Talent Spotlight: Alina Tudose Takes Us Inside TripActions’ Engineering Team In Amsterdam

Welcome to The Talent Spotlight Series, where we chat with our global team members about the careers that brought them to TripActions, what their roles look like, why they believe in their teams, and their favorite travel memory. Participants were selected by their peers for their incredible teamwork and team spirit, and how they embody TripActions’ values. Read more of the series.

Alina Tudose is an integral member of the technical team at TripActions in Amsterdam, where she leads a multi-disciplinary engineering team. Her journey at TripActions began in 2019, when she joined as one of the company’s first female engineers in the region.

“It was super exciting when I started, because we were the first engineers in the office, cracking the laptops and passwords and building new relationships,” explains Alina.

Alina had previously worked at TravelBird, a leisure travel company based in Amsterdam. TripActions planned to open its Amsterdam office at the same time that TravelBird was changing gears in its operation, so for Alina, the timing couldn’t have been better.

However, Alina did not immediately realize that she had a talent for engineering. She studied communications and public relations and began her career in video production. While working on a production platform, she saw how, with a little more technical knowledge, she could personalize videos and even learn how to personalize websites. She discovered a new passion.

“I decided I wanted to learn how to develop web apps myself, so I joined Ironhack, a web development boot camp in Barcelona,” she says.

Alina quickly learned a lot and discovered an interest in front-end engineering. Her first job outside of boot camp was TravelBird, where she worked for almost three years. She gained a lot of experience and met amazing colleagues, many of whom also switched to TripActions.

A match of culture and career

Alina’s time at TripActions has been exciting, not only because of the rapid growth of the company, but also because of the growth of her own career. She was promoted from Front End Engineer to Senior Front End Developer to Technology Lead and now works as Engineering Manager. Alina has been part of product changes including the admin panel and the launch of Team Travel, which started as an internal hackathon launch.

“I thought that project would be a dream to work on, and then the team decided to build it! We presented it to real clients and everyone was very excited. Now I see it every day and people use it,” says Alina, who loves seeing real users interact with her team’s work.

When Alina joined in 2019, she traveled to the Palo Alto office for onboarding and again for company-wide withdrawal, Connections.

“What I love about visiting our headquarters is seeing how motivated everyone is, especially the leadership. You can feel the energy and the ambition, and it makes me feel like I’m part of something big,” says Alina. That said, I wouldn’t trade it for her cozy home in the Netherlands. “In Amsterdam specifically there is a great culture of camaraderie. There is a strong work-life balance, and colleagues are friends outside of work, too.”

As someone who built and grew her career in engineering, Alina believes that TripActions is one of the best companies for engineers.

“Beyond the fact that the product is exciting, we also work with a very modern technology stack. We work with React and the latest Angular, and have ongoing integration and development. We look at the quality of our code. It feels good to work in this environment, and there is also a lot of room to grow. There is always an opportunity to be a leader in a certain domain,” says Alina.

Alina also appreciates how diverse the engineering team is, especially in Amsterdam where her colleagues come from countries all over the world.

The Amsterdam office is currently hiring. See what roles are available to join TripActions today.

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