He found his employees himself
When two years ago Mantas read about the new IT company under the name of Centric coming to Kaunas, he did not think twice. On the one hand, the job he had, seemed to have already been exhausted both in terms of positions, growth, and creativity. On the other hand, he wanted to get back to Kaunas and, most importantly, to join the company at the very beginning of its establishment.
"I am fascinated by the opportunity to start with the company at the earliest possible stage of formation - when you can apply good practices and adjust them according to your imagination. I like to influence processes, and the earlier you get involved in a team, the more influence you have. Therefore, I closely followed what businesses are developing in Kaunas. I thought, well, where could I apply my management experience, with which new company we could become an exemplary center for competence that would perform better than branches in other countries? I am always pleased to hear an evaluation from foreign heads when they say, we certainly did not make a mistake by opening our center in Lithuania," Mantas explains his motives.
It didn't matter that the new company hadn't announced the future positions and hadn't started looking for employees, Freddie Veltmaat's name - Centric's Head of Technology mentioned in an article - was enough for Mantas, who tracked Veltmaat down and asked him to elaborate on what the Dutch were planning to create in Kaunas and how he, an experienced IT professional and manager, could help.
"Like I said, I wasn’t afraid at all that this was a new company, in my eyes Centric is an experienced firm with over 4,000 employees! The experience told me that I am not risking anything, on the contrary: when an international company opens a new branch, it is a convenient time to implement changes. I find the initial pain of growth and the shaping of processes extremely interesting and most fascinating," says Mantas who not only helped organize the initial core of Centric IT Solutions Lithuania employees, but continues to actively participate in job interviews.