mindit chats with Eugen Banculescu: “A dream job that fulfills you and not needing to change your work environment to grow professionally and personally is what you can expect here”
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Edi Sorescu wanted to challenge Eugen and he brought him into this friendly duel we call the mindit chats series. The cool part about these "duels" between team members is that we all win, because we get to know each other better, and we grow together.

Now let's see what Eugen has to say!

1. What's something that happened to you that can only happen here? What's a unique part about working here?

What I found unique at mindit.io, straight from the interview phase, is that you clearly get a sense of what the organization is all about.

Usually, when you have interviews, especially technical ones, it’s pretty hard to figure out from the start your future team’s structure, the career opportunities you’ll have, and other aspects of interest.

At mindit.io, you immediately embrace the fact that it’s a flat organization that implements key holocracy principles. This was unique to anything I had ever experienced before coming here.

In my opinion, this is something truly unique and if the HR interview sounds too good to be true, it’s normal to be a little bit skeptical, but trust me, it’s all that and more!

2. How have you grown professionally while on our team?

I came here in August 2021, and I started directly with a challenge. I joined the team as part of a DevOps project with Azure, and I really wanted to learn this technology better, so I can master it as fast as possible.

I felt like I really grew a lot given that I was also exposed to multitasking on several projects, which created a better environment for learning, as opposed to your classic ones. I received all the support needed from my team and whenever I had a question, I received answers in no time.

Having to deal with multitasking also helped me a lot with time & effort management and now, I’m developing my Tech Lead skills, helping new joiners adapt to the team and sharpen their skills.

I’ve noticed that once you hit a certain level of experience in your career, the growth for you is no longer exponential. Instead, you grow by helping others with the knowledge you have acquired. Today, if a project is successful and my direct implication in tasks is minimal, I consider that a success, because that means that juniors are improving and getting better and better.  

3. What was the moment you knew you'd made the right decision to work here?

After the first 3 months of being a part of the mindit.io team, I knew I had made the right decision to leave the corporate environment. I was already happy with the idea, but after that period, when I received feedback for all the work I did, I really felt like I landed in the perfect spot.

I was also proud of myself, for the work I did and the new things I learned, and looking at the feedback I received from everybody, I realized that I was underestimating the work I put in.

You really feel appreciated and encouraged here, and mindit.io has taught me that feedback on the spot is really useful and amazing because you get to learn what you need to improve, and you get to have a clear overview of the things you’re doing great.

Coming from a corporate background, I had a totally different concept of what “feedback on the spot” meant. Trust me, it’s not something you wanted to hear…

4. What was your best day at work? What are you most proud of?

The days I loved the most were when I got the chance to take advantage of the working-from-anywhere policy we have here. I actually had the opportunity to be a minditNomad and to work from Spain, from sunny Barcelona.

I felt like I was actually living all those commercials and ads I saw on LinkedIn that were never true. I was living an IT guy’s dream, here at mindit.io, but in Barcelona. Working from a sunny terrace in April really makes your job all the more enjoyable, right?

5. What is your team like?

I think my team is a really successful mix of people with different personalities. Somehow, we manage to make it work because we sort of complete each other. Bianca Paraschiv is the catalyst here because she’s the one that ensures that everything goes smooth, soft, and silky if you’ll allow me to be poetic.

We work great together, and we help each other grow. That’s the most important part.

6. Which benefits are your favorite and why?

minditNomad is first on my list! I liked this benefit straight from the start and I actually went to all of our minditNomad homes located in Comarnic, Constanta, Iasi, Sibiu, and Cluj. I love them all, but my favorites would have to be the Iasi and Cluj homes, in that order.

Another thing I value is flexibility which really comes in handy when you have a family and kids. I feel like all workplaces, post-pandemic should offer more flexibility to their people because this is the new status quo.

And besides all the other benefits we have here at mindit.io, the understanding, help, and support you receive from your team is unmatched.

7. If you could do anything else for a living, in an alternative universe, what would that be?

When I was younger, I wanted to be an F1 pilot. That was my dream. If I were to do anything else besides what I do today, it would have to be something related to the automotive industry.

I’m not saying I would be a mechanic, but I like to be updated with all the latest industry news. Perhaps I would be an analyst in this industry. And as a dream job in an alternative universe, I would have loved to be a Top Gear presenter.

In fact, I’m still kind of waiting for them to call. Top Gear team, you have my number!

8. What advice would you give to anyone thinking about joining mindit.io?

I would advise them to leave their prejudices aside and to come here with an open mind because it’s definitely something different than working in multinational companies.

During a discussion with one of my younger teammates, he told me “I really don’t know what I’m going to do if I will look for a new job, because it’s going to be pretty hard to beat mindit.io”.

I told him that that was the entire idea. Having a dream job that fulfills you and not needing to change your work environment to grow professionally and personally.

The sooner you find your desired workplace, the better. Come here, try it out, makes mistakes, learn from them, and get out of your comfort zone to evolve and acquire more skills.

Check out our OPEN ROLES, and drop by the office to check the mindit.io vibe.

9. What movie, book, or TV show would you recommend? How do you relax and unwind?

In my free time, I like traveling a lot, because that’s where I draw my energy from. That’s how I recharge my batteries.

I’ve read a lot of self-development books, from which I always find something useful, and currently, I’m reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. It’s a book about a Russian oligarch that is sentenced to house arrest. The interesting part about it is that his home is a hotel, so the story evolves around how he manages to transform his room and the hotel into his own locked-up universe.

When it comes to travel destinations, Rome is my favorite all-time city, because you can feel the power and greatness the Roman Empire had, even to this day.

There’s art and something to admire at any street corner, unlike most cities where you have the historic center to walk around and that’s kind of about it.

But when it comes to the overall vibe, Barcelona is top on my list! I was amazed of how some people live all year round, and I have to admit that I was both happy and jealous at the same time.

10. Who would you tag next to be interviewed by us?

I want to tag Bianca Paraschiv because she’s a really fun and interesting person and I think more people would like to hear her story out.

Bianca, TAG, you’re next on the mindit chats series!

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