Culture & Careers
- January 7, 2021

World Wide Workplace: meet our global Heroes

If you missed our previous editions of World Wide Workplace, dive into the archives and find out more about what gives our Heroes that ‘looking forward to Monday’ feeling, and what has been dubbed as Delivery Hero’s “weirdest starting day ever.”

Delivery Hero operates in over 45 countries across four continents, and just as we have a global presence, so do our employees. With over 100 nationalities represented in our Berlin HQ alone, celebrating new perspectives is at the heart of what it means to be a Hero.

Join us on a trip around the world, and meet our Heroes.

Katalin | Delivery Hero 

Originally from Budapest, Hungary, Katalin moved to Berlin in August 2016 to join the central Delivery Hero team. 

Katalin is a Legal Counsel at Delivery Hero’s Berlin office
What languages do you speak? 

Hungarian, English, and some German. 

What do you do at Delivery Hero? What does your day to day look like?

I am a Legal Counsel at the Capital Market Law & Equity Plans legal team in Berlin. I manage the legal aspects of the share-based compensation plans offered to the employees across the Delivery Hero Group (for example LTIP).

My days are highly dependent on the time of the year, the upcoming business demands and on the daily share price. It is interesting to identify the complex legal boundaries and I enjoy the challenge of finding (relatively) simple solutions to support the business needs.

How long have you been at Delivery Hero

Since September 2016, I recently celebrated my 4th work anniversary. Whoop whoop, cupcakes for all!

What’s your favorite food from your home country? 

Hortobágyi palacsinta, or if your Hungarian happens to be a bit rusty: it could be described as “pancake stuffed with stew, served with a sauce made with paprika and sour cream”. I am not particularly into meat, but I started to miss this odd dish after a few years. 

What’s your favorite food from Germany? 

Sorry to disappoint, but it is not the legendary curry wurst. However, I cannot miss my warm butter pretzel on Sundays (with melted butter!)

What do you love about Germany

Berlin has amazing and diverse vibes; everyone can find their comfort zone. I must mention the Carnival in Cologne as well, I love the various costumes on the streets for days.

…and what don’t you love? 

After 4 years, I am still struggling a bit that the shops are not open on Sundays and everyone prefers cash payments. 

What’s your favourite place in Berlin and why? 

Difficult one, so many lovely places around here. I am a big fan of Schlachtensee, which is one of the nice lakes located in the southwestern part of Berlin, in the middle of the forest. You can swim, sunbathe, have a glass of wine, do stand-up paddling, or just hang around the lake. Feels like a short holiday on the weekends.

What’s the biggest difference compared to where you grew up? 

There are no core differences, but some examples pop into my mind: I like asparagus and gingerbread cookies, however, I never thought that this could be a serious obsession like it is here in Germany. In Hungary we do not wear color red as wedding guests and the winter days are much sunnier (!) in Budapest than here.

What is a unique custom from your country or origin that your co-workers just don’t get? 

When I am leaving, I still sometimes say “Hallo” routinely as in Hungary this word works for saying goodbye as well (“Hello”). Here not so much. People are just puzzled, as I obviously did not just arrive.

How would you describe the company culture at Delivery Hero? 

It is great to work in such a diverse and supporting environment. We have many different nationalities from around the globe and I like to learn more about other cultures and perspectives. 

Philipp | Mjam 

With German-Japanese roots, Philipp moved from Maastricht to Vienna and joined the Mjam team in 2020.

Where are you from? 

I am from Gelsenkirchen, Germany (close to Dusseldorf).

Philipp is a Project Manager Logistics at Mjam in Vienna
When did you move to Vienna

I moved to Vienna in April 2019 after I finished my studies in Maastricht, The Netherlands. 

What languages do you speak? 

I can speak German and English fluently and a little bit of Japanese. 

What does your day to day look like at mjam

I am a Project Manager in the Logistics department. Basically, I plan and coordinate projects and optimize on how we operate. Therefore, I perform analyses and communicate a lot with my team and to people from other departments.  

How long have you been at mjam

I started on January 1st, 2020. 

What’s your favorite food from your home country? 

Since I am half-German and half-Japanese I will choose two! The first is of course Currywurst and the second one is カツカレー (katsukare). It is Japanese curry. 

What’s your favorite food from Austria? 

I like to eat Käsespätzle.

