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Day in the Life: Meet Tom

Today’s blog post was written by Kayla Silverstein, Marketing Specialist at Sonoma Partners.

No two days are alike for a Sonoma Partners Project Manager (PM). We interviewed Tom Demana to get a “snapshot” of what it’s really like to be a PM at Sonoma. In this post, Tom shares his thoughts on his favorite aspects of Sonoma Life and what he thinks it takes to be successful on the Sonoma Partners project management team.


How would you describe a typical day in the life of a Sonoma PM?

Tom-sonomapartners-3Tom:  Every day is different. I try and schedule as many of my client team meetings as I can early in the week. I find this gives the project team more time later in the week to go heads-down and pump out our work. My personal work could be anything from making a project document to planning future work with a customer, or getting hands-on and doing CRM customizations. It’s hard to describe a typical day just because there really isn’t one as a PM at Sonoma Partners – and for me, that’s the best part! Each client is different, each CRM use case has its own unique spin – there isn’t anything repetitive in my day-to-day, and I love that about project management at Sonoma Partners.

What is your favorite part of working at Sonoma Partners?

Tom: I know it’s said again and again in these “day in the life” blog posts, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say the people.  Sonoma truly does have a wonderful culture and even what I would call a community about it. I really feel like I get along with everyone, and they’re fun. It’s not just tolerable people here – they’re interesting people with unique lives and hobbies that make traveling for projects amusing and not just mundane travel for work. These are very smart people but with the openness to want to teach and learn from you as well. It makes even the more challenging of projects enjoyable when the team that has your back are people you respect, trust, and enjoy. Tom-sonomapartners-10

I would also say our “SWEET” policy. Being a PM can sometimes feel a bit like being a doctor on call for patients. If it’s late but a client needs something desperately, I’m up and on my computer. With “SWEET,” I can work extra one day, and if it’s a bit slow on a Friday afternoon, I can flex my hours and call it an early weekend. I love that Sonoma Partners respects the time of its employees and understands that this is not a regular 9 to 5 position all of the time.

Tom-sonomapartners-7What is your favorite part of being a project manager at Sonoma Partners?

Tom: I really like the structure and methodology in place on our project management team. We have a methodology that we use as a framework, but we don’t pigeon-hole ourselves into doing the same thing for each client. Every customer you meet has a different business model. I can tap into what I know has worked in the past and modify from there. I like that Sonoma Partners encourages and respects that method.

What is your favorite Sonoma perk?

Tom: Taco Tuesday (free tacos on the first Tuesday of the month) is one of my favorite perks. Everyone gathers in the lunchroom for make-your-own tacos, and you get to catch up with people you may not have seen for a bit.

What advice do you have for future Sonoma PMs?

Tom: Be flexible. We try and do things in an organized manner, but no customer is totally like another. Be comfortable thinking on your feet. Be honest and transparent with your clients. They’ll appreciate your sincerity and trust you all the more for it. Also, remember that you have a really strong team that has your back. If you’re feeling confused or struggling to answer a question, connect with your tech lead. Don’t just shoot off an email; pick up the phone or visit someone if they are in the office. Talking through the issue usually resolves it the most quickly. We have amazing people here, and not all of the weight of the project falls on your shoulders.

What do you think it takes to be a successful PM?

Tom: Strong communication skills. It’s important to know when and what to communicate and to be mindful of how you involve your client and your team. It also takes a strong attention to detail and the ability to juggle multiple priorities. A project manager can have several clients at once, and they’ll need to know how to best manage all of them in a manner that makes them all feel like they’re your only client.

Are you interested in joining our project management team? We’re hiring!

Topics: Careers at Sonoma

Day in the Life: Meet Dibbs

Today's blog post was written by Kayla Silverstein, Marketing Specialist at Sonoma Partners.

William “Dibbs” Dibbern shared with us what it’s like to be a developer at Sonoma Partners, his favorite aspects of Sonoma Life, and what it takes to be successful on our technology team.


How would you describe a typical day in the life of a Sonoma developer?

Dibbs-3Dibbs: Each day is different. Once or twice a week, I’ll have status update meetings on my projects which help to ensure everyone is on the same page, determine what still needs to be worked on, and how we can best move forward. I am rarely in meetings all day – that’s a great aspect of working at Sonoma Partners. They really recognize that most devs do their best work uninterrupted and heads-down. I’m given my space to get “in my flow” and determine how I work best.

What is your favorite part of working at Sonoma Partners?

