Working with Russians is never dull.Alena Repkina
Many people travel to Russia in search of a career and if they’re lucky enough to find a job they find out pretty quickly that working here can present some surprises. Russia Beyond speaks to some expats to find out what it’s like working with Russians, and what odd traits they have in the office.
If you’re planning your schedule, pay attention: At 8.30 a.m. most Russian offices are probably still closed. “Once during a work trip, I organized my appointments so I could visit all my clients,” says Ute Heller from Germany. “I decided to visit the last couple locations at the beginning of the last day of my stay, but I didn’t know that Russian offices often don’t open until 10 a.m.!”
If you have a work meeting or conference with Russians, expect to wait a while. “Meeting scheduled with a Russian client for 3 p.m.? It’s probably going to happen at least 15 minutes later,” says Cecilia Mussi from Italy. Often due to intense traffic, meetings in Moscow are delayed. But for those who live and work in the city, sometimes this can be a good thing. “I learned to schedule my meetings in places near cafes and restaurants, so if the person I’m meeting is late I can have a coffee or something to eat,” adds Heller.
“In the work environment Russian people tend to be very straightforward.
In Russia, it’s customary to come to meetings bearing gifts and small sweets, biscuits, or chocolates. “Working with Russians is amazing because when you meet with them they always offer you tea and chocolates,” adds Donadini.
Russians will throw themselves into each and every task with gusto, whether it be learning a new language or an artistic activity. “They apply themselves intensively and they have a great respect and interest for everything concerning the learning process,” points out Giggio Giovanni from Brazil - he’s been living in Moscow for a decade.
One thing we can all agree on: The Russian capital offers lots of opportunities for self-employed professionals. “There are so many potential clients that have the time and money to invest,” concludes Giovanni.
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