Tell us a little bit about your background?
My name is Manuel González, I am 32 years old, I currently live in Helsinki but come from a small town called Vilagarcia in northwestern Spain. I went to the University of Vigo, located around 150km from my hometown, and graduated as Master of Science in Software engineering.
How did you end up in Finland?
It was a fun coincidence really; I did an exchange program through my university in Reykjavík, Iceland, where I instantly bonded with the Finnish students, to the amazement of my countrymen. I didn’t find Finnish people hard to talk to or shy at all. One of them was also to become my girlfriend so when I graduated I wanted to come work here.
What made you apply to Digital Foodie?
While looking for jobs I found Digital Foodie inspirational and cool-looking. I liked the website and somehow the culture of the company seemed family-like as opposed to a colder corporate-like culture where I’d worked before. Also the concept seemed good so overall it seemed like a very interesting employer.
You started at DF a couple of months ago (May 2016) so you’re quite new. Can you tell us a little bit about your first week?
Well, starting at a new job, I remember being quite nervous and stressed. I actually had neck cramps for being so tense all the time, haha. I wasn’t so much nervous about being able to deliver, I was more concerned about fitting in and adjusting to the new group and culture. In small companies these things are really important. After the first week I started to feel very comfortable though, I could see that I was really going to like this place.
“In a start-up company, things can sometimes get really busy but that’s exactly why it’s so interesting.”
Does the company seem how you thought it would be?
It does, yes. At orientation the first thing I was asked to do was to build my own desk – I think it kind of describes the culture here: we’re all builders one way or another and self-management is key. In a start-up company, things can sometimes get really busy but that’s exactly why it’s so interesting.
Can you describe the work culture at Foodie with three words?
Open, collaborative, family-like.