Good atmosphere between the teams and colleagues. Sometimes tension between the management board and the teams, as the company wants to run as a startup and the management board is very traditional and hierarchical.
I have a very good connection team head. We are aligned on my tasks and he appreciates my work, without mirco management. The management board sometimes try to micro management the teams heads and there were also cases, when the performance of teams shown bad by the management in company meetings. In general the management board tends to focus on talking about targets not being achieved and talking teams bad, instead of showing appreciation for successes. Might just be their way of working coming from traditional insurance companies.
Everybody is really helpful and supportive. A least in our team there is no blaming for not achieving our goals, but we analyze that causes the failure to be better next time. Continuous improvement is lived by most team at Coya.
It's super interesting work. We are working on real innovation and also using the latest technology. And the target customers are our age, so it's easy to identify with them.
The Management Board at Coya is a guarantor for surprises. :-D Not in a startup way, but it's very hierarchical and not transparent. They think all decisions most come from the top and everything the management board says is the right way. But most decisions are taken by the Management Board only, without involvement of the teams. Then they invite very short notice for a meeting with all colleagues and present their decisions, often causing surprising faces in the teams, that directions are changed again or experts in the teams questioning the sense of the decisions being made without involvement of the teams. It's a bit chaotic and it's currently not really a leadership from the management board, as teams increasingly lost the believe in their orders. It feels that due to contradicting orders by different board members to the teams, which led to chaos before, the team leads now increasingly organize and align themselves across the teams, which works much better than following orders from the top.
Coya takes care!
Umgang mit älteren Kollegen
Not many older colleagues, but the ones we have are treated like everybody else and fully integrated and respected.
Karriere / Weiterbildung
Various learning sessions are offered at Coya.
Gehalt / Sozialleistungen
Wages are in line with other bigger Berlin startups, at least in my case. The compensation of others is not transparent. It's company policy that every employee gets some virtual share options and you can also get cheaper gym package.
Office is in the basement and a bit dark, but the office itself is quite nice and offers a lot of space. There are also always a couple of dogs around to cuddle with when a pause is needed.
Umwelt- / Sozialbewusstsein
Not using a lot of paper, buying fair trade coffee (I think). Also Coya just donated a larger amount to charity.
Very good work life balance for a Berlin startup. Most people arrive at 9-10am and leave 5-7pm. No weekend work.
I think since the big investments into Coya the image is very good, playing in the league of the bigger startups. Just people ask me if the reviews on the net are really true in terms of being an interesting employer. As some things in the reviews are not accurate, I wanted to write this review.
- Tell the management board to act more in a startup way and really lead the company.
Innovation focus, interesting work, my team.
The missing transparency why we do certain things. The traditionally-minded board.