Putting communication skills to work, strengthening bonds between colleagues, and learning how to think outside the box. These are all characteristics of team building exercises that everyone in the office can benefit from. What are the best team building exercises, you ask? Games!! Games provide an opportunity for employees to come together in a unique way to accomplish a goal. For employees who do not work with each other regularly, they get a chance to learn about each other’s skills and are given the opportunity to bond. There are other people who work with the same individuals on a daily basis, but games allow them to work on something more creative and with no deadlines, a.k.a. less stress! And the best part? They’re actually fun! The Sulzer Squad recently played a game we call “Marshmallow Tower.” We split into four teams and each team had ten pieces of spaghetti, a string, small pieces of tape, and three marshmallows. That’s it! The goal was to create the tallest tower with just these materials. Let’s see how everyone did…
One challenge was that the spaghetti was actually angel hair pasta, and therefore even thinner and harder to keep from breaking! But the biggest challenge was that a whole (and heavy) marshmallow needed to be placed atop the tower for it to qualify. All four teams did a great job of working together as a team and using each others’ strengths to build this structure, but only one team could be on top!
And the winner is…!!
This tower, not unlike the Sulzer Squad itself, has a sturdy foundation and strong bonds, reaching for the sky, and proving to be #1!
Meet Saif, a Junior Application Developer. He started as an intern in June and only two months later, he is our newest full-time employee! Deploying code for use in the real world is what Saif thrives on. He feels accomplished knowing that his work on Dealer Media Technology is being used by dealers in their showrooms and that online users can visit the BMW Motorcycle site and experience the Build Your Own feature. He is also currently working on the HTML version of Digital Sales Desk for use at dealerships nationwide. When he’s not working, Saif likes to cook, play sports and video games, and travel. In 2010, he visited China while learning to speak Mandarin. (We wish Saif a “Shēngrì Kuàilè” as he just celebrated his birthday this weekend!) His favorite part of working at Sulzer is the people and the activities we do together outside of work.
Skype’s new ‘Interviews’ feature lets you test candidates using a real-time code editor
Bundling in an interview testing feature within Skype could speed up the interview process, as subjects won’t have to switch to a different tool to complete the technical screening.
A preview of the first wave of AR apps coming to iPhones
Ikea’s conversational interface prompted people to “scan” the room; The Walking Dead suggested that you “search for a survivor” and Food Network’s app went with a “move around!” badge.
Ford’s Robocar Delivers Pizza in the Name of Science
For the next few weeks, randomly selected Domino’s customers will get the option to have their pie brought over by a modified Ford Fusion Hybrid, complete with the roof mounted whirring “coffee can” sensors and plenty of “research vehicle” stickers.
Meet The 2019 Continental GT: The Car That Sparked Bentley’s Revival Gets A Makeover
Bentley Motors, the storied British luxury car brand, was in danger of landing in the trash heap until Volkswagen AG bought it in 1998 and five years later introduced the world to the sleek and sexy Continental GT coupe.
BMW shows off its all-electric Mini concept
BMW’s been teasing an all-electric Mini (through tests and hybrids) for almost a decade now. Thankfully, the hype machine will roll to a stop in 2019, when the Mini Electric enters production.
9 Tech Podcasts So Addictive, Your Friends Should Start Planning the Intervention
Tech podcasts for If You’re a Diehard Techie, If You Want to Get Your Geek On, If You’re Obsessed With Everything Google, AND MORE!
Meet Lukas Gubo, Application Support Specialist. He started working for Sulzer in the Germany office in August 2014, where he proved his value to the company. When presented with an opportunity that required relocating in 2017, Lukas gladly accepted. He is now in our New Jersey office, building upon a project with international impact. He is gaining greater insight into a variety of projects and a better understanding and connection to our biggest clients. In his down time, Lukas enjoys swimming and bike riding, and has a passion for photography.
Welcome to the first edition of Sulzer Stories! Here you will find our weekly roundup of the top articles related to the tech and automotive industries, client news, and miscellaneous fun articles. Come back every Friday to see what happened during the week. Happy Friday!
Facebook users can now take 360 photos from within the app
Users can now take 360 videos from the Facebook app itself, and upload them instantly for viewing on their Timeline, in albums, or Groups.
