Meet the Team: Izabela Baldyga
Q. How did you get started here?
I was researching tech companies in Worcester when I stumbled upon the ten24 site. I immediately began reading about Slatwall, and I knew I was interested in working here very soon after that. But it wasn’t until there was a job posting that it was a better fit for me.
Q. How long have you been working here?
Since July 2017.
Q. What exactly is it that you do here?
My title is Client Solutions Manager. This role is half product owner, half project manager, and half relationship manager. And yes, your math is correct. In a nutshell, we work with our clients to define and document the requirements for their project, and then liaise between the client and the development team.
Q. What are some of the projects you’ve worked on in the past?
In one of my projects, we built a custom web-based application submission and review process for manufacturers seeking to qualify their commercial lighting products. In another project, we took the complex shipping rules of a wine retailer and built them out, so that their online checkout would show the right options, depending on what you were shipping and where. In a more recent project I’m leading, we’re going to allow folks to purchase shares and become part owners of a soccer team. The projects I’ve worked on are all very different.
Q. Best resource you have found for work?
Can’t say I have one go-to place, but here are some of the emails that get me through the week:
Q. Do you have any special tricks to be more efficient at your job?
Yes. I wait until the deadline is imminent and I absolutely must do the thing, and then I do the thing. Also, you should check out this TED talk about it.
Q. Are you a coffee drinker?
Definitely! I have a small, but growing collection of coffee making stuff at home. French press, pour-over, Chemex, moka pot, you name it.
Q. What do you spend the most time doing each day?
Talking to clients, talking to developers, and organizing information.
Q. How do you spend your free time?
I love to travel. I actually really enjoy planning travel, too. A lot of people who know me will usually just ask, “So, where are you going next?” They just take it for granted that I’m going somewhere. When I’m not traveling and I’m home, I really like to cook and experiment in the kitchen. My family is Polish so I learned how to cook a few things from them, but I also like to experiment with recipes I find online. My roommate is my guinea pig for anything I cook.
Q. Favorite movie?
That’s a really hard one to answer. I don’t really have a favorite movie, but a classic movie that I like is Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Q. Favorite local lunch place?
Q. Do you have a nickname?
Bald Eagle. But mostly I go by Izzy.
Q. Favorite restaurant?
Picking one single favorite is hard. In Worcester, although it’s kind of a splurge, I am a big fan of Lock 50.
Q. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I was in college during the time that the recession hit, so I had a lot of different jobs in college. One of the worst jobs I had was selling advertising for a For Sale By Owner website. They were overpriced and very dishonest. So when I figured that out, I left.
Q. Do you have any special secret talents?
I can speak Polish, but that’s not really a talent. I have a hitchhiker's thumb and I can touch my nose with my tongue.
Q. Favorite Video Game
I don’t really play video games now, but I grew up playing Nintendo 64, and some PC games like Zoo Tycoon and Rollercoaster Tycoon. My brother and I were so addicted to them that my mom used to have to take away the keyboard.
Q. Project you are most proud of?
At my previous company we were using a desktop-based fulfillment program to generate shipping labels and it was crashing all the time. It was crashing on Mondays when we had hundreds of packages to ship out. I worked with a consultant to research alternatives and we found a great cloud-based solution, which worked faster and was less expensive. It felt really good to be a part of a project that had an impact on people who I was working with. You could see that it made their day-to-day jobs easier.
Q. Dream vacation?
Greece. India. The Amalfi coast. Or maybe, a road trip through Baja California. Too many to list.
Q. Favorite website to kill time?
I have happily wasted hours of my life browsing Airbnb listings. I also like to read on Quora. It’s like a better Yahoo Answers, where you can subscribe to specific topics. I read Food52, which is kinda for foodies.
Q. What is your favorite internet cat celebrity?
My favorite is Maru, who is a real cat. And my second is Simon’s Cat, who is an animated cat. The days of internet cats ruling the internet have come and gone, though, and dogs are all the rage now. So you should probably check out Walter Geoffrey.