The best insights into a company invariably come from those who know it well and have personal experience of it. We have around 21,200 employees worldwide, and we have asked some of them to describe what it's like to work at Festo. You can read more about the careers and activities of people who could soon be your colleagues on the following pages.
“5 years, 10 years, 20 years... this company must have something special or mysterious that makes people want to stay for so long.” - When I recalled my first participation in the department meeting 3 years ago after joining Festo.
My major is Automotive Application Engineering, but I did not choose technical jobs such as quality monitoring in automakers and spare parts factories like most of my university classmates did. Instead, I chose an application engineer position with wider scope of communication and higher requirements on comprehensive skills.
At first, I was a newcomer and unfamiliar with the products. I tried my best to learn, but being too shy to ask for help. I read and look for information and focus just on the problem, without actively communicating with the customers or leaders.
My communication skill is what I believe to have made the most progress. As an application engineer, I need to know as much as possible about customer demands, filter effective information, and provide on-site solutions. In the meantime, voices of doubt inevitably rise. “As an application engineer, you need to be patient instead of playing tough, and you must communicate well on the spot.” This is one of my experiences.
I graduated from university and officially joined Festo on June 1, 2011, after that, my position changed frequently during these years at Festo.
From Regional Sales Engineer, Key Account Manager, to LBC Manager in Beijing, and then to Strategic Sales Manager of Region North. This means that my responsibilities would change almost every other year.
I think myself a lucky person. Festo was a company with few changes before 2012, but ever since then Festo began to undergo unprecedented reforms in response to market changes. To be more accurate, instead of simply adapting to the market, Festo is like a new company that has just been established for six years. With the privilege of participating in such changes, I have been growing fast and achieving a lot.
When I recalled my first day at Festo on June 25, 2012, I noted that curiosity and perplexity were the major feelings that occupied my mind: How come people here are like trees, once rooted never left?
Festo has given the respect and trust to the employees, which magically generates a kind of incentive for us to work hard. The vibe creates very positive cycle. On one hand, employees gain experiences and grow through the variety of opportunities and trust what company offers. On the other hand, as one keeps making progress through the exposure to new tasks, the company is likely to be encouraged to bestow more room for individuals to play their potential.
As someone who has benefited from such a positive cycle, I growed up from a front-desk staff who inputs orders day by day to an executive who leads a team of 27 people.
What Festo has impressed and taught me is that you don't give orders for your people to follow. Instead, you spend little more time communicating with your people and let them understand the reasons behind every decision made. It appears to cost more, but the results, especially long-term ones, are more encouraging.
I have worked for Festo since 2006 April.
I am presently responsible for purchasing in Festo Taiwan.
We all know that the world economy situation is always changing, and it also affects all of us in Festo.
Despite the impact, Festo still offers us a convenient working environment, in which we have good communication among all departments, and sufficient welfare to meet the satisfaction of all employees.
It’s my honor to be a member of Festo family, and I believe Festo can provide high-quality and competitive products to customers to win more market-share.