This Senior Software Engineer and Co-Founder of Codility might not get enough sleep, but he makes sure that the non-techies at Codility can keep up with our Software Engineers by offering them basic programming classes. Tomasz Waleń has been involved with Codility almost from day one. When he is not in the office he teaches Computer Science at the University of Warsaw. In his limited free time he takes pictures of Warsaw by night.
Q: What does your typical day involve at Codility?
TW: I dig through the code, take care of relationships with clients who have problems with candidates who cheat, and I create prototypes. The next one will be the front-end tests.
Q: As a Founder, how was the idea of Codility born, and what was the most exciting thing about it?
TW: I was always involved in the olympiad of informatics, and I thought that it would be a good idea also to test job candidates. I spoke to Greg and it turned out that we both had a similar idea in mind—to transfer what is done during programming contests to business. Some people did not believe that this would work, but it did. We started from a small room in Warsaw, won Seedcamp, and the rest is history.
Q: You have known Codility from its earliest days; what has changed the most?
TW: We have developed a lot of really necessary procedures and divided responsibilities, and everything is much, much better in order now. We no longer face situations where one of us goes on holiday and the company has to stop its operations. We are able to complete the missing pieces.
Q: What is the killer feature of Codility in your opinion?
TW: The team. We all complement each other. We have a good balance of soft skills and hard skills.
Q: What is your growth plan? What do you want to achieve in your career?
TW: First on my list is to get my habilitation degree.
Q: If you could add anything to our office, what would it be?
TW: I would install a fireplace. After all, winter is coming! Plus, it is very cosy and a source of inspiration.
Q: What has been your biggest achievement here at Codility?
TW: A lot of things that I created at the very beginning are still used at Codility. Of course, many things have changed and been updated since the beginning, but there are some functions – such as checkers and task creation – that have remained more or less unaltered.
Q: You have a final 60 seconds. Brag about something.
TW: I can boast that I had a chance to play on an Odra computer—a Polish machine from the 1970s. Naturally, I did not play on it in the 70s, but in the 90s, and the computer I played on was one of the last working ones.
Q: What game did you play?TW: It was a plane that was bombing skyscrapers (City Bomber). One other thing that I can brag about is that some of my photos were used as decoration in a Polish TV comedy show, Szymon na Żywo.
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