The #CultureFirst series is a chance to showcase the team here at Culture Amp. We asked everyone a few questions which will give you an opportunity to get to know each of us a bit better.
Angel Peña Ruiz - DevOps Engineer - Melbourne
Angel traveled almost 16,000 miles (25,000 km) by motorcycle to join us at Culture Amp. Now that he’s here, Angel wants to automate as many processes as humanly possible and we don't have any intention of stopping him.
Culture Amp: What can you do as a CAmper that you haven’t been able to do elsewhere?
Angel Peña Ruiz: Feel privileged to be part of the organization I work for. Working here allows me to constantly challenge myself and learn from the knowledgeable people that surround me. Culture Amp has been a time of progression, both personally and professionally. It’s what I jokingly call Culture Amp University!
CA: Best day you’ve ever had at work (here or anywhere else)?
APR: Back in Spain, I used to work for an engineering company. I was part of a team that set up the monitoring and control system for a wastewater management plant in Helwan, Egypt. Having played an integral part of this team it gave me great satisfaction knowing that I’d helped to deliver something truly beneficial to the community.
CA: What do you geek out about outside from work?
APR: Sports. Melbourne is a great place to practice several disciplines, including surfing, kite surfing, mountain biking…and flow riding!
CA: What did you want to be when you grew up?
APR: A lawyer. Not sure why.
CA: What is something about you not many people know?
APR: I am obsessed with connecting dots by land. Either within cities or across international borders.
CA: What’s on your playlist this week?
APR: I have been listening to ODESZA during the last few weeks - a lot of detail on each track.
CA: Where would you go on an all expense paid trip tomorrow?
APR: Provided there is enough budget, I would travel over land and sea from Australia to Spain through Antarctica and Africa.
CA: What does culture first mean to you?
APR: Culture first is that middle point where the interests and expectations of both employer and employee meet to make the work relationship as beneficial for both parties as possible.
CA: Do you have any startup / culture idols?
APR: David Attenborough. A life dedicated to divulging knowledge about nature, always reminding us how sensitive and delicate it is.
CA: What was the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
APR: A math teacher back at Uni, used tell us the following piece of advice when stuck at mathematical problems: “When you don’t know what to do, just do something.” It has worked wonders for me in those situations when the path was not so clear ahead.
CA: If you could have one super power, what would it be?
APR: Flying…. Hold on… Is this contradictory with what I said about connecting dots?
CA: You pick a magazine up to read – what is it?
APR: National Geographic.
CA: If you could be a lead character in a movie, who would it be?
APR: That funny character that always cracks a joke even during the most miserable times.
CA: How have you turned a setback into an opportunity?
APR: Back in London, the online betting company I worked for was acquired and the project I was working on was cancelled. Facing the prospect of redundancy led me to reappraise my options which ultimately led me to travel the world and begin working at Culture Amp.
CA: What was the first and last concert you attended?
APR: La Caja de Pandora (A Spanish band); Muse at Wembley Stadium back in London.
CA: If you won the lottery what would you do first?
APR: Celebrate it!
CA: Would you take a one way trip to Mars and why/not?
APR: Don’t think so. Our planet seems to be a more interesting place to spend the rest of our lives.