Poll Everywhere

Interactive meetings and presentations

Sr Technical Support Specialist I

Job Type
3+ years
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About the role

Our customer support team builds that trust through calls, emails, chat, and the occasional screen share. This gives people the confidence to deliver interactive presentations that are open and engaging. Poll Everywhere users tend to be leaders in their organizations and they reach out for help because they're preparing for a presentation that just can't go wrong. Sometimes they're nervous, and sometimes they're on a deadline. Because of this, we elevate support as a practice much more than most tech companies.

This role is highly technical and requires you to take end-to-end ownership of customer-facing issues such as advanced troubleshooting and root cause identification. Our Customer Support team is based on levels, because of this, we only hire experienced people for this role. Our Senior Technical Support Specialist l is the first level of our support team. From there it goes to Senior Technical Support Specialist ll, then to Advocate. All of our CS Team members are Senior as our product is complex and technical in nature.

Our growth has created an environment for career advancement and rewarding challenges. Former support team members have gone on to become customer success managers, product managers, front-end engineers, and operations managers all within Poll Everywhere. Support team alumni now work at Accenture, Google, and Chorus.

Objectives of the role

  • Ability to multi-task, effectively working through email, phone, and chat. Additional support includes troubleshooting the issue reported; looking through documentation; searching account info in admin.
  • Prioritize workload and determine what is most important in your work day. Which emails to follow up on first; determine how much time to spend on dedicated projects assigned; determining when to escalate calls/emails.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills; thinking through technical issues and providing resolution.
  • Work independently with good decision-making skills as the role will require some stand-alone work time

Daily & monthly responsibilities

  • Create resolution for customers with a blend of patience, wit, and crystal-clear communication. You'll directly support customers via email tickets, incoming calls (which may require context switching), and the occasional screen share. In the future, we'll offer chat support.
  • Work closely with Engineering and QA to troubleshoot, reproduce, and escalate product-related bugs proactively. Follow debugging procedures to diagnose technical issues in web, mobile, and desktop apps.
  • Work with both new and existing customers to resolve product and billing-related questions. You'll work with our finance team to process payments and refunds.

Preferred Experience

Think technical/soft skills that will help people succeed in the role

  • 3-5 years of experience in a client-facing software support role (preferably SaaS) with an understanding of customer service, technical issue resolution, and support best practices.
  • You have a working knowledge of Windows and macOS platforms in order to resolve complex issues. You're proficient in installing and troubleshooting software on these platforms.
  • Experience working remote on a distributed team spread across several time zones
  • Proficiency with Zendesk, Slack, Pivotal, Notion, or other comparable online support and collaboration tools
  • You have experience communicating and problem-solving with other departments such as engineering, QA, design, sales, customer success and marketing.
  • You have a collaborative mindset and view feedback as a 2-way street. You're open to communicating needs that will set you up for success with your team and coach.
  • You take initiative and are energized even when a clear path isn't laid out for you.
  • You believe in self-care and want to work on a team that places an emphasis on rest and development due to the nature of this work existing in a high-pressure time-sensitive environment that requires you to prioritize urgent tasks based on customer needs and your day-to-day responsibilities.

Why you should join Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere stands out for being one of the very few successful growth startups who are purposefully unfunded after YC's initial $20K investment. Our mission is to improve presentations by turning them into two-way conversations. That started with putting several "clicker" companies out of business and quickly becoming the largest text message voting platform. It continues with interactive tools and games that make presenters more authentic listeners and teachers. Poll Everywhere has been used in millions of everyday presentations, at over 75% of the Fortune 1000, thousands of universities, even on prime time TV. Presenters at TED, Google, McDonalds and Stanford trust us to enliven their slides.

Poll Everywhere
Team Size:64
Location:San Francisco
Brad Gessler
Brad Gessler
Jeff Vyduna
Jeff Vyduna