Dibbs-12Dibbs: I have to say the people. Everyone here is incredibly smart, and I know they have my back. I’ve been here for seven years, and I’m always impressed and inspired by the work ethic of my fellow Sonomans. I also like the variety of the work I do. Every six to eight months or so, I get a new project, a new project team, and a new set of challenges. The work is constantly evolving. And the people are too! We’re a lively bunch, and it makes every day exciting.

Dibbs-13What is your favorite Sonoma perk?

Dibbs: The ability to work when I want, where I want, is huge. Through Sonoma Partners “SWEET” program, I can choose when and where I work best to get something done. It allows me to really get in the zone and work more effectively.

What advice do you have for future Sonoma developers?

Dibbs: Be ready to learn a lot. You have to go in understanding that everyone here is an expert in something, and as much as you might know about such-and-such language or technology, expect to be humbled. I would also encourage new developers at Sonoma to try and be as open in your communication as possible. The sooner you ask a question or communicate an issue, the sooner we’re able to help. I always tell new hires to be more vocal than you feel you should be – we don’t bite! We don’t micromanage here, so raise your hand if you need something. We’re always happy to help.

What do you think it takes to be a successful developer at Sonoma Partners?

Dibbs-9Dibbs: I think showing initiative is an important quality for developers, but you need to be smart about it. When we are asked to fix this bug, or research this item, sometimes it seems easiest to just dive in head first. I find the most successful developers understand the importance of taking a step back, really thinking about what you’re being asked to do, and sometimes questioning whether the designed approach is the right approach. I think it’s great to be someone who understands the difference between just working hard and working smart.

Lastly, be fun! Do more than just getting your work done. Be engaged and involved. We have so many awesome ways to be a part of our culture here – whether that’s volunteering at the Food Depository or attending one of our monthly happy hours. We’re a fun bunch, and I think you enjoy your work more when you take the time to build relationships with your teammates.

Thanks, Dibbs!

Are you interested in joining our tech team? Check out our open positions here.

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How to Be Awesome at Sonoma Part 7: Be Fun

This post continues our “How to Be Awesome” series, highlighting exemplary Sonomans who live out the different elements of our “How to Be Awesome” list.


From people who act like pros, deliver quality work, communicate well, just do it, foster a positive environment, and manage themselves, we are in no shortage of awesomeness at Sonoma Partners. The next element of our “How to Be Awesome” list to highlight is be fun.

Yes, it’s work…but we can still have some laughs along the way. We have a team of great people, and we look to hire others who are fun to work with. Take the time to attend company events, eat lunch with others, and get to know your coworkers.

Here are some Sonomans who are fun to work with and how they do it:

Doug_croppedDoug Fighter – Principal Consultant

“Doug knows how to interject humor into meetings. He has appropriate timing to focus on productivity when necessary, but it can also help clients and Sonomans crack a smile when necessary.” - A fellow Sonoman

What advice do you have for others to “be fun”?

“Project work is full of highs and lows and the lows can be very stressful and deflating. It’s most important in those times that you find some moments of levity to remind the team that we’re in it together and we should do our best to find the fun.” - Doug Fighter

Pam Powell – Senior AnalystPam_powell_

“Pam Powell will always add a laugh to a meeting that is very dry or no one will speak. I'm grateful that she goes off mute even if it's just to respond that she can hear me. She is funny and lightens situations when appropriate.” - A fellow Sonoman

What does “be fun” mean to you?

“’Being fun’ is laughing with the team, which means not only fellow Sonomans but also clients. We spend such a large portion of our waking hours at work; it’d be a shame not to enjoy them!” - Pam Powell

Kayla_cropped-1Kayla Silverstein – Marketing Specialist

“For being here only just over a year, Kayla has really engrained herself in Sonoma. She makes an effort to know everyone, is at every event, and often around the office. She's extremely personable and is always good for a few laughs.” - A fellow Sonoman

What advice do you have for others to “be fun”?

“I think my advice for others is to be aware of your surroundings. Being fun can mean a lot of things, but above all, it’s about being a good person and a pleasant person to be around. I try and notice if someone is sitting alone at lunch and join them or include someone for drinks after work if it seems they’re having a stressful week. I believe it’s all about doing your part to create a positive work environment.” - Kayla Silverstein

Rachel Sullivan – Principal ConsultantRachel_cropped-1

“This is for sure Rachel. I always see her interacting with a variety of Sonomans, and she always comes to work with a smile and positive attitude.” – A fellow Sonoman

Why is being fun an important part of the How to Be Awesome list at Sonoma?

