Day in the life of
Software Engineer – Brendan Martin
Typically, days were from 9 AM to 6 PM, but the team was pretty flexible as long as I got 8-9 hours in each day. Many days had meetings, such as simple daily standup calls, with full team meetings occurring every Friday. I was a fairly new programmer at the time and wasn’t very familiar with C, so I didn’t feel like I had much to contribute to most meetings.
Most of my time was spent updating and adding features to a Java interface they distributed internally to other EMC teams. The code bases were very large and didn’t conform to a lot of OOP standards, so it was a struggle to get things done.
Pros and Cons
The biggest advantages of working at EMC at the time were the proximity to my home and starting salary as a relatively inexperienced engineer. Despite the benefits, I left after about one year. The environment felt too corporate and stodgy, and being in my early 20s, I wanted to make an impact on the world in some way.
develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.