Our colleagues and the culture quiz – Software and R&D engineers

Our colleagues and the culture quiz – Software and R&D engineers


You get a great idea to
improve something. How do you make it happen? It always starts with a discussion,
coming together and talking about it. Everyone is always open
to discuss any idea. We got to see a statistic
of how many of the ideas in the end turned out to be failures, it was really funny because they
said ‘the number is not high enough. There need to be more
failures because this means that we are really
exploring enough ideas. And I mean a failure today
can be a success tomorrow. We have a lot of technologies that
they had tested a few years ago and they were like ‘no that doesn’t work’
but 10 years later, it works. We say there is always
a better way of doing things. Explain what it means. Like in production you see someone’s
process and you are like ‘why didn’t you do this?’ People are usually like
‘indeed why don’t I do that?’ There is always a better way. We are constantly
trying out new technologies and see how they could be useful
to improve the productivity. How would you define our culture? Why is a strong company
culture important? Everybody works
for the same mission, we can sit around a table with
people from all different countries and all have the same message. There is also no “hierarchy” let’s say, if the vice president is
in the production line he will come and ask me
like ‘Hey, how’s it going?’ and he would talk to the operators
and he can come to your boss and say anything and that is OK. What is the toughest
part of your work right now? The problem that we are facing
right now is that there are, in fact, too many cool ideas to work on, and it is very hard to
select the best ideas. What is your best advice to
someone who is new in the company? When I started here I thought that
the company was mostly about hardware, like Atlas Copco I did not think
it involved software but then I learnt like software is equally
important here so I get to work with both. I find that it is very important to have
a whole mapping, a helicopter-view really, to understand the whole of
Atlas Copco’s machine ecosystem and know who is doing what and
how they are doing those things. Ask a lot of questions because
people are really approachable here and that is like the core
of working in a team, you share your knowledge
and get better as a team. Okay next one. How can diversity make us stronger? You can learn different cultures, different views just see
that the world is different. Some people are really more
social than other people so they interact a lot with other teams and they make sure that
we communicate a lot. You also have people that are really
focused on the technical part of the job, you need those too. It is like adding spices to the dish.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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