Global breakthroughs in networking tech come from Riga

Global breakthroughs in networking tech come from Riga

Ubiquiti Inc is an American technology company founded in 2003 in San Jose, California. Ubiquiti manufactures and sells wired and wireless data communication products for enterprises and homes under multiple product line names. On October 13, 2011, Ubiquiti was listed on the NYSE and became a public company. As of January 2022, Ubiquiti had a market capitalization of around $18B.

Ubiquiti has 12 offices worldwide, and one of their Research and Development (R&D) offices is located in Riga, Latvia. We talked to Kristaps Rikans, the Regional Managing Director at Ubiquiti, to get some insights regarding how it is to work for Ubiquiti’s R&D office in Riga and the main technical challenges for engineers working at Ubiquiti.

 

🔵 Could you explain exactly what Ubiquiti is doing?

Ubiquiti develops, manufactures, and sells wired and wireless IT products for enterprises and homes under multiple brand names – UniFi, AmpliFi, AirMax. Airfiber and others.

Ubiquiti’s Riga office mainly focuses on product R&D, where we do the full cycle development, starting from the idea and scratch to the final product and mass production. We do industrial design, hardware, electronics, all layers of software – systems software, front-end, and back-end, UI/UX design, including mobile apps (iOS and Android).

 

 

🔵 What kind of technical challenges can people at Ubiquiti solve in their everyday work?

Our mission is to make the best IT products in the world – the fastest WiFi routers, greatest video surveillance cameras, routers, switches, and everything else related to IT infrastructure. 

In our case, the most challenging technical questions are related to how we can make those traditionally complex but sophisticated wireless products, systems, and platforms as user-friendly as possible. The end goal is to make deploying and configuring those systems easy for everyone while still having the professional IT infrastructure.

Those challenges make the work for engineers inspiring because they have the chance to work with the latest technologies – WiFi 6, video streaming, Internet of things (IoT), Voice over IP (VoIP), Cloud and Web services, Artificial intelligence (AI), Augmented reality (AR), and others.

 

 

🔵 Could you describe the work in Ubiquiti’s Riga office? How many employees does Ubiquiti have globally, and how many work directly out of Riga’s office?

In total, we have more than a thousand engineers globally. Ubiquiti is a unique technology company globally, as there are no other companies that have shipped so many different IT products with such a small R&D team. Also, our revenue per engineer is unparalleled. Some companies have ten times more engineers but make less revenue, making us uniquely effective.

The same can be said about Riga – we have a small but very effective and talented team of 100+ engineers. While we’re growing like other IT companies in Riga, we are not trying to grow in the headcount, as our goal is to grow in talent level and culture. 

 

🔵 What kind of roles and departments do you have in Riga’s office?

Our Riga office is very diverse. Mechanical and electrical engineers, all types of software developers – front end, back end, full-stack, mobile developers (both Android and iOS), embedded developers, cloud technology developers, wireless driver engineers, LCD driver engineers. In addition, we also have a very talented graphical user interface designers and DevOps team that is responsible for infrastructure related to the systems and platforms of our products. 

It makes our Riga R&D center attractive for engineers because we don’t have 100 people working on the same thing. Instead, every engineer works on their specific part related to our different products used by millions of people. It’s exciting to walk around our office and explore different things that our engineers are working on and get inspired by other technologies or areas of expertise. So it’s essential that engineers working at Ubiquiti are interested in IT and hardware products.

 

 

🔵 How does Ubiquiti keep its employees happy, motivated and loyal?

If you’d ask any engineer in our company, you’d find out that many things make us an attractive employer. Our company was founded 18 years ago by a talented ex-Apple engineer, Robert Pera, who worked on the AirPort Extreme, which was the wireless router of Apple. Apple and Ubiquiti have similarities in the company culture as Robert brought some of those things over. Similarly to Apple, we focus on creating the greatest product, quality, user experience, and industrial design. There is no R&D center in Riga for Apple, but there is one for Ubiquiti. 

Secondly, instead of simply working on software, you can build products that you, your family, and friends use at home. That’s inspiring. It gives you bragging rights in the social circle with your friends and family, where you can tell how you helped to build the wireless access point and how we have shipped one million of those across the world. So whenever you go into a restaurant, airport, or office building and see this little dish on the ceiling, you know that you’re part of it. 

Unlike traditional companies, where you have clear guidelines of specs that say, ‘This is the product you’re going to be working on and here are the tasks that you need to accomplish’ and have very well defined project and product scopes, engineers working at Ubiquiti can also affect the product. That motivates engineers because you’re not just a tiny wheel in the big system. At Ubiquiti, you can ping our CEO and say, “Hey Robert, I think we can improve this part of the product by changing this or that turning this needle and make it much better”. So you have the chance to influence the product to make it better and more user-friendly. 

 

🔵 I get that Ubiquiti is a very transparent and open organization, especially compared to other companies with a similar valuation?

We’re a very flat company, and there is no bureaucracy or corporate vibe. We operate like a startup. You can be vocal, reach out to the CEO, and influence the product and the culture. As we’re a publicly-traded company, people can see our financials, so I can add that we’re also a financially very healthy company, which allows us to reward our engineers and sometimes it can be life-changing. 

 

🔵 What are the key values in Ubiquiti’s culture that everyone follows?

We care about the product, user experience, and quality. We follow the ‘outside-in thinking’, that’s similar to Apple. As I already mentioned earlier, a flat structure without bureaucracy or hierarchy allows us to be very effective. We work overnight to deliver the product when needed, as we’re agile and moving quickly. In terms of communication, we’re honest, straightforward.

 

Check out Ubiquiti’s open positions on MeetFrank:

View all open positions.

 

 

🔵 How do you keep your employees engaged?

We don’t have the traditional ‘nine to five’. That’s part of our culture. We care about output and deliverables, the value you bring to the final product and customer, not how many lines of code you have written or how many hours you have worked. An engineer can change the product with a minimal contribution code base but still impact the user experience for the better. 

We occasionally have hackathon sessions. Currently, with the Covid-19, we work in the “hybrid mode”, but since we’re a hardware product and engineering company, we prefer to work from the office. Our engineers feel better if they come to the office and be in the hardware world. Our office is also one of the motivators because it’s a great place to be with different labs and hardware tools, the latest and greatest gadgets available for testing. 

