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Programming Memes that Only Real Coders Can Relate To

We asked our developers to send in memes that describe their day and here’s what we got … 

 

 

 

 

Sulzer Squad

Rachael Janz, HR Generalist

Meet Rachael, Sulzer’s Human Resources Generalist. Rachael has been a HR Generalist at Sulzer for about 8 months now – although she started as a summer intern last year! Her favorite part of the role is finding new ways to expand Sulzer’s recruiting efforts because trends are always changing, and it allows her to be creative while finding the best quality talent! Her biggest accomplishment so far has been overseeing and guiding the company’s first Social Media/PR intern and her goal is travel to Sulzer’s HQ in Munich to strengthen the relationships between Sulzer’s HR offices. When she’s not handling all things recruiting, Rachael enjoys working out, hiking, or any other outside activity that allows her to eat lots of food! Be on the lookout as our Sulzer team grows because Rachael is working hard behind it!

Catching Up With Sulzer US

We’ve had a busy last couple of weeks but that doesn’t stop us from having fun in the office!


Here at Sulzer US, we look forward to any celebration that involves good food and great people! Towards the end of the year we had lots of birthdays, which of course means bringing in some treats for everyone.


On January 11th we celebrated Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day by creating name tags in code.

Did you know Morse Code served as a foundation for one of the first high-speed communication networks in the world?!


Wednesdays─ the half way mark of the work week. What’s a better way to celebrate than with a DQ run? Yum!  


Our Human Resources team actively works hard to find fun activities we can do as a team. Keep an eye out for some more as Sulzer US is ready to kick the new year off right!

5 Books Every Techie Should Read

Looking to start a career in the Tech industry, love staying up to date on the latest trends in the tech world, or on the hunt for a new read? Look no further! Here are 5 books every techie should read.

 

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our  Future

    By Kevin Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Kelly paves a road map for the future by breaking down the twelve technological imperatives that will change the way we live our everyday lives.

 

 

The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

   By Scott Galloway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Galloway breaks down the madness behind the successful journey of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Readers will learn how the average person can start implementing these skills and strategies into their everyday life.

 

Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn from the Innovation Capital of the World

   By Deborah Perry Piscione

Despite their failing banks, uncertain markets, and high unemployment, Silicon Valley is home to 40% of all venture capital investments in the United States. Get an inside look and learn all the secrets of Silicon Valley as the author gets insight from several professionals.

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

    By Nir Eyal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sure we’re all guilty of thinking “urgh this is awesome!! Why didn’t I think of this!” when a new successful product hits the market. In Nir Eyal’s book, he covers why some products get widespread attention and others are flops. Eyal breaks down the patterns used by successful companies to help encourage the behavior of the customer.

 

Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future

    By Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A helpful resource for learning how to make the most out of your future, as the innovative tech world doesn’t stop for anyone.

“A Day in the Life” Series: Financial Controller

Meet: Brian

Title: Financial Controller

Location: Montvale, NJ

Time with Sulzer: 1 year, 9 months

Team Size: 1.5 (Administrative Manager  spends half-time for Controlling Department) 

Quick overview of role: 

I manage the preparation and reporting on all financial areas at the corporate level, as well as the financials for all development projects (the core of our business).  I work closely with Sulzer’s President, Julian Offermann in aligning our financial goals with the organization’s strategic growth.

On an average day…

6:00am– Enjoy a cup of coffee, on my private back deck, weather permitting before starting my day. Occasionally, I have a friend or two who joins me

 Brian’s friend, Mr. Fox!

7:30am– Leave for work. I have a very enjoyable commute for practically the first time in my career. It is a 20-minute trip with a wide diversity of music available from Sirius XM.

8:00am– Arrive at office (generally the first or second one here).  I check the bank balances: I am mainly looking for fraudulent activity, or any other anomaly if the balance is quite different from what I expect it to be. I review my calendar for the day to ensure I am prepared for scheduled meetings or to determine what needs to be done in preparation, as I make the best effort to send out material in advance of the meeting.  I also review the calendar for next 3 business days and I prioritize tasks that require completion for upcoming meetings.

9:00am– Work on task lists priority items, usually based on the calendar for that day and other near-term meetings.

10-12:30pm– Meetings and priorities vary by day. Depending on the week of the month, I have different activities to do. During the beginning of the month I focus on completing and analyzing the prior month’s financial reports in addition to attending my regularly scheduled activities and meetings. Mid-month, I concentrate more on the strategic direction of the Company. I review how we are tracking actual financial performance to the budget. I also focus on how we are tracking to the financial metrics we have created based on our past performance and anticipated future projects and opportunities.

1:00-4:00pm– I am also in charge of financials for our development projects and try to commit some afternoon time in this area. In addition to my accounting background, I spent many years as a project manager. The combined experience allows me to understand the challenges that our Project Managers and teams are up against and enables me to better understand the difficulties in tracking and adhering to the projects’ financial metrics.

