Onboarding at PHOENIX
Three independent locations without connection? No way! At Phoenix Design, we take great stock in working TOGETHER among Stuttgart, Munich, and Shanghai – and we're investing time and money for this goal. We believe in the energy inherent in the team which can unfold its full potential through personal contact. That's why we bring our new designers from China to our German locations – like Shufen Guo.
Shufen Guo (right) is the first Interaction Designer in our growing Shanghai studio. After an initial training period in China, Gigi came to Germany – for the first time in her life – in order to get to know her other 60 colleagues and to get an impression of the way we work here. She spent three weeks in Stuttgart and Munich, getting immersed in a new culture, gaining new design experiences, and enriching current projects in the respective teams with her personal view on things. Always by her side: her onboarding buddy Carolin Schmitt (left), UX Designer at Phoenix Design, for general questions and topics.
Gigi studied art and design at the Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou/China with a focus on creative design. Since her exchange to Taiwan Shih-Chien University for a semester where she studied communication design, she started to be interested in interface and interaction. After graduation, Gigi worked in Harman International for more than 3 years where she started as interaction design intern ending up as design lead. "For me, design is more of creating things, or solve problems in a logical and beautiful way. A product couldn't fit in user's needs without the logic behind“, she describes her own design philosophy. Therefore, her job will be to find out what's hidden and make sure a friendly user experience of the product.
In a short interview, Gigi answers two questions regarding her onboarding program in Germany.
What's your best memory in Germany?
I believe an onboarding program is not only about how to work, but more of getting to know everyone in the company. Spend time with the people and learn what Phoenix culture is. The funniest moment of this trip was when Caro took me to a German traditional carnival. Then I found out that German people are not as serious as what I thought, there's also a lot of "craziness" and fun in the daily life.
What do you take with you back to China?
With the onboarding program, I learned the overall project process in Phoenix, talked to every colleague in person and make sure who I should approach when I am back to the Shanghai office for future project support. This is also the cool part of Phoenix Design, that there are so many talented experts in every step of design process. Onboarding program helps to build that connection between Stuttgart, Munich and Shanghai, to ensure we are one family, and keep our philosophy "Logic, Morals and Magic."