Borja González Hernández

Senior IT/Product Payments Consultant

What makes working for PaymentGenes unique?

What makes working for PaymentGenes unique is the great relationship we all have. For me it’s important to like the people I work with and I believe my colleagues feel the same way. We all work hard but at the same time we take an interest in each other’s lives, we make jokes and have fun.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

I’ve heard that I’m fairly good at spotting talent. I’m also able to adapt fast to new environments and change in general and like to create a good atmosphere at work by being positive and emotionally intelligent. On the other hand, sometimes I should be more direct and stand my ground a bit more often.

What would you say is the most interesting fact about you?

Not sure if it’s interesting, but people are quite dazzled when I tell them that I’m originally from Ibiza. Two of the most common responses are: ‘If you are from there, what are you doing in The Netherlands?! I would have never left’. The other is: “Do they have schools or hospitals in Ibiza? I thought nobody lived there and people just party.”

How would you describe the company’s culture?

PaymentGenes’ culture was certainly an important factor when I decided to join the company. I like the flat hierarchy, being able to wear the same clothes I use in my daily life and the fact we all like each other, which in my opinion, translates into better results.

What do you usually do after a working day?

When I’m not working I like to meditate (the Headspace app is great), exercise (I like all sports, but I mostly run and go to the gym and sometimes play tennis), read non-fiction books (lately I’ve been reading lots of philosophy, in particular, the Stoics), watch top-rated TV series, special beers, festivals, go out for dinner to nice restaurants and spend time with my friends.

What annoys you the most in the world?

Excessive social media usage. I’m easily annoyed by people who are constantly posting stuff on Facebook, Instagram, etc. We should live more in the moment instead of trying to capture it all the time.

What have you always dreamt you’d do but have never done?

I’ve always dreamt of going to Japan. Since I was little I’ve been fascinated by the culture, perhaps because I grew up watching lots of manga. Luckily for me, it seems that in 2019 I’ll finally be able to do it!