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Working at Ada to change the future of healthcare

Working at Ada

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” Annie Dillard, an American writer, captures why it’s so important to spend our days doing something that gives our lives meaning and even makes the world a better place. If you’re interested in doing just that, apply to join Ada.

Founded in 2011, we’re working hard to bring the future of personalized health to everyone – our rapid growth means we’re often looking for the right people to help accelerate our progress towards this mission. We envision a world where everyone has access to the healthcare they need, and we’re proud to be an active supporter in improving people's quality of life. It’s the best feeling a job can have. Our Vice President of Marketing, Marvin Rottenberg, explains it well, “If you're really interested in changing the world and you would like to get a lot of responsibility, then Ada is the place to be.”

To make a global impact, we need global teams and workplaces. We have offices in Berlin, Munich, London, and New York, and frequently travel to East Africa, Romania, India, the Middle East, the US, and Asia.

Our Berlin headquarters

Our home in Berlin has two offices. Our headquarters is directly opposite the majestic Berliner Dom, nuzzled between the Spree and the bustling Hackescher Markt. People visiting this beautiful part of the city lounge about eating ice-cream in the summer, and in the winter, they huddle together in cozy bars drinking a warm Glühwein or a traditional Berliner Kindl. Our second Berlin office – a warm multi-level loft packed full of engineers – is in eclectic Kreuzberg. This part of Berlin is full of vibrant culture and the most delicious lunch spots in the city.

Two colleagues sitting on a couch with the Berliner Dom in the background.

Now, let’s go back to our headquarters and take a second to imagine a typical work day at Ada. You walk past the grandiose Berliner Dom, enter the building, and take the elevator to the seventh floor. As you approach our office entrance, you can’t help but notice the gigantic aquarium column in the middle of the building where exotic fish cavort and leave all visitors in awe.

Next stop, you walk through the Ada office doors. When you first enter, you’re immediately greeted with a friendly smile and a hello from our people and workplace colleagues. Our office at Berlin's Karl-Liebknecht-Straße is an open-plan, multilevel office with separate meeting rooms and glass booths where telephone conferences and smaller meetings are held undisturbed and soundproofed.

Two colleagues conducting a meeting in one of our glass booths.

Different personalities, same goal

In our eyes, differences do not separate people but rather enrich and unify them. The different personalities of people working at Ada are reflected at their desks. You’ll notice several unique things specific to each employee. Little notes on computers. A ficus cyathistipula that spreads slowly but steadily. Books on desks that reveal more about the people who are absorbed in their work, like Und immer wieder die Zeit: Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman. A Yoda sitting on a desk, providing wisdom to all who pass by. A picture on the wall showing hieroglyphics. Without saying one word, you can get a glimpse into the life of someone working at Ada.

An aerial shot of our headquarters showing the different desk personalities.

You’ll also find gardeners, swing dancers, triathletes, musicians, photographers, gaming enthusiasts, bloggers, pilots, foodies, cat lovers, dog lovers, trail runners…the list is endless. Whatever you want to talk about during your lunch break, you’ll likely find someone around the office who shares similar interests.

With more than 50 nationalities represented at Ada, lunch breaks provide insights to new recipes and opportunities to exchange different culinary ideas and tips. Our Spicy Ada group members take turns bringing their favorite spicy food, which has so far included Sichuan pepper noodles, Vietnamese rice noodle salad, spicy dahl, and vegan Gulyás soup.

A diverse group of colleagues holding a meeting with the Berliner Dom in the background.

We place great importance on diversity and inclusivity and value all of the different backgrounds our employees have. We view practicing and enforcing inclusivity and respect among all as an opportunity to learn and continually grow as better individuals as well as team players.

Nurturing diverse teams and inclusive environments not only helps people feel comfortable at work, but also supports our goal to provide personalized health for everyone. This means learning as much as we can about the different needs and backgrounds a person may have. To gather as many perspectives as possible, we invest great time and energy into putting together a team that does just that. Our Chief Financial & Operating Officer, Niels Boon, sums up our hiring mission, “I've seen different companies where growing was just a goal in itself, and here we try to do it in another way so that you really find the right people for the job, and if you don't find them quick enough, then it just takes longer.”

