Geosoftie since 2010

Hasan Saiyid

Senior Build Engineer

Location: Geosoft Inc., Toronto, Canada
Studied: BA Economics, Hons. BSc Computer Science with Software Engineering Specialization, Hons. BA English Literature, MA English Literature
Education: University of Western Ontario

 

What is unique about your role at Geosoft?

I worked as a Build Engineer at my previous job for about six years. While my role of Build Engineer at Geosoft has afforded me a degree of continuity, what makes my experience here unique is that the Build Engineer role itself is new to the company. Therefore, notwithstanding my history of work as a Build Engineer, I still feel like I am a pioneer at Geosoft. I personally cherish inaugurating, enforcing, and refining standards of the build process. A Build Engineer’s role is critical to customers as it involves managing the process that transforms developers’ work into applications for our customers to use. This “management” is really the crux of my work, and at Geosoft I ensure that the build processes we have in place contribute productively not only internally, but also to the quality of our releases for customers.

What do you think potential employees should know about Geosoft?

Geosoft fosters learning: you will be given opportunities to grow in your area of interest and beyond. There is also an edifying openness to new ideas, a flexibility that allows us to adapt to our customers’ needs easily. So, unsurprisingly, Geosoft always values people - both employees and customers - over processes.

What made you choose Geosoft as a place to work?

I did not choose Geosoft; Geosoft chose me. I don’t say that immodestly because that is exactly what happened. Geosoft’s HR team found my resume online and reached out to me. HR told me about the company culture, which immediately seemed consistent with my idea of a good company in which to work.

How does Geosoft compare to other employers you have had?

Geosoft has an incomparable commitment to the people it employs. What I consider rare in this company is how everyone, and not just your manager, sincerely cares about your progress. As I mentioned previously, this focus on people informs how the company deals with its employees and customers.

Outside of working hours, where might we find you?

I have many interests (history, philosophy, politics), but none greater than literature. I enjoy reading and writing fiction and non-fiction in my spare time. In sharp contrast, and, in some ways, as a complement to my Computer Science background, I have a MA in English Literature. I am also a delirious Italian football fan. The delirium is perpetual. My love for football is more a pathology really. I watch Italian football every week, and I also write about it. Milan and Italy (Azzurri) have been my favourite teams since the age of eleven. Working out, watching movies, and, lastly and perhaps most importantly, spending time with loved ones are essential for me.

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