You’re familiar with 3-D renderings of sparkly office spaces, right? Well, you won’t get this from me.
Instead, I’ll tell you the plain and simple story of the 15-year old company where I collaborate with the best teams who motivated me to grow professionally into a Customer Success Manager position.
Read on to learn where Pentalog’s Bucharest Delivery Center has just moved, why we moved, and what it’s like to work with us. Or at least stick around to see some old, awkward pictures from our younger days.
Pentalog’s 2nd IT Outsourcing Center in Romania
Most of you probably know that Pentalog’s Bucharest IT Center was located in the heart of the city capital, where the central business district is. The Diplomat Business Center on Sevastopol Street has always been a welcoming home for us until there was no more room to expand (literally!).
Like all startups, we were a small group of enthusiastic developers when Pentalog Bucharest launched in 2004, five years after the company established its headquarters in Brasov.
Year after year, we rented more apartments – which we shared with other companies – linked them so we could stay connected, and filled them with desks, computers, and brilliant minds. Today, we’re more than 140 people strong, determined to take Pentalog to the next level!
In our spacious courtyard, we relaxed on sunny days, enjoyed the company of playful squirrels, and hosted PentaFoisor events as well as intimate gatherings with barbeque and beer. Good times, really!
Here’s the proof!
We also strengthened collaborations with our clients. We’ve successfully maintained long-term partnerships and delivered over 60 projects for more than 20 different clients in the United States, France, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, and Romania.
Our portfolio includes a variety of technical solutions, ranging from highly technical multimedia and hardware-oriented projects designed for major companies in the telecom market to more economics-oriented business intelligence and business analysis projects developed for important financial institutions.
Preparing for the New Decade with a Modern Office Space
What’s coming up next is even more exciting! When we started looking for a new office space, I had some doubts that we’d find exactly what we wanted. Luckily, I was wrong!
The new office that I just love is located in a highly accessible and quiet neighborhood near the Triumph Arch and Casin Monastery, two of northern Bucharest’s most recognizable and iconic structures.
Since the office is near various means of transportation, parks, and restaurants, it’s a convenient location for people commuting from different parts of the city.
Henri Coanda international airport is only a 30-minute drive away, and Herastrau Park is also nearby, where our colleagues can play sports and relax.
The building itself is an old factory, but don’t expect it to have an industrial look. The interior is quite spectacular; it has large glass windows and lots of natural light shines in from above. It’s a modern workspace that offers a community atmosphere, which we all appreciate. We’re not fans of rigid corporate structures.
We rented 2,000 square meters of open offices on the first floor of the building, which is almost double the size of our previous space. We agreed on a flexible arrangement style. The production department is in one area for more efficiency. Separately, we created six meeting rooms, each with its own capacity, a kitchen, and a relaxation area. The SkillValue team has its own space, with a unique design and many other functionalities.
On the ground floor, we’ll enjoy a cozy courtyard and two training fields where the rugby team works out. And us, too, hopefully!
Now, we feel fully prepared to meet our clients in a suitable office space, in line with current design trends and innovations, where we enjoy the latest office technology.
I’m also confident that our new office will be more appealing to future colleagues who prefer welcoming, bright, cheery, and modern office spaces. Because, yes, we’re hiring! In 2020 our teams will grow like never before, I’m sure of that!
Pentalog Employees Speak Out: What’s it Like to Work with Us?
“I have been working at Pentalog Bucharest for eight years, climbing the hierarchical ladder from the developer position to the Practice Manager role. Pentalog is a great company and here’s why: it offers stability and professional development to employees while both business areas and technology stacks have always been diverse.
On the other hand, there’s a real partnership regarding product strategy decisions and solution architecture, from the first phases of product discovery to the last phases of deployment. We work in an Agile way, in various forms (Scrum, Kanban, SAFe), so we are organized, adapt very quickly, and offer visibility to our clients. There’s also a continuous interest in learning and training: e-learning and self-training platforms, workshops both with internal and external trainers, mentorships on various technologies, and the freedom to choose the professional direction we want. Now, when a new chapter begins, we have many ideas and plans. We strive for excellence!” – George, Practice Manager
“I have many beautiful memories from the former Pentalog location. What I enjoyed the most was the company of my colleagues, very nice people who always knew how to loosen up the atmosphere. The fact that we have the opportunity to take on different training courses offered by the company, from foreign language courses to tech presentations, is great! This is how I managed to learn some German.” – Cristina, Developer