Tatiana Kanerva, Software developer

Who are you?

I am Tatiana Kanerva, originally from Russia. I have been working at Kalmar since 2017 as a software developer and have recently started in a new role as a product owner. I have a specialist’s degree from  Murmansk State Technical University and a master’s degree in wireless technologies from Aalto University.

Why did you apply to work for Kalmar?

I moved to Tampere before finishing my master’s thesis – the plan was to graduate first and search for a job after that. I received offers for different positions, and one those was a job at some big industrial company, which was searching for a developer with knowledge in a list of technologies. Before starting, I was not sure what kind of a place this was or if it was right for me – But ever since I started, I have enjoyed it a lot! I have learned that I like to play with big, industrial machines.

What is the atmosphere like here at Kalmar?

Freedom! You are given a task and have the freedom to decide what to do and how within a given framework. However, you are not alone and are always given help when you ask for it. People are treated as individuals with their own interests – you have your own vision, your own career path, and your own ideas of the future – this is all considered here at Kalmar. The atmosphere here is positive, and you are always supported in your decisions.

What kind of projects are you currently working on? 

I work with many different projects during a given day. The projects are all over the world – it could be a terminal in USA or Australia, for example. Every day is different – you could be working on a seaport, a train terminal, or a small manual terminal somewhere in the world.

What kind of technologies do you use in your daily job?

The technologies used depend on the subsystem you are working on. In the development process, Kanban and two-week sprints are generally used. Depending on what you are working on, many different programming languages and technologies are used here. Small teams of around ten people decide, how they do their work – for instance, the team is given a cutoff date, but you get to create your own processes, meetings and use the technologies you like. In addition, if the team wants to implement new technologies, it can easily be done.

What kind of challenges do you face in your work?

It can be challenging to understand the big picture – it takes time. You start to understand your own subsystem first, and now after a few years I am beginning to understand how all of the systems work together.

In what kind of areas would you like to develop yourself?

Time management – I became a product owner a few months ago, so running and optimizing a backlog for the team has been a new challenge.

How has Kalmar supported your career path and your professional goals?

You get to learn new technologies and constantly learn from other people working on other subsystems. Gathering new knowledge and learning new things every day is one of the best parts of the job.

Who would you recommend Kalmar to?

If you like lego, come here! The product is a little bit like legos – on one hand you play with boxes and stack containers, and on the other hand you combine subsystems to create the final customer product. You don’t have to worry, if you don’t get everything at first – it will take a long time to understand everything. If you want to be involved in developing something big, complex, fun and interesting, Kalmar is the place for you.  You will be developing systems that affect different parts of the world and your product will be doing things in far away places. So the daily working environment is truly international. The Tampere office is new and nice, and the working atmosphere here is super cool.

Marko Anttila, Senior Manager, Release Management

Who are you?

I am Marko Anttila. I graduated in 2004 with a Master of Science in Technology. Now I have worked for about a month as the manager of the Release Management organization at Kalmar’s automation and software department. Before this, I worked as a QA manager in the same team. I have also worked in testing as a Chief CI Engineer in a test architect -type of position.

Why did you apply to work for Kalmar?

I had the desire to work with my own product – in addition, my career at the previous company had come to a standstill, and there was no room for career development anymore. My expectations for the job were met well, and I have really enjoyed my time here. I would describe Kalmar as a vantage point – you get to see the results of your work yourself, and things are done looking at the long term. You also get to influence how work here is done and see the results yourself in a tangible way.

What is the atmosphere like here at Kalmar?

There is a strong spirit of working together here at Kalmar, and it is a great place to see where automation is going. At our offices just outside of Hervanta there are real cranes in the backyard – software development can be tested on real machines, so you get to physically see how the machines work. In addition, we have simulators where you get to test the machines and entire terminals as simulated models.

What kind of projects are you currently working on?

Currently we are working on a few bigger delivery projects on new automation software. More specifically, the projects are new terminal automation solutions for large terminal operators. An example of a typical new project would be a new terminal that is built somewhere, and it is lacking something that Kalmar’s product does not solve yet – we develop new features and operation models to meet this need.

What kind of technologies do you use in your daily job?

As a Release Manager, I do not really use specific programming languages in my daily work. In my earlier position, however, I used many of the most common test automation tools – Python, Robot Framework and Jenkins for instance. In the DevOps role, technologies such as Docker, Python and Java are used.

What kind of challenges do you face in your work?

Currently, the biggest challenges have to do with my new position as a manager – there is still a lot for me to learn about leadership.

Who would you recommend Kalmar to?

Open-minded, active and curious people thrive here. The systems are often complex, so someone who is not afraid of taking on a challenge will do well here. Of course, we also offer the opportunity for career development – you get variation and support, and it is possible to try different things according to your own interests. Kalmar is an exceptionally versatile workplace in that way.