Back by popular demand is our Employee Spotlight Interview. This time around we have Allen Davila, one of our talented and dedicated Hardware Engineers.  

UNIKEY: Allen, what is the best part of your job?

ALLEN: The best part is that I don’t feel like I’m actually working. Though we’re constantly working on challenging things, the people at UniKey make it fun and take the edge off of everything. You get to hang out with your team and build cool things together. It’s different from a regular 9-5 job where you’re just constantly grinding away, and getting little enjoyment out of what you’re doing.

UNIKEY: What is the toughest part of your job?

ALLEN: The toughest part is releasing hardware designs, because you have to try to get things right the first time. With hardware you don’t really have an infinite amount of chances to try to come up with new ways to solve a problem. It’s not quite like software where, you can hit recompile and make all the changes you want after realizing you made a mistake in the code or would prefer to take a different approach to something. And here there’s pressure because to build a design out, it can be very costly if you make a design mistake. Luckily, we have a strong team and process behind producing designs. My team members and I meticulously look over each other’s work through design reviews, that way if there are any mistakes we can take care of them. Really, with hardware it’s about being proactive, not reactive.

UNIKEY: What separates UniKey from other employers?

ALLEN: I’d say the culture and the comradery. UniKey has such a strong culture that brings everyone together. You don’t get that at every job. Oftentimes it’s just cubicles and isolation, whereas UniKey is open and full of positive communication.

Working at UniKey comes with a lot of opportunity. Whether it’s taking on new and challenging tasks, or getting the chance to work with a motivated and spirited team, it’s all in a day’s work at UniKey. To check out our available positions, visit

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