Discovering Codurance during my first week as an apprentice

Raquel M Carmena · 03 Mar 2017


Every morning, Sandro shakes hands with everyone when he arrives at the office. Everyday, everyone. I haven’t seen something similar in any company I’ve worked in and it’s an incredible example of respect and consideration.


Everyone knows all about the economic situation of the company, included salaries and salary reviews. This is an amazing example of transparency at all levels.

No personal offices, no assigned places

There are neither personal offices nor assigned places. There's only an open space where you can sit wherever you want. This approach “breaks” both the attachment to a place and the separation between roles.

Learning and friendly atmosphere

Knowledge-sharing meetings are organized continuously in a natural way and in a friendly atmosphere.

Having a buddy

It’s the first time I had a buddy designated to help me in my first days in a company. My buddy not only provided me with a "feel at home” feeling as soon as I arrived but also was worried about my convenience—I had just arrived from Spain to spend the whole month in London. He has also taught me a lot of things during my first week including technical skills, time management, how to acquire new skills, and gave me loads of advices and smiles.

Having a mentor

I have found a mentor in previous companies, but never about technical skills and with a plan of skills acquisition. Now I have an amazing person (technically and personally) designated to help me with my apprenticeship. I have no words to describe how much he has done for me during the week.

I’m living a dream and I hope I don't wake up. Thanks for having me!

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Raquel M Carmena

Raquel discovered her profession when she was 12 years old, when playing with databases and DOS commands in the back office of a computer shop. She keeps as a treasure her notebook with a computer architecture and how data were stored in a diskette among other things.

She loves new challenges and finds it very difficult to choose a single favourite area in her profession. For the past 10 years Raquel has worked in different projects, with different technologies, and in different industries. She lives and breathes business and values from her software products, services and ideas.

Raquel is a constant apprentice who strives for common sense, pragmatism and simplicity, and also enjoys sharing her knowledge and learning from others.

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