A Day in the Life: Olivia Sana, Senior Tax & Compliance Analyst

April 26, 2018

Here at ZenNation, we believe that leading with transparency helps us do our jobs better and fosters an environment of open communication. As a part of that mission, we want to showcase all of the cool things our team is working on to help demystify what working in technology really means. Our latest blog series, “A Day in the Life” spotlights what working at Zenefits is like for our employees. Continue reading for a snapshot of Olivia Sana’s daily routine as a Senior Tax and Compliance Analyst in our Tempe, Arizona office. 

Monday, April 23rd

8:45 AM: I arrive at our AZ office, unpack my messenger bag, and pull out my fave coffee mug. After I plug in my computer and give my Slack a quick once-over (yes, even before coffee) I head to the front desk to say hi to Sunny and Crystal and pull a double shot of espresso to start my day.

9:10 AM: My manager is in San Francisco so I shoot a good morning message over our Slack team channel and review my game-plan for the day. I get through my emails, review my schedule and meetings, and work my JIRA queue.

10:45 AM: By now I’ve had another cup of coffee and I’m conditioned to get hungry right before lunch is ready at 11 AM. I ping one of my Zenefriends on the tax team to go grab a plate and sit together as we lunch, work, talk about what the week looks like, and catch up on fun weekend events. We finish up and I grab my third cup of coffee. 

11:45 AM: Standup time! I head to my meeting to sync with the Engineering and Product team in SF (we take the “stand up” part of this meeting seriously so I’ve had a few laughs and funny looks through the glass since I’m standing in a room by myself on a video call).

1 PM: I have a few other weekly meetings with the team in SF and AZ, and I sync with our tax team on changes in feature specs or process updates. Usually we spend a lot of time together in a room during our tax filing months so we can be sure no one will miss a beat.

2 PM: My last cup of coffee (I promise!)…and then I switch to tea so I can still sleep at night.

3 PM: By now I’ve had my 3rd reminder from Slackbot to drink water, so I go fill up my hydroflask and get back to my JIRA queue, Rules Engine work, Confluence documentation, or sprint planning for the team.

4 PM: I head downstairs for a quick walk in the sun (until about May and then I never go out into the inferno that is an AZ summer until I have to walk to my car).

5:15 PM: I’m just about finished for the day. I check in with my manager and other teammates for the last time before I pack up. I plan my calendar for tomorrow, finish my to-do list and write out my new one for tomorrow.

5:30 PM: My coworker and I ride the elevator down to the lobby together and go our separate ways. I always park on the 8th floor in the garage so I can walk up the stairs. I check my Slack one more time before I start my car, then it’s gym time and back to the grind tomorrow!