Internship to a successful career

Internship to a successful career


From being an intern to having a long-lasting career, these success stories haven’t happened only once at Runtastic.

In the tech industry, senior talent is always in high demand. While this is true at Runtastic, we also nurture and support people who are starting their careers by offering internships that allow them to gain valuable professional experience. 

We know that the junior employee of today could become the senior employee of tomorrow. For this reason, all of our internships are designed to be as hands-on as possible.  At Runtastic, we believe that learning comes from action and that it is imperative to embrace mistakes made along the way—this is why learning from failure is also one of our values

Bianca, one of our Talent Scouts, started her Runtastic journey as an intern and shares her personal experience that led her to become a permanent member of the team.

Bianca, Talent Scout

Bianca, Talent Scout 

“I started my journey at Runtastic as an intern. While looking for jobs after finishing my master’s degree, I stumbled upon a job ad for Runtastic. Unfortunately, I learned shortly before my second interview that the position got filled, and I was asked if I would also be interested in an internship. 

Honestly, I was not so excited at first as I wanted a permanent position, and I had already done several internships throughout my studies. However, I had such a great candidate experience. I could really see myself working with the people I met, and I felt that the culture of Runtastic would fit perfectly with my personality and interests/values. 

So, I decided to join the company for a 4-month internship in their Talent Acquisition team. I was super excited and motivated as it was the first time for me to work in an international work environment and also because I wanted to show my potential for a permanent position. 

During the internship, I was regularly talking to my team lead about the possibility of joining Runtastic permanently, however, there was no open position until one of our team members decided to pursue another opportunity. Because of that, there was finally the chance for me to stay. 

When my team lead asked me if I’d be interested in taking over this position, I was so overwhelmed by joy and relief as I didn’t want to work anywhere else, so that was really like a dream come true for me. 

I am working at Runtastic as a permanent team member for more than a year now and I am still super happy to be part of the team. Doing the internship and going the extra mile was definitely worth it!” 

Bianca is not the only intern whose experience led her to be a valued member of our team. Here are three more former Runtastic interns whose journeys not only led them to have long-standing careers with us but also allowed for supportive collaboration with teammates along the way.  

Ivana, iOS Engineer

Ivana, iOS Engineer 

“When I just joined Runtastic as an intern, I got a buddy, who is the person that is a mentor for the intern. He explained to me all the processes and ways of working in the company. There was a lot of new information to catch up on, but it was quite easy as we have great colleagues who are always ready to help if needed. 

I was using the apps personally even before joining, and that was already a good motivation for me to want to stay as a full-time employee. Even though I knew that internship does not promise a full-time position, after some months at Runtastic, I hoped to stay on, and thankfully as someone left I got the opportunity. The uncertainty was stressful but worth it.

The best thing for me was the team and the company culture in general. Of course, it helps when you work in a field you’re interested in but having great people around you creates a perfect work environment.”

Tatiana, Social Media Manager

Tatiana, Social Media Manager

“When I applied for an internship, the role I was interested in was not available, so I wanted to be added to the talent pool. It took a couple of months, but eventually, a position suitable for me was opened and I was able to join the Social Media Team. As I studied in a completely different field, I was extremely grateful for the opportunity to switch to another, more interesting area.

During my 4-month internship, I deepened my existing knowledge and learned a lot of new things. My team was extremely supportive and open to answering any questions, so, naturally, when the option to continue full-time came up, I had to say yes!

Thanks to the internship I went from someone with no education or experience in the field to a trusted Social Media Manager of global channels on various platforms, with plenty of opportunities and freedom to explore new ideas and trends.” 

Raphael, Backend Engineer

Raphael, Backend Engineer 

“I did my studies-related internship as a backend engineer with Runtastic in February 2021. One aspect that I really enjoyed about it is that I never felt like an intern at all. From day one onwards, my mentor treated me like a full-fledged developer and assigned both exciting and challenging tasks to me. 

After finishing my bachelor’s degree, there was an open position and I have now returned as a full-time employee! As I have been through the process before, I could pretty much pick up with my work where I left off.”

Join the team!

