Employee interview - Pálma
What magic do you work for Play’n GO? How did you learn to do that?
I am a backend developer; I am one of the people implementing the logic behind our games. I graduated from university as a software engineer, that’s where most of my general knowledge comes from, but I also learned (and am still learning) a lot of specifics while working here.
How did Play’n GO win you over? Why choose us?
I was looking for an internship for my Masters degree, with the option of continuing to work full time in my last semester. I have known Play’n GO for a while, from one of the university’s job fairs, and it looked like a very welcoming and diverse workplace, which coincidently aligned well with what I was interested in professionally.
How does the freedom to work remotely make a difference for you?
There are several ways this freedom makes a difference for me. My family lives in another city, and I have a senior dog that requires a lot of human attention, so it’s great that I can spend time with them while working. I do however like the option to work from the office a couple of days a week, because I find I’m much more productive when I do my work in a dedicated space, with people who are also doing the same. It’s also quite a sensory friendly space, silent, great temperature, sufficient but not too bright lighting. I especially love the sitting balls and wobbly chairs we have here.
How long have you been with us at Play’n GO? What are your impressions? What is it that keeps you going?
I have worked here since July 2021. The workload is manageable, the people are very nice, the office is, as I have already mentioned, really nice, both from an equipment and a sensory perspective. I have found much more acceptance and support here than I ever have expected from any workplace.
What do you find challenging about your job?
I can’t really name any negative challenges, but there is always an opportunity to learn something new and try yourself at something you’ve never done before, which I would call a positive challenge.
What do you like the most about working at Play’n GO?
Game development has always been my dream job, and that’s basically what I’m doing here. As for the more human perspective, I do think this is one of the best places, both in this country and in this industry, to work as a queer and neurodivergent person. There are very few places as accommodating as Play’n GO.
What’s next? What do you want to do in 5, 10, 15 years?
In five years I’d like to solidify my career, maybe get a bunch of cats (because there’s no way my dog will live 20 years, he’s a medical miracle, but still a pug). I would also like to get my Norwegian to a level I can maintain by myself, and resume learning Finnish or Swedish. In five to ten years, I’d like to get married, if it’s possible in the country I’m staying at the time, and hopefully get from renting to owning an apartment. Also tick off another language from my bucket list. In ten to fifteen years my cats will probably still be alive, I will hopefully already live in my own apartment, know a bunch of languages and have a well-maintained career.
What do you think your brilliant future needs you to do now? What can Play’n GO do to help you?
I think currently the most I can do is learn new skills and hone the existing ones, with which Play’n GO helps me, by supporting all of us to take trainings.
Trust, Energy, and Quality. What do these words mean to you? How does TEQ make a difference for us at Play’n GO?
You definitely need to trust your own abilities and your colleagues if you want to create quality products, and it does help if you actually enjoy doing what you’re doing. I believe this is the spirit in which we work and create our games.