Behind every amazing Peloton ride feature is our growing tech team with the ability to deliver an incredible experience on the bike. We’ve gained so much new talent within our engineering department that we wanted to get their take on what it’s like being new to the Peloton crew. We talked with Brendan Walker, Senior Software Engineer, on his experience so far after recently joining the team.
Throughout the job hunting process, you received other offers besides Peloton. Why did you choose here?
I was looking for an opportunity where I could work on a product that excited me, as well as a place where I can grow my career. Peloton checked both of my requirements. I never worked at a startup before, so I was anxious to experience working at a smaller company. Peloton also interested me because our business is somewhat related to my wife’s profession, Physical Therapy. I’ve learned from her how significant physical activity is for everyone; to be a part of that impact is very powerful.
How is working at Peloton different than at Microsoft where you worked on Halo?
At Halo, we had to be concerned with how well our services scaled from day one. For most games, especially with a flagship game like Halo, launch day has the most traffic you will ever receive throughout the lifetime of the game. Here, we don’t have the same scale problems as Microsoft but we are slowly getting to that point. I do think there are a lot of similarities between working at a game studio and Peloton, specifically because both try to solve a similar problem: making the user experience fun. It isn’t a problem found in most tech industries, but it can definitely be the most challenging one to solve.
How is working for a smaller team of engineers different than working on a larger team?
It allows me to have a larger impact on both the product and the direction of the product. Smaller teams also enable improved communication. At Microsoft, I generally worked on small teams, but the organizations were large. For work that involved multiple teams, decisions had to go pretty high up in the organization, which led to long delays. We have a much smaller organization, so we don’t have those kind of problems.
Do you feel that you made the right choice?
I do feel like I made the best decision. Within my first two months, I feel like I have grown significantly professionally, and have been able to contribute to our services and teams. It is also really exciting to work on a product that our members are really passionate about. It makes working here that much more exciting.
What’s your favorite part about working here?
The people are great! I really enjoy working with people who are excited to work here as well, and who are both smart and supportive.
How would you describe the company culture?
We are a nimble company that enjoys a collaborative environment while solving challenging problems. We are very customer-driven as well, and are determined to make an incredible Peloton experience for them.
What’s one thing about our culture that sets us apart from other tech companies?
I think its the community that our customers helped create that sets us apart. We receive their feedback and their personal stories, which makes it really exciting to see how my work can positively impact someone’s life.
Want to join the team? Find more information on all of our open positions here.