Ericsson in Lund is developing 5G digital designs for the communication
needs of the future. This work is being carried out in close cooperation with
Ericsson in-house technology research team. Ericsson is proud of its inclusive
and multicultural environment and fosters a culture that encourages
experimentation and fresh career opportunities.
Ericsson is one of Sweden’s major employers in information and communication technology. The company is a driving force in technology, but in addition to that, Ericsson is committed to providing a variety of development opportunities for its employees.
That is particularly evident in Ericsson’s digital design team in Lund, where its engineers and developers are working on cutting-edge silicon technologies with ASICs, System on Chip (SoC) and FPGAs.
”I believe that I’m working with infrastructure that is critical to society and its development. Communication technology has become a part of our lives, and we as citizens are dependent on the Internet.”
Alfred Johansson is a young professional and an ASIC developer. He has been at Ericsson in Lund for 18 months, where he also completed his master’s degree project. Alfred works on 5G designs with focus on digital systems.
“It’s a great place to work. You encounter many different cultures and people from many parts of the world.
“We work on new products that are enabling 5G around the world. It’s an exciting field to be a part of, and I see it as an opportunity to develop technology that enables advancement in many different fields beyond my own. In fact, I think this aspect of the work is just as important as the technology itself. I believe that I’m working with infrastructure that is critical to society and its development. Communication technology has become a part of our lives, and we as citizens are dependent on the Internet,” says Alfred Johansson.
Investing in skills development
Clara Baroncelli works as an ASIC Manager and is also Alfred’s supervisor.
“I like the Ericsson culture; it encourages people to think outside the box, improve themselves, and develop their career. We encourage employees to grow and think that this is not just a job; it is a career path that should be fulfilling” says Clara Baroncelli.
It may be unusual in Sweden to work with digital design, but according to Clara, there is strong demand for people with this competence. At the same time, there is nothing to say that you must have an education specializing in hardware.
“Knowledge of ASIC and FPGA design is in demand in Sweden. Personally, I don’t have an education in digital design, and I’m not the only one in Lund like this. We develop the expertise within the company, and this kind of technology evolves so fast that we continuously update everyone´s knowledge,” says Clara Baroncelli.
Alfred Johansson adds:
“Everyone knows what they want and is very motivated. In my case digital design was part of my education and, of course, this is not a disadvantage because you already know the core skills required for your work. In the end, however, everyone is encouraged learn what is needed to do their job,” he says.
Everyone can build their dream career
At Ericsson, all employees are encouraged to plan their careers and review and update their plan periodically. Engineers can grow into technical leaders with a strong focus on technology competences, but they can also choose to explore business operations, project management, or management roles.
“We set no limits on our dreams,” says Clara Baroncelli. “We believe that as people grow or change their career course, they gain new perspectives, which brings innovation and fresh ideas. You can also move between different technical areas, such as between digital design and software design. Here at Ericsson, the employees can fulfil their dreams.”
“Although we are located in Lund, we can work elsewhere at Ericsson – you are part of a large company. We have the opportunity to work in other departments; we also have the NextGen Advisory Board, which provides an opportunity to work closer to Ericsson’s executives. I believe there is more to offer here than in a small company in terms of career paths,” says Alfred Johansson.
”We work on the Edge, and there are close connections between research and the product, we don’t just read about.”
Both Clara and Alfred enjoy working with the latest silicon technology. At Ericsson, you can challenge yourself in so many different ways. The challenge itself is what makes work fun. Both emphasize the importance of responsive leadership and good teams to work with. Management encourages and supports your career and helps you pursue your goals. Ericsson nourishes a multicultural and inclusive workplace.
“It’s fun working with cutting-edge technology. We develop critical infrastructure using the best technology that will benefit everyone in the future,” says Alfred Johansson.
“We encourage diversity and employ people from all over the world; we have dozens of nationalities in our teams just in Lund alone. Ericsson works with ASICs at four locations: two in Sweden, one in the USA and one in China. We are truly global, and you frequently end up working with people from those other sites,” says Clara Baroncelli.
Working with the technology of the future
Working at Ericsson involves being close to research and the development of the technology of the future in many ways. Both Clara and Alfred find this fascinating, and it is also evident in their daily work assignments.
“You can move between different technical areas, such as between digital design and software design. Here at Ericsson, the employees can fulfil their dreams.”
“We work on the Edge, and there are close connections between research and the product, we don’t just read about. We implement it every day, it’s exciting. You get to challenge yourself with the latest technology,” says Alfred Johansson.
“The research department is collocated with us, in the same building,” says Clara Baroncelli. “We often help them and incorporate their ideas into our business operations. But we also work closely with universities. Large investments are directed into ASICs and FPGA. We have invested a lot of money in growing our team – more than 700 people globally and 250 in Lund. It gives Ericsson a strong competitive advantage and is a major key to Ericsson winning position in the 5G market worldwide”