Recently I started working at a German Open Source company. Now the first week is over, and it’s time for the first review.
Last week I started working at the Open Source company credativ in Germany. Now, some days and a weekend later the first buzz is over, and real work life begins to settle in.
That includes, of course, a regular work day, with a fixed set of hours. Coming straight from the university this is something I’m not really used to, but I hope I will get used to in some weeks. Anyway, the more interesting aspect is working in this special company: people address each other usually with the first name (which is still not common in Germany yet and was unthinkable 20 years ago), the hierarchy is quite flat, you have core times, can work from home if necessary, etc. – and you have a house fully packed with Open Source power. In case you want to know anything, you just walk to the next room, and you can talk to an expert: Database specialists, Debian release managers, network monitoring gurus, enterprise spam fighters, and so on. That’s really exciting.
But also, since the company has a lot to do, and since the ecosystem of Open Source Software is incredibly huge, everyone has to work himself into new fields once in a while. For me as a beginner this is even more true. And I enjoy it, because I like to get to know new programs and new tools. Also, the atmosphere in the company is not pressing, but encouraging, which make it even better.
Of course these are just the first days and I will see how the next weeks and months will look like. I don’t know yet, but I’m pretty confident 😉
One thing left: in case you would like to work at an Open Source company and are ready to move to Germany (or maybe Great Britain or Canada), credativ is always looking for skilled Open Source people. Right now they really need database experts, php programmers and of course in general people who know their way around Linux. If you have any questions you can just contact me.
And now its back to work. Open Source work. 😉