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5 Virtual Interview Tips From Merit’s Talent Acquisition Team

By Talent Acquisition on July 6, 2020

It’s become clear that life won’t be going back to normal as soon as we’d hoped. With COVID-19 cases spiking all around the country and regressed city reopenings, it seems as though days in the office are a ways away. Because of this, searching for your next job will look a bit different. On-site interviews are now remote and virtual, and first-day jitters are happening in the comfort of your own home. 

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Effective Remote Pair Programming (Part 1)

By Michail Smith on June 29, 2020

Pair programming is a software development technique where two programmers work together at one workstation. It’s a great way to improve code quality, clear blockers, and share knowledge, and has been a tool we’ve used with great success at Merit. However, since we’re currently working from home, it’s become more difficult to use traditional pairing techniques and more important to consider why and how you’re actually pairing.

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How Merit Embraced a DevOps Culture

By Jason Schwerberg on June 2, 2020

In the last decade, there hasn't been a bigger or more misunderstood buzzword in the development and operations worlds than "DevOps." Countless companies have roles for "DevOps Engineers" and rarely does it mean the same thing for any two of them. In many companies, a DevOps engineer is not much more than a Linux system administrator who works alongside a development. In others, a DevOps engineer is just the fancy new title given to system administrators whose job doesn't really change much at all. For others, DevOps engineers are software developers or system operators who learn how to write runbooks for Puppet or Chef, and that becomes their job description—but none of these are really DevOps.

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Our Favorite Reads During Shelter-in-Place

By Amanda Davis on April 23, 2020

As cities around the country extend their Shelter-in-Place order due to COVID-19, everyone is in need of new ways to entertain themselves. Here at Merit, we’re binge-watching shows, having weekly exercise video chats, and picking up new reads. Below are some of our favorites that we hope will help get you through the next month or so:

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Merit is One of Fortune Magazine’s Best Workplaces in the Bay Area!

By Mike Murphy on January 16, 2020

This morning we learned that Merit was named one of the Best Workplaces in the Bay Area by Great Place to Work and Fortune Magazine! We are humbled by this distinction, and are proud to be in the company of the other great organizations on this list.

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I Quit My Job For This?

By Marshall Broussard on November 6, 2019

Last month I started my new job with Merit, and just four weeks prior to that, I had no intention of leaving my then-current job. I had no plans to leave where I was, and frankly was excited to see various clients, projects, and initiatives taking off after much hard work. That was, of course, before I met Merit.

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Merit Values in Engineering

By Stephen Pittman on October 15, 2019

At Merit, we live a set of company values that we believe in. We use them to remind ourselves to hold ourselves to a high standard of who we want to be.

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If You Aren’t Laughing At Work, Quit.

By Jason Garcia on September 25, 2019

Hard days happen. Hell, at a start-up, hard weeks and hard months happen. But no matter what type of week you’re having, if there aren’t moments at work that make you laugh, you should evaluate if you’re in the right place. When you live every day with an expected level of uncertainty, it’s important to find humor with your coworkers and customers.

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Hey, DZOs: Let’s End Two Unnecessary Expenses, Together

By Merit on March 4, 2019

If you’ve been running a dropzone for a while, we already know a couple of things about you. Ready?

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Spotting the Truth in a World of Lies

By Merit on February 11, 2019

We expect white lies in our everyday lives and have become accustomed to not necessarily believing everything we hear. Whether it’s someone’s description on a dating app or a resume for work, we take what we hear with a grain of salt. Some people fiercely filter information for fabrications, exaggerations, plagiarism, white lies, and most of all: deception. But as one study suggests, we are on average only able to catch 54% of lies. Strikingly, in the same study, trained police officers, judges, and FBI agents weren’t that much better than the average person.

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