Insight from Germany

Summer trainee Mai-Lan Röllig

The secret of success is to understand the point of view of others. Come together is the beginning, stay together is a progress and work together is success.
Das Geheimnis des Erfolges ist, den Standpunkt des anderen zu verstehen.Zusammenkommen ist ein Beginn, zusammenbleiben ist ein Fortschritt, zusammenarbeiten ist ein Erfolg.
-Henry Ford-

Summer trainee Mai-Lan praises her work and colleagues at Pfungstadt

“Helpful colleagues, harmoniously atmosphere and challenging tasks,” sums up summer trainee Mai-Lan Röllig, 28, her experiences at Pfungstadt location in Germany.

Let Mai-Lan tell about her experiences:

“This summer I took the opportunity to complete my internship, a part of my study (Bachelor of Business Administration), at Metso Paper Pfungstadt in Germany. The goal of this course is to transfer the theory of studying, in the practice and of course to collect new practical experience in a company that is acting worldwide.

Particularly important for me in terms of my specialization in the study, are the areas of HR and Controlling.

…to put it in a nutshell, the value of a company depends on its employees and their performance.”

Collegial, friendly and helpful atmosphere

“My superiors at the workplace are Doris Fischer (HR) and Frank Merl (Controlling). I can learn and support them in their daily work.

Pfungstadt has round about 70 employees, which are employed for different areas of Metso Paper. My first impression in the service center was impressive – the very collegial, friendly and helpful atmosphere and the interaction among the employees conspicuous me directly positive.

“My reaction to the Metso philosophy, which includes an employee oriented engagement next to other principles, was very positive. Especially when I noticed that this principle of management would transfer into the practice. Here it is clear that through an extraordinary commitment from Metso, the employee satisfaction is a significant amount of success.

I learned that this employee satisfaction is supported by the different areas of Human Resources (development, care, management, planning) as well as a positive corporate culture.

Particularly in relation to me, I can work every day with friendly and helpful colleagues, who are also willing to share their knowledge with me. In addition my work contents are interesting, challenging and practice-oriented.

THANK YOU for this very useful experience that I could make at the internship.

Furthermore I would recommend each student which has to complete an internship, to choose Metso. The harmoniously atmosphere and the creation of a link with the theory of the study and practice of working life are only two reasons of my recommendation…the other advantages the new trainees have to find out by themselves.”

Mai-Lan Röllig

Internship at Metso Paper Pfungstadt (Germany) at the period of time 15.7.- 30.9.2013

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Autumn Leaves

Soundtrack: Chet Baker & Paul Desmond: Autumn Leaves (from the album Together)

Have you heard about Finnish midsummer when the sun won´t go down at all? Well it´s the opposite during the winter.

Yep. Autumn is coming fast. Here in Finland, at the Northern premises of Europe, days are turning out shorter than they were a month ago. The sun escapes from us earlier day by day and it doesn´t rise as early as it used to.  We are preparing ourselves for the windy autumn which eventually leads us to a long, frosty and snowy winter.  Get your D -vitamin cans ready!

“The Land of Extremes”, that´s what they say about the Finnish seasons. We have approximately three months of summer which (if lucky) can turn out to be warm and sunny time of the year. September is the turning point when we are forced to wear jackets, rubber boots and gloves. Those who adore warmth may even wear long johns.

First the trees are turning their leaves in colors of yellow, red, orange and rust before they drop them all to the ground leaving the trees pale and naked. Birds are abandoning us and they are flying to Gran Canaria for the winter. Some of our pensioners does the same. I don´t blame them: the winter really gets to your bones.

How do you survive such a cold weather, long dark days and chilly mornings knowing that the dawn is 9 am and the dusk 4 pm? I have created a list of things you can do in order to survive from the windy and rainy autumn and “arschkalt” winter:

  1. HOPE. The summer is coming every year. You have to hope that some day there will be warmth again, people are not wearing parka jackets and every freaking lake is not frozen. There will be light!
  2. HOBBY. Autumn is THE best time of the year to start something new. A new hobby keeps your mind fresh and out of the reality what is happening with our weather and nature. If you´re an enthusiastic runner, say hello to a running mat!
  3. GET ENTERTAINED. Stay close to your friends and family and do something entertaining with them. Go to a movie, visit an art exhibition, make food together or just chill out and concentrate on the people and things you love.
  4. TRAVEL. If you just can´t stand the weather in Finland, book a flight by your choosing and make yourself comfortable in somewhere else.

There´s also another way to survive: get used to it and enjoy! Autumn is the time of mushrooms which we have a lot in our beautiful forests. For instance funnel chanterelle is the perfect choice for risotto. And if you´re like me and like running, the Autumn is my favorite time for a long run because the weather is not too hot and not too cold. Occasional rains may occur but hey, it´s just water! When the winter comes it´s time for cross country skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing and ice swimming! It´s just the way how you look at it.

For me the autumn and winter brings tons of cool new experiences and old classics (such as ice swimming). It´s really the time of the year when you can feel how the nature is transforming it´s camouflage and preparing itself to something new. Maybe we should just follow mother nature´s example, update our wardrobe and take a fresh start with something new and exciting.

Jaakko Vuorio

Summer Trainee
Tampere, Finland

PS. This was my last post for the Metso Trainee Blog this summer. I´m continuing my studies at the University of Tampere and starting my Master´s studies in education and social research. Thank you all for reading and have a great autumn!

Out there and elsewhere : Brasil

Last week we read about Ireland, China and Qatar and now it is time to change the direction and go over the Atlantic to Brasil. Juha Yli-Petäys is just coming back from Brasil after working there for 2 years. So next, lets let him tell how he ended up there and how was it…

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I have been working in Metso now over 14 years. My work has included different positions in R&D as well as marketing and now I’m closing 2 years work period carried out in Brasil and moving back to Finland. In Brasil I was part of our local Flow Control sales team. I was still officially part of product line here in Finland but when working in Brasil we created better connection with local sales as well as end users. Target was to increase business with such operational model and I believe we were successful with this. I enjoyed to be there and working environment in Brasil is quite tight but very pleasant. People are very committed and hard working but environment in office is really excellent. We are like one big family and everybody goes to the same direction.

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Picture from the sales meeting where our team was brainstorming the next year activities (me, Samuel, Zoel & Mauricio).

Most of the culture shock was caused by the language. Customers don’t talk that much English which means you should learn Portuguese fast. Also traffic was something that took little while to get used to it. People drive bit aggressive way but when you release your internal ‘Kimi Raikkonen’ free it goes great. Of course weather was more hot than in Finland, but that’s ok. Mainly I was missing from Finland long summer days as well as snow. When now looking back it feel amazing to think how fast two years really realised. Lot of things happen during this period but still it felt like going there yesterday.

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This was the last chapter of Out there and elsewhere trilogy. I am so happy that Anniina and both of Juha’s found time to write here and give us a brief description what is like to work in other part of the world where you are from. At least now I really hope that one day I can find a work which would allow me to travel once in awhile and stay abroad for longer periods of time. I think that is a good way to get known of the local culture and really see something else than only the tourism attaractions.

This will also be my last blog post to Metso summertrainees 2013 blog. Summer went super fast and it is time to pack up my bags and go after the next adventure. I had a great summer at Metso, I learned a lot, I met loads of great people and I really felt I was part of the team. Therefore I hope I will find myself at Metso again someday in the future – has to say it is pretty nice place to work!

Great autumn for everybody and thank you for reading!

Jenni Falck
Summer trainee,
Automation marketing