Sarah Polzer

"My favorite bash command is chmod, but mkdir is a close runner up. If you understand what that means, you probably belong here."

Sarah Polzer

Software Engineer

What did you work on yesterday?

Yesterday I continued working on a software development project where we’re designing a user interface that displays data mining techniques. My teammates and I put it together for one of the guys from our training team. I also got to demo this project for the CEO and thought it was cool that I got to present something I worked hard on to upper management. I also had multiple video chats with teammates which was nice since we’re a company that has a mix of in-person and remote work.

How would you describe what you do at Ridgeline?

I write pieces of software for our clients and also for internal use. I like to call it duct tape engineering because I piece together open source tools that have already been built and change them so they can fulfill a different purpose.

Why did you come to Ridgeline?

While I was in college studying data science, a friend who worked at Ridgeline recommended that I apply as a technical intern. We’d had multiple nerdy conversations about data and he thought I’d be a good fit. I was fascinated with the things he’d told me about his work so I applied as an intern.

Why have you stayed at Ridgeline?

I really like it here. I get to work on a number of challenging, fast paced projects, and because we’re small, my efforts don’t go unnoticed. It’s a culture where I can ask questions to anyone in the company and I don’t feel uncomfortable. It’s collaborative. It’s just fun – we have great company events; everyone has a good time together. I graduated from college in 2019 and transitioned from being an intern to a fulltime employee. My internship had gone well and when Ridgeline presented me a really great job offer after finishing school, I decided to take it. I was already comfortable at Ridgeline and also really happy. It was an easy decision!

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

Do it if you like fun banter with co-workers, learning new things, working on interesting projects and being intellectually stimulated. Don’t do it if you don’t like dealing with growing pains. We are growing really quickly so there are certainly growing pains. Sometimes there’s confusion about who is in charge. It’s also very normal to be surrounded by people you didn’t know three months earlier. Oh one more thing - my favorite bash command is chmod, but mkdir is a close runner up. If you understand what that means, you probably belong here.

What kind of things do you enjoy outside of work?

I really like yoga, maintaining an active social life, hiking, going to concerts, and watching Ozark on Netflix. I never put in more than 40 hours a week – I could if I wanted to but right now I don’t want to. I do not feel overworked and have plenty of time to do my hobbies.