In addition, we have a thing called Home Labs, which means that everybody can test out our products in their home. We have a dedicated Slack channel for that, where our people share their feedback and options regarding user experience, report issues if someone has found something, etc. There’s even a term for it. It’s used internationally in the software community, “Eat your own dog food.”

We have free snacks, free pizza for lunch every now and then,the possibility to work from a hotel, movie nights, events etc. Due to Covid, this has changed a bit, but we still try to inspire our people.

 

Facing hypergrowth with Kilo.Health

Facing hypergrowth with Kilo.Health

Every now and then, a start-up goes into hypergrowth. Kilo Health is the perfect example of this by more than doubling both the revenue and size of the team in 2021, with similar goals for the coming year. Of course, hiring at such a rapid pace means a lot of thinking about how to scale the culture of the company.

This is why we were excited to interview Juste Vižinytė, Chief People Officer at Kilo Health. We asked her about the thinking behind “spoiling the employees” with perks and benefits, why they discarded all rules regarding the working location, and much more!

 

🔵 Before we get to the exciting growth story, could you please explain what Kilo Health does? What are your most popular products, who are your clients, and where are they located?

Kilo Health is one of the leading digital health and wellness companies in the world. We’re also among the fastest-growing health tech companies in Europe with 500+ employees. Our headquarters are in Lithuania, but we also have offices in Berlin and Kyiv.

We have plenty of well-performing products, from mental health apps to weight management programs. We’re also providing tools to prevent, manage, or treat various health conditions, focusing on developing chronic condition management products.

Some of the most popular products include:

  1. Klinio – for diabetes management 
  2. Sensa – for mental health and wellness support
  3. Cardi.Health – for cardiovascular health
  4. Keto Cycle – for keto-powered nutrition
  5. DoFasting – for following a healthy intermittent fasting routine

Our largest market is the US, but other English-speaking countries such as the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, also play a significant role. Other important markets for us include Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Middle Eastern, and Scandinavian countries. Anyone who wishes to have a better, healthier lifestyle might be our client. 

 

🔵 Thinking about Kilo Health, the first thing that comes to mind is explosive growth. Could you give some insight into how quickly your business is accelerating?

Both the team and revenues are indeed growing at breakneck speed. We have hired 365 new people in 2021 so far. Next year, we plan to double our revenues, which already means generating a nine-digit revenue in 2022. 

 

 

🔵 How is the size of the team holding up?

We’re facing hypergrowth. Every week, 4–10 new people join our team, so you can imagine the challenges we have. We put a lot of effort into the first onboarding day so that new hires may experience our culture and meet as many colleagues as possible. Still, the most important factor is how they feel during the first few months.

Additionally, we want to create a supportive, inviting, and challenging environment that keeps people working with us for a long time. That’s why we’re expanding not only the talent acquisition team but also hiring people responsible for motivation and personal development. 

We don’t want to simply grow our teams, but to make sure that everyone who already works at Kilo Health is happy and sees meaning in their work and our mission. This is the only way to push Kilo Health to the next level.

 

 

🔵 Facing the hypergrowth of the team, have you opened any new offices lately, or have you opted more for a hybrid or remote work approach?

We have surveyed our people and learned that there is no one-size-fits-all option. As a result, everyone now works the way they want – anyone can find a place in the office, but if you prefer, you can work from anywhere in the world. We certainly do not apply strict rules.

One of our core values is ownership, freedom and creativity so each employee can make their own decisions on how and where to work – you do you, as long as the job gets done. Still, we try to make our offices as inviting as possible, so that more people want to come and work from there. We have offices in Vilnius and other Lithuanian cities, as well as spaces in Berlin and Kyiv.

 

 

🔵 With the team constantly expanding, high-performing employees should have good options for career growth. Could you share some stories of rising employees inside the company?

We try to help our employees grow by acquiring additional skills and promoting people from within the company. We create authentic leaders because Kilo Health’s culture is unique. Also, it is really valuable to train our existing employees for higher positions because they already know our culture.

An excellent example of this is one of our first teammates Kristina Zalnieraite who joined Kilo Health as a nutrition specialist back in 2018. Today, she is the Head of Nutrition and Wellness with 15 nutrition experts, dietitians and fitness consultants in her team.

Of course, we are always looking for external talents to join the ranks of our leadership team or as senior specialists. This ensures that we broaden our horizons as a company and soak in the best practices from different industries.

 

🔵 Even among startups, Kilo Health stands out for an extensive list of perks and benefits. Could you highlight some of them?

We just opened our new office, and we can call it Disneyland for our employees – we will have a massage parlour, gym, a bar, and just about anything you need to stay healthy, happy, and inspired. One of the recent must-haves is flexible private health insurance – as a company that works in the wellness industry, it was a no-brainer. We also provide 5 additional days off whenever you need it, workations, and all the learning opportunities you want, among other things. 

We don’t think the fridge full of food, a taxi budget, or a game room is a perk. It’s just a part of creating an inviting environment and allowing some time to recharge and rest. We focus on making sure that employees’ ideas are heard, the work is challenging, the teams are inviting, and our people can ambitiously grow together with the company.

 

🔵 What’s the philosophy behind “spoiling your employees”?

If you love your teams, they will love their work. If you give your heart to your colleagues, they will share theirs.

 

 

🔵 If MeetFrank’s monthly leaderboards are any indication, Kilo Health is unquestionably one of the hottest Lithuanian startups to work for in 2021. How much interest in the company do you see among candidates?

We need to headhunt people like everyone else, but I think it is a bit easier for us at this point. We emphasize our culture and hire based on cultural fit and expertise.

We have already reached our yearly employee hiring goal for this year. We have a diverse group of colleagues – from Kyiv or Berlin to the Philippines or the UK. All of them provide Kilo Health with a diverse and global mindset. 

 

🔵 Kilo Health has a particular company culture, amplified by prominent employer branding. In your opinion, what kind of qualities should the person have to fit into the team?

