How to get the most knowledge out of company?

Uber pojgvdd
Jul 11 15 Comments

Interning at Uber and I want to do whatever I can to make myself a better engineer by the end of the internship. Working on the intern project itself is a little small-scoped because I won't learn about other systems at the firm.

My question is, what can I do to maximize my learning about: backend system-design, API design, Infrastructure, UI (Android/iOS/Web) design and just software engineering design principles?

I'm willing to put in 12 hours or more a day to maximize the knowledge I can gain about all these fields? Reading other's code all day taking notes? Reading engineering design documents? I'm asking because I really want to learn about building products from end to end so one day I could do the same for my own startup

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  • Orbital Insight aFreshMeat
    In my experience, the most efficient way to maximize learnings as an intern is to integrate yourself into the team and work closely with others on things that have a real impact in production. It will give you a feel of what being a full time software engineer is really like. Reading code and design docs without context and real experience on building a system isn’t usually productive.
    Jul 11 4
    • Uber pojgvdd
      OP
      Intern projects don't have such a large scope. And we don't get to work on core systems
      Jul 11
    • Orbital Insight aFreshMeat
      Try to be proactive and social; learn about what other team members are working on, and see if anyone is willing to give you some work. Ask him why that work matters, and how is it related to the current goals / priorities of the team.
      Jul 11
    • Uber pojgvdd
      OP
      I'll do that for sure. I don't think I could agree on design docs being productive. I've learned quite a lot just from reading design documents. I can't just build a system without any knowledge and reading these docs has given me great idea
      Jul 12
    • Amazon / Eng @>_
      If you have access to the teams issue tracker, consider just looking for something simple and playing with it. It may be that no one actually uses it, but you learn a lot by working on it by doing the work. Plus you can watch other engineers comment and see how they solve it.
      Jul 12
  • LinkedIn aaasss
    Upload all internal repos to your icloud account
    Jul 12 1
    • Uber / Eng itsdara
      Yes that's literally how you get the most knowledge out of a company! Get the design docs too while you're at it. Customer data is a huge plus.
      Jul 12
  • Push something shit to prod and fuck everyone's day.
    Jul 12 1
    • Facebook Hunter3
      Welcome to Facebook!
      Jul 12
  • Uber flyft
    Schedule one-on-one's with everyone, learn what other parts of the business are doing. Or deep dive on one system that you are interested in. There's not enough time to learn everything in a summer, dont burn out trying to - plenty of time for that later in your career
    Jul 12 1
    • Uber pojgvdd
      OP
      Would you recommend reading through erds and the codebase? For example, j want to learn about the dispatch systems at Uber which are possibly the most critical. What's the best approach to learn how these were built? Reading docs? Talking to people? Im not on that team either
      Jul 12
  • Lyft 0xabc0de
    Get a pulse of the social hierarchy and befriend early engineers. If these people like you, they will be your network later and also tell you stories and give you historical context of the systems and how they developed and how they would do it differently
    Jul 11 0
  • Amazon FrupidLife
    Attend design meetings, have a tenured mentor, join LSEs and learn from them, read design docs, follow the guidance of well respected SDMs
    Jul 11 0
  • Facebook Fkfjd
    Avoid stuff that provides little value to you
    Jul 11 1
    • Uber pojgvdd
      OP
      Thanks for your input. I understand this sentiment but difficult to implement it. For example let's say I was interning and Facebook and wanted to know a brief system design of Instagram including API design, and the systems. What advice would you give me? An intern project is in small scope
      Jul 11