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A letter from your future colleague, Gab

July 17, 2018

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Dear future colleague,

Great, you’ve found us! I’m Gabriel, software engineer and make-it-happener at the Reaktor office in Tokyo. We are looking for talent to help grow our Japan office; perhaps that could be you?

I don’t know where you are now. Perhaps you’re working at a big corporation, an IT company or maybe a startup. Perhaps you feel that your work environment doesn’t provide you enough freedom to do what you love. Maybe you haven’t had much fun at work lately. Or you wish you could connect with the global scene and get out of your bubble. You know what? I’ve been there too.

Then, just like you, I found out about Reaktor.

That was a bit over three years ago. Actively looking for jobs in Japan, I received an email from some mailing list about this Nordic company, Reaktor. It didn’t take me long to contact them since it seemed to check all the boxes:

In Japan ✓
Cool people ✓
Cool culture ✓
Cool company ✓
Cool projects ✓
Cool tech ✓
Finnish, sounds cool, ✓

After a couple of interviews, I joined Reaktor on their journey to build a branch office in Japan. And boy, what a ride it’s been. Let me tell you how it started out for me.

My plane landed in Tokyo. It was a typical Japanese summer day – hot and humid. I had been studying Japanese for almost ten years and you can imagine how excited I was, there, on the verge of realizing my dream of working in Japan. Walking around the narrow streets, I found the Reaktor Tokyo office squeezed between two buildings. Behind the door a friendly and tall blond dude warm-heartedly welcomed me.

That was the beginning of the rollercoaster ride.

From there, I’ve had the chance to work with incredibly talented Reaktorians on multiple projects in Tokyo, Osaka, Jakarta and Helsinki. I’ve worked on web apps, mobile apps, cloud infrastructures, robots, and even satellites.

Along the way, my colleagues became my friends. Friends who dare to do things differently; friends passionate about creating beautiful and meaningful digital solutions that have a positive impact on people and businesses. Friends who share a dream of becoming the best in Japan, together. And I get to work with these friends every day. They make up what Reaktor is: a workplace where your opinions matter and your voice is heard. Reaktorians are open-minded and care for each other. It’s the perfect environment for you to share and improve your ideas.

This is a rare place. I hope you look forward to getting to know it the same way I did.

We’ve come a long way since I’ve joined, but there’s still plenty of distance left to cover. The Tokyo branch office is still modestly sized but also full of ambition. It’s an interesting environment where you need to wear different hats, take on multiple roles and face ever-changing challenges. It can be sometimes scary to venture into this kind of a whirlwind. But the good thing is that everyone is there to help and support each other.

Through this journey, I’ve grown to think of Reaktor as a creative company. Every day, our creative people solve new problems – and they do so by staying curious and asking tough questions. Our curiosity drives innovation; it doesn’t happen magically. Here, smart designers and engineers work together to figure out how to make it happen and build high-quality digital services that can adapt and evolve rapidly.

From conducting user research while applying Design Thinking principles to deploying Typescript/React apps to the Cloud through a carefully implemented CI pipeline, building sweet digital solutions requires a wide range of skills. That also means there’s plenty of opportunities to learn new stuff and challenge yourself. Pretty exciting right?

If this whirlwind of ambition sounds like the change you’ve been looking for, we’d love to meet you and find out more about you. You’ll find our open positions here. I’m excited to get to know you!

Your future colleague, Gab

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