Over 360 Volusioneers make up the team behind our ecommerce platform. That's a large number, which makes it hard to put a face on - but with our new Employee Spotlight series, we're giving it a go. Each post in the series will highight individual Volusioneers. We'll learn more about their lives - both professional and personal - and get a glimpse into what gets them going. To kick it off, we've talked to developer Stephanie Denny. Here's what she had to say:
What do you do here at Volusion?
I am a developer on the Volusion Platform. I work directly on the software with a talented team of developers from all backgrounds: backend, frontend, QA, etc.
We are currently in the process of killing bugs, re-skinning the admin and releasing new features such as a content builder, template style editor and an image management library. These will be amazing enhancements for our merchants as well as a resolution to ongoing headaches.
How did you get into the field?
I got into web development a few years ago kinda on accident. I came from an art and design background and slowly took an interest in coding. When I found how coding better served my clients, I became self-taught and started doing it full time.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?
The most challenging thing about my job is problem-solving for the customer without breaking things at the same time. Introducing new features is very risky (but necessary) and fixing bugs (also critical) can potentially cause other software functions to fail. We try our best to come up with solutions that are solid and well-written instead of hacky band-aid solutions. All of this is done while more than 40,000 of our merchants are running live stores. As one of our managers once said, “it’s like repairing the wing of a plane while in flight”. A lot of our company’s success and client’s success pivots on the integrity of our team. No pressure.
What are you most proud of in your career? What about outside of your career?
The thing I’m most proud of in my career is watching how the code I create improves our customer’s experience with our software. It takes on many forms. It can be as simple as changing how a button looks and behaves when clicked or as big as fixing a bug to allow merchants to successfully sell over $100k a month in products. It’s totally a team effort, for sure, but it feels amazing to be part of something big.
Outside of my career, I am most proud of my husband and my kids. They are my whole world. They watched me learn my trade on my own and work hard to be where I am. They’ve supported me along the way 100%. I can only hope I inspire them as much as they inspire me.
What do you love most about Volusion?
I love how much Volusion takes care of their own. If I come to my managers with ideas or concerns, I’m always met with support. Opportunities to improve my skillset are everywhere. By this time next year, I will be light-years ahead of where I am now. The atmosphere and the cool people here make it fun to come in every day.
What’s the first thing you do when you get off work?
I make dinner for the family and help my kids with their homework. I also prep everything we need for the next day (bottles, lunches, backpacks) so its ready to go. If there’s any time left, I’ll read, take a coding course or watch a favorite show with my husband.
What do you like to do in your spare time?/ What are your hobbies?
DIY Pinterest projects, visiting local wineries with friends, watching hockey or football, fitness, photography, movies, or taking the family to fun places in Austin. I also enjoy going to the farmers’ market and cooking delicious paleo meals.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I went skydiving after I graduated high school and that was pretty crazy. Totally loved it! Also, raising three kids is pretty crazy. That, by far, has been my best adventure.
Where are you going on your next vacation?
Our family is going to Colorado next month to see Pike’s Peak and the Garden of the Gods.
If you could open an online store, what would you sell?
I would make random canvas art. That or create natural soaps or cleaning products.
Thank you so much, Stephanie! Stay tuned for another Volusioneer Spotlight next month!