In the following interviews, employees in our Brno office talk about course of their careers, how they’ve developed and what they’ve learned, what their work involves and what motivates them.
„I enjoy being a part of a large organisation.“READ INTERVIEW ⇩
The purchasing department primarily maintains relationships between McDermott and suppliers. It is responsible for all supplies of equipment for projects implemented by McDermott throughout the world, such as refineries, petrochemical plants and so on. It is also responsible for the selection of suppliers, inspecting their activities, deadlines for supplies, and the subsequent takeover and transportation of goods.What do you enjoy about working for McDermott and what motivates you?
I enjoy being a part of a large organisation. I try to get as much as possible out of the benefits which such an organisation brings to its employees, that is, being in reach of customers all over the world, know-how on a global scale and, at the same time, participating in the implementation of major projects on every continent and the travel which comes with it. I’m proud of the projects which McDermott is a part of and what major international Oil & Gas companies McDermott provides its services to.Tell us about your career at McDermott.
I already knew I wanted to be a construction engineer at secondary school. At university I studied in the field of steel construction engineering. Immediately after graduating, I began working at a small steelworks office in Brno. That job took me all the way to Belgium, where I spent a year as a software programmer for a steelworker. After that I became head steelworker for another Czech company. In 1997, I was given the opportunity to move to the company known at the time as ABB Lummus, today McDermott. I started out in the position of Steel Construction Designer, where after a short while I had the chance to travel again. Later, I became Project Engineer and several business trips followed, from America and Russia, to Singapore and Egypt, and so on. I even spent a year on assignment in Holland with my whole family. After that, I decided to further develop my experience in the sales sector, that is, in my current position as Procurement Director.What appealed to you about McDermott at the time you began working for them?
A team of experts approached me at the time, and I was constantly able to learn new things as well as their charisma.Why would you recommend McDermott as an employer?
Through McDermott a new employee will have access to technology, project management processes and know-how at the level of the global elite. Every newcomer has the chance to make use of these.How would you describe our corporate culture?
The corporate culture is founded on fair trade and we are able to maintain the quality of our work even in complicated circumstances such as shortened deadlines. The company strives to take constant care of its employees, takes care of their professional development and provides various kinds of training and other similar developmental activities.How do you spend your leisure time? Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy sport, particularly volleyball and in the winter skiing. I also take trips to the countryside and in summer I enjoy cycling.
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„My work is truly diverse and is involved in all branches.“READ INTERVIEW ⇩
The basis of my work is coordinating a design team and I participate in the organisation of design work including design reviews. During a project, this comprises internal and external communications with the design team, the customer, licence owners, other McDermott offices, manufacturers, and suppliers. I work on projects implemented by McDermott Brno s.r.o., but also on projects which we cooperate on with other offices, known as MOPEX projects.What do you enjoy about working for McDermott and what motivates you?
My work is truly diverse and is involved in all branches. Thanks to meetings with various participating parties, it certainly isn’t stereotypical.Tell us about your career at McDermott.
I started out in the construction department as a Construction Designer. Later, I worked on some projects in the position of so-called Civil Lead Engineer. After 9 years I found myself in my current position of Project Engineer.What appealed to you about McDermott at the time you began working for them?
In 1995, when I started working for the company, it was still known as ABB LummusGlobal. At that time, it was already an international and stable company, whose projects reached worldwide.Why would you recommend McDermott as an employer?
McDermott offers a large number of opportunities, whether in terms of career growth or, for example, employee training. It is a truly solid employer with good conditions for employees, which has a wide project portfolio in various destinations.How would you describe our corporate culture?
There is very good communication among colleagues throughout the company, in part thanks to clearly defined rules for mutual communication. Good computer and software equipment also certainly help to create a comfortable work environment.How do you spend your leisure time? Do you have any hobbies?
I spend my free time with my family. I try to get my daughter away from the conveniences of the modern age, to be exact, from her computer or tablet, and spend time with her actively. That is to say, through recreational sport such as cycling, walks and trips, swimming, skating and skiing.
