|Designation:||Principal Software Engineer|
|Education:||Masters in Telecommunication|
|Time with Allshore:||8 Months|
A high powered developer, Samee has earned the respect of his teammates and client alike. Samee’s Project Manager, Blake, had this to say about working with him: “Samee is a special talent – one that, when you find, you keep. After joining our team roughly 8 months ago, we quickly identified him as a rock star. His performance and desire to go above and beyond lead to his current role as a project leader where he’s building an industry-changing software application. Samee is quick to offer best practice recommendations whether he’s working on responsive design, data security, or anything else we throw at him. We’re excited he’s part of our team and look forward to working with him each and every day.”
Ali H., Samee’s Team Lead, told us: “Samee has been a great addition to our team. He started off with one of our biggest projects and did a great job. He is now working on an individual project and client is full of praise for him so far. Overall he’s an experienced developer, sharp, and always comes up with ideas to make things better. Samee, you have bright future ahead in this company, keep up the good work!!”
So Samee, let’s start with some background information about yourself! Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I’m from a small village called Nasarpur in the Sindh province of Pakistan. I earned my Bachelors of Science in Telecommunications and was first in my class. I was also the best student that year in the whole university. I then earned my Masters in Telecommunication, and was first in my class then as well. I also have an MBA degree as well. After that, I got the chance to work in the software field because I was good at programming. I started as a Java developer, and then switched to C# .NET. I was a junior developer for only two months before I was promoted to the position of Team Lead. After that I went to Saudi Arabia and worked for three years in a stock market company. My friend and I converted their manual operational work into automated software in two years. Then I came back to Pakistan.
How was your time in Saudi Arabia?
It was amazing! I visited Mecca and performed some religious rituals. Culturally, Saudi Arabia is not so different from Pakistan. I loved the Arabic food over there. In Pakistan our food is spicy, but Arabic foods don’t have any spice. For three years I ate spiceless food, and when I returned to Pakistan I didn’t like Pakistani food.
So you have several different degrees; do you really enjoy learning new things?
Yes, I do enjoy it. I don’t like earning degrees, but I like knowledge.
Do you have any other personal interests or hobbies outside of work?
I’m the voluntary president of a cricket club where I help young boys in my village learn sports. I try to keep them away from bad habits with the help of sports. I also take them to special classes and help guide them in their weaker school subjects. I’ve also taught some to use a PC.
Have you heard of X and Y managers? Essentially it’s the concept that some managers think all people are lazy and don’t want to work. You have to push them to work. These are X managers. Other managers think that people are good and will happily take on responsibilities willingly. These people are Y managers. I am a Y manager. I have always thought that people want to do things, and are willing to get them done.
I bet your family is proud of you! Do you have a large family?
I do have a large family. I have four brothers and two sisters. My sisters are married, so they have left home, but the rest of us all live together. I have two daughters as well.
What do you and all of your family like to do together when spending time with one another?
I guess when we’re eating! We are so different we can’t all spend time together. My brothers and I sometimes play sports together though.
What about with your kids, is there anything you enjoy doing together in your free time?
Yes, I love my babies! They are really adorable. We talk, eat, and play together. My wife is an amazing cook. I live in Karachi alone during the week, but on the weekend I go back to my hometown to see my family. My wife is a high school teacher, and when I visit, she cooks good meals for us all.
So you both are making an impact on the youth!
Yes, the youth is our future. If you want to change the future, change the youth!
Is there someone who you consider your biggest role model?
I’ve never been a fan of role models. I would like to be myself, be different, and not copy someone else. I take inspiration from different people, but I don’t follow them wholeheartedly.
What, in your opinion, are the key ingredients in guiding and maintaining successful business relationships?
There are a lot, so I can’t be very specific. Everyone is different, and every situation is different. But one thing is that employers and employees should always pursue a win-win situation for both parties. If one is ignored, both parties lose.
While Samee spends much of his time helping others, he still loves to kickback and relax. His favorite movies are The Postman, Dances with Wolves, The World’s Fastest Indian, and The Negotiator. He loves learning in any aspect, and always works to improve himself. Thank you Samee for all your hard work!