People

WORKING WITH FASTEMS

One of Fastems’ strengths is the broad age range of its personnel.

This enables us to provide our customers with decades of experience together with the latest innovations in research and technology.

We are always looking for talented and flexible men and women with fresh ideas. Creating customer satisfaction and keeping our promises are Fastems’ core values. Our main tasks are to listen to and understand our customers in order to develop even more competitive solutions for them.

Treating one another with trust and respect is a cornerstone of Fastems’ values, and essential for building an open spirit and commitment to teamwork at the workplace.

WE ROCK THE WORLD OF MANUFACTURING

Fastems’ core values are creating customer satisfaction and keeping our promises, while one of our strengths is the broad age range of our personnel. This age spread enables us to provide customers with both decades of experience and the latest innovations in research and technology. The Fastems team is always looking for the next great thing, and that’s why we’re on the lookout for talented and flexible employees with fresh ideas. 

At Fastems we believe that aligning our organizational culture and strategic goals is the key to achieving perfection. Our culture is comprised of three components, each of which includes the values and manners we adhere to in our daily work. This organization culture is explained more completely in our culture book.

Backbone is doing your work so that both you and your colleagues can be proud of it. It’s learning from mistakes, being honest and fair, and creating solutions instead of problems.

Sharing = Caring is all about the importance of communication. It’s about listening, asking and understanding so that our work runs more smoothly and effectively. But it’s also about treating one another with trust and respect.

Water is water, Rock is rock means solving things as simply as possible, which is one of the keys to achieving perfection. We’re focusing on what’s truly important, being accurate, and recognizing that our satisfaction comes from satisfying our customers.

FASTEMS CAREER STORIES

mikko

MIKKO NURMI
Software Developer

‘’Be accurate. You are the image of the company.’’ 

IN MY JOB…
The most interesting part is
Every one of my working days is different. The line of business is international, tasks are challenging and the work done here defines the direction of factory automation’s development. At Tampere University of Technology I majored in Factory Automation and minored in software technology. Even during my studies I found factory automation and robotics to be the most interesting topics. In 2011 I began working at Fastems and in the beginning of 2013 started full-time employment and work on my Master’s thesis here. At some point I moved from the control team to the software development team.

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The best part is
In many small ways one can see how employees are taken care of here. The supportiveness and interest in one’s wellbeing creates a good working atmosphere that is getting even better with the strategy reform. Also, managers are skilled, human resources works, free time hobbies are supported, and language training is well organized. Speaking of which, the next thing I want to improve is my German language skill.

 

The most important goals are
After all, the basic goal is to always have a happy customer. The best parts of my daily tasks are when we manage to fix something, when a system is being changed to be more suitable, or when you finish a job and concretely see the work of your hands. The software business is so extensive that one can never know everything perfectly, but I improve myself every day. Nowadays more time and resources are available, which makes it possible to do an even more exact and careful job. And when I manage to do something better than I used to do, and thus support the development of the company, I have achieved one important goal.



maiju

MAIJU LAHTI
Workshop Manager

‘’Don’t pass a wreck on to your co-worker. When something is done well, it doesn’t need to be reworked.’’ 

IN MY JOB…
The best part is
My tasks include a good mix of authority and responsibility. I work with variable tasks taking care that production runs smoothly. An essential benefit is being able to define my own working days. I would not be happy in a position where every day is identical and you don’t have to think about anything. I need challenges. Striving for development and being a pioneer in this sector of technology are musts, so currently I’m challenging myself by studying more about automation technology. I would also like the opportunity to work abroad at some point.

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The most important part is
I studied in Tampere University of Applied Sciences, majoring in Modern Production Systems and Production Economics. I already worked at Fastems before graduating in 2011. Fastems was, and is, a significant employer in my line of business so I knew I could move forward to very interesting positions, and have already done so. I started as a technical purchaser and now am a workshop manager. At Fastems employees can advance, which is very important to me.

 

The most difficult part is
The biggest challenges are usually dealing with unexpected situations. However, they are also the most rewarding aspect of my job. Getting through a difficult situation yet managing to achieve a good final result on time is essential. While facing some challenges, the company is improving little by little and, of course, I’m developing too. My patience, perseverance, comprehensive thinking and ability to collaborate are in much better shape today.



santtu

SANTTU KUMPULAINEN
Product manager

‘’Success is not the work of an individual hero, but it is the result of many heroes co-operating’’

IN MY JOB…
The most interesting part is
As a kid I enjoyed building Lego houses and playing strategy games – a little engineer has always lived inside me. So it wasn’t a surprise that I ended up majoring in Industrial Engineering at Tampere University of Technology, graduating in 2013. My line of business includes many things that fascinate me including calculation, marketing, sales, and especially following the development of the Industrial Internet. It’s interesting to see the effect on our products and the whole of society.

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The most rewarding part is
My career at Fastems started about three and a half years ago. Today, my job is to make sure the focus of our products corresponds to the needs of current markets, and to ensure the company stays ahead of its competitors. The most rewarding aspect is being successfully innovative and, of course, it’s intriguing to help define the direction of technology development with a professional group.

 

The most challenging part is
It’s always difficult to handle the big picture and the clock – there is as much work as one can do. As a product manager, you need to focus on the relevant things, forget the little details and know your products like the back of your hand. That’s how you can improve them and create new ones. However challenges are what keep me motivated along with achieving common goals that, after the recent clarification of the organization culture and values, are easier to run towards together.



Sebastian

SEBASTIAN SPANFELNER
Sales manager

‘’I take the time to hear and to try to understand the situation before making my decision.’’

IN MY JOB…
The most motivating is
When Fastems contacted me in spring 2015, the image of high technology and futuristic attitude drew my attention almost immediately, and I have never regretted the decision to work here. The company is trying to get better every day, and it’s motivating to see that these people do not want to stand still. My focus is on getting to know what’s on the minds of the customers I’m dealing with so that we can plot the right direction for the future. I also find the organizational culture fascinating – you can feel the positive atmosphere.

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The most important goals are
Before my time at Fastems I worked with robotics, industry automation and industry trade, and today my job is to be the front end man to our customers. I am directly in contact with them to take care of old clients and increase business by finding prospective new ones. Therefore communicating, listening to and especially understanding customers must always improve.

 

The most difficult part is
Many customers aren’t familiar with automation, and they need help to understand how to manage things our way. In our daily business, there’s never enough time, so I must use it well. However, the time to understand each other, both customers and colleagues, must be taken and since most of my coworkers live in Finland, I must be actively in contact with them. So far communication has worked well, and my workmates are very supportive, so I can say I haven’t had any real difficulties.