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Felix Häusler

TELE Haase

CASE STUDIES

Monitoring Technology / New Work Environment

Meet this high tech enterprise with zero managers

“Everyone at TELE is unique. But they are united – as a large and productive organization.”

Unifying a company without hierarchy

When Christoph Haase took the reins of his over 50 year old family business in 2000, he wanted to approach the challenges of the high tech monitoring industry differently. In a classic work environment the decision makers and the ones with the most knowledge are not necessarily the same people. Communication between Sales (the people with the most knowledge about product requirements) and Development (the people most knowledgable about technical limitations and opportunities) is often inefficient and slows down progress in an ever-changing market.”

With that in mind Christoph and his partner Markus Stelzmann decided to make a move that is often reserved for less traditional businesses. They reorganized the management setup as a whole and made one of the boldest moves in the electronics industry: They gave the decision making powers to the employees and implemented “TELErism” into TELE.

Coherence

85%

Mobility

82%

Efficiency

75%
“Grape is an amazing tool that allowed us to get the most out of our flat hirarchy”

Christoph Haase, Owner

Service Integrations we developed

To unify TELE’s communication and onboard the whole team we interviewed the stakeholders and created custom integrations for true efficiency improvement.

TELE Infonet

To keep all stakeholders in the loop, TELE tasked the amazing ENGARDE development agency with the creation of a management platform called INFONET

For a streamlined realtime conversation we connected Grape with the interface of Infonet to index all service tasks and send any activity of a circle to its corresponding room in Grape

“I was sold the first time I saw the Grape Search. It’s a solid solution to the lookup-problem by a professional team.”

Philipp Kanape, CEO – Engarde

“The Grape engineers where a charm to work with and integrated our product fast and resourceful.”

Gerhild Bauer, PM – Engarde

Grape Search integration

All Content from TELE Infonet is accessible right from the chat.

Windows Server 2012

Grape was tasked with integrating TELE’s network file system, consisting of a few terabytes of data, accumulated over the past two decades. This led to two challenges: First, how do you integrate a filesystem without a proper web-based API? Second, how do you open the selected files from the web browser?

Windows Application Development

Senior Developer Christoph Leitner wrote an efficient Windows application that runs on the fileserver and sends changes directly to our index. Our desktop Apps for Mac and Windows got an update so they could open the referenced files directly from the chat.

Like Apple Spotlight, but for Windows

Now all files and documents created over the past 20 years can be searched conveniently and fast right from the chat, saving precious time for TELE and their team.

Similar Model: Holacracy

The self-managed company

Invented in 2007 by Brian Robertson, the founder of Pennsylvania’s Ternery Software company, Holacracy is the distribution of decision making and authority throug self-organizing teams. It removes the management hierarchy and makes all employees stakeholders of the company’s decisions and therefore its success.

Holacracy is highly biased towards action and innovation: it defaults to autonomy and freedom, then uses internal processes to limit that autonomy when its use in a specific way turns out to be detrimental

Quick dive into the four essential elements of holacracy:

Roles instead of Job descriptions: Instead of one explicit job description an individual can hold multiple roles (defined by: name, purpose, domains to control and accountabilities) at a time.

Governance process: To periodically optimize the structure of the circles, the company makes use of a process called “integrative decision making”, where changes in governance are discussed and made.

“Holacracy” – Brian J Robertson

Circle structure: In Holacracy the various roles organize themselves in hierarchically structured circles, with their own respective meetings, goals and responsibilities.

Operational process: Unless it violates governance policies or requires spending assets of the organization (money, intellectual property, etc.), all roles can almost autonomously take any action required to reach their goals.

How it works

Learn more about holacracy in this two minute explanation video by holacracy.org

Backend Developer

Backend Developer

Perfection starts under the hood: Not only do we want to build a tool every customer will love, we also work hard to build a codebase that allows us to scale without breaking.

– Stefan Kröner, Senior Developer

Working at Grape

We value high code quality in terms of readability, reusability and maintainabilty the same way we value speed and efficiency of development. We prefer composition over inheritance, functional over object oriented.

