Hi! My name is Nino Garcia, and I started the Graduate Programme as a Business Graduate in September this year. I’m originally from France, and only moved to Denmark because of this job opportunity. As a foreigner in a Danish company, I’ve noticed some interesting differences that I would like to share with you in this blog post.
Many companies talk about intangible benefits and underline their unique work culture when presenting themselves. However, they often fail at providing concrete examples – so what does it mean?
Let´s take an average company in an average country – given my background, France would probably be the best match. During your first days in this company, you would receive some trainings and be given a couple of presentations about the company, its structure, its values, etc. This was very different in William Demant. The main difference I experienced in this regard lies in the importance these presentations are ascribed in William Demant. While in France, such presentations were given by mid-level managers. At William Demant they were given by top management, including the CFO and the CEO. This time investment from the latter conveys a feeling of inclusion and proximity. It also reflects the very flat hierarchy within the company, meaning that all collaborators sit next to each other in open spaces, and everyone will queue at the coffee machine. Not even the CEO has his own office. These simple facts can look commonplace for Danish people, but they are not when coming from abroad.
Making you feel well at work is a characteristic of Danish workplaces and especially of William Demant. Beyond the flat hierarchy I previously mentioned, many facilities are made available to support your well-being at work. The readers who will have the opportunity to enter the William Demant building will see how its architecture makes it very light inside – even if it is (from time to time) dark and rainy outside. During one of the initial presentations, a Vice President even declared that she gets goosebumps every time she enters the building! The contrast is striking when comparing with one of my previous offices, in which fake lights had been installed in underground rooms to imitate natural light… The environment around the William Demant office – which is very green – also contributes to this feeling.
Within the building, many efforts are made to ensure high employee satisfaction. A classic example is the food, from free breakfast in the morning to the excellent lunch. William Demant´s canteen, which has been voted one of the best in Denmark, features a very high-quality all-you-can-eat lunch with more options that you can possibly try, no matter how healthy your appetite. Additional food and drinks are also available all day long. Moreover, the presence of a fully-equipped gym is a nice service to enjoy after work and a great way to socialize with coworkers. Many more options are available – to be discovered once you´ve join the company 😊
Let me know if you have any questions.