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Interview with the Head of Development

19 January 2023 | Kate Ballantyne

We wanted to show you what working at Pogo is all about, and as we are currently looking for an Umbraco Developer, we thought we would share an interview with our Head of Development, Dean Hunter. Read on for an insight into life at Pogo, from a developers point of view.

1. How long have you been working at Pogo Studio?

Almost six years…five and a half maybe, it’s been a long time. I’m head of development - I think. That’s really just a fancy name I was given when I joined, I always forget though.

2. What do you enjoy most about working here?

The best part is definitely the people I work with, it’s a great team. That’s one of the reasons I stayed so long. We also get to work on some great projects.

3. How has he company changed since you have been here?

Well, we have grown a lot as a team - we didn't have an office originally so I used to work from home a lot, or from Lee's house. I guess the projects have changed a lot too, we didn't have our own products initially, so we had to start finding clients to work for. There's not many jobs where you can try so many new technologies, and have the freedom to do so.

4. How have you grown professionally while working here?

I've definitely learned a lot while I've been here. There's been a lot of freedom, technology wise, so it's been a great opportunity to learn different systems and software. There's not many jobs where you can try so many new technologies, and have the freedom to do so.

5. Do you have any advice for new employees?

Ehh...not really. Just enjoy yourself. It's so easy to fit in at Pogo, as long as they enjoy the work they can't go wrong.

6. What has been your most memorable experience while working here?

Hmm. Not sure how suitable this is, but when we went out for Christmas one year, Neil our Chairman got us all flaming sambucas, it was a good laugh. I don't remember much of the night though.

Another good moment was this Christmas, when I beat Darren at bowling by one point, that was a great moment.