What did the rest of your onboarding at Zühlke feel like?
Everything went really smoothly. On my first day, I was warmly welcomed at the office by Silvija, our Office Manager here in Munich. She walked me through the premises and introduced me to my new colleagues. I was happy to find my office ready with all I needed to start, including a great welcoming card that made my day :). I also met my Zühlke Buddy, Matthias, who helped me with my hardware setup, explained a few practical things and organized a team lunch where I could chat with my new colleagues.
What's a Zühlke Buddy?
Every ‘Zühlke Newbie’ is assigned a ‘Zühlke Buddy’ who helps them settle in during the first few weeks. To me, this was very precious. Having someone who is dedicated to getting you started and supporting you is a great help. Even now, three months later, I still consider Matthias my buddy, as he is always happy to talk and answer my questions, and even became my career coach.
Why did you decide to join Zühlke in the first place?
I chose to join Zühlke mainly because its good reputation seemed to be in step with the reality lived. The amazing variety of projects and technologies at Zühlke excited me the most. It felt to me like a colourful bunch of flowers, with tons of different options and lots of opportunities to learn. The number of employees was also one of the parameters I considered; it was important to me to join a company big enough to attract interesting projects, yet small enough to keep things casual.
What would you recommend to new colleagues starting at Zühlke?
Have fun, enjoy learning, and don’t be afraid of new topics. The team and colleagues will always help you. As long as you remain open minded, stay curious about new tech stacks and are ready to learn from the team, everyone will be there to help you grow.
What´s next? What are you looking forward to?
My new personal challenge is to improve my German in an intensive course, which I am really looking forward to. I'm also excited about exploring more of the Zühlke world; getting to know more people and participating in events and get-togethers, like the ‘Bier um Vier’ on Fridays or the ‘Table Soccer Tournaments’ here at the Munich office. And I’m particularly looking forward to participating in the famous Zühlke Camp, where everyone from the organisation gets together for a few days, socialises, and tinkers with new innovations.