We look for people with a heightened sense of ownership but are also free, positive, straightforward, ambitious, flexible, fast, agile, and have a good sense of humour – those who wish to grow together and push the company to become better. 

 

Check out Kilo.Health’s open positions on MeetFrank:

Or view all openings.

 

🔵 And finally, where do you see Kilo Health in the next few years?

Kilo Health was founded to design the most engaging and effective digital lifestyle interventions that lead to a healthier life by preventing, managing, or treating various health conditions. Our vision is to become the No. 1 digital health company in chronic condition management globally with the steady and constant growth we’ve maintained so far.

 

Interview: Jüri Tarkpea, the VP of Platform Engineering at Fleet Complete

Interview: Jüri Tarkpea, the VP of Platform Engineering at Fleet Complete

Just 20 years ago Jüri Tarkpea, now the VP of Platform Engineering at Fleet Complete, had a software company in a small Estonian town called Tartu. Their one-of-a-kind GPS tracker first caught the eye of Skype founder Toivo Annus and just 3 years ago the whole business was acquired by a huge global player Fleet Complete. Talk about a success story! 📈

Fleet Complete is the global leader in providing IoT solutions with the goal to reduce waste around anything that involves vehicles 🚚.. As their product falls on the B2B side, the wider audience might not be aware of all the Fleet Complete devices that surround us. But be well assured, they make our daily life a lot easier. 

According to Jüri, Fleet Complete is like a fox 🦊  agile and adaptive to every situation. Small enough to be flexible and fast. Big enough to serve huge global partners.

Read the interview to find out how the team gets stuff done and how they work with influential clients like Ford, AT&T and many more.

 

Interview

 

No mission statement is better than an insider giving us the overview of the company. Please tell us what does Fleet Complete do? Where could one find your product?

Essentially, we have two core values that we provide to our customers. 

Firstly, reducing waste around everything that involves vehicles and other assets of a company. In addition to that, we also try to maximize the benefits that come out of these assets. Usually, it involves location tracking. 

Location visibility is the cornerstone of our service, because once you get to the location, you can do business calculations, maintenance reminders and all sorts of reporting about anything related to the vehicles and assets. So, what we really do is help fleets thrive. 

 

What exactly do you mean by “fleets”?

In our case they are bicycles, cars, heavy trucks, helicopters, boats and everything in between. If one knew where to look, this is exactly where our products are to be found — attached to all sorts of vehicles. Of course, in reality there are few who know where to search. 

In fact, as we operate on the B2B side of the business world, the knowledge about us in general public is not high at all so that sometimes even the employees of the companies that use our products don’t know about all the systems we are providing them. They might know that some devices are being used but not if they are provided by Fleet Complete or somebody else. 

We look at it as a good thing, after all, one of our ideals is that we take away the problems, not replace them with new ones. In that sense, being unknown is a really good thing — because everybody remembers troublemakers.

 

What is your career story in the company? How did you find Fleet Complete or how did Fleet Complete find you? 

My career started almost 20 years ago as a developer with two friends. At the time we had a little software company in Tartu with a few map applications. There was one specific app that allowed one to see one’s location on an old soviet military map, using GPS trackers. At that time, it was a unique offering. 

What is maybe interesting to mention is that Toivo Annus, the founder of Skype and one of the first business leaders in technology, used to have a hobby for off-road vehicles’ orientation back in 2004-2005. People who drove those vehicles started buying the software to know where the bogs and trenches are and this is how Toivo found out about us. 

One of the companies he had invested in was Oskando which was focusing on GPS trackers´ hardware, so at one point it was only natural that he came to us and made an offer to merge.

Following that, we expanded to Baltics and found the first resellers in Eastern Europe and Nordics. Then we merged with a Danish company and we started growing bigger than just a Baltics’ company. 

Three years ago, this whole thing was acquired by Fleet Complete and today I serve as the Global VP of Engineering. I think that most of the people working in the Estonian office today are on the same trajectory of one day contributing to this company and team at the highest possible level. 

 

Wow, that’s one interesting journey you had! What is the common value that connects different international experts in the team? 

“Getting stuff done”. In the corporate environment it can be really hard to maintain our own face and the personal style of communication. 

Luckily, I believe that we have managed to do that. We are not afraid to express our opinions and we all bring our best to the table for the mutual goal of getting stuff done. So, I guess it is the common mindset that most connects us. 

 

During these unprecedented times, how are things going with Fleet Complete?

When the first wave of COVID hit, very soon after, we started breaking many monthly records in sales. Our products and services proved to be extra valuable during these unprecedented times when life needed to become more digitalized in order to minimize physical contact between people. 

So, the year has turned out quite well. In fact, so well that we have started a new hiring cycle to keep up with the customer demands. 

At the same time internally, we switched to remote work mode from day 1 without any impact on the business. So, we are very flexible and allow everyone to decide what is the best working setup for them. Also, during that time we were offering virtual workout sessions with coaches on wellbeing as well as physical exercise. 

While the company’s headquarter is in Toronto, Fleet Complete has 12 offices all around the world. Picture from Tartu office opening.

 

The company is rapidly expanding and Fleet Complete just opened a new office in Tallinn. Congratulations! Who are you looking for to join the team?

Indeed, thank you! 

As I mentioned earlier, “getting stuff done” mindset plays a big role in our company. Therefore, we are first and foremost looking for people who align with that mindset. 

In addition to that I want to say that we have seen too many success stories over the years of people who on the paper should have not been hired but aligned with the mindset, had grit and have now achieved great things. 

Working in a company that is growing that fast is not always easy. It means that we also look for people who are searching for professional challenges. We do not have the luxury to decide everything for our employees, on the contrary, we are counting on them to make up their own mind and in case of urgency have the confidence to make the decision on their own.

If you are looking for professional challenges, share the “getting stuff done” mindset and are ready to take the lead when needed, we are a perfect match.

Specifically, we are looking at the moment: mobile developers, QA engineers, full-stack developers, UX lead and many more. Feel free to join the team:

 

 

You said that switching to remote work happened rather smoothly. Do you have any secrets on how you did that?

We support productivity. You should work where you are the most productive, be it the office, home or remote office — it doesn’t matter. 

In addition to that I believe we are a supportive bunch that want to achieve great things and to have fun along the way. 