Your development tasks consist 40% of larger features you work on with the frontend developers, 30% of bugs and small features you work into the system, 30% of writing tests and rewriting code.

We value participation in open source. We are not just using open source projects, we try to give something back. We encourage developers to release reusable parts of their code under an open source license. You can spend up to 20% of your working time on open source projects we use.

Tools and libraries we use (to name a few):

  • Django/Python server
  • Three different databases: PostgreSQL, Redis and Elasticsearch
  • Websockets
  • Stripe Payment Processing
  • Numerous external APIs for all the services we connect to our application
  • Test-driven development

What we are looking for

You’ll work closely with all different team members at Grape to speed up our front-end development to build new features and products. You will be shipping code to thousands of active users every day.

Our engineers are also very comfortable working directly with customers to tackle bugs and answer tricky support questions. It’s important to write code with customers in mind so that we can provide the best experience possible with Grape.

You are you expected to have the following technical skills:

  • BSc degree or equivalent practical experience.
  • Experience with UNIX/Linux environments and distributed systems
  • Experience programming in Python
  • Experience in web programming and/or developing/designing large software systems
  • Experience with the Django framework and PostgreSQL
  • Experience with Redis and/or Elasticsearch

What we value

Clear communication, a positive can-do attitude, open mindedness, patience, empathy and the ability to work independently. We are looking for a person who understands our culture and wants to be part of a team of people passionate about our product.

As one of our core values, working as a No Ego Doer is an important part of being part of our team. You’ll need to be aware of when you have assumptions, and be disciplined about working with other team members in order to test and confirm your ideas.

Perks and benefits

We hope that you’re excited about all the possibilities that come with working at Grape! In addition to our beautiful office close to the city center of Vienna, we also offer the possibility of working remotely. However, we do offer help for your relocation as we want you to feel at home in Vienna.We want you to be happy, inspired and to become the person that you wish to be. You will work with team members around the world and across time zones to build a better culture and product.We organize a couple of company retreats per year to spend quality time with the whole team. Our latest retreats have been a day trip to Bratislava and a full week in the beautiful alps of Tyrol.

Additionally working at Grape offers these perks and benefits:

  • Shares in our company
  • Highly competitive salary
  • Free MacBook Pro
  • Unlimited amount of coffee and club mate
  • and a lot of fun stuff like a Playstation, pool and foosball table and more

Interested?

Write us a mail with a brief text about you, a picture of a turtle (to make sure that you are able to fully read our job descriptions), CV, if you have one, and (most importantly) links to previous projects and GitHub accounts.

Join the grape!

Web Designer (CSS/HTML/Illust.)

Web Designer (CSS/HTML/Illust.)

As a Web Designer you are developing on the most visible parts of our products. You will work with both Marketing and Engineering to provide front-facing code with always a strong focus on using cutting edge technology with a quality acumen.

– Felix Häusler, CEO

Working at Grape

We value high code quality in terms of readability, reusability and maintainabilty the same way we value speed and efficiency of development. We prefer composition over inheritance, functional over object oriented.

Your development tasks consist 50% of chat client webdesign, 30% of templating and design on landing pages, blogs, etc. and 20% of conceptual work, illustration and mockuping.

We value participation in open source. We are not just using open source projects, we try to give something back. We encourage developers to release reusable parts of their code under an open source license. You can spend up to 20% of your working time on open source projects we use.

Tools and libraries we use (to name a few):

What we are looking for

You’ll work closely with all different team members at Grape to speed up our front-end development to build new features and products. You will be shipping code to thousands of active users every day.

Our engineers are also very comfortable working directly with customers to tackle bugs and answer tricky support questions. It’s important to write code with customers in mind so that we can provide the best experience possible with Grape.

You are you expected to have the following technical skills:

  • BSc degree or equivalent practical experience.
  • Fluent in CSS3 and HTML5
  • Experience with responsive webdesign
  • Track record as designer with publicly available references
  • Advanced Screen Design skills
  • Knowledge of Javascript, Frontend Development

What we value

Clear communication, a positive can-do attitude, open mindedness, patience, empathy and the ability to work independently. We are looking for a person who understands our culture and wants to be part of a team of people passionate about our product.

