Above average income
According to office manager Anni Španić, the company was founded in 2016. Its core activity is electrical installations and assembly and it mainly operates on the German market.
“Our customers are largely looking for workers specialized in electrical assembly and installation, to work on projects like hospitals, banks, public institutions, residential buildings, etc. As we continue to grow, we are constantly looking for new employees,” she said.
Staff salaries are based on German labour law and German hourly rates, said Anni Španić.“The hourly rate depends on the type of work, but also on the level of experience the employee has. We are always on the lookout for skilled workers and this is our priority, but we also give young people a chance, working with them and training them,” said Anni Španić.
She emphasized that the company is currently opening a branch office in Germany in order to register a number of employees there.
“This gives us even better chances on the German market, as most of our employees would rather work for a German company. We already have a client base and numerous potential new customers, so we can conclude that our clients are very satisfied with the quality of our service. That is why we choose our staff very carefully, and we look for qualified electricians. Thus, we are fully booked and as soon as a construction site is completed, we already receive new inquiries,” said Anni Španić, pointing out that the staff are also satisfied with their working conditions.
“Our employees are not only from Varaždin County, but also come from Međimurje, Podravina and some even from Dalmatia and Slavonia. They work in Germany for about three weeks at a time, sometimes longer if so agreed,” she said, adding that Oculus always ensures that all paperwork is properly handled so employees do not need to register themselves with the authorities.
Karlo Ivanek, office coordinator at Oculus, said that their foreign clients are generally very satisfied with the staff. This was achieved through significant investments in employee training.
“There are the occasional customer complaints, most of which justified, as employees may have different working habits than expected in Germany. However, we make every effort to prepare and train our staff to avoid such situations. We always try to team up beginners with experienced workers to avoid possible problems and complaints,” said Ivanek, pointing out that Oculus is committed to providing staff with good working conditions to keep them motivated.
“Our employees are compensated according to German standards and all overtime hours are paid. Additionally, the company organizes transport to Germany and accommodation there. We strive to limit work periods to three weeks so that employees can also have time for their families, we pay a decent income above the Croatian average, giving them good reason to stay in Croatia, rather than emigrate,” said Ivanek concluding.
Radiotherapy facility in Denmark
Oculus office coordinator Karlo Ivanek informed us that their team is currently working at up to 30 locations in Germany, in other European countries and even overseas. He pointed out that the company is constantly in need of new manpower and that they see a strong future in electrical installations. He proudly stated that the company has successfully delivered several very complex projects. One such example is construction work at the Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark.
“This is currently the main cancer treatment hospital in Denmark, and our staff have been involved in setting up the radiotherapy facility,” Ivanek concluded.