Sievo Culture

International life at Sievo

Anna Tapiovaara Oct 30, 2020

We all live in our own social bubbles. The people in mine come from over 30 different countries, converse in English and do business with clients all over the world. I meet people with different backgrounds, and hear multiple languages every day. That’s why it’s sometimes hard for me to remember that not all companies are the same.

Sievo was founded in Finland. But our first customer, Lego, was outside of Finland. The third employee who started at Sievo did not speak Finnish. So pretty much from the beginning, Sievo has been doing international business and employing international talent. Being international internally and externally has just always been a part of our company DNA and we pretty much take it for granted. But it really is not.

Even today, most employers in Finland require Finnish skills from their employees – and this applies to many companies where the official company language is English. Sometimes the task might actually require the person to be able to speak Finnish. But often this is just xenophobia in disguise: Requiring Finnish skills is just used as a convenient way to keep foreigners out of the workplace. This in an area where Finnish employers still have a lot of room for improvement.

To us, being able to hire international talent has always been a competitive advance: It enables us to tap into a lot more potential, than if we just limited ourselves to the small number of people who happen to speak Finnish. Sievonians from around the world are also able to bring new perspective, forcing us to always think outside of Finland when it comes to things like markets, users, technology and media. And it also helps makie sure that we don’t fall into thinking like Finnish engineers – at least all of the time.

But even if hiring international talent makes business sense, it’s not only about that. It’s also about providing equal opportunities to people who are looking for jobs or who want to advance in their careers. And it’s about making our company culture more vivid and diverse. One of the things that gives our company culture its unique flavour, are the people who come from 30 different countries, and are not afraid to be a little goofy around each other.

That’s also what we wanted to celebrate on this video that shows international talent at Sievo.

If you want to join us in a sauna where Finnish is not required, check out our open positions at https://sievo.com/careers.

 

 

What do they really say? 

What did they really say Real translation Sievo subtitles
Namaskaram! Hello! Hello, and welcome to hear how Sievonians from all over the world feel about working at Sievo.
Ah, aquí está! Argentina, el mejor país del mundo. Ah, here! Argentina is the best country in the world! We have 30 different nationalities working here at Sievo
Alla här har tomat på loftet. Everyone here is a bit weird. And everyone is great to work with
Das Runde gehört in das Eckige, so ist es einfach im Fussball. Deswegen gehört zum Schnitzel mit Pommes und auch immer ein Bier. The round thing (= the football) belongs into the cor-ner thingy (Goal), that's how it is with Football. And thus a beer also belong to a Schnitzel with Fries We are really good at transforming and classifying procurement data
Ma olen siin töödanud umbes kaksteist kuud... Vöi tegelikult kolmteist-neliteist kuud.  I've worked here for 12 months.. well 13 actually Our working days really do not lack flavor!
在办公室里,我们一起健身,我们一起讨论,我们分享快乐和烦恼,我们就像一家人  in the office, we do gym together, we discuss together, we share happiness, we are like same family. We have also a lot of diversity, not only men working here.
W Szczebrzeszynie chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie   "In Szczebrzeszyn a beetle buzzes in the reed". Szczebrzeszyn is a name of a town in Poland. In Szczebrzeszyn a beetle buzzes in the reed Umm… ????
This the the greatest company in the world and the people who work here are amazing! This the the greatest company in the world and the people who work here are amazing! It is nice
Rødgrød med fløde Red porridge with cream (impossible throat sounds)
E non importa che tipo di persona sei, basta che ti piaccia la pizza e la mozzarella! It does not matter what kind of a person you are, as long as you like pizaa and mozzarella. It does not matter where you come from, as long as you have talent.
Estas son todas las tortillas que tienes? Is this all the tortillas you have? And is that all that Sievo can offer to employees?
(A lot of benefits we offer in Vietnamese)  *explaining all benefits that sievo has to offer*  Yes.
Ici c'est tous les jours champagne We drink champagne here every day. So ow does that sound, want to join us?
Tulkaa saunaan, perkele! Come to the sauna, damn it! Apply now!
Text at the end Want to know what they really said? Translations at sievo.com/international Want to know what they really said? Translations at sievo.com/internationaltalent

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