a mentor for several interns and New Grads, and enjoys the opportunity to meet unique individuals and help them grow. Tyler Kaye Intern Class: 2017 University: Princeton Current Title & Team: Software Engineer, Realm Tyler interned with Marcus in 2017, and also joined the Realm team after graduation. However, his journey is a bit different. Tyler was originally an intern on the Server team, and was working on a mobile project. “I interned on the Service Architecture team working on the POC for Embedded MongoDB, which is kind of the precursor to MongoDB Sync,” Tyler explained. “I think I get to say that my phone was the first phone to ever run MongoDB.” Tyler completed his rotations and joined the Stitch team in 2018 working on MongoDB Sync, and then a few months later Realm was acquired. Realm was based out of Copenhagen, so there was a concern that “some people in Copenhagen would have to move to New York or some people in New York to move to Copenhagen, and I went to my manager and said, I am happy to move to Copenhagen. My manager approved, and I relocated!” While living in Copenhagen, Tyler was able to travel around Europe and experience a brand new culture, while still working on the product he loved. The pandemic shortened his timeline abroad a bit, but certainly did not slow down the growth of Realm. “Four or five months ago, our team was three people and now we are eight,” Tyler told me. Both Tyler and Realm don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. Allison Mui Intern Class: 2018 University: Carnegie Mellon Current Title & Team: Product Designer, Documentation Team Allison started her college career as a business major, but after one design course, she found her passion. She changed majors to Human Computer Interaction, and applied to our internship after learning about MongoDB in one of her data analytics classes. Much like Marcus and Tyler, she got to work on Stitch when it was still a new product. “I worked on creating a consumption dashboard for Stitch to show usage and make sure people didn’t get surprising bills,” she recalled. “It was great because I felt like I owned the project and I had my mentor to support me when I needed it.” She even got the final “LGTM” from our CTO, and felt like she was making a huge impact. Allison decided to come back to MongoDB as a Product Design New Grad on the Documentation team. Her biggest lesson? “You’re never too young to voice your thoughts and opinions,” she said. “My experience at MongoDB has been empowering for me to understand that my opinions and thoughts are unique and sets me apart from other people. People want to hear what you have to say.” Nataly Carbonell Intern Class: 2019 University: University of Florida Current Title & Team: Software Engineer, Atlas Nataly joined us as an intern during the summer of 2019. She interned on the Drivers team, and remembered that the internship really brought her out of her shell. “I consider myself introverted,” Nataly shared. “But it was very easy for me to get along with other interns. There was always something going on for us. I got to know MongoDB through the Speaker Series, which was an opportunity for leaders and executives to speak to the interns, and got to know the people through the events.” Nataly went through the New Grad rotation program, which she was grateful for to help her learn the type of work she wanted to do. “The culture throughout all the teams at MongoDB is very similar. Each team has different ways that they prefer to work and it was nice to see the various options. It was a good experience to see how teams interact and see differences in team sizes.” She now works on the Atlas team, and is enjoying the culture of the team immensely. “People on my team are always going out of their way to help one another.” Jenny Peshansky Intern Class: 2020 University: Stony Brook Current Title & Team: New Grad Software Engineer, Currently Rotating Jenny’s internship was like no one else’s on this list, as hers took place during the global COVID-19 pandemic! While she did interview in the office in the Fall of 2019, her internship took place remotely on the Server team. Despite the transition, Jenny had an incredible summer. “I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did,” she admitted. “The internship program did a really good job adapting to the unprecedented situation and was the high point of my pandemic experience. The amount of social events was really great because I was super lonely, like we all were. I was able to get to know people and the program gave me purpose.” Jenny decided to join us as a New Grad and is currently going through her rotations on various engineering teams. When talking about her decision to come back she recalled, “I’ve had my mind set on MongoDB from the beginning. The internship only further reinforced that.” We are excited to see where Jenny ends up! The Future Why has MongoDB made such a big investment in our internships? After 10 years of iterating and improving, a third of our U.S. engineers come from our Campus Programs. On top of that, our interns and New Grads stay with MongoDB to grow their careers. A fifth of our Software Engineering leadership team were former interns and New Grads. “We’ve demonstrated the benefit of having a strong pipeline of young engineers,” Dan Pasette shared. However, it doesn’t come without hard work and dedication from the business. “We’ve had really great leadership in Campus Recruiting through the years. If we didn’t have the commitment to staff it properly, there’s no way we could have been successful. We were very intentional about having a system in place and iterating on that system every year to make improvements.” 10 years of continued success is an incredible accomplishment worth celebrating, but we aren’t done yet! Our program continues to grow to 4 continents and new business units, and we are so excited for what is to come. Interested in an internship at MongoDB? Keep an eye out for our student opportunities !

