From Makers to Unruly
The viral video advertising company is one of our hiring partners at Makers.
Unruly is video marketplace you can trust to move people, not just reach people. If you’ve seen Dove’s beauty sketches advert, Evian’s Roller Babies spot or T-Mobile’s dancing flash mobs, you’ve seen the ads Unruly helped make famous.
They hire software development talent from Makers. We spoke to Vinny Marino and some of the Makers working at Unruly to learn more about how things are going.
Why our Makers chose to work at Unruly
“Before applying for Unruly, I’ve researched extensively and it just ticked all the boxes for me. I like the product: a video advertisement company but with a twist stands out as a company that is not afraid to change and challenge the status quo.
I have also researched the products they offer and some of them looked very interesting from an engineering perspective (like “EQ” to map out type and intensity of the emotions of the ad to predict impact).
Also, I was fascinated to hear from ex Makers alumni how great is working at Unruly, and the good practices applied in company as TDD, pair programming and agile.”
“I chose Unruly because I wanted to work in an environment that supported my personal growth as a developer, whilst providing me with the time and resources to explore new areas of software development that I’m personally interested in. It struck me that Unruly’s been built on a foundation of strong working practices and values, which made it an incredibly appealing place to work at.”
“Solid XP practices and values.”
“Because everyone else realised I was terrible (not really!). Because it is clear from talking to people there and people who know the company that it is a special place and because it was clear that the working conditions would be good.”
What our Makers are most enjoying about Unruly
“I like being part of a ambitious company and working with great people in a good environment where I can learn something new every day and there is always a chance to have a constructive confront with people with more experience than mine.
I think to be lucky to work in a company where Agile and XP values are applied to day-to-day work and where I can spend a day of week for R&D; these values mean good working quality and adopting best practices, two very important aspect for a Junior Developer.
The Company is big enough, which allows me to focus on quality of the product and not just feature delivery. This works very well for me as it gives me time to absorb new information more efficiently.
Also, Unruly adopts multiple technologies and likes to choose the right one to address specific problems, as I am eager to learn, I enjoy working with more than one language and multiple frameworks.”
“The people and culture; XP practices and values; ability to set the direction of my career.”
“Friendly people, psychological safety good working conditions. oh, and gold cards!”
“My favourite thing about working at Unruly is their culture, as it allows me to be my full self at work. Similar to Makers, Unruly follows Agile and XP practices and methodology, meaning I get to continue to improve my coding skills in a comfortable and exciting environment.”
Why Unruly hired from Makers
“We’ve had great success from hiring from Makers Academy, and know that software developers who graduate are learning in a very similar environment to our way of working here at Unruly,” says Vinny.
“When graduates come to Unruly they are already familiar with our ways of working and can settle in and hit the ground running from the off. We’ve hired multiple candidates from Makers Academy either directly from graduation or former grads who are further into their careers.”
Unruly recently sent an Unruly employee (Arsalan Ahmed) on a Makers Academy course, so after his 12 week course he will be coming back as Junior Software Developer.