We hire such amazing people that we want to share a little bit about them.
Filinto is a QA Manager and is coming up on his one-year anniversary at Relay next month. We caught up with Filinto to hear about the interesting path our multilingual colleague took to Relay and his favorite aspects of Relay’s unique and exciting company culture.
Tell me about your career path and how you got to Relay.
I studied in both the Ukraine and Italy and when I came to the United States to work, I got involved with a variety of different companies including Da-Tech, building infant incubators, and working as QA manager at Ebay. But when I found Relay, it was a no brainer to come work here.
Did you always want to work in technology?
No. In fact, I wanted to be a musician. When I went to the Ukraine to study electrical engineering, the classes were all in Russian. I soon learned that the best way to learn the language with fluency was to sing in Russian. I began to sing and I learned how to play the classical guitar. I loved it so much that I thought “why should I be an engineer?” We had a student band and we traveled to play music. We went all the way to Africa, to Angola, and I translated in Portuguese. I’ve always been good at math, but music is my passion.
What’s your favorite part about working at Relay?
You’re not just a number here. I have worked for big companies where I was just one of thousands. Here, everybody knows you and you know everybody. If you bring value to the company, everyone will assess that. By working at Relay, you feel empowered to bring value.
What do you like most of the culture here at Relay?
People often trade time for money, that’s the arrangement. You don’t want a job where you count down the hours five days a week. I’ve found a job that’s not just collecting a paycheck. I get to build something that is useful for our millions of users. If you need a break, you have the freedom to play ping pong, play Xbox or go for a walk. It is a culture where people are happy to be here.
What’s something your coworkers don’t know about you?
I speak seven different languages: Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, and English.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Philly?
There are some great musical performances that are held in Philadelphia. One of the greatest tenors in the world, Placido Domingo, came to Moscow and I couldn’t afford to see him play, but when he came to Philadelphia, I made sure to be there. Before he died, I even saw Paco Lucia, the great flamenco guitarist, in Philadelphia.
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