May 28, 2021
Culture

Honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, hear from four MongoDB employees about their own experiences and what this month means to them. Kyle Suarez , Lead Software Engineer, Query, NYC Three generations of Suarez men: Glenn, Felipe, and Kyle Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a time for me to reflect on the strong family culture shared by many Filipinos. I want to share the story of my father and the many sacrifices he made so that my family and I can stand where we are today. In 1984, the Philippines was in turmoil, having suffered nearly two decades of rule under then-dictator Ferdinand Marcos. My father, Glenn, and his father, Felipe, traveled halfway across the world from Manila to Jersey City, NJ to start a new life. They weren't able to bring over the entire family at first, so the two Suarez men initially embarked on their journey alone. After much hard work, my dad was able to bring over his mother and his sister to America, too. He also continued his studies, graduating from St. Peter's University with a degree in computer science. Kyle's dad and grandma on a windy day in NYC In 1988, my dad was introduced by friends to a woman who had also moved from Manila to Jersey City — a woman who would eventually become my mother. While growing up, I was blessed by the love and care of my parents, who both worked while my grandparents took care of me during the day. We moved from our cramped Jersey City duplex to a house with a yard and a pool in suburban New Jersey. Compared to his humble beginnings, there was no doubt — my father was the living definition of the American dream. Our move from the city to the suburbs meant I was able to attend a much better school district. Though my parents initially encouraged me to take up medicine, I was determined to learn more about my father's profession and enrolled in computer science electives in high school. I credit my dad as the reason why I'm at MongoDB today. In 2017, I tragically lost my dad to a sudden heart complication. Losing a parent is difficult — especially when you lose them when they're still young. I credit my family's tenacity to the strong familial bonds rooted in our Filipino heritage. My father may no longer be here, but his spirit lives on in his wife and two children. I try every day to honor his sacrifices by channeling his work ethic, his selflessness, and his courage in my own role here at MongoDB. Jacqueline Ho , Sales Enablement Program Lead, NYC When I was younger, I would dream about having the stereotypical American childhood that was portrayed on TV. I felt like I missed out, but looking back, I understand how my experiences have shaped me into the person I am today. I was born and raised in New York City. My family lives in Queens, but I spent most of my childhood in Manhattan’s Chinatown. I attended a small Catholic school where my classmates and I had similar backgrounds — Chinese, immigrant parents, first generation American, and bilingual households. High school was not very different, and although the majority of the students were Asian, there was some diversity of ethnicities. Yet the immigrant family experience and the heavy emphasis on culture was still the norm for me. From both experiences, I grew to be confident and proud of my identity as a Chinese American. For college, I chose a university with limited diversity at the time. While most Asian Americans reconnect with their culture in college, I felt like my identity was tested. I struggled to connect with those like me on campus and chose to surround myself with others who didn’t look like me. It turned out to be one of the best learning experiences I’ve had. Because of my background, I wasn’t afraid to share my culture with my friends, and it was beautiful to see them listen, learn, and grow. Today, this shows in my professional life. Tech is diverse, but there still aren’t many women of color in software sales. I’m usually one of the few women and people of color in the room, but that doesn’t hold me back. As a part of Sales Enablement, I frequently work with sales leaders and executives at MongoDB, and I need to own the room. I’m not sure I would be as confident as I am if I didn’t have my experiences, and I’m thankful that my team continually helps me own my strengths. What I’m learning is the importance of owning and sharing your story because it builds confidence in yourself, and it will show in all aspects of your life. For AAPI Heritage Month, I’m thankful that MongoDB uplifts the community by providing a platform for us to do exactly that. Puneeth Bikkumanla , Software Engineer, Atlas Search, San Francisco When you talk to most Asian Americans about their story and how they came to the U.S., many of them