Halo Highlight: Erik Walker
“Halo Highlight” is a series of interviews showcasing our unique and talented team members. This week, we sat down with Software Quality Assurance Engineer Erik Walker to learn more about his role, the company culture at Halo, and who he’d want to have dinner with if he could.
Tell us about your role at Halo
I’m responsible for the quality of every aspect of our software which includes the database, back-end, internal APIs, external-facing APIs. The job is great in that I get to see the whole picture and work with the whole product. At some companies, you can get siloed in working on one piece of the product and that’s all you ever see. I like being able to zoom in and focus on one part when necessary but still having the full platform visible. This allows for better quality because you can see how everything is connected.
Most challenging part of job?
The QA team is responsible for supporting all of the developers and trouble-shooting for customers. We are switching gears a lot. I’m supporting four developers so I’m working on up to four different projects at one time. The best advice I received that helps with this job is “Don’t be afraid to ask silly questions.” I do that every day!
What did you want to be when you grew up?
My undergrad is in physics, but I realized I didn’t want to do a PhD in physics. I got a QA job my junior year of college and really enjoyed it.
How did you come to Halo?
It was originally through a recruiter, but what interested me is that a family member had a serious health issue and navigating that was very difficult. I had been contacted by recruiters before, but when I saw what Halo was doing for healthcare communication, I was very interested. We had some very stressful times because of the health issue, and a lot of it was because of communication and waiting on people to make decisions.
What is your favorite part of working for Halo?
People here are really great. The Columbus office recently went to an indoor rock-climbing facility, and I was really excited to see how much cheering there was for team members. Everyone was very supportive and made it to the top, which was 55 feet up. I’m an experienced and certified rock climber, so for me climbing is no big deal, but it was great to see people who had never climbed before be so successful.
What might employees be surprised to learn about you?
People just found out that I’m certified in rock climbing because of our outing, but I’ve climbed in Mexico, Panama and Ecuador. In Panama, we hiked Volcán Barú, and in Ecuador we hiked Cotopaxi. It was amazing. I also like to do small woodworking projects like shelves and planters. I made a wood card box for wedding cards for friends who got married over the summer.
Do you have a favorite book?
Anything by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Brian Sanderson, who writes several sci-fi series books.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?
Theoretical physicist Richard Feynman, because he was great at explaining things, which is half the battle to any job!