#IAmGalen: Chris O’Brien, Associate Software Engineer

#IAmGalen: Chris O’Brien, Associate Software Engineer

ChrisOBrienWhat was your background prior to joining Galen?

I graduated from St. Michael’s College this past May with a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in Political Science. I also held an internship position at IBM in the summer of 2016, developing web applications that used their Watson computer system.

What originally drew you to Galen/what was your first impression?

I took a course in software engineering during my senior year, and my professor brought in a St. Mike’s alumnus, Michael Commo, to talk to us about his work. Mike worked at Galen at the time, and couldn’t seem to give it enough praise, both as a company and in his role specifically. Afterwards, I followed up with Mike and did some research on Galen and the available positions, and it seemed like everywhere I turned I couldn’t find anything but good things about working for the company. That impression stayed with me throughout the interview process, and when it came time to decide, Galen was the obvious choice for me.

What does your job entail, and what is the one thing you hope to do in this role?

I currently work on the development team as an Associate Software Engineer, building and maintaining VitalCenter Online. I spend most of my time doing architecture work and writing software, but we also often have meetings as a team to discuss what we’re doing and planning ahead. What’s especially demanding about this kind of role is the learning curve, both when starting out and as things progress quickly, but the helpfulness and guidance of my co-workers has allowed me to keep up in a way that I never could have alone, and I hope to provide that same help to others in the future.

What has been most unexpected about working here?

I’ve been struck by the culture and work environment at Galen. I thought that the transition from college life to a full-time job was going to be a very difficult one, but I felt familiar with my co-workers almost from my first day, and the social environment here has made the transition much easier than I expected.

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