Ready to learn and grow? Check out our job openings where you might find a perfect match. , Or if you don’t see the right opportunity for you there, apply to our Talent Community as Tatiana did. 

At Runtastic, we welcome everyone, and no, you don’t need to be sporty to join the team. 

Let us know in your Motivational Letter why Runtastic is the perfect place for you to gain hands-on professional experience and why you love what you are doing. To find out more information regarding our hiring and application process and how to prepare for an interview with us, visit our career page

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Runtastic is a family-friendly place to work!

Runtastic is a family-friendly place to work!


Ever since our founding in 2009, Runtastic has continued to grow. Both within our team and within our team’s families! 

The majority of Runtastics are at the age when many people start having kids. And while we are excited for our colleagues’ babies, this growth challenges the company and the parents. So, what do we do? How do we help our parents successfully manage their careers and families?

Believe it or not, we have almost 80 Runtastic kids at this point!

A Flexible Environment

Our flexible working hours make it easier for Runtastic parents to balance their responsibilities at home and work. Everyone’s family is different, so we try to find individualized working-hour models that suit our Runtastic parents’ needs. 

We allow employees to choose between various part-time models and our flexible hybrid work approach. Hybrid work allows most employees to decide whether they work from Runtastic’s office, their Austrian home, and up to 20% of their time at another location. So, our Runtastics can spend up to two months working abroad. Back in Austria, the flexibility to work from home comes in handy in case of family emergencies.

And while it’s usually easier to focus without toddlers in the background, bringing kids to work is sometimes helpful. We have no official policy about children in the workplace and support our colleagues who need to.

Thanks to libraries, chatty colleagues, and a slide in our Linz office, our young visitors rarely get bored in our locations. 

We offer six vacation weeks (one more than the standard five Austrian vacation weeks) and ask all staff to take two of those weeks during the end-of-year holiday season. We hope this helps families avoid daycare struggles during school breaks. 

The Benefits of Living in Austria

While we have supported some of our team members to work from certain European countries, we must mention that raising a family in Austria has benefits. 

One is the Papamonat, where fathers can legally take off a month to care for their newborn. Another is the shared parental leave which can last up to two years. Finally, the nearly-free educational system. We are so lucky to live in such a privileged place!

Our international colleagues highlight how much they appreciate Austria’s safety and the international schools in our major cities. 

Admittedly, there is still room for improvement. For example, there are limited daycare options for kids under 18 months. Still, Austria provides more family support than many countries. 

Stronger Together

Team Spirit is one of our core values. We welcome the new viewpoints and perspectives that parents often provide. And we strive to help each other out. 

That’s why we encourage teamwork within our flexible working environment. We don’t want our staff working from home to be plagued by a guilty conscience. We understand when a colleague must take time off for family emergencies, doctor’s appointments, and other personal needs.

Balancing a career and family is not easy. We use flexible working-hour models, every resource our family-friendly country offers, and create a supportive work environment to make balancing family and work-life easier. 

Do you want to join a team of like-minded individuals? Check out our Careers page for open roles!

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Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) Measures at Runtastic

Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) Measures at Runtastic


Glossary

Desired State of Inclusion (DSI): A metric analyzing three aspects of inclusion at Runtastic. First, it measures how strongly team members feel about belonging to the organization. We collect this data via a pre-defined set of questions sent on a quarterly basis. Second, the increase in number of female employees. Third, how many leaders in our team have an international background.

Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI): This term comes from our adidas headquarters. It describes policies and programs that promote the representation and participation of different groups of individuals, including people of different ages, races and ethnicities, abilities and disabilities, genders, religions, cultures and sexual orientations.

Inclusion Agents: A diverse group of Runtastics who are dedicated to an inclusive work culture. They drive the topic as part of their working hours.

Runtastic has always been proud of its diverse team. Soon after our foundation, team members from all over the world joined us. Since then, we’ve hired anyone who is a great fit, regardless of their sexual orientation or religious beliefs (just to name a few diversity dimensions).

While we continuously strive for improvement, we also realize that it’s an ever-evolving journey. That’s why we decided to define our own Desired State of Inclusion (DSI), which acts as an official company goal. It analyzes how strongly our team members feel that they belong and how well the leadership team meets certain diversity dimensions.

