In The Trenches With Data Quality Engineer Saneil Suri
August 11, 2017
Oakland-based Data Quality Engineer Saneil Suri shares his experiences during his year and half at SocialCode, explaining how his work with data touches all parts of the company.
Name: Saneil Suri
Hometown: Houston, TX
College: University of Texas @ Austin
Current City: Oakland, CA
Favorite office snack? I’m addicted to the Roasted Seaweed
How long have you worked at SocialCode? 1.5 years
Surprising fact about you? I went to law school and passed the California Bar Exam, but I have never practiced law
What was the first concert you ever attended? The first concert I went to was a festival that was headlined by Lenny Kravitz
In your spare time, you can be found: hiking in the Sierras or making chai
What do you do at SocialCode and how does it impact the business?
As a data quality engineer, my primary goal is to help ensure that the data that powers our Reporting Platform is correct. The SocialCode Reporting Dashboard provides clients with a single click view of data for more than 400 advertising metrics across all advertiser brands and social platforms. I get to spend a lot of time digging into different datasets and solving little data mysteries. I work with product managers and engineers to identify and correct data issues. Data impacts almost everything at SocialCode, and obviously it has to be trustworthy and correct in order for it to be useful.
What can you do here that you can’t elsewhere?
I get to work with a group of people who are talented, motivated, and humble. I think that combination is rare and makes SocialCode a unique company. When you have peers you can learn from and rely on, it makes coming into work everyday fun. They consistently inspire me to be better;it may sound like a cliche, but it’s also true.
How have you grown at SocialCode?
Since joining SocialCode, I have increased my testing responsibilities. I’ve been fortunate to be able to test a myriad of products and datasets including databases, API’s, reports and applications. I feel empowered to identify areas that need testing and quickly, creatively and efficiently test large data sets. I am learning a lot as a liaison between our offshore QA team and the SocialCode Product team, which is a new role for me. I help the offshore QA team develop new test plans, communicate requirements, answer questions, and do my best to remove roadblocks to testing.
What’s the most exciting challenge you have solved at SocialCode?
I enjoyed being a part of the team that created the reporting dashboard. There were many people who came together to quickly design and implement dashboards and reports in order to make our data more accessible to both clients and our client team. The challenge was coming up with a way to quickly but thoroughly test the dashboard, given an aggressive deadline. It was exciting to contribute to this project by creating a test plan, working with the team to execute it, identifying bugs, and then finding new ways to fix them.
What is one of your fondest memories during your time at SocialCode?
SocialCode Connect in New Orleans last year was a great introduction to SocialCode. I had been with the company for a few months, and our company-wide summit gave me an invaluable sense of the big picture. I had the opportunity to meet and get to know people who I had previously only seen via video chat. Plus, Connect alway has inspiring and interesting speakers, top-notch events, and great food. Exploring the host city of New Orleans while eating fresh beignets and coffee wasn’t too bad either.