A Day within the Lifetime of a Cloud Engineer at Slack Australia

06:15 AM

My two younger children are available waking me up, presenting me with iPads within the hopes of a fast sport of Minecraft earlier than faculty. I generally give in as it’d imply a couple of extra minutes sleep!

07:00 AM

It’s time for the primary of many oat flat whites — or oat flatties as we Aussies prefer to name them — for my associate and I.

07:01 AM – 08:30 AM

Full chaos ensues as we pack lunchboxes and backpacks and ask the youngsters 1,000,000 instances to dress and placed on their footwear till we lastly burst out the door to move to preschool/faculty. It’s a fast 5 minute stroll for us up a hill to my son’s main faculty. We stay in an inner-city neighbourhood of Sydney however it’s nonetheless quiet and leafy, and we stroll previous timber stuffed with rainbow lorikeets and bushes with plenty of ladybugs that we generally cease to rely, if we have now time. We frequently run into our neighbours on the stroll up, so it’s a pleasant social occasion.

09:00 AM

Laptop computer is open and it’s sport on. Morning time for the Australia-based crew is busy. The Cloud crew at Slack is uncommon in that it has half the crew primarily based in Australia and half in North America. This works nicely for our crew in that we have now extra protection of our programs and providers throughout timezones, however it could make synchronous conferences tough, significantly within the North American summer season when no daylight financial savings is in place. I used to be the primary engineering rent in Australia outdoors of Melbourne, however because the pandemic the crew has unfold out across the nation somewhat extra. Our teammates in North America are primarily based throughout Canada and the USA. Initially I didn’t know Slack had a presence in Australia, and once I discovered I used to be actually excited to use for this job. There’s not that many massive tech firms with engineering presences in Australia, so engaged on this crew at Slack is a very distinctive expertise.

The overlap time we get with one another is simply a few hours so we attempt to make it rely. Right now there’s a Cloud Infra Weekly Assembly the place everybody throughout our three Cloud groups (Foundations, VM, and Containers) sync up and go over any incidents previously week, speak about any related information or upcoming manufacturing modifications everybody ought to concentrate on, and simply usually atone for issues. It’s a very good probability to listen to what’s happening within the different two groups (I’m within the VM crew) and any company-wide information I could have missed out on.

10:00 AM

With the morning assembly performed, I now attempt to atone for my undertaking channels in Slack. I can attest that our crew is actually good at asynchronous communication — as we ought to be working for Slack — so it’s simple to observe what’s gone on throughout my night time (North American day time) by studying by unread messages in-channel. I’ll verify my @-mentions too and reply to something that wants my consideration.

Now could be the time to ask any questions and have any of these synchronous conversations I must have earlier than North America winds up their day, so I make sure that to prioritise any of that form of work.

11:30 AM

Phew, it’s time to take a breath. The morning rush is over and now I can change to coding circulation time. I’m engaged on a greenfield undertaking written in Go which bootstraps our AWS EC2 cases at provisioning time. It’s a very enjoyable undertaking to work on. I really like writing Go and our crew is doing a very good job of making an attempt to ensure it’s a clear, idiomatic codebase with plenty of exams. This was one of many downfalls of the system this one is changing, that it was not examined very nicely and everybody felt a bit nervous making modifications. It’s good to throw on the headphones and get caught into some code.

01:00 PM

Oh woops, I suppose I ought to eat. Time for some lunch! My fav place makes this Tofu Vermicelli Salad with scorching sauce, so I’ll stroll up and seize some and perhaps sit within the park to eat it. Typically I do some stroll round my neighbourhood as train throughout lunch; it’s on the Sydney harbour, so has fairly views of the Harbour Bridge and the CBD, and is filled with stunning outdated homes. I like to only wander round and take all of it in.

02:00 PM

Again to work and extra coding time. I’ll take a look at our code critiques channel for something that wants consideration. Our crew’s workflow is to share the URL to a pull request in a channel and ask for evaluation. I like that as you don’t must depend on electronic mail notification from GitHub; you may simply verify your unread messages within the channel. My teammates attempt to present well timed and useful code evaluation feedback and take care to supply any suggestions in a thought of means. I recognize this, as generally tone will be onerous to get throughout appropriately in textual content.

