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People of Solita: Business Lead AI & Analytics Philipp Schmalen

Philipp Schmalen Business Lead AI & Analytics, Solita

Published 26 May 2023

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Meet our People of Solita. We have over 1600 employees in different locations with different skills and backgrounds – each with a story to share about what they do and what inspires them. This is Philipp, our Business Lead in AI & Analytics at the Copenhagen office. 

I’m enjoying the personal and professional growth journey at Solita

I’ve been working for Solita for a year and a half, and our team has doubled in size. We are a small cozy team, and everyone knows each other quite well, personally and professionally. Our community in Denmark is part of a larger international Solita community. Each community is rather independent, but we collaborate a lot.

Solita feels like a small company, but at the same time, we have the financial security of a big and stable tech company. It means that we have space to learn and grow as professionals instead of obsessing about recognizing revenue from day one. What matters here is that you have skills and that you are willing to grow. I really enjoy this kind of spirit.

A culture that embraces authenticity

Our culture is easy-going and open, and I can speak freely at the office. If I have a problem or a question, I write it in the Slack channel and usually get a response almost immediately. People are always happy to help; we are collaborative throughout different Solita offices and countries.

I generally enjoy the casual vibe at the office, chatting with people at the coffee machine. We also do non-work-related things together. We’ve set up a “Share Point -meeting” at the Danish office, which is a code-name for playing foosball. It’s our strategy to conquer the after-lunch energy dip and get together for a fun activity.

People here are authentic, humble, but very knowledgeable, top professionals in what they do. Yet they are easy-going, giving you a high five at any random moment or making a joke and laughing out loud. We are encouraged to talk about our feelings and be ourselves. We don’t wear masks or play roles.

If you have an idea or initiative, you are welcome to make it happen. Our ideas and creativity are not killed by processes. For example, a colleague said we were missing snacks at the office. She took the initiative to do something about it and voice it out, now we have snacks!

I also like the fact that people here are humble and cooperative. They are not screaming about how great they are but share their knowledge when appropriate and answer any questions they get. It’s not a bragging culture; everyone is valuable, not the one who screams the loudest.

Learning new things every week

My job, in short, is to translate data into decisions. Combining a data-driven approach to people makes my job interesting and creates an impact on the customers.

I personally love connecting with people and communities. If I don’t have the answer to something, I often know who might have; that’s a valuable part of my job. It inspires me to make valuable connections for everyone, helping people to help each other.

I also enjoy learning and personal growth. Something new is always happening in tech, and I love staying on track with new things. There hasn’t been a week where I went home and felt my week was just business as usual. Every week I go home thinking: “Wow, what a week, I learned so much again!”

One of the key things regarding learning is that we collaborate with diverse people from different backgrounds. I learn just by listening and watching other people. I think having this kind of foundation for learning is crucial in the tech world.

Our well-being is a priority at Solita

At Solita, we are also encouraged to take care of ourselves. We have workshop opportunities to reflect on our well-being and better know ourselves. We have coaching services and can book a session anytime if we need support. I want to increase my self-awareness and contribute positively to the community, so it’s good to see that the company puts effort into these things.

I also think that the way we approach work here is healthy. It’s one pillar in the context of life, where we also have other pillars like health and social relationships. Our approach to people is very holistic and our lives are not expected to revolve around work. On top of developing professionally, I’m also growing a lot personally.

We are constantly looking for new colleagues to join our caring community! Take a look at our open positions!

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