Glintster Spotlight: Karina Guillot

Nickname: The Magical UI Unicorn

Title: Senior Manager, Engineering

Fun fact: Karina was our first GlintStar!

(The entire team nominates a new Glint Superstar each month who inspires us with their work and passion for what we do.)

How long have you been working at Glint? 3 years and 4 months. I was employee 5.

What do you do at Glint? I am the UI engineering manager. I split my time between coding our beautiful front-end and managing our awesome UI team.

What’s your superpower? I can always laugh…

(I laugh)

Or make others laugh, apparently.

Tell us about your best Glint memory.

There’s a lot.

(There’s a deep sigh and faraway gaze)

Probably launching the first version of our dashboard. It felt like we had nothing, we were rushing, and in a week we all pulled together and suddenly we had a product. And people were using it. It made it all very real.

Karina and Diesel

Tell us about a day in the life of Karina.

I get to the office before 8 and I love it because it’s quiet and that’s when I get to do most of the coding I do. Then I alternate between meetings and working with the team. And I can’t miss Family Lunch.

(Family Lunch is a Glint tradition where we gather around the back room or picnic tables and eat lunch as a team.)

A quick game of foosball. Then I go home early and take care of Diesel, my husky (the handsome pup in the picture above). And sometimes I teach Jazzercise in San Carlos.

(A few of us are attending one of Karina’s classes soon. We’ll report back if we’re still standing.)

What’s your favorite part about working at Glint?

I just feel like I’m at home. I love everybody and I can be myself and have fun and work on something really cool. It doesn’t feel like work at all.

Okay, now a couple of rapid fire questions.

What’s something on your bucket list? Write a book.

What would you do if you won the lottery tomorrow? Travel. I’d take a sabbatical for a couple months and go to Asia. I’d do a tour of Thailand. Visit the parts of Europe I’ve never seen. See Australia.

What’s the last thing that made you happy at work? Being ahead on a project. Phew.

What’s the last thing someone did at Glint that made you proud? One of my best friends that I referred just got props and kudos from everyone on the team.

Any advice for our readers? Always try to make things fun. Even if something has the potential to suck, if you try to make it fun, the chances are it will at least suck less. :)

(Amen! Thanks for sharing your story with us, Karina!)

Karina is also a champion equestrian. Here she is with her prize winning horse, Jake.