Senior Consultant Azure | Finnland
Matti Puolitaival

I work as a senior consultant in the Azure department. Most of the time I spend with customers on various projects. I also lead the development of glueckkanja-gab's Azure Foundation product, conduct trainings on all topics related to Azure, DevOps and Infrastructure as Code and participate in internal process development.

That is why I chose glueckkanja-gab

I was hired shortly after moving to Germany from Finland with my family. Moving to a new employer at a time when we were still settling in was definitely not an easy decision, but having former colleagues in the company and the opportunity to help build a business around Azure technology was too tempting to turn down. And looking back on the years I've been at glueckkanja-gab now, I'm glad I made the right decision.

That's what I value most about the company

It's hard to say, because there are so many good things about the company, but if I had to name just one, I would say it's the freedom and trust given to employees to make the right decisions in their daily work.

This is what working at gk-gab is all about

At glueckkanja-gab, it's all about working together on cool solutions with awesome colleagues. Coming to gk-gab from an international company where I'm just one of the few non-German-speaking employees felt daunting at first, but I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I was able to fit into the company and how quickly and well the non-German-speaking employees are accepted into the group.

This is special about our corporate culture

What I really appreciate about glueckkanja-gab's corporate culture is the openness and the fact that everyone has their say, whether it's about day-to-day work, the organization of work or the choice of technology for certain problems, and that employees are trusted to make the right decisions themselves. All of this boils down to a friendly and inclusive atmosphere, and if you ever need help or want to ask someone for advice, there's always someone there to listen or support you, no matter what the issue.

What motivates me most in my daily work at GKGAB

Using the latest technologies and methods to add value to our customers is what motivates me in my daily work. There's nothing better for the tech nerd in me than seeing a solution you've worked on from design to implementation being used to solve a real customer problem.

My tip for starting with us

Be open and communicative from day one. Your voice and opinion will be heard and you will find your place in the group as you would like it to be.

A day in my life – both professionally and privately

A typical workday starts with one of the kids or the bright morning sun waking me up from sleep. One of the biggest advantages of working remotely is that you can spend a lot of time with your family in the morning because you don't have to commute.

I usually start my work by checking emails or catching up on the latest discussions in teams before holding the first meetings.

The rest of the workday is a mix of customer work in the form of meetings and developing solutions for their infrastructure needs, internal product or process development, and community activities. No two workdays are the same, and that's one of the reasons I love my job. One day I can be elbow deep working on infrastructure code and the next day leading an all-day workshop with a customer.

A healthy work-life balance is important to keep up in today's IT world, and having two small, active children in the family certainly helps. The outdoors has always been an important part of our lives, and most of the time we spend our free time enjoying the local parks, hiking, or taking bike rides in the area. My own time, if any, is spent at the end of the day running, biking, or just relaxing and watching a TV show or playing games on consoles or the PC.