This will be the first of a series of interviews with our team here at craftworks, having already expanded to 11 people from various countries. Here you’ll find out more about who we are and what we’re up to. It’s also a great way for us to share some advice and ideas with you.
For our first interview we made the obvious choice of picking our very first employee, Christopher Glantschnig.
So, Christopher, could you start by explaining how you ended up at craftwork?
Last year in spring I was attending a ViennaJS Meetup where met with Simon and Michael, whom I had already worked with at my previous job. I remembered well how much I enjoyed working with them, so choosing a new path in life and joining their team was a great decision as it turns out.
That’s really cool! What did you do before craftworks?
My career before craftworks was quite straightforward. First I worked as a frontend developer with Simon and Michael at meinkauf. Afterwards I joined allaboutapps, where I evolved into a full-stack engineer.
Could you describe craftworks in three words?
Open, trustworthy, agile.
What do you like most about your work?
I like the huge diversity of tasks. No day is like the other. I also have lots of freedom in the way I handle my tasks. Knowing that other people trust in you and your work is just a great feeling.
As a developer with experience, which advice can you give someone who wants to start working in your field?
As a developer you should always be keen on learning new things. Even if a topic seems hard or boring at first, taking on the challenge will ultimately make you a better coder. It’s also vital to remember that you’re not alone out there. There are many other coders who have been in the same situation as you, so just go ahead and ask them for help. And when push comes to shove, google is your friend. 🙂
Google clearly is everyone’s best friend these days. 🙂 How do you go about continuing to develop your professional skills and knowledge?
I’m still doing my bachelors degree at TU Wien. That keeps me quite busy, but I am regularly reading several newsletters and the github trending repositories alongside.
Apart from your work and your studies, what are you doing with your time off?
If I’m not busy with university I usually kick back playing computer games. Sometimes I’m also contributing to some open source projects learning about new technologies. Currently I’m also planning to learn Bisaya [a language spoken in Southeast Asia], which I am quite excited about.
Bisaya? Why this language?
I’m going to the Philippines next year. Having the possibility to work remote at craftworks I want to go there for at least one year after my studies.
At the end of each interview we have three short questions.
Mac or PC?
Doesn’t matter, as long as it does the job.
Office or remote?
Office with the option to remote. 🙂
Which song is currently playing on your device?
Bruno Mars – Versace on the floor.
Thanks for your time Christopher!
Thanks for reading. Our next interview will come out in two weeks. Stay tuned!