Halo Highlight: Ravi Kotha
Halo Highlights is a series of interviews showcasing our unique and talented team members. This week, we sat down with Senior Software Engineer Ravi Kotha about his role, the best thing about working in Columbus, and his go-to cup of coffee.
What’s it like being a Software Engineer for Halo?
It’s quite different from my previous roles because not only do you have a voice within your department but also the entire company. At Halo, it’s empowering to know that we own everything we do. My input is heard, and developers rarely get this opportunity because we’re usually more “behind the scenes.” I’m not just managing teams, clients, and projects; I’m helping enhance the product every day. We’re a small close-knit team working on a big product, and we have great pride in what we do.
How would you describe the culture at Halo?
There’s a lot of team interaction, and it seems like we have a complete understanding of each other’s strengths and goals. For Columbus especially, we’re a technology-minded team and have similar backgrounds. We work together to come up with new and better solutions, and our passion is there. From contributing to new ideas and technologies to improving applications, everyone is working toward the same goal. It’s easy to gel with the process and the team because while everyone does what they do best, they’re willing to learn new things. I love that. There’s also one thing for sure – both offices share the same love for ping pong!
What’s the best thing about working in Columbus?
There’s less traffic! Since we’re not located downtown, there are times when it takes me only minutes to get to the office. There’s been a lot of investment in tech startups in the area, so the community of developers here is great!
What is something that your team members may not know about you?
I’m into video gaming and poetry, but more of the casual and lighthearted stuff. It’s been a while since I wrote anything, though.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
An island where I can retreat to if I need some alone time, but in real world, the rainforest or any place with huge waterfalls.
What’s your go-to cup of coffee?
I’m a bit of a sugar addict, so anything sweet. I really like the chocolate cappuccino because it’s like a hot chocolate but has some caffeine in it.