Career Path: Julie Reitter, Director of Engineering at EverTrue
What does the career path and day in the life look like for a Director of Engineering at EverTrue?
We interviewed Julie Reitter to find out!
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Where did you grow up? What did your parents do for work? What was your very first job (before any internships)?
I grew up in New Jersey. My mother was a nurse manager and my father a ballroom dance instructor. I was introduced to the tech world by my uncle who was a software engineer and started playing around with web development to build a website for my father’s studio. My first real job was working for a photo store where I helped with printing digital photos and framing. I worked there for most of high school and a summer or so in college.
We noticed that you started out studying film production at Emerson and then switch over to study Web Design & Interactive Media at the New England Institute of Art. Why did you start out studying film production and why did you make the switch?
I always enjoyed the intersection of design, creativity and technology. I had gone to the New York Film Academy for summer programs in high school as well as gotten some experience with small graphic design and web development projects through my first job. Initially, I wanted to learn film editing, but picked back up web design and development for some extracurriculars and enjoyed it more than my film courses so I decided to make the switch. While at NEIA, I was taking both design and development courses and really enjoyed the development classes more, so focused on that for
How did you land your first job as a Web Designer / Developer and what did you do?
I started off with a bunch of freelance work, which was mostly marketing websites and WordPress jobs. From there I got an internship with Localytics, which turned into full-time work. Initially, that role was marketing web design and development focused, but they needed another front-end developer and trained me for application development.
Since joining EverTrue, your career has progressed very rapidly to where you are now the company’s Director of Engineering. Can you share some advice on how you have been able to manage your career and continuously work your way into the next level as for as promotions?
I think it helped that I’ve been with EverTrue for years and was able to really understand the technology, products and build rapport with the team. My best advice would be to keep organized, manage time well, and have a bias toward action. In addition, I think it’s important to always look for ways to improve.
Can you share the details of your current job responsibilities?
My current responsibilities include hiring for a few software engineering roles, managing the team, and helping to architect and define how features get built.
Day in the Life
Coffee, tea, or nothing?
Coffee and Diet Coke.
What time do you get into the office?
Every day is different, but can you outline what a typical day looks like for you?
Mostly meetings these days with hiring phone calls, interviews and engineering planning meetings.
What time do you head out of the office?
Around 5pm. I recently moved out to the suburbs and the train keeps me on a specific schedule.
Do you log back in at night or do you shut it down completely?
Depends on the day or if anything urgent gets done. Some days I’m really focused on whatever I was working on that day and want to continue it, other days I need to turn it off.
Any productivity hacks?
I think checklists, whether it’s pen and paper or an app, are essential to life. I also try and keep my inbox close to zero.
What are the 3 apps that you can’t live without?
Wunderlist, Evernote, and Google Maps.
What professional accomplishment are you proudest of?
I just recently found an essay I wrote from college for my 3-5 year goals and realized how much of that I’ve accomplished.
Who do you admire or call upon for professional advice?
I have learned a lot from my uncle about career growth. My fiance is also the CTO at Boston Health Economics, so I lean on him for advice a lot.