I maintain loads of notes throughout my work day: useful instructions I run on linux containers, workflow steps, something that may make me extra environment friendly sooner or later. I write my notes in Markdown in an app referred to as Bear which syncs throughout all my gadgets.

03:00 PM

It’s faculty decide up time, and loads of my teammates have households. Throughout this time we’ll throw a message in our shared channel to say we’re doing a faculty run. Working for a crew and firm that enables this type of flexibility is past unbelievable. It’s very nice to have the ability to simply pop as much as my children faculty, decide him up, after which log again onto work.

03:20 PM

It’s superior residing so near the college as these little journeys don’t take lengthy. My crew and I’d do some advert hoc huddles to speak by any technical points or architectural questions we have now as we construct this new service in Go. Huddles make fast get togethers actually frictionless, and we use them loads on our crew.

I’ve really bought some Terraform modifications to make now. That is one in every of my favorite issues about engaged on the Cloud crew: the range. I can go from writing some Go code, to fixing AWS IAM points, to spinning up Kubernetes clusters, all in at some point.

05:30 PM

I’m wrapping issues up now. I make sure that to publish any messages I must for my North American teammates, so that they see them for his or her morning. That is actually vital to preserving the circulation of our initiatives transferring alongside properly. I do suppose our crew does a very good job of this, and naturally Slack is the very best instrument for this type of factor! On the finish of my day I’ll write somewhat day by day abstract of what I did and so do my teammates; it’s a great way to see what of us are engaged on.

06:00 PM

Household time! Now it’s time to hold with my children. They undergo phases of what they’re into, however in the mean time we’re all studying to play a board sport referred to as Catan Junior. It’s nonetheless somewhat too outdated for them, and the littlest will get bored midway by and is extra involved with stacking the playing cards neatly than enjoying, however it’s a pleasant technique to spend time collectively. We are going to play a sport of this and perhaps do a puzzle. Then the youngsters will play collectively while we set up some dinner.

07:30 PM

Bedtime for the youngsters. We often speak about what our “Good factor of the day” and “Unhealthy factor of the day” was. This can be a good routine we’ve gotten used to, and a pleasant technique to have somewhat 1:1 time with every baby earlier than they fall asleep.

08:00 PM

If I really feel I’ve the power I’d use my night to do some stitching. Stitching garments is a passion I’ve had for about three years now. I discover it to be a very nice artistic outlet and it’s enjoyable to get a chunk of clothes to put on on the finish of it! I’m engaged on a extra concerned undertaking proper now, a blazer. I’ll learn the sample directions and stitch away.

10:00 PM

OK I ought to head to mattress now and attempt to wind down. I could learn a few of my e-book or watch Tik Tok 😀

About Georgi

Hello, it’s Georgi right here and I’m a Senior Cloud Engineer at Slack. I’ve been working inside the Cloud crew for about 1.5 years now and are available from a protracted historical past of working as a backend engineer on varied distributed programs. The irony of this weblog publish is that I’ve simply final week transferred from Sydney Australia to NYC, USA! The great factor is that I’m nonetheless a member of the identical Cloud crew. Our international presence is really among the best issues about working each at Slack and within the Cloud crew — it’s fairly superior how I can journey to date world wide and but nonetheless maintain engaged on the identical initiatives and with the identical teammates! Look out for a Day within the Life weblog publish from NYC quickly 🙂

Life at Slack

In our “Day within the Life” sequence, we hear from Slack Engineers in several workplaces and specializations to be taught extra about what a typical day seems like. We beforehand heard from a Frontend Foundations engineer, a Cellular Product engineer, a Backend Product engineer, a Frontend Product engineer, and a Backend Basis engineer.


We’re hiring Cloud Engineers throughout the US and Australia. In case you appreciated this Day within the Life publish, come work with us! Apply now