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Small Town with Worldwide Impact Lifts Engineering to Limitless Heights

Small Town with Worldwide Impact Lifts Engineering to Limitless Heights

Petar Pisnjak, Core Network Engineer, can get everywhere in Pula just by walking - and gets to work on top-notch technologies at Pangea Campus.


Q: Petar – since the description of Pula as a ‘human-sized city’ actually came from you, what’s the story behind that? How did you come to think of it that way?

Petar: Okay, so first off – my original plan was just a temporary stay in Pula, until my onboarding process was over and done with. I had every intention of returning to Zagreb after that, since it’s the capital, a larger city with more stuff to do.

Then, after being woken up by the Uljanik shipyard’s siren and the sun, I realized how much I liked living and working by the sea.

I also realized that I actually get to do more in Pula than I did in Zagreb; it depends on the kind of person you are, but for me there were too many activities there, so I didn’t know what to even choose. Plus, you need at least 20-30 minutes to get to where you’re going.

In Pula? I can get anywhere just by walking. So that’s what I meant by ‘human-sized city’ – large enough to offer enough things to pique my interest, but also small enough not to be crowded and impractical.

Q: You changed the company you worked for, and then the city you lived in – what kind of experience was that for you?

Petar: It really helped that Infobip provided accommodation during the first three months of my life in Istria. It gave me a lot of time to find a flat of my own and made the process much smoother.

As for switching companies…is it too much if I say I’m also a fan of Infobip’s HR department, our People Operations. Seriously, a whole department of people making sure we’re satisfied, happy and healthy as employees and individuals.

My old company definitely didn’t have anything like it; it’s generally tough to find another workplace with its own cafeteria, individual educational budget, flexible work arrangements and good work organization. I like getting vacation time when I need it – not only when the Gods have mercy on my soul. 🙂

If the top-notch tech and all the perks of a relaxing lifestyle in Istria hadn’t won me over, that might have just done the trick on its own.

Q: Great, you’re obviously a fan of the lifestyle and company culture! But what was it about work that made you stay? What does a Core Network Engineer do?

Petar: My team makes sure our core network – both the internal and the external part – are working properly. If there’s a bug somewhere, our clients can’t connect to the platform, so it’s a lot of responsibility on our hands.

Also, our clients want that our platform works 24/7/365 and we strive to achieve it, but it is often a challenge since there is little room for error. Finding the time for large-scale maintenance is tricky and everything needs to work right off the bat. It’s a challenge, but I love it.

It means a lot to know that we have the best tech at our disposal to make sure everything is functioning as it should. Like I mentioned before, the first thing I was thrilled about when I came to Infobip was the cutting-edge technology – everywhere.

I mean, at my old job, I had to get by using older tech and improvised equipment, trying to get something done with it. Here, you get top-notch equipment matched only by what Mobile Network Operators might have – and you get to play with that and do your best with that. It’s a feeling I’d compare to…feeling like there are no limits to what you can build and learn.

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