“At Sonoma, we look to be the best at what we do. To do this, we work in teams and learn a lot from each other. Being fun is part of what makes a team work and improve together.” - Rachel Sullivan

Kristian_croppedKristian Altuve – Business Analyst

“He is absolutely hysterical just being himself. He is so genuine and a pleasure to work with.” - A fellow Sonoman

What does “be fun” mean to you?

“Fun is a state of mind, and it takes humility to get there. I think the first step is giving ourselves the permission to “be fun.” Once we do that, the space for creativity and foolishness opens up.” - Kristian Altuve

Interested in joining our awesome team of Sonomans? Check out our open positions here.

Topics: Careers at Sonoma

Day in the Life: Meet Charles

Today's blog post was written by Kayla Silverstein, Marketing Specialist at Sonoma Partners.

From Inside Sales Rep to Account Executive, Charles Winkler has seen many sides of Sonoman life.

We sat down with Charles to hear more about what it’s like working at Sonoma on our sales team, his favorite parts of Sonoman life, and what advice he has for future Sonoma sellers.


How would you describe a typical day in the life of a Sonoma Account Executive?

Winkler: Every day is different. I’m typically working down my to-do list of follow-ups, scheduling meetings with prospects, and making phone calls. Sometimes I have check-ins with the folks at Microsoft or with my manager. There is very little micromanaging in this role, so the day is very much what I choose to make of it.

What is your favorite part about working at Sonoma Partners?

Winkler: I really love the people at this organization. Everyone is very smart and works hard to help the business be successful. I’m never at a loss for people to ask questions of.

I also love the opportunity to grow and develop here. I began my work at Sonoma Partners as an Inside Sales Representative, mostly cold calling and prospecting at the top of the funnel. After working in that role for a few years, I was given the opportunity to move into an Account Executive role. Now, I get to see my deals all the way through to close. I’m the point of contact throughout the process, and I’m constantly interacting with customers. I really love taking on a consultative role in my selling – listening to the customer and customizing a plan for them with the help of other team members. I find it a very fulfilling role because you can see the impact you get to make on your prospects. I listen to their struggles and see what we can do to help.

CRM is also an exciting industry to be in. I’m on the Microsoft-side of our organization, and the product is always evolving. New updates and releases keep me on my toes and constantly learning to better help my customers. With all the different use cases for CRM and the industries it touches, it’s a lot of fun to challenge prospects with a new use case they may not have considered before. Selling custom solutions with a leading brand name behind it doesn’t hurt either.

What is your favorite Sonoma perk?

Winkler: Sonoma life is definitely a good one. I enjoy the work/life balance the company allows its employees. I also enjoy the “Boost My Roost” benefit that allows me to provide for my home office. I really believe Sonoma Partners is invested in making sure I have all the tools I need to be successful at this organization.

What advice do you have for future Sonoma sellers?

Winkler: The advice I would give for future Sonoma sellers is to utilize your coworkers. As I said, these are incredibly smart people, so use them to your advantage to differentiate from the competition and win.

Also, be patient, especially if you’re new to CRM. There is a lot to learn here, and it comes with time. Watch, listen, and absorb to be the best seller you can and fully wrap your arms around the product.

Lastly, get to know your coworkers early and often. The better rapport you have, the more successful you’ll be and fun you’ll have.

What do you think it takes to be successful at Sonoma and in our sales organization?

Winkler: Don’t wait for others to make things happen – get after it. We talk about being “hungry” for the deal. Staying focused and doing all that you can to move opportunities along will pay off, so don’t give up.

Relationships are key to being successful at Sonoma. Not only with our customers, but also with our software vendors. Make sure you’re in close contact with all of these players and building those relationships. It will pay off big time.

Thanks, Charles! Are you interested in joining our sales organization? Check out our open positions here.

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How to Be Awesome at Sonoma Part 6: Manage Yourself

This post continues our “How to Be Awesome” series, highlighting exemplary Sonomans who live out the different elements of our “How to Be Awesome” list.

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From Sonomans who act like pros, deliver quality work, communicate well, just do it, and foster a positive environment, we have some pretty awesome employees. The next element of our “How to Be Awesome” list to highlight is manage yourself.

Managing yourself is a fundamental aspect of what it means to be an awesome Sonoman. It’s about making sure you can handle multiple projects at once and prioritize urgent versus just important items. You understand that the best-case scenario rarely happens and plan accordingly. You anticipate problems before they happen and alert others with ample time to adjust course accordingly. We aren’t believers in micro-management, so don’t make yourself someone who requires it.

