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"[at altima°] You’re not afraid of failing, we learn from our mistakes, and progress together [...] which enables everyone to grow faster, to push boundaries, to be more creative, and in the end, to be better. "
Si has lived in Germany for about 6 years where she studied German and got a Master degree in International Management and Information System. After a first professional experience at Daimler AG in Stuttgart, she made the choice to leave the land of Beethoven in July 2016 to head back to China, where she has continued her career at altima° Beijing, as a digital Project Executive. Young, and full of energy, Si has been successfully embracing her responsibilities to quickly become a strong asset to the team.
Why choosing to leave Germany, country of chocolate and Sauerkraut, to come back to China?
Si Shen: Well, this might not sound like a serious argument, but I’m pretty sure most Chinese who have spent a few years abroad will agree: there is nothing like Chinese food, and we all miss it very much!
Of course, this was not the only reason why I’ve come back, but definitely one of them. I’ve also been tremendously missing my family, I wanted to be closer from them. Not to mention that from a more professional point of view, China is now the place to be. Our economy is very dynamic, it offers plenty of opportunities, while it is getting tougher in the West, especially for foreigners.
You’ve worked at Daimler, one of the biggest corporations in the world; what kind of company's culture were you looking for in China?
Si Shen: I’ve got a few offers before joining altima°. One of these came from the Chinese headquarter of a famous IT company located in Beijing. Naturally, I hesitated. Just like most people, I felt attracted by a company with such prestigious name: a huge group, known for being a world technology leader. However, I believe the reality in these companies is usually a bit less fun: they’re often very bureaucratic and political, working with pyramid organizational structures. I was not ready for that, not yet. I wanted to be part of a company that puts the employee’s wellness at the heart of its concerns, a company where you keep on improving your skills, where you can freely express yourself without being afraid of the potential consequences on your career, where you’re simply happy to go every morning, and where you’re not just considered as a productive machine. It was also very important for me to be in an environment where I can easily find the right balance between my professional life and my personal one.
Besides, I wanted to be in young and energetic team, able to come up with all sorts of innovative ideas and to make these happen.
What was your impression when you first discovered the team, at altima° Beijing?
Si Shen: Very young and talented! In a young team like ours, you’re not afraid of failing, we learn from our mistakes, and progress together. There’s a higher level of tolerance, which enables everyone to grow faster, to push boundaries, to be more creative, and in the end, to be better.
And as a result, colleagues here become friends, making our work atmosphere a lot warmer and enjoyable.
What is your position and exact role here at altima° Beijing?
Si Shen: I work as a project executive, leading digital projects, including websites, and social media campaigns, from conception to launch. I take part in defining digital strategies as well, analyzing with the team our clients’ goals and specificities to ensure they succeed in this very competitive and unique Chinese market. Currently, I’m supporting The Juilliard School, helping their brand develop their awareness on social media channels. These missions are all great opportunities for me to get new skills in different fields considering that we provide a various set of expertise, from website creation and localization, to Search Engine Marketing (SEO & SEA), web analytics, social media, and marketplaces management.
Besides this, you’ve been quickly gaining responsibilities within the group, you are now part of the ministry of happiness and in charge of organizing team building activities here. What do you do exactly?
Si Shen: We’ve made « made with happiness » our slogan at altima°, and therefore put together a team (anyone could join) that is dedicated to improving our team-mates life at the office, and the connection between our agencies (in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong-Kong very soon). We’ve been discussing many great ideas, and are currently looking into setting a live stream system for all our teams to be visually in contact across China.
We also have a specific team that works on organizing team-building activities. We propose fun and regular events to everyone (all of which are submitted to a vote), so that we can strengthen our team spirit and spend more happy moments together.
I thought these two concepts were great, so when I heard that I could be part of it, I decided to join!
It’s been about 4 months that you are at altima° now, would you recommend anyone to work here?
Si Shen: Yes, for sure! As a matter of fact, I already did. Besides, all my friends know that I am very happy working at altima°! And although our team probably speaks a bit too much French sometimes (here in Beijing), this really is a place where I’m pleased to be.