Hi Lisa, thank you for taking the time for this interview. You joined tribe in July 2020 as a software developer for our monitoring software checkmk. After your Business & Finance studies, you entered IT and were able to build up extensive know-how as a Business Intelligence Consultant, Ab Intitio Developer and Data Consultant.
What made you decide to get involved with IT?
After my studies, it was immediately clear to me that the finance industry was not for me. I had taken a programming course at university that I quite liked, so I spontaneously decided to give it a try. I was very lucky as I ended up with a great supervisor who took on the role of my mentor and got me excited about the subject. A large part of what I know about programming I learned from him.
You have been part of the Tribes for the first 9 months. Why did you choose us as your new career step?
After my last job as a consultant, I was specifically looking for a pure developer position in a software company with a good stack. I ultimately chose tribe because I fit in very well with the team. We are all on the same wavelength when it comes to important topics.
What fascinates you most about your job at tribe29 and what are your tasks?
The standard at tribe29 is very high and really everyone in our team is very talented. There are also no egocentrics. We are all interested in finding the best solution for the given problem, no matter who it comes from. This leads to interesting discussions and very good collaboration, which I haven’t experienced in other companies before.
I’m currently developing mainly plugins for monitoring various devices. I extend existing checks or agents, or develop new ones. I write unit tests and perform code reviews. I discuss with other developers about my concepts to implement different requirements and get feedback. For feature requests, I communicate directly with our customers to understand and implement their requirements in more detail. However, the majority of my work remains development.
IT is still considered a typically male domain. Do you have the feeling that you have to perform better than your male colleagues?
In some previous positions, I have had the experience of having to perform better than my male colleagues in order for my proposals to be taken seriously at all. That should not be forgotten. However, that is not the case at tribe. I don’t really worry about being a woman on a team full of men. And I have a feeling that, conversely, no one worries about it either. That’s the way it should be!
Have you ever had the feeling that you were not taken seriously or accepted less as an IT professional? How did you deal with this?
Yes, I’ve had that feeling several times. My response to this is to leave the job. This kind of thing is an indication of a bad working atmosphere, as there is a lack of respect for others.
What advice do you give to women who want to pursue IT or mathematical-technical careers?
I give the same advice to women as I do to everyone else: Pick a company that is a good fit for you and that has similar interests as you. It’s easier to work with people who understand you. And with whom you can also talk about something other than work 😉