Unqork is a no-code application platform that helps large enterprises build complex custom software faster, with higher quality, and lower costs than conventional approaches.
We connected with Julie Wongbandue, Software Engineer at Unqork, to get an inside look at the company's tech stack, various projects, the team's culture, and more.
Quick Hit Details
- Year Founded: 2017
- Number of employees: 500+
- Industry: Software
Can you share a summary on what Unqork does?
We are a ‘no-code’ platform that helps companies build and maintain enterprise apps. We combine the intuitive user experience of a drag and drop interface with the ability to build complex, enterprise-grade solutions.
What are some of the interesting projects that the engineering team is tackling?
Since I am part of our Platform UI team, the projects we work on are design system related. We work closely with our designers to achieve consistent UI/UX patterns throughout our library so that it can be implemented throughout our platform. We launched our design system earlier this year (almost a year earlier than expected!) and engineers are currently building features with it. We continue to work closely with our designers and other feature teams to iterate over our components-- it's a constant work in progress, which is always interesting.
Does your engineering team have a chance to work on projects outside of their day-to-day responsibilities?
Yes! We get 10% of our time every sprint to work on technical initiative projects that are not necessarily built into our roadmap-- we can use this time to satisfy problem areas in the platform to make the developer experience more enjoyable, contribute to open source projects or tech blogs, or participate in focus groups and guilds to learn new technologies for our own growth as engineers.
What is the culture like at Unqork for the engineering team?
If I could use one word to describe Unqork’s engineering culture from my perspective, it would be: collaborative. I find myself very lucky to be on a team of creative, empathetic, and communicative people who come from diverse backgrounds. I feel that everyone’s opinion and point of view is valid and heard, and when you are building a product for humans, representation matters. We value that here.
What can a potential employee expect during the interview process?
The process starts with an initial phone call between a candidate and one of Unqork’s recruiters to discuss their background, experience and interests. This is also an opportunity for the candidate to learn more about Unqork. From there, the process typically includes a virtual face-to-face interview, a high-level technical conversation with an Engineering Manager or a senior team member, a take-home exercise to demonstrate programming ability on coding assignments.
Rapid Fire Q&A
Star Wars or Star Trek?
iPhone or Android?
Coffee - hot or iced?
When we used to work in an office, we used to burn through the cold brew on tap by the afternoon-- so I’d say iced.
Favorite employee perk?
Our wellness stipend that we can use for pretty much anything: from our internet/phone bills to therapy.
What TV show describes the engineering team’s culture?
Star Trek-- we all come from different backgrounds, are organized, and are all about exploration.
Damilola Olutayo, Engineering Manager
Dami has a background in engineering and has worked for a couple of huge tech consultancies. What sets her apart from other managers I know is her ability to eloquently address problems that we might not be able to see right away and asks pointed questions that will guide us toward solutions-- she encourages us to take autonomy and ownership over what we are working on, which then becomes our motivation to work collaboratively.
Michael Foley, Senior Software Engineer
Michael has a deep and vast knowledge of front end web development, but he actually has a background in photography and got into web development after undergrad! He, like all of our engineers, is always trying to get to the core of why something is the way it is, but what really sets him apart is his empathy, patience, and advocacy for accessible technology.