By Laura Urip on June 6, 2017
GO-JEK is an Indonesian unicorn - it's a billion dollar technology startup revolutionizing an industry and way of life for millions.
Beyond their financial success, GO-JEK is an inspiration because it is proving that creating wealth and social impact can go hand-in-hand. It has provided jobs to over 200,000 low-income partners improving the livelihoods of families across Indonesia.
GO-JEK founders are widely celebrated. Today, we'd like to share the stories of a few employees in GO-JEK and see what it means to work in a company that believes in "#LifeWithoutLimits".
“I was pretty apprehensive about moving back to Indonesia. Not only did I ever live here before but also, I barely speak the language.”
“When I decided to work at GO-JEK, I had no idea how the working culture is in Indonesia, and I was really surprised. The other day, Ajey the CTO of GO-JEK came up and asked me how I was doing and what I was working on. I get to be friends, lifetime friends, with the managers and even the Board of Directors – I like the flat hierarchy. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming here. They came from many different backgrounds and walks of life.”
Even though working at GO-JEK is her first job, she led a team of developers as they were launching GO-MED.
“There were only five of us and I was the only iOS developer. It was definitely hectic and overwhelming. The product launch was remarkable and really rewarding.”
“I’ve had so many sleepless nights. I slept at 2 in the morning last night and the night before, but when you’re doing what you love, it does not feel like work at all. It was fun.”
“The career track at GO-JEK is not like a ladder or a gradient. Our product changes constantly and that’s why our business is unpredictable. We don’t know what next year is going to bring and where will we shift our focus but we strive to stay as relevant as possible.”
“Charles Darwin once said, the species that had survived is not the strongest but the ones that adapt the most. The same applies to GO-JEK. What differentiates a star performer from the rest is speed. Age, gender, background becomes irrelevant once they are able to keep up. These heroes keep themselves relevant with the company’s culture and future needs.”
“There is no “work-life balance” term here. At GO-JEK, work is life. When we distinguish work and life, we tend to see work as a worse condition than life itself but if you love what you do, it becomes a part of your life.”
"...when you’re doing what you love, it does not feel like work at all. It was fun." - Anbita Nadine
“In GO-JEK, it does not matter where you came from nor how many years of experience you have.”
“What you need is the learning ability to unlearn and relearn. Our learning process here in GO-JEK is by doing your job. There is no strict curriculum because we’re always open for all GO-TROOPS to gain skills in any way they can.”
There are GO-TALK sessions available for employees who are willing to share their experiences and knowledge, including what they learn during training held externally.
“In learning, we go beyond our ideal plans because we’re encouraged to be fast and fearless. We don’t aim for perfection, but we aim to learn in every decision we make in GO-JEK.”
“I left my comfortable consulting career to work at GO-JEK.”
“When I started, the company had just launched the application and there were about 20 employees at most. The office was still in a 100m square house and we had to share such a small space. It was not as comfortable as it is now.”
“I remembered Nadiem asked me this question, ‘Don’t you think that people like us should be the one providing jobs instead of looking for one?’ and that is why I left my consulting career.”
“He explained how GO-JEK is envisioned to empower informal service sector through technology and human-centered design. Our mission here in GO-JEK is to provide a platform where people with simpler skillsets can connect with users who need them.”
“Here we are, two years later. We stayed through our vision and what we have promised in the beginning.”
GO-JEK is continuing its mission to make life better for all Indonesians. As part of their growth, they are searching for more passionate individuals to join their cause. If you are interested in being a part of the change that you would like to see, a career at GO-JEK might be that opportunity.