Györgyi Illés


Payroll specialist

When did you join the company? What was your first position?

I joined the Hungarian affiliate in the summer of 1990 as a student. The plant manager told me they would hire me after my secondary school leaving exams if I wanted to join the company, which I did on 2 September 1991. At first I worked as an unskilled operator.

Tell us about your background and qualifications.

I graduated from secondary grammar school and I was already working here when I became a certified social security and payroll specialist.

What led to your appointment?

After working as an operator, in 1996, I became a plant administrator. I was working in this position when I had my children. In Hungary, maternity leave can last for 3 years per child, so I stayed at home with my two daughters for 5 years. Besides working as an administrator I also helped out the HR and procurement departments as an assistant.

In 2012 I transferred to HR and started working full time there as a payroll specialist.

What are your key responsibilities today?

I keep in touch with the employees, with the company we outsourced payroll accounting to and with temporary work agencies.

I check payroll accounting, I ensure deadlines are met and everything is accurate.

You joined the company 32 years ago. Why do still like working here?

I love the team. While I have a lot of routine tasks, I also have more challenging ones.

Over the past 30 years the company has become a part of my life. Employees know they can come to me anytime with anything, and I’ll do everything I can to help them.

Share something with us about your private life, about your hobbies so that we can get to know you a little bit better. Is a work-life balance difficult to achieve?

The company supports employees starting a family, and my bosses were always flexible and supportive when my children were little. Now they are adults.

My hobbies are cycling and, when I have the time, hiking. While I’m riding my bike, I have time to think and recharge. I have a little dog, a “hand-me-down” from my daughters, who is also a part of our family.

What is your advice for new hires? What should they do to have such a successful career at Trocellen?

Be enthusiastic and positive about the future. Be yourself and, most importantly, study. Learn from the older colleagues and don’t be afraid to share innovative ideas.