"What we have experienced here, we will still be talking about when we are in the old people's home!"

October 2021

Nice that you are contributing to this article Joke, would you like to introduce yourself to us? I am Joke Pater, 62 years old and born in Hoogland. Since 17 February 1978 married to Albert and living in Barneveld. We have 2 children, daughter Jolanda and son Willem-Jan.

The 2 children both found a nice partner and made me and my husband grandma and grandpa of 4 grandchildren. 2 girls Fieke and Manou and 2 boys Siem and Ralf. If the situation allows it, we like to babysit the grandchildren on Mondays. One week the girls and the other week the boys and of course whenever they want to come. That happens quite often.

How did you come to VEENHUIZEN? On 1 January 2006, I started at MIWE in Barneveld. On 1 June 2006, the owner at the time founded Mibatech BV and I started working here. In May 2013, we heard that Mibatech had been taken over by Veenhuizen. On 13 November 2013, my office moved to Verbindingsweg and I ended up working at the administration.  

What was your first impression of VEENHUIZEN or maybe you already knew the company? The first impression was overwhelming. Such a big company compared to where I came from and a lot of nice colleagues. It immediately gave me a good feeling.

What does your average working day look like? My duties include invoicing the work orders that have been issued, registering the electronic parts that have to be returned to the manufacturer in Germany, booking and archiving purchase invoices, processing declarations, answering incoming telephone calls and registering faults. If necessary, I take over at the reception desk. And wherever else I can make myself useful...

What do you like most about your work at VEENHUIZEN? As a part-timer, finishing my work on Friday afternoon at 17.00, then I go to the weekend with a satisfied feeling.

How did you experience the growth of the company? In the beginning I had to get used to it, you can imagine that I have seen many new faces and, to be honest, I still don't know all their names. But you get used to everything!

Why do you think VEENHUIZEN is a real service company? Veenhuizen is a 24/7 company with deployment of Cool, Food, Bakery, Climate, Beverage (Cold drinks) and Service. It can't get any better than that!

What is your best memory at VEENHUIZEN up to now? I don't have to think about that! In 2018 I was allowed to go to the Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi, together with some other colleagues. This was, for me as a big Formula 1 fan, a trip never to forget. What we experienced here, we will still be talking about when we are in the old people's home!

What would you tell about VEENHUIZEN to friends or family? That I feel very comfortable in the company. Of course, there are things that happen everywhere , also with us, but I walk into my office in the morning with a happy feeling and that says enough, doesn't it?

Why would you recommend VEENHUIZEN as an employer? When you join our club, you will be part of a team with friendly and collegial people and you will get the chance to develop yourself! Who would not want that?