Also, the self-development aspect is worth mentioning. During a short period of time you can see the strengths of each employee and we try to play on their strengths, we try to encourage their personal growth. From a materialistic perspective, our employees can choose their work equipment. We don’t offer golden laptops, but we’ll do as much as possible to help our employees to be more productive.

 

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us! To end the interview, we’ve got 5 rapid-fire questions to you.

 

If Fleet Complete would be an animal, what animal would it be? 

A fox, because of agility and ability to find solutions. Adaptive to every situation. 

 

What is the best thing that happened to the whole team this month? 

Excellent question! We just launched our next generation web platform product for retail customers of AT&T of US.  

 

Who is Fleet Complete’s biggest client in the world, in Estonia?

AT&T globally and Eesti Energia in Estonia.

 

What’s your favourite part of your current job? 

Never had a boring day.

 

What do you believe is the biggest strength of your company right now? 

Small enough to be agile and be able to execute rapidly. We are also big enough that we serve as partners for world’s biggest car manufacturers (Ford, General Motors, Daimler, Mitsubishi) and telecom companies. 

 

Companies Taking Care of the Health & Wellness of Their Team in Finland

Companies Taking Care of the Health & Wellness of Their Team in Finland

More and more companies are investing time and money into the wellbeing of their team. You can find wonderful and unique perks companies offer in to improve the health & wellness of their employees. I’m happy to say that this has become the standard. And rightly so. Every sick day is time lost in productivity. 

So how do you prevent people from getting sick? You cannot totally prevent this, especially in the Nordic countries but you can take steps to promote a healthier lifestyle, keep stress levels low and show some appreciation to your most valuable asset, which is your team.

Here we have compiled a list of 19 companies in Finland that go the extra mile. Let’s look at what they do to keep their team at their best possible health.

 

Health Checks

Health checks by employer

Regular health checks are very important. Regrettably, people don’t visit the doctors regularly and underlying health issues that could be fixed easily, get discovered in the late stages. By adding health checks as part of company perks in combination with reminders to actually go and see the doctor can go a long way.

In addition to this, there’s evidence that being on point about your team’s wellbeing can boost work morale quite significantly. Keeping in mind of course that this is a delicate and private matter. 

All of the following could be addressed during a health check that The World Health Organisation (WHO) identifies as key risk factors to health:

 

  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • High blood glucose
  • Poorly balanced diet
  • Lack of exercise

 

In addition to discovering some health issues that need interference, regular health checks can point out some lifestyle choices that could be changed and give you the push you need to transform to a healthier lifestyle, such as quitting smoking for example. 

 

Here are some of the companies in Finland that offer health checks on MeetFrank:

Nortal jobs, VALA Group jobs, Knowit jobs, Teamit jobs, Qentinel jobs, Pixels jobs, Trimble jobs, Fira Group jobs, Plan Brothers jobs, Nemesys jobs, Bluet jobs, F-Secure jobs, Chainalytics jobs, Nostemedia jobs

 

Check their profiles in the links to find out what they do and how they take care of their teams.

 

These companies offer flu vaccinations on the house on top of the health checks:

Qentinel jobs, Plan Brothers jobs & Knowit jobs

 

Mental health support is on the agenda for these guys:

Nortal jobs, Hiq jobs, VALA Group jobs, Teamit jobs, Trimble jobs, Fira Group jobs, Nemesys jobs, Bluet jobs, F-Secure jobs

 

Healthy Food

Healthy food in the office

It goes without saying that nutrition is one of the key factors to a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, even people at a healthy weight, poor diet is associated with major health risks that can cause illness and even death. These include heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancer. By making smart food choices, you can help protect yourself from these health problems.

 

Always sticking to a healthy diet is harder than you’d expect. Here a little nudge from your workplace and colleagues can go a long way. Healthy snacks rather than chocolate available for the whole team helps healthy eating become a habit.

 

These companies offer fresh fruit & veg in the office

G-⁠Works jobs, Nortal jobs, Nostemedia jobs, Hiq jobs, VALA Group jobs, Knowit jobs, Trimble jobs, Fira Group jobs, Nemesys jobs, Bluet jobs, Verkkokaupa jobs, F-Secure jobs, Chainalytics jobs

 

Remote Work

companies doing Remote work in Finland

Remote work is starting to become the norm in all different types of businesses. From startups to public sector to corporate to SME’s. There’s more than enough research to suggest that remote work can help keep stress levels down and boost productivity.

 

More and more companies in Finland are adding remote work to their perks. Depending on the company, some offer 100% remote positions, some choose to have a few days per week working from home. 

 

Here are companies offering remote work in Finland on MeetFrank:

G-⁠Works jobs, Nortal jobs, Nostemedia jobs, Hiq jobs, VALA Group jobs, Knowit jobs, Teamit jobs, Qentinel jobs, Pixels jobs, Trimble jobs, Fira Group jobs, Plan Brothers jobs, Nemesys jobs, Bluet jobs, Verkkokaupa jobs, Advance B2B jobs, F-Secure jobs, Chainalytics jobs

 

Fitness & Healthy Body

Team sport events

Healthy eating is the key to keeping on top of your health but that is far from all. To keep a healthy body and mind you also need to keep active. This can be difficult to keep track of when you’re at an office job and only stand up a few times per day. On the other hand, gym memberships can be costly.

 

This is where a fitness culture at work can go a long way to keep you at your fittest. Rather than beers at the pub, having team sports events on the agenda can also help teamwork and boost overall work morale.

 

Here are some companies getting their team to be more active by offering gym membership:

Nortal jobs, Nostemedia jobs, Hiq jobs, Knowit jobs, Trimble jobs, Bluet jobs, F-Secure jobs, Chainalytics jobs

 

These guys also do team sport events:

Nortal jobs, Nostemedia jobs, Hiq jobs, VALA Group jobs, Pixels jobs, Trimble jobs, Fira Group jobs, Plan Brothers jobs, Nemesys jobs, Bluet jobs, F-Secure jobs, Chainalytics jobs

 

Ergonomics perks and/or standing desks

Nortal jobs, Nostemedia jobs, Hiq jobs, VALA Group jobs, Knowit jobs, Teamit jobs, Qentinel jobs, Pixels jobs, Trimble jobs, Fira Group jobs, Plan Brothers jobs, Nemesys jobs, Bluet jobs, Advance B2B jobs, F-Secure jobs, Chainalytics jobs

 

Some employers that really stood out:

happy office

G-works, Hiq & Trimble have a meditation room.

