At SteelEye, we understand the value and importance of having a diverse and inclusive workforce, and we have taken significant steps to create a welcoming culture.
We strive for a culture where all employees feel valued and included, regardless of gender or background. That means supporting the women in our team by creating a safe and respectful work environment, offering equal opportunities for career development, providing training programs, and promoting work-life balance. By doing so, we hope to empower our female colleagues to reach their full potential, and create a positive and enjoyable workplace.
Patrícia Lima is a member of the engineering team based out of SteelEye’s Portugal office. Working in engineering, Patrícia has found herself in predominantly male environments throughout her career. As Patrícia gets ready to welcome her first baby, she tells us about her experience at SteelEye and why other women should feel encouraged to join the team.
Q: What made you get into software development/engineering?
Patrícia: I took Biochemistry as a college degree, and the class I liked the most was Bioinformatics. I liked that the outcome was deterministic as you were writing the code. I didn’t enjoy the laboratory work and decided to focus more on Bioinformatics. I then received a two-year scholarship and was offered the option to do a PhD. However, it didn’t inspire me, as I wanted to learn new things every day and felt I could learn a lot more doing software development.
"I liked the fact that the outcome was deterministic as you were writing the code."
Q: What advice would you give to other girls and women considering moving into software engineering?
Patrícia: The best advice I could give other women is to not be afraid to show that we are capable of doing everything that men can do. Be focused on what you want to achieve, and don’t give up at the first hurdle. Be persistent and resilient, and believe in your capabilities.
"The best advice I could give any woman is to not be afraid to show that we are capable of doing everything that men can do."
Q: In a male-dominated sector, how would you describe your experience as a Data Intelligence Lead at SteelEye?
Patrícia: I only have positive things to say about the team. They respect and value me for my views and opinions, and I feel like I get treated the same as others. I really do feel like the team has a lot of respect for me and what I have to say.
Q: You’re about to go off on maternity leave – how do you feel about this?
Patrícia: In software development, if you stop for an extended period, you may feel like you’re behind. It has nothing to do with the company and is more of a self-imposed concern. I will have more responsibilities as well (with a new baby!) but I’m not worried about coming back after - the team is very supportive.
"I’m not worried about coming back after- the team is very supportive."
At SteelEye, we have created an environment where culture is at the heart of everything we do.
We take pride in creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace where everyone is welcome, and their contributions are valued. We are committed to being an inclusive employer regardless of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, socioeconomic status, medical condition or disability, or any other protected status. When we look for talent, we welcome differences - different backgrounds, experiences, personalities, and perspectives. We actively seek diverse candidates during the recruitment process and ensure women are interviewed for all open roles.
We also have highly inclusive policies. For example, we offer a flexible working model to support employees in balancing their work and life responsibilities. For example, we have many new parents who feel fully supported in balancing their work and parental responsibilities.
We have a number of open roles across our global offices and, at SteelEye, we know that attracting female talent is crucial for creating a diverse and inclusive workforce.
If you are interested in joining our team, why not check out our open roles?