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Agency — March 12, 2021

Work arrangements - complete guide to our various working options

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Petra Murgić Novak Human Resources Manager

Our wish for the greater satisfaction of the people working in Degordian inspired us to introduce different work options. Check out each of them!

Ever since Degordian was founded, we believe that people and their satisfaction have to be a priority. If we want to ensure the best level of employee satisfaction, productivity, and, at the end of the daywork results, we must be flexible and respond to that changes accordingly.

Putting people first

It is the people who make the company, not the other way around. That’s why it is important for us to have the best possible team. That kind of team consists of people who love what they are doing, have the knowledge and passion for learning continuously, and want to give their maximal effort in their area of expertise. 

The growth opportunities for every career level

During the years, we’ve put a lot of thought into finding ways and developing processes that could give the opportunity for people of different professional levels and aspirations to grow with Degordian growth. Having that in mind, we carried out three different work arrangement types:

Student internship – intended for young people at the beginning of their professional growth.
Full-time employment – intended for people who build their careers within permanent employment.
External association– intended for people who want to work independently and strengthen their skills and knowledge within the projects they are engaged in.

Every type of arrangement has its specifics, which provide different benefits and engagement options. If you are thinking about working with or within the Degordian team or only looking for valuable insight that you could implement in your own business, keep reading and find out more details.

Work arrangement as an Employee

Full-time employees are our permanent group of people, the core team. They are arranged into units and teams through the organizational structure. It is being created with Degordian’s long-term plans in mind. We want everyone to do the job where they are fulfilling their potential and make great things. 

We also want our people to stay with us in the long term and grow together in knowledge, work, and projects.

Check out the features of this model:

Work organization

– Full-time employment contract
– Flexible working hours
Fix, Flexi, or Remote work options 

Work culture 

– Team and department affiliation
– Integration in Degordian work and processes
– The employee is part of a passionate, positive, and ambitious Degordian core team
– Part of a company culture that encourages proactivity, ideas, and innovation
– Involvement in company & team building events

Education 

– Dedicated team leader
– Degordian education access
– Learning & research materials access 

Progress and development

– Semi-annual career development talks
– Monthly 1on1 feedback talks with team leaders
– CEO open doors
– Career development opportunities (vertical & horizontal) 

Assets 

– MacBook
– Smartphone with the business mobile plan
– Other equipment if needed 

Finances 

– Fixed salary (and variable where applicable)
Salary supplements during the year – where applicable
– Pay raise opportunities 

Personal time-off

– Fixed number of vacation days with the possibility of obtaining additional days off
Paid vacation
– Paid sick leave 

Benefits of working in the office 

– Full office access
– Fully stacked kitchen access
– Pet-friendly office

Work arrangement as an Intern

This arrangement is pointed to younger future Degordians. Perfect for students that are searching for a field of focus, extra education, and valuable experiences. We really love this model where we help students enter the business world. 

Our Internship program is suited for all those students who are actively studying but want to develop knowledge and practical skills. Students’ work is significant to us, especially for the support and more operational tasks in each department. By providing students with internships, we also build a talent pool for our core team’s junior positions.

We employ interns based on external selections, considering collaboration in a long-term context. We don’t offer professional internships that last only for a month or two, nor do we have a volunteering option. When we need help with job tasks that an intern could do, we first start the selection process, promote it, and finally – we choose the best candidate from the pool of those candidates that applied. Interns are also arranged into units and teams through the organizational structure.

It is important that students fit our team because most internships end up with employment after graduation. 

Here are some characteristics of this work arrangement:

Work organization

– Student contract
– Fixed number of working hours per week
– Flexible working hours
Fix & Flexi work options

Work culture

– Team and department affiliation
– Integration in Degordians work and processes
– The Intern is part of a passionate, positive, and ambitious Degordian team
– Part of a company culture that encourages proactivity, ideas, and innovation
– Involvement in company & team building events

Education

– Dedicated team leader
– Degordian education access
– Learning & research materials access

Progress and development

– Semi-annual career development talks
– Monthly 1on1 feedback talks with team leaders
– CEO open doors
– Long-lasting arrangement (most of our interns stay at Degordian after graduation)
– Employment possibilities after finished university obligations
– Possibility to change team/unit/focus field through the internal selection process

Assets

– MacBook
– Other equipment if needed

Finances

– Paid per hour (or fixed salary where applicable)
– Pay raise opportunities

Personal time-off

– Unpaid vacation

Benefits of working in the office

– Full office access
– Fully stacked kitchen access
– Pet-friendly office

Work arrangement as an External Associate

external associates at degordian

Our goal is to offer the most flexible work possibilities and maintain a high standard of growth, satisfaction, and steady income

Sometimes we don’t have specific knowledge and skills in the core team, or the core team is too busy at a particular moment. In that case, we would make connections with freelancers or smaller agencies to help us out. 

When looking for new external associates for certain services, we hire based on external selections or the recommendation we receive. The associates should look at the cooperation in a partnership way and for a long run, as we do. The goal is that both parties have maximally professional engagement. Even though the associates are not part of our core team, they play a significant role in producing quality output. 

Some details of this work option are:

Work organization 

– Suitable arrangements are: freelancers, small teams, and small companies
– Associate has to have the option to issue an invoice – if a person doesn’t have this option, Degordian will instruct and help open the easiest legal entity
– Partnership agreement
– Obligation to have other clients as well (Degordian should make up less than 50% of revenue)
– Obligation to respect deadlines for projects and jobs
– Fixed contact person or contact team within Degordian
– Flexible working hours and location – associates choose when, where and how much you work
– Office access – if and when needed 

Work culture 

– Cooperation with a passionate, positive, and ambitious Degordian core team 

Progress and development 

– Project feedback talks
– Long-lasting cooperation – we are striving for long-term business relationships
– Employment possibilities – if wanted, within new employment job opportunities

 Assets 

– Associates use their work equipment, but there is the possibility of renting additional equipment if needed for a job 

Finances 

– Paid by an invoice
– Paid per hour or job

To conclude, how do we determine which work arrangement we need and who can apply?

When we need reinforcement we define if the new job opening is suitable for an Intern, Full-time employee, or External Associate.

At the beginning of the selection process and in the job ad, it will be defined which work arrangements are suitable and what we can offer for each position. Mostly there will be only one of these 3. Still, there might be a possibility that more work arrangements will be applicable for one job, so it depends more on the candidate’s preferences.

If you wish to work in Degordian, keep an eye on the open positions published on our Careers page. On the other hand, if we currently don’t have an open position for your dream job, consider what type of work engagement would suit you best and send us a letter of interest.

We believe that there will be opportunities for cooperation in one of these work options.

If you have any questions, we are always happy to hear from you! 🙂