Working at COMPRION gives me the chance to balance my family life and my professional career.

Working at COMPRION gives me the chance to balance my family life and my professional career.

Oliver Linse, Project Manager at COMPRION

Interview with Oliver Linse

About work-life-balance at COMPRION

Oliver Linse (48) started working at COMPRION as a developer in 2009. As a father of two kids he is trying to reconcile his family s well as working life. In our Interview he reveals how he is managing the work-life-balance and how COMPRION is supporting him. 


Oliver, what are you doing at COMPRION and when did you start working here? Tell us a little bit about your work. 

I started working at COMPRION in July or August 2009. Actually I was supposed to take an inclined position between the development department and the production. But I didn't really arrived there. I worked in the developement department and started constructing prototypes for our testing devices. This was a really complex task and it took a while to learn the ropes, as I didn't know either the tools or the coding. As this job didn't comply with my expectations, I quit after nine month. However, before I could leave, I was offered a job in the operations department. So, the company was trying to retain and support me. I was responsible for the production engineering and additionally took over the quality management for the calibration labour. In this context I also changed some small things in the coding. Therefore, I had to learn some appropriate computer languages, I didn't know before.  

How did your journey at COMPRION continue?

I was asked by the management board, whether I want to support COMPRION in a new project. The realization of this project made it possible for me to enhance some of my skills and competences. I got an overview how a project is proportioned and allocated to the employees and merged again in the end. For the implementation of the project I had to learn new programming languages. That I was asked to participate in this project revealed a certain esteem by the management board. I was very pleased and motivated to face new challenges. 



Your job is marked by a lifelong learning process, isn't it?

Yes it is indeed. However, you have to consider that it is not a boring kind of learing like the way it was in school. Here you learn about interesting topics and you can see a developement. I have the opportunity to deal with new subjects and put my new skills into practise to actually contribute to the progress. For me it is a huge difference whether you have to learn boring stuff or if you're working towards a common aim. This makes it much easier and much more interesting, especially when you had nothing to do with a certain topic before. I consider this as a challenge.

Later on I have been offered to switch to a newly created department by the management, to continue supporting COMPRION with this project. I decided to accept this offer, as I have a lot of fun to learn and program new things and make them work. The advantage of this department is that it is still new and can evolve in all directions. I personally think, that a healthy mix of programming, learning and assumption of projects would be most interesting for me. In my opinion a realisation of this mixture is really realistic here at COMPRION. COMPRION gives everyone the opportunity to further their personal development and is supported on the same time.

What do you like about COMPRION?

At COMPRION, we are working together on a very friendly and little hierarchical basis. This relaxed interaction also has a positive effect on our work. 

And the working times are absolutely great. One advantage of my job is, that I can also programm at home. So, I can play with my son in the afternoon and continue working in the evening. The working hours comply with the needs of every employee. This gives me the opportunity to actively work on my career, but also watch my son growing up.