Knowit offers an online training program including: time management, mindfulness, weight control, teamwork, efficiency and much more.

Advance B2B does weekly stretching classes in the office.

F-Secure takes it a step further with their own in-house gym.

Qentinel a paid child care service in case your kids get ill. Most of the time the parents choose to stay at home with kids however if there’s an important presentation or some reason why parent cannot be present at home, Qentinel covers the cost.

Check out all the companies and what they have to offer in the MeetFrank app.

Want your company featured in this article and tell everyone about your perks? Set up a profile on MeetFrank and let us know!

66 Top Companies Offering Health Benefits in The Office in Estonia

66 Top Companies Offering Health Benefits in The Office in Estonia

The happiness and health of your team directly affects productivity. Luckily we are no longer in an era where workers are seen as slaves. Your team is your most important asset and many companies are doing all they can to make sure their talent is well looked after.

Stress is directly linked to your health and this is crucial especially in Estonian climate. As soon as the summer months are over, the sickness season begins. As the sick pay compensation starts from the third day of being off a huge part of the workforce keeps coming in sick, infect their team and as a result stay sicker for longer. This issue is worse even in situations with single parents.

People also get sicker much easily when they are under stress, don’t have time to look after themselves or don’t keep a healthy diet and regular exercise. Companies are getting to an understanding that investing in the health & wellness of their team increases productivity and actually saves them capital.

We’ve compiled a list of the creme de la creme of companies in Estonia that put their talent’s wellness at the top of their agenda. Let’s take a look at how we picked these companies first. When a company adds themselves to MeetFrank, they pick the things that are most important to them. To you, the talented, it looks like this:

 

And here let me we give you an overview of different benefits and perks on offer by companies in Estonia to keep their team’s health and wellness on point, resulting in a happier work life.

 

Health Checks

company health checks estonia

On top of the obvious benefits of health checks such as improving your overall health it can also help boost loyalty and morale at work. They benefit both the employee and employer greatly. When we feel appreciated at work we tend to also put more effort in. 

Regular health checks are very important but sadly Estonians go to the doctors too late and underlying health issues get discovered in the late stages. By creating a culture where health checks are the norm we drastically increase the overall health at the workplace and of the population overall.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) identifies the following key risk factors to health, all of these could be addressed during a health check:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • High blood glucose
  • Poorly balanced diet
  • Lack of exercise

 

Regular health checks may give you enough of a push or advice to change some of your lifestyle choices for improving your health – such as quitting smoking or changing your diet. Determining factors that can develop into a health issue at an early stage can improve your overall health & wellness by quite a lot.

Benefits to team:

  • Access to info on their health
  • Reduced risks to their health
  • Improvement in performance
  • Better mental health

Benefits to companies:

  • Reduced sickness absence
  • Higher overall happiness of staff
  • Reduced turnover of staff
  • Improvement in productivity
  • Improved morale and loyalty amongst employees – taking extra steps for the health of the team improves overall work satisfaction

health and wellness estonia

 

Here are some of the companies in Estonia that offer health checks on MeetFrank:

Check their profiles in the links to find out what they do and how they take care of their teams.

All Media Digital jobs, Nortal jobs, Burfa Tech jobs, COMODULE jobs, Mindshare jobs, Betsson Group jobs, Fortumo jobs, Insly jobs, Skeleton Technologies jobs, SK ID Solutions jobs, INZMO jobs, Turnit jobs, MindTitan jobs, Sixfold jobs, Admiral Markets jobs, Erply jobs, Bedford Row Capital jobs, Bolt jobs, Adcash jobs, Mooncascade jobs, Interactive Brokers jobs, SportID jobs, SEB jobs, Rush Street Interactive jobs, RMIT jobs, Veriff jobs, Vaimo jobs, AFS IT Services Estonia jobs, RingIT jobs, Microsoft jobs, Softwerk jobs, Starship jobs, Proekspert jobs, Swedbank jobs, Helmes jobs, Cash On Go jobs, Guardtime jobs, Tele2 jobs

 

These companies offer flu vaccinations on the house on top of the health checks:

Microsoft jobs, Veriff jobs, SMIT jobs, Starship jobs, Swedbank jobs, Nortal jobs, Cash On Go jobs, Guardtime jobs, Tele2 jobs

 

Mental health support is on the agenda for these guys:

Nortal jobs, All Media Digital jobs, Testlio jobs, Insly jobs, Fortumo jobs, Admiral Markets jobs, Erply jobs, Veriff jobs, Vaimo jobs, Microsoft jobs, Starship jobs, EveryPay jobs, Clanbeat jobs, Swedbank jobs, Helmes jobs, Proekspert jobs, Tele2 jobs

 

Extra sick pay compensation

Nortal jobs, Betsson Group jobs, SK ID Solutions jobs, Omniva jobs, SEB jobs, Rush Street Interactive jobs, RingIT jobs, Swedbank jobs, Microsoft jobs, Proekspert jobs, Cash On Go jobs, Guardtime jobs, Tele2 jobs

 

Private Health Care

viveo health and wellness

Even though Estonia has a pretty good functioning national health care system, if you need to see a specialist fast, it makes more sense to go private. There are enough private clinics to get seen fast, however it can get pricey – on average a private doctors’ consultation can cost you starting from 50€ per visit.

An Estonian startup Viveo Health is tackling this! They connect you to a network of doctors and clinics. You can get seen virtually within minutes, get referrals to specialists and get e-prescriptions pretty much instantly. Their network includes a medical staff of over 5000 professionals. The payments are handled by your employer. Currently there are 1000 people who have joined their service and in Estonia, you have this extra love if you work at Proekspert 🙂 

 

Companies offering private health care or extra compensation

Omniva jobs, Interactive Brokers jobs, Nortal jobs, Veriff jobs, Proekspert jobs, Swedbank jobs, Microsoft jobs, Adcash jobs, Tele2 jobs

 

Healthy Food

health and wellness estonia food

The right diet is crucial for your health and wellness. In fact, diet related diseases have reached the top causes of death, surpassing lung cancer.

