My first year at ERNI was an exciting one – and it brought also a lot to look forward to for the years to come.
I started my journey at ERNI (Germany) on the 1st of March 2020. That´s right – just roughly two weeks before the first massive lockdown was imposed in Germany. I cannot lie – a lot of different thoughts went through my mind at that point.
Just two weeks after my first working day I was involved in the offer preparation for two big German Insurance companies. It was a great opportunity for me to be able to start working with colleagues from ERNI (Switzerland) and also to get to know some of the colleagues in ERNI (Germany).
My first impression of ERNI: very open, very transparent, but also very objective and target-oriented.
This first initiative was followed by a very tough phase for me (mentally) – I was sitting all by myself in a big and empty apartment in Mannheim (due to the lockdown and also other circumstances, my family wasn’t with me in Germany at that point) and was wondering what will come next. I’ve tried to stay optimistic, but it was hard. I was physically isolated: reading a lot about ERNI, preparing myself for a first mandate, but also constantly wondering if I am doing enough, what will happen next (short-time work etc.), when am I going to get my first project?
Luckily, my superiors had a plan and adapted quickly to the situation and I was amazed at the way they have dealt and still deal with it. The idea from Jennifer (PUL) to create the ‘Virtual Coffee Break’ (a daily meeting with the colleagues), as well as personal bi-weekly meetings, helped me a lot to socialize with my fellow ERNI colleagues and productively continue with my on-boarding. Also, at this point, we were having a weekly Yammer-update from our CEO, which was great because we knew that the management of the company was prepared for an expected crisis situation and dealt with it the best possible way. Another important thing that made me feel like a part of an ERNI-team was the EDE ALL quarterly Meeting (organized and held by our MD). I was positively surprised about the way this meeting was held. Again, transparency was a key there.
All those measures gave me a different view on the overall situation and I somehow was certain that my first ERNI-project is just around the corner: Soon I took over the role of a PO and proxy-PL of a flagship project for ERNI (Germany) by one of the biggest companies in the MedTech industry. No matter how much experience one has, every single project brings new challenges as well as new opportunities for learning and development. This one was even more challenging: embedded software development, hardware components, superordinate system level, nearshore remote-team etc. A lot to coordinate, the necessity to quickly switch from high to low-level coordination, and a lot to take into consideration – exciting!
A big ‘Thank you!’ for this opportunity to Jennifer and Martin and many thanks as well to Sebastian Wirmann for the smooth handover and the help overall.
While the last couple of months were very intense and I was occupied with project work I started to miss a bit the ERNI environment and now more than ever I have the wish to also contribute to the development of ERNI (Germany) through internal projects. There is plenty to be done: we nearly doubled the number of employees during the past year, we added two more locations with Berlin and Schorndorf and we are constantly developing new areas of work, which create possibilities for every one of us. I now have also the chance to be a Götti (the swiss term for being a mentor for newjoiners) and as Sebastian Maurer (my former Götti) joked: “…they (meaning me) are growing up so fast…” Hence, last year I needed a Götti to settle in, and one year later, I am helping others to have a smooth start at ERNI.
However, what is next? I am really looking forward to the coming year: finalization of the project, new mandate, more internal involvement, new PU-structure, personal development at ERNI, training & education, team events, visiting other ERNI locations worldwide – It’s definitely not going to be boring! Exciting!