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Mike J. | Robotics Hobbyist & Vice President of Software Architecture

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Ask Mike about his weekend and you're bound to hear about his latest robotics project (at press time: a flying quadcopter), the voiceover he just recorded for a client in his me studio, or the animation and game development he's working on. You know, for fun. Call him a Renaissance man and he'll shrug it off, saying the description is more appropriate to someone like Michelangelo. But with Mike's wide variety of interests, hobbies and experiences, we use the term as more than a compliment. It's a phrase that captures his industrious spirit of curiosity and interminable love of learning.

"I love to solve problems. It’s part of who I am."
Mike J
Mike J

How do you describe your job to family and friends?

I help teams build software for health care.

What are some challenges you face in your job?

Well, my personal challenge is that I'm a perfectionist and I can't let that get in the way of completing a task. Within the corporation itself, sometimes process can also get in the way of completion.

Do you see any overlap between your job and your passion?

All the time! A lot of the hobbies I have, like electronics and robotics, require exactness. They require contemplative focus, because I don't have teachers or mentors to help me understand new things. And just like my job, my hobbies provide a lot of technical satisfaction.

What do you love most about your job?

I love bringing clarity to where there is chaos. People often engage me when they don't know where to start—they need someone to come in and cut through the noise. I love providing the clarity of understanding what we need to do.

How does the environment at UnitedHealth Group make use of your skills?

I've really been able to grow my technical and leadership skills. I consider myself a free-range architect, because the environment at UnitedHealth Group empowers me to choose the next "right" project. In other words, I can work on what I think needs to be worked on. Because of this wide range of experience, I'm often approached to work on other projects as a result.

What should someone know before joining our company?

Two things: prepare to be challenged, and take advantage of all of the opportunities. Also? If you're a software engineer, the company is going to leverage all of your technical skills.

Favorite person, living or dead?

Elon Musk, the man who helped start PayPal, Tesla and a number of other big businesses. I'm astounded by his level of ingenuity, innovation and drive.

Luxury hotel or cabin

Luxury hotel. Like anybody else, I like to be taken care of.

Favorite movie and why?

The Matrix, because realizing that your reality may not be reality is very intriguing.

Most grateful for?

I'm grateful for my family and the opportunity to raise my son—who is about to finish his PhD. I'm proud and grateful for the opportunity to do that.