On Being a Software Engineer

January 29, 2014 Impinj

On Being a Software EngineerThis post is part of our series, Day in the Life, in which a different employee gives a taste of what it’s like working at Impinj. RJ Ascani shares what life is like as an Impinj Software Engineer.

Describe a typical day in the life of an Impinj Software Engineer.
After commuting to the Center of the Universe (the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle) using my company-provided Orca bus card, I usually stop at one of the great local coffee shops to get my day started right. Once I’m well caffeinated, I’ll get to work developing embedded software applications that run on our family of Speedway RFID readers. One of the really cool things about being a software engineer at Impinj is that we have a wide variety of software work to be done. While I focus on applications for Speedway products, others are working on developing firmware for our Indy reader chips or software for our Monza tag production process.  Teams are generally small and focused, with low meeting overhead, allowing software engineers to spend most of their time producing.

What do you like most about your job?
This is a tough choice for me. I love coming to work and creating awesome products, but Impinj has shown me that there is more to a job than just the work itself. Simply put, the culture at Impinj is incredible. From top to bottom, everyone at Impinj cares about each other’s happiness. We have an unlimited paid time off program, a nap room, great benefits and numerous employee appreciation events. This has really helped create a work environment that is low on stress, while still challenging and rewarding.

What do you like least?
That I didn’t apply sooner.

What is your favorite project you have worked on at Impinj?
STP! As an embedded Software Engineer, I’ve always really enjoyed squeezing every last little drop of performance out of the hardware. Our STP source tagging platform does exactly that. We pride ourselves on being the RFID experts and, as such, we’ve maximized the potential of the UHF Gen2 protocol in developing a platform that can encode RFID tags faster than anyone else.

Why might another engineer want to become a Software Engineer at Impinj?
Do you like creating awesome products? Do you want a healthy work/life balance? Do you prefer programming to meetings? If so, then you’re going to like it here.

If you are interested in joining the Impinj team, please take a look at our openings at: www.impinj.com/careers.

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