Please introduce yourself and tell us about your role at Gousto.
Hi, I’m Olga. I’m a senior Android engineer in the Menu tribe, I’m part of a squad that works within the menu which is one of the core parts of the Gousto product. I’ve been working as an android developer for around 8 years now.
How long have you been at Gousto?
I started around 10 months ago. It was during lockdown so I still haven’t been to the office.
Can you tell us a little about your journey before arriving at Gousto?
After graduating with a Computer Science degree in Spain I started working in consultancy for a couple of years before moving to the UK. I worked for Ocado for 4 years writing software for the automated warehouse, then I decided I’d like to work on a user-facing product instead. I realised I really enjoyed creating something that was going directly to the user. Since then I’ve worked at Microsoft, done more contracting, worked on apps for schools in Africa and an app to support clinical studies. I then worked at Monzo before joining Gousto.
What made you decide to join Gousto?
The main thing was the people I met in my interviews; I picked up on an environment that was collaborative with a focus on learning and I think it’s so important to have colleagues that you enjoy working with. I liked the idea of doing something that brings value to people and Gousto checks those boxes; we’re providing food but in a way that helps people to cook which improves their lifestyle but also has an environmental impact by reducing food waste.
What has been the most exciting thing you’ve worked on at Gousto since joining?
The most exciting thing I’ve worked on was a full redesign of the menu. It was really interesting to try and find a balance between ease of menu browsing but also showing customers as many recipes as we can. Unfortunately, the experiment was unsuccessful but we learnt a lot.
What’s in the pipeline that you’re excited about at Gousto?
There are so many things. We have big things in the pipeline, but unfortunately some of them are top secret! Occasionally we have initiatives where we want to add extra functionality to the menu, but it’s technically challenging as it’s something we obviously didn’t account for when the menu was first built. It’s always interesting to see how people react to changes on the menu and whether they will be successful.
How would you describe the culture at Gousto?
The first thing that comes to mind is collaborative. The fact that we are very open-minded as a group, we look for career changers when we’re hiring engineers as it helps to have people from different backgrounds in order to bring something new to the way we work. Everyone is very open to sharing their opinions and working together to look for the best solution.
Why would you suggest that someone considers joining us at Gousto Tech?
We’re growing so fast which creates a lot of opportunities that are there if you want them. People want to listen to your solutions and you get a lot of support to implement them, which helps get those initiatives over the line. You’d be joining a great group of people who want to work together.