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Evo October Spotlight: Razieh Meidanshahi

Meet Razieh

Evo uses AI to help businesses reduce waste and make better decisions. But our AI doesn’t build itself! The Evo Family helps us design, structure, support, run and improve our AI and its underlying infrastructure to provide the best possible recommendations to our clients.

Because our team is critical in making Evo tools a success, we want to celebrate the diverse team members worldwide that help us fulfil our mission. Each month we highlight one of our outstanding team members and allow them to share a bit of their day-to-day contributions and accomplishments. They’ll even be sharing a bit of their expertise in an article later this month! We couldn’t be more grateful to have these awesome people on our team!

This month, we’re going to get to know our model wizard Razieh a bit better.

Tell us a little about yourself, Razieh.

Hi, I’m Razieh. I’m 33, and I’m from Iran. Now, I’m living in Turin because I was accepted into the Politecnico here to study computer engineering and data analytics. I’ve worked in this field for about 12 years, and I was looking for a new challenge abroad. I like to meet all the new people and experience new things. Plus, data science is my love! In my free time, I really like to watch movies, listen to pop music, and hang out with my friends.

What do you do at Evo?

I work for the ETL team. I started as an SSIS developer, and now I’m a data engineer and what we call the data model manager. I’m responsible for making sure the data is all prepared for the model.

Essentially, we have clients who give us data and then our team processes it and prepares it to be used in the database. Then, the production team runs some tools and analyses to prepare for the final production. We’re here to help in emergencies to ensure the data used in the model is always ready. This isn’t exactly a nine-to-six job. We have to be prepared to step in to take care of the data any time anything goes wrong.

Is it hard having a job with that kind of demand?

You have to love your work and live with it as a part of your life. Otherwise, you’ll never do your best. For me, it’s all worth it because we’re the team that is responsible for the client’s data. You know how valuable that data is and how important it is for your client. We have a duty to take good care of it. I’m a very energetic person, so I love to keep moving and try to accomplish new things. I feel so happy when I achieve something significant. This job gives me that excitement and allows me to do something meaningful every day.

How’d you get started with Evo?

I was contacted right around Christmas last year. Rae (from our HR team) had found my profile on LinkedIn and was happy that I was right here at the Politecnico where our development team’s offices are located. I took the test to apply for the open SSIS position, and it was immediately intriguing. I was immediately like, “OK, yeah, this perfect.” It was what I’d been working towards for 11 years.

What do you love about your job?

I feel like I’m really part of the process. When you do something in this team, it matters. You’re producing something real for the clients. It’s such a valuable experience because every day, there are challenges to overcome. I like it when I don’t know how to do something because I can learn something new. That’s something really special about working at Evo. My knowledge in this field is constantly increasing. I’ve never had an experience like this before where you can grow so much in your role.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Evo?

I’d say the biggest challenge is data maintenance. You always have to carefully monitor the data to make sure it’s in a healthy position. Sometimes, I think we’re like doctors. You have to see if the data is OK, make sure that nothing hurts the data, and if something happens to the data, you go and fix it right away.

It’s funny. When I was a child, I really wanted to be a doctor, but I was always afraid of blood. But now I take care of the data, so I’m really satisfied with my job.

What excites you about Evo’s future?

The organisation is really growing. I don’t just mean that we’re hiring: everything is getting more organised, and different functions are increasing in scope. The company departments are becoming more connected, and the projects and customers we are getting are becoming more complex.

What I really like about Evo is that it is a knowledge-based company. You can grow with Evo; you’re not stuck in any position. You can learn and grow as much as you like. You can change jobs following your interests. As Evo gets bigger those opportunities grow, too. I am excited to see where this company goes.

What is it like working on the Evo team?

I’d worked at another company in Italy before, and it was totally different. When I started working at Evo, I found it so friendly. We say we’re an Evo Family, and I really do feel like we are a family. I find everyone so friendly and supportive. Not just when I’m at the office, either. It’s in general. When we have time to talk, we can discuss our customs, our countries, everything because we have people from all over the world. At the end of the day, what matters here is not your nationality. It’s your knowledge, your humanity. That’s all that matters. I really like it.

What advice do you have for anyone interested in becoming a part of the Evo Family?

My opinion is that everyone should join Evo. But don’t have this idea that it’s going to be a normal job. You don’t have to work specific hours, but you have to accept real responsibility. You have to work hard, and work becomes an important part of your life. Without this personal responsibility, I don’t think a person is going to be successful at Evo. The work we do daily is challenging. You have to own your work and love what you do.

Still, I do think this is the company for everyone. We are accepting and open to everyone for who they are. It doesn’t matter what your background is, so long as you’re responsible.

Is there anything else people should know about Evo?

When I first started, I felt like I was Alice in Wonderland. Everything seemed so new, complicated, different, and technical. It all seemed so challenging. But quickly, I saw that was where the magic came from. You’ll work hard, but you’ll be so satisfied you stepped outside your comfort zone.

About the author

Kaitlin Goodrich is Evo’s main storyteller who helps communicate Evo’s message to the world.
Kaitlin received her BS in International Affairs and Modern Languages at Georgia Tech and then an LLM in International Trade Law from the University of Turin. She worked in Latin America doing education outreach for U.S. binational centers and has since worked as a content writer for international clients.
In her free time, she likes to travel or curl up with a good book.

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