Of the 56.9 million deaths worldwide in 2016, more than half (54%) were due to the top 10 causes. Ischaemic heart disease and stroke are the world’s biggest killers, accounting for a combined 15.2 million deaths in 2016. These diseases have remained the leading causes of death globally in the last 15 years according to WHO

When healthy eating is promoted collectively, it is much easier to keep in track. Discussing healthy food options and diets in the kitchen with your team while snacking on some fresh fruit and nuts available can go a long way.

 

These companies offer fresh fruit & veg in the office

All Media Digital jobs, Nortal jobs, Scoro jobs, Burfa Tech jobs, Testlio jobs, COMODULE jobs, Mindshare Estonia jobs, Betsson Group jobs, Fortumo jobs, Insly jobs, Glia jobs, Skeleton Technologies jobs, SK ID Solutions jobs, Helmes jobs, INZMO jobs, Turnit jobs, Fiizy jobs, MindTitan jobs, Sixfold jobs, Admiral Markets jobs, Erply jobs, Bedford Row Capital jobs, Bolt jobs, Icefire jobs, eAgronom jobs, Adcash jobs, Mooncascade jobs, Interactive Brokers jobs, SportID jobs, SEB jobs, Rush Street Interactive jobs, RMIT jobs, IPF Digital jobs, Limegrow jobs, Veriff jobs, EstateGuru jobs, aTalent Recruiting jobs, Vaimo jobs, AFS IT Services Estonia jobs, Mobinner jobs, RingIT jobs, Geneto jobs, Singleton jobs, Microsoft jobs, Optimist Public jobs, Softwerk jobs, Starship jobs, EveryPay jobs, Proekspert jobs, Perforce jobs, Creative Mobile jobs, Swedbank jobs, Cash On Go jobs, Guardtime jobs, Tele2 jobs

 

 

Remote Work

health and wellness remote work

Remote work is one of the most requested perks our talent in Estonia has requested on MeetFrank. Furthermore, there’s plenty of data that shows the positives of remote work far outweigh the negatives. Remote work has been researched quite a bit and it is one of the perks that works great for keeping stress levels down. 

Personally I know the immense benefits – of course depends on your type of responsibilities however taking a few days to work from the peace and quiet of your own home without spending time on commuting can really make the team more productive. In addition to this it adds a sense of trust to your team.

 

Here are companies offering remote work in Estonia on MeetFrank:

All Media Digital jobs, Scoro jobs, Burfa Tech jobs, Testlio jobs, COMODULE jobs, Mindshare Estonia jobs, Betsson Group jobs, Fortumo jobs, Insly jobs, Skeleton Technologies jobs, Helmes jobs, Katana MRP jobs, Fiizy jobs, MindTitan jobs, Sixfold jobs, Admiral Markets jobs, Erply jobs, Bedford Row Capital jobs, Bolt jobs, eAgronom jobs, Adcash jobs, Mooncascade jobs, Omniva jobs, SportID jobs, SEB jobs, Rush Street Interactive jobs, RMIT jobs, IPF Digital jobs, Limegrow jobs, Veriff jobs, EstateGuru jobs, aTalent Recruiting jobs, Vaimo jobs, Riigi Infosüsteemi Amet jobs, AFS IT Services Estonia jobs, Mobinner jobs, Geneto jobs, Singleton jobs, Microsoft jobs, Optimist Public jobs, Softwerk jobs, Starship jobs, EveryPay jobs, Clanbeat jobs, Proekspert jobs, Perforce jobs, Creative Mobile jobs, Swedbank jobs, Cash On Go jobs, Guardtime jobs, Tele2 jobs

 

Team Sport Events

team sport companies estonia

Healthy food and health checks are a great way to improve the overall health and the team morale. However, you also got to keep you body healthy with some exercise. Sports events are also great for team building.

Team sports events benefit the workplace by:

  • Improving productivity
  • Increasing motivation
  • Increasing collaboration
  • Encouraging creativity
  • Improving communication

 

Here are some companies getting their team to be more active by offering SportID or gym membership:

All Media Digital jobs, Scoro jobs, Burfa Tech jobs, Testlio jobs, COMODULE jobs, Mindshare Estonia jobs, Betsson Group jobs, Fortumo jobs, Insly jobs, Glia jobs, Skeleton Technologies jobs, SK ID Solutions jobs, Helmes jobs, Katana MRP jobs, MindTitan jobs, Admiral Markets jobs, Erply jobs, Bedford Row Capital jobs, Bolt jobs, eAgronom jobs, Adcash jobs, Mooncascade jobs, Interactive Brokers jobs, Omniva jobs, SportID jobs, SEB jobs, RMIT jobs, IPF Digital jobs, Limegrow jobs, Veriff jobs, EstateGuru jobs, aTalent Recruiting jobs, Vaimo jobs, Telema jobs, SMIT jobs, Riigi Infosüsteemi Amet jobs, AFS IT Services Estonia jobs, Mobinner jobs, RingIT jobs, Geneto jobs, Singleton jobs, Microsoft jobs, Optimist Public jobs, Softwerk jobs, EveryPay jobs, Proekspert jobs, Swedbank jobs, Cash On Go jobs, Guardtime jobs, Tele2 jobs

These guys also do team sport events:

All Media Digital jobs, Nortal jobs, Scoro jobs, Burfa Tech jobs, Testlio jobs, COMODULE jobs, Mindshare Estonia jobs, Betsson Group jobs, Fortumo jobs, Skeleton Technologies jobs, Helmes jobs, Katana MRP jobs, Turnit jobs, Fiizy jobs, Sixfold jobs, Admiral Markets jobs, Erply jobs, Bedford Row Capital jobs, Bolt jobs, AdCash jobs, Mooncascade jobs, Omniva jobs, SEB jobs, Rush Street Interactive jobs, RMIT jobs, IPF Digital jobs, Veriff jobs, EstateGuru jobs, aTalent Recruiting jobs, Vaimo jobs, Telema jobs, SMIT jobs, AFS IT Services Estonia jobs, Mobinner jobs, RingIT jobs, Geneto jobs, Singleton jobs, Microsoft jobs, Optimist Public jobs, EveryPay jobs, Clanbeat jobs, Proekspert jobs, Swedbank jobs, Cash On Go jobs, Guardtime jobs, Tele2 jobs

 

Miscellaneous

health and wellness estonia

Not all perks fit into strict frames. Health trends change quite a bit but some stuff is well tested and adopted. Think of what else may affect you at work? Sitting by a computer all day hurts your back and posture, the lighting and screen hurts your eyes. Here’s some more extra steps that employers are taking to keep their team healthy.

