Paul Doherty

Senior Java Developer

Where has the role taken you since joining AquaQ and where do you aspire to be?

I have moved from an Intermediate to a Senior developer in the three years I have worked for AquaQ (happened after the first year). My role now includes mentoring people more junior than me and being a line manager for these people, so it is nice to give that back to newer developers. As for where I aspire to be I would like to continue learning new technologies and possibly start working more on designing better solutions for clients.

What are the benefits of being a part of the AquaQ team?

There are lots of training opportunities within AquaQ. I am currently doing a management course and have done technical courses in React, Kafka and performance Java over the years.

Senior management are very approachable and there is a good atmosphere with people in the team – for a tech company they are very people centred.

There are lots of opportunities to try new things and not just focus on one technology.

What is the most interesting thing about working here and the work you do?

The amount of different technologies I have worked with makes the work I do refreshing. I like the fact I am on first name terms with the CEO and there is no big hierarchy to deal with. The Senior management have chats with the graduates the same way they would the Senior developers. It’s a small thing but it is nice to see.

When you tell people about your job, what’s one thing that surprises them, or gets them excited about the work you do?

That AquaQ buys lunch for the whole office on a monthly basis, and the amount they want to try and make their workers feel comfortable, including being told to go home once 6pm hits to create a better work-life balance. I’ve got to travel to the likes of London, New York and Chicago, and the fact that we have a casual dress code sometime surprises people.

Do you think you are a better developer than when you started?

Yes, I joined here with three years’ experience and have worked here 3 years. In that time, I have had the opportunity to learn about new technologies, become a mentor to younger developers and work directly with numerous clients on many different projects.

Sharon GilmorePaul Doherty