ASP couldn’t be something else than diverse, knowing that Doubi Ajami, the founder of the company has unexpected roots. Doubi Ajami, born in a Jewish family with Lebanese roots, came to Belgium as a young boy. As a hard worker and passionate about everything he does, Doubi defends his ideas, very often with suppliers and customers, for their own good and for a long-term vision. After his studies, he jumped in the IT sector and started AB Computers. Dany De Vleeschhauwer, our Managing Director, joined AB Computers in 1988. Although Dany holds a master’s degree in biology, he is also very passionate about IT and quickly became Doubi’s right hand. As the IT world was evolving fast and the need for IT managed services was growing, ASP was created.
Multiculturalism is part of diversity. Diversity is a unique characteristic of ASP, namely different nationalities, religions, ages, and backgrounds. Communication is important in every company. ASP has English as its working language, given the diversity of language backgrounds of the staff. Our colleagues originate from 16 different countries.
It happens regularly that someone makes a (family) visit to his/her home country and brings a treat for the colleagues when they return to the office. This creates a pleasant, multicultural atmosphere at ASP, which makes our company quite unique. Also from abroad, Sri Lanka, our colleagues are active as system engineers for ASP.
Besides the fact that there are many cultures living at ASP, there is also attention to diversity on another level. ASP is a thorough IT service provider, but also recognizes talents in applicants who are open to a career switch. Some colleagues joined our team, after a reorientation course, and managed to integrate fluently, even without previous IT background. With the appropriate guidance and training, we encourage them to grow and evolve according to their strengths and passion.
All these diversity aspects taken into account make ASP a very interesting place to discover the ins and outs of the IT infrastructure and the IT world in general. Making mistakes is what makes us human. The emphasis at ASP is not on the error itself, but how we as a diverse team solve and learn from them. This is what ASP differentiates though the one big family culture that is very present within the company.
Experiences from our colleagues
Eveline AlgoetHead of Backoffice
It goes without saying that our team is quite diverse. In addition to the multicultural aspect, the ASP team consists of 4 different generations, from baby boomers to generation z.
It is easy to understand that Zers and baby boomers don’t always work the same way. At ASP, all generations work together as smoothly as possible. Our employees appreciate each other for their talents and strengths. The big advantage of a workplace with 4 generations of employees is the variety of interests, knowledge, and experience. We believe it is important to create a work environment in which everyone wants to work together and to maximize the potential of each employee. Having one common goal that everyone can support and where individuals and teams organize themselves around, helps to achieve this harmony. (more…)
Srivathsa SrikantanServiceNow Consultant
When I got the offer from ASP I was a bit anxious, coming from a different country with a different culture, I was hoping to be valued & accepted within ASP and not feel like an outsider at work. Additionally, I had switched from a Presales IT domain without upfront knowledge of ServiceNow. But as soon as I walked on the very first day on my job, understood ASP has a diverse environment and a very warm inclusive culture by embracing each other’s uniqueness. ASP has diversity not only in the nationality of people where each one comes from a different place and culture but also ASP encourages & provides opportunities for its employees to grow from an overall different domain/skill. In my 1 year of work experience within ASP, I have never been treated differently due to my gender, racial background or cultural difference, or even language. Communication has never been an issue for me within ASP as everyone speaks English. (more…)
David BohetsHead of Operations
Diversity might seem important for many companies. If you look in detail the reality turns out to be very different. Companies have the tendency to apply a diversity sauce. At ASP it’s not about the image of diversity, it’s part of our core. ASP consistently implements diversity. It originates from the founders’ backgrounds that translated itself throughout the entire company. It is about people’s potential, capabilities & expertise, not about ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, or religion. Those who are motivated will be given guidance and opportunities. Diversity always brings advantages. When team members have different backgrounds, the team will by default approach challenges differently, bringing different solutions to the table and gain different insights. Which results in outstanding service delivery with an extra plus.
All types of people feel at home, it’s like a carpet in different colours. Nobody’s on trial.
We fit in very well, we live together perfectly – whatever the situation – humor has its place too and that’s good because we never feel a bad feeling coming from a colleague. People here accept you as you are. And people also understand when it’s going too far, and then they apologize. It’s all about respect here.
Achraf El AkchaouiSystem Engineer
I didn’t experience anything disrespectful of me, my origins, or religion. Such respect within the ASP team, which is very multicultural. We even joke about it with each other, and we feel that we can go to humor because nothing is serious and that we respect all cultures.
Evgeni DankovSystem Engineer
When arriving at ASP, I tried to adapt at the beginning, to see how the collaboration would be. I was surprised to see how the welcome was nice and all communication very fluent. I directly jumped on a project. I didn’t feel like my Bulgarian origin was a problem for my colleagues. The main language is English so it’s very easy and helpful, and also the whole documentation is in English as well as the emails. It was taken into account that I’m not speaking French or Dutch fluently to I wasn’t put in an uncomfortable situation. Here, the culture is different because colleagues are reachable and helpful. Inside the working environment, we can discuss your current job but also your personal things happening in your life. I always found help in the HR teams to translate things, or sign, even if wasn’t always related to work.