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Luis

Luis

Title: Professional Services Developer, Technical Consulting

How did you start working at Teleopti? A friend and former colleague of mine that works at Teleopti recommended me to take the opportunity to join and as soon as there was an open position that suited my skills, I applied!

Best thing about working at Teleopti?  People, People and People. The atmosphere is amazing, you immediately feel as a part of the team and you can interact with anyone next to coffee machine. I also like that everyone is so competent, you can really focus on your task and know that your colleagues do the same.

What do you like about Teleopti’s Stockholm office? The office is well located from my home and I can go by bike if the weather allows. Also, I love the numbers of Fika that we have, there is always something sweet to eat with your coffee and it’s great to share that moment with a colleague.

When are you the happiest? The smallest things make me happy, being with my family, travelling or having a beer with friends. If I would choose a specific moment, I would say taking a walk on the beach with my wife.

What do you do when you are not at work? Having 2 kids (4 & 1 years old) doesn’t give you much flexibility to choose activities in your free time. I love spending time with them at Tekniska Museet and meeting with friends. I also try to find time to practice some sports like running, football or padel. In general, I´m a family guy.

Name three hobbies of yours – Sports, both practicing and watching. – Carnaval of Cadiz. This is something you can’t understand unless you are born in Cadiz! – Sleep. I’m happy after a nap or a good night’s sleep. These moments are rare, as I mentioned I have two kids..

Name three things still left on your bucket list. – Running a marathon – Extended backpacking trip to South-America with no booking done in advance – See a football game between Hammarby and Cadiz in the Champions League Final (Well, Cadiz playing against Djugården or AIK also works).

What gadget do you wish existed? A prawn peeler. I love prawns and seafood, but it´s so much work to peel them.

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Robin

Robin

Title: Technical Lead, based in Strängnäs

At Teleopti since: August 2007

How did you start working at Teleopti?

I moved from Stockholm to Strängnäs, and began commuting to work. But by chance I found an ad for a company looking for developers.
Without mentioning the possibility to work in Strängnäs, I noticed they had an office in town at least.
And with my previous experience of working with payroll, time reporting and ERP systems I felt that it was a good fit for my career.

What’s the best thing about working at Teleopti?

I like the long term thinking within the company. We rarely make a quick thing for short term benefits. As an employee I also like the freedom, both regarding working hours, and what I can do to make the company a bigger success.

What do you like about Teleopti’s Strängnäs office?

The proximity to my home, as I live in Strängnäs things get really easy when you have the kids in preschool just around the block.
But the nice thing with Teleopti is that we never have far to go to our HQ in Stockholm to feel the pulse and talk to colleagues in other departments.

When are you the happiest?

During winter, primarily when skiing somewhere in the sunny slopes.

What do you do when you are not at work?

I try to have quite a lot of days skiing. But most of the time is spent with family logistics and house work.

Name three things still left on your bucket list.

I don’t really have a bucket list. But I would like to own a cabin somewhere in the Swedish mountains and adding solar cells to our house. Travelling wise, it would be really fun to bike between some Champagne vineyards.
Something me and my wife have talked about doing when the kids are old enough to refuse to go on family vacations.

What gadget do you wish existed?

I’ve been looking forward to the release of Effie (https://helloeffie.com). But it seems to take time to get it to work… Ironing clothes is not my favourite task, and it would be really nice to automate that part.

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Hongli

Hongli

Title: Senior Developer

At Teleopti since: March 2017

How did you start working at Teleopti?

I had worked in GuangZhou for seven years, and I felt bored and wanted to move to another city to try new things. One day I got a call from a recruiter who was helping Teleopti find a web developer. I was interested in TDD and Agile, and Teleopti have them both. In addition, Teleopti is an international company, and joining a global team was interesting to me. So I took the chance and got the job! Lucky me!

What’s the best thing about working at Teleopti?

  • I appreciate that I can take time to find better ways to do my work. Teleopti really cares about the code quality and there is respect for all ideas.
  • All teleoptimists are sweet. Every workday when I come to the office, their smiles are like sunshine so I can have a good mood even on rainy days. And if I need help, I just ask for it and I will get answers quickly, no matter in which country or office they are working.
  • I feel equal to everyone else and I can be myself.

What do you like about Teleopti’s Shenzhen office?

