"Gallup is a large organization with many divisions, which means I can talk with an expert in statistics and research methodology one day and a former startup founder or tech expert the next."
Q: Tell us about Gallup in your own words.
A: Gallup is a great organization. Their passion is finding out what the world thinks and researching how to build workplaces where employees are healthy, happy and like to come to work every day -- and this shows in my day-to-day life at Gallup. Physical wellbeing is important, so we have a nice on-site gym, and employees can participate in Gallup-hosted recreational games and sports leagues. We also have a cafeteria that makes healthy, home-cooked meals for reasonable prices. I'm all about learning new information and staying on top of trends in the tech world (and so is Gallup), so I get a lot of satisfaction from our internal development opportunities about innovative and interesting technologies. I also appreciate that Gallup covers attendance fees for us to attend tech conferences that align most with our development and passions.
Q: What are some of the best things about working for Gallup?
A: The people I get to interact with every day are my favorite thing about being a part of Gallup. Gallup is a large organization with many divisions, which means I can talk with an expert in statistics and research methodology one day and a former startup founder or tech expert the next. Last year I met and shook hands with Vint Cerf, Gallup senior scientist and father of the internet, while he was hosting a roundtable technology discussion at our Omaha office.
Q: What was it like starting your career at Gallup as a recent college graduate?
A: I was an intern at Gallup for four years before starting full time. The first few weeks as a full-time employee were filled with technology-focused and team-specific training and learning about the research and innovation Gallup does. And even though I was new at Gallup at that time, I was able to lead a team of developers who are building an analytics-driven automated marketing solution. It's about technical merit, not seniority.
Q: What is it like working in Gallup technology?
A: Gallup technology is a big place with many different teams and technologies. Someone on my team once referred to our culture as "having the feeling of a startup but backed with the credibility of a world-renown brand," and it's so true. We get to do innovative technology work in an agile setting, but we also have years of amazing science and research to back us up. Most days I'm writing C# and SQL with my team members and working with database administrators and system administrators on projects that are changing the world. My desk is steps away from the user interface designers who research, plan and help build user interfaces. I have complete ownership of my work and can choose to take on as much or as little responsibility as I want. It's important for us to use the right tool for the job, so the opportunities for people skilled in any tool or technology to work at Gallup are endless.
Q: What made you want to join Gallup?
A: Mission is very important to me. I wanted to be a part of doing good in the world while I worked at a company with that same goal. I'm incredibly proud to be working at Gallup where our main goal is providing analytics and advice about everything important facing humankind. For example, being able to say that my company provides the accepted metric for measuring world hunger and has an important part in addressing this challenge is very powerful.
Q: What are your favorite parts of your workplace or team?
A: Gallup focuses on wellbeing, including social and community wellbeing, and I really like the activities associated with those aspects. For example, Friday evening happy hour is a common occurrence, and we had a chili/soup cook-off "Souper Bowl Party" to celebrate the Super Bowl. We also do many fundraising activities, like bake sales and prize raffles, with the proceeds benefiting local organizations in Omaha.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time when you're not at Gallup?
A: I try to work out a couple of times a week, and I'm really into cycling. Gallup's Omaha office is surrounded by parks and trails where I like to ride. I also belong to a choir in town, and I read many fantasy and science fiction books.
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