We hire driven people who are passionate about solving problems with the use of technology. And we don’t believe in micro-management, so Open Boxers tend to be self-motivated individuals who excel at managing their own time and deadlines.
While it is all well and good being brilliant at what you do, at Open Box we believe you also need to be great to work with. Every Open Boxer works as part of tight-knit team, so it’s critical that our people can work effectively with different personalities and support each other through any challenges that come their way.
Open Box can be summed up as a group of people who are drawn together by the two major traits they share:
A Pioneer of the 4th industrial revolution.
I’m also known all around the world for my exaggeration.
Although my department does actually fall under the “4th Industrial Revolution” sector, in more simplified terms I’m an Automation Developer. My team and I are responsible for automating mundane, repetitive business processes. We program our “robots” to execute processes and daily tasks with 100% accuracy and up to 75% quicker than a human. We are fittingly called “Team Autobots”!
Believe it or not, my “maddest” skill will have to be my laziness.
“I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because he will find an easy way to do it.” – some famous rich guy
Also, I was a thriving magician back in the day. Although, I must admit – the only trick I can consistently perform these days is to make food disappear in record time!
The daily “What the??!!”.
Each day requires my team to solve unique problems, which makes me feel alive. One of the most common phrases you’ll hear from our desks are “We have a conundrum over here”, at which point we all rush over to figure it out – unless it’s a Friday, then we all just put on our headphones and pretend we didn't hear.
The people and culture at Open Box are really unique.
We are allowed (actually encouraged) to truly express ourselves in the workplace, which is a privilege that’s extremely hard to find elsewhere.
Do not accidentally automate your own job. You will be tempted to, but it won’t end well.
Since I joined Open Box as a Senior Business Analyst, in January 2011, I have been mainly working on the Tishman Speyer account. My role involves working closely with Tishman Speyer to ensure that change controls, functional specifications and other documentation accurately reflects the client’s needs. My role also involves ensuring that our team of developers and QA’s have clarity on the various documentation to provide the solution for Tishman Speyer. I get involved in most aspects of the project which includes documentation, planning, estimation, testing and deployments.
I enjoy challenges. When an issue is identified, it gives me satisfaction to identify the root cause and to resolve the issue. I do tend to have a positive outlook in most situations which helps to alleviate stress and keeps me focused.
I enjoy the variety of the role. I get involved in all aspects of the projects from creating a project proposal to the final deployment of the solution. I also get involved in the detailed design and testing of the solution and enjoy seeing the final result. Working with a great professional team that is always willing to put in the extra effort when and where required, really makes the job enjoyable too.
Open Box is a great company to work for and really invests in the well-being of its staff, in addition to the great benefits we can make use of, for example the fully equipped and stocked up kitchen and bar, the gym and sponsored events (like the Impi Challenge), to name a few. This builds team spirit and you get to know your colleagues on a personal level.
On the work front, Open Box provides you with up to date tools to enable you to do your work effectively and efficiently. Open Box always considers implementing new technologies, in striving to deliver timeous and quality solutions to our clients.
To be positive and a team player. Do the best you can, be accountable, strive to have a good work ethic and attitude. There is always something to learn from everyone.
Well, I've been a QA (aka Quality Analyst) since joining Open Box in July 2012. A day in the life of this QA mostly entails using different methods and tools to test, find and resolve issues in an application; assist with any queries relating to an application; issue management; scheduling deployments and attending valuable training sessions...amongst other things.
At Open Box, I don't consider any of my skills to be "mad", but I do see myself as a very committed individual who always strives to do her best.
Outside of work, I'm an excellent kids' party planner. From coming up with ideas, to finding or creating affordable décor and entertainment, through to setting up on the day. It's something I really enjoy doing (just ask any of my friends who have kids!).
Finding problems, investigating the cause and finding solutions. learning new things on a daily basis...I simply love every aspect.
Definitely my colleagues. Whether they're on my team, joining me in the gym or meeting me in the kitchen for breakfast - their caring nature makes coming to work such a pleasure.
You will find that being a QA can be very rewarding if you are naturally curious, enjoy learning new things, have an eye for detail and are a team player who is committed and reliable.
But most of all, you need to enjoy what you're doing. Have fun with the role.
I’m a Lead Technical Consultant, which means I get the privilege of doing quite a few things on any given day: like having conversations with existing and prospective clients talking through opportunities for efficiency gains within their businesses and how technology can enable these opportunities; understanding some complex business problems our clients are experiencing and identifying strategies using technology to solve these; keeping in touch with the latest technological trends within the Real Estate industry; spending time with our project teams on the ground to discuss project approaches and systems architectures; as well as contributing to the adoption of newer technologies within Open Box. It’s great having so many different responsibilities, but I rely on having strong people and teams around me to really do the hard work.
Tough question! Not many people know this but I was an avid Quake 3 gamer in my school days, and traveled around South Africa attending tournaments (and beating most of my competitors)! I like to believe that I still have some of these skillz deep down somewhere.
I was a 2-handicap golfer at one point in my life, I can’t say that these skillz are still on point though! I’m big into running over mountains and can run from the Newlands Forest fire station to the top of Devil’s Peak in an hour. And I can make a mean roast on the Weber. There is nothing quite like a smoked, slow-roasted leg of lamb, infused with garlic and rosemary, and served with a homemade mint sauce.
Working with some of the largest multi-national Real Estate companies in the world and making a difference to the lives of the employees working at them. These are companies that own hundreds of commercial and residential properties across the globe and in the biggest cities in the world, New York being one of them, and are responsible for managing thousands of tenants on a scale which is hard to fathom, especially when you have grown up in a small city such as Cape Town.
We have some fantastic clients that we work with on a daily basis, and getting to speak to these individuals and build long-standing relationships makes it enjoyable and worth it. Don’t get me wrong though, they also expect the highest quality work from you which keeps you on your toes. It is also great to have the privilege to spend time in a city like New York, visiting our clients and seeing the sights. The energy of the city keeps you going in even the busiest of times, and they also make the best Neapolitan-style pizzas I’ve ever tasted!
Getting to work with like-minded and talented people every day. It really makes it worth traveling into the office each day, albeit I am writing this in the time of a pandemic and therefore I’ll have to do with video calls for the foreseeable future! Also, knowing that there are people around you that you can rely on but at the same time keep learning from them and have fun doing it.
The work perks are also fantastic – a kitted out gym with an in-house biokineticist, beers on the house on Friday evenings, as well as the flexi work hours and casual work attire!
Make a point to speak to your colleagues and get to know them. Take part in the social stuff and the work events, Build trusting relationships with your colleagues, and your clients for that matter. This makes it even more enjoyable coming to work every day, and at the same time gives you the best opportunity to learn from them (and vice versa).
Stay inquisitive, ask questions, be approachable, be enthusiastic, and remember what you enjoy doing and do more of that.