 

Ergonomics perks and/or standing desks

All Media Digital jobs, Scoro jobs, Burfa Tech jobs, Betsson Group jobs, Testlio jobs, Insly jobs, Glia jobs, Skeleton Technologies jobs, SK ID Solutions jobs, Helmes jobs, INZMO jobs, Katana MRP jobs, Turnit jobs, Sixfold jobs, Admiral Markets jobs, Erply jobs, Bedford Row Capital jobs, Bolt jobs, Icefire jobs, eAgronom jobs, Adcash jobs, Interactive Brokers jobs, Mooncascade jobs, Omniva jobs, SEB jobs, Rush Street Interactive jobs, RMIT jobs, IPF Digital jobs, Limegrow jobs, Veriff jobs, aTalent Recruiting jobs, Vaimo jobs, SMIT jobs, Riigi Infosüsteemi Amet jobs, AFS IT Services Estonia jobs, RingIT jobs, Microsoft jobs, Softwerk jobs, Starship jobs, Proekspert jobs, Perforce jobs, Swedbank jobs, Microsoft jobs, COMODULE jobs, Nortal jobs, Cash On Go jobs, Guardtime jobs, Tele2 jobs

 

Relaxation and meditation rooms

Skeleton Technologies jobs, SK ID Solutions jobs, Helmes jobs, SEB jobs, Swedbank jobs, Tele2 jobs

 

Massage

Nortal jobs, Scoro jobs, Testlio jobs, Fortumo jobs, Insly jobs, SK ID Solutions jobs, Helmes jobs, Turnit jobs, Admiral Markets jobs, Erply jobs, Icefire jobs, Adcash jobs, Omniva jobs, SportID jobs, SEB jobs, RMIT jobs, Veriff jobs, Vaimo jobs, SMIT jobs, Riigi Infosüsteemi Amet jobs, RingIT jobs, Microsoft jobs, Starship jobs, Proekspert jobs, Swedbank jobs, Cash On Go jobs, Guardtime jobs, Tele2 jobs

 

Glasses compensations

Nortal jobs, Swedbank jobs, Helmes jobs, Admiral Markets jobs, Proekspert jobs, Cash On Go jobs, Guardtime jobs, Tele2 jobs

Some employers that really stood out:

health and wellness estonia

Testlio – on top of attending to almost every health benefit we brought out in this write-up, they have scheduled a mindfulness course in the office + 1 month paid sabbatical if you’ve been on the team for 5 years.

COMODULE do planking in the office and have a no-mess orange juicer!

Helmes goes all out with a sleeping capsule, table tennis, pool table, sauna, stretching track… Not bad at all.

Insly has a ping-pong room on top of many other perks. But also worth a mention that Insly has also won an award for a work-friendly environment many years in a row in Estonia. I must mention that I had the pleasure of working with some of Insly’s team and share an office with them some time back and they do indeed deserve the award 🙂

At Katana MRP by default your birthday is a day off – take time to celebrate moving to the next level!

Love cats? Turnit has an office furball called Maša.

Omniva and Swedbank have their own health track on site and Creative Mobile does Kouksundo in the office in the mornings.

Cash On Go will give extra paid 7-days winter vacation for employees who have been in a team for 2 years.

Guardtime has weekly yoga sessions and sauna to use at any time.

 

With all these perks and healthy lifestyle promoting activities many of the companies offer, there’s really little excuse to get healthy 🙂

Did you find some cool companies that align with your perfect workspace? Why don’t you check out if you’re a match on MeetFrank!

Offer some amazing perks to your team but weren’t featured here? Set up your profile on MeetFrank and let us know!

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Health and Wellness in the Office in Lithuania

Health and Wellness in the Office in Lithuania

The health and wellness of a company’s team can make or break it. Regrettably, there are still a lot of companies that see employees as a cost rather than value. But the world is changing. The more successful ones have realised that the company relies heavily on how happy and healthy they keep their talent (the latter is especially important in colder climates).

So here we give you an overview of different benefits and perks on offer by companies in Lithuania to keep their team’s health and wellness on point, resulting in higher productivity.

 

Healthy Food

 

The right diet is crucial for your health and wellness. In fact, diet related diseases have reached the top causes of death, surpassing lung cancer. This is why having that extra push or something as simple as fresh fruit in the office is an important step towards the health and wellness of a company’s team.

Of the 56.9 million deaths worldwide in 2016, more than half (54%) were due to the top 10 causes. Ischaemic heart disease and stroke are the world’s biggest killers, accounting for a combined 15.2 million deaths in 2016. These diseases have remained the leading causes of death globally in the last 15 years according to WHO

As they say – an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

health and wellness lithuania 

These companies offer fresh fruit & veg in the office

Check out what they do and see if you’re a match!

Sai Global jobs, Present Connection jobs, Adroiti jobs, Rokkex jobs, Baltic Amadeus jobs, Cognizant jobs, Blue Bridge jobs, CoinGate jobs, Zenitech jobs, TeleSoftas jobs, Vinted jobs, Filippo Loreti, Satalia Lithuania, UAB Kesko Senukai Digital, Vilniaus turto valdymas jobs, IBus Media jobs, Solutionlab Production jobs, Rely in the Baltics jobs, Profitus jobs, Tele2 Lietuva jobs, Inventi jobs, Convious jobs, BTT Cloud jobs.

On top of fresh food and snacks Vinted also has hot soup for all of their team 🙂

Kesko Senukai Digital has breakfast in the office and Zenitech offers lunch on Thursdays.

