The last 10 years have seen Mazars grow into a truly global organisation. Its more than 20,000 professionals now work in close to 300 offices all over the world. They are auditors, advisors, digital experts, business developers, or HR and marketing specialists. Many of them are Gen-Yers, with different backgrounds, but equally big dreams and aspirations. Mobility and the incoming digital revolution are some of the topics that matter to them. In Chile, Egypt, Singapore and Germany, we have asked about 50 of them (1) to share their thoughts and insights about Mazars, the impact of technology on their work and on their lives, and what they believe the future holds in store.
It has often been stated that working in large organisations has its pros and cons. On the plus side, the opportunities for promotions and mobility – be it cross-functional or geographic; on the minus side, the constraints of dealing with heavy and slow-moving structures, where decision-making is a complicated and lengthy process and room for manoeuvre remains very limited.
For the Mazarians we talked to, however, it seems the global audit and advisory organisation they belong to is offering the best of both worlds: the opportunity to move and evolve professionally, and the family feel of a small tightly-knit organisation in which people care for each other, and in which the weight of hierarchy is still somewhat easy to bear.
“It is getting pretty obvious that we are a truly global company”, says Felipe Yanez, in Chile. “Mazars is growing and expanding into new markets, such as China. That gives us the chance to interact with other cultures, of being in constant contact with people from other countries.” Global indeed, but still people-centric. “We feel very close to each other”, says Felipe’s Chilean teammate Loreto Larrain. “People have the opportunity to be a part of things here. We constantly learn from one another”, says Macarena Rodriguez. Learning is also of the essence for Amira Abd-El-Mageed Amer, in Cairo: “Mazars has a long history in Egypt”, she says – “There’s a lot of experience and we can all learn from it”.
In Singapore, Gabriel Lim joins its Chilean colleague Felipe Yanez in highlighting diversity as one of the organisations’ true assets: “I enjoy the opportunity to interact with all teams from different countries. That is one of the most interesting things. I do not want to stereotype, but Asians and Europeans and people from the USA all have different perspectives. I think this gives rise to better ideas than a company that would only be full of Singaporeans. I think it helps. Different cultural backgrounds which stem from different upbringings give a different type of analysis whenever a scenario is presented. ”
This matters to Aswini Nadarajah too: “A multicultural environment is something that I wanted to be exposed to”. And she also relishes the atmosphere: “The relationships I have formed within the firm are a big plus. Some of these colleagues have actually become my friends. I actually look forward to coming to work. It is not something that you have to do it every day to get a pay-check at the end of the day. It does not feel like that.” Grégoire Morlaës-Dusautoir, who joined the Singapore office about a year ago, after working for Mazars in China, Indonesia and Paris, offers a similar perspective. “To me”, he says, “It is more than just liking my job. It is about values and principles: solidarity, mutual benefits, helping each other, being one single international team. These are things I believe in.”