Our “Second City” blog series places the spotlight on DocuSign employees based in Chicago and Warrenville who tell us about why they decided to join DocuSign, what they do here, what it’s like living and working in Chicago (an emerging tech hub) and more. At DocuSign, we want emloyees to look back at their time here and say they did the work of their life at DocuSign. This week we sat down with Brent C. in Engineering based in Chicago to learn more about his career.
Are you originally from the Chicago area?
I grew up in the North suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. I moved to Chicago after high school to attend college at Northwestern University and decided to stay here after I graduated. Chicago’s job market was much better than Detroit’s at the time and still is. Also, I really like living in Chicago, so I didn’t really consider moving back.
What do you do at DocuSign?
I’m an engineer and manager of the front-end development team. I started working at SpringCM (acquired by DocuSign) in 2007, so I’ve been around for most of its evolution and maturation. I’ve worked on several different teams over the years, but I have always been focused on the front-end development and user interface. And, I became a manager over the last couple of years.
When did you decide to pursue a career into Technology and why?
At the start of college, I was most interested in the natural sciences (Chemistry, Physics, etc.) and I thought I would major in Chemistry. After taking some programming classes, I realized I enjoyed it and switched majors to Computer Science and Cognitive Science. The Cognitive Science major allowed me to also study Psychology and Linguistics, which I have been able to use towards my user experience and interface development, and internationalization and localization preparation, respectively.
What excites you most about working at DocuSign in Chicago?
Our office in Chicago is a great place to work primarily because of the people who work here. They are smart, talented, kind and interesting. Management is very supportive and responsive; and, we’re able to always be working on interesting and engaging projects.
Why should somebody consider working at DocuSign Chicago and building their career here?
I’ve worked here for nearly 12 years, so I certainly think it is a great place to work and build your career. You will have an opportunity to work with smart and talented people and to work on interesting and engaging projects. You will work closely with senior executives who will support your ability to learn and grow as an individual.
Chicago is an emerging tech hub and more people are considering moving to Chicago. Tell us something about the city that you love that others outside of Chicago might be surprised to hear.
You might not hear Chicagoans say it very much, but the public transportation system here is really good. The buses and trains are well maintained and are relatively safe and clean most of the time. The CTA actively works at continuing to improve based on transportation needs and feedback from riders. It has improved every year that I’ve lived here.
Lastly, tell us your favorite “non-touristy” thing to do in Chicago.
I’m not sure this counts as “non-touristy,” but one of my favorite things to do in Chicago is visit the museums, particularly the Field Museum and the Chicago Art Institute.
Interested in joining DocuSign Chicago or Warrenville and do the work of your life? Check out our job openings. We’d love to talk more.