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Michael Rabie

Engineering and Product
Joined AlphaSights

2016

Hometown

Massachusetts, USA

Education

University of Massachusetts Amherst, BS in Computer Science

Interests

Hiking, mountain biking, exploring new restaurants, snowboarding

Why did you join AlphaSights?
I had previously worked at larger engineering companies and I felt that there were two key pieces missing for me. Firstly, I wanted to work somewhere where my contributions directly impacted the entire business and our users – somewhere where I would feel recognized. Secondly, I wanted to work in an environment that promoted my growth and learning, so I could have the opportunity to continuously challenge myself and understand my career interests later down the line. AlphaSights’ had all of these characteristics. 

Tell me about your position at AlphaSights.
I am an engineering manager on our search and discovery team. I oversee our projects from product planning and architecture all the way through to our global releases and maintenance phases.

What is your greatest success so far?
My greatest success is securing my current role as an engineering manager. When I first joined the company, I was a software engineer eager to learn everything that I came across. I was given new opportunities in areas that I hadn’t explored in the past such as recruiting, architecture and sprint planning, and mentoring. I came to realize that I enjoyed leadership, so with the help of my manager, I was able to create clear near-term goals that helped me elevate to a management position.

What makes AlphaSights unique?
AlphaSights offers all the benefits of a start-up company without the baggage. We are constantly learning and adapting to new technologies; taking on exciting new projects that have a high impact on our users and wider business. This allows our engineers to explore areas that interest them which span from backend/frontend specific work, recruiting to project planning, regardless of their seniority and title with full executive support.

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about learning new technologies. It’s easy to use the same stack across multiple projects; I like exploring new alternatives and collaborating with the broader IT community to learn about the latest and greatest tech.

What is something interesting that you recently learned?

In PostgreSQL, the world’s most advanced open-source database, you can now set constraints and choose an immediate or deferred action.