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"The people here are just fantastic"

SKIDATA gives young qualified people the opportunity to pursue an international career. Vyacheslav is one of them. The Russian engineer has just moved from Moscow to Grödig.

He came in a blue car, 2300 kilometers from Moscow to the SKIDATA headquarters in Grödig. It took him two days. “That wasn't a problem,” says Vyacheslav. This way he could bring all his things with him in his always sparkling Škoda with roof box: Clothes, some household effects, a computer, music system and of course his bike and snowboard. Since April, the Russian engineer has been working at SKIDATA's headquarters in Grödig at Central Technical Support Car Access. “It's great,” says the 30-year-old. 

Vyacheslav is one of about a dozen SKIDATA employees who find a new job in another country within the company every year in order to advance their career. Vyacheslav grew up in Moscow and graduated from the Russian State University of Humanities in Moscow with a Master's degree in Applied Computer Science in the Field of Information. During his studies, he worked in technical support for various Russian companies before becoming self-employed. “Then I got a call from SKIDATA that they would like to meet me,” Vyacheslav says. They quickly agreed. In September 2014, Vyacheslav started his career at SKIDATA in the Car Access division. 

Extensive further development 

“At SKIDATA I have completed many training programs,” says the young systems engineer. And he's been around a lot, all over Russia. "As a key account engineer I worked for the most important customers and had the task of building good relationships. He has put more than 30 parking facilities into operation – from Moscow to Sochi and Ekaterinburg, including facilities in the VTB ice hockey stadium and the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow. “I was always called when there were problems to solve,” reports Vyacheslav. Not only did he constantly improve his own skills, he also passed on his knowledge to other colleagues. “I have a certificate as a SKIDATA Certified Car Access Engineer and also as a SKIDATA Certified Trainer,” says the 30-year-old. 

After four years with SKIDATA, he thought it was time for the next step: “I wanted a new challenge, but in Russia there was no more way for me to grow further.” That's why the HR department suggested that he moves to the headquarters in Austria. Half a year later he arrived in Grödig with his Škoda. “SKIDATA took care of all the documents, all I had to do was sign them,” recalls Vyacheslav. “My only task was to deal with the authorities in Moscow and arrange for the translations. That took a lot of time.” When he arrived in Salzburg, he was able to stay for three months in an accommodation provided by SKIDATA in order to have time to find his own apartment. “With a big kitchen, because I like to cook,” says Vyacheslav. 

A great team

He is glad that he dared to make the change, even though he initially had reservations about how he would manage in Austria without knowledge of German. “In fact, it's not a problem,” he says. “Everyone speaks English and I already understand a little German. The people here are simply fantastic.” He is very enthusiastic about the family atmosphere in the company, which is so very different from the Russian business world. He particularly likes the fact that “I can work with so many highly qualified colleagues here. It really is a great team,” says Vyacheslav.

“The tasty food, the fresh water, the good air and the great landscape – I really like all that here,” he says. "The other day I saw deer, I've never seen so many in my whole life before.” Every weekend Vyacheslav travels to another beautiful place in the Salzburger Land on the recommendation of his colleagues to explore the area with his bicycle. But most of all he is looking forward to the first snow, because before cooking, travelling, taking pictures and cycling snowboarding is his favorite hobby. “And the conditions in Austria are really much better than in Russia”, Vyacheslav is sure. And he already knows where he wants to go first: to the winter sports region Ski amadé – which of course is equipped with SKIDATA technology.