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Last Post: 27 Nov 2015
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JollyRomek   
25 Jul 2015
News / Dunkin Donuts to come to Poland [46]

It is for people on the go pressed for time, in and out chat later, I am running late.

Yep and that is why it is going to fail. Why do you think that despite the overwhelming amount of super and hypermarkets, there are so many local corner shops in Poland? People like to talk to the person they buy / order from. They build up a relationship, come again to buy / order from the same person.

It may work in Warsaw but it will be very difficult for Dunkin Donuts to last in other cities. I am pretty certain that it won't work here in Lodz. As an example, we have Subway and a canteen in our office building. Subway is usually empty whereas in the canteen you will find a huge line of people trying to buy food between 11:30 and 13:30.
JollyRomek   
25 Jul 2015
News / Dunkin Donuts to come to Poland [46]

gets replaced my something better.

Yep, like these guys here. I go there quite often for my dinner. Also been to their restaurant in Krakow "Pod Wawelem". If there are chains opening shops or restaurants in Poland then it should be these guys.

esplanada.pl
JollyRomek   
25 Jul 2015
Travel / Can I travel from Poland to France by coach? [7]

You could go via Warsaw and catch the Moscow - Paris train from there. It runs daily but it is difficult to get pricing online. The PKP IC travel center at Gdansk Glowny should be able to give you the exact price and book a berth for you.
JollyRomek   
25 Jul 2015
News / If Poland were in the Eurozone... [39]

private companies

And that was the problem with the concept. It wasn't thought through properly. Generally, the idea of those 1 Euro jobs in addition to social welfare benefits is not that bad. Unfortunately though a lot of company exploited the system.
JollyRomek   
25 Jul 2015
News / If Poland were in the Eurozone... [39]

1 euro an hour is even below the rate in Poland.

You do not understand the concept of these 1 Euro jobs. They are an addition to social welfare benefits. People who do these jobs get additional benefits. The 1 euro jobs are just a top up to their social welfare.

All I can say is that the girl is 100% reliable

I am not saying that she isn't but she most certainly hasn't told you the whole story. Nobody in Germany worked / works in 1 Euro jobs if they do not get additional benefits such as social welfare.
JollyRomek   
25 Jul 2015
News / If Poland were in the Eurozone... [39]

Jolly: It was some 10/12 years ago so most probably you don't know of it.

I know of the 1 Euro jobs very well, even if your example happened 10 or 12 years ago. I am not saying that your friend's wife did not refuse a 1 Euro job. That could very well have happened. What I am saying is that it is very unlikely that she was offered a 1 Euro job without any other benefits such as social welfare.

I strongly believe that your friends have not told you all the details.

Everybody knows about those jobs.

You may want to read about it here
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Working_opportunities_with_additional_expenses_compensation

Like I said, it is very likely that your friends have not told you the whole story but it more than unlikely that she was offered a 1 Euro job without any additional benefits such as social welfare. I can understand why your friends may not want to tell everyone the whole story. Noone likes to be on benefits and then tell the world about it.

And Poland wanted Germany to finally accept the Oder-Neisse-Border.

Germany could not recognize the border until 1990. It was only when Germany got re-united when the border was finally and officially recognized. Why? Because if West Germany would have officially recognized the border, it would have automatically recognized East Germany as a sovereign state. Something which they would never done.
JollyRomek   
24 Jul 2015
News / If Poland were in the Eurozone... [39]

experienced the 1 euro/hour job in Germany some years ago and she preferred to quit and stay home.

That is very unlikely. The 1 Euro per hour jobs are usually forced onto people by the social welfare. If you receive social welfare and you are being told that you have to work in a 1 Euro job then you go and do that job. 1 Euro however does not mean that this is all you earn. You still keep your social welfare money, bills paid by the state and possible even the whole rent or parts of it paid by the state. So the 1 Euro per hour is more a top up in addition to your social benefits.

If you walk out of one though because you do not want to work for one 1 Euro and prefer to stay at home, you most likely lose all your social benefits.

Personally I think the idea of 1 Euro jobs was not bad. Unfortunately though the concept wasn't thought through properly and companies started to abuse the system.
JollyRomek   
23 Jul 2015
UK, Ireland / How to export a car from Poland to the UK [13]

whether I have to pay vat if I bring a car from Poland to the Uk

Yes, you have to pay VAT if you want to register your car in the UK.
JollyRomek   
22 Jul 2015
UK, Ireland / My bad experiences with Polish neighbours in UK (not meant to offend) [151]

Also I am disabled so my wording is not the best, I am a little offended you assumed something from me.

Well, in that case I would like to apologize. That's one of the things we can not estimate over the internet.

