The American-Bolivian trio made up of AT, Phillip and Patrick paid a visit to our office in Sibiu a couple weeks ago. It’s always great for us to have them here, but what did it feel like for them? Read on to find out!
1. This was not your first visit in Sibiu. However, did you get to do/see anything new?
Patrick: I tried Archery for the 1st time. It is really fun and interesting even though I am more of a danger to myself than the target!
AT: Our New Office :) It was fun to use the scooter from Office to Hotel and back.
2. Phillip, this was your first time in Sibiu. What did you expect to find here and did your expectations match the reality of the place?
Phillip: First visit to Sibiu, I would give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. I came to Sibiu with no expectations or plans to do anything outside of my basic tax compliance work. Without doing any planning, I found myself walking up a mountain and looking at cows and sheep walking through mountain roads. Romania has a lot more livestock than expected.
I was also surprised to find that the cars drove on the correct side of the road and all the cars were oriented correctly. I greatly appreciate countries that have the correct infrastructure. They also let me listen to the finest music Romania had to offer during the team building.
3. How was the experience of working from an office on a different continent?
Patrick: Very nice. The new office building in Sibiu is a great working environment.
AT: It’s always fun to visit Sibiu, we are a small group in Atlanta so it is fun to join the team in Sibiu.
Phillip: Working in the Sibiu office, I give the office 4.5 out of 5 stars. I really liked having a restaurant in the same office building and Romanian food has salami in everything. Even the McDonald’s there have salami in them. It was nice being able to walk to the office and not needing to drive. Also, it was great being able to talk to the rest of finance just by talking to them across the desk instead of sending an email. The bathroom didn’t have paper towels though… could probably have used paper towels.
Also my keyboard was all weird. The shift key on the left hand side was half the normal size and the enter key was smaller than it should have been. It was harder to type using the Logitech K330… I don’t know who designed it. The coffee machine also had an America button which I appreciated.
4. What’s it like to work in a multilingual, multicultural team?
Patrick: It makes for a team of interesting and fun people.
AT: Having a diverse team brings richness to work and ideas. I feel varied experiences enriched our work.
Phillip: Working with the multilingual and multicultural team was pretty good. I give the team 4.5 out of 5 stars. Everyone spoke English so that was good. I didn’t hear anyone eating at their desk or chewing gum so that was also great. The people in each team were very unique and interesting to engage with. It seemed like everyone had an interesting quirk but to list them all here would take too long.