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Inside The Startup

Meet Romain, our epic tech developer at MakeMeReach!

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26 May, 2017

The MakeMeAStar series has highlighted the sales and the customer service teams with interviews with Prachya, Marcelo and Clement. Today, we're sitting down with Romain, a member of the product development team at MakeMeReach.

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Hired just over a year ago, Romain was the perfect fit for integrating our international company as a FullStack Developer. Managing both foreign and programming languages, the trilingual EPITECH graduate is a native of Spain, grew up in Agen and studied in Bordeaux, Beijing and Paris.

His training and previous professional experiences helped him become a very versatile developer, which in turn, enabled him to join MakeMeReach fresh out of university. Today, he tells us about his experience at MakeMeReach and his feelings after a year in the company.

What do you do exactly at MakeMeReach?

I am a FullStack Developer which means that my daily work is to improve the MakeMeReach platform and thus meet the needs and demands of our clients. Why FullStack? Because in the team, there are front-end specialists, back-end specialists and the FullStack developers of the team are here to make the link between the two and to implement features from end-to-end. However, this structure within the tech team is not fixed. We learn to manage all the requests - creation, management, display of statistics, creation of audience... everything that includes the application. And everyone in the team is expected to be able to answer these requests.

It seems that your web developer profile is quite sought after. What prompted you to choose MakeMeReach rather than another company?

Indeed, I had several proposals and I had precise criteria in mind to which they had to cater to, including the atmosphere and a stack, technos which I particularly wanted to develop. Not only did MakeMeReach fulfil these criteria but, besides the attractive salary, the impression I got from the members of the team was that they were friendly, cooperative and great fun to be around during my interviews.

IMG_1847 Romain enjoying a drink with some of the tech team.  From left to right: Antoine, Vincent, Baptiste and Nicolas.

After a year at the company are you satisfied with your choice? How has your position changed?

Very satisfied! I have evolved a lot in my job, you learn a lot here as a developer because the product itself is constantly being improved. In short, the company is growing rapidly and everything has to move very quickly so that the tool can be as efficient as possible, which makes the work very stimulating and especially formative because you are always challenged in your daily work. Getting that load of work at a fast pace massively improves your confidence.

How does it work on team-level? How do you co-ordinate as a team since you are working on a product that is constantly evolving?

It was quite new to me to join an experienced team. Indeed, in my previous professional experiences, I usually coded alone. I nevertheless adapted quickly to this new way of working. In terms of coordination, in order to facilitate teamwork and better coordinate the work carried out by each member, we have switched to strict typing. This imposes on us all a way of coding and allows us to make no mistakes. You might feel like you are locked into lengthy processes by forcing structured and rigorous code at all levels, but once you get used to this stack, you start coding with your eyes closed.

When you develop a feature that works well and fits perfectly with the whole application, you quickly realize that it is thanks to this process that the application remains stable while continuing to evolve with developments in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and now Snapchat who we have become a partner just a few weeks ago.
It's an ego boost to say that you develop features and betas for these social media giants that remain first and foremost world-leading tech companies!

Ok, in terms of stack and technos, we can say ‘mission accomplished’! What about the atmosphere then?

I think lots of my motivation comes from the great atmosphere in the office, especially within the tech department as we are a very cohesive team.
From the offsite in Courchevel at the beginning of the year to various events and after works regularly organised in our office, we have the opportunity to get to know the people who work at MakeMeReach on a personal level. There really is a nice atmosphere that reigns here every day, especially at midday when everyone is having lunch and playing ping pong together!

Do you see yourself staying at MakeMeReach for ever and ever ?

In all honesty, with the future that is emerging for the company and the atmosphere there is in the office, I can definitely picture myself riding the MakeMeReach roller-coaster for many years to come!

 

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If you are interested in working at MakeMereach, we invite you to take a look to our openings here. We will also be at VivaTechnology in June so come and meet us!

Think you have what it takes to join MakeMeReach? Apply Here!

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