In the spotlight: Thomas Robert

Role at LVL:

Senior Java Developer

At LVL since:

October 2017

What’s your favourite thing about working at LVL?

The variety of backgrounds and profiles, which enables sharing and learning, whether it be from a technical or human standpoint.  

What excites you about the work that you do at LVL?

The technical architecture, which reflects a real challenge for our client, with interesting issues that are typical of a distributed environment.

What advice do you have for those looking to apply for job openings at LVL?

The same advice I’d give to any applicant for any position: be yourself. All companies are not suitable to everyone, and you are not the right fit for all businesses. So you might as well be honest about what you’re looking for and who you are.

Three words that describe LVL:

Challenge, serious, passion.

What has been your proudest moment working at LVL?

I’ll admit that I prefer the development stage, and I always appreciate seeing one of my “designs” be accepted then improved by others, thus serving as the foundation for a solution. Some of my ideas live on in such a way, in the product that the team creates. 

What’s the one thing you cannot live without?

Escape. Whether it be through travels, readings, films or games, I appreciate tapping into my imagination. In my opinion, imagination is what allows us to evolve and sets us apart from other animals. I like training that muscle. You could say it’s my personal ‘gym’.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

To draw. With crayons, ink or paint, I’d like to be able to capture on paper or canvas some of the images that come to mind.

What are your hobbies?

Role-playing games, strategy games, reading. I’ve been hooked on the cultures of make-believe since accidentally discovering The Silmarillion, one of my father’s books, as a kid.  

If you could meet anyone (dead or alive), who would it be and why?

I will dodge the question, which often consists in selecting a person who makes us look good, and instead answer that in my opinion, it’s the anonymous people with whom we share our lives who are important. Or, as a song by an old French pop group so aptly put it: 

“We will remember those who commit a crime

One day, and all those bounty hunters

Then forget the life of an extraordinary man.”

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