We introduced Inclusion Agents to set up successful initiatives for achieving the DSI.  Our Inclusion Agents are a diverse group of Runtastics who are dedicated to fostering an inclusive work culture. Alongside the Human Relations team, they focus on creating a strong sense of belonging throughout the company by keeping the topic of DEI present in our workplace activities and initiatives. 

Here, two of our Inclusion Agents share what drives them. 

Sushi Says: Inclusion Promotes Communication

 Sushi

“I truly believe this could be influencing our way of working, thinking, communicating, and connecting for the better.”

Sushi, Office Manager

When I first learned that Runtastic was looking for Inclusion Agents, I didn’t entirely understand what exactly the mission was or why I wanted to become an Inclusion Agent. But, I knew that I wanted to be part of encouraging diversity in our workplace. 

Being part of a team that is more aware of Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) has made me motivated to learn more about inclusion. Now, I am ready to do things differently, no matter what it requires. Why? Because I truly believe that diversity positively influences our way of working, thinking, communicating, and connecting.

To this day, I want to understand even more about DEI and learn how to do better. At the beginning, I had the feeling that inclusion wasn’t something that I focused on enough in my career. Then, and now, I want to: 

  • Know how to act more inclusively as a person and as a professional, no matter my professional role.
  • Understand which elements of inclusion are applicable, accessible, and implemented in my work life and space, in all circumstances. 
  • Put myself in a position to think more about being inclusive and rethink the “why’s.” I wanted to get out of a “comfort zone” and spot opportunities to learn from diversity.

The bottom line: as an Inclusion Agent, I’ve learned to be kind to others and myself! I encourage everyone to do the same.

Veronica Says: Diversity Requires More Diversity

 Veronica

“We still need to ask ourselves many questions, and the answers might reveal more challenges than we thought.”

Veronica, Product Manager

Runtastic is possibly the most diverse workplace I’ve ever worked at. That’s exactly why I believe that having a team and company goals dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion is especially important and useful.

Having a wide range of nationalities, languages, religions, and genders is a great basis to build upon. But, it’s not enough to give ourselves a pat on the back and think, “We’re already so diverse! We don’t need to do anything else!”

We still need to ask ourselves many questions about our workplace.The answers might reveal more challenges than we thought. Questions like: does management reflect the variety of perspectives that exist in the greater company? Is our pool of candidates diverse enough? Do we consider all points of view when making decisions that affect everyone? Does everyone get a seat at the table in discussions and are their voices heard? Does everyone understand the importance of working towards being more inclusive and respectful?

I joined the Inclusion Agents because I wanted to do my part in ensuring that such questions are raised and that solutions are found when issues arise. From the beginning, we identified so many topics we wanted to work on that it was hard to decide which to focus on first. When I see how dedicated and passionate the Inclusion Agents are, and how much we all want to keep improving, I am absolutely certain that we will make a difference.

Inclusion Matters When Hiring

Inclusion Agents Aid HR

The Inclusion Agents are also helping the Talent Acquisition team to improve our hiring process by making it even more inclusive.

We receive applications from all over the world. We always remind candidates that you don’t need to be an athlete to join Runtastic.

However, this comment alone does not create a diverse and inclusive hiring process. Our Talent Acquisition (TA) team knows that we need to reflect inward and check our own biases, conscious or unconscious. We participate in on-going training to ensure we are knowledgeable of the challenges and best practices to ensure inclusivity. Our TA team is made up of males and females of different nationalities and backgrounds. We are consistently questioning the impact of our decisions on our candidates and, in turn, our future employees (for example, our interview processes). We are committed to connecting with minority candidates and ensuring our processes are set up in a way that everyone, regardless of their background or situation, can be successful.

We are working toward more positive changes. We can’t wait to welcome an ever more diverse group of Runtastics to our team!
If you’d like to be part of Runtastic’s diverse community, then check out our career page. When you apply, mention that you’d like to become part of our DEI activities! We can’t wait to hear your ideas during the interview process.





