I joined Uzars in 2002, when as a university student and I realised that I could no longer financially support my studies without a stable job. I opened the newspaper and saw a job advertisement for pavers at Uzars – at that moment, emotionally, I wanted a hard and proper work just like that, I applied – they accepted. In the first few days, I was not too happy and was wandering whe Show more
I joined Uzars in 2002, when as a university student and I realised that I could no longer financially support my studies without a stable job. I opened the newspaper and saw a job advertisement for pavers at Uzars – at that moment, emotionally, I wanted a hard and proper work just like that, I applied – they accepted. In the first few days, I was not too happy and was wandering where have I gotten myself into!? It wasn’t easy, because we started at 7am (we had to be at the bus stop by 6am), and paving wasn’t easy at all. But after a few weeks I got into the rhythm and excitement of paving. Then one day my foreman came to me and told me that I would get a pay raise for good work. It was something – after just a few weeks on the job, I thought, while others work here for many months and years. And that was the motivation for further selfless work. Three months later, I was appointed as a foreman – it was SUCH an event for me! I guess that was the time when I really felt that paving was a work of the heart – it’s a manly and thorough job where you turn the mud into a solid foundation, and it’s much faster than, for example, the construction process, where everything is long and tedious, both for the client and for you. To be honest, at that time I didn’t care much how much I got for it, I became a bit of a paving patriot, so to speak. A year later, I was offered a new job as a project manager, which was again a new challenge for me. So here I am, more than 20 years later, and I still love it.
If we talk about Uzars as an employer, we have to say something about Jānis, and I can’t help but say that I don’t believe there is another employer in the world as good as him – he trusts his people, he doesn’t control, he is generous and humane. It feels like you’re running your own little business, but at the same time with a big, solid backing. I feel that my employer is not selfish and money-minded, I appreciate that he cares about us, the employees, and the development of the business – the income is invested in both the machinery and our well-being, not just spent on personal ambitions. Uzars is a stable company that takes care of its employees – salaries are always paid on time, regardless of whether the client has paid or not. But above all, there is an incomparable humanity and strength and resilience of a paver, no matter what winds of the world may shake us.