This week we're welcoming Gihan Fernando to the Waddle house. Gihan started the same day as Eric after previously working at Macquarie Bank, where he crossed paths with Dan. Gihan is a dog lover and racket sports enthusiast who is enjoying the Waddle way of working, which offers endless opportunities for learning and a flat, productive team structure.
A big welcome to the team! How has life in the Waddle house been so far?
It's always exciting to be in a new environment and the team and culture have made it really easy to settle into a new place. I haven't felt so comfortable so quickly when starting a new role. Also, Waddle is pet friendly! Every now and then I'm greeted by two dachshunds when I get into work, I'm a dog person - great start to the day!
Who is Gihan Fernando? Do you have any hobbies? Secret talents?
I'm a racquet sports fanatic, I've played lots of tennis and squash but I'm always keen to try something new. I'm a pretty bad cook, but luckily/consequently - I'm not a fussy eater and really love trying food from other cultures. We recently got a dog and lately most of my free time has gone into our 8 month old puppy Luna, one day I'll bring her to the office too!
Tell us a bit about what brings you to Waddle. What were you doing before you got here?
I actually spent a lot of my early career in testing, but then sought out roles in development. I've worked in companies big and large and mainly in the telecommunications or finance industries. Prior to Waddle I was at Macquarie Bank and mostly doing backend work. I was interested in Waddle because I prefer the smaller environment and there's more opportunity to venture into front end work.
What is your first impression of Waddle? The platform? The team?
I really admire the team culture! When someone needs help, people go out of their way to lend a hand. I appreciate the flat structure as very little gets in the way of doing what is most practical.
What are you hoping to achieve here with us?
This feels like a place where your efforts will make an impact on a product's success and you'd get the opportunity to learn along the way too. Personally, I'm looking forward to learning about new tech that I may not have worked with (especially front end work), try out new things, and also develop soft skills.