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 Joanna, our filter developer!
Where in the world do you work?
I am from Portugal but I currently live in Düsseldorf. Although this city is most known for the shopping venues and Japanese food scene, there are also a great number of green spaces. When I am not working in Düsseldorf, I travel a little more than 40 kms to our Cologne office.
Tell us a little about your role at eyeo
As a filters developer a part of our work consists of troubleshooting issues, and creating, reviewing and optimizing filters for our own lists. With a lot of internal and external collaboration there is also a great deal of research in between, especially regarding potential threats to ad-blocking software.
What does your workday look like?
I am lucky to get to choose where and when my work day starts. When in Cologne (which I enjoy going to often), the day starts really early, making way for the morning commute. But I have to say it’s worthwhile, since the coffee in the office is great, there is cake quite often and a suitable kitchen for preparing family-sized meals.
When in Dusseldorf, it still starts early but there is time to do more things like watch the news, go cycling, and after all that the morning sync with the team.
What's so great about eyeo?
I experienced the traditional form of work institutions before, therefore I was always on the hunt for a place where I could develop myself, and eyeo assured me to be that place. After one year at eyeo, I have a bag full of learnings, experiences, an ongoing and growing department, a good team and the fulfilment of doing something worthwhile for our users.
Where is your favorite place to work?
That depends on the tasks I am working on. If it is something that requires more focus or more time, I would say that my home is where I like to work best. But quite often I have the need to interact with colleagues or team members, therefore the office in Cologne would be where I would benefit the most for those needs.
What do you do when you’re not working?
When I am not working, I like to take time to practise German or learn anything tech related. But I also fancy discovering new things related to history, politics or sociology by watching documentaries. When I have time, I recycle old stuff or alter clothes. But because weekends are short, I always enjoy planning the next getaway or just chilling in the countryside.
You’re travelling for work and can only take a backpack. What do you pack?
Besides my laptop, I would pack anything that would keep me entertained during my travel to the office like a book, my headphones and my Rubik’s cube.
What job would you be terrible at?
Being shy, clumsy and unhurried I can’t imagine myself working as a waitress or bartender. 😉
What’s one gadget you can’t live without?
I think I have a lifestyle not dependent on gadgets.
What’s your favourite app?
I would say I quite rely on Skyscanner when looking for my cheapest plane ticket or airport options. There are a lot of travel metasearch engines out there but this one has a simple UI and it’s not full of deals that I am not interested in.
Why did you join eyeo?
When I started using ABP, I never thought about the team behind it until I discovered that they were actually quite close. A team composed of people from different countries and cultures working in different parts of the world. Knowing that the mission of the company was being constructed by a group of such diverse people and with such different perspectives influenced my decision in joining the team.