Why Selma chose to work for a smaller company
Selma Palic is one of our finance and controlling consultants. She started her career at PIKON on the first working day of January 2021. She had not yet fully completed her applied economics studies and started working for a company with more than 90k employees. After a few years, she consciously chose to work for a smaller company. We asked her why she made this decision and if she still stands behind it.
Comparing one and other
She was still studying when she started working for a multinational. Like so many recent graduates, she had no idea what was possible with her degree and where she could go. After working there for a little over two years, she thought it was time to look for something else. She wanted to discover which other paths she could walk with her diploma.
In her search for the right job, she found a vacancy at PIKON on a job forum. Coincidentally, she already knew someone who worked for us. So when she applied for the job, she already knew a bit about what she could expect from PIKON as an employer. When she compares PIKON, as a smaller company, with a multinational, there are several things significantly different.
Where there was a hierarchical system in the multinational and the bosses are less easy to reach, this is not the case at all with PIKON. It is absolutely fine to send a simple message and reach out to your boss, she says herself. Colleagues also form a much closer group at PIKON.
Another big difference is in the corporate structure. In a multinational, there is much more structure. Everything goes through pre-established procedures, and the roles of each team are very clearly defined. There is less of this fixed structure at PIKON. Which is both an advantage and a disadvantage, Selma says. If you have an idea, or you want to approach something that’s always been done a certain way differently, you can feel free to suggest and eventually change it at PIKON. This way of working and communicating not only gives the feeling that you have a say in your job content, but it also changes the way you collaborate with your colleagues. In the beginning, this was a bit of adjustment for her, but now she’s used to working this way and notices the advantages of a flat hierarchy.
Looking back at her decision
After a year, she is still happy with her decision. She enjoys the flexibility and freedom that PIKON offers as an employer. She especially finds the possibility to give meaning to her days very positive. “The 9 to 5 regime does not apply within PIKON. If you’re an early riser, no one will stop you from starting at 7 am and, if you’d like to, for example, take a longer lunch break to exercise or go to the supermarket, this is no problem at all.”
Her job as a financial and controlling consultant offers a lot of variety. She has worked on several projects and has specialized in different topics such as RRICB and country-specific legal requirements. What she likes most about her job is that it mainly consists of working in a team and that she is not constantly working alone on separate projects. In the future, she would like to lead such a team of colleagues as a project manager.
Get to know Sifeddine
PIKON regularly recruits people who have just left university to train and onboard them in the SAP world. At the moment, several junior consultants within PIKON Benelux get, and take, the opportunity to start their careers. The three managing partners all started their careers at PIKON and know how difficult it is for juniors to find a good and stable job.
Sifeddine Salhane is one of our functional SAP consultants, who started working at PIKON in 2020. How did he end up at PIKON? What does he actually think of his job? And what plans does he have? We share his story with as much enthusiasm as he has himself.
At the end of his business engineering studies with a focus on supply chain management, a job fair was organized at Hasselt University. He wanted to talk to so many companies that he never got to the PIKON booth. But PIKON had his contact details and contacted him afterwards for a meeting at the office.
When two companies offered him a job at the same time, Sifeddine was faced with a difficult decision. In the end, he consciously chose PIKON because of the atmosphere he experienced during his job interviews.
During his first weeks, a trajectory was mapped out for him based on his own interests and preferences. He was soon included in a project and gained hands-on experience. Looking back on the situation, he still remembers the enormous amount of confidence that PIKON had in him in such a short time. “It gave me a real boost and even more desire to learn new things and help in other customer projects.”
When asked how he feels about working at PIKON, he has nothing but praise. The flat hierarchy that prevails within the company appeals to him enormously and, according to him, also offers him many opportunities. He likes the flexibility in working hours, work location and day-to-day activities that PIKONeers get. But what I find of great importance as well is that PIKON Benelux organizes a sports day every month, where all colleagues come together and do sports activities together.
Sifeddine quickly received the role as the internal project manager of PIKON’s Competence Center for Legal Requirements. He is involved in various customer projects. He analyses customer situations, searches for solutions and implements them. Finally, he gives training and helps the employees who need to be able to work with these new implementations. He finds his job very interesting because there is so much variety. Basically, he does the same kind of work with every client, but it’s always a different situation. It is always a different company, often operating in a different sector, from a different country and with a different corporate culture. In some projects, he works all by himself, but for others, he collaborates with some PIKONeers.
Sifeddine's tip for starters within the SAP consultancy world
“Don’t be scared off by the size of the SAP world. In the beginning, it looks huge and very complex. After a while, this feeling will disappear. Try to learn from your colleagues who are more experienced. But also try to develop your own working methods.
This sector keeps evolving and new tools are created constantly, so stay excited to keep on learning.”
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Elseline tells us what it was like as a trainee at PIKON
Like several other colleagues at PIKON, Elseline Senave started working for us as soon as she left school. After working as a trainee for a while, she is now officially a junior consultant. But how did her training period go? How did she learn the tricks of the trade? And what are her day-to-day tasks? Elseline was happy to answer all of our questions.
During a virtual job fair (during the corona period) at Hasselt University, Elseline deliberately looked for her future employer. With her diploma in Business Informatics (almost) finished, she approached companies active in the IT world. She was quite selective about which companies she wanted to speak to, but fortunately, PIKON was one of them. In the end, she only really applied at one company, the only company she clicked with. during the interview at the job fair. It is probably clear which company that was. Impressed by her motivation and interest in the field, we at PIKON said a resounding yes!
In her first weeks, she quickly discovered that PIKON did not exaggerate the company culture during the job interviews because she soon experienced the flat hierarchy herself. It was very striking to me that the contact with the management team went just as smooth and in the same way as with my closest colleagues. After working for PIKON for a few months, this is still what I find most pleasant about the company.
The training period
There is no real classical training scheme at PIKON. The interests and knowledge of the people themselves are taken into consideration and a personal schedule is made for each new colleague. During Elseline’s training, she got included in customer projects very soon. She mainly attended meetings and observed her colleagues working in the customers’ SAP systems. This way of training gave her an immediate picture of how things work in real life. Another way of learning the job skills was through specific one-on-one trainings she received from colleagues and the management team. She is currently working out complete customer demos and supporting her colleagues with their customer projects.
Elseline has a great interest in researching new topics or innovations. As always, PIKON makes sure personal interests are taken into account during weekly plannings and the division of tasks. In the meantime, she already is an expert in areas that PIKON Benelux has never worked on before. Her research contributes to the company’s perspective to continue to innovate and evolve. When finalising a research topic, she creates a short training to teach her colleagues, that taught her so much the past few months, something new.
A tip from Elseline for recently graduated students
“It is absolutely not a must to know SAP through and through. Through the business knowledge you have obtained at school, you often already have a basic understanding of what it is all about. While working on projects and getting both basic and applied SAP training, you will actually learn how to translate your business knowledge to the SAP system.”