  • There is coffee and fresh fruit. To have a nice coffee is a sweet start of the workday, and the fruit give me lots of energy when I’m hungry.
  • Three great teams. We are not only working closely but we also have a lot of fun when we share interesting things and try new restaurants/karaoke places/bars together. We are not only colleagues, we are friends.

When are you the happiest?

  • Finding a good restaurant to try different types of food.
  • Travelling to beautiful places.
  • Solving a difficult tech problem and learning new things from it.

What do you do when you are not at work?

On workdays, if I don’t go out with friends, usually I just turn on my computer to watch videos including tech videos, movies, funny short videos from different websites.
On weekends/holidays, then I can do many things. Like watching movie at the cinema or going on a short travel or cook good food (I am not good at cooking, but my boyfriend is a fan of cooking).

Name three things still left on your bucket list.

  • Hiking in the desert for a week
  • Diving to see the underwater world
  • Learning to paint

What gadget do you wish existed?

A smart robot. I need it to help me do the things that I don’t like to do, so that I can spend my time on doing fun things. If it can talk, it also can be a good friend.

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Martin

Martin

Title: Director of Technical Consulting

At Teleopti since: 2005 as an independent consultant, 2017 as an employee

How did you start working at Teleopti?

I started as a consultant and was asked to help as an Integration Developer where I focused on payroll and HR integrations. From day one I felt that I was a vital part of the team – even though I worked remotely for a number of years – and also that my input was important and that I could have an impact. I still have that same feeling even though we as a company have grown considerably since I first set my foot in the office.

Best thing about working at Teleopti.

I am very proud of our diversity and our collaboration. To have colleagues and teams in different time zones that collaborates daily is an awesome feeling. When I was an independent consultant, I worked for a number of different customers and I can honestly say that the way Teleopti involves employees on all levels and in all capacities is way different from anything else I have seen. When help is needed, it is never far away and everyone is always committed to help and find a solution to a challenge.

When are you the happiest?

On weekends when I am skiing in the Rocky Mountains with my family. On weekdays at work, when I manage to solve that Gordian knot and everything just works out!

What do you do when you are not at work?

Spending time with my family – wife and two kids. A perfect day includes mountain biking, hiking or skiing in the mountains. I love travelling and see Malaysia as my home away from home.


Name three things still left on your bucket list.

Get a PPL (Private Pilot License)
Cykelvasan
Touring the Caribbean

What gadget do you wish existed?

Jetpack! (Yes, I know it exists, but not available for everyone, and I WANT ONE)

Do you celebrate the inofficial National Day of Småland?

Of course – “Fössta tossdan i mass” (First Thursday in March) is almost a public holiday in my book!

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Oskar

Oskar

Title: Developer

At Teleopti since: Aug 2015

How did you start working at Teleopti?

I was studying my last year at KTH and was looking for a master project when I found an opportunity at the R&D (Research and Development) section at Teleopti. When my project was done I joined the International Trainee Program for 15 months and now I am back at R&D.

Best thing about working at Teleopti.

One of the things I appreciate the most about Teleopti is that it is an open-minded company. Whether you have been working at the company for 15 years or just a few months, new ideas are always welcomed. From day one I have truly felt that my colleagues value my opinions and that I have been a part of the team. Teleopti also gives you the opportunity to challenge yourself and go outside your comfort zone. Within my two years at Teleopti I have already experienced the combination of two very different working roles. In my first role I spent almost every week visiting customers and now I’m working as a developer.

When are you the happiest?

I feel the happiest after accomplishing a good result and achieving my goals after a long time of hard work.

What do you do when you are not at work?

I am a physically active person who loves to try out new sports and activities. For example, I have been spending a lot of time at the golf court lately. Beyond sports, me and my girlfriend love cooking nice dinners and try out new restaurants.

Name three hobbies of yours.

As mentioned above, golf is a new hobby of mine. I also love traveling and exploring new places. If these travels include activities such as surfing, skiing or scuba diving, I am more than pleased. Football is also a hobby that I have. I don’t play myself any longer but I love to watch my favorite team play here in Stockholm.

Name three things still left on your bucket list.

Sky-diving
Safari in Africa
Scuba diving in Sipadan Islands, Malaysia¬¬

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose?

Teleportation. Imaging being able to go to any country or city you like, whenever you want, without wasting any time.

