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Meet Kaiju: Rohit Singhal, QA Engineer

Management encourages professional development and creativity. They let us try out new ideas, understanding that even if we fail, we learn. Kaiju is truly a great place to work.

When Rohit Singhal was looking for a used car, he didn’t peruse ads or dig through dealership inventories. Ever the computer engineer, he wrote his own program that searched for a very specific car while he worked all day. When it comes to creative ways to put his skills to work and expand his knowledge, Rohit is a cauldron of ideas.

Instead of looking for a job to support himself at university, he and his brother created a math and science tutoring institute for local kids in Delhi. And when a QA Engineer job became available at Kaiju, Rohit was not going to let his lack of trading knowledge get in the way. He had his brother give him a crash course in market terminology so he would seem to have a grasp on the industry.

Now living in Berlin, Rohit loves the flexibility and freedom of his job, especially the way Kaiju supports his efforts to develop his own programming ideas, even if they don’t always work out.

Q. Where were you born and what was your upbringing like?

A. I was born in the small city of Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, India. My early years were a difficult time for my family. My father’s essential oils business wasn't performing well and then, very suddenly in 2000, we relocated to Delhi so he could pursue a new career.

I remember that day clearly. My father told us the story behind the move. For years, he travelled to Delhi regularly and flew to Moscow where he was pursuing an MBA. As he journeyed back and forth, he said, he realised that Delhi was about 20 years behind Russia and that Rampur was about 20 years behind that. As he saw it, his 3 children were 40 years behind the modern world. So, without savings or a job, he moved us all to Delhi. At least there, he said, we were only 20 years behind.

Q. Where did you attend university and what was that time like?

I saw my older brother and sister working very hard at jobs during their college years. I followed the same path with a bit of a twist. My brother and I started a tutoring business at our home as I pursued a computer science degree at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in Delhi. We were teaching math, science and computer skills to more than 100 students in grades 7 through 12. We kept it up for a while after I graduated. I was making better money in the teaching job than at my first job as a developer.

Q. How did you get interested in this field? Did you plan for it or was it more of an accident?

A. Getting into software engineering was a bit of an accident. I was introduced to the field early in my career after some experience as a developer. One thing I always knew was that I would land in a science field. Everyone in my family has followed a scientific path. In the beginning, I was amazed by how bad my coding was. But the mistakes were discovered in early testing of the applications. That experience taught me how valuable early testing is.

I still enjoy coding and sometimes develop fun stuff for myself. I recently created a script to help me find the exact kind of used car I was looking for. I was able to narrow my search significantly by filtering ads posted throughout the day.

Q. What was your work history like before you came to Kaiju?

A. I worked for a few different companies in both India and Germany. What stood out for me was the lack of flexibility. I would have to send an official email to the director if I was sick or wanted to take a paid day off. I also had to punch the time clock in and out, so the company could be sure I worked 40 hours each week. Things are very different at Kaiju. I can work the way that is best for me. Our management puts their trust in us.

Q. How did you end up working for Kaiju?

A. I saw a job post for a QA Engineer. It sounded interesting, though I had no experience with trading applications. I applied for the position and then called my brother the next day to learn some trading terminology. He’s an investor.

Q. What's different about working for Kaiju compared to other companies?

A. Management encourages professional development and creativity. They let us try out new ideas, understanding that even if we fail, we learn. It’s truly a great place to work.

Photo by Ricky Flores

Tamara Kerrill Field’s writing and commentary on the intersection of race, politics and socioeconomics has been featured in USNews & World Report, the Chicago Tribune, NPR, PBS NewsHour, and other outlets. She lives in Portland, ME.

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