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Why do former employees return to Runtastic?

Why do former employees return to Runtastic?


Research has claimed that hiring former employees – or “boomerangs”, as they are called, is not good and companies should avoid it. But we beg to differ. 

“It’s super dangerous to oversimplify complex qualitative matters in HR”, wrote Babsi, our VP of HR & Organizational Development, in our monthly newsletter HR2.

People leave for many different reasons, and this is especially common in the tech industry. We believe that if people want to return, it’s a sign of a great fit between what they believe in and Runtastic — be it what we do, our work environment or how we roll.

To support our approach, we collected some backstories from Runtastics that returned after a period of time, and this is their perspective:

Moni, Human Relations

I realized that whenever I shared where I worked, I did not feel the same pride as I used to when I said “I work for Runtastic”,

Moni, People and Culture Manager

When I originally joined Runtastic in 2015 as the first Talent Scout, I was mainly doing so for the job. Yet, within a few weeks I was completely in love with the team spirit, the internationality, the solution-oriented mindset. And I would have never guessed that I would decide to resign after a little more than three years.

I believe the reasons for me leaving were two-fold: on the one hand I was offered a higher position in a different industry. So, for me, it seemed to be a very pragmatic career choice. On the other hand, I was struggling in my private life so I was discontent with my overall situation. And I believe that I thought changing jobs would make me happy again. 

Now, reflecting on this, I should have known from the beginning: neither am I a pragmatic person (at all!), nor would a job be able to compensate for my private unhappiness. 

So, within a few months in the new job, I knew that I wanted to go back to Runtastic. I missed the mindset, I missed the way we worked, and I missed the team. And I realized that whenever I shared where I worked, I did not feel the same pride as I used to when I said “I work for Runtastic”. Yes, this still gives me the chills. 

So, when I was able to rejoin within a year, I could not have been happier. I was allowed to take on new responsibilities, yet stay within the same team; and loved that I was welcomed back so openly and wholeheartedly. And while the pandemic has taken its toll on our social interactions, I still cannot imagine a place with a better bunch of people. 

Erik, software engineer

“There are many technical things to geek out about that have improved over the last years”,

Erik, Backend Software Engineer

There are two main reasons why I joined back in 2016. As a passionate cyclist, I love riding in the mountains. Austria is obviously a great place to live if you’re into cycling, hiking, climbing or just nature in general. Finding a job there brought me one step closer to doing my hobby in an environment I really enjoy.

The second influencing factor was about working in a domain which matches my personal interests. As a software engineer, you can find a job in many industries. Using my profession to work on products that are “in line” with my hobbies was a strong argument to join the company.

Something that really stood out for me was the professional and supportive environment. It already started before relocating from Germany, by supporting me with my relocation experience, and ended with a productive exit talk which left nobody angry.

Working here was a great learning experience for me, too. While honestly being a bit overwhelmed by the complexity of the system from time to time, there was always someone to reach out and ask for help.

Working remotely was not an option back then, and I had to relocate to my hometown for personal reasons. Going back home, I found a job at a company I was already working for during my studies. The working environment and expectations were quite different since building software wasn’t their main business (construction industry). As the team I joined was newly established, we had the freedom to set up our own processes and choose a suitable tech stack. In this time, my team heavily benefitted from the experiences I gained at Runtastic.

After a while, still having the constraint of not being able to relocate to or near Austria, it was great news to receive a message from a former colleague (or better, a friend), that Runtastic started hiring remote employees. This, combined with my great memories and development opportunities, made me decide to rejoin remotely, and I absolutely don’t regret it!
There are many technical things to geek out about that have improved over the last years, which makes working on our code base even more fun. The remote setup works fine for me, too. I’m really happy that I joined a squad which partly consists of my former Salzburg colleagues.

Tanja, Software Engineer

I was always guaranteed to meet dedicated, innovative and caring team members”,

Tanja, Backend Software Engineer

In 2016, I finished my studies in the field of biomedical informatics and was therefore looking for a job where I could apply the skills I acquired during my time at university. I learned from a friend that Runtastic was hiring for a Data Engineer at that time. 