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Maria

Maria

Title: Testing Engineer

At Teleopti since: Aug 2016

How did you start working at Teleopti?

I was on parental leave and just randomly scrolling on one of the recruiting mobile app while I came across an opening for the testing engineer. It was after a day or so I received an email from Lina (my Current Manager). In evening when I told my husband about applying in this company he reminded me that I had been applying here when I was new in Sweden (4 years ago,). Checking on the email backlogs I realized he was very right. But this time I made sure they hire me.

Best thing about working at Teleopti.

There is a long list for this one. Being a new mom my priority was my son. I must acknowledge here that not only Teleopti has helped me in becoming a better Testing engineer but also be a good SANE mother to a toddler by being so flexible with the working hours. The diverse environment and the English mode of communication is also one of the comforting factors for me to work here. High level of respect and acceptance for religious beliefs is an example of it. Despite having a non-Swedish environment, we also have the weekly Swedish lunches where all the non-Swedish speaking like me can try to work on our Swedish skills. The opportunity for me to work single handedly or to be part of a team simultaneously is so critical for a person like me who gets easily bored. So it is a WIN-WIN situation for me for all the different aspects of my life.

When are you the happiest?

Watching my kid trying to speak English, Swedish and Urdu all at the same time. I am also the happiest when I am with my parents and siblings in my home town. Exploring new places with my beloved one also makes me the happiest. And when my cooking experiments turn out successful. Being a neat freak of course having things neat and clean makes me at the top of the world as well(weird I know ).

What do you do when you are not at work?

Spending time with my son and husband, cycling, Facetiming with my family, capturing my baby’s Precious moments.

Name three hobbies of yours.

I love to ride around the city. I usually take my son on early Saturday morning rides to the downtown while the city is still asleep. It’s the best feeling ever.
Dining out. Back in my home town I was notorious for trying out every new eating out place even before it got famous. I am still exploring the cuisines in Stockholm though.
Retail Therapy but with the plants. Air plants are my obsessions now day

Name three things still left on your bucket list.

Riding a Heavy Bike
Sky diving
Learning Swedish

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose?

It would be travel time. I want to relive my childhood again with my loved ones. And also, I would have liked to be a generation born in 50s and raised in 60s in Pakistan. Life was so much simpler. Best of art ,music and fashion was back then I believe.

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Anders

Anders

Title: Full stack developer, based in Gävle

At Teleopti since: May 2017

How did you start working at Teleopti?

I was asked if I would be interested by a former colleague of mine who is now my boss 😊
At first, I thought it was some telemarketing firm that called but I soon realized it was much more interesting.

Best thing about working at Teleopti.

The colleagues! If I need help with some problem I can just throw out a question on our Slack and get help in minutes. A Very nice feeling when you’re not yet familiar with the product etc.

When are you the happiest?

I am happiest when I feel I’ve done something meaningful. At work, it can be when we have solved some difficult tasks together. Aside from work, it’s when I have fun with the grandchildren (yes I have two of those) and when I’m out in the bushes with my camera.

What do you do when you are not at work?

I photograph a lot, landscapes and portraits. I drive off to somewhere, preferably some new place and wander about seeking compositions. Aside from that my wife and I have an old house that we like to renovate and a garden that needs some care and attention.

Name three hobbies of yours.

Photography, as mentioned, is my major hobby. I like to make stuff with my hands, mostly something in or around the house.
One other thing me and my wife likes to do is take the car and drive off to random locations, just exploring the country.

Name three things still left on your bucket list.

I would like to travel to some places to take landscape photos, Iceland and Norway are high on that, rather long, list.
I would love to go by helicopter through the Grand Canyon and see the redwood trees in California.
I would like to try an electric supercar like the Rimac Concept One 🙂

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose?

Fly like Superman, without any help from any gadgets would be very nice. Not sure what the authorities would say if I flew around taking pictures though.

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Ben

Ben

Title: Customer Lifecycle Manager

At Teleopti since: August 2015

How did you start working at Teleopti?

I was working for a Teleopti partner since 2008, originally supporting Teleopti on the ServiceDesk, then installing and training customers and then supporting the sales team as a Pre-sales consultant. I had a great relationship with the Teleopti team and when I heard about the opportunity to join the UK team I was confident it was the right decision to come and work for a great company.

