Over the past few weeks, we've been featuring a small handful of PingIdentians who've each been on their own career paths at Ping. Hopefully their perspectives have given you some insight into why it's so great to work here. Naturally, because it's springtime (in the U.S. at least), we've sprinkled in a generous dose of spring references.
This week, we bring it all full circle with Mark Dorey, a recently promoted development manager in our Vancouver office. Having started with Ping as a senior quality engineer, Mark was able to prove his strengths in ensuring the quality of our products before they went out the door--all while learning what it takes to add even more value higher up the development chain.
As a result, he was able to take on more and more responsibilities and move up the ranks to be able to cultivate a team of his own. Mark's own responses say it best:
What was your background prior to joining Ping? Prior to joining Ping Identity I had received a computer science degree at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and then worked at SAP Inc. for 5 years as a feature test developer on the Business Objects Enterprise product. I had previously worked for Crystal Decisions and Business Objects as a co-op student
What was your first position at Ping? My first position at Ping Identity was a Senior Quality Engineer on the PingConnect product which soon evolved into the PingOne project.
What is your current position at Ping? My current position at Ping Identity is Development Manager for the SaaS Service Development Team which builds platform services and APIs for the PingOne IDaaS product.
What has been the biggest surprise about your career path at Ping? That there are companies like Ping Identity where showing initiative, stepping out of your comfort zone and taking responsibility can make a significant difference to your career growth. Furthermore, choosing to advance my career has not forced me to make sacrifices in my family life.
What are your career expectations? As a new development manager at Ping Identity, my career expectations are focused more on building a successful engineering team where I can provide my team the same opportunities that were afforded to me during my time at the company while building products that we can all be proud of.
Do you feel Ping allows its employees the opportunity to grow? Absolutely. Ping Identity and my managers have given me opportunities to demonstrate my abilities and that was recognized through promotions and additional responsibility.
So you see, there's a reason why Ping was recognized by The Denver Post as one of Denver's Top Workplaces for 2016. Sure, working for the identity leader in the enterprise security market comes with bragging rights, but it's the freedom to grow your career that makes our culture so unique.
We hope you've enjoyed this springtime career journey through the eyes of PindIdentians, and maybe you too will want to plant your career with us. Keep an eye on our open positions, and who knows...your own career may soon be blossoming here.