What Makes a Nearshore PHP Developer A Happy Employee? (Hint: It’s Snacks!)

Written by Santiago Castro

Jobsity is a unique place to work: we prioritize learning, culture, and communication. We care about our people, and our people care about our clients. But more important than all of this is that our nearshore developers love what they do, and they do it well. Because we’re proud that this is the case, we spent some time speaking with our all-star team to turn the tables on them and to ask: what’s it like to work as a nearshore programmer at Jobsity? And what’s a day in the life for a Jobsity developer like?

Here’s our first conversation, with PHP expert Brian Debuire. Enjoy!

Hey Brian. Welcome!

Tell us: where do you work and how would you describe a normal day in your life?

I work at Jobsity’s Quito HQ as a PHP Developer and my client is CivicPlus. A normal day starts with the daily standup, then PHP/React development, unit testing, solving problems, closing bug reports and checking the code coverage. Also, we do some pair programming or I’ll help other developers in the team with their tickets or test cases.

What do you like most about working at Jobsity?

The work environment is pretty chill. People at the Quito office are really friendly and diverse. We have developers from many different South American countries. We also benefit from free healthy snacks, fruit and really good, fresh coffee. Also, the flexibility to work from home is a big plus.

What do you enjoy most about working remotely?

Sometimes just being home boosts your productivity. It changes the work environment a bit so you can also be more comfortable or be in the company of your family. Being able to take a break from the daily commute and still be really productive is also a big win for the company—not to mention the environment.

What programming languages do you know how to use in your work and what are your favorite projects?

At CivicPlus the product I work on uses mostly PHP, and we are also starting to use React components pretty heavily. Even though Python is my favorite language, working with Symfony for so many years has given me a reason to really love the PHP community, especially because of the combined efforts to make PHP a better language after every new release.

What technology advice would you like to share with the world?

Always be kind, share your code, thoughts or ideas; it's a great way of making friends and also to learn a lot from awesome people.


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Written by Santiago Castro

With over +16 years of experience in the technology and software industry and +12 of those years at Jobsity, Santi has performed a variety of roles including UX/UI web designer, senior front-end developer, technical project manager, and account manager. Wearing all of these hats has provided him with a wide range of expertise and the ability to manage teams, create solutions, and understand industry needs. At present, he runs the Operations Department at Jobsity, creating a high-level strategy for the company's success and leading a team of more than 400 professionals in their work on major projects.