What's your day-to-day work like at Inform?
There is no such thing as a typical working day - that's what makes this job so special. I was recently in South Africa and kicked off a project at an insurance company with my team colleagues. I work as a consultant in the "Risk and Fraud" Division and so I often visit customers abroad. Ultimately, they also want to know the people behind the products. Sometimes we travel together on a photo safari or to the Oktoberfest in Munich. Business suits during the day, traditional leather shorts in the evening. This is what makes my job so diverse. There is seldom a routine.
What do you get personally from these trips?
This year alone, I have been to Brazil, Norway, Austria, Switzerland and The Netherlands. I learn an incredible amount. I think that more than 50 percent of my projects are currently in English. I have to look into various country-specifics. I am forever discovering new perspectives, because people from different cultures deal face challenges in completely different ways. I think this makes it much easier to deal with people, and the personal contact with customers motivates me as it is not so anonymous.
How would you describe the interaction in the team?
I was impressed from the start by the openness to new ideas and on-going developments. The decision paths are very short and we talk to each other on a personal level, no matter whether developer, consultant or head of division. Everyone really wants to listen when you have a suggestion on how the product can be further improved.
What is the relationship like with the line managers?
There is no 'top down' mentality. Employees are not seen as workhorses, people are paramount. Everyone brings their families to our events, there's a genuine interest in getting to know one other. Our bosses have no problem at all transcending the hierarchies. During our last summer excursion, we held a farmer's Olympics on a farm in the Eifel region. To see your boss rolling straw bales as he runs over the field. If that's not fun, what is?