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„My job involves the acquisition of contracts within Central Europe.“READ INTERVIEW ⇩
I currently work in a position in the Business Development department. My job involves the acquisition of contracts within Central Europe. I also deal with technical questions from customers concerning implemented projects.What do you enjoy about working for McDermott and what motivates you?
I enjoy coming into contact with new people from various cultures and countries as well as travelling the world in order to start up new projects.Tell us about your career at McDermott.
After finishing secondary school in Syria, I went to university in Prague. In 1995, I began working for the company known at the time as ABB Lummus in the position of Process Engineer. Subsequently, I worked my way up to Principal Process Engineer, where I am in charge of the comprehensive design process, analyses and development of a given project. I now work in a position in the Business Development department and have become an expert on hydrocracking.What appealed to you about McDermott at the time you began working for them?
While defending my thesis at university, I was approached by the Committee Chairman, at the time working for the company ABB Lummus as a trader. I was familiar with the company as it even performed some activities in Syria, and so I welcomed the opportunity to acquire some interesting experience. Although I originally wanted to return to Syria, I eventually changed my mind, met my current wife within the company, and today we have two children.Why would you recommend McDermott as an employer?
In my opinion, McDermott’s specialisation makes it the sole international company in its field in the Czech Republic and Slovakia with a global presence, which makes it unique. Thanks to its projects around the world, employees here have wide opportunities for travel. The company’s long-standing background in the Czech Republic and a likeable team are also advantages.How would you describe our corporate culture?
As I have already said, I appreciate the pleasant team. The whole team is stable and my colleagues’ interest in their work is visible and is certainly founded on the interesting nature of our projects.How do you spend your leisure time? Do you have any hobbies?
I devote my time above all to my family. I also regularly go to the gym, I enjoy archery, riding my motorbike, and I sometimes take part in the team game, Pub Quiz.
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„I’m constantly faced with new tasks and challenges, so my job is never dull.“READ INTERVIEW ⇩
I have been working for McDermott since 2008 in the position of Senior Piping Designer. My work is very varied and changes from project to project, as does my role. I’m currently working on a major international project, one part of which is being designed here in Brno. Within the Brno-based part of the project I represent the Piping Director while, at the same time, 5 out of 6 groups working on the project are assigned to me, meaning that, at present, I’m directly responsible for 16 piping designers. My work duties cover everything which is essential for the smooth running of the project, i.e. planning, coordinating activities, resolving problems, communications with both other professions here in Brno and international centres participating in the project. Last but not least, I supervise the quality of the work, which the project leader and I advocate in front of the customer at certain intermediate stages of the project.What do you enjoy about working for McDermott and what motivates you?
Every new project and my role in such a project requires us to resolve different problems. I’m constantly faced with new tasks and challenges, so my job is never dull. There is always room to improve myself or something that I can do even better next time, and that motivates me.Tell us about your career at McDermott.
I began at McDermott as a Piping Designer and I’ve occupied the position for eight years. The difference is in the role which I’m assigned for projects. For the first four years, I was responsible to the group leader. My task was to design work in 2D and 3D systems. Another of my responsibilities was working with drawings, which comprised both checking drawings from suppliers and creating my own drawings, which are one of the outputs of a project. After four years, I took advantage of the opportunity to take a temporary job in the company’s branch in the Hague, where I spent three months working on a project. A year later, I spent four months at a branch in London. During my stay in London, I realised that it was time to move my career forward. After returning from London, I started working on a new project, where I became group leader and was responsible to the project leader. I still carried out design work, but also had a team of designers working under me, who I managed and took responsibility for their work. I remained in the same position for the following project. When I was offered the chance to become the leader of a small project, I didn’t hesitate. It was going to be a completely new experience for me, but I was certain that I would cope with it. That was my second to last project and a huge source of new experience. Today I’m once again working on another project, in a different role and with different responsibilities. I have a quite clear vision for the future, though I’m not particularly planning ahead, but rather concentrating on my current project.What appealed to you about McDermott at the time you began working for them?
