As an expert in making technology accessible to people, it is only natural that Miracle puts people first themselves. In the IT company’s Aarhus department, employees enjoy few rules and a lot of freedom when it comes to choosing how their tasks are solved. It works because we have respect for each other’s professionalism.
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A flat hierarchy, great employee loyalty, and a working environment with few fixed procedures are some of the characteristics that characterize the IT company Miracle, which has offices in Ballerup, Aarhus, and Aalborg. From the start, it has been a priority to put people first, says Simon Møgelvang Bang, CTO of Miracle and head of the Aarhus office.
“It’s all about having trust and letting people be who they are. If the framework is right and there are no obstacles, people will solve the tasks themselves. I trust that. And it works. It’s not necessary to have a lot of rules or procedures, because people can think for themselves,” Møgelvang Bang says. As long as we all just think for ourselves, things run smoothly. It is natural to take responsibility. And we bring out the full potential in all of us.
When Miracle has such good experience in attracting and retaining the right tech people, software enthusiasts, and other good people, it is partly because Simon Møgelvang Bang himself has a background in IT. Therefore, he has always been able to speak the same language as his colleagues, who are typically software engineers and computer scientists.
“I provide feedback to everyone. That’s why I don’t manage people: I understand the issues they face. It also means that I participate in making major decisions on individual projects, where we try to figure out what the best solution is,” says Møgelvang Bang says.
“And it keeps me sharp – because I daily play ball with some of the best in the industry. It’s a privilege,” Møgelvang Bang smiles.
Simon Møgelvang Bang graduated as a computer scientist in 1999. Since then, he has worked as a programmer, architect, and project manager at several companies, including Grundfos where he worked as an external consultant.
In the spring of 2006, Simon Møgelvang Bang co-founded the IT company Lenio, where he initially worked as a programmer. After a few years, however, that title was replaced with architect and later project manager.
“In 2010, I thought it was time to switch again. But then Lenio was bought by Miracle and I got the opportunity to become project manager and head of the new department. That’s when I replaced programming with coordination and management,” Møgelvang Bang says.
What started as a small business with 4 employees is today, 11 years later, a department with 70 software specialists. And Møgelvang Bang has helped recruit the vast majority of them. Miracle does not have an HR department, which is why the CTO himself reads through all the applications.
“I don’t look at the applicants’ CVs very thoroughly. Of course, they have to have an IT background, but as long as they have that, we will figure out the rest. It’s about the human aspect,” Møgelvang Bang says. Tech peoplem, for example, are often introverted – which is not a problem at Miracle. It is important that we can attract and keep the “locomotives” – they are the ones that give the company traction… and they are not average at all.
Buddy-system and employee clubs
There are few rules at Miracle in Aarhus, however, one of them is that there always have to be cold beers in the fridge on Fridays. Being social is a high priority.
“We are good at welcoming new people, which is mainly due to the fact that we have a buddy system. When you’re hired, you are assigned a buddy who is in a different team, so you also get to meet other people in the office. They are responsible for showing you where the coffee machine is and everything else practical. There is always someone you can go to,” Møgelvang Bang says.
In addition, Miracle also has a number of employee clubs: While the beer club brews their own beers, the running club meets to get blood pumping.
Thus, Møgelvang Bang and the rest of the team at Miracles’ Aarhus department do their part to make everyday life at the company as pleasant and productive as possible.
“We have a strong culture because we put people first. And it has a self-reinforcing effect, which time and time again helps to attract the right software enthusiasts,” Møgelvang Bang says. We get along with each other. It’s that simple.