Here is how some Sonomans manage themselves:

NathenNathen Drees – Senior Developer

“I don’t know if anyone is better at prioritization and seeing conflicts before they happen than Nathen. He readjusts estimates, coordinates with project leads, and dives right in where he is needed most.”

What advice do you have for others trying to manage themselves?

Nathen: Find a way to be organized. Managing yourself often just involves being organized enough to see the conflicts far down the road, which then empowers you to react accordingly. Being organized also helps you collate the various ideas and conversations you have with people and allows you to start finding themes that you can act on.

Ashley Alexander - QA Ashley (1)

“Ashley Alexander has really demonstrated how to juggle multiple demands at once, and she’s really good at it. She’s had to get creative with QA resources, and she always pitches in to help. Not only has she mastered managing herself, but she’s been incredibly proactive in managing the QA team to keep us on schedule.”

What does “manage yourself” mean to you?

Ashley: Manage yourself means to be able to productively work with others, to ensure that the end goal is met effectively, all while being accountable for yourself.

Eli Kloswick - Developer

“While working with Eli, I know I can count on him to get all of his work done despite the demands of his other projects. I will forget I assigned him something, remember, check-in with him, and he always very nonchalantly responses with, ‘It’s done, in a change set, and ready to be deployed.’ This guy must have a million things to do, but he makes them all his priority, and he always comes through with a top-notch product.”

Why is “manage yourself” an important part of the how to be awesome list at Sonoma?

Eli: Sonoma has a culture of being self-sufficient. It’s expected that you can handle what’s on your plate in a reasonable manner. Not having to constantly check in on team members for fear of sluggish progress is one of the many things that makes Sonoma great.

Interested in joining our awesome team of Sonomans? Check out our open positions here.

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How to Be Awesome at Sonoma Part 5: Foster a Positive Environment

This post continues our “How to Be Awesome” series, highlighting exemplary Sonomans who live out the different elements of our “How to Be Awesome” list. Banner

We’ve heard how Sonomans act like pros, deliver quality work, communicate well, and just do it. Next is the fifth item on our “How to Be Awesome” list: foster a positive environment.

We believe fostering a positive environment is about setting positive examples for others to follow. Your complaints include ideas and suggestions on how to fix a problem. You are humble and accept constructive feedback without defensiveness. Staying open to new ideas and suggestions is important along with accepting work assignments with a positive attitude, no matter how small a task it may seem.

Here is how some Sonomans help foster a positive environment:

DibbsWilliam “Dibbs” Dibbern – Principal Developer

“Dibbs is one of the most cheerful and helpful people to find when you have a question and is always willing to discuss and help you find your way.”

What advice do you have for others trying to “foster a positive environment”?

Dibbs: I really enjoy solving problems as I see each one as an opportunity for me to learn something new, as well as a puzzle yet to be solved. Mentally framing a problem in a fun way like that helps to keep you energized and on track. One thing I picked up along the way is to be conscious of when I’m voicing a problem by itself. That poor problem is so lonely. Problems like to be paired with solutions. Offering a solution up with a problem will show that you’ve really thought through the problem at hand and cut back on a lot of the back and forth.

Mike Collins – Senior Consultant Mike-collins

“Mike brings ideas to start a conversation or project, but isn’t set on his way being best. He is open to team suggestions and goes with whatever solution makes the most sense, even if it is not necessarily his.”

Why is “foster a positive environment” an important part of the “How to Be Awesome” list for Sonoma?

Mike: I think that having a company culture at Sonoma that focuses on the positives rather negatives is a huge asset because so much more can be accomplished when everyone stays positive and is focused on the same goal.

Interested in joining our awesome team of Sonomans? Check out our open positions here.

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How to Be Awesome at Sonoma Part 4: Just Do It


This post continues our “How to Be Awesome” series, highlighting exemplary Sonomans who live out the different elements of our “How to Be Awesome” list.

So we’ve heard from some of our pros, quality deliverers, and communicator extraordinaires. Next is the fourth item on the “How to Be Awesome” list: just do it.

We feel that “just do it” emphasizes that you do what you say you will. Telling a client or a co-worker that you’ll get something done is a commitment. Your colleagues can feel confident that you’ll complete your work in a timely manner. When necessary, you’re willing to work late nights or weekends to meet your deadlines.

