Life at Applied Intuition: What It’s Like to Be on Our Team

Applied’s mission is to accelerate the world’s adoption of safe and intelligent machines. Learn what it’s like to be a part of our team.
Jul 24, 2023

We’ve updated our careers page video! It’s a peek into our culture—from our mission and values to unique things like our shoeless office. Keep reading to learn about what we do, how we do it, and what it’s like to work at Applied.

Our Mission

Applied’s mission is to accelerate the world’s adoption of safe and intelligent machines. We've come a long way just six years after our company was founded. Our team spans across seven global offices in five countries. 17 of the top 20 global automakers and companies across trucking, agriculture, construction, and mining use our solutions to develop, test, and deploy autonomous systems at scale.

“One of the things we do is build tools for customers developing self-driving software. This can be anything from smaller Level 2 (L2) features such as blind spot detection or lane keeping assist all the way to fully driverless vehicles driving around in cities.”

Divi Schmidt, Software Engineer

We’re excited about helping the world transition to autonomous vehicles and making roads safer for everyone. With this critical mission, we know our work has a significant impact.

“Everything that moves will eventually be autonomous.”                                           

Peter Ludwig, Co-Founder and CTO

Our People

Of course, the team is the most essential part of a company. We’re a mix of software, simulation, automotive, and other experts from top companies like Google, Tesla, Waymo, Toyota, and Mercedes-Benz. Many of us have graduated from top universities like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, Stanford University, and the University of California, Berkeley. Almost half of Applied’s team has a Master’s or a Ph.D. degree. 

In addition to our experience, Applied is committed to helping all team members advance their careers. For example, we offer training programs for new graduates, aspiring managers, software engineers, recruiters, and others to grow their skill sets and stay on top of the latest industry developments.

What’s unique about our team? Everyone is an expert in their field, and everyone is focused, output-driven, and supportive of each other. Our company values have a big influence on how we work together. Keep reading to learn about them!

Our Values

Our company values are the foundation for how we work together as a team. Some examples are speed, customer orientation, raising the quality bar, and laughing a lot. Read more about all our values on our website.

Speed above all things

We believe that things we can accomplish today shouldn’t wait until tomorrow. At Applied, we make decisions at the lowest level possible without waiting for buy-in from leadership teams. A decision made is progress made!

Never disappoint the customer

Everything we do starts with the intention of understanding our customers. We want to help our customers make quick, consistent, measurable progress. At Applied, you’ll work directly with customers to help them solve their unique challenges.

“Something that’s special about Applied is that engineers actually talk to customers directly. It’s really cool to be able to talk to a customer and see that what you’ve built is actually being used, and they’re getting a lot of value out of it.”

Rami Manna, Software Engineer

Raise the quality bar

We often ask ourselves: “Am I doing the best work of my life?” A vital component of this is quality. At Applied, we emphasize a hygienic, professional approach to everything from different processes to our attitudes. As a team, we all strive to have a strong technical command over our work areas.

“You’re gonna grow. That’s all I’m gonna say. I think you’re really stretched. You’re really pushed to grow, but that’s exactly what we’re all here for. No one wants to come into work and do the same thing every single day.”

Viktoriya Doroshenko, People Operations

Laugh a lot

Building a high-growth technology company is tough. With that in mind, we pay attention to being nurturing, supportive, positive, and optimistic. Humor makes working through challenges much more pleasant, and a light-hearted attitude creates a fun and gratifying environment that we’re all excited to be a part of.

“I've made real friends through Applied. We all care for each other, and that drives me every day.”

Aishwarya Bagaria, Product Designer

Global Presence

Our mission, values, and team are distributed across different offices and countries. We’re headquartered in Mountain View but have offices in Detroit, D.C., Munich, Stockholm, Seoul, and Tokyo to support our customers wherever they are. 

Several team members travel to other offices throughout the year to meet with customers and collaborate face-to-face. We also host everyone for a global get-together at our Mountain View headquarters every year. These things help us stay closely connected to our customers, collaborate effectively across offices and time zones, and make friends worldwide.

Rotation program

After one year or more at Applied, our engineers can rotate into any of our global offices in Munich, Stockholm, Tokyo, and Seoul to work with local customers and live abroad for a while.

“I rotated to our Munich office, and it was an amazing experience for me to grow both personally and professionally. I’ve always wanted to live abroad, and I really enjoyed being able to shape the culture of a small, growing office. It’s a unique opportunity that we have at Applied, which I’d absolutely recommend!”

Stef Ren, Software Engineer

Clean Office, Clean Code

Oh, and what’s the with the shoeless office, you ask? We wear slippers at the office because cleanliness is a core aspect of our culture. A tidy workspace facilitates a clear mind and clean work.

Join Us!

From our mission, team, and values to our collaboration across global offices, we hope you got a glimpse into what life (and work) at Applied is like.

“If we do our work the way that we’re trying to do it, we will save lives. I think that’s a very noble cause, and it’s a worthwhile cause. If that resonates with you, that can be a really, really great fit.”

Qasar Younis, Co-Founder and CEO

Come work with us! Check out our careers page.