In Linda’s Own Words
“I’m Linda Manuitt, and I’m living in Berlin and working for the company BASF in the HR department. I’m responsible for the HR administrative tasks of the company.
I’m quite new at my job. I’ve been working there since the 15th of March 2022. I’m still just getting into everything in my role. It’s a really big company and there are still a lot of things for me to learn.
When I found out I got the job at BASF, I was really excited because I have been searching for a job for a couple of months and had not found anything because I was working in the tourism industry. Because it was challenging to find a job in tourism, I decided to completely change my career direction and I started looking somewhere else and thought maybe HR could be something I would be good at.”
Linda’s First Weeks at BASF
“I was really overwhelmed the first weeks, also after a week I got Corona, so I was even more stressed because I felt like I have to get everything done and I have to learn everything fast. I always had that feeling that I’m not the only one who was overwhelmed, as we were many new hires that started at the same time. But actually, everybody was very supportive and they were very welcoming. And I always had the feeling that I had someone to talk to.
And even though the company is excessively big, I was always able to find someone or a place also just on the computer online where I can actually ask where I can find something I need for work.
The highlight of my experience probably was first finding the job because that was very hard in corona times. But in regards to the onboarding, I would say that it was a great experience seeing everybody is involved, even new hires. If we have some meetings and projects, anyone can ask or add ideas and tips. And for me and the other new hires, that made us feel that we’re not just someone, we felt like we were part of a family. Our voices and opinions were heard, which played a big role in us feeling we belonged and were empowered. But also it was very amazing to find a company which is extremely huge, but still gives you the feeling that you are not just a number, you’re also kind of integrated with everything and every decision.
That was nice to actually experience I’m not just someone, that I’m actually part of it all.”