[Editor’s Note: This post is a part of a new series on this blog, called How I Work. It will feature interviews from engineers at top tech companies, describing what a typical day is like. For this first post, we interviewed a Sr. Software Engineer from Delivery Hero (who preferred to stay anonymous) to learn what it’s like to work at Delivery Hero.]
Delivery Hero is a German startup that operates a network of online food ordering sites. Delivery Hero was founded by Niklas Östberg, Kolja Hebenstreit, Markus Fuhrmann and Lukasz Gadowski in May, 2011. To date, they’ve raised $1.2 billion, partner with 73,000 restaurants, and operate out of 21 countries (including Germany, UK, Austria, and South Korea.)
Jixee: What’s your current position and how many years of experience do you have?
Delivery Hero (DH) I am a Senior Software Engineer, soon Tech Lead of my team. I have around 7-8 years relevant experience, mostly in web development (backend and frontend).
Jixee: How big is your team and how is it structured?
Currently my (core) team includes 7 people. This is changing from time to time, we were 9 just a month ago. Also we have a few temporary team members from time to time, based on where the focus of our sprint is. We are a typical Scrum team (most dev teams are in DH): one Product Owner, one Scrum master and developers (4) / QA (1). Right now we have one full-time QA Engineer and one part-time QA Engineer supporting the team, which I didn’t count in above.
Jixee: What’s your work setup like? What hardware/software do you use?
Hm, work setup seems pretty general. I worked in DH in a big office space for all developers at the beginning. Now every team has their own room (including tools like white-boards, beamer/TV, sofas :)). Every team member has their own desk. I am using a Dell laptop with Ubuntu, but its more common to use a Mac/MacOS within most developers here. Beside the laptop usually everybody has an extra screen available.
Jixee: Can you describe your typical day from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed?
– 6:30 – 8:00 getting, breakfast, do some exercise, getting my son ready for kindergarten and me ready for work
– Depending on if I or my wife is bringing my son to kindergarten my commute would be 40 or 25 minutes respectively in the morning. Usually I pick my son up in the afternoon and walk home with him, which is in total around 1 hour and 30 minutes commute (~50 minutes in public transportation) per day.
– I start around 8:30 – 9am and stop working around 4:30pm
– I think in average there is one meeting per day, most of the meetings are team internal meetings though: sprint planning, backlog grooming, retrospective (I don’t count the daily standup as a meeting). The meetings are usually less than one and a half hour per day, so the rest of the time I working on some story or support the team or other teams with their tasks.
– I am working most of the time on maintenance of the current platform. I can’t give you exact details in this matter though.
– Company culture: I think so far DH has the “best” company culture within the companies I worked for so far. We have our own small department to leverage company culture. There are a few company events every month (there were more in the past) to communicate the companies direction and also to leverage team work and also fun. I think all together I am quite happy working here.
– Once I am home I rarely reply emails anymore or do extra work. That’s also because I have a child, but its also my general practice since some years already. I might read the mails but usually keep them unread to answer them the next day.
Jixee: What’s one piece of advice you’d give someone who is looking to get a job at Delivery Hero?
First head to DeliveryHero.com. There is lots of info about the company beside the usual job board. If you think you would like to work at DH, just apply for the position which suits you. We have all kind of people here from all over the world, just be genuine.