mindit chats with Zsolt Balint: "The kindness you feel from all the people that surround you at mindit is something I’ve never experienced anywhere else"
May 31, 2022
Vlad Teodorescu Bîrlă

What’s something that happened to you that can only happen here? 

I’m not sure if this is something that could only happen here, but the kindness you feel from all the people that surround you at mindit is something I’ve never experienced anywhere else. The colleagues are extremely friendly, and they create a welcoming working environment.

Also, the fact that it’s not a multilayer organization where you must go through 7 different people to reach the CEO or anyone else for that matter, is truly something that’s specific to mindit’s organizational culture.  

What was the moment you knew you’d made the right decision to work here?

I realized that I made the right decision to start working for mindit.io pretty soon. I’d say it was somewhere within the first 3-4 months. I’m the kind of guy that likes to work hard and surround himself with other people who enjoy getting stuff done.

I loved the fact that I was offered the chance to diversify my skills, and that people believed in me. That’s when I knew I called the right shot by joining the team.  

What was your best day at work?

You know what I consider a good day? Once, a client came to us and he couldn’t quite find the right person to collaborate with within mindit. I started talking to him and we immediately clicked. Perhaps it was just mere chance or pure luck that we connected instantly, but to this day it's still one of my most enjoyable memories from mindit.

He trusted me and we made a great team together. After 4 months or so, I had to move forward to another project, and we only met again in a random meeting like one year later. When we saw each other, it felt like we were old friends reconnecting and we almost took over the meeting with our insight jokes.

That was a pretty memorable day, considering that I love building strong connections with all my colleagues and our professional partners.  

The same thing happened this one time when a client a used to work with came by the office and asked Lucia, our CEO, about me.  

I want to be relevant for every project I put hard work into. I want my work to have a positive impact on the teams I join, and when our clients ask my colleagues about me, I find that to be really cool. It’s like an acknowledgment of the work you did.  

And I think this has a lot to do with the fact that I’m a problem solver. I even have a saying “Can a problem get the best of us, guys?” The answer is always no!

What are you most proud of?

I’m proud of everything that comes as a result of my work. Both professionally, and personally. I’m target-centered and progress-oriented and I implement this approach in all aspects of day-to-day life and in my profession.  

While I was on a random daily call one day, I happened to overhear my colleagues talking about a process that was well implemented and worked like a charm. It was something that really helped them out, and I knew that they were talking about something I worked on to make things smoother for everyone that will ever encounter that certain issue.  

It’s like planting a tree and letting it grow so others can enjoy its shade. That’s how I see things.  

What is your team like?

Well… that’s hard to answer because I don’t have a team. I feel like I’m part of so many teams, while not being tied to one specific project. I take part in management and board meetings, and I’m also involved in several projects, while helping out people from other projects, whenever it’s needed.  

I consider myself a part of every team I work for at a given moment, without limiting myself to just one project, or just a couple of colleagues. You could say I’m all over the place!  

Which benefits are your favorite and why?

Remote work. And I can’t stress the importance of this benefit enough. It really helped me a lot because I feel like I’m a lot more productive at home than at the office.

I have really good time management skills and working from home allows me to better plan my day, both from a professional standpoint, as well as regarding my personal life.

Don’t get me wrong. I like socializing with colleagues, but not necessarily about work-related topics. I love hearing about all the latest trends, regardless of the industry. I want to stay in the loop with what’s going on in the world and to steal ideas from people, left and right.    

How have you grown professionally while on our team?

My biggest professional growth since joining mindit would have to be around the development of my soft skills.  

You rarely find companies that allow you the freedom to explore so many different areas and departments, not to mention the many training opportunities that are made available for anyone who is interested in expanding his area of knowledge and self-development.

From a technical standpoint, I’ve always been more of a self-tutor, but I did get the chance to improve when it comes to the ramp-up and DevOps parts of the company. I had the chance to go through all the processes, doing QA, Automation, and being involved in several different projects.

Being a part of several areas of a project helps me look at and analyze the code I write from various perspectives.    

What’s the most unique part about working here?

I’m not quite sure if it’s something unique I could pinpoint, but I see every challenge I encounter as something unique, something different.

I think that my entire role in mindit is unique. Everything I do is unique, considering that I am not part of a specific team, and I am constantly involved in several projects.

Not to mention that I always try to give a helping hand to colleagues from other projects, because that’s how you build trust and long terms relationships in my opinion. I don’t do workshops for knowledge sharing. Instead, I prefer talking to colleagues to come up with the best possible solution.  

I’d say that I have my own unique way of learning and teaching, all with a focus on problem-solving. This is most certainly connected to my passion for Mathematics.  

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

What I tell all people, especially Juniors at the beginning is - Don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask! Not knowing something is not something to be ashamed about. You need to have the courage to ask and to admit when you don’t know something.  

Ask around for help. It’s a lot easier that way. Your progress will be faster, and you’ll get to learn a lot more while connecting with your more experienced colleagues.  

Another piece of advice I always give out is Don’t “Copy/Paste” code! It will have a boomerang effect and it will eventually come back and kick you when you least expect it.  

It’s better to ask and then ask again until you feel like you’ve completely understood the problem and the solution.  

Who would you tag next to be interviewed by us?

I would like to tag Theo! I really like him. I think he’s brilliant and he has a radio voice. He’s a technical person too, and I always tell him that he should start a podcast. I’d definitely listen to him, and there’s something about his voice that will most certainly capture people’s attention.  

Let me know when his interview will be up! I want to check it out!

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