Employee Spotlight: Philip Wong

Philip_SmallPhilip started working with Escape in June 2008. Previously, he served as an engineer of software development for School Services of California for 14 years, developing software used throughout California school districts. He is an expert in various California K-12 school financial, staffing, performance, and student demographics databases. Born in Hong Kong, he graduated from California State University, Sacramento, where he earned a MS in Computer Science and an Honorary BA in Sociology with double minors in Computer Science and Psychology. He enjoys playing badminton and spending time with friends and family.

What is your favorite part of working for Escape? — The best part about Escape is the friendly environment. There is an atmosphere of mutual help and understanding. I also really enjoy the flexible work schedule.

Can you give us a quick play-by-play of your average work day? — My work revolves around changes requests (CRs). Basically, I work on CRs in the priority assigned by Jennifer Escamilla, our Product Manager. I research the background information for the request and, once I have all of the information, I try to create a solution plan to handle the change request, asking for clarification if I need it. Then, I implement the plan, changing services (the programming that runs Escape Online) or I request changes or additions to the database, whatever the CR requires. Once I think I have it all done, I do a little beta testing. When I am satisfied, I send it over to Customer Care and start the entire process again.

What have been some of the highlights of your career? — I have developed mission-critical software and finance analysis reports, widely used by California school districts. On behalf of the California Department of Education, I redeveloped the process for collecting school district certificated employees' salary information (J-90), optimizing the loading of data, reducing the time from more than two weeks (with lots of crashes) to just a couple of hours.

What are your favorite activities or things to do when not working? — I play badminton and basketball every week.  I also enjoy studying the bible and surfing the internet for travel videos and news.

Where are you from originally? — I came from Hong Kong 28 years ago.

If you weren't a Software Developer, what would you be? — I would be a social worker. I was inspired to be a social worker when I was a teenager. I was actively involved with community services and activities in senior high school. I majored in Sociology and Social Work in college before I came to the United States.

What is your favorite food? — I like all kinds of seafood. My favorite seafood is fish, but I like fruits, too, especially mango.

What is your ringtone? — I don’t know what the name of it is because I really don’t care. My cell phone is in vibrate mode most of the time anyway.

If you could meet one person, who and why? — I think I’d like to meet Jesus and find out exactly how the after-life would be.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? — I have a list. I would like to stop all of the senseless killing, heal all diseases and make everyone love each other.