“In Pittsburgh, it’s an easy commute to work, and easy to get to the other parts of the region for restaurants, biking and other sports.”
As an IT analyst at Bayer Business Services, Michael Ockree is focused on web app security and other potential threats to the company’s information systems. But he’s had the opportunity to experience many roles there. “One of the pluses of beginning a career here is that you get to rotate to a new position every six months so you get a feeling for different roles in the company and how it operates.”
Easy access to the outdoors all around the region are important to Michael, and important to Covestro, with its North American headquarters nestled into a wooded area that borders Settlers Cabin Park. “Every employee has a view of the outdoors and the campus has a nice walking trail for lunchtime.”
While he works west of downtown in Robinson Township, and lives north in Cranberry Township, Michael spends a lot of his free time in the city that he’s quite familiar with -- having lived in the Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Bloomfield and Friendship neighborhoods. Michael and his wife, Rachel, appreciate the scenic views of Overlook Hill in Schenley Park, Pitt basketball at the Petersen Events Center in Oakland, and the unique, locally owned restaurants throughout the city.
Spice Island Tea House in Oakland is a favorite. “You don’t expect much when you approach it from the outside, but the food is really good. The Pad Thai is my favorite—it’s not too spicy and has a unique orange color to it.” They also frequent Dave and Andy’s in Oakland for their homemade waffle cones.
He’s also an avid cyclist and often rides the “Jail Trail,” which is part of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail near downtown, or the trails in Graham Park in Cranberry, which is also home to one of his favorite golf courses, Cranberry Highlands. South of the city in Mt. Lebanon, Michael just started in a “Drills and Skills” adult hockey league with a friend.