Blox Life: An Interview With Rimpy Bharot
Welcome to Blox Life! This interview series shines a spotlight on Armorblox team members - chronicling their daily work, highlighting their achievements, and sharing their advice for people who wish to pursue similar careers. In this interview, we’re delighted to speak with Rimpy from the engineering team. As a Software Engineer in Test at Armorblox, Rimpy plays a vital role in exhaustively testing product features, ensuring timely and accurate releases, and onboarding critical clients. Take it away, Rimpy!
Q. Can you tell us something about yourself?
Hi, my name is Rimpy and I have been at Armorblox since Nov 2019, which makes it 1 year and 5 months today. I hold a Masters in Software Engineering from San Jose State, CA. I had a few years of experience as a QA engineer prior to my masters, and almost a year after that before I joined Armorblox.
Q. What is your current role at Armorblox? What does a typical day (or a typical week, if you can’t fit everything in one day!) look like for you?
I am a Software Engineer in Test at Armorblox, so my typical week looks like this: Reading PRDs, writing test cases, actually running those tests for new features, writing automation, constant regression and / or sanity testing, release management, rolling out new features in production, onboarding our MSSP clients as and when needed, and pinging people to fix stuff ASAP. And, of course, meetings!
Q. Why did you decide to join Armorblox?
I was looking to move out of my previous company due to some dull work that I was doing. I was looking for more challenging daily work, and also a chance to grow that I hadn’t yet experienced at bigger organizations. I came across the Armorblox job opening and it fit neatly with what I was looking for. One email to DJ (the CEO) and a couple of interviews later, I was here. Also, talking with Arjun and Anand was all I needed to take a relatively blind leap of faith. :P
The many avatars of Rimpy!
Q. What is an accomplishment at Armorblox you’re proud of?
Before Armorblox, I never got to see the impact of my work directly on customers. During my time at Armorblox so far, I’ve been pretty proud of writing a bunch of automation; testing a gazillion things which helps the product, my team, and me; and, most importantly, being trusted with handling rollouts of product updates and onboarding big MSSP clients is kind of a big deal!
“The great culture of openness and support Armorblox has built made me instantly feel welcome here, and I now strive to do the same to every new team member that joins us. My work is impactful and that's all I need to go on.”
Q. What’s one thing you wished you knew when you started your career in this role (at Armorblox or in general)?
An obvious answer here, but I wished I knew that a pandemic was going to hit within three months of my joining, and work-life would change as we know it!
Q. Do you have any advice for people who aim to pursue a career similar to yours?
For a career similar to mine, I would suggest that people learn at least one coding language (any language) at at least an intermediate level, and be a sponge for knowledge to learn more with time.
Q. Anything else you’d like to share that we haven’t asked you already?
Yes, I want to share this: Although the work hours are a bit longer than what I had in all my previous jobs, I do not mind that at all, and the reason is the constant support of the people around me. The great culture of openness and support Armorblox has built made me instantly feel welcome here, and I now strive to do the same to every new team member that joins us. My work is impactful and that's all I need to go on. :)
We hope you enjoyed getting to know Rimpy a little bit better! Armorblox is hiring across all teams, so if you’d like to work with Rimpy, check out our open roles below.