Introducing Amount’s Los Angeles Engineering Team
Nearly two years ago, Amount saw the potential in the Los Angeles market and the impact that could be made in that FinTech community. So, we set out to build a team that rivaled the leading technology companies in the region. What the team has accomplished to-date is nothing short of remarkable.
How does the Los Angeles team collaborate with the Chicago team to drive success for Amount?
“Sometimes in larger companies with multiple locations, it can feel as though you’re not where the action is happening – it doesn't feel this way at Amount. Our team in LA has equal footing as the Chicago team. We have a seat at the table when it comes to designing and architecting changes to the platform. The platform we’re working on is constantly evolving, so it’s crucial for both teams to be in sync with one another when new changes are proposed. A lot of the collaboration between the teams happens over Slack, Zoom and Google Docs. After the pandemic hit and management directed us to work remotely, both LA and Chicago have managed to hone this communication even more.”
- Ariya Seng, Product Development Manager
How does Amount compare to other high-growth startups in Los Angeles? How is that reflected in the LA team?
"Every startup faces innumerable challenges. There are a lot of things a startup needs to get right in order to be successful. One of the important factors is having a culture that is conducive to learning and producing great work. Sometimes the culture at a startup can end up becoming a pressure cooker where politics get in the way of being able to make a meaningful contribution. You end up with different teams that blame each other under the pressure of looming deadlines. We’re charting a different course.
Amount has distinguished itself by creating an atmosphere that helps engineers accomplish meaningful work. The high caliber of engineers and their disposition toward collaborating and helping each other is one of the things that makes Amount a refreshing place to work at. While the pressure to deliver remains strong at Amount just as at any other startup, the difference is in the prevailing attitude of 'we’re all in this together' and you feel it in the way people treat each other."
- Michael Zarnitsa, Director of Product Development
What does leadership do to empower each team member?
“Amount does a lot to ensure that employees have a big say with what they want to do and where they want to go in their career trajectory. Leadership is constantly there for open communication from anyone and anywhere in the company. That's a unique flat structure that is far from the traditional top-down hierarchy. With this, employees are able to communicate and help decide where the company goes. Anything that employees want to push for is always open for discussion, because Amount wants anything employees are working on to be something they're invested in. It's a refreshing change of pace for a company to truly be there to listen to their employees.”
- Memphis Wong, Software Engineer
What are some accomplishments that the LA team has achieved in less than two years of existence?
“In less than two years, the Amount LA team has managed to grow to ten engineers. The biggest accomplishment we’ve made so far is launching a financial partner. Launching a partner is no small feat––we’re talking about providing a white-glove service for that partner where we create an online loan originations portal, codify their products and lending rules, and add custom features based on their individual requirements. We did a lot of prep work that enabled us to learn the various components of the platform and complete the project on time. In fact, we managed to do the work as a single end-to-end team in less time and with more complex features than past partners.
- Daniel Dyba, Software Engineer
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