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*To give everyone a chance to understand Felix’s interview, we have translated the original interview.
Felix is a Technical Consultant at virtual7 in Karlsruhe. Members of the PCDE talked to him about his tasks in the company and learned why his title only partially reflects his day-to-day work. He also talks about his experiences at virtual7, future challenges, and his participation at the PCDE.
Who are you and what are your tasks at virtual7?
Hey, I’m Felix and my official job title is Technical Consultant. However, my tasks are much better described by my Roles in the company. For example, I have the Role of “DevOps Engineer”, in which I support DevOps applications at one of our customers. In addition to my work with customers, I also have the Role of “Content Creator”, in which I help produce our podcasts, write articles for the virtual7 magazine, or report on why it’s worth applying for a job at virtual7. I also really enjoy the Role of “Technical Presales”. Here I support our Core Cluster Sales in winning new customers by contributing my technical knowledge to the applications.
What do you appreciate most about virtual7 as an employer?
There are a few aspects I would like to mention in this context. I think you can recognize the most important one from the answer to the previous question: The versatility of the tasks. Instead of just working quietly on your project, you can take on responsibility and contribute in a wide range of areas. The fact that something like this is possible is due to our responsive corporate organization. In addition to the varied tasks, I appreciate the fact that we communicate very transparently about both successes and difficulties.
What kind of company culture can new colleagues expect at your company?
Responsiveness is a key factor here. This means that each Cluster (something like a department) is self-organized and does not have a classic head or a typical hierarchy. Instead, tasks are divided among different Roles and employees. If you want to know more about this, you can listen to episode 16 of our german podcast. This allows us to work in a very agile way and, above all, to involve each individual with his or her ideas right from the start.
Where do you see the biggest challenges for your Cluster in the future?
I would say that at this point you have to mention employee recruitment. It’s an open secret at the moment that talented applicants can more or less choose their employer. Of course, as an IT service provider, we are also affected by this development. However, I think that we as a team, as a company, and the way we are organized have enough arguments to convince enough future colleagues in the coming years.
In which role did you have experience with the PCDE?
I only know the PCDE from the applicant’s side. So I didn’t have to sweat too much! Nevertheless, I can imagine switching sides next time and convincing others to work for us. So with a bit of luck, you’ll soon get to meet me in person.
What did you like most about the PCDE?
Breaking through the black box that opens up when you send your application to email@example.com appealed to me the most. Instead of sending your resume through departments, your future “Team Development” is sitting right in front of you. “Team Development” is a Role at our company that takes care of the personal development of our employees. This gives you the chance to see right away whether you fit into the company in terms of structure, content, and, above all, personality.
Would you recommend your best friend to attend PCDE?
Now, this sounds a lot like one of those “we want your feedback” emails you get every day. But yes, I would recommend everyone, including my best friend, to participate in the PCDE. In the best case, you’ll find the right employer for you, in the worst case, you’ll get free pizza.