Ed Cox from ICIS Heren in
I don’t think my colleagues believe me at the ICIS Heren office when I say how delighted I am that our latest new office is in
. If it was in Germany Spainor Italythey would eye me jealously but ? It’s just not the same. They clearly thought I was being ironic when I said I couldn’t wait to get over to see it. Dusseldorf
But I wasn’t and here I am. My first visit to the (still quite) new premises as the editorial recruitment process develops. The weather has turned nasty, I got lost on the way from the station to the hotel in a foolish attempt to cut costs by walking and they wouldn’t let me past the reception desk at the office. Other than that it’s going well.
Since my year in
I learned years ago not to question the German bureaucratic system. It’s the kind of place where if the taxman owes you money you just write back telling him not to worry because you’ll be dead by the time you’ve filled in the necessary forms.
So, interview number one was concluded with the backdrop of soft music in our hotel reception area and continued until quite late into Thursday evening, so that the chink of adjacent glasses was becoming harder to ignore.
Fortunately we fared better on Friday and gained access to the very swanky little office space on floor five just off Graf Adolf Platz (that’s Count Adolf Square by the way) so our would-be German team was met in rather more professional surroundings. And we unearthed some decent candidates too.
A great chestnut tree may grow from the small conker that is our soon-to-be-filled