I am a new employee at Gazprom International (but please disregard my age!). That is why my first impressions, which everybody knows are the most vivid, are still rather fresh.
After my first visit to the company’s offices, the interview with my future boss and meeting my co-workers, I returned home and told my wife, "I think they are all Hare Krishnas."
"Why do you say that?" she responded, surprised.
"They all have these happy faces, I said, everybody smiles at you. It is like they have been waiting just for you all their lives."
After a while, I added: "You know, I want to work with these ‘Hare Krishnas’. I want to be that happy, too."
I mean, I was simply fascinated. This manifested itself in a feeling of absolute confidence in the company that I had joined, in its management. I did not even really care (it happens!) about exactly how much I was going to be making – until I got my first pay check. That was a first for me.
Okay, seriously, I am really glad to be working at a company with a global reputation, a brand that is known for doing things properly, efficiently, and with accountability; a company that combines high demands of its employees with concern for their welfare; a company in which the people are smart, highly professional, courteous, and sharp-looking.
Here, I can really put to use the extensive experience I have acquired over the course of my career, my knowledge of languages and, what really matters, my knowledge of the mindsets and customs of the representatives of those countries where my work has often taken me, and where it continues to take me.
I never forget that our primary goal when working with our partners all over the world is to protect and manage our investments, and I also do not forget that a state gas company is the hallmark of the entire country, and therefore we must not only be experts in our respective fields, but also diplomats.
And it seems to me that Gazprom International is excellent at handling these tasks.