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Interview with Amir Bedoui
  • Amir Bedoui
  • warehouse worker at incoming goods
  • with FIEGE since 2016

 

MR BEDOUI, FOR HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN GERMANY?

I was born in Tunisia and have been here for ten years now. I have been married just as long and we have a three-year old daughter.

WHAT PROFESSION DID YOU LEARN?

In Tunisia I worked in the tourism industry. However, here in Germany, I have always worked in warehousing.

WAS THAT ALSO NEAR GREVEN?

No, I live in Laer. I worked in Horstmar through a temping agency for three years. At some point I no longer wanted to work as a temp, also for financial reasons. 

I looked at the ratings and opinions of employees working at FIEGE on the Internet and then took matters into my own hands. A few weeks after my application, I was invited to come for an interview. I remember being quite thrilled about that. I spent a day in December trialling the work here and was given a tour. It was exactly how I had imagined it and wanted it to be. I started working here at the beginning of January 2016.

DID THIS ALSO GO THROUGH A TEMPING AGENCY?

No, I started with FIEGE directly. I was very pleased about that. And I am happy and content.

WOULD YOU SAY THAT YOU AND FIEGE ARE A GOOD MATCH?

Yes, very much so. It’s what I love to do. Working at the warehouse and everything it involves. Packing, picking, loading, offloading. I enjoy doing that. I get along well with almost all colleagues. It’s not necessary to be on good terms with everyone here, but with most people, I get along very well. The boss comes around and welcomes us with a handshake. He asks us how we are doing, and if we need anything. There are regular meetings where they check what we need to do a good job. And our warehouse manager is also a great guy. He is around about my age and is on good terms with everyone here. I get along well with him. And with the second team leader, too. I have no problems in this regard. If you do your job, respect is given in return. Things just run smoothly. In the beginning I didn’t know anyone here and was a little shy, but after a short while, everything was okay.

WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU FOR YOUR WORK?

To me, respect is important, and that’s a given here. Nobody ever says “oi, you do that…”. Here, it is always “please” and “thank you”. People ask you properly. There is never a: Do this! Now! – you are invited to share your ideas, even your opinion. And they listen to the advice. That’s great here, that opinions are appreciated. That’s not always a sure thing. Everyone who comes to work here knows exactly what they have to do. And if they don’t, they simply have to ask. We are here as a team and try to reach our targets, to satisfy the customer, through a joint effort. We all work together to ensure that our customer is happy.

DO YOU ALSO HAVE A FORKLIFT OPERATOR PERMIT?

I don’t have mine just yet, but the plan is for me to get one. FIEGE will also pay for this. Hopefully before the year is over.

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE ABOUT THE INTERACTION BETWEEN YOUR SUPERVISORS AND COLLEAGUES?

Everybody has a bad day here and then, but you just don’t take that with you to work. The boss always greets you and has a smile for you. It’s a definite plus if you don’t have to worry as an employee and wonder: “Is he angry with me?”. The atmosphere here at work is good. I would even like to move here from Laer. I am still thinking about it. The distance is around 28 kilometres.

You are invited to share your ideas, even your opinion.

WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE?

As a child, I wanted to become an architect. My uncle was an architect and I remember watching him while he was working. I found that very interesting. But I wasn’t that good at school and later I learned languages and worked in the hotel industry.

TUNISIA ALSO HAS A FRENCH INFLUENCE, IS THAT CORRECT?

Tunisia has an Arabic influence, but it used to be a French colony which is why we also speak French.

DO YOU ALSO SPEAK ENGLISH?

Yes, I also speak a little English. I speak German, English, French, Arabic and a little Italian because of my work in the tourism industry. I also trained as a bar tender. You can’t help but pick up a few things from the different languages.

IF A FRIEND WERE TO ASK YOU IF YOU CAN RECOMMEND WORKING AT FIEGE, WHAT WOULD YOU ANSWER?

I have already recommended FIEGE to two people. One has already applied, the other one still wants to.

DID YOU RECOMMEND THAT THEY BOTH APPLY?

Yes, definitely! The money is okay, and the work is not heavy duty. We have a lot of equipment here. Nobody has to overexert themselves. Yes, I would definitely recommend the company.