Starting your career at S8080
We’ve recently had two new team members start working at S8080. Eric joined us as a developer from a small local design agency in September and Ernie joined us a technical project manager from Hewlett Packard in October.
Obviously, Eric and Ernie are not their real names, but we want to protect them from the constant hassle of recruitment agents!
In their own words…
Eric, Drupal Developer at S8080
Started: early September 2014
Settling into working at S8080 has been both enjoyable and seamless. Right from the first interview, I felt very comfortable talking about how I work and also learning how work is carried out by the team. I was very drawn in by working as part of a team utilising Agile methodologies.
My induction allowed me to transition smoothly into working within the team; initially with time to familiarise myself with the technology and workflow that is used at S8080. Coming from a small agency, it was often the case where I would have to do a considerable amount of research on particular aspects of development before beginning projects. Here at S8080, the team is only too happy to help and bounce ideas between each other, which, has been fantastic for picking up little nuggets of knowledge.
The office itself is state of the art, and is in a great location a stone’s throw away from Swansea Marina. Personal development is a very high priority here, too. There is plenty of material within the office to learn new skills or brush up here and there or even to keep on the desk as a reference. I’m also studying an additional degree at Swansea University which S8080 are happy to let me attend once a week and provide any support I may need.
The atmosphere is very relaxed considering the fast-paced nature of our work. The work itself is engaging and challenging. Meetings are held every morning with project managers to ensure that we, as developers, have everything we need to check off all the tasks we have been assigned as part of our sprint for the week.
All in all, I have thoroughly enjoyed my first few months at S8080. I have been made to feel very welcome and have already settled into the way the team works and I am always looking forward to the next challenge that our projects bring.
Ernie – Technical project Manager at S8080
Started: mid October 2014 I stepped through the door and was refreshed by the bright orange walls. I shook some hands and after being handed a cafetiere and 2 shortbreads I was ready for the interview, I say an interview, it was more of a sensible chat with some sensible down to earth people.
All went well and I was given a start date. The first few days were spent getting my bearings, meeting all the individual characters that make up S8080, setting up my shiny laptop and sipping from my new S8080 ‘e-tea’ mug.
I was sent to work straight off the bat, no boring waiting around. The work processes are very agile, but if you think there is a better way of doing something, then you can just say so and they team will give it a go – no forms to fill in! The agile boards offer a great visual cue for the work that is going on and a focal point to discuss tasks.
The office is set in a huge open-plan, light airy room and when it’s time for lunch you can take a walk around the marina and take in the good sea air.
Since settling in I’ve learned the people are great, the work is great and the location is great – With the local gym being so close I can even come in early for a quick session!