Kathrin Laimer never thought that she would ever move abroad. She studied E-Business Management & Management at the IMC University of Applied Sciences in Krems and took up the opportunity in her fourth semester to spend three months’ work experience at Doka in the USA in New Jersey and Florida, and then at Doka Canada in Calgary. It was long enough to know that she would apply for a job at Doka after finishing her studies.
“When I was a child, I never envisaged leaving Austria. But after a brilliant spell of work experience at Doka USA, I recognised that it was just the right thing for me. A great team, an interesting job, an opportunity to live near to one of the best cities (NY), getting to know new people and discovering the world. At the moment, I haven’t got a definite plan but I do know one thing: I would like to have an interesting job and grow with Doka.”
When she left university, Kathrin Laimer started work as an Inventory Analyst at Doka USA in 2018. During this time she shared responsibility for movements of materials from the distribution centre to various branches and supported her colleagues in Operations at the branches in the course of their day-to-day work and during training courses.
When new software was introduced, she became one of the program experts and, in addition to material supply, she was also responsible for training colleagues. She described one of her great successes to date as the development of a concept that made movements of material within the company in the USA more efficient. After returning to the headquarters in Amstetten, she noticed after a year that she had left her heart in the USA. Since June 2022, she is again working as a Branch Support Specialist for the USA National Operations Team.
As part of the Umdasch Group, we at Doka aim to not only be economically successful, but also fulfill our ecological and social responsibilities as well as our responsibility as an employer. Therefore, we regularly set impulses within and outside our company and drive international initiatives that make our common working and living environment more sustainable.
The Doka Yard Manager Daniel Laszlo Gyenese started his Doka career in Hungary and since then has already become familiar with many of our sites. His first move was to Calgary, Canada. Later he relocated to Dubai as Assistant Yard Operations Manager, before returning to Hungary as Operations Manager Country. But that was not permanent, because Singapore soon came calling. Since then, he has been responsible for Operations in Singapore and Malaysia.
What does he like about it? The challenges it gives him and the opportunity to develop his knowledge in the Operations field. What is he? A true “Doka man”. And, in this role, he values working with people with different cultural backgrounds, different perspectives and another language.
“Moving home is always emotional. You leave a bit of yourself behind but you also have the opportunity to gain much more.”
“The most important achievement is that it is now easier to “sell” Doka’s aims and standards to colleagues.” My recipe for success? Never say no.”
He had never asked the question of whether it is pleasant but rather whether it is necessary. Harald Huber definitely has a positive view of moving home, because he makes use of every change to gain impressions and experiences. He finds life in a country with a tropical climate exciting. Also, he likes the fact that nothing can be taken for granted. Neulandt’s production here started exclusively with unskilled workers and production was only managed by Ivoirians. Untrained people can also work in production by dispensing with automation. What drives Harald Huber? To give everything to see the success of the Neulandt project on the market.
We wish everyone continued success!
“You need to have been somewhere else to understand why and how it is different.”“I think that personal suitability and satisfaction with your own work is more important than to live somewhere unwillingly for a few years.“
The cutting-edge powder-coating system has been in operation near the Amstetten headquarters since 2021. What can such a system achieve? Every single step of production can be optimised for sustainability, using the latest robot technology, digitalisation, automation and state-of-the-art technology. It protects the environment and people.