“Immediately I knew I wanted to be part of such a company” says Evgeni.
MY COLLEAGUES REINVIGORATED MY LOVE FOR CODING
I started my journey with ITIDO almost 2 years ago. My current project is for one of the biggest telecoms in Norway and I work with an internal Java-based Nokia system that is used for configuring the project, how data is transformed, received and sent.
However before starting at ITIDO, initially I was treading on the testing side of software development, rather than programming itself. My passion for coding was re-invigorated when I met my colleagues during my interview with ITIDO. I saw a dynamic environment, energetic colleagues, a strong passion for coding and great opportunities for development in multiple projects.
Immediately I knew I wanted to be part of such a company.
MY FIRST DAYS
My experience wasn’t versatile in any sense. I had a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathеmatics and Informatics and I had worked on a few personal projects. But I never really got a good sense for development.
On my first day I was met by helpful, cheerful colleagues. Some of them had a ton of experience, some of them had just started their careers, But what they all shared was their motivation. They had this drive and passion that made me look up to them. That inspired me to strive harder, to achieve more and to continue learning and developing myself further.
At the start I was assigned to one Norway project. They had their own systems, own ways of work, and their own work ethics. For the first week it seemed as if I was piled on by an endless sea of information about everything – the project, the team, the structure. It seemed as though it was never-ending.
However, with the help from my assigned work mentor, I managed to push through. And when I was finally set up and comfortable with the work, the Nordic team organized an onsite team meeting in Oslo. This was a first for me and definitely made me realize how important it was for them to get along as a team and get onboarded as best as possible.
MEETING MY TEAM FROM NORWAY
My expectations were to meet a strictly professional team, with strong work-life boundaries. However, I was positively surprised to meet people who were very similar to my colleagues at ITIDO. They were making witty jokes, trying to make their working day as fun as possible, and trying to help as much as they could if someone needed it. It made me realize we had a lot in common.
In the following days when I was at their office we got down to business, while we had our fair share of laughs, we also had a lot of meetings to discuss the project, how/why/when the new client requests will need to be met and how we can improve our work.
BALANCED APPROACH TO WORK AND A COMMITMENT TO PROFESSIONALISM
One thing I noticed that was similar to the way we conduct our work is how serious they were about the project. Even the newer colleagues took it as though it was their life-long work, trying to figure out ways or methods that need to be incorporated or improved.
The second thing I noticed was their time management skills. All of my colleagues were balancing their time very well, not only in terms of work and meetings, but also in terms of recharging. They all knew the importance of sneaking in a few breaks throughout the day to go grab a coffee and a snack or just chat with your teams.
And finally – having fun outside of work. I was invited to go out with my team and we went to a few local restaurants after office hours. Turns out the team was regularly visiting it. We had a few beers and just got to know each other even more. To this day we are still having our on-site meetings.
Overall, the Nordic culture and ITIDO’s own culture have several compatible aspects, starting with a balanced approach to work, a commitment to professionalism with a touch of humor, and a focus on effective time management.
This and the support from my teams, both locally and from the client, has made me successful in my role so far.
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