“My start at Staticus happened so long ago that it’s difficult to remember,” smiles Marius Turba, who has worked at the company for the last 18 years. First joining Staticus for a single summer as a student, he is now the Head of the Production Department. Being a true embodiment of the many professional growth opportunities at Staticus, Marius feels that he grows every day to be the best manager he can be. And this is made possible thanks to the supportive and trust-based environment that Staticus has developed.
What was it like when you first started at Staticus? And how do you take care of new colleagues that join your team?
I first joined the company in 2005. My career here started in Production. Because of my study programme, I was familiar with CNC machines, so I began writing code as a CNC machine programmer.
At first, I only meant to work over my summer vacation as I was studying back then. But I soon changed my plans – I saw ample opportunity for professional growth. Besides, the managers were flexible, which allowed me to manage studying and working at the same time.
The situation for Staticus newcomers is entirely different today – it is like night and day compared to when I joined the company. Back then, you were simply expected to figure out most things on your own. Now that’s changed. There is a lot of support for the people we onboard, and we go a long way to help our new colleagues gain sufficient experience and get familiar with the role more quickly.
What is the single best thing about working at Staticus?
I guess my favourite thing is my relationships with colleagues. They are all supportive, they share their ideas and knowledge, and everybody wants to help each other. This makes the work environment great for growth.
Another good thing is the many career paths you can follow. After all, I’m a perfect example of that.
What new perspectives have you gained while working at Staticus?
In my position, each day is very different. Many challenges occur all the time, but what’s important is the way we connect to solve them. There have been a lot of challenges that we have had to overcome – for instance, the 2008 financial crisis or the COVID-19 pandemic. The way we were able to stick together as a team and overcome these difficulties was probably one of the biggest ‘eureka!’ moments for me.
What have you learned while working at Staticus?
Over my 18 years at Staticus, I worked in Production, but I went through a number of positions. And the main thing I learned is that all problems that arise will be solved – we always figure it out, there’s no question about it. Problems often work as accelerators, because they make us come together, share our knowledge, and come up with an answer.
As for taking up the mantle of a manager, the change is still ongoing. I believe that you need to grow every day to be a good manager, and you have to trust your colleagues. I’d say this is the main point where you have to change your thinking about work. As a manager, I often have to inspire my team to solve problems without providing strict instructions. I have to delegate and support, but not command – that’s a battle that I still fight with myself on the inside.
What makes Staticus a unique place to work?
I can’t truly compare the Staticus experience with the situation in other companies because I have spent most of my professional life here. But I’d say that the way we care about people sets us apart. We try to understand the challenges that everyone is facing – they might not even be work-related – and help. Construction is quite an old and conservative industry, so our approach to management has a fresh perspective.
What do you find most interesting in your work at Staticus?
There are no two days that are the same at work for me. My team is quite big and the responsibilities are quite wide. I face different problems every day, and I think that’s the biggest motivation for me in my job. The way we find solutions every time something happens is quite inspiring. There’s no monotony – it’s a job that keeps you on your toes.
Which project are you most proud of?
It’s a difficult question – there are plenty of projects that I could name. Some were very technologically challenging, some were simpler but very creative. In the end, I guess it’s easier to remember projects situated in Vilnius. I live here, so I can see them every day, and that gives me great satisfaction.
Tell us a bit about your life outside of work.
The Covid pandemic and the birth of my son changed my life completely. Right now, I’m focused on raising my boy and being a good father.