Me In Merkle is a series of interviews that showcase the incredible individuals who make Merkle a unique and diverse place to work. This week we chatted to Mark Sherrington, senior software developer, at Merkle.
1. Tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I’ve lived in a few different places in the north and south of England but London has been home longer than anywhere else now, so I guess I’m a Londoner.
2. What drew you to your current career?
I was always interested in technology, building computers and websites. It felt like more of a hobby though, so I got a business degree and ended up with a management job that had long, anti-social hours. A few of my friends started to re-train as web developers through bootcamps and online courses so I took the plunge as well and haven’t looked back. There is always something interesting to learn, and there’s nothing better than getting paid for something you enjoy doing.
3. Why Merkle?
A friend recommended Merkle when I was looking for a new job and it’s a really great company to work for. Lots of companies preach about having good work/life balance but Merkle really embraces it. There are really good company benefits and an equally good amount of holidays. Working overtime is strongly discouraged. There are regular socials. There’s great support for parents/carers. WFH or hybrid working is the norm, and there is optional flexibility of work hours (e.g. I’m able to split my work hours to work around childcare if needed). And not to forget the people working at Merkle… everyone is so nice, and incredibly bright.
4. What do you enjoy most about Software Development and what do you think future developments will be?
It’s an ever-changing industry and the more you learn, the more there is to learn. I don’t foresee any drastic changes to our software development so long as we continue to build features following best practices and OOP design principles but I am pretty excited about cloud engineering at the moment. We’re looking into using infrastructure-as-code to host our Docker containers on Kubernetes, and automate our CI/CD with a Jenkins pipeline.
5. What would your advice be to somebody considering a career in your team?
Be yourself. We value someone who connects with the rest of the team just as highly as soft skills and technical abilities.
6. What inspires you about Merkle’s workplace culture?
All teams within Merkle seem very close-knit. Our team (the devs and the product managers) are mostly remote, but we communicate regularly through Teams, and we do like to meet up in the office for occasional in-person team meetings to establish real connections… and of course there are the team socials.