What is your current job?
Hi! I’m Sarah, and I work as an application engineer in the Open Service and Production Department. My responsibilities include efficient system design, development, code review, testing and release management. We’re developing a service used for purchasing lottery tickets, but we also work on other services used for maintaining stable operations, conducting surveys, and improving existing features.
I joined Rakuten as a new graduate employee, straight out of university, and I’ve been an engineer here for a year and a half now. I undertook on-the-job training (OJT) for four months after I was assigned to my current department. In addition to what I learned at university, I was able to pick up lots of new techniques used at Rakuten and deepen my knowledge of application development during my training.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
What do you enjoy most
about your job?
The most enjoyable part about working as an application engineer is writing code. As an engineer, I enjoy the satisfying sense of confidence you get when you find the right solution for a problem. Last year, I worked on a new project for a campaign we were running. Even though we were working under a very tight schedule, I was able to hold multiple discussions with the producer and finally found the best design method just in time.
As application engineers, our biggest challenge is to create a great user experience. It's not just about making a project a success, it's about providing a valuable experience for the user. When you get that right, it’s really one of the most satisfying feelings in the world.
Why do you work at Rakuten?
I love coming in to work every day, because there's always something exciting going on at Rakuten. I love my job, but being able to work with wonderful colleagues is one of the biggest reasons why I enjoy working here. At Rakuten, we support each other. With the help of my teammates, who I respect a lot, we develop all kinds of tools, check each other’s code, and receive a great deal of cooperation and support along the way. In fact, we’re close enough that we feel comfortable joking around with one another … which leads to the occasional prank now and then.
Rakuten is a great work environment: Many of the facilities available here help to keep me motivated, including the fitness club and cafeterias.
What’s a typical day like for you?
I catch breakfast at the office cafeteria when I arrive at Rakuten, and start working at 9:00 a.m. In addition to checking the progress of my teammates, we also share important information and updates. I usually spend lunch time with my colleagues, but, depending on the day, I may have a lunch meeting with my manager. When my work settles down in the afternoon, I head over to the office fitness club and work out for a bit.
Before I leave, I make a point of replying to all the emails I received that day. Once that’s done, I go back home feeling refreshed and confident about having finished a fulfilling day at work.
- Travel to work by bus and have breakfast at the Rakuten cafeteria.
- Share the latest tech topics with the team; Continue work on planning services and regular service maintenance.
- Lunch with colleagues. (Sometimes I have lunch meetings with my manager.)
- Work on project planning, technical design, development, system testing and quality assurance.
- Evening meeting with team members: sharing the day’s work progress and revised schedules; sometimes bringing up new ideas or new technical proposals.
- Go to fitness club in Rakuten Crimson House to refresh myself.
- Reply to all the day’s emails before I head home.