Why Pramerica needs people who are ‘resilient to change’
Matthew Bergin, DevOps engineers at Pramerica. Image: Luke Maxwell/Siliconrepublic.com

Why Pramerica needs people who are ‘resilient to change’

30 Oct 2019697 Views

Staff at Pramerica in Donegal discuss the type of people the company is seeking for its diverse workforce.

Remote working is a concept that is growing in popularity across many sectors, whether you’re a software engineer or a biotechnician. But can it really help workers achieve balance between their professional and personal lives?

Some of the employees at Pramerica talked to Siliconrepublic.com about just that.

Vice-president of systems in Pramerica, Andrea McBride, recommended joining the team “because it’s such a unique company in a unique environment”.

McBride lives a 20-minute drive from the Pramerica office in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, but she still works from home one day a week to accommodate her schedule.

She added that the company has a dynamic atmosphere. “It’s a young vibrant community here. We have 60 summer interns here this year from all over the country and from the UK, so it’s a really energetic setting.”

Travelling near and far

Matthew Bergin is a DevOps engineer at Pramerica, and he said that the flexibility that comes with a role in the company suits his lifestyle.

“I’ve had a lot of help with the work-life fit since I’ve joined Pramerica. I live a 45-minute drive from the offices in Letterkenny and, starting in a few weeks, I’ll be able to do two days a week in the Donegal satellite office, which is only a five-minute commute for me.”

‘The pace of change in Pramerica means that we need people who are adaptable and also resilient to change’
– ORLA MCGINLEY

A significant part of Bergen’s day is spent working with people all around the world, such as the company’s New Jersey-based team. This means he has great opportunities to travel – at the time of his interview, he was looking forward to his upcoming two-week business trip to the US.

Bergen also told us why his journey with Pramerica so far has been enjoyable. “I’ve been given a great sense of worth and rewards since joining my role in Pramerica, working with new technologies and being able to deliver that value to Pramerica.

“I still remember delivering my first big part of a pipeline, where once that was delivered, I got an email from management saying how great of a job I did, which is a good feeling.”

‘Fantastic facilities’

What about the amenities that new joiners can expect to find at the company, and what are the skills its recruitment team is looking out for? Orla McGinley, a HR business partner at Pramerica, gave us some insights.

“There are great benefits to working here. We’ve got fantastic facilities here on site – we’ve got an in-house canteen and a great coffee dock and lots of really nice breakout areas where people can meet.”

Its employees are not only trained and motivated to be “the best in their field”, the company also prides itself on its diverse workforce, she added.

For anyone considering becoming a part of that, McGinley highlighted some points to keep in mind: “The pace of change in Pramerica means that we need people who are adaptable and also resilient to change – people who see change as an opportunity to bring their ideas and solutions to the services that we provide.”

Watch the video above to find out more about working at Pramerica.

By Lisa Ardill

Lisa joined the team as senior Careers reporter in July 2019 with previous experience in science communication and media. With a BA in neuroscience and a master’s degree in science communication, she is also semi-published poet and a big fan of doggos.

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