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What exactly do you do at Tieto, Lukáš?
In my position, as a project manager for Customer Experience, I am responsible for projects and providing teams with support, so that we are able to deliver high-quality solutions to our customers. I started at Tieto as an intern, a Business Intelligence Specialist, in 2012 while finishing my bachelor’s. I have tried several positions since then, but in short - before starting with projects, I had always worked with data, from data integration to statistical analysis.
What do you enjoy most about your job at Tieto?
I enjoy working with people I can learn from. There is always the possibility to meet somebody interesting at Tieto. I like looking for opportunities for business development and bringing in interesting work to the people around me.
What do you do at Tieto, Matěj?
When I first started at Tieto, I worked for several clients. Then a project that my team did not have time for arrived and I stepped in. Currently, I work in the Business Intelligence Department. I am responsible for managing one of the biggest Finnish financial groups servers. I am also in charge of a project that deals with transactions, for example. Since the start of my journey at Tieto, I have dealt with set up, pre-installation tasks and security. I am also responsible for communication among teams so that installations, ordered by our clients, run smoothly.
You were awarded Employee of the Month. How did you achieve that?
I have no idea how that happened. A lot of people in my team work at 100%. I am now working in a new environment in which progress is easily visible and I have been given free rein. I was nominated because someone noticed that and the clients were happy, I guess.
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From Silicon Valley to Ostrava…. How could it be that an American IT expert ends up in Ostrava, Byron?
I had travelled to the Czech Republic a lot in the last 10 years and I fell in love with the local lifestyle, culture and people. Although it is very different from what I was used to in the States, I believe it was the best choice I could make.
Since you’ve worked in Silicon Valley, can you compare the biggest differences, professionally and culturally, between Silicon Valley companies and Tieto?
Lifestyles are obviously very different. Although both locations guarantee work-life balance. It’s not a given in the States, generally. TietoEVRY stands out in this respect. It provides IT professionals with challenging and satisfying work but also lets them catch their breath after a long day and gives them a chance to relax. You can rest in one of the many common rooms in the building or go out on a terrace for some fresh air. But it is not just about the environment, a big plus is the possibility to just switch off from work from time to time.
What was your first position? And what was your first project?
I started at Tieto as a developer in the forest industry and my first project was an enterprise information system WPS for saws. It is still being used today. Come to think of it, I have been involved in the Forest & Paper Industry my whole professional life.
You took part in a training programme abroad when you first started. What was it like?
It was a traineeship in Tampere, in the summer of 2004. It served as initial training when I started with the Forest Industry project and it was in the form of learning as you go. That means you pack up your bags, arrive in a place where you do not know anybody, get an assignment which is due in two weeks and then the next one and then the next. It was the best training ever. Apart from that, I was astonished by a cleaning lady´s level of English which far outstrips an Ostrava University graduate´s English. I have great admiration for the Finnish education system.
In your opinion, how has Tieto changed in the last ten years?
Well, there are a lot more of us now, almost two thousand more than ten years ago. The company has evolved and is still evolving. The last two years were especially positive I believe. There has been much advancement in the possibility to be more easily involved in the way things will be run in the future. I hope we will not squander this opportunity.
Do not waste time commuting! Rather spend it enjoying the things you love most. Whether it’s doing sports or having a beer, that’s up to you. There are a million better things to do than commute