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Interview with Bastian Blömker
  • Bastian Blömker
  • trained as a warehouse specialist at FIEGE
  • CPD as a certified foreman in logistics services and technical management expert extra-professionally
  • with FIEGE for 15 years – at different stations at the Greven location
  • today, warehouse manager

MR BLÖMKER, HOW DID YOU GET TO JOIN FIEGE?

I completed school training as an IT attendant. I did not like that so much. I then went looking for a vocational training possibility as a warehouse specialist and applied with different companies in the region. I had my first interview with FIEGE. And that was a direct hit. I had another opportunity to train elsewhere. But I decided to go with FIEGE. I could shorten my training to two and a half years, was taken on and then worked for a while as a journeyman.

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO CONTINUE WITH YOUR TRAINING?

There was an internal opening to take over the team or shift management – at night – for a seasonal deal. That made me realise: I want more. It was then a given to tackle the training as a certified foreman in logistics services.

DID FIEGE SUPPORT THIS?

Not financially, but regarding the working hours, yes. Before that, I worked different shifts. During my further training, I was able to work the early shift only. Otherwise, this would not have been possible. Once I had finished training as a certified foreman in logistics services, I continued straight away with the training to become a management expert.

AND HOW DID THINGS CONTINUE WITH YOU AT THE COMPANY ONCE YOU HAD GRADUATED?

I was given the position as foreman for the current portfolio operations. And then there was the change to MSO*.

WHY IS FIEGE A GOOD MATCH FOR YOU?

It’s quite simply fun to work here. We are a good team. We work well together because we have been working for quite some time together at FIEGE. We always have new people joining us and there is always something going on, but it is very diverse, and things are forging ahead.

FIEGE stands by what is promises its employees.

IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE FIEGE IN A SINGLE WORD, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?

A certain continuity, despite the movement and the diversity.

SO YOU ARE NOT AFRAID OF LOSING YOUR JOB AT FIEGE?

No.

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES AND YOUR SUPERVISORS?

The commitment. My boss stands by what he promises his employees.

WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOB AS EXCITING?

During the conversion phase, definitely! Of course, there are moments where everything runs as usual and is quite relaxed, but the entire last year was quite busy and solid.

A REAL CHALLENGE SO TO SPEAK?

Yes, but in a good way.

WHAT DRIVES YOU?

I simply want to do a good job so that the other colleagues can also get their work done well.

ARE THERE FREQUENT CONFLICTS HERE?

Every now and then interpersonal issues can happen, but they are exceptions rather than the rule.

SO THAT THEN HAS LESS TO DO WITH THE COMPANY AND MORE WITH THE PEOPLE AS SUCH?

Yes, it’s totally interpersonal. The trigger can be a tense order situation or more work, but by and large things run smoothly here.

HOW DO YOU STRIKE A PERSONAL BALANCE WITH YOUR WORK?

I often go on holiday with my wife. Every available weekend where we both have time, we go away on a city break. That is a fantastic way to strike a balance.

WHAT ARE YOUR DESTINATIONS?

Right now? European capitals. We even spent three days in the Harz Mountains, to decelerate. That was great. No mobile connection. You take a cabin to travel up the mountain very slowly and at first you think: Why is this thing going so slow? – but after that, it’s great. You have to allow yourself to take a brea.

IF AN ACQUAINTANCE OF YOURS ASKS ABOUT YOUR OPINION ON A VACANCY AT FIEGE, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL HIM OR HER?

A good friend of mine with whom I took the master class is being interviewed here as we speak. He had gotten all worked up about his employer and mentioned that he needed something new. So I said to him: join us. It’s great here. It’s also something for you.

 

* (MediaSaturn Online)