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Employee Q&A – Matthew

Posted by Richard Neil on February 4, 2020 08:30:42

With over 90 people now employed at Enable and that number will keep on growing, we have forged strong relationships with some of the best universities, recruiting the brightest students that they have to offer. In fact, 79% of our analysts and developers graduated from one of the top 25 universities featured in the Guardian university league table.

As a growing SaaS company, we are particularly focused on recruiting high achievers in numerate subjects, with 66% of our employees holding an undergraduate degree in either Maths or Science, and 41% attaining a master’s or PhD in their chosen field of study. This provides us with excellent employees who not only possess outstanding technical skills, but also the ability to translate that knowledge into highly effective business solutions.

This month we have spoken to Matthew, a Software Development Manager who graduated from The University of Wales, Aberystwyth with a master’s degree in Software Engineering. He joined Enable as a junior developer, then progressed to his present role as a Software Development Manager. In his role he liaises regularly with the Operations Director and other development managers to identify short and long-term goals. They are responsible for identifying and planning the adoption of new technologies as well as regularly reviewing current practices, recruitment, appraisals and performance reviews. After being with the company for over 11 years, Matthew offers his thoughts on his experience so far as a Software Development Manager at Enable.

Why did you decide to become a software developer?

 I’ve enjoyed programming and generally tinkering with computers ever since my father taught me BASIC on the family’s Commodore 64. Throughout my school years I enjoyed programming as a hobby – mostly making simple games – and when deciding what to study at university a software engineering course seemed the natural choice. After completing my degree, I was keen to continue learning about software development whilst putting my skills into practice.

How much experience with software development did you have before joining Enable?

I’d spent four years at university studying software engineering, and before this I had enjoyed programming as a hobby. This meant I had a good foundation to build upon, but it would be fair to say I still had plenty to learn. Of course, given how quickly technology moves, in many ways this remains the case.

What initially attracted you to work for Enable?

The company has changed a lot over the last 11 years, but some factors that are as relevant now as they were back then include the variety of work developers are tasked with, the attitude of keeping up to date with the latest technology, and the very pleasant location in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Tell us about your average day at Enable.

A significant portion of my time is spent on technical work for my current development project; planning and reviewing work with team members and getting stuck into some coding myself. Other tasks include scheduling work for the team, and HR activities such as one-to-ones and appraisals with team members.

How would you describe the culture and working environment?

Across the team there is a strong interest in doing things right and constantly improving. The environment is very conducive to working and concentrating – there’s very little bustle and noise. Team members are given the time needed to complete tasks without interruption.

What do you enjoy most about working at Enable?

The ongoing opportunity to practice and learn in what would otherwise be my hobby – programming.

Where would you like to see yourself in the future at Enable?

My hope would be that I continue to learn and contribute whilst enjoying the challenges as the company continues to succeed and grow.

What piece of advice would you give to graduates looking to secure a career with Enable?

Learn to code by writing a multiplayer game you can play with your friends!

What Enable can offer you

One of Enable’s top priorities is to provide a positive environment for all of our employees to work in — this is reflected in our excellent Glassdoor employee reviews! Not only do our employees have the freedom to work creatively and to suggest improvements and new ways of working, our team structure and project processes allow them to focus entirely on solving any given challenge. Investing in our employees lets us devote more time into increasing their abilities, as well as drawing from a steady stream of high calibre applicants. The benefits are clear; Enable prides itself on high staff retention and expects to grow to over 100 employees by the end of 2020.