Rob Willoughby

  • Bachelor of Computer Science student at the University of British Columbia
  • Spent 4 months at Hootsuite (September – December 2017)
  • Joined the DataTech team
  • Worked in Scala and Python on Hootsuite’s data infrastructure
  • Connect with me on LinkedIn

My contributions

  • Tracked down missing events in our event pipeline
  • Refactored our event enricher to increase stability
  • Integrated new objects and fields from SFDC into our data infrastructure
  • Helped plan infrastructure needs for using machine learning
  • Wrote a blog post about supporting machine learning in production
My experience

My time at Hootsuite has been eye-opening to say the least. I walked in these doors back in September never having worked in a tech company before or having been on a development team outside of school. Pushing to production in that first week felt like a lot. And it was. But with a phenomenal mentor and co-op network to support me, I quickly found my feet and loved every minute of it.

It was an opportunity that gave me a glimpse behind the curtain of what actually makes a successful tech company tick (there’s a lot more going on than you may realize at first). I also got the chance to touch a ton of new technology, learn about high-level architectural trade-offs and work on my dev skills in a collaborative environment. Feeling like a contributing member of the team rather than someone simply there for training made a ton of difference for me in terms of what I was able to learn and take away. That environment is something I saw not only on my team but across the whole company.