Mike Beck, Site Reliability Engineer

Figgs’ Employee Spotlight series highlights a different employee every month, offering an inside look into our company culture and the talented individuals who make up our team.

This month’s Employee Spotlight features Mike Beck, Site Reliability Engineer. With over 10 years of experience in the card-linking industry, Mike knows the ins and outs of Figg’s platform. He enjoys the autonomy of his position and having a general sense of what each week will look like but also not knowing what each day might bring. Mike keeps our company moving at full speed by collaborating with a variety of our internal teams to troubleshoot problems and create less manual work for our employees.

One of Mike’s favorite parts of working at Figg is having visibility to see the many different projects our teams are working on. Observing the process of a project from an outside standpoint allows him to streamline operations and implement automation to make the workflow easier. Finding automation opportunities allows Figg to deliver to our clients faster, permits more time back to our employees, and creates a less stressful workday overall. The most exciting project Mike has worked on at Figg is our AWS Cloud Migration. As we moved from servers in a data center to the Cloud, Mike played a huge role in ensuring a smooth transition. This project alone completely shifted the way Figg infrastructure is built and managed.

Outside of the office, you can find Mike fueling his artistic side through music. As a big music guru, Mike spends a lot of time with his headphones on, listening and discovering new melodies. One of his favorite styles of musical performance is A cappella. Mike is a member of the barbershop quartet, High Gravity. They practice every Tuesday and even compete twice a year!

If Mike was given a surprise day off, he’d choose to spend the day with his family. He’d pack up the car and head to the zoo with his two kiddos. His wife is a real super mom, so he’d offer to give her the day to herself (but she’d probably choose to come with anyways!). Mike’s kids are very adventurous and love the outdoors, especially on a nice, fall day. If he were to retire tomorrow, Mike would sell his house and buy an RV so they could travel around North America.

Overall, Mike is our go-to resource when it comes to solving problems and adding automation tools to our workflow. Having the ability to help people and make their workday easier is what keeps Mike motivated. One of his favorite takeaways from his position is “When you focus on what you can do about your own tasks, your day is dictated by your actions.” Keep up the good work, Mike!