Employee interview: Michael Kretzl

Hello Michael! Thank you for taking the time to explain what you do at ESA ELEKTRO AUTOMATION GMBH and talk to us about your experience!

1. When did you start working for ESA and what did you to before that? (training/work experience).I joined ESA in March 2015. When I was studying software engineering at Hagenberg Technical College, I did a five-month work placement here. During my masters at Hagenberg Technical College, I worked 16 hours per week at ESA, finishing my studies while gaining professional experience in the field. Before attending Hagenberg, I graduated from the IT-HTL in Ybbs with distinction. Several of my colleagues come from the same background.

2. Why did you decide to join ESA? /What makes ESA different from other companies?ESA’s central location in the Mostviertel, together with the chance to work as a full stack developer outside the main cities, was very appealing after my degree. Ideas and new technologies are welcome here, and the team are encouraged to explore new avenues and test new things.

3. What was your first impression of ESA and how were you welcomed on board?Right from the outset, the entire team was very friendly and approachable. All meetings and discussions with project managers and team members are conducted on a level playing field and any concerns and objections are taken seriously.

4. Describe your job in a few short sentences, including what you have to do every day. (What tasks does your job involve? What do you do on a typical day at work?)Interdisciplinary Scrum master and product owner in IT projects.As a team leader, I have many additional administrative tasks.I provide help with administrative and technical problems.

5. How is the software department organised? How many people are in the software team?The software department currently consists of five members with me serving as the team leader/head of department.

"I think the key character traits are
initiative, resliience, autonomy
and an excellent grasp of software architecture."
6. What programmes do you use, and what opportunities are there for continued professional development?
The majority of our applications are developed in .NET using Visual Studio and TFS.
Training is frequently offered, selected in liaison with the team leader. Ideas and new technologies are welcome here, and the team are encouraged to explore new avenues and test new things.

7. What sort of skills should applicants have if they are going to be successful in your field?
(What strengths are particularly important for your job?)
“I think the key character traits are initiative, resilience, flexibility, autonomy and an excellent grasp of software architecture." Good customer relations skills are another key factor, of course.

8. As customer relations has just been mentioned, what contact do you have with customers?
After commissioning, we are the first point of contact for the customer. If there are any problems, we may have to direct the customer to other departments as well.

9. What part of your job do you like best? / What do you like most about your job at ESA?
Autonomy, an open mindset for new ideas and technologies, open communication in the team, a varied range of tasks.
10. We’d love to know a little more about you outside of work. What do you like doing in your spare time? How do you wind down?
I wind down by walking in the countryside or working in the garden. I also enjoy travelling to discover new things.

11. Where do you live and how do you commute (journey to work, time it takes)? What hours do you work?
I come from around Melk, so it takes me about 20 minutes to get to work.
I work flexitime, but I have to be on site between 8.30 a.m. and 4 p.m.