Team interview Tobias (Frontend)

Series: Our wunschlösers

Who are we and what happens here? There is already some information on our team page. But that only answers who works for us, not what our team does. That's why we want to give you some more detailed insights. To do so, we talked to a few of our colleagues. Today we introduce Tobi to you.

Tobias - Frontend Developer

Hi Tobi, thanks for your time!

How long have you been doing it and what exactly do you do at wunschlösung?

Phew, I think it's three years at the end of September. I came here as a junior frontend developer and am now out of junior status. At wunschlösung I build all the UIs, that is, what you see on the website and what interacts with the server. I mainly use Typescript with Angular for this. I also do effort estimates for the tickets, take part in meetings and research solutions when necessary. Otherwise, of course, I drink a lot of coffee.

How does your work fit into wunschlösung?

My main areas are implementing user interface (UI) and user experience (UX). What I build gives clients the ability to actively use software and interact with the server. From the client's point of view, the user interface is sometimes more important than the server itself, because they can see what exactly is happening… but in reality, both sides are naturally important.

What actually brought you to us?

I was contacted by a recruiter on LinkedIn. That suited me just fine because I was looking for a student trainee position anyway. I had my first interview with her and my second with Simon and Thomas. About one and a half hours of programming tasks followed. I immediately liked the two founders, we got along well and were able to work together in a relaxed manner. Then I started as a working student before switching to a full-time position after about half a year.

Do you still remember your first days here? What was it like?

It was quite funny. I still had my own laptop and sat in the office with other colleagues. I started by setting up the workstation and the laptop. From there I went on to the first project. In the process, I learned more about building data models and how to work with the Angular framework. And then relatively quickly I got the task of building a Visual Entity Editor. That was my first game project, my playground to try myself out. There was a lot to learn early on, which is one of the reasons why it became wunschlösung for me.

What does a typical day in your life look like?

I get up between eight and half past eight, then I take a bath. Then I either go to the office or work from home. At ten, the meetings (project dailies) start, then comes a work phase. If I was euphoric and got up early, I've already grazed half the tasks by then. Then comes the midday huddle, our virtual team meal. In the afternoon, if the day allows, there are open tickets. Then we code and work until evening, depending on how much there is to do and how urgent things are. If I've been in the office, I go home, have dinner, play a bit more and then it's off to bed.

If you were the "boss", what would you do differently?

I think I would rap the customers' knuckles more so that they formulate their requirements better :D. Many people don't know how much planning it is and how much time it takes to work out tickets properly. Often customers don't really understand what their requirements are. That's okay in principle - that's what we're here for. But of course it makes it difficult to work according to the wishes if they are not clear.

Otherwise, I think that's one of the main issues … recruiting more people. More and faster. We try to do that, but it's not always easy - the market is just very tight. Most of the things we could do better involve enormous costs. Canteen, sports studio, more offices - we are still much too small for that. Growing fast is important, but it must not be too fast either. It's all difficult. If I were managing director, I would also want to live in Leipzig, not in Jena. But of course it's different when you've studied in Jena. You already know your people.

And finally, why wunschlösung and not another company?

The founders are very likeable - and very competent as programmers. Business people as bosses often don't understand the needs of techies, that's why it's special with us how the team is set up. There is a lot of trust, we book our own times. The lines are short and support is always available. We work actively with the founders, you can see what the "boss" is doing. Here you get the feeling that they are helping to bring in the money, not just pocketing it.

Thank you, Tobi!

Would you like to know more?
Find out here how the foundation of wunschlösung came about or visit our team page. You can also get to know other wunschlösers in our blog.

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