An interview with Tarik Ballouz, Chief Operating Officer at WIS, who explains how he started out in 2015 and grew with the company.
this is how we define our environment, in which our employees are working. We have internal & operational, external and strategic elements. We decided to make them public, that you get a better understanding, how it is like to work at WIS.
Internal & Operational
Positivity and happiness!
Strive to approach things in a positive and optimistic way / avoid complaining and choose happiness, because it`s more fun
to work with happy colleagues
Communication & Collaboration
We are one WIS – great things happen when we work together
Growth, learning & self-improvement
Pursue growth and learning / leave WIS a better professional than when you started/have a focus on self-improvement /
know your business – what is happening in the market?
Humor (and a little weirdness)
We don’t want to become one of those big companies that feel corporate and boring. We value being fun and being a little
weird & unconventional. We’re not looking for crazy or extreme weirdness though, just a touch to make life more exciting
and fun for everyone. One of the side effects of this is that it encourages us to think outside the box and be more
innovative, which will contribute to our business as well.
Transparency is the standard
We share results / we explain decisions / we tell the whole truth/everyone has open access / we have a no door policy
Best advantage = amazing people!
We take care of people, products and profits. In that order!
We respect each other / we`re helpful and friendly / we`re open-minded, honest and constructive / we would prove our
value through hard work rather than through words, whether they are true or exaggerated / we let the other person save
face, even if they are clearly wrong
Win debates with better data, not bigger job titles
We let the best ideas win! (Ideas shouldn’t be considered the best just because they come from the boss or someone else
near the top)
Autonomy, reliability & act like an owner
We can take tasks and know how to execute them/we take our responsibilities seriously / pay attention to the details, be
meticulous / review decisions as if it was your own money
Website visitors come first
We always prioritize doing things that directly help our website visitors
We deliver #1 quality
We deliver WOW through our content, development & design
Our blades are always sharpened & long-term thinking
We have a competitive environment, and we don`t ever sit back and get satisfied. At WIS we keep challenging ourselves to
the next level. This is great because we focus on improving, not celebrating how great we are, which is in fact how we get to
be great. We`re working long-term. We think long-term. We approach it like we are running a marathon, not a sprint.
Here are some examples, how we live and work for these principles:
Element: „Transparency is the standard”
We`re open and transparent, even to the public. Here you can see and read some examples:
Element: “Growth, learning & self-improvement“
An important factor in our core strategy. Read here an example, what we`re offering to accomplish that:
Element: Best advantage = amazing people!
Working together with the right people is crucial. Read here some of our people stories:
Element: “Website visitors come first”
We offering blacklists to prevent our visitors from unreliable operators. This is one example:
Element: „We deliver #1 quality“
Quality pages must be liked by our visitors and Google. Check out a traffic development of one of our sites (aktien.net):
Element: “Our blades are always sharpened & long-term thinking”
We are looking for sustainable, organic and long-term growth. Here are two examples, that we care for that:
We constantly work on improvements both in our work and at our office. Here is a small list of the things which we are finding useful!
At WIS, we took expert advice to choose the lighting system that makes our team more comfortable, happier and yes - more productive, too!