25. August 2020

People @ Personio – Let’s #TECH A BREAK with Filip Petkovski


We joined Filip Petkovski, one of our Senior Backend Engineers, for a short coffee break: Filip knew already in school that he wanted to become an engineer one day and nowadays, he makes the lives of other developers easier.

What is involved in your position?

I am a Senior Backend Engineer and part of the Developer Experience Team. In my team, we basically build tools for other developers with the aim of making their lives easier.

When did you realize you wanted to go into engineering?

I learned to program in high school. That's when I probably made the decision to go into software engineering.

How many languages do you speak?

I speak three languages fluently: Macedonian, Croatian, and English. But I also know a little bit of German and a little bit of Italian.

What do you think every Backend Engineer “must have”?

I think every engineer should have a little bit of open-mindedness and flexibility in order to succeed.

What do you think makes Personio special?

At the end of the day, what I believe makes Personio a great place to work boils down to the amazing people that work here.

How do you feel your growth has been at Personio?

I personally think the growth trajectory has been amazing so far. I can say that I have learned more during this past year than anywhere else before.

In my previous companies, teams worked in silos and the workload was kind of thrown over the fence. Here we own what we build from start to finish. That means that once a service goes into production, we are all responsible for keeping that service running. This way of working has helped me to understand that writing the application code is only one part of the engineering. Topics such as infrastructure management, security, resilience, and problem-solving are as important as the code, or even more.

What’s the coolest project you’ve ever worked on at Personio?

I don’t have a single project to pick, almost all the work I have done here is very exciting and challenging. Recently, I published a Medium blog post about one of our latest projects regarding our journey towards a microservice architecture, where I also shared more cool details about microservice monitoring as Kubernetes CRDs.

I think engineers should read books outside of engineering, about anything related to their hobbies or the things they enjoy doing outside of their job. I think those books work well for everyone.

However, I would strongly recommend Gödel, Escher, Bach. This book it’s a great exploration of the relationship between mathematics, art, and music.

What positive aspect would you like to keep from the #NewNormal?

I think the fact that people are appreciating the outdoors much more than before is a great aspect of this new reality.

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