ArticleJune 8, 2023 · 3 min read time
The IT sector is facing uncertain times due to the current financial situation and the shadow cast by the covid years. At the same time, emphasis on remote and hybrid work is on the rise. For many companies, this means cutting facility and workforce costs. Nitor, however, has chosen a different path.
Since Nitor was founded in 2007, our key focus has been to nurture a flexible work culture which offers both remote work options and top-notch office spaces. Offering the freedom to plan one’s work around their everyday lives instead of the other way around is a defining value for our digital engineering company of more than 230 consultants.
It is not uncommon for Nitoreans to spend a significant amount of time working on-site with our clients. And, of course, working remotely yields greater flexibility in their private lives. Our internal surveys have also shed light on the fact that many long for a sense of community fostered by doing things together, which is why we want to invest in it.
An office represents more than its walls
Offices are physical meeting points that cultivate culture into reality. It allows people to interact with their peers on a broader spectrum than they otherwise would, enabling a shared sense of belonging. And our office spaces are not for work alone. Rather, it would be fair to say they were designed with both company and personal events in mind.
While we do invest in things like breakfast, sauna facilities, and all the fun stuff, we also pay a lot of attention to space planning to support diverse ways of working together. Even the smallest details matter in creating the best possible employee experience.
Excellent, well-thought facilities at central locations radiate stability, which is also something we want to communicate to future digital engineers. In Stockholm, for example, we have just moved to a new office to support growth in business and employee count.
Smart recruitment and transparent culture as the driving forces of growth
We put a great deal of attention and effort to our employer brand and recruiting experienced IT professionals – even during tumultuous times. Recruiting-wise, the pace did not slow down during covid's social distancing era, and we have ambitious goals for 2023 as well.
Nitor has grown year after year as we try to steer clear of making any short-term panic-driven decisions and, for example, halting recruitment to cut down costs. Instead of hiring consultants for a specific client project alone, we seek long-term matches.
Another factor in maintaining stability comes from the client structure that includes many among the top 100 companies in Finland. We do not focus on just one industry alone, so our client base is diverse. This has increased our resilience should there be any changes in the clientele or their focus areas. Working with business-critical core systems helps, too, as we mainly operate in long-term strategic partnerships.
While the current financial climate is indeed quite unpredictable, we do see a continuously high demand for developers – for entire teams as well as single developers. There is always demand for talented, experienced seniors, even during more challenging times.
Stable business stems from people
A solid financial foundation is an essential aspect in enabling employees to feel secure. Another would be the more humane side of things. We are known for our eagerness to support constant growth and learning, and willingness to invest heavily in training, Core time, and certifications. Employees can rely on professional relevancy should they ever want to see what else is out there – not that many do, though.
The entire company structure at Nitor is built around the idea of supporting the professional growth of our people. For us, investing in our employees is investing in our business. Our current Nitoreans have been with the company for a long time, on average from five to seven years.
If you take a Nitorean Digital Engineer and ask what makes them stay, our transparent culture would probably come up. Trust stems from openness and being able to rely on your employer’s support. Based on both Nitor’s employee and customer satisfaction, it is easy to draw the conclusion that we have managed to ensure a stable business and workplace for years to come.