Co-ops Discuss What Working at Fleet Looks Like
June 7, 2022
Fleet values its team and is constantly working to make work experiences as flexible, enriching, and supportive as possible. We are offering co-op students the opportunity to grow in the fast-paced world of a startup, room to pursue their interests within our workstream, and igniting their passion for sustainable mobility!
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At Fleet it is our mission to bring commuting superpowers to everyone. We are passionate about transforming communities for sustainability, equity, access, and personal well-being via our fully-managed mobility perks platform. Our product is built on a strong foundation in mobility research from the world’s top institutions including Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Waterloo, University of Toronto, and UC Berkeley. We automate commuting and transportation planning into a simple plug-and-play solution that makes it effortless to design and launch smarter commuter programs.
Our team culture fosters collaboration, inclusion, innovation, and flexibility. We strive to create an environment where everyone feels empowered to share diverse perspectives and experiences. We’re committed to working together to reduce greenhouse emissions and improve quality of life through better commuting experiences.
Now is a great time to join our fun and fast-paced team. We have an awesome, working product that we are bringing to market to meet its huge proven demand. Experience the dynamics of startup life, take ownership over work products, and make a real impact in this new and growing company. Hear firsthand from our previous co-op students themselves what it’s like to work at Fleet:
“My name is Harrison, and I am currently a second year software engineering student at the University of Waterloo. My work with Fleet has been with full stack development including mobile dev, pushing out bug fixes, and client-facing features to better the Fleet experience. In my free time, I enjoy playing chess (who doesn’t) and going on long walks while listening to economics podcasts.”
“Hi! My name is Suhaavi and I am currently in my third year of Planning at the University of Waterloo. I joined the Fleet team as an Urban Mobility Planner and my work has been collecting data for sustainable mobility providers and commuting programs, utilizing QGIS and FME for geospatial data related tasks, and creating content that explores the intersectionality of commuting, sustainability, transportation planning, and green mobility options. I have fun learning Muay Thai, sketching, and spending time outdoors in my free time.”
“Hey everyone! I’m Yifei, and I’m about to enter my 4A semester of Computer Engineering at UW. Aside from all the regular student and co-op stuff, I’m a pretty avid rhythm gamer. Personal favorites are osu! and DDR. I used to play a lot of badminton and that made me feel pretty good, so maybe I should get back into it.”
Harrison: Overall, I loved the fast pace on the development side, always pushing new fixes and features out. I appreciate how I’ve been able to work on all parts of the stack, with a helpful team to guide me through setup to problem-solving. Fleet has been super flexible with my work style and goals, and it’s been a highly educational yet manageable experience for the past 4 months.
Suhaavi: The open and supportive environment at Fleet has pushed me to learn as much as possible. I have enjoyed the flexibility in developing new skills and being exposed to different things. What’s also great is the effort that the team puts in to create a comfortable and welcoming environment. Playing the mini crosswords and the Globle game daily with everyone has been fun and will surely be missed.
Yifei: Fleet gives me the autonomy and work to feel like a real employee rather than a student intern, but also shows me how much more I can grow. It’s never boring here. Even if I get blocked on a task, there’s always something new to work on due to how quickly Fleet is developing.
Harrison: Given a wide breadth of development tasks, Fleet has allowed me to develop the confidence required when handling new technologies and code. I may not expect to use the exact same stack or languages in future jobs, but Fleet pushed me to become increasingly adaptable with unfamiliar concepts. I think this is the greatest skill a company could provide for an early intern like myself, as I know this is a transferable skill regardless of domain in future jobs.
Suhaavi: The opportunity to try new things at Fleet has helped me understand how I like to work and what I enjoy doing. The fast-paced environment taught me to manage several tasks at once, achieve goals to stay on track and become adaptable in learning new software and developing new skills. All of which has been exciting and crucial for my professional development.
Yifei: Fleet projects make use of some super common tools/frameworks that are also used elsewhere in the software industry. This means that the skills I learned while working on these projects will probably be pretty transferrable to anywhere else I might work.
Harrison: Another skill I have developed is learning when to make critical decisions without consulting an upper developer. Being a part of a compact team that aims for high productivity, I’ve learned to better balance when and how to infer design choices through my own research and pre-existing work against relying on team members for support. In general, I’ve learned how to develop more independently, keeping track of my own notes and resources in an organized fashion.
