Alison W. can succinctly sum up what she does at F5.
“I help make IT nerds smarter,” she says.
More specifically, as the candidate experience manager, she works on the certification process, from initial registration to final certificate. Her team in Seattle is small and nimble—and that’s just the way she likes it.
“The scrappy, can-do attitude of our tiny team reminds me of being a start-up,” she says, “but with the support of a larger organization. [It’s] the best of both worlds.”
The certification team’s all-hands-on-deck mentality was on display at F5 Agility 2016 in Chicago. When a testing issue unexpectedly locked candidates out of their exams, her crew snapped into McGyver mode.
“We had to think fast on our feet,” she recalls, “some of us running an impromptu trivia game for the candidates waiting to test and others crawling on the floor and reattaching cables.”
Did it work?
“We didn’t have any disgruntled candidates,” she says, “thanks to our ability to divide and conquer. It was when I truly realized how important it is that F5ers check their egos at the door and do what they need to do for the team.”
“Team” is a word that comes up a lot when Alison talks about F5, where she’s worked for almost a decade.
“The people here are some of the smartest, nicest, funniest, and passionate people I’ve worked with in technology,” she says. “And yet, on top of that, they’re balanced. We’re all on the same team and we all are proud to be part of that team.”