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.
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.
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!