…you will find the best digital talent, the hottest gigs, and people who truly understand the value of human intelligence capital.
Who We Are
Marcelo Fleitas, Managing Director
Marcelo Fleitas has been a professional recruiter for over 15 years. Beginning in 1998, he has served the placement needs of New York City technology companies and candidates. Concentrating primarily on high technology, software engineers, and web development, he has earned a deep knowledge and strong industry loyalty around his ability to identify, screen and place the best and brightest professionals at top firms in the city. Prior to founding übergig in 2009, Marcelo worked at several other premier recruiting firms in New York City, building teams of recruiters in multiple disciplines and recruitment categories. Born in Uruguay, Marcelo has lived in New York since the age of three and Marcelo attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for Computer Science. Marcelo is an avid Downhill Skier and Chess enthusiast. When he is not entertaining his clients, Marcelo spends his time playing chess with his 4 yr old.
John Melone, Director of Recruiting
John Melone has been the Director of Recruiting at übergig since 2009. Prior to joining übergig, he was a senior recruiter at several other staffing firms in New York City. Focusing his entire career on web-based technology placement, he has worked with dozens of large corporations, including Disney, MetLife, CSC, Conde Nast, and Estée Lauder. John is an avid reader of several online sites related to technology, in order to maintain his skills and understanding of the latest technologies and skills needed in the market. John is a native New Yorker, and attended the College of Staten Island, majoring in Psychology. John is also formally trained in the dramatic arts and can be seen in Off-Broadway productions
Chris Magdelinskas, CTO, übergig.digital
Chris Magdelinskas is CTO at übergig.digital, where he oversees the application development, business analysis and quality assurance disciplines of the technology agency. Previously Chris served as Vice President of Technology at Huge (an IPG Agency), where he was responsible for managing technology engagements, including conceptualization, planning and successful delivery of high-quality products and services for some of Huge’s largest clients. In his 17+ years of industry experience, Chris has served in multiple senior management roles including Chief Technology Officer at Digital Broadcasting Group, Senior Director of Digital Infrastructure at CBS College Sports, and Chief Technology Officer at UGO Networks. Chris’ expertise and projects include developing large-scale video, social networking, ecommerce, content management, and advertising platforms. A published author in industry trade journals, Chris received a Master of Arts (ALM) in Information Technology from Harvard University.
Silvio Gutierrez, Director of UI Engineering, übergig.digital
Edward Keymakh, Advisory Board Member
Edward Keymakh is on the Advisory Board of übergig. His primary role is to provide technical solution guidance and advisory services to the company and the services group in particular. Ed is a hands-on Solutions Architect with over 10 years of technical experience at all stages of Application Development. He harbors proven ability to integrate complex transformational technology solutions with existing technology and operational platforms to deliver rapid ROI as well as a long-term platform. Ed’s track record consists of leading and executing successful delivery of creative and innovative solutions that drive revenue, business strategy, and operational efficiency. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the College of Staten Island.
Aritz Bermejo, Advisory Board Member
Aritz Bermejo is on the Advisory Board of übergig. His primary role is to provide strategic direction and operational expertise. Aritz has a decorated management consulting career advising a wide variety of companies within diverse industries. Aritz began his consulting career in a boutique consultancy catering to enterprise clients in the financial services industry. After many years of client service, he founded his own successful consulting firm advising start-up and non-profit organizations. Most recently he has returned to providing strategy and operations consulting for enterprise clients, including multiple Fortune 10 companies. Aritz holds an MBA from the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College and BA from the State University of New York at Albany. Aritz is also an avid triathlete and martial artist, holding multiple black belts.
Patrice Diaz-Migoyo, Advisory Board Member
Patrice Diaz-Migoyo is on the Advisory Board of übergig. Patrice comes to us from Ruder Finn, a Global Marketing and Public Relations agency in New York, where he held the position of SVP, Director of Technology and Product Solutions. These groups serviced Fortune 50 clients such as CITI, Metlife, and Novartis. Prior to this, he was a Partner in the game services company SMERC in Brooklyn, serving clients that included Nickelodeon and Dreamworks. His previous careers included Product Management and several CTO roles at New York startups. Patrice Holds an MBA from MIT Sloan, an MFA from Parsons School of Design, and a BS in Landscape Architecture from UC Davis. He lives in the West Village with his Chihuahua Coco.
