As part of an ongoing series, engineers share a bit of what life is like at Pinterest. Here, engineer Tilde Pier talks about pivoting her career, internationalizing Pinterest’s front-end, and her awesome hairdos!
How did you get involved with Computer Science?
I wanted to be a programmer when I was little, but began studying social justice in college and ended up in Human Resources. I then started dating an engineer, and she taught me a little Python and gave me the courage to quit my job and change careers.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on a smarter system for handling translations. We want to maintain the ability for engineers to move fast, while also ensuring that international Pinners have a consistent experience with those in the U.S.
How would you describe Pinterest’s engineering culture?
Everyone is warm, kind, and thoughtful. We all care deeply about doing right by our users. There’s an inherent tension between code quality and actually shipping things, and we maintain a measured balance between the two. Oh, and there are a lot of high fivers!
How do you use Pinterest? What are your favorite things to save and discover on Pinterest?
Right now I’m planning my next tattoo. Most of the incredible watercolor tattoo artists I’m finding on Pinterest are halfway around the world — not sure if that’s a blessing or a curse!
Also, I’ve been vegan for over a decade, so I enjoy collecting delicious veg-friendly places using Place Pins.
How do you spend your time outside of work?
I’m a painter, and create abstract geometric cityscapes that couldn’t exist in three dimensional reality. In July, I had my first solo exhibition.
What’s your latest interest?
At the beginning of the year, I started taking static trapeze classes (circus aerials). Last month, I did my first legit pull up from straight arms!
I get a lot of compliments from 6-year-old girls about my hair.