meet the geeks

Our talented people are passionate about invention and innovation. See what they have to say about working here in our meet the geek interviews.

Tatiana

Director of Software Development

What are you looking for in a Front End Developer?

Our Front End Developers work on the user-facing side of our clients’ sites. So quality and attention to detail are key aspects in our delivery. We’re looking for experienced developers that take pride in what they do, with an attitude towards continuous improvement and problem solving. Also, an ability to handle pressure and work autonomously to achieve common goals with the team.

What can they expect to work on?

Our team develops responsive websites for our clients supporting all the different delivery channels – desktop, tablet, mobile and everything in between. Our Front End Developers contribute both to the core capabilities of the sites, such as navigation, themes and performance, as well as to the feature set of our web platform, with capabilities like search, widgets and personalisation. But they won’t be working in isolation. We’re a very collaborative team and that’s one of our key strengths.

So, there’s a lot of teamwork involved?

Yes. Our Front End Developers sit along with the rest of Websites Developers and QA Engineers and work together in small squads that confirm the Team. New capabilities get built as a result of close collaboration between all skill sets to develop new features, making sure that they’re problem-free and scalable. It’s a great environment because everyone can turn to the person next to them and solve any problem face to face, rather than send emails and chats or make phone calls. And they can also see the results of both their work and their teammates’ first hand.

What’s the coolest thing about working at The Workshop?

We’re a very dynamic environment. Projects don’t get stuck in the pipeline and we don’t get stuck on projects. Everything keeps moving. And we’re experimenting and trying new things all the time. So it’s a really fun, creative space to work in.

Simon

Director of Game Development

What do you do at The Workshop?

I’m responsible for the development of our clients’ games, from a software engineering point of view. Basically, I represent the geeks in the room!

What makes you tick?

The whole product cycle is really exciting for me. It’s not always easy, but true love never is. I am passionate about the creativity, the camaraderie and the industry we work in. A bit like Hannibal from ‘The A-Team’, I love it when a plan comes together!

What are you looking for in a Front End Developer?

Every game we make is unique and there’s always a new challenge. So if you want a predictable coding job, this isn’t the place for you. But if you love solving hard problems rapidly, the challenge of pushing the technical envelope and getting involved in game conceptualisation and creation, then you’ll thrive working here!

What can they expect to work on?

We work on a variety of traditional and innovative games. It’ll be up to the incoming Front End Developer to get the most out of front end technologies to maximise playability. They’ll come up with creative solutions to gameplay problems, like making sure our games load well across all markets. They’ll also tap into performance metrics and player-behaviour models, and help to capture data. Ultimately, the role is all about problem solving.

What’s it like working at The Workshop?

We deliver our products collaboratively, working in an agile model. There’s lots of face-to-face communication between developers, analysts, artists and QA. For us, a game isn’t ready when the software is written. It’s ready when we’re all happy with it.

It’s not rigid here. It’s not “my way or the highway”. We all have a certain amount of autonomy, so there are no stupid ideas. It’s a great environment filled with motivated people, which is one of the reasons I work here too!