The change was very significant, it felt completely different from working in Russia. In many German companies, as Mike observes, the technical stack is simpler. An engineer isn't expected to know so many technologies and be able to do so many tasks, as in Russia. That's why German employers are gladly hiring developers from CIS countries.
On the other hand, Mike was able to bring in innovations. He introduced some technologies he used in Russia and taught his teammates to work with them. Mike's experience is valuable to FinLeap, as well as the innovative ideas he suggests.
The developer believes that Germany is a better country to grow professionally because of mentality. Also, he finds the work-life balance in Germany slightly better than in Russia, plus the overall comfort of everyday life is higher. Mike is happy with his choice. He recommends everyone who considers relocation to put doubts aside.