I didn’t know anything about the history or design projects of McDermott, but I was enthusiastic about the opportunity to work in the field of petrochemicals.Why would you recommend McDermott as an employer?
McDermott ranks among strong international companies and, above all, is one of the leaders in its field. Employees have the chance to work on interesting projects not only in Brno, but also in foreign branches. A designer’s work doesn’t only have to take place in the office. Since many of our projects involve the implementation of construction work, other very interesting applications are found in auxiliary engineering work on construction sites. This gives designers the unique opportunity both to acquire invaluable practical experience and, among other things, to see how their designs become reality with their own eyes.How would you describe our corporate culture?
There is generally a friendly atmosphere at McDermott. At the same time, I appreciate the open door culture, which is very well established. In particular, newly arrived employees don’t have to be afraid that they’ll be given a task that they won’t be able to cope with. There is always somebody with experience available who can give advice. And it is not only colleagues just starting out who appreciate the opportunity gain experience from older colleagues with many years behind them.How do you spend your leisure time? Do you have any hobbies?
First and foremost, I try to spend of my free time with families and friends. Aviation and photography are big hobbies of mine, particularly macro photos and air shows. I also love playing squash. Squash is great fun for me, as well as a way to unwind.
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„Frequent travelling around the world to meet customers has become a matter of course to me as well as a certain kind of addiction.“READ INTERVIEW ⇩
The basis of my work is presenting our services to customers and the subsequent mediation of sales. I also maintain and expand contact with customers and ensure their investment plans and projects for the future. I also convince customers of the quality and diversity of services which McDermott provides. The region for which I am responsible comprises Central and Eastern Europe and dedicated customers for Russia and Kazakhstan.What do you enjoy about working for McDermott and what motivates you?
The diversity of work definitely takes first place. Each customer and country is unique. Above all, I enjoy the particularities of individual projects, where it is often a question of investment units realised from A to Z. I also have a liking for in the diversity of contractual relationships with our customers. Another thing I like about my job is the unique opportunity to constantly communicate in English and Russian, which also motivates me to continue to improve in those languages. Frequent travelling around the world to meet customers has become a matter of course to me as well as a certain kind of addiction. I have been working in the sales department since 2006, and I visit our customers in a number of countries, such as Latvia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary and, of course, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.Tell us about your career at McDermott.
I had already discovered that I was technically inclined at secondary school. I therefore decided to study at university in a field focussing on machinery. At the same faculty I also worked as a research assistant. Thanks to that position, I was able to go to an interesting seminar in North Moravia, where I met employees from the company Chemoprojekt. At the time they were tempting future graduates to join their ranks and I was also enticed. Chemoprojekt was subsequently taken over by the company ABB and eventually McDermott, where I have worked until now. Immediately after completing my studies, I began working as a mechanical designer and soon worked myself up to the position of project engineer. 2 years later, I got the chance to work as a project manager, a position I remained in for 14 years. In 2006, I was appointed to my current position of Sales Manager.What appealed to you about McDermott at the time you began working for them?
Even before I began working for the company, it was obvious that it offered interesting projects abroad and access to first-rate global technology in the industry.Why would you recommend McDermott as an employer?
It is a stable company with interesting jobs and projects, and never made lay-offs during the crisis. Thanks to technology, it is at the peak in the field of Downstream Oil&Gas, that is, the subsequent processing of oil.How would you describe our corporate culture?
The culture is based on the high level of education and expertise of employees, who adhere to ethical principles and teamwork.How do you spend your leisure time? Do you have any hobbies?
In terms of sport, I like downhill skiing. I also enjoy travelling and exploring, and architecture also interests me. I also fill my free time with repairs to a villa from the period of the 1st Republic.
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