In our #InsideAT series we regularly present new employees. Today it's Michael Gilles' turn. He starts with us as a Senior Principal DevOps Engineer - in the interview he tells us what drove him to it, what his background is and how he likes to spend his life outside of work.
What position will you take on at [at]?
I am taking on the position of Teamlead DevOps Engineer.
How did you find out about [at]?
A colleague from a joint earlier project who is already at [at] approached me.
Why did you choose [at]?
All the people I had the opportunity to talk to in the interviews were very open and honest. The aspect of sustainability, to which great importance is attached at [at], was and is also very important to me.
What are you looking forward to the most?
Most of all, I am looking forward to meeting you all and to meeting many, most or even all of you in person.
What did you do before?
I was Client Manager (also known as Account or Contract Manager) - responsible for all non-technical tasks such as customer care, contract fulfilment and interpretation, service request management, governance, finance and invoices.
I was also the team leader for the account business operation in Switzerland.
Where were you born and raised?
I was born and raised in Hegau - a beautiful landscape near Lake Constance. The Hegau mountains, also known as the "Kegelspiel" of God, are about 20 minutes from Lake Constance, just under an hour from the Alps, and 15 minutes from Switzerland, only the sea is a little further...
What do you do in your spare time?
I like to cook, and I think quite well now. I also like to do sport (running, cycling, gym ...), but the regularity has suffered somewhat in the pandemic.
What has been your favourite travel destination so far and where would you definitely like to go?
I was fascinated by Canada, with its endless forests, lonely roads and wild animals, and right next to it the bustling cities. Australia would still appeal to me.
Otherwise, I love sun, beach and sea.
What is your favourite film / series?
The film of my youth, Star Wars (but only parts 4-6 J).
The favourite series changes thanks to Netflix and Co.
What are your three most important work utensils?
PC, mobile phone and coffee.
What was the last book you read?
I like reading fantasy to switch off, the last one I read was the EPIC trilogy.
What could you definitely not do without in your travel suitcase?
On my kindle, sunglasses and suntan lotion.
What used to be your favourite subject at school?
I liked maths and physics.