Get to Know Wix’s 1,000th Employee
My, how fast we’ve grown! It feels like just yesterday we were launching our HTML 5 Editor, but before we knew it this company was 9 years old and welcoming our 1,000th employee on board!
And while some of us here have done nothing but live & breathe Wix for more years than we care to admit, we wanted to get a newbie’s perspective of what it’s like to join the team.
So without further ado, meet Chico, Wix’s 1,000th employee! (and yes that is his real name).
Name: Chico Moshe Drori (Moshe may be what’s written on my birth certificate, but I’ve been going by Chico since kindergarten).
Job Title: Database Administrator
Years on the Job: 4.5
Relationship Status: Married. Father to the cutest 9 month old on the planet, and dog father to a beautiful husky.
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
What was your first day of work like?
I’d say that my first day of work was pretty unusual. I came into my office and found balloons covering my desk! Honestly, I thought my new coworkers were throwing me a birthday party, but I didn’t have the heart to tell them that the date was waaaaay off.
It turns out the company was just celebrating that I was the 1,000th employee.
What made you want to work at Wix? I was initially drawn to Wix because of how open you are to new technologies. We’re always encouraged to experiment with the latest trends, which makes things interesting and keeps me on my toes.
Being the new guy at a big company can be hard, what are your tips for standing out?
Don’t be shy; meet as many people as you can. When you’re the new guy around, a lot of new people will introduce themselves – take the time to get to know as many people as you can. Being employee number 1,000 means that there are 999 other people around that you can learn from.
Ask questions! Every company has their own way of doing things, so even if you’ve been doing the job for many years, don’t be afraid to ask your colleagues or managers if you’re ever unsure of anything.
What’s the biggest misconception about your job? Many people don’t know this, but there’s more to programming than “SELECT*FROM” (full disclosure, your humble blog writer isn’t entirely sure what this means, but we’re sure the joke kills in programmer parties).
Do you have any advice for newbies in your field? There’s more than one way to get your desired performance outcome from a query.
My advice is to:
Play with the code.
Create indexes based on your queries! A good index can do magical things…
Learn to read your query’s actual execution plan – everything you need to know is hiding there.
What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
I love to travel and watch movies. I’m also a big football fan. My favorite team is from a small neighborhood in Tel Aviv called Bnei Yehuda – and we just made it back to the top league this season!
By The Wix Team