Gianni knew three things. First, he knew his friend, Trevor. Second, he knew their history of playing jokes on each other. So when UtilityAPI offered him a job and he knew we would be making the same offer to Trevor, the third thing became apparent: he knew he could really mess with his friend.
After we spoke to Gianni, Trevor was the first person he texted to share the news. The fake, bad news.
“We didn’t get the jobs,” Trevor remembers Gianni telling him. They commiserated. And then it was time for Trevor to talk to UtilityAPI, prepared to hear that we weren’t hiring him.
So you can imagine Trevor’s happy shock when, to the contrary, we instead offered to hire him (as well as Gianni). Good one! Gianni has no regrets. “I think it was worth it. He has played jokes on me before. He’ll get me back. I’m not sure how, but he will.”
“Me and Trevor have an ongoing joke that we’re actually the same person. We’ve worked so many jobs together and have such similar interests, shared Gianni (or was it...Trevor?)” Both men love fashion — streetwear in particular. Both are passionate about music. And now they’ll both get to continue together doing the thing that they are also both very good at: helping to get utility data.
When Gianni was little, he had two career dreams: to be a doctor, or to work at Papa John’s with his aunt, Rachel, his favorite person. Later, he thought he might be an electrical engineer. In fact, he wanted to build solar panels. However, once he got through basic math and electro physics, building circuits allowed him to realize it wasn’t the right career path for him. But he did like his programming classes a lot because they gave him an opportunity to solve problems.
Trevor took a more meandering path through his early schooling, showing up late or cutting class entirely. It was only when he found his school’s work program — part online school, part work — that things changed. Through an internship program, he found his way to web development. He also loves science fiction. “I love the premise: alien worlds with advanced technology! World building!”
For Gianni, the best part of working for UtilityAPI so far is the work culture. “Everyone is super nice. I never feel overwhelmed. I used to, at my last job, Me and Trevor had to do everything. It’s nice to not be in charge of everything. I’ve never had a bad interaction with anyone. Everyone unique and different in their own way. And they all live all over the place. I really like the mission statement. The reason I went to school was that I really care about sustainability and being environmentally friendly. I’m able to make an impact through software development.”
For Trevor, the best part is the learning environment at UtilityAPI. “On pretty much all projects I have worked on in the past it’s been like the wild west, where there's no coding standards or practices or organization. Here, there is a very clear and defined path of how to program and organize everything. It's definitely helped me improve so much as a programmer. And the help everybody provides with learning how to solve the issues at hand is invaluable. I've learned more in these past eight weeks than I think I ever have.”
We’re glad to have both of these developers working together with us (and can’t wait to see the next installment of the joke).
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