Yeah, just quit it. Why? Because, most probably you can get a much better one!
Let me explain this bold statement in some detail. Working as a software engineer, I had the chance to take a peek into many different tech companies in Germany. In my conversations with my fellow developers I got the strong impression that German company culture is on average quite depressing. Here are the main impressions about German company culture:
Meeting a deadline is important and having someone to blame in case you don’t make it even more. This leads to a vicious circle of ass covering and blame shifting.
Colleagues and supervisors will always look for mistakes you made and focus on that.
Employees are being monitored and micro-managed, a fact that your supervisor will let you know in more or less subtle ways.
Lack of motivation
The majority of employees see their work just as a necessary evil to get money. That’s understandable since you are just a small cog in the machine and don’t have much to say.
Does any of this sound familiar to you? Ok, so much for the bad parts. Now, let me list a few good parts from my experiences here at 9elements and what I think a company should be like:
Your boss sees that you are motivated and is sure that you are doing your best to make a great job. You don’t focus on staying long enough in the office but on reaching your goals. Your boss is there for you if you need guidance or have questions. Actually, he is a good friend! If you mess something up, he’ll tell you, but that’s ok, because failure is an important part in the process of getting better.
Flexible working hours
And by flexible, I mean flexible. Some of my colleagues start at 8am, others start at 2pm. Everyone is responsible for their own hours and makes sure to be available when he or she is needed. Yep, it works!
It’s not unusual that professional life mixes with private life. But in my humble opinion, you shouldn’t even have to differentiate between work and life.
I’m really lucky and proud to say, that everyone working at 9elements comes to the office every day because they love what they are doing. On a regular basis we have coding sessions after work and try out cool new stuff and work on internal tools and products.
So, what about you? Wouldn’t you love to have less of the first list and more of the second list? If so, I’ve got something to tell you:
QUIT YOUR FRIGGING JOB!
If you want to see, how a trust-based company culture looks and feels like, you are very welcome to visit us in our office in lovely Bochum, Germany. Actually, right now we’re looking for Frontend and Backend developers. So why don't you drop in for a little chat over some tea or coffee.