Although I was a bit skeptical about how well equipped I would be for that position, I decided to join Runtastic and it turned out to be a great match as processing sports data of a large user base for analytical purposes is not that different from processing huge biomedical datasets. 

I really enjoyed working in the data team, there were quite a few new things to learn and I got to collaborate with a lot of talented and passionate people within and outside of the team to provide the best experiences to our users. 

This also gave me the chance to get insights into how other teams and roles at Runtastic are working and I was specifically fascinated by our backend team and how they handled millions of API requests from the apps every day.

When I relocated to another city within Austria after 3 years as a Data Engineer due to personal reasons, I decided to also switch my focus and took on a software engineering role at another company. Back then, Runtastic was starting to enable employees to work remotely, but I had the feeling that wasn’t the right thing for me. As the pandemic hit Austria only a little while later, I had to work from home anyways, and found out that it actually worked out quite well for me. Also, I missed the Runtastic culture — the proactive, diverse and open-minded environment. I was more than happy when I got the chance to rejoin as a Backend Engineer, working remotely from my new home. 

It has been a bit of a bumpy ride since then in terms of a constantly changing team setup, as Runtastic definitely stays true to its agile mindset value, flexibly adapting to new situations and roadmaps. However, no matter which teams I joined or worked together with since then, I was always guaranteed to meet dedicated, innovative and caring team members. I’m grateful that this has and will not change at Runtastic, no matter the circumstances. 

Considering a Change?

Everyone has their own reasons for coming back. And we welcome them as if it were their first time around. That makes our team spirit even stronger.

Have you worked or done an internship with us in the past? Or would you be interested in being a new Runtastic? Check out our career page, there might be something for you. We welcome everyone, and no, you don’t need to be sporty to join the team. 

 





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It’s Okay To … Do Many Things At Runtastic

It’s Okay To … Do Many Things At Runtastic


Onboarding at Runtastic (or probably at every company) can be rather overwhelming at times: loads of information from all kinds of sources and people makes it tricky to keep an overview. And to learn about a company’s culture. 

Inspired by the famous Liz & Mollie, authors of “No Hard Feelings. The Secret Power Of Embracing Emotions At Work”, we decided to provide a little more guidance on the inofficial stuff that is good to know from the very first day: 

  • Things which Runtastics, who have worked here for a while, take for granted
  • Things which are helpful but nobody thinks about actually telling you
  • Things which you eventually find out on accidentally

Crowdsourcing during our Days of New Ideas

Almost every quarter, we dedicate two days to innovation. Well, that’s not true, because we dedicate our daily work to innovation (it is one of our core values after all). However, during our Days of New Ideas – or DONI, as we lovingly call them – we get together and do nothing but innovate. Preferably on topics that are not part of our daily business, with people with whom we don’t work on a regular basis.

So, a while back a diverse group of Runtastics teamed up to create an “It’s Okay List” which we could display in our offices and our online communication platforms. Team members who had recently joined as well as long-term colleagues, a variety of nationalities, professional expertise as well as genders collected a great number of things that we do, but may actually not be aware of.

Runtastic's Okay list

What Is Actually Okay?

After hours of brainstorming and discussing, we realized how many informal rituals we actually have, how many unwritten rules we actually apply on a daily basis, and how many habits are perfectly fine at Runtastic, yet may not be someplace else.

What was particularly fun for us was to see how many different topics arose during the discussions: from feeling okay about making use of our flexi-time (and leaving work at 03:00pm without feeling guilty), about making mistakes, or about not being sporty (we can’t stress enough that you do not have to be sporty to work at a sports company). 

We grouped our findings into the five categories: self-care, collaboration, time management, communication and (home) office life, and are really happy with what we came up.

Runtastic employees

Why This Makes Sense For Your Company Too

So, when scanning through this list, keep in mind that it is certainly not universal, but rather specific to Runtastic. However, this shall not keep you from trying it out at your work, as you most probably also have some rituals that you may not even have been aware of.

Aside from the “It’s Okay” List being a helpful guide for your colleagues, it is also a great way to reflect on what is actually amazing at your workplace. And this is always a good thing to do! 

