Briony is a senior engineer and sits in the mobile team. This week we asked her for some Nutmeg insights and career advice…
Q: How long have you been at Nutmeg?
A: I joined Nutmeg in 2016
Q: What made you join?
A: I had been at a much larger company for nearly three years and was looking to move to a start-up environment to try something different. A friend had told me about Nutmeg because he’d been raving about the user experience of the website. That same week a recruiter approached about a job there.
I was really impressed at the interview by the passion and energy the company had, and whilst it offered the much smaller environment that I was looking for, there was still a big enough team of great people to learn from. Something I thought was important so early on in my career.
I got the job and here I am.
Q: Can you explain your job in one sentence?
A: I’m an iOS developer; creating and maintaining an app to let our customers have Nutmeg on their phone.
Q: What would you say to a young person hoping to become an engineer?
A: Try to keep an open mind and learn new things. In such a fast-paced industry, where things are constantly changing, it’s important to be able to accept new ways of working and listen to other people’s opinion.
Q: How would you describe Nutmeg’s identity within the industry?
A: A disruptor moving towards a fully-fledged market leader; we’re not the new kid on the block anymore – we’re a lot more well known.
Q: Do you like nutmeg (the spice)?
A: No and a friend of mine actually overdosed on it once – apparently if you have too much nutmeg it can be toxic and she found that out the hard way.
Q: Do you have any suggestions as to how Nutmeg can continue to be a diverse and transparent company?
A: We can always do more to support women in tech. I’m keen for us to offer apprenticeships and internships – it would be good to use our position in the industry to build a more diverse workforce.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I’m brushing-up on my Italian so I can take some long summer holidays there. I’m also training for marathons which keeps me pretty busy in the gym. And drinking in pubs with friends.
Q: What would you say to someone who was considering joining Nutmeg?
A: Do it. Make the most of Smart Start (our onboarding programme) to get up to speed with the company, ask questions and talk to people – they’re all very nice. Also, it will stand you in good stead to learn how to play pool – there’s a table in the office and it’s a good way to get to know people.
Nandos or Prezzo?
iPlayer or Netflix?
Football or rugby?
Summer or Winter?
Winter – it’s been far too hot lately
Bonfire night or Halloween?
Print or digital?
Night in or night out?
Skips or quavers?
Susanna or Piers?