Best thing about working at Teleopti.

I enjoy the support that I get from everyone else in Teleopti, from all departments. This support, the freedom and trust that I have in my working life and the fact that we have a great product and focus on customer satisfaction are the best things about working for Teleopti.

When are you the happiest?

When I am relaxing in a sunny place with friends and family.

What do you do when you are not at work?

Spend time with family, work on projects around the house in the garden or the garage.

Name three hobbies of yours.

Football
DIY
Motorcycles

Name three things still left on your bucket list.

Visit the Caribbean
Compete in an international sailing race
Build a house

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose?

The ability to fly

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Cassie

Cassie

Title: Project Manager / WFM Consultant

At Teleopti since: August 2015

How did you start working at Teleopti?

I previously worked as a project manager in the healthcare industry, and my love of the outdoors as well as the possibility to be closer to family led me to relocate to Denver. I knew I wanted to stay in the software project management world, so when I saw Teleopti on The Ladders (a job site) I was immediately drawn to the job description and more importantly the description of an open and positive company culture. Fast forward a few interviews later and I am heading to Stockholm for training.

Best thing about working at Teleopti.

All of the colleagues I get to collaborate with. I have daily communication with people all around the globe who are supportive, knowledgeable, adventurous spirits and committed to creating both a great place to work and happy customers. I also realized quickly how passionate people are at Teleopti, and it is totally contagious – in the times where we are working 100% on an issue I always notice the feeling of closeness and even the more stressful times are a fun problem solving experience.

When are you the happiest?

Experiencing new places, foods, activities. The anticipation of a plane landing in a new destination where you are not 100% sure what to expect is one of my favorite feelings.

What do you do when you are not at work?

Living in Denver, CO where you get four seasons full of activities I spend a lot of time outdoors. Hiking, reading, hanging out in Wash park playing volleyball, or having a craft beer on a patio. I apparently wasn’t quite ready to give up my mediocre talents as an athlete, so I’ve joined quite a few intramural leagues including kickball, softball, dodgeball. Let’s just say our talents have led to many spirit awards, not so many Wins. 🙂

Name three hobbies of yours.

Cheering on Nebraska Huskers football (GO BIG RED), Skiing, and road tripping/camping through the national parks

Name three things still left on your bucket list.

Travel to Japan (looking at you, Olympics 2020), adopt a puppy, multi-day raft trip down the grand canyon

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose?

Teleportation – As you may have noticed by my above answers, I really enjoy traveling to new places. Getting to transport to these on a whim would be fantastic.

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Daniela

Daniela

Title: Project Manager / WFM Consultant

At Teleopti since: August 2015

How did you start working at Teleopti?

I started as a trainee in the International Trainee Program. Fresh out of school and eager to learn it all!

Best thing about working at Teleopti.
The fact that it’s a young growing company, which makes it agile, exciting while still keeping a family feeling. Things keep moving and evolving and you feel you’re a key part of that process. You know your colleagues across departments and countries personally and you can easily work on quick solutions to complex problems together. This combined with the fact that we are in the Premiere League of WFM solutions, which makes us deal with big global and exciting partners and customers daily. Add to that the travelling I do in my role, and you get a job which never gets boring, which will give you a global perspective and pushes you to learn and become better every day.

When are you the happiest?

When I come back home and meet my loved ones after a long period away. Plus I have the luxury of having two homes to go back to: My native Argentina, and my adopted Sweden 🙂

What do you do when you are not at work?

After work I usually chill with my beloved husband and cook good food while we watch one of our favorite shows on TV. We are trying to squeeze in some gym time in this evening routine.

Name three hobbies of yours.

– Shopping in all its forms – furniture, clothes, even boring stuff such as car spare parts. I enjoy the feeling of searching and finding the best solution for a need
– Video games – especially oldies like Monkey Island
– Cross-country skiing – on TV and trying to master it myself. Ultimate goal: Being the first Argentinean girl to complete Tjejvasan.

Name three things still left on your bucket list.
– Visiting the Pyramids in Egypt
– Overcoming my fear of skiing downhill
– Getting my driver’s license

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose?

Controlling time, definitely. Fast forward, rewind, slow motion, pause. Imagine all the possibilities 🙂 No other superpower beats that.

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