May is the frontend’s month at Globant, that is why two of our references of UI tell  us about their careers and challenges.

We share with you Globant’s secrets with Cristian Bietti and Geronimo García Sgritta

  • Tell us a little about you, how did you start and what are you passionate about?

C: My name is Cristian, and I’m developer with more than 15 years of experience in the field. I have two beautiful daughters, I worked in the area of big bank systems, Startups, as well as  gaming. I consider myself very  creative, in my free time I do a lot of things such as a frontend framework, hybrid apps, videos with special effects, photoshop, photography, 3D, and gaming.    It’s been three years since I joined the Globant family. In the meantime, I have been through different projects and challenges. Last but not least, I’m a big fan of the movie “Back to The Future”!

G: My name is Geronimo and I’m also a developer. I have 10 years of professional experience, even though the love for my profession started when I was very young.  In 1994, I started programming in QB45. Developing is one of my biggest passions together with listening to music and reading. I’m a fan of heavy metal and progressive rock, together with H.P. Lovecraft.

It’s also been almost three  years since I joined the Globant family. Like most Globers, I have been through different projects, currently,  I’m leading a team composed of  15 members.

  • What has been your career path at Globant?

C:Three years ago, I arrived at Globant as Web UI. I came from Java with front-end orientation using JSF, Primefaces, etc. At that time  I thought I knew a lot of frontend with jQuery. Wrong! When I came here I realized there was more to learn. They took me out of jQuery and I felt like a helpless poor boy in the scary woods. That’s when I started to get involved in other technologies (backbone and some others) as  the time passed  I evolved and learned  other new cutting-edge technologies,  for example, AngularJS, which allowed me to participate in projects where the technologies used to develop  had just been launched. I have always counted with the support of great people inside the Studio.

G: In my early days  at Globant  it was hectic. I started at the Mobile Studio as Mobile Web Developer, using Android, AngularJS, Grunt, Mocky. At my previous employer, we worked  with PHP, jQuery, vanilla JavaScript. Then at Globant, I started using Angular JS, which was a different technology and a big jump from what I was used to. Following that experience,  AngularJS and I started to fall in love, the studio looked exposition inside Globant and it was given the opportunity of offering tech talks about AngularJS. That opened up the doors for me to do a wide variety of activities where I participated. Then I recorded a course of Angular JS, that you can now find in Youtube, I gave more than one training of AngularJS in house. That turned me into an Angular JS reference for a lot of my colleagues. And it has not been a year since I started to become well-versed with that technology.

With the passing of time and after meeting more people at Globant and building solid relationships, I went from participating in initiatives to organizing  them. Regarding the “techie” side, we went from deploying webs to develop hybrid apps with Cordova, doing concept tests with React + Redux, creating seeds of Angular JS and designing cutting edge architectures with ES2016, Webpack, Angular jS, SASS.

  • Which was the biggest challenge or most innovative project you had to face along with your teammates?

C: I think that the biggest challenge I had to face was working in a project for one of the biggest search engines in the world, above a future prototype where we used the same technologies in different areas. The most interesting part of this experience was not only the innovative  project itself, but the people that were  involved. We were about 40 people of different areas, from UX (User Experience) up to infrastructure, going through performance, mobile and the classics: back-end, front-end and QA (Quality Assurance).I remember that in a given moment, we had a view that with time it grew up under the client’s demand. This made us to check it and focus on UX where we worked a lot to enrich the user’s experience and to make it friendly, better than frustrating as it was. It was really gratifying  to see its evolution and the response of the QA team so then we could see the client’s answer.

G: I would say that my actual project is and has  been the most challenging one. If you asked me eight  months ago, I would have said that the most challenging project had been my last project. That is usually the way it works here,  the next  project to follow will always be more complex, and more dynamic. During and after each project one tends to evolve and grow, Globant tends to  give  you a new challenge according to that growth.  Let me tell you a little about this project: we are working for a great airline, with a high profile app and a great corporate brand awareness.  This app is really concurring, and its main characteristic is the fault tolerance,  it can’t never have any downtime. In an ordinary day,  a user can have 150 notifications per minute, in a snowday a user can have up to 300 notifications per minute,  we have to support different time zones (more than 5). The second phase of the project focuses on giving mobile support to this app, which today is desktop, like a companion to be able to analyze or keep on with the workflow. In respect to  the account, other number of applications are being developed to complement this experience. This is something big, and the challenge is extremely high.

