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An Engineer’s Life at Symbotic

Our Mission – to automate the supply network from manufacturer to consumer which requires not only technical expertise but a very different way of thinking.

Here are some of the things we do to facilitate a motivated, inspired workforce:

  • We create an environment of trust where people are encouraged to think beyond traditional boundaries. Every Symbot’s idea is considered and flushed out to find the next breakthrough.
  • We organize our functional groups into small, agile teams to promote collaboration, creativity, and speed.
  • We support our Symbots with the resources they need to turn their good ideas into practical use.

Learn about why some of our team members joined Symbotic and how they’ve grown to build on success and their careers.

 

Meet Matt

Manager, Solutions Engineering

Q. Why did you decide to come join Symbotic?

“I saw a once-in-a-career opportunity to be an early participant with industry-changing disruptive technology.  I joined the research and development group responsible for strategically guiding a potentially huge outcome and it was really exciting to be a part of that tight group of innovators, inventors, and researchers.  More importantly, I’ve had the opportunity to grow and expand in my career and capitalize on a new function providing technology and solutions to external customers.”

Q. What is it that inspires you to work at Symbotic?

“I get really excited about helping our customers.  When you can sit down with a customer and explain the technology and see the light bulbs flashing as they see not only their business problems solved but also a new value being created from a restructured supply chain enabled by Symbotic, that’s exciting!  That’s disruptive technology at work – and it’s really cool.”

Q. What is unique about your role?

“I’m in the fortunate position at Symbotic of being able to utilize both my engineering and business educations in practice.  On any given day I’ll be discussing the fatigue characteristics of a rail with our structural engineers in the morning and then talking about world steel pricing with our purchasing team in the afternoon.”

Q. What cool projects have you worked on at Symbotic?

“We have several unique advantages in the marketplace with our product and I’ve been involved in developing some differentiated solutions to meet customer demand. I was able to bring to the development team a knowledge base of statistics and measurement systems analysis that I gained from working in manufacturing and operations.  This cross-disciplinary product development approach is critical to success and is the process that Symbotic employs.”

Q. What was the best day you’ve ever had at Symbotic?

“The day that we shipped our first production system to our customer was an amazing milestone.  Delivery embodied the taking of a concept from pure idea stage to a full-blown product.  It represented the contributions and sacrifices of many people over many years and so to see it in production was truly rewarding and a proud day for all of us.”

 

Meet Kirill

Director, Intelligent Machines

Q. Why did you decide to come join Symbotic?

“I joined the research and development group of Symbotic because I like the people working here and the projects were very interesting. Most of the activity of our R&D lab is devoted to improving technology.”

 

Q. What is it that inspires you to work at Symbotic?

“I’m inspired by the opportunity to make a significant difference in a very important industry, which is ripe for automation, and the opportunity is enormous. Logistics’ share of the overall economy is growing, while that of manufacturing is shrinking. These factors make working in warehouse automation area promising and attractive – and Symbotic is very well positioned to take advantage of huge opportunities in this area.”

Q. What is unique about your role?

“I believe I bring to Symbotic the combination of deep knowledge and experience in many areas of applied math, physics and software engineering, with fresh, and sometimes unexpected, insight into a very wide variety of problems and technology challenges.”

Q. What cool projects have you worked on at Symbotic?

“The coolest thing I worked on was the big and important project that fully originated around my own idea, which was an extremely difficult problem in combinatorial mathematics. Many hundreds of people around the world, in industry and in academic institutions worked on this and related problems – often for many years.”

“In my previous jobs when I thought of new ideas, sometimes the hardest part was to push them through layers of management, to make others understand and accept them. My experience at Symbotic was just the opposite – best of all. The key factor in this success is the quality of people here – programmers, engineers, testers, managers, who worked together very effectively to complete this project.”

Q. What was the best day you’ve ever had at Symbotic?

“For an inventor or an innovator the best days usually come in two types: first, the “Eureka moment” when one conceives a very novel idea, a new solution to a significant problem; the second comes when one sees this idea “in the flesh” – when it is implemented in a real-world product, or at least attains some material form. There is often a very long time span (many years) between the two, or the second day doesn’t come at all.  I was able to experience both which is what makes Symbotic truly unique!”

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