From ‘playing Lego’ to transforming user experiences
Christian also thrives on smaller projects – where a tight-knit team of Zühlke experts (working in a flat hierarchy) bring big ideas and the best technologies together to deliver a clear vision for clients like mobile network operators.
While he describes the technical side of his day job as ‘still like playing Lego’, he’s still working towards big outcomes, like transforming end user experiences. And importantly, he’s never playing alone – the best results inevitably come from clients and engineers collaborating towards the vision and mission. For Christian, this cohesive culture within Zühlke is liberating:
“We are all self-motivated because we like what we do. This creates an open, trusting environment where managers don’t monitor the every move of our engineers. More traditional companies use a pyramid employee structure that breeds competition; you have to fight against your colleagues for promotions. In my mind, that makes it more about politics than ability.”
“At Zühlke, you choose how to evolve and your peers cheerlead you the whole way – we challenge, advise and coach each other. Here, an engineer feels empowered, just as a manager does. We don’t just do the nerdy work,” he adds.