Amidst all the buzz around the global pandemic, this year has been a great success for birkle IT. In spring, the company celebrated a five-year milestone. And recognition for providing a positive employee experience, birkle IT received a Great Place to Work certificate. Growth is integral for the business, “the employees are the biggest strength, and this has never changed over the years,” says Sascha Martic, HR Manager for birkle IT Germany.
Since 1992, Great Place to Work has reviewed over 100 million companies’ cultures. As a worldwide recognition for leadership and employee engagement, the survey seeks out what makes a company trustworthy. The importance of providing a positive experience for its employees continues to grow as birkle IT reached 100 employees a few months ago. Therefore, participating in the survey was a natural step in gaining recognition as a trustworthy, stable employer.
“Receiving this certificate means gaining external recognition as a great place to work and improve our opportunity to select the best talents”, states Sascha Martic. The insight from the Great Place to Work survey gave us the chance to evaluate the status quo of employee satisfaction by pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of birkle IT as an employer. “We are happy that we observed some interesting ´pain points´ or ´areas for improvement´. This helps us to develop further as a great place to work on our strengths and to keep them strong,” says Martic.
The team is “a living diversity”, also something the management is proud of, shares Martic. The people in the company represent different cultures, gender, religions – all adding value to the teamwork, for which both colleagues and customers benefit. Currently, the company has offices in Munich, Berlin, Tallinn and most recently in Vilnius. Three specialists in two offices shared insights into everyday perks and what makes birkle IT a great place for them.
“It never gets boring, as the projects are quite diverse. The one thing that really stands out is the teamwork, which makes the project even more enjoyable,” says Matevz, originally from Slovenia. He joined birkle IT team in Munich three years ago, and currently, he works as a Machine Learning Engineer on a healthcare project in Munich. “The success of our customers is also our success.”
Sergei, a software developer working in Tallinn, values working with people from other countries and relocation opportunities. He works with an international team for a global logistics project and values a flexible work setup. “Also, I like the transparency. It is much better at the moment than it used to be; you can always have information about upcoming projects.”
Sirli, a marketing specialist in Tallinn, cherishes the variety birkle IT offers in every possible sense. Flexibility and the opportunity to be involved in projects where development is inevitable stand out as keywords. “For sure, we value teamwork, innovation, honesty, and taking care of our own, but I think there are some additional unique gems that we have to bring out to the daylight.” And should birkle IT decide to get a company mascot, she will vote for Minions.
Today birkle IT employs 100 + employees across Europe. With a startup mindset, healthy finances and international recognition as a Great Place to Work badge under its belt, “The only way to keep this process going is to grow continuously,” says Martic.