Sponsor Spotlight: Meet UFG Developer Vicky

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Vicky holds a cup in the breakfroom of an office.
Vicky is a developer at UFG in Cedar Rapids.

Meet Vicky. She’s been with UFG Insurance since 1998. In 2004, she took a trainee position and learned how to code. UFG was very supportive of her move, and she’s been working as a coder ever since.

To Vicky, UFG means job security. She doesn’t worry about work-life balance because of the regular working hours (40-hour work week); good benefits, which she’s seen improve through the years (401K, PTO starts at 3 weeks, pension, profit sharing); and UFG’s dedication to being family-oriented by offering flexible work schedules, including an option for remote working.

We met her during an especially busy project time. Here’s a snapchat of a normal day in the life of Vicky the software developer.

6:00 a.m.: Morning routine, wake up & get ready for work

7:30 a.m.: Arrive at work, start checking email and Slack

9:30 a.m.: Team standup

  • Everyday, Vicky’s team gets together for 30 minutes to go over what they accomplished the prior day, any impediments they’re facing, and what they’re working on today. Her standup is a meeting of about a dozen people in-person and on the phone.

10:00 a.m.: Project meeting

12:00 p.m.: Lunch time

  • Usually, she brings her own lunch from home or goes out with her team to support a local downtown restaurant.

1:00 p.m.: Afternoon work time

  • Vicky’s work time is a mix of meetings and code reviews. She used write more code, but she has a different role with her current project. Even though she’s not writing code all day, she still has the flexibility to hop into any work her team or projects need done.

4:00 p.m.: Time to head home and walk her dog.

After work: Team celebration!

  • UFG likes to celebrate team successes. After her team completed multiple sprints (a sprint in this case is a week of committed work), UFG sent the team to Cedar Ridge for after work appetizers for app developers.

At work: Leadership

  • After her team completed multiple sprints (a sprint in this case is a week of committed work), the CTO and the Head of Project Management are going to dress up in surprise costumes.

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