Apple Scales Back Its Ambitions for a Self-Driving Car
New York Times
Five people familiar with Apple’s car project, code-named “Titan,” discussed with The New York Times the missteps that led the tech giant to move — at least for now — from creating a self-driving Apple car to creating technology for a car that someone else builds.
Volkswagen will bring you its buzzy next-gen electric bus in 2022
Volkswagen is ready to join the electric car revolution — and it’s doing so with a buzzy refresh of one of its most classic vehicles. The automaker announced that it will make its I.D. Buzz electric Microbus concept a reality by 2022, giving VW fans, EV enthusiasts, and modern day hippies alike a good reason to mark their calendars. The concept was first unveiled earlier this year to much acclaim, as the confluence of old school style and next-gen tech offered a much different take on the fully-electric car in a world filled with Teslas and Chevy Bolts.
BMW Launches World’s Quietest Diesel In The 523d Model
Without doubt, the highlight of the car is its 2.0 liter turbo diesel powerplant that generates 190 hp and a meaty 400 Nm of torque. Teamed up with a smooth shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, the 523d delivers its power effortlessly with mere minor extensions of your right boot, and will jump from zero to 100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds.
BMW Introduces A Zero-Emission Motorcycle Of The Future
The BMW Motorrad Concept Link meets the basic functionality needs, technical architecture and digital reality of today’s drivers. Recently unveiled at the Concorso D’eleganza Villa D’este, the futuristic, zero-emission bike (modeled after the BMW Motoradd Vision Next 100) is both sleek and functional, perfect for the eco-friendly wayfarer.
LCD Soundsystem launches VR experience for new single
LCD Soundsystem, the beloved band that called it quits in 2011 only to come back five years later, has launched a WebVR experience with Google’s Data Arts Team for American Dream song “Tonite.” The experience, called Dance Tonite, is accessible to interact with via HTC VIVE or Oculus Rift, placing the user in a hyper-minimal dance party that echoes 1980s Miami vibes.
Elon Musk’s Boring Co. gets Hawthorne city nod to dig a two-mile test tunnel
Elon Musk’s The Boring Company, which he dreamed up while sitting in traffic in LA because he wanted to go under said traffic, has permission to dig a two-mile test tunnel in Hawthorne, California just outside LA.
Meet Adrien, Junior Application Developer. As he approaches his one year anniversary at Sulzer US, Adrien notes that his biggest accomplishments have been producing the BMWUSA.com Inventory web service and launching used cars on the smart phone web application. He hopes to continue growing as a developer and, in his spare time, traveling more. He spends his time participating in an array of activities: surfing in the summer, snowboarding in the winter, and camping, hiking, and fishing year-round. He also plays the guitar and the piano. Talk about well-rounded! His favorite part about working at Sulzer US is the camaraderie between employees.
My name is Shannon and I am the new Management Assistant at Sulzer US! I’ve been working closely with the HR team and have the pleasure of taking on responsibility of the Sulzer Blog. I’m excited to continue to share content like the Sulzer Squad and to add a new perspective to other fun weekly posts.
I was previously working for the Marketing department at a law firm in NYC. I handled all office management and extensively tracked expenses, which I will also be doing here at Sulzer. Office size is one of the biggest changes so far. (That, and my commute!!). The firm employed a few thousand people, whereas Sulzer is currently less than 30. The smaller dynamic is already proving to be a welcome change. Everyone is approachable and willing to help as I learn all I can about the company. With characteristics of a startup, I will be able to learn much more than what is required of a typical assistant, and grow as an employee and as a person in the process.
I feel like I already have a connection with this blog. It may, in part, be the reason why I landed this job! I’d done my research prior to interviewing, just as any good candidate does, but I looked beyond just what the company does. I checked out the Sulzer blog and saw that the employees spend time together outside of work also, and I mentioned how attracted I was to this in my interview. The purpose of creating the blog was to showcase the work culture and promote the company to the public. It worked. It caught my attention and made me even more interested to work for Sulzer and to be a part of such a professional, yet sociable team.
When I’m not working, I enjoy being active and visiting new places. I’m fortunate to live in an area with many hiking trails and scenic views like the Hudson River (dirty, but beautiful from 500 feet above). My dog, Brandy, is especially fond of these trails!! As fall approaches, I’m looking forward to doing all the traditional day trips like apple picking and hay rides, and going to the US Open tennis tournament and a few more Yankees games, too! And let’s not forget about the start of football season…(Dear Jets, please get better ASAP.)