5:15pm– Wrap up, review next day’s calendar and update the task list.

6:00pm– Attend Spin class at my gym almost every day. It is very convenient as I pass it on the way home, so if I do not stop some days, the guilt factor kicks in.

An inside look at Brian’s spin class.

 

 

7:30pm– Arrive home, frequently with takeout food as my wife gets home at a similar time and we are not up to cooking.

8:00pm– Weather permitting, I usually complete the day back on my deck, with a beverage other than coffee. 😊

 

 

 

 

Favorite part about role:

I love the automation in today’s financial world. It allows me to focus on results, as opposed to creating the reports which took much more time earlier in my career. Being in an innovative technology organization allows me to have some custom reporting done by our management team when necessary. The above outcomes enable me to focus strategically in conjunction with the President.I am at the bottom of the totem pole in technology capabilities in this company of creative, youthful individuals, so I enjoy the opportunity to try and learn new things in that area to help make me more efficient in my role.

Words of advice for someone starting their career:

I started my career as a controller in a start-up technology company and earned my MBA in Finance part-time in the evenings.  I then moved to the healthcare industry as a controller.  During this time, I realized how far behind the healthcare industry was in the technology field. I gradually worked my way into a career change and was a technology project manager in both small companies and a Fortune 100 company, though I had no actual technology education, unless you go back “a few years” and count Basic Programming and COBOL college courses where there is a computer lab with 5 computers for a class of 30 students to complete your work.  

I’ve been back in the accounting/finance area now for the last 5 years, recently combining my financial and project management background in a growing innovative technology company.  It is exciting learning from many young and intelligent technology team members, while serving as the veteran and hopefully providing some useful guidance in life lessons to some team members who come to me for various topics.

The move to technology was risky and was full of many challenges, along with high rewards and some distressing results.  The roller coaster ride was well worth the effort and I encourage you to take chances and move outside your comfort zone when the opportunity arises, or better yet, when you proactively make it happen.

 

Meet Our Interns

What’s better than one intern? Try four! Sulzer US is so excited to have interns working with several different teams. Our interns are committed to bringing their skills and ideas to the table to make our team even more efficient than it already is. Let’s meet them!

 

 


 

Everyone say, “Hi Christian!” Christian came aboard in November as a Front-End Developer Intern. He recently graduated from Connecticut College where he received a major in Computer Science and minor in Economics. He heard about Sulzer US through a coding bootcamp he attended, the Flatiron School. Christian is working on a project for BMW/MINI designing the online driver’s guide. During his 12-week internship, one of his goals is to improve his confidence and ability with coding. His team encourages him to make the best effort possible to solve any issue but also to not be shy to ask for help- as that’s what they’re there for! One of his favorite things about Sulzer is everyone’s eagerness to get together outside of work, especially to go hiking. Christian enjoys playing and watching sports, especially soccer, basketball, and tennis. During his journey at Sulzer he hopes to gain experience with the front-end frameworks Angular and React and obtain a meaningful work experience.

 

 

 

I’m Cassidy! I also joined Sulzer US in November as our very first Social Media and PR Intern, AKA the voice behind the blogs! Currently, I’m studying Communication and Media Arts with a minor in Criminal Justice at Montclair State University. I was on a job application website when I saw the opening for Sulzer US and went for it! Working closely with our HR team, I’ve been proactively contributing new content for our LinkedIn and blog, as well as looking into new opportunities for our HR team─ from awards, connecting with nearby University’s, unique ways to reach potential employees and clients, raising our brand awareness, and outings the whole team can join in on. I’ve been doing lots of research covering all things social media too. Keep an eye out for a new social media platform for Sulzer US very soon! I appreciate the free range I’m given to create original content and I value the input and advice I receive from Sulzer’s HR team. One of my favorite aspects about interning at Sulzer is how welcoming and supportive everyone is. In my free time, I like to spend time with my family, travel, go to the beach, and try new things─ especially food. I look forward to gaining additional workplace experience and am eager to see where my creativity takes me. I’m happy to have had my very first internship with Sulzer US!

 

 

 

Meet Tyson, a graduate of Rutgers University with a major in Computer Science! Tyson joined us right as we rung in the new year as our Java Developer Intern. He heard about Sulzer through his friend who happens to be one of our other Interns, Brian! Tyson has been working hard on a recommender system for our BYO development. He enjoys being around team members who have similar interests as him as well as the challenges he may come across on a day to day basis. Like many others at Sulzer US, Tyson loves to go hiking. Born and raised in California, Tyson was surrounded by different terrains which inspired him to take up photography too. He’s captured shots of the landscapes and wildlife from the top of Mountain Konocti as well as several others. Through his internship experience with Sulzer, Tyson hopes to gain the knowledge and ability to design a web service in all its details that has an easily extendable and responsive service.

