In this week’s Women at NetMotion blog we have the pleasure of introducing Breanne Thibadeau, who lives and works in Victoria, Canada.
Breanne is a member of the software development team at NetMotion, where she has helped to develop products such as Mobile IQ. As NetMotion prepares for the next big release of Mobility, Breanne has had a hand in testing and preparation. A typical day involves writing and reviewing code, attending product and status meetings and diving into various test cases. Along the way, Breanne say that she learns new skills every day and enjoys helping out on any new project that comes up.
Attention to detail
You would never guess that Breanne has been at NetMotion for only 18 months. Breanne has become an integral part of the team, and she can be relied on to help solve any problems that arise. Whether it’s thinking about the best way to build a feature, or just finding new ways to collaborate with team members, Breanne is always engaged and looking for new solutions.
Working on minute details every day takes a lot of focus and attention to detail, but it’s the big picture that matters.
At NetMotion we are not treated like anonymous developers working on a small piece of boring code. We get to develop things that truly have a positive impact. It’s so satisfying to write code, knowing that the end product plays a huge role in the everyday lives of our customers and make their lives easier.”– Breanne Thibadeau
NetMotion’s Victoria, B.C. office currently has around 15 employees and growing. Most work in software development and engineering, but there’s also a graphic designer, and marketing staff. It’s a small, dynamic team, but it also means that everyone gets to wear different hats and try new roles. Breanne particularly enjoys being exposed to new roles and getting to work around different facets of NetMotion products provides true diversity with a lot of learning opportunities.
Smashing the glass ceiling
At times, that diversity can be a double-edged sword. Being able to work in multiple areas of the team naturally requires familiarity with multiple processes and functions. NetMotion products are complex pieces of software that are constantly evolving. Although this ensures that the products continue to improve, it also keeps everyone on their toes. Breanne says that it can sometimes be intimidating to be in a traditionally male-dominated role like software, but fortunately the company has been purposeful in building a diverse team.
What attracted Breanne to this industry, and to NetMotion in particular? When you think about a career in the tech industry, Breanne says that it may be easy to imagine a lot of cool perks. One of her favorites is the tradition of ‘Warm Cookie Wednesdays’ when a fresh delivery arrives at the office each week. But what really drew Breanne to computer science and software development was the desire to acquire a skillset that would enable her to build a career in any industry; a career that would let her work on projects every day that made a difference in the world.
For Breanne, this desire to make an impact goes hand in hand with NetMotion’s culture. She explains that she finds it incredibly fulfilling to work with really smart but also very compassionate people from around the world, who are all hard-working, fun and kind humans. She got a good sense of that during her interview process, and it made her want to work specifically at NetMotion.
It’s a company that cares, which is rare. I love that NetMotion products are making a difference – I think it’s so cool that first responders globally depend on NetMotion, and that even the FedEx deliveries I get, or the airlines and airports I use, are helped by NetMotion.”– Breanne Thibadeau
International reach, local impact
On a smaller scale, Breanne also gets a thrill knowing that the code she is writing eventually gets deployed to local organizations in Victoria, like the nearby police department, and even where her mom works, at Alberta Health Services.
Originally from Alberta, Breanne and her husband love to travel and experience new places. One of her favorites was Wellington, New Zealand, where they did a year-long working holiday. She says that it has so many similarities to Victoria, offering spectacular hikes (pictured below in Makara), amazing beaches, coffee shops, wineries, breweries and more.
Not wanting to sit still on weekends, Breanne and her husband can often be found somewhere around Vancouver Island or at the nearby Gulf Islands, especially if it offers amazing food. If you ever find yourself on Vancouver Island, she highly recommends ‘The Wolf in the Fog,’ located in Tofino.
As you can probably guess, one of Breanne’s passions is travel. Prior to joining NetMotion, she also lived in England for a year while doing her degree. She hopes to do one more working holiday living abroad and is already planning every detail of the trip. She calls herself one of those ‘crazy people’ who creates detailed lists of restaurants and sights to see for every place she visits.
During social isolation Breanne has kept herself busy by decorating her new home, going for runs, doing lots of crossword puzzles, and taking care of her new puppy, Edna. She calls herself notoriously terrible at arts and crafts, but that hasn’t stopped her from trying. In fact, depending on how much longer the restrictions last, Breanne is even planning to buy a loom and try her hand at weaving.
Breanne, thank you for sharing your story with us. We can’t wait to hear about all of your future adventures.