Working at Ericsson’s R&D center in Łódź, Poland

Work in one of Ericsson’s largest European research and development centers

The research and development centers in Łódź and Krakow are Ericsson’s two largest R&D centers in Europe, with more than 1,700 employees. The centers are made up of a diverse group of colleagues, from people just starting their telecommunications careers to those with decades of experience. Everyone brings their point of view and their passion to Ericsson.

Meet some of our colleagues who are making a difference to the future of telecommunications and find out what it’s like to work here.

What is it like working in our largest R&D centers in Europe?

The working environment in the centers is very open and collaborative, ideal to help us do our best. Katarzyna joined Ericsson over eight years ago and is currently a Senior Software Developer. She says working at Ericsson in R&D in Poland is like working for a “big company with a small business atmosphere”.

As we work with agile methodologies, we know how important the ability to cooperate is. Our employees can rely on each other and support each other in their daily tasks. We work in close-knit teams where people not only work together, but also develop and grow together.

Maciej, a senior master in software development based in central Łódź, believes that “it’s a very collaborative and friendly environment” that makes working at Ericsson R&D special and is one of the main reasons he works at Ericsson. for over 14 years now.

What does it mean to be a developer here?

The work we do in R&D in the telecommunications industry is extremely important in improving people’s ability to communicate and interact with each other. It has a profound impact on the connectivity of the world, especially with the development of 5G. Filip, Software Developer and Product Guardian, explains that “Ericsson enables you to develop interesting products that change the world… The work I do is meaningful.” Mikolaj, a junior software development intern, says he especially likes the fact that “I can see the impact on the final product.”

Also, being a developer in R&D Poland isn’t just a job, and it’s not just to help make the world a better place. It is also a matter of personal growth; grow as a software developer. Although we’re a global company, we take an individual approach to everyone’s professional development to become better software developers.

Ericsson's R&D team in Łódź, Poland

Many colleagues start at Ericsson as trainees who then become permanent members of the team, such as Aneta, a software developer, who shares her story: “My adventure with Ericsson started in 2013 with a summer internship. The period of learning and further work is above all a period of technical development, but also of teamwork skills. The company offers many career paths, so even if someone is not passionate about programming, but close to IT or telecommunications, they will find a place here. New people go through a series of trainings and work under the supervision of mentors. Thanks to this, the implementation in the realities of work becomes easier.

How is the daily life?

We work on a range of projects with colleagues around the world and with a wide range of technologies – 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G; and languages ​​– C++, Java, Python, Perl, Bash, JavaScript, Erlang, C#, SQL, .Net.

Depending on who you talk to, projects can range from 3G and radio network controllers like Maciej who works in corporate networks and traffic control, to projects like Katarzyna’s which involves working on 5G and C++, to Mikolaj’s 4G R&D project.

We work in a very open environment where we give our colleagues the freedom to express their ideas, accompanied by the support of managers, and part of our daily work is to help each other on each other’s projects. Everyone is free to ask questions or give another point of view, Katarzyna says “I am free to ask questions and offer ideas.”

Ericsson's R&D team in Łódź, Poland

Another aspect of everyday life is training. Marta, a junior software developer in Łódź, explains that one of the things Ericsson offers that other companies don’t is the breadth of training. She shares, “Ericsson cares about employees. The trainings and workshops are professional and complex. Also, after your work, this company gives you the opportunity to learn even more…you can learn by yourself to become a better programmer.

What else is the team preparing for away work?

Outside of day to day work, we spend time doing the things we love together and are very active in the local community. There are groups such as the “Alt” Mountain Club and the Cyclists’ Society where colleagues with similar interests can share their passions. We also take part in regular charity events like the cycling rally where colleagues cycle between our offices in Krakow and Łódź for charity. It has been an annual meeting since 2011.

The future of Ericsson R&D in Poland

The R&D centers in Łódź and Krakow have continued to grow, as the need for telecommunications development is such that we plan to hire 350 additional people in the next two years to join the team. There’s a lot more to come from us!

You too could be part of the team, find out more here.

Margie D. Carlisle