Sprints, vibrance and growth at Supermetrics
Supermetrics has joined The Shortcut as a Mastermind Sponsor for Talent Heist During Slush ‘19. This blog is borrowed from their internal channels for employer branding purposes. Edited by Esmeé Xavier, Marketing Coordinator for Talent Heist, 19 November 2019.
One of the best things about working in a growth company like Supermetrics is that you usually get a lot of responsibility right from the start. Learning curves tend to be steep and because there are always things that haven’t been done yet, interesting projects are always up for grabs. We learned from three of our rising superstars, who kindly told us what it is like to work at Supermetrics and what an average day at the office looks like for them.
Touko is a first year Computer Science student at Helsinki University, and he is working part-time in the Frontend Development team at Supermetrics. His first project in the company was to build customized data elements to Google Data Studio.
Aia is originally from Kazakhstan. She has a Bachelor’s in International Business and a Master’s in Business Analytics. At Supermetrics, Aia works in the Data Analytics team building custom reports and dashboards to customers all over the world.
Maliha comes from Bangladesh and has just finished her master’s degree in Computer Science. She works in the heart of Supermetrics focusing on the API’s that make working with data easy for Supermetric’s customers.
How would you describe life at Supermetrics?
The nature of work is quite free, the people are great and we have a lot of fun! Touko
It’s chilled and dynamic at the same time. The work has a lot of variety which keeps things fresh. We have team events, fun kitchen conversations and Friday after work hangouts that make for a nice and friendly vibe. Aia
As I work in the Connectors team, I jump between different integrations so there’s always something new to focus on. I enjoy the different team events and hangouts we have as they bring an added sense of community and togetherness. Maliha
What does your typical day look like?
I work as a part-timer, around two days a week. I usually grab a coffee from the kitchen and get coding. Every other week we have sprint planning, but otherwise, I get to organise my work on my own. Touko
Every morning I check my email to see if there’s anything about ongoing client projects in my inbox while sipping my coffee. Most of my day is spent with customers or building custom report templates for them. Aia
We have a daily standup or sprint planning in the mornings. After that, it’s mainly developing integrations and figuring out any problems with my teammates. I deploy around two times a week. Maliha
Which skills have you most developed since joining Supermetrics?
Actually, I think it’s my English skills. I’m very proud of myself as I have not worked in a place where English is the main language before. Of course, I've also become a better programmer as well. Touko
SQL for sure! I’ve also learned how to use Data Studio, broadened my technical understanding and developed my communication skills a lot. I talk a lot with clients so it is integral to be to the point and have a clear manner of communication. Aia
I’d say teamwork and coding skills. I do coding full time now and need to communicate my plans and progression in our daily standups, which has helped me to be a more effective communicator. Maliha
What’s the most challenging thing you’ve worked on?
I’ve developed a custom visualization from scratch, including making the technology decisions for the project. For this, I had to consider different aspects to ensure that the performance is optimal, among other things. Touko
Google BigQuery. I had to write scripts for client data in SQL. I had studied SQL before, but this was the first time I used in a real-life business case. Aia
For me, it was developing my first integration with PHP for my onboarding. I had only used Java before, so that was a bit of a learning curve. Now I’m working on a Salesforce integration, that’s also pretty challenging. Maliha
What’s the best thing about working at Supermetrics?
The people and the environment are great. People respect each other here, which I highly appreciate. Touko
I like the culture here. People are open and friendly, you can ask anyone anything, anytime. Sometimes you just feel so cosy you end up spending extra time at the office just for the sake of your teammates. You’re also given responsibility and get to take ownership, which is a big deal for a professional at the start of their career. Aia
I like the working environment - even though I work in backend development which, very often, gets pretty focused. My teammates are super helpful and I can always turn to them with my questions. Maliha
What advice do you have for people who'd like to work at Supermetrics?
If you don’t have any experience on the tech we use, that’s ok - be brave to show any code that you have in any language. We look for potential. Touko
I’d recommend investing time in the recruitment process, doing the test task well, and learning about data management and databases. It’s also useful to brush up your English and presentation skills. Aia
If you’re looking for a role in backend development, Supermetrics is a great place to be at. Our work is versatile and you get to learn about DevOps and frontend development too. I enjoy the growth and learning opportunities here! Maliha
If you had to describe Supermetrics in three words, what would they be?
Adventurous, passionate and Sisu! Touko
Vibrant, ambitious and diverse. Aia
Super, multicultural, and startup-of-the-decade! Maliha