Here is how some Sonomans are just doing it:

Katy Moy – Graphic Designer
“Katy is unstoppable. She has never missed a deadline, is always handling multiple projects with competing due dates, creates effective marketing materials, and does it all without ever complaining. Her work ethic is second to none. I have worked with very few people like Katy in my life and feel lucky that I get to be on her team.”

What advice do you have for others trying to “just do it”?
Set realistic goals and be enthusiastic about what you do. Collaborate with your team members. Surround yourself with people who inspire you (which is abundant at Sonoma Partners!). Try to learn something new every day within your work.

Pete Majer – Principal Consultant Pete
“Pete is always very responsive and keeps on top of things. He’s always willing to do what he can to help out and jump in to provide whatever support he can. I can’t think of a time when he told me or the client he would get something done and didn’t."

What does “just do it” mean to you?
Nobody likes to work late nights or weekends, but sometimes it’s mandatory. The biggest thing about “just do it” to me is being honest. If you promise someone that you’ll get something done by a specific date, you better do everything in your power to get it done by that deadline.

Vickie Stevens – Sr. HR Generalist
“Vickie is a powerhouse in getting things done and doesn’t let anything stand in her way. I always know she will meet her deadlines, and I never have to remind her to get something done. She is a joy to work with.”

Why is “just do it” an important part of the “How to Be Awesome” list for Sonoma?
“Just do it” is an essential part of our “How to Be Awesome” list. We rely on each other as an organization to do what we say we will. Sonomans love the people they work with in big part because they can rely on them to put in the extra time or effort to get the work done and “just do it.”

Interested in joining our awesome team of Sonomans? Check out our open positions here.

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How to Be Awesome at Sonoma Part 3: Be a Good Communicator


This post is the third in our "How to Be Awesome" series, highlighting exemplary Sonomans who live out the different elements of our "How to Be Awesome" list.

The third item on the “How to Be Awesome” list: be a good communicator. This emphasizes the importance of ensuring your message is clear and unambiguous, whether through verbal or written techniques. To be a good communicator you also understand the difference in levels of communication to various audiences and determining what is most appropriate.

Here is how some Sonomans are excellent communicators:

ElaineElaine Chang – Developer
“Elaine is fantastic about letting you know what questions she has in a very concise, clear manner. They’re always well-thought-out, and she’s done the research to provide different options if we need to make a choice of which direction to go. She’s also great about proactive communication about hitting hours for the week and status of items.”

What does being a good communicator mean to you?
For me, being a good communicator means having the ability to convey information in a clear and succinct manner. I try to provide as much applicable information as possible when both asking and answering questions. I find this cuts down on misunderstandings and misinterpretations.

Dan Leszkowicz – Senior Account Executive Dan
“Dan is a clear, concise communicator internally at Sonoma, but also (and especially) with his clients. He writes excellent, clear emails. When in-person, he speaks well and provides a steady, knowledgeable presence that clients love.”

What tip would you give for being a good communicator?
I learned early-on in my career, that perception is reality.  And communication, regardless of medium, is really all people have, on which to base those perceptions.  Being a good communicator requires having something valuable to contribute, but that’s just table stakes.  The rest – it’s all about good, old-fashioned manners.  Treat your audience how you’d like to be treated, say “please” and “thank you”, and listen more than you speak.

RachelRachel Sullivan – Senior Consultant
“Rachel always lets Sonomans and customers know what she’s working on for them and when they can expect the next step. I’m currently working with her on a customer project, and she has been a pleasure to work with. She has done an excellent job of leading the customer through the process quickly and precisely, and she always communicates the process and timeline in a clear manner. The documentation she has created for the engagement has been very professional.”

Why is being a good communicator important at Sonoma?
Rachel: I think being a good communicator is important at Sonoma and every day because it creates an environment where everyone is on the same page. When people are aligned in what needs to get done and when, it helps the team work towards one goal together instead of as individuals.

Interested in joining our awesome team of Sonomans? Check out our open positions here.

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How to Be Awesome at Sonoma Part 2: Deliver Quality Work


This post is the second in our "How to Be Awesome" series, highlighting exemplary Sonomans who live out the different elements of our "How to Be Awesome" list.

The second item on the “How to Be Awesome” list: deliver quality work. We define this as paying attention to the details, avoiding small errors, and making sure you are a true team player in your projects. Clients consider your work output nothing short of world-class.

Here is how some Sonomans deliver quality work:

Kevin1Kevin Yamashita – Sales Engineer
“His attention to detail on demos is amazing! He truly cares about getting everything done right, even if it means more work.”

