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Meet Sangmin Lee: The Fast Interview

Sangmin Lee, software engineer at Fast


Name: Sangmin Lee

Role: Software Engineer

Team: Orders

What do you do at Fast?

I’m a software engineer for the Orders Team. I design, implement, and maintain features for Fast Checkout and order processing.

Describe your typical day at Fast.

I have meetings with colleagues, and often interview engineering candidates. Focus time is built into every day for coding.

Favorite thing about engineering?

I like what computers allow us to do – I can use it for gaming, watching movies, shopping, and more. This small machine can do so much, and engineering lets us build new things that change lives. I knew I’d be an engineer for the rest of my life when I was in high school.

Where were you before Fast?

I was at Uber for two years. I worked on their order platform, which handles post-order processing.

Why did you say yes to Fast?

I saw so much that Fast is doing to improve the current online checkout experience. 

Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a kid?

Seoul, South Korea. I was outgoing and funny for the first half, and shy and quiet as I got older.

What was your first job?
Since military service is mandatory in Korea, I worked for two years as a social service agent at Seoul Eastern District Court. I managed the training sessions of reserve forces and civil defense for court employees.

What are Fast engineers doing that stands out?

Everybody is willing to help each other. We can easily jump on a Zoom call to work through things collaboratively. Nobody is alone.

What is Fast doing that really stands out?

Fast does remote-first really well when it comes to communication and productivity with teammates who live in different time zones. Also, I liked the remote-first, Fast Flex program, since I like to travel. I can work on my engineering while on a flight.

How is your desk set up?

I have a standing desk, a 37.5-inch curved monitor with a laptop stand behind it, a cell phone stand, tablet stand, and a Happy Hacking keyboard with a light mouse.

Morning person or night owl?

Night owl.

Your non-negotiables for life?

Always eat delicious food and drink good drinks.

What food or drink is always at your desk?

Good multivitamins and water.

Proudest moment as an engineer?

I haven’t found it yet, but I’m confident that it’s going to happen while I’m at Fast.

One thing about you that has been and will always be true?

I’ll always have at least one hobby. I’ve done snowboarding, tennis, and bowling; now I’m golfing and fishing.

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