Our "Day in the Life" series gives you a glimpse into the everyday lives of team members and our culture here at CenturyLink Cloud. The series focuses on the different teams and the roles within each team, from project managers to developers, product owners, technical writers, and administrative staff.

In this post, we highlight Steven Landow, whom CenturyLink Cloud hired directly out of a local high school here in the St. Louis metro area. He's obviously a brilliant guy and a motivated self-starter. He taught himself most of what he knows about programming. At present, Steven is a member of the Managed Services Product Automation team. He's been with the company less than a year, but in that brief tenure he's already worked in various technologies like Java, C#, JavaScript, Spring, React, and SQL, not to mention loads of other work associated with the DNS migration project that he's part of. He looks forward to the role he's going to play in helping to build a Managed DNS portal using Spring and React.

Steven shows day in and day out that he's an important contributor on a critically important team. He enjoys the sense of accomplishment he gets from seeing something that he created, or changed, or improved going into production, and knowing that he made it happen. The following interview provides insight into Steven's role at CenturyLink Cloud and, of course, some little-known facts about Steven's hobbies and interests.

  • 6:45 AM - Wake up for the first time, then hit the snooze button. I think the morning comes way too early.

  • 7:00 AM - I actually wake up and get out of bed. It's time to feed the cat, my girlfriend's fish, and our three dogs.

  • 7:30 AM - Shower, get dressed, and head out the door.

  • 7:45 AM - Sitting in traffic. Sometimes Highway 64 is more like a parking lot that a highway. You just never know.

  • 8:00 AM - I get to the office. I check my email and see if there is anything to follow up on. After that I head down the hallway to grab my first cup of coffee for the day. There are so many choices to pick from. I usually go for the Colombian dark roast, but sometimes I like a mochaccino.

  • 8:15 AM - Time to follow up on emails and finish up any work from the day before.

  • 9:15 AM - Stand-up and Team discussions. Daily stand-up usually takes about 10 minutes. Directly after that the team always has a "collaboration" session where we have more in-depth discussions on projects. We discuss what we've done and what we plan to do.

  • 10:00 AM - Sometimes it's a meeting after standup, sometimes I will start working cards and stories on our Trello board.

  • 11:00 AM - Lunch time! If it's Tuesday or Thursday, lunch is catered down the hallway in Moe's Tavern. Otherwise, I usually bring leftovers or grab something from the e-mart or the cafeteria.

  • 11:45 PM - On occasion, the team gets together to walk some of the trails around the buildings here in Maryville Center.

  • 1:30 PM - Continue working cards and stories for the day.

  • 4:30 PM - Wrap up, pack up and go home.

  • 5:00 PM - My girlfriend gets back from soccer. She's at it six days a week, and sometimes seven, if there's a game.

  • 6:00 PM - Dinner time.

  • 7:30 PM - Free time. Sometimes I'll work on side projects, or just read interesting things online.

  • 8:30 PM - Netflix with my girlfriend.

  • 10:30 PM - Lights out.

About Steven Landow

Steven started teaching himself code as a kid. He landed some freelance work along the way and then starting shooting out applications. At 17 he decided to throw his resume on on Monster.com and see what happened. The rest is history. He got scooped up and works at CenturyLink Cloud. He's 18 now and a very busy guy. Steven shares a passion for technology. He fits right in with our culture here and our passion for technology. He's convinced that people excel when they look forward to coming to work. The casual environment at CenturyLink Cloud allows him to focused on his work without feeling uncomfortable.

While pursuing a career as a software developer, Steven is also working on an undergraduate degree. He's taking night classes in Calculus III (love that multi-variable stuff!) and Statistics at one of the local community colleges. As he says, "I just enjoy math." He's also looking at a long-range goal of obtaining a degree, possibly in Computer Science with an emphasis in Machine Learning.

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