follow a similar pattern of immigrating here at some point during their schooling, but my story is different. I was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida and went to a school where I was one of two Indians. That doesn’t mean that I wasn’t in touch with my heritage. I remember travelling to India every summer, going to the temple for festivals, and having a close group of South Indian friends growing up. What I wasn’t prepared for was my parents’ decision to move to Hyderabad, India when I was in 7th grade. At the time, it felt like the world was crashing down on me. I was scared to leave my whole life behind and start anew in a country halfway across the world. However, looking back, it was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I met so many different people and was able to really connect with my Indian heritage. After high school, I attended the University of Maryland and got a degree in Computer Science. Coming back was a bigger culture shock than I imagined it would be. I always assumed that I would assimilate back into the U.S. pretty quickly, but realized that the time spent in India made me a very different person. Reflecting on these two big transitions made me realize that an immigrant’s identity often oscillates between that of their heritages culture and the current culture in which they live. Balancing the two is harder than I thought. I believe that I, like many others, live somewhere in between where we would not classify ourselves as fully American, but not fully Indian either. To me, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a time to recognize and celebrate immigrants who seamlessly transition the boundaries between both cultures and form their own unique identity. When it comes to my career, it was in college that I really began to appreciate computer science. I love how practical and self-sufficient it is, and how you do not need to depend on anyone else to create something from nothing. Currently, I work on the Atlas Search team building the best full text search solution for MongoDB. I interned here in the summer of 2019 and decided to return full-time in early 2020. Looking back, I believe I have grown tremendously as a professional and as an engineer. A lot of that can be attributed to my managers past and present, as well as my team. What I like most is the strong focus on writing good code and getting things done right versus fast. I also like that we are working in a unique problem space (Information Retrieval) with non-trivial problems. Josephine Lee , Enterprise Account Executive, San Francisco Josephine and her grandfather I come from a long history of immigrants to the U.S. from Korea, and their life stories have shaped the person I am today. One of my favorite stories is about how my grandfather got his start as a chef. My great-grandfather passed away when my grandfather was only 18 years old. After his passing, my grandfather gave up his dream of art school, got married, and decided to look for a job at a nearby U.S. Army base. When he arrived, someone mistook him for the cook starting that day. They asked him to make a hamburger, and he didn’t know what that was. He threw a bunch of butter on the grill and the rest is history - he became a cook for the U.S. Army and would later open Korean restaurants in California. As I get older, my interest in my Korean heritage grows. This spring, I started reading the book Pachinko by Korean-American author Min Jin Lee. It follows a few young Koreans’ lives during Japan’s occupation of Korea. I find myself searching every line for my grandparents — in the fields, at the docks, between market stalls. I get excited to see Korea as they might have seen it, but also anxious I might miss a description. I treat each page as if it were their autobiographies. Reading this book has given me hope that I might understand them more by understanding the Korea they grew up in. There is also the small hope that by understanding them, I might better understand who I am and who I want to be, even now, in adulthood. Josephine and her siblings In terms of my career, I have a debt of gratitude to my grandparents. When I was 22 years old, I decided to pursue an internship in San Francisco. My grandparents opened their home to me and insisted on packing me lunch every day. Their support allowed me to start my career in software sales in San Francisco, and their own story of hard work and sacrifice is a legacy I feel compelled to carry in my work, especially in my current role at MongoDB. Interested in pursuing a career at MongoDB? We have several open roles on our teams across the globe and would love for you to transform your career with us!

May 28, 2021
Culture

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