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Cloudreach Overview

London, England
501 to 1000 employees
2009
Company - Private
IT Services
Unknown / Non-Applicable
A 2009 start-up:
Starting with a bright idea in a London pub, we have empowered some of the largest and best-known enterprises in the world to realize the benefits of the cloud.

Growing global reach:
Headquartered in London with ... Read more

Mission: Do things better. Then do better things.

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  • Meet Latrece Miller, a skilled Cloud Data Architect with a craft that enables customers to unlock key insights and improve business processes. Whether she's exploring the world or developing quality software, Latrece is a master of her craft. Read the rest of her feature on the blog!

  • Avid motorcyclist, dabbling artist & designer, bilingual speaker, polyglot coder…Lisa Gray is a master of many crafts. She reflects on her journey as a Portland-based Cloud Software Engineer and gives us some epic video game recommendations.

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Cloudreach – Why Work With Us?


Cloudreach is the leading multi-cloud services provider. Our mission is to help companies navigate their unique journeys to the cloud and build new foundations for future growth. We’re a team of cloud natives with over 800 certifications across AWS, GCP and Azure. We challenge people to do things better, so they can do better things. Businesses that work with Cloudreach adopt cutting edge technologies to solve challenges and create new opportunities. In this way, we deliver unrivalled value for more than 1000 enterprise clients globally.

Our cloudy culture

Elevating our culture to fuel the future 

The fast-paced, agile approach that has enabled our growth. The warm, collaborative atmosphere that has seen us welcome new teams and multiply each other’s impact. The inclusivity and respect that allows people with deep experience and expertise to thrive as individuals and come together to make things happen. 

We know how important it is to reflect and retain the core elements of the amazing culture that got us here. We have an inspiring mission to fuel our future: We elevate technology and people, so you can reach new heights. 

To honour our incredible track record of innovation. To fully maximize the amazing opportunities ahead. To continue as the global leaders in cloud technology. We must harness our culture to fuel the future. We have bold but achievable goals. We aim to be the category leader for software-enabled services, supporting cloud adoption in all sectors across the globe. 

To achieve this, we must bring our culture to life for our customers, our partners and ourselves every day. And that means each and every one of us is a champion for the unique Cloudreach culture. 

Together, we keep it Cloudy.

 

 

Behind our services, are our cloudy Cloudreachers. We pride ourselves on being a great destination for unique people with unique skills looking for unique work experiences to maximize their potential.
To put it plainly, we are a bunch of curious weirdos who march to their own beat, love asking questions, finding solutions, playing with the latest tools & technology, and doing our lives' work.
We're not content with the status quo. We're here to do things better, and then do better things. We simply cannot help ourselves.
 
What wil you get?
  • Uncapped Holidays: When you need time to recharge your batteries, our uncapped holiday allowance will do the trick.
  • Dynamic & Agile Working: Improving your quality of life though the flexibility to work anywhere outside of a designated Cloudreach office.
  • Fun Work Environment: Join the fun whether it be movie nights in the office, competing in the Cloudy Bake-Off, or sharing silly memes & cat pics with your colleagues. Wherever you are, there is something for everyone.
  • Recognition: We're proud of our recognition-rich company culture. We love to celebrate daily wins and applaud individuals who live out our values.
Lisa Gray, Cloud Software Engineer, Cloudreach
Avid motorcyclist, dabbling artist & designer, bilingual speaker, polyglot coder…Lisa Gray is a master of many crafts. She reflects on her journey as a Portland-based Cloud Software Engineer and gives us some epic video game recommendations.

Lisa Gray has been surrounded by Technology from a very young age. Raised by parents with degrees in IT and Electrical Engineering, and a father who founded a company based around software he’d written to manage wet processing benches for semiconductors, Lisa’s interest in technology and computers developed naturally. From the days of playing with Lego Mindstorm in her childhood home, to learning to program with GameMaker 7 in high school, to hacking her way through a Computer Science degree, Lisa’s passion for Software grows as she continues to hone her craft as a Cloud Software Engineer (CSE) at Cloudreach.

Since joining Cloudreach as the organization’s first Oregonian, Lisa has not stopped learning and strengthening her skills. With 2 AWS certs (AWS Certified Developer, AWS Solutions Architect - Associate) and her Google Cloud Professional Cloud Architect cert under her belt, Lisa’s knowledge of cloud & software systems is simultaneously broad and deep. Her team leaders know her to go above and beyond to assist customers and to always help out and mentor fellow CSEs.

