What do you do at Melon?
Right now, what are you involved in?
Three hybrid mobile apps. Simultaneously, I’m helping wherever I’m needed and asked for – front-end, back-end… If anyone needs help, I like helping.
How long have you been at Melon?
How did you start working here?
The previous Melon HR Manager approached me on LinkedIn and invited me to an interview. I liked Melon and Melon liked me.
What was your earlier job?
I was an iOS developer at an American manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays and digital interface solutions for a year and a half. Before that I studied at the Technical University of Sofia and worked as a freelancer and at other smaller companies as a PHP, VisualBasic and iOS developer.
How did you decide to switch from web to mobile?
I didn’t. I still work with both. It’s a pleasure for me to be able to write for any of them. The hybrid apps I’m working on right now require exactly this – being adept with HTML, JS, CSS, iOS and C#.
What kind of clients have you worked with at Melon?
All kinds. The longest, a year and a half, I spent with a US game platform company. For them I did an iOS app and a desktop app for Mac OS. The job included a month in San Francisco. Afterwards it was literally any kind of clients.
Which ones do you prefer to work with?
It really doesn’t matter to me. I focus on the end result. What I enjoy the most is ensuring that everything within the project works well and is written neatly and logically with the utmost possible quality. I love code refactoring, fixing problems and making things work at their best.
Which project has been the most challenging?
The one for the US game platform company. They handed me a Mac OS based start-up service and before that I’d never worked with Mac OS. But this wasn’t the most challenging part. I inherited something written by somebody else that was a total mess and no one could fix it. I spent four days constantly connected with the American headquarters, working on it non-stop and trying to figure out what the heck it was. No one could give me any hints. On the fourth day I solved it and picked up from there.
What else did you learn at Melon?
A lot. In terms of technology, communication and management. Also I’ve discovered what I like doing and what not so much. I got close with the Melon team. I learned not to doubt myself and that whatever the challenge is, I can overcome it.
What else would you like to learn at Melon?
Learn – I don’t know. I’d like to keep it the way it is – having fun along various and intriguing projects and to be able to help my team mates no matter what the coding language or platform is. I can’t imagine having a different career – I like my job so much. To me it’s discovering new things every day.
What do you like here?
I like the people I work with. I like that when starting a new project, it’s very probable I’ll meet a new person since the company is already so big that I still haven’t met everyone.
And what do you dislike about Melon?
The moments when I have no projects to work on.
How long are these periods and what do you do then?
The longest one was this summer for a month and a half. During that time I consulted colleagues on their projects and caught up on technology news. I learned new PHP functionalities and the latest developments in iOS, I did trainings in UI testing and AngularJS. In fact, two of the hybrid projects that followed are based on AngularJS so immediately after I learned the novelties, I could use them.
If you have to describe Melon to a friend, what would you say?
It’s a very pleasant work environment with diverse people, very relaxed, a place where you can work and learn new things. I feel comfortable here. It feels like second home to me.