WorkLifeBalance: Interview with Craig Maiman

November 24, 2021

Hear from one of our Principal RTL Design Engineers about what its like to work at XtremeEDA and be able to pursue your passion.

Q: How often do you find while working at XtremeEDA you can pursue your passion for flying?

A:  Depending on weather sometimes three times per week. I live on the East Coast and I am currently working remotely on an assignment for a client in California, so I’m able to shift my work hours around and do some flying in the morning and work the client’s normal business hours.

Q:  How did you get interested in flying?

A:  First interested when I was 13 years old because we lived a mile and half from an airport. I wanted to be a fighter pilot; that was my plan but then I didn’t have perfect vision as I got older, which disqualified me for the air force.

Q:  When did you get your license to fly?

A:  Just 9 years ago.

Q:  I understand you built your own plane, tell me about it?

A:  It’s a Sling 4 kit and took me 6.5 years to build. It’s named “Sadie”, after my Grandmother who I never got to meet. It seats 4 people and flies approximately 140 mph, and can cover 700 miles nonstop. 

Q: Do you feel that XtremeEDA gives you that work life balance?

A:  Because I work from home I have a lot of flexibility to work my own hours so right now I’m pursuing my instrument rating. In the future, I would like to do volunteer work with Angel Flight or Pilots and Paws.

Q: You’ve been working at XtremeEDA a little over a year now, what is the best thing about working here?

A:  It doesn’t have that burden of “Big Company” stuff! XtremeEDA has that flexibility a small company offers and that family feel – it feels close, I really love it here. I’ve worked for big companies and small companies, and  I really prefer the small company atmosphere, as long as you have good leadership and don’t have a jerk running the company – and we don’t!.

Q: How does it make you feel like family if we all work remotely?

A:  I don’t know, it just does. It just feels that way, we connect by video and you get to know people. I get to meet with the other employees who are local. I just get that sense from how the company treats me; it comes more from that feeling than actual physical contact.


Janet Sapida




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  1. Farzeen Nathoo says:

    Craig! This looks amazing, I am definitely looking to visiting you so you can take me on that plane! Amazing plane!

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