For 26 years, opening international offices has been a valuable way for AsstrA to develop close cooperation with the corporate group’s clients and partners. Each new office helps the company build its service portfolio and serve local clients better. However, with so many offices around the world it can be difficult to keep track of what is going in each one and know the local people who have organized thousands of kilometers of cargo transport. In this article, AsstrA’s Czech team members share their thoughts on work and working together.
This September, AsstrA Prague celebrated its eighth birthday. By 2020, the office team has grown to include 15 people from various countries including Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, and of course the Czech Republic. Branch Manager Tatyana Serikova moved from Belarus to Prague in April 2016 to become the Czech team’s fifth member.
“When I first arrived here, I still had only a superficial knowledge of Czech. However, from the very first days, I need to resolve a number of urgent issues. Even though Czech is a Slavic language, it took patience and persistence to speak with clients and partners in it.
When the office opened, our clients were ordering mainly transportation in Europe and between the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Today, our range of services has expanded and we support a great deal of freight traffic to the CIS countries,”says Tatyana Serikova, AsstrA Prague Branch Manager.
For 8 years, AsstrA’s Prague team has been made up of competent and professional specialists. Regular successes and the occasional client communication setback inspire the team to keep improving and conquering new, ambitious goals. Often, the team starts building a client relationship from scratch and, thanks to their impressive performance, it is only a matter of time before the client is regularly placing orders and proposing tenders.
Sales Specialist Michal Burianek came to AsstrA Prague in April 2020 and immediately felt the office’s trusting atmosphere. According to Michal, the close-knit team was ready to help him solve difficult challenges from his very first days.
“My colleagues speak Czech, but Russian is very common in the office and I am making an effort to learn it better. It’s a nice language,” says Michal Burianek.
Forwarder Denys Kuchevskyi, came to AsstrA in 2015 "through the website."
“I heard about AsstrA during a phone conversation and checked out the company’s website afterwards. As early as my initial interview, the company has been very supportive as I started my career and now I'm glad to be working here. It's nice when the company’s top management visit for business and chat with everyone in the office, regardless of their role. This is an indisputable advantage of working at AsstrA,” says Denys Kuchevskyi.