In the sixth part of our series celebrating Sonepar’s associates around the world, we're talking to five more members of our global team about their experiences being part of the Sonepar family.
Trevor Carter is a Contract Estimator at Corys in New Zealand. He's a National Contracts Team Member and he's also celebrating his 50th year in 2019.
What has been your favorite moment while working at Corys / Sonepar? "I can’t say which was my favorite moment because every milestone in my career makes me happy. From my first job, to my first pay, to my first bonus up to the recognition I received for 22 years of service. For me it’s not important that it has to be the happiest or favorite moment, what matters is that we experience happiness."
Tell us one thing you love about working here. “I love my job because everyone shares the same vision and is dedicated to the mission. This truly creates a family environment where everybody is there for each other.”
Tell us something that feels different about working here. “As I have been with the company for 22 years, I can’t really elaborate on this but I feel Corys has a vision and desire to be number one and with the assistance of Sonepar and our senior management I we think have the tools to achieve this. I genuinely believe this will set us apart from our competitors."
Justine Warmerdam is a Corporate Recruiter at Technische Unie in the Netherlands.
What has been your favorite moment so far while working at Sonepar / Technische Unie? "After working at Technische Unie for a couple of months I got the opportunity to lead a project and work closely with colleagues from different divisions. This was a great way to get to know the organization and to learn from colleagues I don’t normally work with so closely."
Tell us one thing you love about working here. "If you have a good idea, want to learn new things, develop yourself and – most importantly – if you bring it up for discussion, I have experienced encouragement. This gives me energy and motivates me to challenge myself."
Tell us something that feels different about working here. "The fact that Sonepar is, and Technische Unie was, family-owned really feels different. I know from experience what it is to work at large corporate organizations and since my first day I felt welcome and that my contribution was appreciated."
Zain Hussain joined the Sonepar company Routeco in the UK as a Marketing Assistant at the start of 2019.
What has been your favorite moment while working at Sonepar / Routeco so far? "I enjoyed the work for the kick-off meeting that we did in marketing. It was great to receive positive feedback and see that the work of our department was appreciated."
Tell us one thing you love about working at here. "The people within the company. Everyone is very friendly and approachable, no matter what the question is. Employees are treated well at Routeco and the management offer great support when needed. "
What made you join Routeco? "Being part of a company that values marketing and understands how important it is to a business, both internal and external. During my interview process it was clear to me that Routeco values both its employees and teams – something you don’t get with all other companies."
Sue Kelly works at Gescan in Canada. She's been there for 39 years.
Wow, 39 years with Gescan! What has been your favorite moment? "My favorite moments while working at Gescan would have to be all the lifelong friendships I have made with past and present employees."
Tell us one thing you love about working here. "One of the things I love about working at Gescan is the family atmosphere and having consistent management over the years."
Tell us something that feels different about working there. "Gescan is my only place of employment since moving to Alberta in 1980. Again, consistent management keeps a person grounded and want to be part of the team.”
Ong Shi Wen (Steven Ong) is the Head of Marketing and Product Management at Sonepar brand KVC in Malaysia. He's been with the company for 14 years.
What has been your favorite moment while working at KVC / Sonepar? "Any time Sonepar associates have visited from around the globe, because there is always a real exchange of knowledge. Here everyone truly believes that ‘sharing is caring’."
Tell us one thing you love about working here. "Everyone can enjoy a fast career progression, and yet everyone works together like family members – that's unusual for such a big organization. To me, it is like a second home."
Tell us something that feels different about working at Sonepar. "We are the world's largest electrical and industrial goods supplier, and yet we are in close proximity to our customers locally, everywhere."