My Pöyry Story

'I was the first Thai engineer hired by Pöyry in Bangkok back in 1996'

Mongkol Naengnoy, Senior Project Manager

Many things have changed through the years. But for me, one thing has remained unchanged—we still bank on the great expertise of our people and that from 23 years back up to now, our people will always be the bloodline of the Pöyry business.

I was the first Thai engineer hired by Pöyry in Bangkok back in 1996. I just came from a 3-year stint working for a Korean petrochemical company, after graduating from Georgia Technology in the US. The world (and the organisation) was much different then. We only had a few people in the team – 2 secretaries, one HR, a few colleagues in the technical side and our Regional Director, Peter Fisher.

Our office was at the entrance of Silom Road and we were basically working on government projects in Thailand. Back then, most of us were burning the phone lines to talk with partners and clients and email was not the main mode of communication. We did a lot of printing (not digital yet) and we even used CD-ROMs. It was a different but special time.

In our second year of operations, I was assigned to be deputy Project Manager for an EPC project—right around the time of the Asian Financial Crisis. When smaller companies folded up and other global organisations started pulling out from Asia, Pöyry stayed put and tried to survive. We faced the crisis and never gave up.

It is still very fresh in my mind up to now and I could remember clearly when Peter gathered us for a meeting and said this: We are like rats running on the rim of a boiling pot. We have to keep running and running to survive. Now, more than ever, should we never stop. Because if we do, we fall right into the boiling water and die.

And so we kept on running. We survived the crisis. And today, 20 or so years after, the Bangkok office is bigger than ever and we continue to expand.

Many things have changed through the years—executives have come and gone; we are offering more services now; the number of our staff has grown ten-folds or even more; and we have shifted to doing more projects with private companies. But for me, one thing has remained unchanged—we still bank on the great expertise of our people and that from 23 years back up to now, our people will always be the bloodline of the Pöyry business. We will continue to be a breeding ground for the future’s sought after experts.

I could say that Pöyry has been a good place for my professional growth. I learned a lot from Pöyry and because of the organisation I have had the experience to have worked on almost all types of power plants that have even been imagined. I think the younger ones will appreciate going through this experience too.

Pöyry makes sure to update itself and its employees in terms of the latest technology, adapt to new innovations, and integrate them into the system. We continue to educate ourselves and ensure that there is knowledge-sharing from the more experienced to the newer ones in the business, especially in terms of our power plant expertise, to ensure we are up to speed with the changes and not be left behind.

In fact, ten years ago, we didn’t even offer contractor’s engineering and detailed engineering services. But today, we do this left and right. In the next ten years, I can see that there are more changes set to come. I can see Pöyry even becoming more well-known globally, with our expertise in sustainable energy and power plant technology.

We will grow in parallel with the growth in the region. Pöyry will be here to support the future development in Asia. They need power? Then—they need us! We will grow our services and develop new initiatives such as Waste to Energy projects – which will be a game-changer for the waste management industry in the region.

And through all these, we will have people who will begin their career journey and stick with Pöyry even through the changes and transformation. Because I know for a fact that Pöyry has faced challenges before but never wavered in treating its employees fairly. Pöyry has always been encouraging, generous in allowing people to gain experience in the company, and most of all has trust on its people.