Our Employee Spotlight series gives you a behind-the-scenes peek at what makes SMG work—our people. Learn more about our innovative Technology team and get to know Loren Epler—Senior Test Engineer.
Tell us what an average day in the life is like for you.
I’m on a dev team that creates new web applications and components for our clients. On any given day, there’s a good chance I’m scrutinizing our new software in search of issues before we release it to our clients. Or I’m writing scripts to perform this testing automatically for the future. These automated tests are key to our success, as they give us confidence that we’re delivering on the quality we expect, while also delivering it much faster. It also frees me up to focus on other vital concerns in our organization, like planning and testing for system outages, disaster recovery, and security.
What is it like working on your team?
My teammates are fun-loving, have opinions on everything, and are not shy to share them (apologies to all our coworkers that sit nearby!). Fortunately, those qualities have encouraged a high level of collaboration within the team. We’re each aware of the progress being made, the interdependencies among the team, and the issues we each face along the way. And that makes for faster, more informed decisions and a highly productive team.
What do you love most about your job?
I’m often amazed at the caliber of talent in our Technology department at SMG. And we’re designing software solutions for some really complex, challenging problems, and using cutting edge technology to do it. It’s exciting to be a part of all of that!
Also, it doesn’t hurt to have 6+ breweries within walking distance of the office.
How does your job contribute to our clients’ success?
My department makes tools to ensure our clients’ customers are getting a more satisfying experience. It’s my job to make sure these tools are of the highest quality, reliability, and performance, and streamline those processes so that our clients get them as fast as possible.
What would you tell someone interested in joining the SMG team?
SMG has been experiencing significant growth in my four years here, has a dynamic company culture, and impressive tech innovations on the product roadmap. The time I’ve spent here has been really significant for my career development.
How would you describe SMG in 3 words?
Fast-paced, exciting, innovative
Interested in being a part of our team? Check out our careers page.