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It’s easy enough to say that you are a great employer. But what matters is simply being it. As soon as you walk through the door, you can feel the difference: We are determined to work hard for each other and to help each other to give of our best. Work takes up too much time for it not to be amazing fun!
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Challenging and complex customer projects demand a lot of you, so it’s great to have a safe home base with an employer that understands you and where everyone is ready and willing to help you. Personal attention is one of the YaWorks core values, and quite rightly so!
Colleagues speak out
Name: Bart de Bruijn
Position: Network Engineer
At YaWorks since: 2015
"So far at YaWorks, I’ve only had projects where I could apply my knowledge and experience, but where there was also a lot of room for development. Including – or especially - in areas in which I previously thought I had a lot of experience. I relish this kind of challenge and take the initiative to seek out the right information. You always learn a lot if you’re not afraid to try out something new. It’s also essential to continually develop your knowledge, because we work in a sector that’s renewing itself all the time.
YaWorks is a club made up of fun, smart people. For me, the colleagues are one of the most important things that attract me to a company. At YaWorks, it’s simply great.”
Name: Kirsten van der Hulst
Position: Sourcing Manager
At YaWorks since: 2014
"I already knew YaWorks before starting work here in 2014. I had the impression of a young, ambitious club where everyone works hard, but also has fun. That turned out to be right, as I’ve found out for myself over the last few years.
No one is the same, and yet everyone feels free to be themselves. We’re all ambitious, with a strong motivation to achieve our shared goals, but it also feels just as much like a group of friends working together. You have the freedom to express your opinions and there’s always room to explore your own ideas.
The work is varied, which means no day is ever the same. As Sourcing Manager, I aim to optimize the processes in collaboration with all departments. That’s the challenge I enjoy taking on every single day.”
Name: Hans Driessens
Position: Network Architect
At YaWorks since: 2016
"As a Network Architect, it’s my job to advise customers on IT and governance. This is not only about structuring processes or optimizations within organizations, but also about collaboration and communication.
The people who work at YaWorks want to make progress, have ideas and develop and share knowledge. I think the last one of those is particularly important – it’s essential in the world of networks. Learning from each other is the best thing there is.
The role of Cluster Manager suits me just perfectly. Cluster Management within YaWorks is completely focused on development. Within your own area of knowledge, you’re given guidance for technical growth in the form of a development plan. This enables everyone to pursue their own paths and perform to the best of their ability.”
Name: John Bos
Position: Field Manager
At YaWorks since: 2017
"I’ve been working as a Field Manager at YaWorks since the summer of 2017. It may sound like a cliché, but I felt at home from day one. Everyone here has the same mindset: we want to work hard and enjoyment at work and trusting each other are essential. Because of that mutual trust, we always act with the best intentions and get the job done together.
As a Field Manager, I’m responsible for supervising and coaching our consultants. We are their first port of call. Mutual trust is essential in this. After all, you’re not only discussing the status of a project, you’re also talking about home. As the Field Manager, you’re there for the employees. It’s your role to ensure that they can do their job as effectively as possible and are happy in their work.
Fortunately, there is enough room for my own development, both professionally and personally. I’m challenged by my colleagues and have the freedom to take on projects that interest me. This helps me to learn more about myself and make even more progress in my development.”
Name: Marit Keetman
Position: Field Manager
At YaWorks since: 2018
“YaWorks is a company that focuses on the individual. It’s an organisation where people work hard and play hard too. I knew YaWorks from my previous job and when I joined the team, I knew right away that I was in the right place.
As a Field Manager, I regularly visit consultants and specialists to discuss projects and personal development plans. I have recently finished a coaching course through YaWorks, which has given me extra tools to use in the meetings I have. The course has also improved my self-knowledge and helped me to understand how I respond to certain situations.
My colleagues are the reason I look forward to going to work every day. In fact, our sense of commitment is what makes YaWorks so special to me. My work is also incredibly varied and that’s something that I really value.
My team and I are determined to achieve YaWorks’ strategic goals, and our annual plans generate some wonderful projects which help me to keep growing and learning. There’s a great atmosphere at YaWorks, and that helps us all stay 100% motivated!”
Name: Bart Smeding
Postion: Network (Automation) Consultant
At YaWorks since: 2014
Working on challenging projects that enable me to achieve great things is important to me.
My current network automation project gives me everything I was looking for and I’m working with the latest technologies. When I face difficult challenges, I first look for the solution myself and can always fall back on the whole team – I’m continually learning. I’m also developing my soft skills at the same time. This is because the management needs to be behind the project and help to change the employees’ mindset. That’s often the biggest challenge.
It’s also good to share ideas with colleagues, especially since you see less of them these days. Alongside work, social activities are organized on a regular basis and we’re still doing some fun things in spite of coronavirus. Although I may work individually, I really do feel part of a team.
YaWorks has a great club of energetic people, and everything’s open for discussion. I certainly feel at home, and the fact that most people are working here for years tells its own story...
Name: Lydell Hofstede
Position: Network Consultant
At YaWorks since: 2016
“I felt at home at YaWorks from my very first working day. It’s because of the informal culture and short lines of communication. There is a flat hierarchy and it’s easy to engage with everyone in the company.
Throughout the year, there are technical knowledge sessions with colleagues and external speakers. Social events are also held – sailing on the YaBoat, celebrating the YaWorks anniversary and taking annual skiing trips. This ensures that there is a good bond between colleagues who don’t see each other often because we’re working for different clients.
