What do the employees think?

We asked some of our employees what they think about working at Axis.

The company culture is characterized by openness!

Name: Simon
Number of years at Axis: 2

How did you come in contact with Axis?
While I was at college, I heard from a friend that Axis was looking for summer workers in production. I worked there during my last two summer vacations. When the second summer was over, I stayed on as a temp production technician. Today, I have a permanent position, working on the development of Axis' production and test systems.

What is your background?
I studied Engineering Physics in Lund. I had planned on going into research, but when I started at Axis, I felt like I was in the right place, i.e. "in the real world". Research can wait...for a long time!

What is a normal day at Axis like for you?
Before the workday starts, I usually head into the Axis gym for a workout. Once in my office, I sit down and read through the emails that have come in during the night from our hard-working Axis colleagues on the other side of the globe. Then it's time to find solutions to any technical issues that have come up in production. At lunchtime, I take a quick bike ride home to walk my dog. Back at the office, the afternoon might be filled with scheduled meetings with different project teams or production management. I often act as an intermediary on technical issues between the project teams and production. When new or revised products come in, the test systems also have to be developed and changed.

What do you think about the company?
I think that Axis is just the right size - small enough to have insight into the company's processes, but big enough to be run professionally. The products are fun and incorporate interesting technology. The company culture is characterized by openness! And having helpful and friendly colleagues sure doesn't hurt!

What are your motivators?
To constantly learn new things and get the opportunity to develop in new areas. I'm currently working a lot with communication, an area I never thought I'd work in. It's both fun and challenging.

Any words of advice to prospective colleagues?
Be active and build a network both inside and outside the company. This will give you a lot of benefits and simplify your daily work.

You feel appreciated for what you do!

Name: Johan
Number of years at Axis: 1

How did you come in contact with Axis?
I heard about Axis at college and when it was time for my thesis project, I contacted them. While I was doing my project internship, I decided I would really like to keep working with Axis products. I talked to my supervisor, who kept an eye out for potential job openings. An opportunity came! I got a job as an "Embedded Software Engineer".

What is your background?
I've always been interested in computers and programming, which made it easy to choose my major at college - MSc in Engineering with a specialization in computer engineering. Now it's not only my hobby, but also my profession.

What is a normal day at Axis like for you?
Our work is project-oriented. A single day can involve everything from programming a system for new products, to adjusting old or tested systems. All products are tested and quality assured. This means that there are many different steps that have to be carried out before a product is ready for the market. I currently work mainly with embedded systems.

What do you think about the company?
At Axis, we care about each other. If you're stuck on a problem, there is always someone more experienced who will take the time to explain, demonstrate or otherwise help you out. You feel appreciated for what you do. The company also works in the Linux environment, which in my opinion is a very interesting "world", where everyone can contribute to development.

What are your motivators?
I am motivated by constantly learning new things and at the same time feeling that my work and free time are in tune. I feel that here!

Any words of advice to prospective colleagues?
Be interested! This will automatically make you very appreciated.

You have to keep an eye on the crystal ball and stay the right number of steps ahead of the market.

Name: Carl-Axel
Number of years at Axis: 13 (18)

How did you come in contact with Axis?
When I was a student and trying to stretch out my student budget, I contacted an old friend who had started an IT company called Axis. After graduation, I worked for a few years in Nyköping and then spent some time in Africa. When I got back to Lund, of course I got in touch with Axis. And now I've been here since 1993!

What is your background?
After technical school, I did an MSc in Engineering with a specialization in electrical engineering in Lund. At the beginning of my time at Axis, I worked a lot with electronics design, but now I work more as a product developer and also look into optics, mechanics and design.

What is a normal day at Axis like for you?
Coffee - talk - whiteboard - talk - computer - talk
My job now involves a lot of talking with people. From the moment I come in in the morning, over breakfast, on the phone, at lunch, etc. My job is about always trying to really listen to what the users want and keeping a handle on what components are available. Together with my colleagues, we then decide what products we are going to develop. It's also important to look at the competitors and compare products, which we often do at trade shows in the US, Japan, etc. Basically, it's about keeping an eye on the crystal ball and staying the right number of steps ahead of the market.

What do you think about the company?
Axis is a company that offers a lot of freedom! You have the opportunity to be involved all the way from idea to finished product, and I really like that. Employees get a lot of great benefits and the company puts a lot of effort into making sure that we are happy. The parties also tend to be a lot of fun!

What are your motivators?
I am motivated by good colleagues, good managers and challenging responsibilities. Having fun is an added bonus. I've been here for over 13 years now, and that can be seen as proof that I'm happy here.

Any words of advice to prospective colleagues?
Come work here!

 

There is desire and drive here!

Name: CathrinNumber of years at Axis: 4

How did you come in contact with Axis?
My husband had been working before in Sweden (in Linköping) and when the time came for me to move here from Germany, I started looking for jobs through search sites on the Internet. It wasn't easy, particularly since the "IT bubble" had just burst. When I read about the job as German-speaking support engineer at Axis, it sounded perfect, especially because it wasn't only an engineering-based position, but also involved a lot of contact with customers. This was something that I had missed in my previous jobs. I applied for the job in Lund and got it. Then it was my husband's turn to look for a new job in Skåne instead... and now he also works at Axis!

What is your background?
I was trained as a "Ship Building Construction Engineer" in Germany. After several years as a naval architect, I moved over to the aerospace industry. An area that is closer to naval construction than one might think. Over time, it involved more and more software programming. Today, I work as a product specialist on our global support team.

What is a normal day at Axis like for you?
No two days are ever the same... and that is the best part about my job! Every day I face new challenges. Depending on what issues arise, I deal with different areas and different approaches. A day might consist of testing products, training our clients and developing long-term solutions for them, and verifying future products. Then we pass on the feedback we get from our clients to our Pre Sales and Development department, who need to know so that they can improve our products.

What do you think about the company?
It's impressive that the company is still "curious" even after 20 years! Here, everyone really works to improve the technology in our products. There is desire and drive here. I also think it's great that Axis is so multicultural. There really is a wonderful mix of nationalities among the employees. It enriches the workday! The company is always open to giving employees the opportunity to try new work areas. It offers both personal and professional development opportunities that otherwise would have been impossible.

What are your motivators?
Varied tasks every day mean that you are always learning new things - repetitive work tasks are definitely not for me! The fact that we can affect the company's results is also important - what you do has an impact.

Any words of advice to prospective colleagues?
Stay curious and always interested in developing your skills - Never stop!