Stories of our 10 employees that have been at the longest

Posted on 11/05/2022, Aleksandra Wojewoda

Meet the 10 employees that have been at the longest: read their stories and find out their funniest, scariest and craziest memories at

Martin Ratolistka

Starting date: November 1, 2013
First role at Web Copywriter
Current role at VP Product – Booking Fulfillment

Throughout my time at, I’ve been changing my scope and area of responsibilities literally every year. I joined part-time as a copywriter, later on, we were starting our BizDev team and I was securing the first airline deals. Then I was starting the Data & Automation team, which later on has been split between Data Acquisition, Ancillaries, and Booking Fulfillment. Finally, I started the CS Systems team as well. Lots of stuff we have built from scratch!

My most memorable moment with

There are plenty of moments I will never forget, especially our beginnings in the Business Development area which was a non-stop rollercoaster ride. For example, once we were in a hurry for an important meeting with EasyJet in London and we missed the evening flight from Vienna (operated by EasyJet by the way). We had to take a night bus to Bratislava to fly with Ryanair to London at 3:00 AM. After arriving in London, we were running late for the train to the city center, then we took a cab to the wrong place (the former headquarters of EasyJet), finally, we arrived five minutes before the meeting, after eleven hours of non-stop travel! And there are more stories like this from our business trips to the U.S., Indonesia, Colombia, Iceland, and Singapore… but for that, we would need more time!

Why am I still with

What I love about is that despite all the difficulties we went through together during the past months and years, still, the majority of the great people I work with are passionate about what they do and still believe in the great future of our company, working every day to make travel better for all our customers.

Pavel Řezníček

Starting date: December 21, 2013
First role at PHP Backend Developer
Current role at Senior Product Manager

My previous employer put me in touch with Oliver, our CEO in 2013. I was asked to build Admin for – an internal back-office solution for easy management of affiliates, airlines, and automats. I prepared a prototype, but I received feedback the solution must be done in Python. I had no experience with this language at the time, so I thought that would be the end of the collaboration. After several emails, we decided to revolutionise the industry through Apps Script and I joined as a full-time PHP developer, hired some other folks to the PHP team, became a Technical Team Leader, and built our own internal messaging solution. What we missed most was the Product Manager, I volunteered for that role and switched from the Engineering line to Product. Today, as the Lead Product Manager, I try to keep the domain as agile as possible and generate high engagement of our customers with the platform.

My most memorable moment with 

It was the day we rebranded Skypicker to My role in this project was to change our transactional emails into teal colour with a new logo and to create a user interface for our brand configuration. On the big day, all the developers and others involved were in the office, waiting for a signal, hovering their fingers over their release button. The signal was given and the release began simultaneously on all fronts. Within minutes, Skypicker became and it was something amazing. We lost Picky, but we proved that we can do great things in an extremely short time.

Why am I still with

The ability to grow professionally and personally in an environment with a healthy balance between the start-up approach and the practices of large organisations. Knowing that with the support of the great team, I can change things, materialise great ideas and visions, makes me want to be part of team.

Petra Vaškových

Starting date: January 1, 2014
First role at Marketing and Product Manager
Current role at Chief of Staff for Product

When I got to there were only a few people on the team. Soon I started to look after our product and some basic processes for our growing team. My role and scope have been changing over time, and at the time we decided our organisation and business is big enough to introduce Senior Management, I became Chief Product Officer. The last change in my role was last year when we decided to invest more into our B2C growth and we realised that bringing onboard CPO with richer experience in this area could move our company miles ahead. I’m still fully dedicated and in love with our product and our company, and in my new role as Chief of Staff for Product, I’m looking forward to all new challenges to come!

Why am I still with

Our team and culture, new challenges, and plenty of learning opportunities. And of course our product!

Ondřej Ekl

Starting date: June 19, 2014
First role at Order Processing Agent (Booker / Backoffice Agent back then)
Current role at Senior Vendor Manager

I found the offer for a back-office agent position and took it as a side-job during my studies. After a few months, I was one of the 2 people who started refunding customers. Then I created a predecessor of the Claims team, then joined Finance for a year, then returned to Claims as Operations Manager, and finally, in March this year I moved to Vendor Management.

Why am I still with

That’s easy. has always been a place with lots of great people and I have met many of my best friends here. It’s an honor to work with them and so many moments will stay in my heart forever. Not to mention the opportunity has given me to grow professionally.

Martin Tomešek

Starting date: June 29, 2014
First role at Booking Agent
Current role at Product Manager

My journey started a few years ago as a Booking Agent. With time, I became a Team Manager and was sharing experience and knowledge with my colleagues. Currently, I am working as a Product Manager in the Search team.

Why am I still with

Love and loyalty.

Tomáš Varga

Starting date: July 1, 2014
First role at Junior Developer
Current role at Senior Software Engineer

In the beginning, I was told that I should get familiar with the search backend part of our codebase, and I was going to work on it. After a few years, I started to work in the booking backend team. Then I work somewhere in the middle of the search and booking teams. Finally, I ended up in the search team, and I’m here today – the circle has closed. 🙂

Why am I still with

I like my job and all the great people I am working with. When you are surrounded by good people inside your team, then solving everyday challenges is easier and even more entertaining. Then, it’s also about the future and what we can and will achieve as a company.

Michal Mašta

Starting date: August 1, 2014
First role at Booking Agent
Current role at Senior Operations Manager

My journey with started at my friend’s barbecue party where I was approached by a friend of a friend who asked if I would like to join the company. Since then, it’s been a hell of a ride. I started as a Booking Agent, processing reservations and providing support to our customers. Then I became Team Leader, and shortly after, Assisting Manager within the back-office department. Back then I was doing pretty much everything: recruitment, workforce management, payroll, drafting first processes, helping to shape our internal systems, managing people both in Brno as well as in our first vendor sites. Eventually, I became Senior Operations Manager responsible for the entire Order Processing team which is more than 500 employees globally.

Why am I still with has become an important part of my life. Most of my close friends are also my colleagues and I love the “kiwi spirit” as such!

Michal Knazsky

Starting date: April 9, 2015
First role at Python developer
Current role at Engineering Manager

Skypicker was still quite small when I joined. I was the 2nd member of the Booking backend team. Three years later, we had over 20 engineers and it became clear we needed to split and form specialised teams. I was offered to form a CS Systems team, and after a while, suddenly I’m managing a tribe of 65 members. Despite the high-paced environment, I liked that everything was happening naturally and the company together with the whole crew was continuously evolving, while being able to create and sustain our great culture.

My most memorable moment with

It was definitely my first week. I was invited by JK, our co-founder to visit the Skypicker office just to see if I would be interested in joining. I wasn’t really planning to change jobs, but as I lived very close to the office, I decided to go. And I entered a completely different world compared to companies I had worked for before. The friendly startup atmosphere was just amazing. I spent the whole day there, meeting people, seeing dogs running around, I did some coding and went for a beer in the evening. I did the same thing the next day and after a week, we agreed I would join full time.

Why am I still with

The main reason to be part of is definitely the people. A good team fit was always an important condition when hiring and thanks to that we still have almost a family-like atmosphere and a lot of good friendships, and people are very caring and engaged.

Vladimír Alfery

Starting date: April 14, 2015
First role at Data and Automation Developer (I guess)
Current role at Head of Data Acquisition

I started as Data and Automation Developer, and with time, I became responsible for the data-acquisition domain, managing three people. Within seven years, we scaled up our data-acquisition tribe to 23 of the best people in the world, formally split into three chapters.

Why am I still with

Definitely people and the possibility of moving things to the next level.

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