Suhaavi: I got to put on several different hats in my position, from planning and data collection tasks to working with geospatial data to creating content. Although this always kept things interesting, I have had to overcome challenges to reach all of my goals to continue to stay on track. I believe through this I have become flexible and am able to manage myself better to accomplish all that comes my way.
Yifei: Funny thing about applying to a full stack position: I didn’t really know any (Java/Type)Script prior to joining Fleet, but Kieran and Abhijit both helped me pick up the language quickly. Ali also showed me the ropes of Django, which is admittedly a bit more complex than I had initially thought it was. I have also learned how to more consistently estimate what 1000km looks like on a globe.
Harrison: My previous placement was also a startup, although it had roughly 4 times the employees that Fleet does. Despite having some experience with a rapid development environment, the tight-knit, startup nature of Fleet initially felt overwhelming with the work that was getting done. Soon enough though, I felt as though the team understood and asked for exactly what I could handle, adding a bit more difficulty (through complexity or novelty) with each new task. In the end, I felt that I’ve accomplished more than I strived for at Fleet, and was given ample room to be exposed to whatever interested me at the time without restriction. The team accommodated my strengths and weaknesses while pushing me past my limits, something you might only get at a startup.
Suhaavi: I enjoy the open and collaborative startup environment of Fleet that places a lot of value on communication, people and creativity. My previous placement was at a smaller organization and a major difference that I have noticed is that Fleet prioritizes team-building and communication. Although the team is small and I worked remotely, the one-on-one’s for check-ins, demo meetings, daily stand up meetings, and other team meetings have made working interactive and collaborative.
Yifei: I love how casual the atmosphere is. In one of our demo meetings, I showed everyone one of my YouTube videos — which isn’t quite what I was expecting to do that day, but it was a nice ego stretch nonetheless ;’D. One of the main differences I noticed from my other co-ops was that I was working with the source code pretty much starting from day one. It’s a very different pace compared to other companies that invest more time into onboarding and meetings. This is not to say that either is better than the other, but I enjoyed the experience!
Harrison: Fleet has introduced me to effective strategies in promoting sustainability. For one, the information Fleet accumulates and makes accessible via company commuter data not only enriches Fleet’s operations, but client companies in how they optimize employee eco-friendliness in transportation. As well, Fleet has proved how adding up small actions is an effective way of creating large change; while incentivizing individual employees to bike more frequently may not be world-changing alone, but the conglomerate effect from most employees in many companies taking action is what initiates lasting impact. I’ve been fortunate to witness these methodologies in action and hope to apply them in future jobs in tech.
Suhaavi: Fleet has shown me how we can build upon existing systems to make daily life sustainable. We all need to get to places to live our lives. Fleet leverages this and existing transportation systems such as shared mobility, shuttle programs, transit, etc. to create an original product that makes commuting sustainable. This has inspired me to look for other ways in which current systems can be upgraded to be sustainable. I am also now more likely to hop on an electric scooter to commute ;)
Yifei: The work-from-home experience has helped me better understand what I need at my own desk to work more productively and comfortably. This is probably a good thing given that a lot of programmers are likely to transition to a more hybrid or completely remote work model coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Commuting less seems like a pretty sustainable thing in my opinion B). I know it’s not exactly what a “career in sustainability” was supposed to mean but that is my best answer aha.
Harrison: My favorite project has been building the Provider Catalog for the client website. I got to work with Fleet’s transportation services data, implementing a dynamic view for clients interested in what the organization has to offer (including special discounts!). I was given the flexibility to test new filtering methods, and worked with filtering and passing custom data from the database to the client. It felt like an enormous project at first, but with some guidance from the team we managed to bring a whole new page to life, probably being the most fun I’ve had on the job so far.
Suhaavi: I have enjoyed working on tasks with QGIS and FME. I created models that automated workflows and edited and manipulated geospatial data. Working on the transit data conversion model was one of the things that I enjoyed the most. It converted many transit GTFS zip files into shapefiles at once to make the integration with the existing systems easier. It was fun learning on the go and iteratively improving it to get the best results.
Yifei: Fleet gave me my first opportunity to touch any ounce of mobile development. It was surprisingly fun plugging my own phone into the computer and seeing the code I wrote translate into direct changes on my phone screen! Additionally, Fleet has a proper design system with mockups for us to recreate. While this does mean I don’t get to insert my own creativity into any art/design, it does mean that I don’t have to spend a billion years figuring out what padding looks the nicest on a button.
Fleet hires co-op students every semester and we’re also currently hiring for full-time positions. Get in touch with us if you are interested and learn more about Fleet here!
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