Technology has always been a part of your life, but when would you say computer science grew from an interest & hobby to a passion & career path?

After a game development class in high school, I didn’t do much programming until the Intro to Computer Science course required by my Electrical and Computer Engineering major in college. After finding enjoyment in assisting my Computer Science classmates and not really enjoying the circuit analysis parts of ECE, I realized it was Computer Science that I was really passionate about. So I transferred to Portland State University (PSU) and switched majors to Computer Science.

At PSU  I joined the Computer Action Team (the IT team for the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science) as a volunteer and participated in their Braindump program, a year-long weekly 4-hour session that taught IT skills on a plethora of platforms and services. This is where I would say I fell in love with Linux, open-source, and gained a lot of skills the average person would assume (and have  accused me of in a coffee shop) as "hacking."I also worked as a Lab Assistant for the introductory CS courses, competed in the Intel NUC Challenge, scheduled a few events as part of the Association for Computing Machinery, and spent my free time assisting anyone that had questions. After graduation, I worked at a non-profit where I  began my journey with cloud technologies. It was then that I received my first certification with Amazon Web Services.

What’s your typical day as a Software Engineer look like?

Since I have a modified 3 by 12 hr schedule with 4 rolling hours, every week is a bit different. However, most of my days start at 7 am with a coffee or green tea and looking over PRs, story tickets, and emails. Our daily standup is at 8am mainly because most of the team I am currently working with is on EST timezone. After standup and any subsequent meetings, I work on tickets assigned to me and assist anyone needing my help throughout the day. I try to use the morning to assist those that need my help, and the afternoon the most to get things that I am working on solo done. During my off days, I like to still meet for morning standup so that I’m kept in the loop, and then dedicate the rest of my day to personal appointments and tasks that help me maintain a good work-life balance.

What’s your workspace like?

As a remote worker, I mainly use my multi-functional room as a home office with the following:

  • MacBook pro - Cloudreach provided
  • Raspberry PI 4 running Manjaro (Linux) - for personal and professional use as sometimes Linux is required for specialty tasks.
  • Kinesis Freestyle2 Blue keyboard with a VIP3 Kit for tenting; Logitech MX Master 2S Bluetooth mouse
  • What is great about the mouse and keyboard combo is that it allows me to easily switch between 3 separate computers quickly. I also highly recommend everyone use an ergonomic keyboard with tenting if they have to spend most of their hours typing as it really removes a lot of hand strain.
  • 4 x Dell UltraSharp U2414H monitors mounted in a quad setup (bottom 2 monitors MacBook pro, top 2 RPi 4)
  • Plugable Thunderbolt 3 Dual DisplayPort adaptor for MacBook.
  • Bose QuietComfort 35 II
  • A rolling whiteboard

For the current project I am working on, I have a mini server rack of 6 Raspberry Pi 3s sitting next to me as well. While I try to keep my desk fairly clear it becomes difficult from time to time.

There is a small park near where I live that I like to go to when I need to get away from all the screens and will attempt to clear my head of whatever I am probably working on, but I tend to fall into the trap of just thinking about it. A change of environment is usually helpful when stuck on a problem.

What’s your favorite coding language?

I’ve used a lot of languages during my career as a Software Engineer: C, C++, Java, JavaScript (primarily Node.js), Python 2/3, and Golang. For some non-career projects I’ve dabbled in Haskell, Scala, and Ruby. Recently, I’ve picked up C# for a project. Picking a favorite is difficult. I enjoyed my time working with Golang, but the one language I have used across my entire career would be Python. The language I am interested in the most right now would be Rust because the rustacean mascot is cute. (Also the technical reasons such as memory safety, static and strongly typed compiled language, etc.)

What would you say are your technical super skills?

My experience with software systems is simultaneously broad and deep. AWS & GCP, Web-based (FE and BE) systems, Infrastructure Automation, Containers, IoT-based systems, CI/CD pipelines, Automated testing, legacy and greenfield in a variety of languages. Being a generalist, I have the ability to dive deep into any complex problem in a manner that is productive. I have recently worked on a legacy driver written in C# without having previous experience in the language. Legacy systems are scary -- it is difficult to make changes to something that isn't fully understood by anyone. It can be like exploring ancient ruins where there are many hidden traps. However, someone has to explore it and make it safer for the next developer to go diving.

