When people ask us “Why Codelab?” — our answer is simple: because we love working together. Lovely people — the distinct Codelab atmosphere — you will find all of that here!
Today, however, let’s commemorate some selected moments together, you will see, we really have a soft-spot for each other. And we really like high fives, both literal very tangible ones. Let’s take this Employee appreciation day what we appreciate about one another.
1. Codelab2gether: analog meetings and events are finally back!
While we love working from home, the paradigm-shift in working culture since 2020 has made us appreciate in-person meetings even more. These were the most memorable team events at Codelab in 2022:
- Bringing our children to the office for Children’s Day and celebrating with both our co-workers and their families.
- Bringing back Pizza Day and participating in the Codelab4fit day challenges.
- But, was there only carefree debauchery? Of course not. We also celebrated some major project successes, such as the 10th anniversary of our super important to-secret project we which we can’t talk about at this point. All we can say is: 10 years — 10 million cars running software created by Codelab — pretty impressive!
Of course we cannot ignore the unprecedented, historic, first-ever truly joint meeting of all teams from Poland and Germany, including remote workers, in one place — the Codelab2Gether reunion. We remember the event very fondly.
2. Moving and shaking — Top location and design at Codelab x Sagittarius
Our Wroclaw team has been working in an incredible office since April, designed by the very talented architects at Studio Modelina. With a prime location (50 m from the main railway station) and amazing design, the interior design turned a lot of heads and was included in the TOP15 most interesting offices in Poland by PropertyDesign.
3. “We care” — it’s in our DNA!
Our “we care” slogan encompasses many aspects. On the one hand, we listen to our employees and put great emphasis on their personal and professional well-being, like the recent formalization of company-wide gender-sensitive language. We really appreciate the growing number of female Codelabers! On the other hand, we take care of our physical well-being, with activities like Codelab4fit and healthy activity days in the office.
We also take care of ourselves — as part of the Codelab4fit programme, we jumped out from behind our desks, held healthy office days, competed on Strava, and some ‘went in too hard’ and only stopped after more than 500km of cycling along the Polish Baltic coast.
But we also care for those in need. Private and company-wide efforts support those impacted by the terrible events in Ukraine. In our annual Christmas collection our employees raised a tremendous amount of money this year, which was doubled by Codelab. The amount collected allowed Zosia, the daughter of one of our colleagues, to get her very own assisted mobility device. Just look at that smile!
4. We love learning and putting it into action!
In 2022 we were finally back to attending events like trade shows and conferences. Highlights included exploring new opportunities in the Far North. Electromobility and autonomous driving were the hot topics of last years VECS in Sweden.
5. Professional and personal development – an integral part of Codelab’s company culture
We have had a challenging few years behind us, which has become evident in the way we work together, so we re-evaluated our needs. We decided to listen to each other, to find out what defines how we work at Codelab and how job candidates perceive us. In total, nine workshops were held and on average one in five of us shared their experiences, while dozens of candidates shared feedback on the recruitment process in our company.
Today we know what we need and… we have the backlog to prove it! More than 20 employer branding projects have been launched and more are in the pipeline. All of this is done to make our work at Codelab as satisfying and fun as possible. The implementation of our new recruiting system has definitely sped up recruitment and improved the experience for the people that choose to join Codelab. Our current rating of 4,78/5 tells us, we are going in the right direction 😊
6. 50/10/1, so what’s behind the “we do”!
Speaking of work 😊. We ended the year with dozens of projects for various industries, including new areas such as industry, electromobility and IIoT. However, there is no denying that we are proud to see that the software we implement and develop can be seen in more than 50% of the world’s top10 car brands (in one project alone, we reached 10 million units of a model that is running safely, thanks in part to the work of our specialists). We also have an important debut behind us — Codelab’s first fully commercialised product. Our youngest child, Remote Hero, hit the high flights straight away. Indeed, it can be spotted on some of the world’s most famous cranes…
7. Loving what you do + feeling appreciated = <3
In this telegraph-style summary, we can only share an excerpt of what we appreciate. Some of our more top-secret projects will of course have to stay sealed.. First, we have our constantly growing female Codelabers, who make up almost one-fifth of the team now, something we celebrated together on Women’s Day. The project management reached a milestone, the team hit 200 sprints this year and continues to make sure we stay agile.
Last but not least, we really appreciate our Codelab Heroes. That is what we call our long-standing employees, who have been with us for 5 years and more, make up almost half of the team now, with some being with us for more than 15 years even. Our Codelab Heroes, or as we also like to call them: our special task force — thanks for being with us for so long!
But whether you have been working here for 15 years or just a few months — as you will find out if you get to know Codelab for yourself — we’re building an open, attentive community for everyone. Professionalism with an added special blend of humaneness and friendliness.
So why Codelab? That’s why!