After all, what is Batman without Robin?

“This business would be so much fun if there were no customers.” ­ Anon. I’ll tell you a secret: We at Umbra actually like if not even love our customers. It’s a privilege to work with people who are so passionate about what they do. However, there’s a but. We work with cutting edge technology, …

Work and life balance – how do we do it?

Free time, money, work fulfillment. Choose two. This is the choice that working life presents, according to some people I’ve met. Different domains have a different emphasis; some may pay really well but crush your soul via tedium or crappy tools, while other jobs may slowly crush your soul by demanding really long work hours. Especially …

How to educate future game development rock stars?

Every now and then game developers and companies working close to them get asked what schools should teach and what students should study in order to grow future game developers. Both Finnish gaming industry and tech sector in general are in constant need of talent, talented developers and programmers to be specific. In order to …

How did a theoretical physicist end up at Umbra?

I’m a new junior programmer hire at Umbra. You might not guess it based on my educational background though: I recently graduated with a degree in theoretical physics. Most of the skills I use in the day-to-day work at Umbra I’ve learned on my own. How on earth did I end up getting hired at …

How on earth did we find these guys?

As all growing top-notch tech companies, also Umbra is constantly looking for new talent. We are conducting our search in rather traditional way – we have Jobs section listing open positions at our homepage, campaigns in social media and a few headhunter agencies working in Finland and internationally. I did a round of interviews at …

Pro tips for landing a job at Umbra: books and resources

People often ask if there are some resources they should study in order to get a job at Umbra. While the final decision to hire or not to hire a person often depends on a number of factors, of which their current programming skill set is but one, I’ll attempt to give some pointers to what …