Yan Gleyzer - Tech Lead
Yan immigrated to Israel in 1996 from Kazakhstan, married with two little terrorists, plays the double bass with his band and guitar bass on eBand, and he’s a super-great developer.
Hi Yan, we heard you broke a record when you produced perfect code in a week!
“Hmmm, yes, it was a quick development”.
How did you become a developer and where did you work until you got to eBay?
“When I was a kid I loved developing games. Later, as a programming student in Ben Gurion University, I took part in a big research and other academic projects and became part of the faculty. After school, I was chief architect and engineer in Limelight, Amdocs and Matomy. Then I landed in eBay”.
A high-end developer like you needs a lot of challenges. Does eBay give you that, and how? (Yan asked that we edit out the compliments, but we refused, because he is very talented)
“I am Tech Lead in a relatively new team, that took over old code that was written by another team, abroad. It’s a big challenge to take responsibility over code you didn’t write, especially since it’s at the core of eBay. If there are bugs, it’s critical. How do you edit foreign code? How can I be confident that I don’t lower its quality?
Beyond that, because it’s eBay, the magnitude of the information and the amount of service calls are something that not many companies know how to handle. Really. Despite the fact that everybody says Big Data, it’s really about how big is your data, and how many users you have. You can work with NO-SQL, but the question is – do you really need it? Not many companies do. I have worked with Big Data before, and I can truly say that the scope here is completely different”.
There’s a reason we say eBay is Huge Data.
“Some Huge Data!”.
What do you like here the most?
“It might sound pretentious, but there are great people here, smart and with good experience. There’s freedom to make changes and a very comfortable eco-system. We can do almost anything we want in a very short time, because there are internal tools that allow that. For example, we managed to emulate almost all of eBay’s systems and run everything locally, so it all goes quickly.
We also have internal meetups, in which someone from the team talks about tech stuff, and it’s very good for the development of the programmers. The fact that our company enables these talks isn’t trivial. You actually get paid to learn.
Beyond that, I am a father of two cute kids (cute when they are asleep), so like most employees here, I get one day a week in which I finish early in order to be with them. eBay really respects the whole work-life balance and really enables it”.
Thanks a lot Yan, keep up the good work!