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How Runtastic Supports My Mental Health

How Runtastic Supports My Mental Health


Mental health, wellbeing and mindfulness have become popular buzzwords in recent times, with many people and companies using these words for Employer Branding and Marketing purposes, however many times there is not much behind it; we all know buzzwords are just words at the end of the day and a thorough understanding of mental health and wellbeing goes way beyond dropping them in from time to time.

In a time where uncertainty has become a daily challenge and each and everyone of us have experienced unprecedented intense stress due to the pandemic and its consequences, mental health and wellbeing needs to be taken seriously and properly understood and, most importantly, supported.

We spend the majority of our days in our working environment, meaning we need to have the support and understanding of our management in order to uphold and maintain positive mental health in our employees. Unfortunately, mental health is not always a priority for companies, and even in those companies who have many of the right measures in place, there are many factors, internal and external, that can result in the declining mental health of employees; either from burnout or a clinical medical reason such as depression or anxiety, for example. This can lead to a sizable percentage of the workforce becoming mentally unwell. 

Data doesn't lie

Data Doesn’t Lie

From a business perspective, it has been proven that prevention is more cost effective than treatment. A recent WHO-led study estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion USD each year in lost productivity. The same study also shows that for every $1 USD put into scaled-up preventative support for common mental disorders, there is a return of $4 USD in improved health and productivity. As they say, data doesn’t lie, so we can clearly see how investing and supporting our employees’ mental health is a benefit to the company but, most importantly, to the health of the employees, as only healthy employees can be engaged, which is a main driver for retention.

My Personal Experience and How Runtastic Supported Me

I am grateful to say I work for a company that supports the mental health and wellbeing of its employees. We are the first to admit we can always improve, but I would not be here writing this blog if it was not for the support of my company… let me explain…

Personal experience

…For the majority of us, 2020 was a tough year and it was no different for me. At the beginning of the pandemic, my mental health took a downward turn and I began to show signs of severe anxiety and depression. For me, the uncertainty of the pandemic was hard to deal with, especially as an expat living away from home. Also the challenge of working from home, changing processes, video call after video call, and having no social interactions was very difficult for me to handle. My wonderful and empathetic leader at the time, Babsi, noticed a change in me and cautiously addressed how I was doing and feeling on a regular basis. After some conversations, I was able to tell her, I am not okay. This was the start of my recovery. My leader guided me through what the company offered to support me during my sickness and also offered her personal tips and tricks to stay healthy. Initially our flexible working hours helped me to work when I could, rather than having to work when I was unable. For me, this was not enough to recover. Babsi advised to talk to our work psychologist, and after some sessions I was advised to seek professional help. Thankfully, in Austria your taxes cover all of your health needs so after a quick chat with my General Practitioner I was referred to a psychotherapist who was able to clinically assist with my recovery.
After some weeks off work to recover, which again was paid leave due to the strong social system in Austria, I was ready to go back to work! But I was still anxious about rejoining. Babsi again advised me I can return slowly with reduced hours in order to ensure my mental health is still the priority.

Being mentally unwell can be very daunting, however, thanks to the incredible support of my leader and my wonderful team, my health was made a priority and I was able to take the time I needed to recover.

Our Team Was a Big Factor in my Recovery

Thankfully, not everyone will need clinical support, and Runtastic has many benefits to preemptively take care of its employees mental health and well being; as mentioned, flexible working hours and working approaches, free gym access to encourage physical care for your mental wellbeing, massages to relax, a parent-first approach, weekly yoga classes, social events (remote when required!) and also the mentioned free access to our work psychologists, just to name a few!

Recovery

For me, another unofficial benefit of Runtastic that helped me a lot was our open-minded team. Being able to talk about my struggles in a nonjudgmental and supportive environment was invaluable and I truly would not have had such a successful recovery if it was not for our Runtastics. To help support our team and to ‘give back’, I have created a Mindful Mulligan article, in our HR2 News Letter, where monthly, I share tips and tricks as well as scientific information about the importance of mental health and wellbeing, in every aspect of our life, not just work. If you would like me to share some of these tips with you, let me know!

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