We build the future together
There are over 400 professionals working at Kreate Group in various duties. Our main office is located in Tuusula, and we also have offices in Tampere, Lappeenranta, Joensuu, Seinäjoki, Kouvola, and Oulu. The offices of our partner company KFS Finland locate in Vantaa and Oulu.
We aim to operate as the forerunner of the infrastructure field now and in the future. Personnel is our most important resource, which we value and invest in. We want to be an exceptional employer for exceptional professionals. At Kreate, we offer you interesting and challenging tasks and the possibility to grow and develop along your career path. We offer great training and advancement possibilities as well as competitive benefits.
We are proud of what we do!
We take care of our personnel and its professional development because we understand that it is also the company’s advantage. Our aim is to direct the right professionals to the right tasks. We appreciate colleagues with entrepreneurial spirit, who will do the job professionally but will not forget humanity. By humanity we mean an appreciation and respect for others. We are working hard but are not going to forget humour and well-being at work.
Read how our employees feel working in Kreate.
Varying jobs and challenging targets give a boost to work
You can become quite an expert reasonably quickly in many fields when you work in infrastructure construction. Kalle Tevaniemi graduated from Tampere University of Applied Sciences in spring 2013, since which he has already worked on a number of demanding infrastructure projects in two companies. Kalle joined Kreate in 2017 and is currently working as a site foreman on the unique Tampere Deck project.
"My current job in the Tampere Deck project is the best of all. It is fantastic to work on a project that is unique not only in Finland but also globally. The environment is challenging, because the traffic around the site affects the timetables and the infrastructure is being built right in the city centre, with the railway running underneath. One of the things I'm in charge of is organising the work stages, so that we are able to accomplish any job required during the short breaks in train traffic. There must be no delays, and we have been able to keep everything nicely on schedule," says Kalle.
You learn most at the building site
People at Kreate work flexibly across units, because we have experts under the same roof who understand bridge construction and repair; transport infrastructure, foundation, concrete and rail construction and quarrying; and the circular economy and the environment. Projects requiring cooperation across units offer a broad overview of versatile performance.
"Kreate operates in a range of sectors and we work across unit boundaries, which provides opportunities for personal development. At best, we have professionals from various units on-site simultaneously. You really learn a lot," says Kalle, and continues:
"I have already learned about concrete, rock, rail, bridge and earthmoving work. During my career, I have been working on special targets, which has created an excellent foundation for me, compared to doing only one type of work. At Kreate, I have learned a particularly large amount about demanding concrete construction, and construction in a busy rail environment.
A summer job at a building site is worth it
Education will offer the basic foundation upon which everyone builds their professional skills during their career path. Summer jobs at buildings sites will be a step forward regardless of whether you work after graduation as a foreman, as a designer in a design office or as the supervising party.
"After all, you really only scratch the surface of certain subjects. There's only one bridge construction course, for example. In order to develop and work in the field, you really need to get a summer job. Even if you plan to work in a design office, you should have some building site experience. Once you've seen what building sites are like in practice, it is also easier to design things," says Kalle.
He has had summer jobs in the capacity of both foreman and employee.
"I worked as an employee on building sites during many summers. My summer jobs with spade in hand have helped me to see the big picture from more than one angle, and are still valuable experiences in my current role as a foreman. Since my graduation, I have been working, depending on the size of the project, either as the senior site manager or site foreman."
Practical experience gained at building sites also helps him to become a better foreman.
"I am in daily contact with the staff. Listening, open interaction and explaining the big picture are important aspects of being a foreman. I try to do my best to develop these areas of the building site," says Kalle.
It's good despite the paperwork!
Kalle likes to have varying jobs, challenges and versatile work. He's not too crazy about paperwork, but of course manages it professionally. The odd assignment away from home, challenging infrastructure construction projects and varying work are such a great asset that they compensate for the boring paperwork.
"I like my work in Kreate. People trust professionals here, which means that they are given responsibility. We can act and make decisions independently, which is really positive in terms of developing your professionalism and making the work meaningful," says Kalle.
Studying alongside work led to a dream job
While working as a technical assistant on tendering calculations, Emmi Suuronen realised that the construction industry, infrastructure construction in particular, was where her interests lay. After graduating, she studied at the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences alongside work, and is now in her dream job at Kreate as the building site engineer for the Kimola canal Project.
Studying while working was hard, although her previous design assistant qualification and five years of work experience with a large infrastructure constructor were a good foundation for further studies.
"It was hard to juggle between work, distance study and study days, but the mutual support provided by adult students was rewarding and the theoretical studies were put into practice at building sites," says Emmi.
Studying while working was useful also because she – the youngest student on the programme – gained work experience in infrastructure construction throughout her study period.
"If things continue like this, I will have more than 10 years of work experience before I turn 30," she says with a smile.
New career for a loyal employee
Emmi's strengths include not only ambition but also commitment and loyalty. It was difficult for her to leave her previous job, but she has not regretted it for a single day.
"All my fears went out of the window during my first coffee break, regarding how people would treat such a young person, especially a woman. The Kreate team accepted me as an equal right from the start, and I just love it here," says Emmi.
With the certainty provided by her relatively short Kreate experience, Emmi is impressed by the approach to work, youthful mindset and high expertise of Kreate employees. On the other hand, five years of experience in the field while working for another employer have provided her with perspective.
"I have been given some really interesting and independent challenges, which was one of the key reasons I wanted to work for Kreate."
Work on the Kimola canal project will provide Emmi with fantastic experience. She's been involved right from the beginning, and as the building site engineer contributes to administrative tasks concerning earthmoving, quarrying, demolition, foundation construction, concrete work and dredging.
"I also work as the foreman of the construction and dredging work. In a period of a couple of years, I will therefore gain a huge amount of valuable experience. And the best thing is that this is a unique canal site by Finnish standards. You don't get to work on these too often," says Emmi with enthusiasm.
Cooperation creates energy and increases motivation
Emmi is happy about the how the foundation and concrete construction unit is pulling together, and how the work is being managed. The close-knit team is committed to meeting its common goals, and interaction between the staff and management is fluent.
Smooth cooperation between the various Kreate units, in this case the foundation and concrete construction and the quarrying unit, has finally proved to Emmi beyond doubt that she chose the right workplace.
"I had a hunch when still studying that, if I was going to change jobs, I would work for Kreate. So here I am and I'm very happy," says Emmi.