What We Do
übergig is digital staffing & consulting done right. With over a decade of experience, our team represents the best talent in the market today.
Human Capital… Real Intelligence more…
Focusing on the “right fit” every time, our team maintains over a 90% success rate on offers by understanding our clients’ needs as well as the needs of our candidates. By making this a priority, our clients have been able to retain the talent we helped them find over the years. Here’s what our clients are saying:
Julie Gross, Resource Director at Huge
Over the past 5 years, Marcelo has been supporting my resourcing needs at 3 different companies. Marcelo and his team have successfully placed many candidates with me because he truly understands the digital agency world. Needs can change at a moment’s notice and he has been great at filling our most challenging roles. When feedback is provided, Marcelo applies it, refining his team’s search and improving results. Unlike most recruiting agencies, Marcelo and his team focuses their time on fostering relationships with clients and candidates. He understands it is the most crucial aspect of doing business. While he is results driven, he is also easy to work with and makes the process enjoyable. I would highly recommend his service to anyone in need of tech recruiting.
Todd Ricker, Senior Manager at SunGard Global Services
I’ve worked with Marcelo on both sides of the staffing pipeline. In both scenarios I found him to be intelligent, patient and a straight shooter, traits that are not necessarily common in the technology staffing world.
I was placed at Conde Nast years ago by Marcelo. At Conde Nast and at NYSE Euronext I worked closely with Marcelo to fill vacancies. Marcelo always presented qualified and experienced candidates. I took on many of his candidates as consultants and full time employees with an extremely high success rate. The quality of his candidates and his easy-going personality are why I keep using Marcelo. I recommend him highly.
Alec Simonson, Director of Web Operations at HarperCollins Publishers
Marcello has been absolutely stellar at finding me the perfect candidates for my open positions. He has maintained personal oversight of the entire process, and hasn’t just “stocked bodies”. When I have opted to pass on a candidate, Marcello has taken the time to understand why, and subsequent interviews have reflected this understanding. One particular success of note: I had a position to fill on the other side of the country. The few resumes coming in from HR were dreadful. Marcello had me on the phone with a candidate in short time; and she seemed incredible. Flew out to meet her, and she WAS incredible. We hired her. One position, one resume, one cross-country flight, and we were all set. Take the time to work with Marcello – show him what your candidate will be doing, explain the environment and the culture; you’ll find it’s time very well spent. He’s got the unique talent!
Patrice Diaz-Migoyo, Senior Vice President – Technology at RFI Studios
I have been a client of Marcelo’s for 6 years while I was at various companies. He has always provided me with the highest quality candidates and excellent service. He maintains one of the largest network of candidates I know of, in all experience levels, from junior programmers to exeuctives. I highly recommend him as a staffing resource for propsective employers.
We work with the top companies, premier agencies, and most promising startups in the New York area. Below are just a few of our clients; the list is always growing.
übergig.digital is our consulting agency group. Our clients occasionally come to us with specific project-based needs, not individual staffing needs. We formed übergig.digital to service these needs directly.
We are a full service agency with services that include a complete range of mobile, rich media, commerce and transactional system applications. We are technology agnostic, working with most open web standards and platform technologies. We work in an agile methodology, integrating the disciplines of software engineering, user experience, content strategy and design in tightly controlled cycles to produce usable products quickly. We then iterate through increasing functionality, getting to market faster, with fewer defects, than traditional functional specification-based development.
Core competencies include:
Advanced Drupal development
We are fluent in many popular platforms and CMSes. But we have the deepest experience in developing deep and wide, content-heavy Drupal products. Drupal is a complex and powerful product that requires intimate knowledge of its themes and node structures to fully realize the enterprise-class power of the platform.
Mobile platform development
We specialize in responsive, full featured HTML5 web apps, which function identically on smartphones, tablets, and full-size computers. We also can adapt your existing traditional web-based apps to fully responsive mobile apps for accelerated mobile market presence. We are deeply fluent in native iOS and Android platforms as well, if deep hardware integration is a requirement.
Custom application development
Sometimes a pre-built CMS is not enough. You have a custom workflow, and you need a custom application to match. Building your application in Django or Rails will let us tailor every workflow and every section to your specifications. You won’t have to settle or compromise on requirements – this is your application, so you make the rules. For very complex application stacks, we use Java, Scala and Go to do the heavy lifting as necessary.
