Eli Laudi

"At Ridgeline, you don’t have to just play in your one little play area. I’ve gotten to play with operating systems, raw Wi-Fi packets, and networks. You’d think you’d get mental whiplash but that’s not the case. The more I’m exposed to, the more interested I am as the problem set is so intriguing."

Eli Laudi

Software Engineer

What did you work on yesterday?

Yesterday I did a lot of talking shop with team members. We discussed upcoming plans for different things we’re implementing. Lots of bouncing ideas off each other. I also did a lot of documentation and architecture-based stuff. We run a lot of demos and show off projects in their infancy. It’s important for us to get input from other teammates who better understand the operational viability of what we’re creating, so we collaborate closely with other teams. I also attached different sensors to a Raspberry Pi and tried to hack into it. Experimented with a Google Pixel phone to see all the data we could get from it and how we could manipulate that data. We regularly mess with off the shelf products to see if we can make them do what we want them to do and yesterday was no different!

How would you describe what you do at Ridgeline?

I’m a full stack developer but that doesn’t fully encompass my role as I wear so many different hats. I’d say I’m more a jack of all trades who’s trying to become a renaissance man with expertise in everything. At Ridgeline, you don’t have to just play in your one little play area. I’ve gotten to play with operating systems, raw Wi-Fi packets, and networks. You’d think you’d get mental whiplash but that’s not the case. The more I’m exposed to, the more interested I am as the problem set is so intriguing.

Why did you come to Ridgeline?

I was fresh out of college and looking for a place where I could kick off my career. I didn’t want to be constrained and specialize in only one area, as would be the case at a lot of companies. I heard about Ridgeline through my brother and was really intrigued. When I came in to interview I realized it was so much more than I anticipated (and also realized I’d be really disappointed if I didn’t get the job). It became clear then and has remained clear that there are so many opportunities to do really interesting things at Ridgeline. I definitely won’t be constrained here!

Why have you stayed at Ridgeline?

The opportunity for growth is exponential. In addition, the services we provide for our clients are really meaningful. My work has genuine impact. I don’t think I realized that when I was hired but I do now. So basically, I stay for partly selfish and partly selfless reasons.

What advice would you give to someone considering working at Ridgeline? Why should they do it? Why should they not?

If you come to Ridgeline, you will be challenged to come up with some interesting solutions. If you’re able to do that you will see genuine reward. New thinking and innovation is applauded more than I’ve seen in other companies. However, if you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy change, this is not the place for you.

What kind of things do you enjoy outside of work?

I love to climb. I go to a climbing gym in Crystal City and go there all the time. I enjoy slack-lining. There are a lot of parks in DC that are awesome for it. I love biking around DC. I definitely have time to do these while working at Ridgeline, it’s a really flexible environment. I often split up my work day so I can go to the climbing gym when there’s not a rush – I’ll work for six hours in the office, go to the climbing gym, and then finish my work day from home. That’s been great.