Philip Dickie

Software Engineer

What attracted you to join AquaQ?

Having studied Business and Economics and completing a Masters in Software Development joining AquaQ was a great chance to make use of these skills. The opportunity to develop these interests and build skills that will serve me for the rest of my career while learning from some very experienced professionals was a big attraction.

During my first interactions with AquaQ the friendliness of both interviewers struck me. These first impressions have definitely reflected the company as a whole. The option to travel was also a big attraction for me.

If you were to recommend AquaQ to a friend – what would you say?

Go for it! If you are the type of person who enjoys learning then AquaQ will provide you with lots of opportunity to do so. They will provide you with interesting and challenging work but support you by having the right people around to learn from. While from a personal perspective you will be surrounded by good people and an environment that enables you to feel comfortable being yourself.

What are your thoughts about the company’s vision and direction, and your role in helping us achieve them?

When you join AquaQ you begin with a group of new joiners. This was really great for me since I had a group of people who I could talk to about what we were learning and who could help me when I was stuck. The atmosphere in the office is very open with lots of interaction between colleagues and a willingness to answer questions. Alongside training in kdb+/q were frequent classroom lessons run by colleagues which taught you about the more in-depth parts of kdb+, Linux, computer science and financial concepts. This was a really great way of learning and building strong relationships with others in the company.

I think the company is operating in a really interesting area with some very experienced managers. AquaQ is operating in a quickly expanding global market and older companies have proven that it is possible to sustain high levels of growth over long periods in this market. What’s interesting about AquaQ is that it is so young, but is showing clear signs that it has the ability to be just as successful as any of its competitors. This is a real opportunity for any new employee, as it provides you with the ability to grow and mature alongside the company.

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

The work itself and the tools we get to use to do our jobs is what I find most interesting. Not only are the tools interesting to learn about, but they are also highly effective. At the moment I am working with some big data tools such as Hadoop and Spark to help automate financial processes. Prior to studying Software Development I held positions in finance that were very manual and as a result I did not particularly enjoy them.

The way I am working at the moment reminds me of the Abraham Lincoln quote “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” There is an incentive to slow down and think. I find that quite enjoyable.

Sharon GilmorePhilip Dickie