Shortly ago we read an article about the challenges of building up multicultural teams. That very same day, Leydis Aponte, a Venezuelan member from our recruiting team showed great enthusiasm to retell how intive-FDV has become a meeting point for different cultures which melt giving way to a great community.
It’s been a while already since Latin Americans have been joining intive-FDV and we even have a member from Asia. A diverse group made up by Venezuelans from different places (Caracas, Mérida, Charallave, Puerto La Cruz, Los Teques) and others coming from Colombia, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Brazil, Bolivia and China to build this rainbow of intiveFDVian nationalities.
Full Stack Developers, Frontenders, Backenders, QA, DevOps, recruiters and a receptionist have contributed to different areas with feedback and new viewpoints, from customs that are now here to enrich ways of thinking and to challenge conventions and ultimately to grow all together.
We are talking about growing up
Juan Pereira talked about growing, a 25-year-old Venezuelan that, in his own words, came to the country to evolve as a person and professionally. He also used the same term Cristina Cortés had, a Colombian Agile Coach who decided to stay in intive-FDV because “there’s always this coherence factor in what they say, think and do, making a great place to work and grow in.” To see her daughter grow up in a better place, stated Josmer Delgado, who decided to relocate to our country from Venezuela. Something similar expressed Jhonny Gil, also Venezuelan, pointing out that learning has always been a key factor, “I was given the chance to work with cool and modern technologies such as ReactUS. The Frontend team is always trying to keep up-to-date and suggesting new technologies.”
Regarding intive-FDV, outsiders talk about the “charisma” factor in our offices, where the playful element is always there. They speak about the effort that is perceived from the integration of foreigners to the Argentine community. They also value the autonomy of employees, the possibility of decision-making and the spaces to contribute. “I know that if at some point someone has an idea to put forward, s/he will be listened to and the idea will be taken, it runs in the company”, affirms Leydis, who has just arrived to the country.
“It’s not easy to take up a new job and especially in a country with a different culture. I would have liked my first job to be in intiive-FDV, admits José Sanchez, Caracas, Venezuela.
“It wasn’t at random. I visited Buenos Aires 7 years ago and fell in love with the city. I saw it well organized and with a homey environment. That’s why, and because of the situation Venezuela is going through, when I started thinking where to settle down for a while I didn’t hesitate to choose Buenos Aires.” Leyda Aponte, Mérida, Venezuela.
“In intive-FDV we are kind of a family and, whenever possible, we share. Integration is promoted, on sweet Fridays or in activities such as World Beer, which allow us to know each other regardless of the department we work for. In intive-FDV we understand that learning is part of our job.” Johnny Gil, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela.
“I would speak of an openness of spirit towards the world. This is a society founded by immigrants and with a tendency to shut itself, though. However, it has now started opening its eyes gradually.” Carlos Moncada, Caracas, Venezuela.
“There is a reciprocal interest about diverse cultures and customs that make us feel more comfortable when expressing ourselves or performing, also making the adaptation process easier.” Stephanie Patiño, Los Teques, Venezuela.
“intive-FDV is a company that genuinely believes that things can be done in a better way if we all participate, because they care about people and their well-being without neglecting the business, growth and profit objectives.” Cristina Cortés, Bucaramanga, Colombia.
What Leydis got to say
Some came to study, such as Andrey Justo (Brazil) or running away from tough scenarios, others to follow their partners, and others, such as Rodolfo Cordero (Costa Rica) to “have a different view of the world”. In intive-FDV there is room for everybody, this is what Leydis wanted to say.
Growing is understanding that embracing our differences and making everyone feel a part is simply the next step towards the expansion of our opportunities and overcoming the boundaries limiting us.
With time, we understood that the diversity of views helps us create better products. The opportunity we have is to integrate more cultures, more religions and more people in a scalable way. It is a challenge we undertook firstly in April this year, when we decided to join the group intive and become global. As Cerati says: “to grow is to let loose, is to say goodbye”. Goodbye to all those conventions and structures, goodbye to limits on maps, goodbye to what we used to be and welcome what we are now.
Rodolfo and Stephanie first thought when they arrived to the country (and still believe) that we speak too much about food and that we eat as if there’s no tomorrow. What would our society become if we could not season it up with spices from other places? In intive-FDV we prefer a culture with a taste and with a same common passion: to challenge ourselves every single day to keep on creating code the best possible way.