————————– CASE STUDIES —————————–
The Global Web Organization team at NYSE Euronext turned to übergig to assist in the
overhaul several significant systems for their public and private components. The goal
was to consolidate all web properties, across the NYSE and Euronext groups, into a
single, monolithic platform. This consolidation included migration of the European
properties away from ATOS Global, the existing hosts and providers of a proprietary
solution. Read the full case study.
Metlife approached Ruder Finn to overhaul several significant systems for their internal
transaction and employee service components and to rebrand the Global Technology and
Operations group by building a new, optimized external website. Ruder Finn subsequently
reached out to übergig to help with the development and rollout of the external site,
http://www.metlifegto.com. The timeline was extremely aggressive and the technology had
to be built from the ground up including spinning up the entire
development/staging/production infrastructure. We also had to navigate an extremely large
and diverse client base of highly disparate opinions. The end result is a fully responsive,
modern website with a full custom CMS for continuous client updates. Read the full case study.
How to Get Through Tough Interview Questions
So we have all been on an interview where the next question asked was basically a complete curve ball. We never thought a question like this would be asked let alone even trying to comprehend how to answer it properly.
That is why it is important to constantly read and learn about other people’s experiences to become more prepared for the day that unexpected question gets asked of us.
Here is a great article with how one should answer 30 tough questions and a lead in to a book on 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions:
“Some job interviewers ask tough questions to trip you up or to get you to reveal information you may be trying to conceal. Others want to get a better sense of your thought process or see how you respond under pressure.
Whatever the reason, you’ll want to be prepared…..”
Learn How to Impress Hiring Managers
So we have all been there. A thought comes to mind and somehow it leaks out of your mouth. Having this takes place while in an interview can be costly. That is why before you answer an question you must pause for a few seconds and collect your thoughts and speak in a manner that is sincere and impressive.
Here is an article to help you impress your next hiring manager.
“While it’s easy to think you’re the center of attention during a job search or interview, you’re actually wrong.
Although 92% of job seekers fear something about the interview process, hiring managers have a lot of pressure, too. Hiring managers are expected to select candidates who possess strong skills and experience while also making a great cultural fit.
As you prepare for your upcoming job interview, here are five things to keep in mind that will help the hiring manager make a decision in your favor:
1. Think ahead and be prepared.
Landing a job interview is like striking gold. After weeks of searching for jobs, submitting applications, and networking with employers, securing a job interview is a rewarding feeling.
When the interview process begins, the hiring manager may follow up with you before the job interview itself. Whether it’s via phone or email, be prepared for this communication. This initial contact is a chance for the hiring manager to screen you prior to the interview.
If the hiring manager schedules a phone call before your interview, have all of your bases covered. Thoroughly research the company, have your resume in front of you, and a list of references available. You should also have a few questions prepared just in case because this shows the hiring manager you are eager to land the job and will be prepared for the upcoming interview.
2. Relax and be yourself……”
Selling Yourself is All About You and Your Abilities…Right? WRONG!
In today’s world you must sell yourself, your skills, and your prospects in order to get a job or build a loyal customer brand. But more importantly, listening is a part of social interaction that we all tend to forget.
Even during an interview it is important to show your future employer that you have concerns for them and are thinking critically about their business. That is why listening skills come in handy so much.
Here is a great article that touches on the subject, and for further study you might have a go of the, (click here), Socratic Selling Method.
“Some of the most successful entrepreneurs have yet to hone their listening skills–and it could be working against them.
If you take the time to hear what others have to say–particularly your employees and customers, whose feedback is invaluable–you will build a loyal following for your brand. But be careful not to judge or criticize; just simply listen.
Here are five techniques to do so more effectively….”
Become the Whole Package Employers are Looking For
So your looking for a new gig and you’ve been on a couple of interviews and do not know why your not getting call backs. Your resume is top notch and you have the hard skills to fulfill the position; but you may be lacking in soft skills. This is why you need to know what they are and learn to infuse them into your pitch as to why you should be hired over other applicants.
Acing Your Interview and Being Prepared for Those Pesky Personality Questions
Your ability to do the job the employer is looking to fill is only part of the equation; being part of a culture and finding the right fit is also very important.
Make sure you ace the interview and are prepared for those personality questions.
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