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Interview with Denis Gritzmann
  • Denis Gritzmann
  • With FIEGE since April 2000
  • Currently shift manager

HELLO MR GRITZMANN, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF.

Hello, I am Denis Gritzmann and have been working at FIEGE for 20 years. I am 41 years old, married and have three children. I was born in Kazakhstan and came here with my family in 1998 as a late repatriate. After I came to Germany 22 years ago, I first did a 6-month language course and then started working at FIEGE.

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO COME TO GERMANY WITH YOUR FAMILY?

My grandparents were German and only spoke German at home. After the Second World War, many Germans in Russia were deported to Kazakhstan. My father is also German and spoke German at first, and my mother is Russian. Then there was an invitation from the German government to all Russian-Germans and they were given the opportunity to return to Germany. The condition was that at least one family member had to be of German origin.

HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT FIEGE AS AN EMPLOYER?

When I came to Germany, I had difficulties with the language at the beginning. Then I simply started working. I started in 2000 as an order picker, between 2004 and 2008 I worked as a forklift truck driver. Then from 2008 as a foreman, from 2011 as a team leader and now I also do a lot of commercial work at FIEGE. In 2018, I became a shift supervisor. I started here unskilled, but I’ve learned the job well.

YOU HAVE BEEN WITH FIEGE FOR 20 YEARS NOW. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

I really like being at FIEGE. What I like is that you don’t always do the same things. There is something new every time. The tasks are very diverse. Today I work in goods receiving, on another day I store goods with the forklift or take on tasks in the office. It is always varied and I like that very much. I have already recommended FIEGE as an employer to a few people who then applied here. I have been with FIEGE for a long time because I am very satisfied here.

HOW IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE EMPLOYEES WORKING?

We all get along well, even though it can sometimes get a bit stressful. That’s the case, for example, when we have a lot to do. But in the end, everything is always good – and that’s what counts.

WHAT IS YOUR COMPENSATION FOR WORK?

I used to play volleyball. Lately, though, not any more. With three children, I don’t have much time for it anymore. When I come home after work, I usually like to do something with my children. They are 6, 13 and my eldest is 17.

IF YOU WOULD USE ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE FIEGE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Modern. FIEGE has become highly modern. In the past, we used to pick with slips of paper, then there were scanners and now we can go into the warehouse with a laptop and look up everything digitally. A lot has happened in the last 5 years. It’s getting better and better.

DID YOU HAVE A CAREER ASPIRATION WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD?

I used to want to be a soldier, but I also always enjoyed cars. My dream was always to have a nice, sporty car. Because of the children, it ended up with a family car (laughs).