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Aye, Aye, Captain Tom!

Tom McCluskey’s even keel demeanor definitely contributes to him being a standout Associate Software Developer at WebMD Health Services. However, an “even keel” means a lot more than that to Tom. What exactly do we mean? Let’s find out…

Do you have some sort of affinity for the nautical world?
Haha, you could say that. I actually spent about nine years working on traditional sailing ships, often called ”tall ships.” These include things like brigantines, barques and topsail schooners. I started out as a deckhand and eventually worked my way up to 3rd Mate.

Wow, that must have been quite the adventure!
Yes, it was. I even got to be in a film because of it when the ship I was working on was purchased for use in the 2003 Russell Crowe movie, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.

So do you still get out on the water these days?
When the opportunity presents itself, I do love to go sailing as it is definitely a passion of mine. I do keep myself busy working on personal coding projects, reading science fiction and fantasy novels, playing games with friends and hanging out with my cat, Shackleton. I’ve also really gotten into baking bread and am currently attempting to perfect my sourdough recipe.

I spend a lot of my time on my bike as it is my year-round mode of transportation to and from work (yes, that means in rain, sleet, snow, ice and the occasional sunny day we get here in Portland).

It sounds like you’ve got a very well-rounded life.
I hope so! For me, well-being is about a positive mental state and general life contentment. I get that by being able to do a lot of different things that I enjoy without hindrances like poor health, excessive stress or financial problems.

So what draws you to working here at WebMD?
My co-workers are the best and definitely my favorite thing about being here. People here are friendly, smart and do their jobs well. It’s a real pleasure to be on a team of people who work well together on complicated tasks, and who can be friendly and relaxed while they’re at it. The focus on learning and personal professional development is gratifying, too.


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