I look forward to sharing future Sulzer blog posts with you! Stay tuned…!
Meet Evgeny, a Java Developer who has been with the company since October of 2016. He is originally from Russia and worked in Germany for 24 years. Now working at Sulzer US, he has been acclimating to American culture and the workforce. Evgeny is proud of his contributions to the development of the Importer Module for our DSD Application. You can find him running, reading, and writing outside of work, and if you asked him where he preferred to do these activities, he would probably say in Sardinia, Italy, his favorite vacation spot.
I hope all of my readers have enjoyed the content of the company blog these past couple of months and have been following along with each story! From employee introductions to company outings and industry trends, the blog has been a portal for the curious and the investigative. But as the next round of articles pump out in the coming two weeks, you may begin to notice some small, but exciting changes, as I end my authorship and pass it off to my colleague!
So who am I?
Hi! My name is Rachael, I am the HR Intern here at Sulzer US who has been the source of your entertainment and your eyes into this very diverse and exciting company! I am a rising senior at Rutgers University, studying Human Resource Management and Labor Studies (yay for people!). My internship here at Sulzer is my first, and has given me the chance to learn so much about HR! I joined the company back in mid May as the HR Intern in a more generalist role, since I didn’t really know what part of HR I wanted to work in. My goal was to gain a comprehensive, all inclusive, hands on experience within the field so that I could find my niche and run with it – this internship did exactly that for me!
At Sulzer US, it’s real beauty lies within its flexibility. This flexibility can take you wherever you want within the company, giving you the capability to learn and grow exponentially and without limits! With this in mind, I carved and molded my internship into something tangible, focusing mainly on recruiting, and touching marketing, and employee engagement, training, and onboarding. Learning about recruitment in school and then actually recruiting for a company are two separate activities. In school, we learn about the theory behind recruiting, and the process of recruiting, along with all of its little pieces…it’s pretty hum-drum and dry.
But taking that process, and bringing it to life: streamlining processes, implementing systems, and connecting with candidates- of the little pieces and parts that come with the recruiting cycle, along with keeping a goal in mind to ultimately reach, is a whole other story. As a part of my recruiting efforts, I created the company blog to give readers a first hand look inside our company while bringing out the best features of each Sulzer character, to show the online world a little bit more of what we do!
The blog was in the works for a few weeks before we got it off the ground, and it took a lot of brainstorming and testing. Just coming up with the name for the Sulzer Squad took me a few days and a few people! I wanted it to be the perfect representation of our company, and capture every little detail of our personalities. Once the Sulzer Squad series lifted off, other posts came easier.
At first I was working closely with my mentor, Lauren, and eventually let go of her hand and took on the project myself. And now I write this farewell as I reach the last two weeks of my internship and pass on the torch to my new colleague, Shannon. This blog has been a substantial part of my internship and I very much enjoyed promoting the company.
My internship with Sulzer will have an everlasting effect on my life, and not only in my late knowledge of HR, but in the people, my skills, and my overall impression of life after college. I have made relationships with some extraordinary people that do not cease to amaze me each day, both inside of work and out. I have gained and sharpened skills (some I didn’t even know I had) that will make me a better HR person, colleague, and friend. And I no longer have fear of life after college, but instead, a fire of motivation within me.
It is a bittersweet goodbye to leave a company that has worked so closely with me to teach me and guide me. I arrived at this company with a bag of ideas, neatly folded and organized, just waiting for the opportunity to be brought to life. But three months later, I leave with my arms overflowing, cascading, blasting with ideas, about to burst!
I hope all of my readers have enjoyed my work, and this piece which is my final one. But I am happy to pass on this role to Shannon because she will bring rich, original ideas to the blog and continue to live through it in new and exciting ways!
Thank you for being loyal readers and I hope that you will continue to spread the word about us and return back each week to read what’s new!
Meet Anthony, who plays a dual role as Technical Support, as well as our go-to guy for internal support! In his 11 months here at Sulzer, Anthony’s biggest accomplishment has been working with HR to streamline the onboarding process for new employees, ensuring transfer of technical knowledge and that proper equipment is ready upon their arrival! Outdoor activities including heading to the beach are his pastimes during the warm months and he hopes to travel to Italy, Greece, or Spain someday. Anthony has seen the company grow tremendously during his employment here and is excited to see what is to come for Sulzer!