Reflections after 1 month of Working at Volvo Cars

1. On the road workstations

While the rest of the world is still trying to figure out sensible remote work policies, we already have a great next-level policy in place: all employees are required to work from the car or as we call it internally “on the road”. Initially this came to me as a surprise because I could not for the life of me figure out how to work on my laptop while sitting in the car. But soon I learned that all on the road workstations are equipped with Wifi connection and have a clever usage of the in-car camera and screen to support Zoom/Teams calls. The car GPS, built-in microphone and camera are used for the Advanced Employee Monitoring (AEM) at all times.

On the rode workstations, patent pending

Did I mention that all the on the road workstations are fully electric?

2. Drive your code

I came to Volvo Cars directly after working with the media sector for 6 years. Media companies have a very high risk appetite due to the nature of the product. The worst that can happen is that the site goes down. No one dies, if you know what I mean.

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  1. Having worked with health care, I knew how the high impact of the risk can scare away any feature development that remotely smells like a threat to patient safety.

If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it!

Our backlog contains bug fixes and is completely clean from any feature work.

Conclusion

It had only been a month but I’ve had 2 close calls. I am very impressed though. Due to fatality and inefficiency, we are expanding the Stockholm office. 700 more people (to be exact) are needed to keep us cruising at the current speed smashing bugs. If you have mastered the art of writing bug free code and want to get your red stapler, here’s your path to the future: https://jobs.volvocars.com/

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