Work(ing) at Wealthfront: Emilio Lopez

If you’re curious about life at Wealthfront, we invite you to follow our Work(ing) at Wealthfront series, where we post about the awesome people that we get to work with everyday. We begin this series with a spotlight on one of our Software Engineers, Emilio Lopez, who focuses on full stack development.

Emilio grew up in Mexico, and received his BS and MS degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. He appreciates puns far more than the average person, enjoys scuba diving in exotic places, and is a data visualization aficionado. This post is actually very timely, as Emilio also just published his post on our Engineering Blog today.

How did you hear about Wealthfront?

I heard about Wealthfront through several friends of mine who are clients. At a time in my life when I had a meaningful income and needed to figure out how to best save for the future, Wealthfront seemed like a really solid service for my investment needs.

Why did you join Wealthfront?

Wealthfront’s product and breakout trajectory piqued my interest in the company and led me to apply. What really sold me on joining was the flat engineering culture. At Wealthfront there is no frontend team, no backend team, no data team; rather, teams are built around programs and projects that move certain metrics. One can be part of several teams, learn from those more experienced in some areas, and move around to different parts of the stack. That kind of culture was very appealing to me.

What has been your favorite experience here so far?

My favorite experience was developing and launching our first ever April Fools’ joke, Wooffront, only a month after joining the company. I had the idea on March 31st, pitched it to the CEO, flexed my pun muscles, coded it overnight with the help of a couple of coworkers, and launched it in the morning. People at the company even sent me pictures of their dogs to include on the page!

If you could give one piece of advice to those interested in Engineering roles here, what would it be?

Engineers here are trusted to self-prioritize, optimize their time correctly, brainstorm and implement solutions to problems without being instructed to do so. If you are the kind of person who likes structure, being told what to do, and having others inquire often about your progress on a project, then the engineering culture at Wealthfront may not be right for you.

What is your favorite tradition at Wealthfront?

Friday’s “Happiest Hour”. Every Friday, the entire company meets for a happy hour to unwind at the end of the week and catch up with coworkers who we may not work with day-to-day. Our CEO, Adam Nash, also gives us updates for the week and answers any questions people may have (either submitted anonymously or asked in person). It’s a very transparent process that gets the whole company on the same page and lets us mingle with everyone.

What is the most interesting project you’ve worked on so far?

The most interesting project I worked on was the net worth dashboard we launched earlier this year, which aggregates all of a client’s financial accounts, displays statistics, and projects net worth over time. This project was incredibly interesting to me because it tackled the behavioral aspects of finances. By focusing on future estimations, rather than historical returns, we aimed to more deeply teach our clients to think about investing as a long-term game and to shift their investing behavior to be more passive and less reactionary.

What do you want the world to know about you?

I am the proud father to Rocky, a miniature dachshund who loves to play fetch and runs around with me catching Pokémon. We are level 23 Pokémon trainers and Arcanine is our favorite.

Interested in working with Emilio? Check out our openings here.

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Originally published at on July 27, 2016.