 

 

Hey, Brian! Brian will graduate from Rutgers University this May with a major in Computer Science. Finding the job on LinkedIn, he applied to the Sulzer US website and joined us in May of 2018 as an Application Developer Intern. Currently, he is working on the BYO Dashboard application which allows users to manage all sorts of information and files. Brian is always looking to learn more and says Sulzer is just the place for that! He’s been able to learn several new technologies such as the latest Spring Framework 5.0 and work with AWS, more specifically working with Elastic Beanstalk and Amazon S3. Brian also successfully built a complete Angular application with the latest version of Angular 7 and Angular Material. He enjoys the opportunities to work together on team projects and build upon the topics he’s been learning in school. Brian appreciates the culture at Sulzer─ from summer activities and lunches, to the ping pong and foosball tables. His team encourages him to set mindful goals of what he wants to accomplish. In his free time, he likes to do game development, play Xbox with his friends, watch the NFL, go fishing, and of course spend time with his dog, Jeter. Brian has been expanding his knowledge by learning new things every week, which is something he plans to continue doing while building his programming and development skills as well.

                

Sulzer US is proud to have Christian, Cassidy, Tyson, and Brian on our team.  Best of luck, and welcome to the squad!

5 Easy Resolutions for 2019

The new year is an opportunity to set goals for yourself, whether that may be to make more time for yourself, finally finish that book you started months ago, or introduce yourself to new people; there’s always something to strive for! We asked our team to share some of their resolutions. Here’s what we heard, along with tips and tricks to help obtain their goals!

 

Resolution: Travel more

How to check it off: Do your research

  1. The best time to book airline tickets for the best bang of your buck is about two months before you fly and early in the week when airlines adjust fares.
  2. Go to National and State Parks- admission fees are manageable and often go by car rate rather than person. Just about everything the park has to offer: tours, transportation, trails, and of course, wildlife, is free!
  3. Don’t forget about your good friend, public transportation. Check out the local routes, just about any city will have bus, train or underground.

 

Resolution: Read more books

How to check it off: Schedule reading time at least once a week

  1. Always carry your book on you or try getting an audible book that way you can listen anywhere, especially if you’re a commuter.
  2. Creating a bedtime reading ritual helps to signal your body that it’s time to wind down.
  3. Researchers have found that reading can reduce stress by 68%.

 

Resolution: Live in the moment

How to check it off: Focus on the present

  1. Journaling and staying organized with your work schedule and chores will help you relax and feel at ease in your leisure time.
  2. Be grateful for the people in your life and all your accomplishments.
  3. If your mind is occupied by things you have no control over, refocus and get control of both how you’re thinking and how you feel.

 

Resolution: Spend less and save more

How to check it off: New money management routine

  1. Create a daily and weekly spending record- grab a journal or download a free app and start keeping track! Visualizing where your money goes will help you cut down on unnecessary purchases.
  2. Use weekly sale ads to help create a budget friendly grocery list and pre-plan those meals!
  3. If public transportation isn’t an option for you, when your car needs more gas give yourself enough time to scope out the cheapest gas station.

 

Resolution: Start up a workout plan

How to check it off: Take small steps

  1. Schedule in time to work out, even if it is a rest day and you stretch out. It is easier to stick to a routine.
  2. Consistency over intensity- don’t overcommit or over-perform yourself. Avoid feeling burnout by gradually spending more time and effort on your workout.
  3. Don’t skip out on your warm-up and cool down… which includes staying hydrated and fueled up!

Sulzer Squad

Cristina Moreno, HR Coordinator

Meet Cristina Moreno, Sulzer’s HR Coordinator. Cristina has been a HR Coordinator at Sulzer since May 2018. Her favorite part of the role is coordinating and attending office events because she gets to interact with everyone in the company and see everyone having fun! Her biggest accomplishment so far has been receiving the aPHR certification and her goal is to attend graduate school in the near future so she can continue learning. When she’s not handling all things human, Cristina enjoys cooking and spending time with her family and her two Miniature Pinscher puppies. She is so excited to see Sulzer grow and is proud to be part of it!

A Spoonful of Holiday Cheer From Sulzer US

Happy Holidays from Sulzer US! Every year we like to send out a special treat to all our clients to show our appreciation of them. This year, we got together to make DIY chocolate dipped spoons topped with different festive candies— the perfect treat to help mix together any cup of hot cocoa. The Sulzer Squad hopes that everyone is starting off their holiday season with some of their very own delicious delights! 

Happy Holidays!

 

 

Introducing the Sulzer US Culture Deck

What is culture and what does the culture feel like at Sulzer? To answer those great questions, Sulzer US recently unveiled their culture deck. The Sulzer Culture Deck covers everything under the sun about what it means to be a member of the Sulzer Squad. Our new interns and employees receive their own mini book during their first few days at Sulzer. The culture deck is a great resource for a quick reminder of what our team values and expects, as well as pointing out the unique features our office has to offer. It even includes a glossary with some key words you might hear around the office. Throughout the book there are blank pages so one can take notes and write their own story.