“It’s not just the product that is innovative, but the company itself”
Anastasia is an Intergiro veteran, now working as a Data Analyst.
How long have you been at Intergiro?
That’s a bit of a tricky question because I’ve been at Intergiro from before it was officially called Intergiro, back when it was under a different name. But I would say that my story starts in 2018, plus or minus a couple of months. So in total I’ve been involved with Intergiro for around four years.
You’ve had several roles since joining Intergiro. Can you tell me a bit about your career development here?
I started as a Business Analyst, which is a slightly different role. You work with business requirements, product development - like how to build something new, and where, and what exactly. And then after analysis and deliberation, you describe what should be done. That was my very first role here.
Because we as a company are changing all the time, my role has changed as well, and about a year ago, I shifted to Product Analyst. It was similar to my previous role, but with some pluses. For example, I did some team manager things, like more collaborations, more planning, more communication between team members. And now, about two months ago, I was offered to become a Data Analyst. Since then I’ve just been learning how it all works, and how to be useful in this position.
Can you share a bit about your background?
Sure! I studied finance management in university. After graduation, I worked for a private but quite big and profitable bank. I worked as ‘Process and Project Manager’, which is an unusual role, but it meant I worked a lot with managers and with bank initiatives and new processes. You should understand that this was a classical bank, not similar to how Intergiro works.
While working, I realised that I needed to change something in my career because it started being a bit boring for me, so I decided to look for new opportunities. In my home country the IT sector is quite popular, as it’s both profitable and dynamic, so I moved to a company as a junior business analyst. And there, I met the Intergiro members, who later offered me a role in their company.
I sometimes joke that I left the bank to work in the IT field, in a totally new project, and now here I am, again working in a bank! This is probably my road in my career.
Can you briefly describe your current role?
So as a Data Analyst, obviously I work with data. I analyse, prepare, and visualise the data for colleagues, those who will use this data to make decisions. And because this role is new for me, I would say that right now I’m mainly a researcher. I’m the person who knows a bit about the business and the product, and now I’ve started doing a lot of analysis to try and find the most meaningful facts in our data.
What does an average day at work look like for you?
I'm not a person who likes to wake up very early - I wish I was, but I am not - so working with team members in different time zones is very convenient for me because I can start working at 10, while those in other offices start earlier in their day.
I start by checking updates on my Slack. I will usually have a couple of meetings during the day, in addition to the tasks and activities assigned to me. I’ll individually plan what I’ll do that day, and it’s really very flexible. I would say maybe 50% of my time I do the individual work, like some analysis and research, but the remaining 50% is time when I communicate through Slack or at meetings.
What are your favourite aspects of your role?
I like that I have this balance, this harmony that half the time I work alone and the other part of the time I just communicate. Here you are part of a big community. It’s cool to be a part of something bigger while at the same time being able to be alone and focus, and work on something useful.
I also enjoy how our projects have a definite start and end. You plan and have a goal, and you work closely with your team. I like when something has a concrete end, and then you have the opportunity to start something new.
With feature developments, this project style, you always have a start and an end. This means you get to do different jobs. Even though it might be using the same techniques and tools, you’re still doing something new. You communicate with new people, you build something new, and it’s never boring.
And of working for Intergiro?
I like that it’s really very flexible. You can feel this freedom in the company. You know, a job is a big part of your life, and I don’t like limitations, I don’t like the 8-5 - that’s a big reason why I left my previous job. Here you feel the freedom and the flexibility. And as I’m quite a responsible person, I like having the work be results-driven. It’s not “you have to work at this or this time”, no, that’s not what matters here. You should instead show some results and demonstrate your value to the company.
I think that Intergiro allows us to have this freedom and flexibility, while also offering a very transparent environment. You can always ask questions, even directly to a top manager. To be honest, we don’t have these strict labels on roles.
What motivates you to work at Intergiro and keep up the good work here? Where do you find inspiration?
I would say it’s the people around me who motivate me. They’re always coming up with new projects and ideas. It seems like it never stops, there’s always new ideas and new goals!
I recall now that at my last performance review, I was also asked what I liked about Intergiro. And I remember I answered that I like that we always have something new, even within the organisation. And I mentioned some roles - people and communications roles, for example - that I had never heard about before. But here, there’s always something new that becomes part of our lives. It’s really cool. When you hear that some new roles and processes exist, they’re not theoretical, they’re actually in place here at our company. And it really feels like we work at a modern, innovative company. It’s not an old, ‘non-transformed’ company. It’s not just the product that is innovative, but the company itself.