Meet the Frankie: Dean Balac, Backend Engineer

Tell us about your career journey to date and what led you to FrankieOne.

I studied electrical and electronic engineering at university, and then worked at Telstra in a role focused in network automation. After some time in a leadership role, I felt I wanted a change and to focus on my passion for development and building things - that's when I found FrankieOne. I have been at FrankieOne for just over a year and I have been working as a backend engineer on our KYB product.

What led you to a role in Backend Engineering? What does being a Backend Engineer involve?

I have always loved building software, learning about and implementing new technology - and as a backend engineer for FrankieOne I've been lucky enough to do that every day at work. In my day to day, a lot of my time is spent developing code for releases or bug fixes, having input on design and architecture and working with other people all around FrankieOne on different initiatives - no two days look the same!

What do you love about working at FrankieOne?

There's a lot to like about FrankieOne. The people are awesome, I love working with my squad, everyone is supportive, helpful and extremely switched on - I learn and grow a lot from the people around me. As an organisation Frankie has been very supportive of my needs and it's been a very fun workplace

What are some of your favourite things to do outside of work?

Outside of work, I love to play basketball, follow the NBA and AFL and play video games.

What has been your proudest moment so far at FrankieOne?

I think the first time code I contributed to and helped deliver to production was released and used by customers was a stand out for me!

Do you have any advice for people looking to work at a startup?

My advice would be to make sure you believe in the product and the value it is driving, that you are the type of person who loves to learn and grow. It can be very rewarding and a nice change to have more visibility than a bigger company

What was your dream job when you were growing up?

I never really had a dream job growing up. I always enjoyed maths and science, so I knew I wanted to do something along those lines

What’s a fun fact that you think people should know?

My dog's name is Frankie and when looking for jobs FrankieOne stood out because of the name - it was a sign that this was the workplace for me!