This year, we launched Voices of Hiya, a new monthly blog series where we spotlight one outstanding Hiyan to share more about our team and what it’s like to work at Hiya. Every aspect of our employees, both inside and outside of work, makes our team special.
In our last edition for this year, we’re featuring Jozsef Meszaros, engineering manager of Hiya Protect at Hiya. Jozsef is based in Budapest, Hungary. Read on to discover his impact at Hiya and what makes him a vital community member.
Why were you interested in working at Hiya?
I have always worked at innovative companies close to machine learning and modern technologies, and Hiya was a great fit from that perspective. At my previous company, we created a fraud detection solution in the advertisement space, and Hiya was a logical next step for me. In addition, protecting people from the bad guys is a great mission that was an extra motivation to join the team.
What is your role at Hiya?
As an engineering manager, I am trying to straddle the worlds of both software engineering and management.
What do you enjoy most about working at Hiya?
People management has always been challenging for me, but you can witness the positive evolution of your team members.
What are the qualities of a perfect teammate?
Demonstration of Hiya core values: serve, own it, lead, do, and improve.
Can you share a memorable moment or project you worked on?
I worked on a competitive analysis project that was memorable and challenging due to the tight schedule we were adhering to. In the project's final phase, to make the finishing touches, I remember working on my laptop in our car on the way from Hungary to Italy.
How has working at Hiya helped you grow?
The first few months helped me realize how much more I could learn about functional programming. Later, I learned a lot about management.
What does your ideal Recharge Day off look like?
Rock climbing in the Alps or caving somewhere in Europe, really far from civilization.
Android or Apple?
What’s your favorite emoji?
Frankly, I don’t have a favorite emoji, but I use the old school :-) emoji most of the time.
What is your favorite meal?
Any hamburger or junk food after a strenuous outdoor activity.
Where is home for you?
I live in a small town near Budapest.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
It would be great to convert politicians to people I can admire. Joking aside, having a teleportation superpower would be great.
What’s your dream trip? Or, what’s the next place you want to visit?
Great question. Maybe the mountain ranges in Nepal or Pakistan, or some exotic country with beautiful karst areas, like Vietnam or China.
What motivates you to do your best every day?
We have a mission to modernize voice with trust, identity, and intelligence, and we protect millions of people every day!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
No risk, no fun!
Stay tuned for next month’s Voices of Hiya, where we highlight another team member who makes up our wonderful organization.
If you want to add your voice to the Hiya team, check out our careers page to explore open opportunities.