Inside Illumio is a monthly series that highlights the exceptional individuals behind Illumio’s world-class product. Each post will take a peek behind the scenes to spotlight a member of our team. Come get to know us a little better and learn more about what makes Illumio’s culture so unique.
This month, meet Mike Peltzer, Senior Manager of UI Platform. Hear about his experience as an Illumio employee and what fuels his creativity.
Tell us about yourself. What do you do at Illumio?
I am the manager for the UI Platform Engineering team and the User Experience Design team.
I strategize around company goals and integrating our internal design and architectural roadmap with the achievement of those goals. More importantly, I focus on removing obstructions and providing opportunities for growth for the awesome people on my teams.
What does a day in the life of Mike look like? What are you working on that excites you?
Every day is different, but if I could sum it up succinctly, I act as a coach, and every game requires me to look at the situation, the players, and what we need to tackle first.
How do you stay illuminated during the work day?
It isn't difficult. I am one of those fortunate people who get to work with awesome designers and engineers. My team inspires me. Also, timed caffeine input.
When you're in work-to-music mode, what's on your playlist?
I love music and it changes from day to day, but lately I've been listening to a lofi/wave playlist I put together for my workday on Spotify. You can check it out here.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned at Illumio so far?
As a professional, I've learned the value of balancing business needs and the needs for growth on a team. As a human, I've learned that a part of leadership is knowing that you will make mistakes and the value of admitting them so that you and others can learn and grow.
What are you passionate about outside of your career?
When I'm not focusing on the future of our UI and UXD, I spend my time teaching and training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and surfing.
Which Illumio core value resonates most with you and why?
Onwards together, definitely. We are all on this journey together and we as a whole are greater than the sum of our parts.
What do you want people to know about working at Illumio?
I'll say here what I tell everyone on their first day: from the day you start until the day you move on to your next opportunity, you will grow as both a person and a professional.