How do you deliver quality work at Sonoma Partners?
Don’t be afraid to take some time to really think before acting on something. Is this the right thing to do? Is there a smarter or faster approach? How can I do this better next time? Then once you start a task, be tenacious and dedicated. Smell for smoke early and often. Feel obligated to escalate or to ask for help as necessary. If something seems off, be willing to rock the boat and to ask “why?”

Brad Bosak – VP of Development Brad
“I can always count on Brad to deliver even with limited information and usually in situations where we have limited experience. He did so again with one of our applications, figuring out the appropriate solutions and taking the designs from our UX team and making them work for our needs.”

What tip would you give for delivering quality work?
Take pride in your work. If you take the time to fully understand the requirements and really care about what you’re doing, it will be reflected in your output.

AnneAnne Hoesly – Senior Consultant
“Anne goes above and beyond to make sure her client projects are as successful as possible. She identified very early on that one of the UAT processes that a client team was using was not thorough enough and organized a plan for us to do our own scenario testing. As expected, this process identified a number of things that were never considered by the client and provided us the time to resolve those issues before go-live.”

What does “Deliver Quality Work” mean to you?
Anne: For me, delivering a quality product means attention to detail and always keeping the business process as the first priority. A tool is only as powerful as how well it enables the person using it. Ensuring that I always focus on a client’s end users and their needs allows me to create products that make the most impact.

Do you want to join our awesome team of Sonomans? Check out our open positions here.

Topics: Careers at Sonoma

Day in the Life: Meet Michael



Why do I like working at Sonoma?

For one thing, everyone is incredibly smart and self-motivated at work...and cool to hang out with after.

My internship prepared me for this experience.

Mike2As an intern at Sonoma, I got a lot of exposure to what the industry is like and what skills are the most in-demand. The opportunity to work with big name technologies while I was still in school gave me a lot of perspective about the direction I wanted to take my career. It allowed me to tailor my senior year class selection to better match up with the type of work I wanted to do after I graduated.

I learned a lot more during that summer than any semester in school and really felt like I was advancing my career.  Sonoma even allowed me to take Salesforce certification exams – I got two!  This made me highly desirable to employers at the following career fair, but I knew I wanted to come back to the atmosphere at Sonoma.

It’s convenient to get to.

In the morning I enjoy breakfast with my roommates and then I’m out the door to catch the Brown Line to work. Southport…Belmont……Chicago…Washington/Wells! That’s me. Off the train and up to the office I go.

We have snacks-a-plenty. Mike1

I grab a granola bar and a cup of coffee from Sonoma Partners’ phenomenally stocked kitchen then head to my desk. From there, I’m pretty much heads-down. I find that I work best in the morning when I dig right in to my software development work. I primarily work in C# and Apex (for coding languages with an occasional JavaScript project.

I get great exposure to other kinds of businesses.

I like the combination of consulting and software development work I’m able to do at Sonoma Partners. Working as a Developer at Sonoma is unique because you’re not just limited to working with code. You have the opportunity to interact with clients and truly see what impact you are making on the businesses you’re working with.

Lunchtime is with friends.

For lunch, I’m about 50/50 split between bringing sandwiches from home and going to Blackwood BBQ or Blaze Pizza around the corner from our office. There are so many good options around here, but those are my two favorites. I try my best to eat at the lunch table, but sometimes I get too sucked in to a project to step away. When I do sit at the lunch table, the company is always top notch.

Thursday’s we have Lunch & Learns.

On Thursdays, I eat my lunch with my fellow Developers at our weekly Lunch & Learns. The topics vary, but they’re always interesting. Whether it’s about a pet project or a clever way to solve a client problem, I always enjoy hearing from other Sonomans on what they’re passionate about.

Afternoon meetings are always helpful to touch base with my team. Mike3

Typically, I have one or two status calls with my project team in the afternoon, in between my time spent coding. These calls help to get everyone on the same page, address any potential problems in the code, and field any questions trickled down from the client to our team.

Mike4It is the perfect work/life balance.

Sonoma Partners has a fantastic, flexible work schedule for people to operate when they want, where they want. Working later early in the week allows me to meet my deadlines and work at a more relaxed pace on Friday afternoons.

When I leave I typically head for the gym to get a workout in. Then, I watch sports and enjoy a few beers with my roommates. I try to stay logged in – at least on my phone – to answer any team questions. Typically, they’re quick and easy to respond to on my phone. I rarely have to field client questions after business hours.

Then, it’s bedtime!


Topics: Careers at Sonoma