Saanio & Riekkola as an employer – case studies

Kari Äikäs, Project Leader, Head of the Rock Technology Department

An interest in natural sciences took Kari, a graduate from Porvoo, to the University of Helsinki to study geology, chemistry, geophysics and statistics. His career began with various jobs related to ore-prospecting. Subsequently, Kari was hired by the Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) excavation-technology laboratory in projects relating to the mining industry and excavation technology. Kari spent five years at TKK. In addition to project work, Kari studied vocational subjects in rock technology and earned a licentiate degree in 1985.

“When investigating job opportunities after TKK, I decided to contact Saanio & Riekkola. The name of the company’s founder, Veli Saanio, was already familiar from literature and TKK lectures. I was invited to interview for a job and ultimately I was offered a position on the Ruoholahti-metro planning team. I began working on the project at the beginning of 1986, and I was initially contracted for two years of work. Fortunately, at the end of the 1980s, there was strong growth in the economy and my job was made permanent. During these past 25 years I have worked at Saanio & Riekkola Oy I have worn many different hats, sometimes as a project leader and other times as a rock engineer, technical expert or master planner. This work has taken me as far as South Korea. Now, with 5 million cubic metres of experience under my belt, I have come full circle as I continue planning Länsimetro, where the Ruoholahti metro project originally came to an end.”

In explaining his long-term employment, Kari mentions the variety of work offered by the projects at Saanio & Riekkola Oy, which provides him with plenty of intellectual challenges. He also praises the relaxed atmosphere in the company, which might be due to the youthful management style – as many of the employees acknowledge. The office community consisting of many different personalities offers new perspectives as well as opportunities for being open minded, flexible and developing him/herself each day.

Heta Lampinen, geologist

Having graduated as a geologist from the University of Turku, Heta Lampinen started her career as a geologist at Posiva Oy in Olkiluoto. Sporty Heta, who has a strong passion for rugby, started to long for a change of scene and better opportunities to pursue her hobby. One of the options was the engineering company Saanio & Riekkola Oy, which is one of Posiva’s key partners. Heta initially wondered how easily she would make the transition from working in an office containing only geologists to one more focused on engineering, but her concerns proved to be unfounded as she discovered the working environment at Saanio &Riekkola to be highly supportive.  Heta is also pleased with the relaxed work rhythm and the opportunity to take part in projects that require not only solitary focus but also an open-minded and innovative attitude. Heta praises Saanio & Riekkola in particular for its telework arrangements. Such flexibility allows Heta to fully pursue her passion for rugby. Moreover, Saanio & Riekkola Oy’s approach to match trips and time-off for training and sometimes even small-scale sponsoring have increased her respect for the employer. Heta is very confident in her professional development, and she always seeks challenges on the workfront. She is interested in the company’s plans to enter new fields and believes this growth will increase her commitment even further.



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