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Interview with Matteo Horstmann
  • Matteo Horstmann
  • has been working with FIEGE in Greven Reckenfeld since October 2016

MR HORSTMANN, WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE YOU JOINED FIEGE?

I studied two semesters in Cologne to become a teacher. But I discovered that the self-discipline required to learn self-sufficiently is not my strength. After two semesters, I gave up the course. To make a living, I went into temping. I just wanted a job, no matter what, as fast as possible. And for me, the best way to do this was to temp. The offer to take me on here came relatively quickly. That’s how fast things can go and suddenly, two and a half years have passed. My contract is now open-ended.

WHAT PROFESSION DID YOU LEARN?

I have not completed any vocational training in the traditional meaning. I graduated with my Abitur.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB DESCRIPTION?

I manage the industrial stock and control the stocks for our department. That spills slightly into the commercial side of things.

WHAT EXACTLY IS IT THAT YOU DO THERE?

I check stock levels. As soon as we spot discrepancies, or if something went wrong in order picking – like if a spot hasn’t been filled – my job is to correct this and adjust the stock levels. That is a day-filling job if you have around 1.6 million items to look after. In between I will drive a pallet from A to B if it wasn’t taken to its right place. I also got my forklift operator’s licence last year. Those are my key responsibilities.

WHY IS FIEGE A GOOD MATCH FOR YOU?

What I genuinely enjoy, even after all this time, is the fact that I – although I did not complete any vocational training – am very much accepted here, that I can apply my skillset. That is precisely what they support you with here and it is not really a given in the private sector nowadays. People see you as a person and they also see where your personal skills and capacities lie.

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE THE MOST AT FIEGE?

Generally, I consider the working atmosphere here at the facility very relaxed. Up to a certain point, where the manager will raise his voice because something is going wrong. But that happens barely ever. Overall, working here is a very pleasant experience, both with supervisors and colleagues alike. Based on my personal experience I can only say that there is hardly ever any friction. And it’s quite precious to come to work in the morning and, after running into the first three people here, your thoughts are not: gee, what am I doing here?

WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOB AS EXCITING?

A certain routine comes quickly, but I must say that my job offers a lot of variety. Of course, things could be more exciting. But if you have set yourself up on a broad scale and know how to do everything in the process, from offloading a truck to charging it, you will be deployed accordingly. It is definitely not a case of doing the same thing for eight hours straight.

Generally, I consider the working atmosphere here at the facility very relaxed.

IF A FRIEND OR AN ACQUAINTANCE OF YOURS WOULD SAY THEY ARE CONSIDERING STARTING A JOB AT FIEGE, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL HIM OR HER?

I would recommend that they do it, especially because many new opportunities are opening up here at the facility right now. This creates many possibilities for people from a wide range of areas. Even to gain a foothold here in the long run. I have actually submitted two applications here of people I know.

DID THAT WORK OUT?

They both have an interview lined up in the near future.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME TO BALANCE YOUR LIFE?

In summer I play beach volleyball whenever this is possible. Almost every day, weather permitting. After work I head home, take a quick shower, eat something and off to the beach I go. In winter, this is a little difficult to do. It’s not really my thing to play indoors, because of my knees. But because I live with others, there is always something going on so all I need to do is get home. I tend to relax rather quickly then.