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Working at Saab: since 1985 (started as a controller)
Saab has a diversified portfolio, a good name in our markets and good way of working with our employees as well as our customers and vendors. If it is technology that drives you, you will find the best at Saab. If you want to take pride in your work, you will find an abundance of encouragement and acknowledgement at Saab. And if you want to be associated with a company that is strong enough to walk away from corruption, then Saab is the place to be. It’s tough to get this complete package with other employers.
Another thing that counts is that Saab always has been aware of the requirement of balance between work and life. I don’t feel stressed to ask for time off when necessary and it feels good to know that my manager is looking out for me and is managing workloads to ensure my success.
Which of the three core Saab values (Drive, Expertise, Trust) is your favorite and why?
Trust. I feel my management has always trusted me to carry out my job utilizing the training and expertise I have gained over the years. This feels good and makes me want to work even harder for this company. I know what is expected of me, and I feel motivated to deliver without daily oversight.
Tell us about the strangest or most fun thing you have done at Saab!
It was in 1985, shortly after I was employed and Fairchild Industries, Inc., the partner to Saab for the Saab 340 aircraft decided it was no longer going to participate. Once I was over the shock and concern as to if this meant I would no longer have a job, I was tasked, along with others, to put together a complete payroll and benefits program. We were given just two months to do this and with great effort, we were able to be totally independent by the deadline! I felt a high level of satisfaction in being able to accomplish this task without missing a beat for the employees.
What do you think it takes to become successful at Saab?
First, don’t be afraid to try something different, even if you don’t have that much experience with it and don’t be afraid to make mistakes, admit to them and then move ahead. I believe you always learn more from your mistakes than your success and most of the times, the mistakes will ultimately lead to successes. Always be creative! You must always think of unique and different ways to deal with problems or challenges.
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