After having a great experience being a competitor and a global finalist of Microsoft Imagine Cup and working as a evangelist at Microsoft, I was receiving more than 15 new job offers per week through my LinkedIn account.
I moved from Mar del Plata, Argentina to Córdoba, Argentina, to start university. I moved there in June 2013 when I was 18. After a few months of being a student, I decided to start working again.
In my inbox, I sa an email from a recruiter from Globant, a company that I didn’t know anything about.
The offer was decent, my only concern was that I didn’t want to work full-time since I was attending university daily. They told me that they only offer full-time positions but that I could have days off for exams. They were really flexible and respected schedule.
Legally, I was working for Globant, and Disney was a customer of Globant. They had a floor full of developers in their Córdoba office, just to provide services to Disney. So, technically I was working for Disney.
The floor was full of Disney movie decorations. The company gave even allowed us to play around with Disney and Star Wars toys, that was fun!
There were around 50 of us developing, as well as a project manager. We were divided into 7 different groups or teams. Each team had a project manager and a project leader with 3 to 7 developers.
In my team, we were in charge of all the visual aspects of the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Website.
My main contributions to the project were making changes in the CSS and and also to the JS files. To be honest, the deployment process wasn’t very quick, it took around 50 minutes to see a change deployed on Staging. They used Bamboo for Continuous Integration.
To be honest, I didn’t like it. I felt that I was not making a big impact in the company. I felt like just a number in an ocean full of developers. Nobody listened to my ideas – and I am the kind of person who likes to suggest and improve things all the time.
It was a boring job from my point of view because it didn’t require me to learn anything new and it was monotonous. So I quit after a few months.
I didn’t learn anything new about development or technology. But that doesn’t mean that it was a bad experience or that I didn’t learn anything at all.
What did I learn working for Globant and Disney? One thing that I really liked about Globant was their employee onboarding process. On the first day, they teach you about the company culture and software involved in your day to day with the company. Then the next few days after they introduce you to your team workers and HR.
Being able to code with Disney’s code I learned how to work with very large-scale systems, how a continuous deployment process works and why it’s important. I never imagined that it could take hundreds of developers to work on a single website. Try to imagine the ROI your website and company would have to have in order to hire 100s of developers.