As a Network Consultant, I work on major infrastructure projects and upgrades. We build new networks and make sure that employees are always connected.
Alongside my day-to-day work, I also have room for professional development. Innovations are happening one after another at a rapid pace and we need to keep ahead of the game. This is why I am constantly taking training programs and courses that are vital for the future. Even today, we are focusing on the knowledge of tomorrow.”
Name: Maarten Vervoorn
Position: Lead Consultant
At YaWorks since: 2011
“As Lead Consultant, I work on research projects exploring the future of the customer’s network. They’re very intensive projects. We look into the digital strategy, future vision and specific objectives. We then write an extensive advisory report on how the customer should configure the network in the years ahead. I also enjoy sharing that knowledge with other people.
The initiative to organize knowledge session comes from all quarters. The level of engagement at YaWorks is clearly high: there is always a good turnout, which is gratifying to see. Consultants not only come along to gain knowledge, but also to meet up with each other.
That’s why this is such a great place for professional development. With the right drive, energy ambitions, you can become one of the top Dutch consultants at YaWorks!”
Name: Martijn Hartering
Position: Manager Shared Services
At YaWorks since: 2012
“I have the best job in the Netherlands! YaWorks is a fresh, fast-growing and honest organization with talented people who have the ‘YaWorks DNA’. We work openly and transparently. The consultants in the field, the field managers, account managers and head office have short lines of communication with each other. Thanks to the great atmosphere, it feels like one big family. I enjoy what I do so much, that I rarely sit out a day.
The ever-growing back office is also contributing to YaWorks’ overall growth. We continually set ourselves new targets, such as professionalizing administration and optimizing the onboarding process for new YaWorkers. YaWorks is increasing its visibility all the time and that’s something I’m proud of.”
Name: Mark Raats
Position: Wireless Consultant
At YaWorks since: 2017
“As a Wireless Consultant, I work for different customers and at different levels. For example, I was deployed as an operation engineer for a major dairy cooperative, focusing on life-cycle management. In another project, I am part of the project team, working at the level of design and architecture.
I’m also part of the YaWorks Wireless Cluster Team, actively collaborating on product development and knowledge sharing. That’s important, because it enables me to develop as well.
Within my team, I can have my say and if I explain what I want to happen, it’s genuinely taken on board. YaWorks has helped me to specialize further in Wireless. For example, I’m one of the first persons in the Netherlands to be CWNE certified. I’m very proud of that! My ultimate aim is to become an architect and specialize further in wireless security. Thanks to YaWorks, it will come true!”
Name: Fred van der Lip
Position: Technical Network Architect
At YaWorks since: 2020
At YaWorks, everyone is on first name terms, which really appeals to me. There’s genuine interest in each other and in your personal development. The projects are also very wide-ranging; you can end up anywhere – I just love the variety.
In my current project, I also adopt a collaborative approach, providing input on such topics as architecture and automation. My experience and interests are in architecture, network automation and virtualization, so I expect to develop further in that area while also sharing my knowledge.
Customers opt for YaWorks because of the professionalism they know they can expect from us. There are no lightweights at YaWorks, just real specialists. I see my role as architect as coordinating the needs of management and being a good listener in order to ensure that the service provided is the right match for the customer.
In every new project, it’s always a challenge to learn the ropes as fast as possible so that you can quickly start to add value. I feel a real sense of pride when we’ve left behind something that others can build on and that the company can develop further in the future. That’s what collaboration can achieve.
Name: Dave Diependaal
Position: Security Consultant
At YaWorks since: 2013
I work for YaWorks clients as a Security Consultant, and now I’m also a team lead. My work is not only challenging at a technical level but also when it comes to soft skills. You have to get people on board and gain their trust, and to do that, you have to prove yourself first.
I’m also a Cluster Manager for Security. We organise knowledge sessions for our cluster, advise the consultants on what training they need, and help them take the next step in their careers. I also make sure that I never stop improving my own knowledge and qualifications. I see this as confirmation of my expertise, and this is how I’m taking the next step towards Security Architect.
YaWorks is an open organisation and the sense of togetherness within the team is truly unique. The consultants are listened to and our input is really valued. We also work hard to make sure that knowledge is shared, and we have fun social events on a regular basis. When I come to the office, it always feels a bit like coming home.
Name: Vincent Nieuwenburg
Position: Cloud Consultant
At YaWorks since: 2019
YaWorks was always one of the big names in IT consultancy for me. And when I started here, I found a team that lives and breathes technology, with plenty of scope for growth and development, and a company where I can create my own opportunities.
As a Cloud Consultant and Cluster Manager, I spend most of my time advising clients on the opportunities that the Cloud offers, and I’m also involved with trends and development, as well as organizing knowledge sessions and brainstorming with colleagues. I love the variety of my work.
In the next few years, we’ll continue to expand our Cloud services. We are one of the few independent organisations with expertise in Cloud services and traditional data centres, and I’m sure that this will lead to some great projects.
YaWorks is a flat organisation. Everyone knows each other and supports each other. We are professional and extremely flexible. Our employees all make the most of the countless opportunities to grow and develop. Combined with all the amazing projects that we work on, it’s easy to see why YaWorks is such a great team.
How do you plan to develop?
At YaWorks, your development is what matters most. We want you to get the best out of yourself, and we work together to help make that happen. There are all kinds of directions you can take, which path will you choose?