In what areas of your daily work do  you see Globant’s culture expressed?

C: We  live Globant’s culture daily. We are always facing new challenges. Something great about Globant is that the people that is “grosa” (This is how we call the people that stand out in Argentina) is also the people that share your knowledge, so if you do not have idea on how to solve some problem, or you just need guide, you can escalate the topic easily , or even search for alternatives “thinking out of the box” yourself. Besides, I have the opportunity of organize and inspire new  initiatives  such as Tech Talks (monthly talks about technology handled by different Globant’s sites and shared live to the rest of the sites),  other “more personal” initiative  is what I call “systems people can also dance”. I’m an awful dancer  and I want to share that, so I proposed giving dancing classes on the site where I work. They said yes so they put me in charge of making that happen. Since  then, I got the people that wanted to learn like me, and now we are all taking classes once a week after work. .

G: Globant’s culture is reflected in the whole company, in the project’s delivery and Studios’ initiative. In the projects, that are absolutely dynamic, in the sense that you have to solve arising problems, and that’s made thanks to the teams’s’ composition and Globant’s support to the work methodology. That’s where I see Globant’s culture reflected, “do not fear change”. Change is evolution, and we happily accept that change. That’s what allows us to break patterns and present solutions that are not only innovative  but real. You are part of the whole software creation process and every Globers’ input is valued n, never mind if you are Junior or Super Senior. In every project, everybody’s voice is heard when it comes to bringing up new ideas. When I think on the values, those are the first that come to my mind: Think big and be a team player. When I talk about Studios’ initiatives, they go from tech talks to every activity inspired and organized  by Globers in order to relax a little.. I don’t know about anyone else, but working and listening to  a Guns n’ Roses song playing on the background, or Erotomania by Dream Theatre, is something that I’d never change.

Over the years and after all the technological changes that have been made, how has your work changed?   

C: Technological changes are always influencing our work. Personally, I come from backend, and doing frontend is something that I liked long before it had the formal name “frontend”. Inside Globant I was able to make that transition. I came with my own personal projects but with Globant I could evolve professionally in this “layer” and always having the support from someone that knew better than me. This is something  we usually say: “ a good developer has always in hand the phone of someone better”.   My last project was really an enriching experience to work with a UX team “hand in  hand” to implement guidelines as material design even from beta versions.

G: Going through the changes produced in my work and respecting technology advances, I can say that Web UI had acquired a central role 3 years ago, because of trends that took monolithic apps into microservices clouds with a single page app (SPA). Let’s sum up that Node.js turned into a new citizen for the cloud’s techs and soon, the “lingua franca” is JavaScript. TC39 got power so people started to give a little more love to EcmaScript and the language evolved rapidly. This generated new design patterns and tools, a toolchain completely different, and more development speed. Today, being a Web developer means you have to know how the browser works inside and how microservices work from the outside. Here, you find from colleagues that are expert at usability to Globers that develop 3D completely Web Based editing programs.  

As a summary, what do you like the most from working at Globant?

C: Globant has two things that for  me are really interesting, the quantity of projects (with world-known clients) and the number of people that work here. We are a lot, so the possibility of continuing your career path and grow professionally,  is real, but keep in mind that it’s always something from your side to be able to grow. To be  working on the latest trends means you have to be proactive, self-sufficient and self taught in order to continue grow.

G: Globant is a particular place as to how it shows it opportunities, you can make from your career a walk in the park or a roller coaster, and that’s good. Here you have all the opportunities to grow, but you have to take the initiative and advantage of  them yourself. Nobody’s going to tell you you can’t, they are going to tell you to make it happen and make it possible. They are going to give you the tools and the support, but the will has to  yours!

 

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