Engineering the Beacon Experience - A Day in the Life: Iris Kariotelli, Senior Financial Engineer
“This is the happiest I’ve ever been at work, and these are some of the smartest people I’ve ever worked with.”
Make a cup of tea, as is my duty as a naturalised Brit
Check emails and Slack to see if anything has arisen
Morning meetings, and opening up my team’s chatline for discussion
Typically, I'll go for 1 to 1 ½ hour outdoor cycle
Make lunch, and do some reading
Afternoon meetings with the New York team
Do some coding and code review
Wrap up with my team
Cook dinner for my husband and I
Finish the evening with some Xbox
Creating my Own Path
Connections Between Work and Personal Life
I’ve always had an interest in computers. My dad was a software developer, and by the time I was 5, I was learning to code. I’m quite analytical in my thinking and enjoy problem-solving. I really enjoy what I do, and think it fits well into my life.
Great Startup Opportunities
Making an impact and effecting change is easier in start-ups. Coming from over a decade in companies such as Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and Goldman Sachs, big companies have a particular way of doing business from a technical perspective. I wanted to grow and succeed as a technologist, and I now have the opportunity to work and develop without too much overhead. If you want something done at Beacon, you have the ability to just do it.
What Motivates Me
Being a people oriented person, I love working in a team. Seeing them succeed is so rewarding for me. I think that’s why I enjoy managing. Creating an environment where they are satisfied but also challenged motivates me. Also seeing our clients use what we built is really fulfilling, and pushes me to do my best work.
Cycling, Climbing, and Snowboarding
Theatre, Hamilton was great!
Rock, Pop-Rock, Indie Rock
Anything in the Mountains
Fish, going to Japan on my honeymoon was a dream
Travelling, Snowboarding, Climbing
Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial University