Working in Finland – Google Guru Joined Qentinel
During the autumn 2016, Qentinel opened a new office in Tampere where almost 10 people work in Qentinel’s R&D and digital quality assurance consultancy. “Our aim was to hire new kind of talents with international experience,” tells Juha-Markus Aalto, who runs Qentinel’s Tampere office. “We succeeded in this and found top-level experts.”
One of the new recruits in Qentinel’s office is Nikhil Dev Chunchu, who came from Google in Hyderabad, India in mid-November. Tampere-based newspaper, Aamulehti, wrote an article on Nikhil’s big change in scenery. You can find the article here (in Finnish), which was written by Enni Mansikkamäki and was published in Aamulehti on the 8th of January 2017.
From India to working in Finland
Nikhil Dev Chunchu worked for more than 10 years at Google in positions such as the User Interface Lead Developer. His resume also includes other known IT companies including IBM and Dell. Mr. Chunchu, however, started to long for a role where he could be more engaged with customers. “I wanted new adventures. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and do something completely different,” he tells about his decision.
One and a half month later the engineer who leaped from India to work in Finland has started to recover from the shock caused by the weather. “My internal clock had a hard time to get used to the lack of sunshine. But gradually I’m surviving better,” Mr. Chunchu says.
Initially Mr. Chunchu considered moving to the United States where he could have easily continued at Google. He also pondered a move to Singapore or Australia. When considering the new direction for his career, Mr. Chunchu also wanted to consider his wife and her career opportunities. “My wife works as a teacher in India and she praised the Finnish education system. I had also heard lots of good about the family values and honesty that are inherent to the Finnish culture.”
Mr. Chunchu ended up in Qentinel’s Tampere office after his ex-colleague from Google urged to contact Riki Kawakami who works for Qentinel. During his holiday Mr. Chunchu came to Finland for a job interview. “I didn’t quite know how to proceed as it had been a really long time since I had been in a job interview as an applicant,“ he says, and continues, “my own and the company’s goals were well aligned, which made the decision easy for me.”
On living and working in Finland
The difference in working for one of the IT giants and a smaller company is that in a smaller company there are more responsibilities per an employee. “At Google people specialized on specific things. At Qentinel I’m learning new things all the time, which is exciting,“ Mr. Chunchu describes. “I’ve had to move into the uncomfortable zone but I’m happy about it.”
Mr. Chunchu praises the Finns as smart and honest workers who want to work seriously. “People take more responsibility in doing what is expected of them, he says. “It’s easy to work when you can trust others to take care of their commitments.”
Tampere feels like a quiet town for Mr. Chunchu as he moved to Finland from Hyderabad, the fourth biggest city of India, where there are 3.6 million inhabitants. According to him, however, the Finns have done their best to make him feel welcomed. Sometimes the language barrier complicates the communication. “I know just a few words of Finnish,“ Mr. Chunchu says. “I’ve never been too good with languages but I really want to try and take lessons so that I could communicate with people in Finnish too.”
Mr. Chunchu tells being amused of the shyness of the Finnish people. “At first I didn’t know that asking for directions from a stranger is unusual here,“ and says that when he approached people, “they looked a bit startled.” However, he soon realized that their reaction, “didn’t mean they were being rude.”
Working in Finland in his new job brought along free time that Mr. Chunchu didn’t have that much while living in India. He has gradually started to feel like home in Tampere. “There aren’t surprises every day like there were before. I gradually feel like being part of this community”, but he says that he needs to, “think how I will spend my time now that I have more of it.”
On his free evenings Mr. Chunchu practices playing the guitar and taking walks to get to know the town. He has also had to learn how to cook because “at Google I was very dependent on the food offered by the company and I didn’t cook much. Nowadays I cook almost every day,” he says.
Mr. Chunchu says that he isn’t used to plan for many years ahead, but for 2017 he already has various plans. “I have played the guitar for 15 years and I’m currently searching for bands to play in via Facebook,” he says. In addition, he is considering of “enrolling to swimming technique course because I love swimming.” Then Mr. Chunchu concludes that, “if everything goes as planned, my wife will also move to Finland in May.
Nikhil Dev Chunchu is a Lead Front-End Developer in Qentinel’s R&D. He graduated with B.Sc. degree in computer science in 2003. Mr. Chunchu is responsible for the user interface and the software architecture of Qentinel’s digital service platform. He previously worked at Google as a Web Solutions Engineer. Mr. Chunchu joined Qentinel in November 2016. On his freetime he likes to play the guitar, take photos and drive a motorcycle.