“Full-stack-defender with a focus on front-end making. React, Angular, Typescript and Java are my strongest areas, ”says Riku Kallio, one of Compile’s most recent employees.
Riku is a graduate engineer in information technology, who has been interested in everything technical since he was a little boy. At the age of 19, when he was assigned a thesis at a vocational school, Riku and a fellow student built a game based on the open source code of the legendary Quake 2. “We made the new 3D maps ourselves, modelled the textures and encoded the new game logic.”
Riku admits that he has never been too keen to change jobs, but in the winter of 2019, he met someone working at Compile, who praised their then employer enthusiastically. “This time too, I thought about it a year before I applied,” Riku laughs.
As a family with lots of hobbies, the programmer has a good strategy to make everything possible fit into one day. At the heart of it all is a brisk start – an early wake-up call and a jog.
“I try to go out every weekday morning either by bike or by jogging a short distance. I make breakfast, I wake up my daughter, I move to the study, and I start work while I have breakfast at around 7 am. Depending on the day, I work until about 4 pm, which includes a few meetings, and I especially focus on coding. After work, time is spent doing domestic chores and everyday tasks. If there is free time, I go to the Training for Warriors gym, ride a motorbike and go skateboarding.”
Riku, who is already used to partial teleworking, has welcomed the teleworking brought about by the pandemic: “Teleworking makes it easy to work whilst having a family, when you can then eat and take a short break with the family. There is also a short commute to the office. On the other hand, it would also be nice to see colleagues from time to time, ”Riku says. Before the pandemic, Riku organised his study by buying a new electric table and arranging the workstation and equipment so that it is easy to focus on work.
“It’s great that I managed to take such a long paternity leave, even though I was quite new to Compile. I feel that it is easy for us to arrange holidays, as long as the customer and the customer’s needs are taken care of.”
In the summer, Riku took an extended paternity leave from work and returned to work well rested. “It’s great that I managed to take such a long paternity leave, even though I was quite new to Compile. I feel that it is easy for us to arrange holidays, as long as the customer and the customer’s needs are taken care of.”
Riku appreciates the company’s decision to pay the employee a fair wage. When the marketing people do the selling, the developer is given the opportunity to focus entirely on coding.
“I also like the people at Compile. In Finland, coffee breaks and more serious conversations go well side by side and everyone can communicate well.”