A day in the life of a Lexmark employee: Bruce Wang

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It was March 2013. Bruce Wang was the co-founder and director of technology at the company Twistage (now called Perceptive Media), an industry-leading, pure cloud software platform for managing video, audio and image content — and it was being acquired by Lexmark. It was an experience he called, “hard, yet surreal, awesome, and something that I will cherish forever.”

After the acquisition, Wang joined research and development on the Enterprise Software team in Lenexa, Kansas, and was named the director of engineering responsible for rich media and cloud technologies. In January 2014, he became director of cloud services, responsible for all of Lexmark’s Enterprise Software cloud solutions.

By day, Bruce is a seasoned technology executive with a variety of experience, from building a startup from the ground up to expanding and growing a cloud division for a large enterprise.

By night, he is a foodie who loves to travel, hike and bike with his family.

“l am a big foodie, but I am not snobby about food,” said Wang. “I like everything from simple street food to fancy Michelin-starred restaurants and even the occasional fast food place.”

He and his wife, May, have been together for 11 years, five of them married. They have two girls, 3-year-old Abby and 1-year-old Elsie.

So what does a typical day in and out of the office look like for Bruce? We asked him to document a day in his life to find out.

6:30 a.m. My alarm goes off. Sometimes Abby wanders into our bedroom as my human alarm clock.

6:35 a.m. I do a quick scan of my phone to see if there are any emails that require my immediate attention.

6:37 a.m. I’m officially up and getting ready for work.

7:22 a.m. May and Abby are making breakfast, and Elsie is up as well. I don’t actually eat breakfast at home so I say my goodbyes. I can’t linger too long or they will get very antsy.

7:24 a.m. I take off for my 30-minute commute to work and turn the news on the radio.  Sometimes there’s traffic and my commute takes a bit longer, but I don’t mind so much since I get to “relax” in the car.

7:55 a.m. I stop by the Lexmark Cafe and grab a breakfast sandwich and my morning coffee.

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8:01 a.m. I don’t have early morning meetings today so I use this time to catch up on email.  I also browse HipChat to see if anyone posted questions in any of the rooms.

9:30 a.m. Today is my busiest meeting day, as I group all my one-on-ones on the same day. I do a quick 30-minute sync-up with all my managers. We discuss any pressing matters they have, then the team shares their day-to-day activities on a cloud tool. I browse the conversations to get an idea of the topics they are discussing.

12:10 p.m. I am done with my first batch of meetings, and now I am off to lunch. I don’t venture too far as I like to take a quick walk, so I stroll over to the restaurants close to work and grab a bite to eat.

1:30 p.m. I just finished my manager meetings and now begin to prepare slides for a presentation I am making to the senior leaders of Lexmark’s Enterprise Software.

3:30 p.m. I have a meeting with some members of my team to discuss the metrics we need to collect for the presentation. We go over the critical items and then review the timeline on when it will be completed.

4:30 p.m. I am back at my desk and checking work emails. I respond to a few, but check the clock carefully. At times, I can get lost in my work and end up going home too late.


5:33 p.m. I head home. It usually takes me about 25 minutes with traffic on the road. I flip back and forth between Pandora and a public radio station depending on what’s playing.

6:01 p.m. I get home, and Abby and Elsie are excited to see me. Abby is busy telling me about her day, while Elsie waddles over and makes some happy grunting sounds. I pick both of them up (getting some much needed exercise), and head to the kitchen.

6:10 p.m. Dinner is ready and we sit down to eat together as a family. This is a time I try not to miss, and is a good time for my wife and I to catch up on our day.

6:41 p.m. Abby is already done with dinner and is sitting at the kitchen island, drawing. Elsie is almost done as well. I take the kids and play with them as my wife cleans up. She enjoys this time “alone” as it is one of the few times in the day without the kids.

7:42 p.m. It’s time for the girls’ bath. Sometimes it’s a struggle but most of the time we can get both into the tub without a problem. We get them dressed and then get them ready for bed.

8:25 p.m. It’s time to put the girls to sleep. I take Abby while my wife takes Elsie. I read Abby her favorite book, Curious George, and after that, I tuck her in and she falls asleep. Even though she’s three, she still prefers me to be in the room while she sleeps, but as she drifts off to a deep slumber, I sneak away and go to my office

9:01 p.m. May emerges from Elsie’s room and she finally gets a break. We hang out together and unwind from the day. I check my email and HipChat periodically to ensure there’s nothing major going on.

11:14 p.m. My brain needs some wind-down time before I can sleep, so I squeeze in some Netflix. Having sufficiently zonked my brain, I fall asleep.

In closing, Bruce said this about working at Lexmark: “Lexmark is in the middle of an amazing transformation from a hardware company to a leading global provider of enterprise software, hardware and services. Not only that, we are also part of the cloud transformation, both in our internal adoption of cloud technologies, and our ability to deliver cloud services to our customers. I never thought I’d work for a large enterprise company, but I’ve been able to apply my startup and entrepreneurial skills at Lexmark, and the company has been very welcoming of this, which is a testament to its strength as a dynamic and changing organization.”

Interested in reading more? Check out A day in the life of a Lexmark employee: Amanda Clark.