Welcome to our new employee spotlight! We’d like to take a minute and introduce you to Brian Rubin, a Senior SEO Developer here at Wpromote.
Q: What do you look forward to most on Monday?
A: Seeing my co-workers, getting focused, and feeling productive is what I look forward to most. Weekends are wonderful, but I need purpose and focus in most of my days or else I’ll go crazy.
A: Working with our programming team to create our soon-to-be-released internal sandbox, so that we can use it to test and teach various CMS platforms easily.
Q: What is your favorite Wpromote event?
A: Going to Dave and Busters! I love video games, so that was pure joy for me. I think slaying House of the Dead 2 was the best part.
Q: What is your favorite Wpromote memory?
A: When I was transitioned to a new position that was a much better fit for me, about a year into my tenure here. I was uncertain of myself and how I was doing in my original role here, but the powers that be saw an opportunity to put me in a new role, one in which my technical knowledge and years of SEO expertise might be a better fit, and it’s just been wonderful ever since.
Q: Who is your favorite coworker and why?
A: This is the only job I’ve ever had where I simply adore everyone, which is insanely hard to come by in any work environment, so I can’t pick a favorite because they’re all my favorites. Cheesy, I know, but it’s the truth.
Q: What is your favorite work perk?
A: Free coffee, inexpensive Red Bull. I need caffeine in the worst possible way.
Q: When were you hired? What was your starting position?
A: I was hired in September of 2011, and my starting position was as an SEO Manager. About a year after that, I was transitioned to Senior SEO Developer, where I’ve been ever since.
Q: What is your spirit animal and why?
A: It’s not a real animal, but I’ve always felt inspired and connected to the phoenix and its journey of death and rebirth.
Q: What’s your favorite book or TV series?
A: Not a book as much as a series, two really. Tied for my favorites are the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher and the Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell. The first is an excellent series of urban fantasy noir thrillers, while the latter is a fantastic space battle series with the finest depiction of space combat I’ve ever read.
Q: What’s your go-to LA activity?
A: Probably concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. My girlfriend is a classical musician, so she’s gotten me into seeing it live throughout the summer.
Q: What’s your perfect Sunday-Funday?
A: I’m a homebody by nature, so it’d be playing video games and watching movies with my girlfriend.
Q: If you could trade jobs with someone at Wpromote, who would you choose and why?
A: I wouldn’t, I love my own gig too much.
Q: How did you first learn about Wpromote?
A: Actually from two separate sources around the same time. First, I met a former employee at a party through some mutual friends, and they couldn’t stop gushing about the company. Then around the same time I did some freelance work for a small SEO agency that wanted to use Wpromote’s website as inspiration for improving their own at the time. Kind of funny how that all worked out.