Let’s rewind to the beginning

So, how does it all begin? How do you start working at Ada? Well, it starts with our recruiting process. Interviews can be quite stressful for some people, so we made our application process as transparent and pleasant as possible. Our recruiters have many years of experience in finding the top, talented candidates as well as designing job interviews in such a way that creates a relaxing environment where communication between both parties comes naturally and with ease.

Two colleagues sitting at a table in our canteen.

  1. The phone call – this is the first step of the application process. One of our recruiters speaks to the applicant over the phone, asking several questions to get to know them a little better. What kind of experience do they have, what is their vision in life, do they share our values?
  2. The video call – a few days following the phone interview, there is a video call with the hiring manager. This conversation takes approximately 30 minutes. Seeing the person (virtually at least) helps create a friendly environment conducive to healthy communication and dialogue.
  3. The office visit – it’s now time to meet face-to-face. During this in-person interview, the applicant gets to know future colleagues and is able to get a sense of what working in our company feels like. This office interview may include a couple of tasks to ensure it's the right fit culturally and that the skills and experience match our expectations.
  4. The last phone call – this is the final step in the interview process. This phone call will let the applicant know about the results of their application. If it’s a mutual match, then there will be many congratulations, an offer, and a big, warm welcome to the team.

If you have any questions about how your application is progressing through these steps, you’re always welcome to ask for an update at talent@ada.com.

First days at Ada

The first few days in any new job can be overwhelming. But, at Ada, we take it very seriously when it comes to welcoming our new colleagues. During onboarding, some of our leadership team members introduce themselves and explain what they are responsible for, what you will be responsible for as an Ada employee, and who you can turn to for any questions or concerns. We explain why data protection is a top priority and how each employee must comply with the necessary security standards. We also explain things like the number of holidays per year, how to take sick leave, and how home office days work.

To show our appreciation for new colleagues, we welcome them with an onboarding box and a detailed introduction to their work. This onboarding box contains many Ada goodies – a hoodie, notebook, water bottle, welcome card, pens, and band aids. Apart from that, there is also a welcome brochure that tells you all the important ins and outs of working at Ada as well as helpful tips for living in Berlin.

An onboarding box with a water bottle, notebook, pen, hoodie, and welcome booklet.

After the company introduction, new Ada colleagues eat lunch together. The onboarding session and lunch are often the beginning of long-lasting friendships between people who share a first day at Ada. Everyone is also assigned a first-day friend to show them around the office and to answer any questions.

After those exciting first few days, routine and everyday life returns. And by then, it’s time to become acquainted with the great city of Berlin.

Happy employees, happy company

We work hard to deliver the best products possible. Our colleagues are passionate about their work at Ada and are happy to provide any insight into their work that helps explain exactly what they do and why they do it. We are proud of our friendly working atmosphere where we’ve cultivated a polite, respectful approach to all questions asked.

To help the teams bond and get to know each other better, we have a quarterly budget set aside for activities that teams can do together. We also support team events and sporting activities as well as offer in-house German courses.

A close up shot of three colleagues talking and smiling.

We believe that working can be fun and that each Ada employee can make a difference. Having well-functioning teams that pull together and know what they’re working for is essential in helping us achieve our overall mission – and we want you to be a part of it.

Our Chief Technology Officer, Peter Siciliano, says it best, “This is why you would want to come here. It will be unique to you. It will be what you are looking for. If you want to solve problems at scale in a space that impacts people, you want to be at Ada.”

Are you imagining working with us? Help us bring the future of personalized health to everyone and join Ada.


Writer:

Henri Jakobs

Henri is Ada's German copywriter.

Transcreator:

Sara Little

Sara is one of Ada’s English copywriters.