The Women of NetMotion series continues this week with a spotlight on Payal Chandel, a software engineer based in our Victoria, B.C. office.
Payal has an enormously important role here at NetMotion, helping to ensure the quality of NetMotion’s software. It’s a responsibility that she takes seriously, knowing that the security and reliability of each solution can make or break the end-user experience.
In her day-to-day routine, Payal typically uses a variety of wireless networking technologies to analyze streams of real-time data. This allows her to see exactly how different conditions might impact the security, performance and general behavior of the solution once it’s out in the wild. This is further complicated by the different connectivity scenarios that NetMotion users find themselves in; often out in the field with a spotty 3G or LTE cellular signal, or with devices that constantly switch between cellular and Wi-Fi hotspots to find the best connections. Pinpointing faults is the name of the game.
Attention to detail and accuracy
Prior to joining NetMotion in January of this year, Payal had recently graduated from the University of Victoria, and had worked briefly as a business intelligence analyst. Although being an analyst was also a demanding career choice, software testing has proven to require a whole new level of attention to detail and accuracy that Payal says has kept her on her toes.
One particularly challenging aspect of Payal’s role has been the steep learning curve. Having a lot of new information to absorb while working with such a complex product can be a daunting task. But it’s also a rewarding one, as Payal puts her education to use in the real world where it has real impact.
“I love the fact that I work with such talented people. They all have a passion for the work that they do and a dedication to achieve NetMotion’s goals and values. There is a strong collaborative relationship between the teams, and an inclusive environment where diversity is valued. The company has provided me with a chance to grow and constantly learn, and I get the tools and the support I need to excel in my role.”Payal Chandel, software engineer at NetMotion
After completing her undergraduate studies in computer science, Payal wanted to stay in Victoria, where she was born and raised. Who can blame her? With a mild climate and incredible scenery all around, Victoria can also lay claim to a burgeoning tech industry. The city has become a second home for many technology companies from across Canada and the U.S., all vying to tap into the local talent pool.
Speaking of talent, NetMotion has enjoyed a presence in Canada for well over a decade. In the last few years the company has expanded so quickly that we decided to open a new office in the heart of the downtown business district. This has proven to be an ideal location, offering easy access to our headquarters in Seattle via a short plane ride or ferry trip.
That’s what initially put NetMotion on Payal’s radar. But what helped close the deal was the opportunity to meet some of her future colleagues during the interview process. She especially remembers the positivity that she felt after talking with Christina and Nicole from NetMotion’s HR team. This gave her a good sense of the culture that NetMotion has tried so hard to cultivate. And as Payal continued meeting various people in the company, she was confident that she had found a place with a positive, encouraging atmosphere that would also stretch her skills.
At the end of the day, that’s what Payal finds most rewarding. She gets to work with people she admires and sees a common thread that ties it to her personal goals.
“I see confidence, humility, respect and inclusivity. Those are definitely traits that I admire, and ones that I try to exemplify in everything that I do.”Payal Chandel, software engineer at NetMotion
Welcome to the team, Payal.
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