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Ivano Sammarco
Industrial Engineer

Tell me something about your background

I grew up in the south of Italy and at the age of 18, I moved to Milan for my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mechanical engineering. I then worked for two years for a company in the oil and gas industry.

How did you get in touch with WEB?

I enjoyed my work at my previous employer. At that time, I didn’t consider another role because everything was very smooth. In the beginning, when WEB contacted me via LinkedIn, I was hesitant because I was already settled in my job. But then I thought, this was the opportunity I was looking for after I graduated, so why not? After that, I gave it some serious thought and decided to leap into this grey area!

What was it like for you to move to the Netherlands?

In general, I don’t like comfort zones and I like having change. Already at the age of 18 when I moved from my hometown in Manduria to Milan, that was a jump into the unknown. Of course, the language is the same, but the culture and way of living is very different. I had no family or friends moving to the same university and had to build everything from scratch.
I appreciated that experience, so when WEB contacted me, the only difference compared to my previous experience was just the language. I could adapt easily and enjoyed being outside my comfort zone to explore new experiences culturally and professionally. I think it’s important to live in the moment and learn from your experiences and surroundings and it’s up to you to decide what you want to do with it.

What was the push factor to decide to move?

It was the personal growth that I was searching for after completing my degree. I wanted an international experience because I think that by exposing your mind to different realities, you become more elastic to different contexts.

How did WEB help you with your relocation?

I did my own research for searching for a house. It was impossible because the housing market is very tight, but I luckily had Sylvana and WEB to help me out. The apartment that WEB helped me find was perfect and I’m still there today. It’s close to the city center.

What do you do at WEB?

I work as an Industrial Engineer on a cooling system and I write and maintain the procedures as well as the entire sequence and installation process. I also support the design phase and maintain relationships with suppliers.

Recently I also had the opportunity to go to Germany for testing a part. I made a contribution in the design phase and because the idea was mine, the client wanted me to go to Germany to test it out. The experience was very nice, but I was even more happy about the trust that was given to me. That is also another thing that makes me proud and happy because I think being rewarded for the work you do is important; it gives you the motivation to go further.

How would you describe the community at WEB?

There are so many answers because there is a lot to say about the community at WEB! There is an incredible level of respect amongst each other and it’s very diverse. You can freely express yourself and I think one of the most important points is that the atmosphere is really nice. There is a relaxed vibe and I like that I can play ping pong with everyone. You don’t have the pressure of anyone watching you or telling you that you should be working. Everyone knows that as long as you deliver on time, it’s okay. There is a level of mutual trust where you work hard and earn trust as well.

It’s also very international so you have a lot of input from different cultures and different mentalities. It’s like a large pool of different points of view so it’s nice to see the differences and commonalities between people from different parts of the world.

While I work closely with 3-4 people, I consider many colleagues as friends. Sometimes we hang out in the city center, or we plan trips together. For example, we recently went on a ski trip together, and also in the Netherlands, we plan day trips on the weekends to Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Antwerp, or anywhere else.

What do you think of the work culture of WEB?

The first thing that comes to mind is the atmosphere. I enjoy it a lot and there is career growth as well. I see that there is potential to grow. I feel like I have been rewarded for all my work and effort and being in such an atmosphere is very important to me.

What I also think is important is that WEB acts like a cushion when it concerns work pressure received from clients. Because we also do Farmout, we take on work and deliver them back in packages. If you work at a client and you’re right in the middle of the crowd, it helps to be in a friendly environment to stay away from any toxic pressure. Sometimes situations can be chaotic, and people react differently under pressure but with WEB’s atmosphere, it makes life easier.

What advice would you give to someone considering joining WEB?

I would say that you can expect an open atmosphere that is diverse with mutual respect. There are opportunities to grow and in my experience, your efforts will be recognized.

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