I’m Steve, Full Stack Engineer at Huckletree. Ever wondered what it’s like to be part of the Huckletree Tech Team? Here’s my story…
ON THE FIRST 90 DAYS AT HUCKLETREE
It honestly feels like I’ve been here for years, everyone here has made me feel extremely welcome. The positive and open company culture lives up to the expectation and is exactly what’s on the script, which was a big surprise because most companies advertise perks and sell the dream, but then can’t seem to deliver on these promises.
In my first week, we were given a deep dive into company culture, the product, the vision and what’s expected of us. All new starters got to tour the different locations and see first hand the experiences we offer members (my fave is Huckletree West, but shhh!).
When you join Huckletree, you’re introduced to a buddy! Your buddy looks out for you, gives you the lowdown, answers questions (What really is a meditation yurt? Is the Dreamscape up for grabs for our team? How do you book time off? How do you pronounce the Slainte meeting room in Dublin?) and is a general sounding board for how to work in a company scaling fast.
My buddy is Hannah in Team Marketing and she’s been amazing in helping me through my first few months here. On your first day, your new buddy takes you out for lunch and we catch up regularly over a coffee. This was a really nice touch for what normally is a period where you feel a little lost …thanks Han!
ON THE FIVE YEAR VISION FOR HUCKLETREE TECH
We’re going through our next growing up phase. Now the model is proven, we are now refining the product. We currently have a monolithic application, but our Tech roadmap will see us move into a micro-service architecture. It’s awesome to be a part of building this out!
In 5 years, we’ll have a much larger team, consisting of in-house digital designers, a more focused front end arm of the team and the ability to bring in junior members to skill up in order to get them into the industry.
From a Tech point of view, I’d hope we’d have a fully automated CI (continuous deployment) pipeline which is able automatically test and deploy our code across our stack. I also like to think we’re giving back to the industry in some way – lending our time and team, or co-building with our members.
ON WHO YOU’RE DYING TO WORK WITH
One of the main reasons I joined Huckletree was because of our CEO and founder, Gaby. I was aware of Huckletree before joining and this was due to the #FAIRERFUNDINGNOW campaign. I’ve not seen many females doing what she’s doing and it’s inspiring to see the industry being challenged (about time!). And now having seen the roadmap, it’s going to be an exciting ride!
I’m excited to be working with our Tech Lead, Alex Bor, too. Alex has extensive knowledge on the tech stack we’re working across and is always happy to help (no matter how big or small the problem is). This DNA runs through the roots of our team, as we’re building a diverse, collaborative team and have a serious amount of fun learning and building out some cool tech.
ON YOUR DREAM SPOT TO OPEN A HUCKLETREE
There are too many locations I’d like us to open, but from a Tech perspective….you’d probably expect me to pipe up and say “San Francisco”, but I don’t think that’s us. Our culture is different – we don’t work 24/7, burn out fast and wear hoodies – but we do work to achieve great things.
ON THE BIGGEST MYTH ABOUT TECH TEAMS
The biggest myth about the tech team is probably that we all have beards, drink coffee all day and work late into the night without the lights on. Whilst some members do sport beards (not me, I’ve never been able to grow one), we’re all pretty well groomed.
We’re also not social rejects. Yes, that’s another myth that developers can’t actually communicate unless its through some kind of chat app, but I like to think our team is approachable and help the whole Huckletree community when they need us.
WHAT’S ON YOUR TECH BUCKET LIST?
The best project I’ve worked on is for a company called Truphone. When I joined, there were 49 employees and 3 developers including myself. The goal was ambitious there, which was to build out a global mobile network…sounds easy right? This brought some extremely interesting challenges including handling big data across multiple servers, processing thousands of call records our customers were making and building out a billing platform capable of keeping track of customer spending. I worked with some super awesome people and learned a lot.
There’s a few projects I’ve wanted to work on. Being a keen DIY’er myself, I’d like to build out a cool application in order to help both tradesmen and customers. I’d turn it into a great business which understands this industry and is able to help them progress into the 21st century.
ON HOW WE CAN DRIVE GREATER REPRESENTATION IN TECH
It would be great to get more females into the industry (1000% they’re out there!), but our industry is still dominantly male, which is a shame and a big risk. I really believe in our company ethos around fairer access and representation, and that applies to pushing for diversity in tech too. It would also be great to mentor more young people in the industry and show them a different way of breaking in.
I didn’t go down the route of a computer science degree, and I hope to show young ambitious bright people that degrees don’t equal developer success. Development is a lot like common sense, you’ve either got it or you haven’t!
And if you have natural talent, the right team around you, you spend time building a great social network in tech, read and attend meet-ups, you’ll be surprised at how much you learn and how many doors open. I’d love to see Huckletree run a sponsorship programme where we can mentor young people who show promise, think creatively and be prepared to go off script.
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