What do you love about Vienna

The city itself with its buildings is really beautiful. The long history of Vienna makes it a very interesting place. Next to it, I just love how good and cheap the public transportation is

…and what don’t you love? 

I really don’t understand why people are not into football. But I am not sure if it is because of Vienna or a general phenomenon. 

What’s your favourite place in Vienna and why? 

I love the Alte Donau. A green but modern place where you can do a lot of sports or meet friends and have a nice barbecue.  

What’s the biggest difference compared to where you grew up? 

The diversity in the city. Here are so many people from different places and so many different things to do.

How would you describe the company culture at mjam? 

Open-minded, smart, humorous, solution-oriented. 

Constantina | Foody 

Constantina is part of the Foody team in Nicosia, Cyprus. After having lived in several countries around the world, Constantina arrived back in her home country – and stuck around!

Constantina is a Sales Support Member at Foody in Nicosia
Where are you from?

Cyprus, a small island in the Mediterranean with plenty of sun. 

When did you move to Nicosia?

I moved back to Nicosia 2 years ago, after working in Beijing as an English teacher. Before starting my professional career , I was in England, Spain and Canada, where I studied foreign languages.

Why did you move to Nicosia?

I had to move back to my country due to some family issues, so it wasn’t exactly my plan to move back. However, Foody made me stay here instead of taking the next flight back to Canada, and I must say, I’m pretty happy with how things turned out. 

What languages do you speak?

Greek, English, French, Spanish and Italian.

What do you do at Foody?

If you ask any of my team members what I do exactly, they won’t be 100% right, since I handle multiple things! I mostly focus on account management of specific restaurants and promoting our non-commission revenue products.

What’s your favorite food from your home country?

This might be a bit controversial, but I love snails! 

What do you love about Nicosia?

Nicosia is pretty laid back. Even though it’s the capital of Cyprus, I never feel the stress of a fast-paced environment like London or Beijing.

…and what don’t you love?

The fact that everyone knows everyone. Nicosia is a small city, so news travels fast, whether you like it or not. Also, if you are having the kind of day where you don’t want to bump into someone you know for once, better stay at home!

How would you describe the company culture at Foody?

What I love about working here is that we are all so different from each other, yet we all have so much in common, including the same craziness that represents Foody. The company is located in a big house, so it’s natural that I feel as if this team is my second family. People respect the effort you are putting in, you have the freedom to express your opinion and you feel appreciated. 

How do you stay connected to colleagues amidst social distancing and remote working? 

This is definitely one of the most daunting challenges I had to overcome during my time at Foody, however, we are always in contact through Slack and Google Meet.

 Before the lockdown, we used to organize happy hour at our offices every Wednesday. With the new measures, we decided to organize a virtual happy hour for anyone who feels like attending a game night or just have a nice chat with their teammates. 

Adam | PedidosYa

Adam moved from Berlin to Montevideo, Uruguay, in 2015. He is originally from Budapest, Hungary. 

Why did you move to Montevideo?

I was living in Berlin, and in 2015 suddenly I couldn’t get into nightclubs any more. Apparently they won’t let you in if you’re carrying a baby. So we moved to Montevideo, where the beaches are pretty, and the climate is friendly. (And the people too – no offense Berlin.)

Adam is a Product Manager at PedidosYa in Montevideo
What languages do you speak?

Hungarian, German, English, Spanish, French

What do you do at PedidosYa? What does your day to day look like?

I’m a Product Manager, part of a squad that works on the platform’s core and partner-facing features. I spend my day collaborating with the squad and operational stakeholders, here in Uruguay as well as in Argentina.

What’s your favorite food from your home country?

Csirkepaprikás (Paprika chicken).

What’s your favorite food from Uruguay?

Whatever is served from the wood fire barbecue during the sacred Asado ritual.

What do you love about Uruguay?

Uruguay remains relaxed when craziness grips the world, even during world wars and pandemics.

…and what don’t you love?

It’s really far away from almost every other place in the world.

What’s your favourite place in Montevideo and why?

The lighthouse of Punta Carretas – on a deserted peninsula in the middle of the city, with an amazing view and usually just a few fishermen.

How would you describe the company culture at PedidosYa?

We embrace change.

How do you stay connected to colleagues amidst social distancing and remote working? 

By sharing images of our cats in a dedicated Slack channel.

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Written by

Robin Nierynck

Senior Specialist, Global Communications Delivery Hero

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