Sulzer Squad

The Sulzer Squad

Lukas Gubo, Application Support Specialist

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.

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Adrien Atallah, Junior Application Developer

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.

A New Face, and Voice

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…!

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Evgeny Skvaznikov, Java Developer

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.

A Writer’s Farewell

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!

Sincerely,
Rachael

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Anthony Rosania, Technical Support

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!

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George Magharious, iOS Developer

Meet George, our main iOS Developer! In his one year with Sulzer US, George has gained a strong foundation in software engineering while working on many projects that require the constant switching of technologies. He is excitedly looking forward to working on the iPerformance iOS app which will go live on Apple’s App Store! When he’s not working hard with us, he enjoys swimming, hiking, photography, and tennis and hopes to travel to South Africa on an exotic safari!

Meet the Interns

So you’re about to graduate college and you’re looking for a job, but no one will hire you unless you have experience. Sound familiar? This is just one of the many reasons why someone would look to acquire an internship, and who wouldn’t when the benefits are endless!  Today, interns do much more than their stereotypical relatives did years ago. It’s no longer just about making copies, pushing papers, or taking the 2:00 coffee order. Interning today is about gaining real life work experience, not only to make your resume stronger, but also to grow and discover yourself as a professional in the workforce. Here at Sulzer US, we recognize the importance of hiring interns, whether they’re already in the workforce, they want some experience abroad, or they’re about to graduate college!

Currently, Sulzer US has three summer  interns who work full time, including a Java Developer, a Mobile/ Front End Developer, and HR!

Our most recent intern is Mobile/ Front End Developer, Saif, who has been at Sulzer US for about three weeks now! Saif is currently working on the Build Your Own Motorcycle site on our website, for which he fixes bugs, develops and implements small features, and tests.

See the team’s work here: //www.sulzer-us.com/solutions/bmw-motorrad-usa-build-your-own/ 

Why did you want to apply here?

Well, as a Software Engineer, I was looking for a place where I’d be able to apply and hone my skills. And Sulzer was looking for someone that fit my profile in terms of background and skill set.

This is my first experience working at a real tech firm. At my last job, I was the only developer – I built and maintained an iOS app distributed to attendees of an annual event. It had an event schedule, maps of the venue, bios of various speakers, and you could chat with other attendees.

But it’s also pretty nice to work at a company that makes its bread and butter developing software. Working on a team with other developers and support staff is nice, because you can build projects with a wider reach and of larger scale, the company usually adopts the best practices in terms of things like code quality, version control, testing, and automation, and it’s nice having other developers around, to learn from, take advice, or ask questions when Google and Stack Overflow have failed you.

I’ve already had the chance to dive into three or four different projects so far, each built on a different tech stack. And some of the projects I’ve worked on here seem more technically advanced and challenging than anything I’ve built on my own in the past. So I’m excited to learn from each of these projects and make my own contributions.

What is your favorite part about working here?

I really like the work environment. The office atmosphere is very laid-back, the dress code relaxed, and the people are very friendly and fun to be around and work with. I also love that we have an office lunch ordered every Friday, and people love to organize activities outside of work, such as hiking, soccer, and barbecues. Finally, it’s hard to beat a 25-minute commute in your own car.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I play a lot of video games. I like to hang out with friends in the area. I like anything involving food or drinks, whether that means making them myself or going out. Recently, I’ve been taking advantage of the summer weather, so I’ve been either hiking, playing soccer, or at the beach the past few weekends.

What’s the best advice you’ve gotten in your time here so far?

“It’s better to take your time, learn, and do something the right way than to just throw things together and hope it works.”

What are your plans for the future?

At the moment, I’m just trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible, experience things, and challenge myself. But one day in the future, I think I’d like to start my own business of some sort.

 

Mark is our Java Developer Intern who has been here for almost 1 month! Currently he is working on a project that handles accessory data for our Build Your Own configuration, doing front-end VDML bug fixes and developing the back and front-end for the Driving Academy web application.

Why did you want to apply here?

I applied because I was interested in expanding my skills and putting them to use towards something I could see as a direct impact.

What is your favorite part about working here?

My favorite part about working here is how many opportunities I have to learn something new and useful!

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I like to bike, go to the gym, hang out with my friends, and of course practice and improve my programming skills on my own.

What’s the best advice you’ve gotten in your time here so far?

“If you want something done right, do it yourself.”

What are your plans for the future?

I’m going to college this summer at Ithaca, and hopefully one day I can start my own company.

 

Our HR intern is Rachael, who has been at Sulzer for almost 2 months! She has taken over recruiting and also maintains company marketing content, including the LinkedIn page. Check us out here: https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/3855573/

Why did you want to apply here?

As a rising senior in college, I wanted to gain some real work experience before heading out into the “real world”, and when I came across the internship opportunity at Sulzer, I thought it was exactly what I was looking for.  I didn’t know exactly which area of HR I wanted to get into, and Sulzer was offering an HR Generalist Internship which was perfect. I wanted to gain experience that will make me well rounded in HR, and to also help me discover an area that I liked best.

What is your favorite part about working here?

I love the culture here. The flexibility allows me to be independent and take on my own responsibilities, while still having my mentor within reach when I need her. In an environment like this, I always have something to work on and my days are never the same! It has also allowed me to form my internship away from the Generalist role and into a more specific recruiting/marketing role, which is exactly what I had hoped to get out of the internship!

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love any activity that gets me outside! Hiking, fishing, snowboarding, hanging by the lake. I also enjoy working out, and at Rutgers University where I’m currently studying, I teach a workout class called BODYPUMP.

What’s the best advice you’ve gotten in your time here so far?

I feel like everyday I’m given amazing advice, especially by my mentor Lauren. But I think the best advice that has stuck with me throughout this internship so far is “Treat everyone fair, not equal”, which I have discovered to be even more important within a career in HR.

What are your plans for the future?

My short term goals include graduating with two amazing degrees from Rutgers in May of 2018, and from there I’m hoping to land an HR Generalist career where I can sharpen and build upon the skills I learned in this internship, as well as my classes.

 

IT Support Engineer, Lukas transferred from Sulzer GmbH in Munich and encourages the “try and decide” work experience that an internship brings. Like an internship, transferring to Sulzer US has brought on new possibilities, experiences, and growth, as well as learning more about our culture and amazing people!

Given the tight labor market, our interns bring tremendous value and they are not only seen as extra help, but equal counterparts to our full time employees. We look forward to expanding our intern program with hands on experience and providing them with an environment to learn!

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Frank Buch, Project Manager

Meet Frank, formerly Start-Up Manager who is progressing to Project Manager. Frank is an original employee of Sulzer GmbH, but is happy to call Sulzer US his home away from home! One of his biggest hobbies is cars, fitting for a career that allows him to work with new technologies and a variety of challenges within the automotive industry. Frank enjoys having the opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment with such a talented, highly engaged team of people.

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Reed Bendian, Support Engineer

Meet Reed, one of our Support Engineers who has been with Sulzer for one and a half years. His favorite part about working here is the variety of tasks and hands on work he is able to do each day. You don’t want to pick a fight with this guy, since boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are his pastimes, along with pursuing his Master’s Degree in Information Technology at Virginia Tech.