As one of our core values, working as a No Ego Doer is an important part of being part of our team. You’ll need to be aware of when you have assumptions, and be disciplined about working with other team members in order to test and confirm your ideas.

Perks and benefits

We hope that you’re excited about all the possibilities that come with working at Grape! In addition to our beautiful office close to the city center of Vienna, we also offer the possibility of working remotely. However, we do offer help for your relocation as we want you to feel at home in Vienna.We want you to be happy, inspired and to become the person that you wish to be. You will work with team members around the world and across time zones to build a better culture and product.We organize a couple of company retreats per year to spend quality time with the whole team. Our latest retreats have been a day trip to Bratislava and a full week in the beautiful alps of Tyrol.

Additionally working at Grape offers these perks and benefits:

  • Shares in our company
  • Highly competitive salary
  • Free MacBook Pro
  • Unlimited amount of coffee and club mate
  • and a lot of fun stuff like a Playstation, pool and foosball table and more

Interested?

Write us a mail with a brief text about you, a picture of a turtle (to make sure that you are able to fully read our job descriptions), CV, if you have one, and (most importantly) links to previous projects and GitHub accounts.

Join the grape!

Senior Front-end Engineer

Senior Front-end Engineer

As a Front-end Engineer you will build our web application, working together closely with me. You’ll be able to heavily influence the architecture. You’ll get to solve challenges in overall performance, rendering and code organization.

— Oleg Slobodskoi, Lead Front-end Engineer

Working at Grape

We value high code quality in terms of readability, reusability and maintainabilty the same way we value speed and efficiency of development. We prefer composition over inheritance, functional over object oriented.

We value participation in open source. We are not just using open source projects, we try to give something back. We encourage developers to release reusable parts of their code under an open source license. You can spend up to 20% of your working time on open source projects we use.

Tools and libraries we use (to name a few):

What we are looking for

You’ll work closely with all different team members at Grape to speed up our front-end development to build new features and products. You will be shipping code to thousands of active users every day.

Our engineers are also very comfortable working directly with customers to tackle bugs and answer tricky support questions. It’s important to write code with customers in mind so that we can provide the best experience possible with Grape.

You are you expected to have the following technical skills:

  • High level of JavaScript programming skills (at least 5 years of experience)
  • Experience with JS libs (React, Redux, Flux, Ember, Backbone…)
  • Good active knowledge of common web technologies and related tools (HTML, CSS, …)
  • Bonus points: Basic understanding of Sketch or Adobe Photoshop

What we value

Clear communication, a positive can-do attitude, open mindedness, patience, empathy and the ability to work independently. We are looking for a person who understands our culture and wants to be part of a team of people passionate about our product.

As one of our core values, working as a No Ego Doer is an important part of being part of our team. You’ll need to be aware of when you have assumptions, and be disciplined about working with other team members in order to test and confirm your ideas.

Perks and benefits

We hope that you’re excited about all the possibilities that come with working at Grape! In addition to our beautiful office close to the city center of Vienna, we also offer the possibility of working remotely. However, we do offer help for your relocation as we want you to feel at home in Vienna.We want you to be happy, inspired and to become the person that you wish to be. You will work with team members around the world and across time zones to build a better culture and product.We organize a couple of company retreats per year to spend quality time with the whole team. Our latest retreats have been a day trip to Bratislava and a full week in the beautiful alps of Tyrol.

Additionally working at Grape offers these perks and benefits:

  • Shares in our company
  • Highly competitive salary
  • Free MacBook Pro
  • Unlimited amount of coffee and club mate
  • and a lot of fun stuff like a Playstation, pool and foosball table and more

Interested?

Write us a mail with a brief text about you, a picture of a pidgeon (to make sure that you are able to fully read our job descriptions), CV, if you have one, and (most importantly) links to previous projects and GitHub accounts.

Join the grape!