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What do ISsoft’s Employees Think about Work from Lviv?

October 21, 2020

A few dozens of our colleagues are working from Ukraine. We asked them to share their impressions about life and work in Lviv.

All the employees noted that their workflow hadn’t been changed, and Lviv’s remote work doesn’t differ from WFH in Minsk. Keep on reading to learn more.

Igor is on the left

Igor Korshuk, Front End training manager

I’ve known about Lviv for ten years. I’ve always dreamed of moving to Lviv without leaving ISsoft. And my dream came true.

I know Lviv very well. That’s why I’ve rented an apartment in Noviy Lviv that is a comfortable district. I still remember how I was impressed by the feeling of freedom in this city. Then I got used to it and understood that it should be like this everywhere. And there is no feeling of loneliness in Lviv. After a working day in Minsk I thought about where to rest in the evening, but I didn’t want to go to Zybitskaya street alone. I can go alone anywhere in Lviv, and I don’t feel lonely; I feel comfortable everywhere. And it’s not because there are many unusual cafes and restaurants; all are for tourists. I like places for local citizens because they have no theatrics, but they have a family history and the right attitude towards their guests. Still, it doesn’t mean that if you visit Lviv for the first time, I wouldn’t recommend visiting all cafes and restaurants for tourists.

The Carpathians

I don’t feel like I’ve moved to another country, but I feel like I’ve changed one house to another one. I don’t miss Minsk, because unfortunately, the city I used to love has been changed. Lviv, by the way, an IT center, too. There are many colleagues from other companies here. I communicate with colleagues who moved to Lviv in our common chat, but I haven’t had time to get acquainted with everyone personally.

Another advantage of Lviv is that the Carpathians are about 170 km away from you. It takes four hours to reach them by car. Besides, you go there by train, which is very convenient.

Living in Lviv isn’t more expensive than in Minsk. Food in stores, cafes, and restaurants is even cheaper. The prices for renting an apartment are almost the same as in Belarus.

I like the climate of Lviv: even though it’s rainy, the rains here are pleasant, and it’s often sunny. So, take an umbrella, come to Lviv and see for yourself.

Alexander Simonov, DevOps engineer

I’ve moved to Lviv with my family. My wife and son flew by plane, and I went by car with our goods. Now we are renting an apartment in Zamarstynov district.

The Carpathians

The pros of life in Lviv:

  • Prices. There are excellent prices in cafes and stores. We can easily find any goods; for example, there are a few large shopping centers near our house.
  • Cozy cafes. Together with my colleagues, we visit new places almost every day. I really like that there are so many unusual places in the city with its concept and style.
  • Parking. There were no problems with parking a car. Even if you have to walk 100-150 m, it is not a problem. There is a parking lot everywhere in shopping centers.
  • Travel. There are the Carpathians near Lviv. We’ve already gone there with my family; I love the mountains and was delighted. There are many beautiful mountain rivers, and there are wonderful places for walking.
  • There is no language barrier. Even if many people speak Ukrainian here, you still understand each other. There are no language problems: everyone knows and understands Russian.

The cons of life in Lviv:

The uncomfortable city for living with children:

Playgrounds. There may not be any problems with playgrounds in new districts, but Lviv is more of an old city, which means that many families don’t live in new buildings and have to look for good playgrounds near neighboring houses. But there is also a problem to find it. In our yard, for example, there’s a two-centimeter sandbox.

Cobblestone road. It is tough to move around with a baby carriage.

Roads. There are traffic jams and lousy asphalt surfaces. We live three kilometers from the center, and we thought it would take five minutes to get there. It turned out that it took thirty minutes because the roads are narrow and there are a lot of cars in the center. Hence, there are traffic jams.

Because of the Covid-19, we must put on masks in the city’s stores, cafes, restaurants, etc. They measure your body temperature everywhere and more than once, for example, at the mall entrance, then at the entrance to the grocery store and others. Besides, the rules do not allow more than four people to sit at a table, but our large company had no problem sitting together.

It seems that the pace of life in Lviv is slower than in Minsk. I miss Minsk; it is cozy there, and it’s my native city. I have good impressions of Lviv, but I feel that this city is not mine. I am also fond of strikeball and am used to playing it every weekend. In Lviv, there are difficulties with this: they gather here much less often and play otherwise.

Denis Guk, Front End & Web engineer

I have never been to Lviv before. So the first month here was a month of adaptation. My colleagues and I stayed at the hotel for the first time. But there were issues with how to wash clothes, how to cook food, etc. There was also a problem with the Internet on the first day, but it was quickly solved. Other questions have been solved not so quickly, but everything is good now. Of course, it will be easier to rent an apartment, but you’ll face household issues in a new place, it is normal.

I like Lviv because there are many atmospheric places, bars, restaurants with their unique concept. People are hospitable everywhere, especially when they get to know that we are Belarusians. For example, we used to rent a car with our colleagues for a trip to the Carpathians, and the owner of the car offered us his services as a guide around the city for free. Another hospitable citizen met us in a restaurant and then offered to pay the bill and treat us to drinks.

Since we have been working remotely since March, I haven’t seen the guys from the project for a long time. It’s funny that for the first time in six months, we met in Lviv. Now I live with most of my colleagues who have moved here in the neighboring rooms. We regularly communicate, order lunches together (remembering Bono), and have a rest.

There are cobblestone roads in the old city in many streets, making it noisy when cars are passing by. Walking along these streets, you often smell the exhaust, which is very unpleasant; the reason for all this is the old car park in the city. Usually, there are traffic jams in the evenings, so it is more pleasant to walk here, though it is harder to do it on cobblestone roads. If you are exhausted, you can take Uber, Bolt, which costs less than in Minsk. All these are rather distinctive features of the city, to which you gradually get used to.