About Working with the Latest Technology, Applause from Silicon Valley and Hot Dogs at a Bouncy Castle
We are looking for new ambitious developers to join our team at EASI’R! Get some insider insights into how it is to work as a developer at EASI’R! Peter Warnes (33), Senior Backend Developer at EASI’R since November 2015, talks about his work routine at the international Aarhus IT-company that provides the leading cloud relations platform for the automotive industry.
Peter, what does a typical working day at EASI’R look like for you?
After a coffee (or 2), I usually start by reading my mails and plan the day. I will take a look at the scrum board to assess the status of the current sprint in preparation for our daily standup meeting. This is a meeting occurring daily and timeboxed to 15 minutes where the entire team talks about progress and challenges in their work. I am also Scrum Master and Delivery Lead at EASI’R, meaning that it is my responsibility to ensure the team is able to operate unhindered and free from any unwanted distractions, enabling us to meet our deliveries without getting stressed out or bogged down in the process.
What else can you tell us about your working day and week?
Most of a typical work day consists of… well… work! For me that means coding, meetings, problem solving to name but a few. The work here is diverse which I like, it keeps my day to day interesting. People in the development team have certain responsibility areas that they “own”, but everyone should be able to do everything so there is a lot of knowledge sharing and possibilities to work with new and exciting technologies. The company culture is really good and everyone gets along. We often have chats over a boiling kettle or a sizzling toastie maker in the breakout area. We also have a very playful philosophy here and have a number of nerf guns lying around the office so keep your eyes pealed! o_0
At EASI’R, the team is working on the development of innovative features that disrupt the way customer relations management in the automotive industry works. We are releasing a lot of new stuff to a lot of users. We are always using the latest technology and it’s fascinating to see that our software is arousing great international interest, even in Silicon Valley, and is used by the leading automotive brands all over the world!
What are the developers at EASI’R working on in detail?
We are working on some really cool stuff right now actually, we’ve just launched a feature to bake in a reward function into the platform aimed at engaging salesmen and driving them to perform better while at the same time enjoying using our software. Other things are Social Media integrations and native mobile apps to put our software in the hands and pockets of our end users reducing the lag between something that they care about happening, and them knowing about it to almost zero. We are continuously improving our software and underlying platform, this is really important to us, especially now while we are growing so fast which gives us some real challenges. Maintaining a secure, high quality base makes it much easier to adapt and saves us a lot of time in the long run. It’s also far more fun to work with!
What do you like most about working at EASI’R?
I think the two things I value most about working here are the fun and laid back office culture and the technology. Other companies I’ve worked for in the past have been reluctant to move to new technologies for various reasons, and the longer they wait, the harder it gets. Not at EASI’R, here we jump on upcoming technologies, be it a new major version of something we already use, or something completely new that we think we can use to make our work and software better. Technology is a fast moving industry and if you don’t keep up to date, you become a dinosaur very quickly. Everyone in the team is extremely skilled, our developers come from all over Europe and are leaders in their field. There is a lot to learn from the people here at EASI’R making personal and professional development an unavoidable and effortless side effect from working here.
Besides that, it’s pretty cool being a part of a company that is enjoying international success with some of the worlds leading automotive brands. The leading US Silicon Valley magazine Venture Beat published a great feature about us and referred to EASI’R as the disruptive “Silicon Vikings”!
Team work is key at EASI’R and every one of our developers has a large influence on the product roadmap. The developers have short daily morning meetings to exchange about current tasks, timings and questions. Having fun together is essential, from a grill party for lunch around a bouncy castle to watching a great car race with the team.
Very important final question: How is the working culture?
I feel really comfortable at EASI’R. We are a dynamic, international team with people from the UK (me), Germany, France, Romania, Poland and the Netherlands that love, besides from delivering great work, having fun together. We are living a true start up culture here and never say no to a little nerf-gun-action (a toy for 4+ year olds), and it happens quite often that the whole team is involved in a massive shootout. The management team occasionally does something spontaneous too which is nice, a while back we were all surprised with a big bouncy castle at the office with hotdogs and chips (not a good combo btw), that was a great laugh. We also have some company wide events, the last one was at the Classic Race Aarhus where we had a tent right by the finish line.