Meet the people who work at eyeo, but don’t necessarily work at eyeo. Take a sneak peek at their lives and what it means to be part of a company that allows you to work anywhere in the world. Today, meet Aly, our Revenue Operations Manager.
Where in the world do you work?
I divide my work time between eyeo’s headquarters in Cologne, home office, or wherever else I happen to be around the world, including at home in New Zealand.
Tell us a little about your role at eyeo
I’m eyeo’s Revenue Operations Manager, which means I keep an eye on all the tools, processes, and data related to our revenue funnel, and try to optimize them. I work closely with our business development managers and our B2B communications team, and my work can range from project management, marketing, and analysis to defining tool requirements, preparing documentations or reports, and training the team.
What does your workday look like?
Since I’m all about tools and efficiency, I start my day by consulting my personal dashboard in Jira, which reminds me of everything on my to-do list and the most immediate deadlines. Then I check my calendar for any meetings in the day ahead that I need to prepare for or work around, and I either jump straight into the first task on my list, or I feel completely overwhelmed and go and get myself a coffee!
What’s so great about working remotely?
There are so many things I love about working remotely…
There’s an old proverb that says a change is as good as a rest, and for me this is totally true, in the sense that a change of scenery stimulates me and restores my energy levels, so I take advantage of our remote work culture to relocate myself for a week or so from time to time. Like recently when I tagged along on my friend’s holiday to the far north of Germany, and book-ended my workday with morning walks in the countryside and visits to the beach! Or when I economized on my vacation days in July, spending a week in Switzerland visiting a friend, but working several of those days from his poolside.
On the rare occasion that I have one of “those” days, it is really great to be able to just stay home and work in my pyjamas! And it also really helps to plan visits home to New Zealand, because by working remotely I can extend my stay and enjoy more quality time with my family.
Where is your favorite place to work?
I don’t have a favourite place to work, so long as there is a good energy and a source of coffee, I’m happy. I’m a strange combination of extrovert and introvert, so I love to be in the office around all my wonderful colleagues, equally as much as having complete solitude. Though, with all our remote-friendly communication tools, we’re never really alone, which is nice.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I’m either off on an adventure, or planning one, and my adventures almost always involve meeting up with or visiting friends and loved ones. It’s a cliché, but I really love to travel, and I’m still working on seeing all of Europe (I swear it is getting bigger…). In my regular spare time, you have equal chances of finding me in nature, an art gallery or museum, at a concert or on a dancefloor, in my kitchen cooking something yummy, having a lazy day in bed, or meeting with friends for coffee or food and endless yarns (New Zealand slang for long conversations about everything and nothing).
You’re traveling for work and can only take a backpack. What do you pack?
Laptop, headset & smartphone, clothes and toiletries, and a notebook and pen, in case my digital world collapses.
What job would you be terrible at?
Oh… so many! Any job where I don’t have a clear sense of purpose would be the death of me, and I’d be a terrible professional athlete because I have no discipline for exercise and physical training, not to mention any athletic prowess.
What’s one gadget you can’t live without?
My portable bluetooth speaker. I need music almost all the time, and I prefer it resonating around me than through headphones. I’m quite sure my neighbours hate me because I almost always have music playing in the apartment.
What’s your favorite app?
Splitwise, because I do so many activities and trips with friends, it is so easy to use it for splitting bills – be it a meal or a whole week’s worth of travel expenses (hmmm, money and efficiency, is anyone else sensing the theme?).
Why did you join eyeo?
I joined eyeo because I wanted a job where I could believe that what I did on a daily basis actually contributed to something with a greater purpose, and eyeo’s mission “putting you in charge of a fair and profitable web” gives me that. I’ve been here a year, and so far I’ve stayed because I am only just getting started! I know I will stay much longer because I really love the people here, and I believe that as my life evolves, eyeo will evolve with me rather than forcing me to choose between myself and my job. That is something I’ve never been able to say about my employer before, so I know I’m onto something pretty special.