 

Remote Work

health and wellness remote

Remote work has become very popular in recent years. There have been many studies on the topic and giving your team the flexibility to work from where they choose can boost productivity quite a lot. By offering remote work, stress levels are reduced and on top you spend less time commuting.

 

Here are companies offering remote work in Lithuania on MeetFrank:

Sai Global jobs, Present Connection jobs, Adroiti jobs, Rokkex jobs, ACME Grupė jobs, ACC Distribution jobs, ACME Film jobs, Baltic Amadeus jobs, Mio Technologies jobs, Blue Bridge jobs, CoinGate jobs, ProvenStack jobs, Visma Lietuva jobs, TeleSoftas jobs, Vinted jobs, Filippo Loreti jobs, TableAir jobs, Satalia Lithuania jobs, Kesko Senukai Digital jobs, Vilniaus turto valdymas jobs, Telia Company jobs, IBus Media jobs, Solutionlab Production jobs, Rely in the Baltics jobs, Credital jobs, Profitus jobs, Tele2 jobs, UAB Inventi jobs, Convious jobs, Icona jobs, Novitas jobs

 

Health Checks

health checks lithuania companies

Health checks provided through work benefit both the employee and employer greatly. On top of the obvious – which is you know, improving your overall health it can also help boost loyalty and morale at work. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) identifies the following key risk factors to health, all of these could be addressed during a health check:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • High blood glucose
  • Poorly balanced diet
  • Lack of exercise

Regular health checks can help you identify an underlying problem and seek a resolution. Also, this may give you enough of a push or advice to change some of your lifestyle choices for improving your health – such as quitting smoking or changing your diet.

Benefits to team:

  • Access to info on their health
  • Reduced risks to their health
  • Improvement in performance
  • Better mental health

Benefits to companies:

  • Reduced sickness absence
  • Higher overall happiness of staff
  • Reduced turnover of staff
  • Improvement in productivity
  • Improved morale and loyalty amongst employees – taking extra steps for the health of the team improves overall work satisfaction

 

Here are some of the companies in Lithuania that offer health checks on MeetFrank:

Present Connection jobs, Rokkex jobs, ACME Grupė jobs, ACC Distribution jobs, ACME Film jobs, Baltic Amadeus jobs, Blue Bridge jobs

 

These companies offer flu vaccinations on the house on top of the health checks:

Kesko Senukai Digital jobs, Cognizant jobs, Solutionlab Production jobs, Rely in the Baltics jobs

 

These companies take another extra step and pay for private health insurance:

IBus Media jobs, Telia Company jobs, Rely in the Baltics jobs, Sai Global jobs, Baltic Amadeus jobs, Visma jobs

 

Mental health support is on the agenda for these guys:

Rokkex jobs, Cognizant jobs, Vilniaus turto valdymas jobs

 

 

Team Sport Events

health and wellness team

Health checks and vaccinations go a long way however prevention is better than fixing the already developed issues. Keeping on top of regular exercise in addition to workload and family life can be hard. 

In addition to the benefits of team building and getting to know each other on a more personal level, finding buddies to exercise with at work can have long-lasting effects – by instilling exercise and keeping fit in your company culture you can help your team keep this up regularly.  

On top of this, team sports events benefit the workplace by:

  • Improving productivity
  • Increasing motivation
  • Increasing collaboration
  • Encouraging creativity
  • Improving communication

 

Here are some companies taking extra steps in recreational activities.

 

These companies provide gym membership or reimburse sport related expenses:

Sai Global jobs, Present Connection jobs, Baltic Amadeus jobs, Cognizant jobs, Blue Bridge jobs, Filippo Loreti jobs, Credital jobs

 

These guys also do team sport events:

Present Connection jobs, Baltic Amadeus jobs, Cognizant jobs, Blue Bridge jobs, ProvenStack jobs, Zenitech jobs, Visma jobs, TeleSoftas jobs, Filippo Loreti jobs, Vilniaus turto valdymas jobs, Telia Company jobs, Solutionlab Production jobs, Profitus jobs, Tele2 jobs, Inventi jobs, BTT Cloud jobs

Vinted raises the bar again with in-house pilates class and gym 🙂

 

Miscellaneous

 

Some companies are getting creative and are taking extra steps on top of this.

Standing desks is a popular one – sitting down all day is not great for posture and overall health.

Mindfulness and relaxation is also a nice new trend in workplaces.

health and wellness mindfulness

Relaxation and meditation rooms

Sai Global jobs, Mio Technologies jobs, Visma jobs

 

Massage or standing desks

Sai Global jobs, Present Connection jobs, Adroiti jobs, Rokkex jobs, ACME Grupė, ACC Distribution, ACME Film, Baltic Amadeus jobs, Mio Technologies jobs, Cognizant jobs, Blue Bridge jobs, ProvenStack jobs, Visma jobs, TeleSoftas jobs, Vinted jobs, Filippo Loreti jobs, TableAir jobs, Satalia jobs, Kesko Senukai Digital jobs, Vilniaus turto valdymas jobs, Solutionlab Production jobs, Rely in the Baltics jobs, Credital jobs, Tele2 jobs, Convious jobs

 

Some employers that really stood out:

Cognizant – also provides (on top of what most do as well) special allowances in case of wedding, childbirth and bereavement. Paid leave to learn a new language. They actively promote blood and bone marrow donation in the office.

Vinted was also pointed out in many of the categories above and on top of this they have hammocks! Hammocks for your feet even!

Want some extra time off to relax? No problem at Solutionlab Production

If you have kids, Telia has invested in keeping a family friendly work culture by creating a kids zone in their office.

 

Health and wellness at work = a successful business

 

And there we have it – these 33 amazing companies put their money where their mouth is and make sure that the wellbeing of their team is a top priority. If you are working for a cool company that is doing something exceptional in this field and they were not mentioned, drop their link in the comments and we’ll reach out to them, 🙂

Did you find some cool companies that align with your perfect workspace? Why don’t you check out if you’re a match on MeetFrank!

Offer some amazing perks for health and wellness of your team but weren’t featured here? Set up your profile on MeetFrank and let us know