He does not want to be a tool of a company, he wants to be part of the family. ‘If you can feel this way within a company, you automatically feel well.’ And to be sure, Michal is part of the family. He tells you all about his job and his team.
What did you do before you started working at EASI?
As a System Engineer at AUSY, I mainly worked on internal projects. This suited me fine, I was quite free to choose the way in which I wanted to solve the problem. It also involved some configuration activities, for example for new offices, or new laptops, as well as looking at rights, security and reporting.
Later I was assigned a project at KBC, where I was mainly deployed as an Application Engineer. That work was predominantly focused on incident management. You could compared it to some kind of ‘hotline’ or helpdesk, but without the client contacts. My task was to perform the analyses of the problems.
How did you end up at EASI?
After my project at KBC I discovered that I wanted more in terms of contents. I wanted a job with a more commercial side to it, involving more analysis and some development. Via Bojan (Kohut) I finally ended up with you guys. From the very start I was sympathetic to the organisation and the business, but the choice of a job was difficult for me. That is why I applied spontaneously and put my hybrid profile in the picture.
Some time later I was invited to a meeting with Jorn (Verleysen). After the interview I could talk with a manager right away, but that interview only made me very curious as I did not know yet for what job I had actually applied. In that interview it turned out that everything I had been looking for comes together in my current position of Business Consultant. Not only development, but also the commercial aspect as well as the analyses. It seemed too good to be true. I cancelled all other job applications after that interview.
How long have you been working at EASI?
Meanwhile I have been here for six months and time flies! I got an awesome reception and I am a member of a very nice team. Although I have been working for six years now, it is always exciting to start somewhere new. Particularly because I will be working with quite different Google and Office platforms here. You will have go through some kind of rookie training in that case, and of course, you want to prove yourself. It is good to see that colleagues can be quite supportive then.
What does a working day look like for you?
I work for two products in particular: SmartShare and SmartSales. That means that I look at the needs of our clients, their problems or what they lack and what solutions I can propose.
So there is an analytic side to it: mapping out the whole thing, processing everything, outlining it, formulating solutions and proposing them to the client by means of a visual presentation. I like it that it is typical of EASI that they help their clients. We put ourselves in the client’s shoes and really get a chance to think along with them from their perspective – as if we were actually working in their business.
For SmartSales I can follow up the entire process from A to Z myself. The fact that I receive proper guidance from my coach, makes it easier for me to be sure of myself.
Globally speaking, this means for SmartSales that the analysis, the client contacts, the design phase, the implementation, following up on the budget and time management as well as aftercare are in my hands. Besides, it is pleasant for clients to work with one single point of contact (SPOC).
Are you happy here?
Absolutely! I think it’s the combination of factors that make me happy. The wonderful atmosphere, a good team, a challenging job, a coach who responds to you.
But happiness can also be found in little things, in the fact that, as a vegan, I have a top-quality panini machine at my disposal here to grill my vegetables in the afternoon. In the fact that you can completely be yourself and your colleagues go along with your crazy idea to ‘plank’ in the office for a minute or so every now and then. There is a sort of open mentality here that suits me very well.
I don’t want to be a tool or a means for a company, no, I would like to be a building block, part of the family. You can become a shareholder after having worked here for two years, and you can feel it. There really is a sort of tie that ensures that you are motivated to achieve things together.
Moreover, EASI pampers its employees. From fruit to soup to big and small events. They really want you to feel their recognition for your work. For example, I have already been invited to the Kick-Off once. We were allowed to take our partner to this big business party to celebrate the start of the year, stay the night, and the DJ playing at the party was Kid Noize, a DJ for whom you normally go to a festival. The sense of “wow” is never far away.
What is your advice for someone who also wants to come to work here as a business consultant?
Dare to challenge yourself. I have already noticed that my colleagues at EASI are among the most complete profiles in the market. They all have knowledge of development, project management, people management skills. And investments are made in you, too.
Who wants to be rewarded for hard work can certainly find what he wants at EASI. The opportunities for growth are real and the company responds strongly to where you want to go as an employee.
Oh, and if you are not sure what you want to do, just send a spontaneous application. Dare to send such an unsolicited job application with your cv. There is bound to be a position in which you can do your thing.