Name: Mike Robertson
Role: Senior frontend engineer
What do you do at Fast?
I’m a senior frontend software engineer for the Checkout Team. We own the user flow for Fast buyers checking out for the first time. I work on new features, optimizing performance, and support.
Which of our Fast values resonate with you most?
Focus on people. I really enjoy engineering products that make people’s lives better in some way. Focusing on their needs and tinkering with our products to keep making them better is really satisfying to me.
What led you to engineering?
I’ve always liked building things, and engineering is one of the best ways to turn that hobby into a career.
Where were you before Fast?
At Kroger, working on their online shopping experience. I was tech lead on the Checkout team there, which included working on the cart, scheduling, and payment experiences.
Why did you say yes to Fast?
Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a kid?
Houston, Texas. I was a bit of a bookworm, into astronomy and PC games. Games are what got me excited about learning programming, though I quickly realized I didn’t want to actually work on making games.
Proudest moment as an engineer?
Seeing how far our product had come since our first release. Also, when one of my neighbors came to me about a feature she wanted on the website I worked on, I felt proud to be working on something everyday people were using.
What’s a habit you’d like to break?
How often I order takeout.
What’s a habit you’d like to start?
Being more physically active; Phil (McDougal, Fast’s Director of Wellness) is here every day to help with that. Pre-pandemic, I walked about a mile to work and back, which kept me active.
The best career advice you’ve received?
Not received, but when I taught myself a new technology reading the documentation, that was a game changer. And, making sure to occasionally set up a side project from the ground up to keep those “muscles” exercised.
One thing about you that has been and will always be true?
I’m passionate about efficiency: I go by Mike because it’s one less syllable than Michael.
What do you know now that you would tell your past self if you could?
Take more time to enjoy where you are as a person right now; life isn’t a race.
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