Interview with: Interview met Nathan Wouda
'I find the challenges I seek in Sentia’s growth'
In April 2018, applying for a role at Sentia was the logical choice for Nathan. “I was looking for an employer that offered the atmosphere of a small company, but the opportunities of a rapidly growing organization. I found those opportunities at Sentia.”
For two years, Nathan has worked as a Continuity Engineer in team Yellow. "In team Yellow our focus is on larger customers with specialist environments and we have a lot of client contact. Everyone within the team has their own specialism and interests. Within your role, you can direct your own development in line with your interests.”
Sentia’s rapid growth regularly brings along exciting challenges and changes. That’s exactly what makes it so interesting for Nathan. "For example, we’ve split the team into four cells, so we can support our customers even better.” But such a change does not happen automatically. “There’s a lot of coordination work involved. What will it take to reach our goal? How can we best help our customers? Those are the questions I like to collaborate on."
Alongside his work with the Yellow team, Nathan has gotten involved in other organizational projects. He’s also part of the Ansible Steering Group. “We use Ansible to manage customers' systems better and smarter. With the Steering Group, we investigate how we can implement Ansible in a structured way.”
“The nice thing there is that while we have many different teams, each with its own way of working, we all seek uniformity in the Ansible Steering Group. I welcome the challenge of finding solutions that can help the organization.”
Last but not least, Nathan is also a member of the worker’s council. “The organization is growing and that makes membership of the worker’s council extra interesting. You learn an awful lot about the choices and considerations Sentia faces.”
For the coming year, Nathan plans to continue on his current track, but to also delve further into AWS. “AWS is gaining traction within our team. While we learn a lot from each other, we also follow in-house trainings, such as one on AWS that lasts several days.”
For the immediate future, Nathan sees many opportunities for further development at Sentia. "At Sentia, as long as you take the initiative and like to sort things out independently, how you develop yourself is up to you."
"Although Sentia is a large organization, as an employee you don’t get that ‘big corporation feeling. For example, we all know the management team and we get a lot of freedom. It really is a personal company."