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In this series we’re spotlighting our team of Comalatechies, the developers, leaders and creatives who build our products and make things happen. We sat down to chat with Naiara Martin, front-end engineer, and an artist behind the keyboard and the canvas.

How did you start working at Comalatech?

I was contacted by Michael Regalado (Comalatech’s UX Guru) who was my team leader in a previous job. He asked if I wanted to change jobs, and I was super excited. I knew him, I knew he was very professional and I could learn a lot from him. I was also interested in the chance to work from home! Back then there was no office, so we were all working from home. I really wanted to try that experience.

I also had interviews with Shannon (CTO) and Roberto (CEO), and I absolutely loved them. Roberto interviewed me while setting up his new BBQ. I had never had such a laid back interview, so I felt it would be a laid back place, with people like me.

You live in Donostia, about an hour’s drive from the office in Bilbao. Do you commute daily or work remotely?

I’ve been going to the office once a week, unless there was a workshop or hackathon or something. The rest of the time I work remotely. I generally like staying at home – I can focus well and spend time with my cats!

You’ve been working at Comalatech for 5 years now, right? How has the experience been, and how has the company changed?

Five years in September! The company has grown a lot in that time, especially since we opened the office. Now we have a more grounded structure. It’s a little bit harder to get a hold of everyone, but we’re also able to schedule our work better. But I think we’re doing great. Even with people like me who aren’t in the office every day, there’s a good atmosphere. Now we do team building events, we go for lunch and do hackathons with all the developers.

Can you tell me a bit about your work as a front end engineer?

I do both design and coding. The design is easier than other places, because we have the guidelines from Atlassian, which gives us a good framework. When I entered the company, the front end of most of our apps was developed using Backbone and/or jQuery but now we’re slowly but steadily moving everything to React + Redux. We also use Git for code versioning. When I’ve had the chance to work on Cloud products I’ve also learnt a bit of Node.js with xpress, and a bit of Java for the Server products, but those are back end languages and it’s something I’ve done just out of curiosity.

What’s your favorite project that you’ve worked on?

The biggest project I’ve worked on is Comala Document Management, where I was involved with doing the workflow builder. And recently we did a full redesign with Comala Boards, where we revamped all of the UI and were able to do that in a short time. It was very hard, but very exciting.

What do you find most rewarding about your work at Comalatech?

The relationship with the rest of the people in the company, not only the devs but with the product and marketing teams, and Roberto. He recognizes when people do something well, and acknowledges them. That’s not very common in the companies I’ve worked with before. I feel very comfortable and confident working in this environment.

What are your passions outside of work?

Lately I’ve gotten into painting. I also really like comics, manga and playing video games, though not as much these days when we’re always in front of our screens!

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