Favorite Cloudreach Slack channel?

As an owner of a Blue 2018 Yamaha YZF-R6, I would say #chat-motorcycles.

What are you passionate about outside of work? 

Motorcycling, Video Games, Japanese Language.

I have a feeling you’re sitting on tons of good media recs. Lay ‘em on me!

  • Video games: Factorio and Kerbal Space Program are both enjoyable masterpieces that focus on complex problem-solving.
  • Books: I enjoyed Test-driven Development by Kent Beck, Manna by Marshall Brain and a couple of fun reads tech-focused was The Manga Guide to Microprocessors and The Manga Guide to Databases.
  • Youtube: CrashCourse, Fun Fun Function, Itchy Boots, and Kurzgesagt. For music while I was sharpening my kitchen knives, I found the song Nagare or “Flow” performed by Satomi Saeki to be a beautiful experience. I also enjoy the acid jazz genre, some classical piano pieces, and various other genres to listen to while programming.
  • TV/Movies: the most recent one that is now completed would be Bojack Horseman, I also enjoyed Better off Ted, Violet Evergarden, Brooklyn 99, Wolf Children, and 5 Centimeters per Second.

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What crazy futuristic technology do you think we will see realized in our lifetime? 

Well, I am 26 years old and the global life expectancy is 72 years, meaning that I have 46 years left to experience what could be realized in our lifetime. The craziest futuristic technology (defined as "the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes") would be the use of automation, recycling, robotics, and nanotechnology to create a new world that is a place where one is free to pursue whatever they wish to excel in a do-no-harm manner regardless of their background and where it becomes unnecessary to hoard things like wealth, knowledge, and power because instead of focusing on short-term goals humanity shifts its focus to the long-term bettering of humanity as a whole. But if I can't have that, my second option would be Reality Simulating devices.

Thanks Lisa!
Our Software experts develop world-class software that drives innovation, agility and outstanding customer experiences. They close the gap between what our customers’ current applications can do and what the public cloud makes them capable of. That could be greater efficiency, scale, performance and resilience. Or it could be entirely new capabilities that create lasting advantage, generate value and drive better outcomes for the enterprise’s customers and employees. Cloudreach is now hiring Cloud Software Engineers across the US today - check it out!

Headquartered in London with 19 offices in 9 countries, Cloudreach has coverage and diversity across Europe and North America, plus a growing presence in India. 

We have great locations in EMEA with high growth teams, all the cultural benefits of a startup and the backing of an established company


Amsterdam
Cloudreach B.V. Herengracht 141
1015 BH
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

Berlin
Cloudreach GmbH
Mindspace
Krausenstraße 9
Berlin-Mitte 10117


Cologne
Cloudreach GmbH
Tunisstraße 19-23
50667 Köln Germany


Edinburgh
Cloudreach Europe Ltd
The Tun
Holyrood Road
Edinburgh EH8 8PJ United Kingdom


London
Cloudreach Europe Ltd
Saffron House 6 – 10 Kirby Street
London EC1N 8TS 


Munich
Cloudreach GmbH
Landsberger Str. 300
80687 München Germany


Paris
Cloudreach SAS
10 Rue Treilhard
75008 Paris France 


Pune
Cloudreach Technologies India Pvt Ltd
9th Floor - Pride Gateway
(Opp. Sygenta – Above Croma & Baner)
Pune – 411045


Stockholm


Zurich
Regus
Stauffacher
Angaben zum Business Center
Badenerstrasse 47
Zurich CH­8004

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    Pros

    Decent leadership, interesting work and opportunity

    Cons

    Rocky times in the last couple of years without a lot of certainty

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Cloudreach Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Cloudreach (London, England) in May 2019.

    Interview

    Enjoyable call with local recruiter, lasted around 30 mins, summary of my work, introduction into Cloudreach. Follow up telephone interview with peer in the US. The experience was very professional and personable.

    Interview Questions

    • What do I know about the company, values, investors, make sure you know.   1 Answer
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Cloudreach Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For (Small)(#1), The Sunday Times (UK), 2013
  • Best Leadership, The Sunday Times (UK), 2013
  • Top Company To Work For in the UK, IT Job Board, 2014
  • The Sunday Times Tech Track 100, The Sunday Times (UK), 2016
  • The Sunday Times Tech Track 100, The Sunday Times (UK), 2015
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