Romania and Moldavia are basically seen as the same by Romanian people I know(at least the young)

There is such a sentiment in Moldova. And who can blame them seeing that Moldova is still the Somalia of Europe while Romania is now part of the EU and doing better and better. I don't think that the Romanians are carrying as much love for Moldova as the good people of Moldova do for Romania.
JollyRomek   
22 Jul 2015
UK, Ireland / My bad experiences with Polish neighbours in UK (not meant to offend) [151]

ex Soviet countries

Hungary and Romania

Ukrainian and Russian

Now this is something that I find more concerning than the ability to keep languages apart. " Ex soviet countries" and giving Romania and Hungary as an example is simply ignorant.
JollyRomek   
22 Jul 2015
UK, Ireland / My bad experiences with Polish neighbours in UK (not meant to offend) [151]

difference betwen Polish, Hungarian and Estonian

I would find it quite disappointing if anyone, even if they are not often exposed to foreign languages, could not hear the difference between Polish and Hungarian. I hear Hungarian every day and it sounds nothing like Polish or any other Slavic language.

I would class the sound of Hungarian as Nordic, possibly Finnish.
JollyRomek   
22 Jul 2015
News / Dunkin Donuts to come to Poland [46]

so 'ich bin ein Berliner' meant 'I am a doughnut'?

Well, I am sure he meant that he is one of the people of Berlin. However, yes, if you think about it he could have also meant that he is a doughnut :-)

I guess we'll never know
JollyRomek   
22 Jul 2015
Work / Finnish graduate (master in industrial management) looking for a career start in Poland [21]

Do Finnish companies (Kemira, UPM) tend to pay more than the non-Finnish companies (Infosys, HP, Capgemini), which have such positions open every now and then or vice versa?

Usually, SSCs, Kemira for example, pay more than the by you mentioned BPOs such Infosys or Capgemini etc.

However, Infosys for example makes up for lower pay rate by providing company apartments to foreigners who relocate to Lodz from abroad.

So let's assume they would pay you 5000 PLN plus company apartment for which you do not have to pay rent, you are again looking at 7000 (5000 + ca. 2000 you would have to earn if you would have to pay the rent) .

I am not sure if Capgemini or HP offer something similar.
JollyRomek   
22 Jul 2015
News / Dunkin Donuts to come to Poland [46]

the German "Krapfen",

That would only be in some regions.

Usually they are referred to as 'Berliner" or in Berlin as "Pfannkuchen"
JollyRomek   
21 Jul 2015
News / Dunkin Donuts to come to Poland [46]

Dunkin Donuts announced that it will be opening 44 stores across Poland. The first one will be opened in Warsaw.

I believe that they have tried that before and failed. Will they be able to compete against the Polish Paczki this time?

Dunkin' Donuts, one of the world's leading coffee and baked goods chains, today announced that it has signed a master franchise agreement with Varsovia Food Company to begin developing Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in Poland.

lodzpost.com/polishnews/dunkin-donuts-announces-upcoming-entry-poland/
JollyRomek   
20 Jul 2015
Work / Finnish graduate (master in industrial management) looking for a career start in Poland [21]

experience in accounting

Some experience in accounting won't get you too far on the Polish job market. Your native language will though. As a Fin with some experience in accounting you would not have a problem finding a "decent" paid job in a SSC or BPO in Poland. With your native language being a fairly rare commodity in Poland, you should be able to achieve at least 7000 PLN gross. As a Fin you might want to try Kemira in Gdansk. I am sure you recognize the company name.

But you will also be able to find work in Warsaw, Krakow or Lodz. If the company is not able to offer you 7000 PLN or more, they should at least offer you a relocation package with a company apartment included. That would make up for the lower salary.

7000 PLN gross would be about 4800 PLN net. Not comparable to the 3000 EUR gross you would get in Finland but taking the considerable lower cost of living into consideration and the fact that you are single it is not a bad salary in Poland.

Your native language is a massive asset if you are looking to work for SSC or BPO in Poland. Unike the Spanish or French native speakers, you will be able to negotiate a higher salary even without or very little relevant experience. It is your language that they are after.
JollyRomek   
16 Jul 2015
Life / Help! Halifax bank card stopped working in Warsaw! [11]

Get your son or someone else to send you some cash via western union. Pick it up tomorrow, top up your phone or buy a Polish sim and call Halifax yourself.

Most likely your son, or anyone else for that matter, won't get any info about your card and account.

Pps. Should have got 2nd card :(

Yes, I have two accounts and two cards with my bank. If one card doesn't work or gets stuck in an ATM whilst being abroad I still have the second card. And funds can be transferred within second from one account to the other, just in case.

And if the second doesn't work either, there is the credit card that will almost always work no matter where.

Been in similar situations way too often. When I go abroad now I have my two bank cards, my credit card and usually some spare cash (Usually dollars because you can't go wrong with it in the east) with me.
JollyRomek   
16 Jul 2015
Life / Help! Halifax bank card stopped working in Warsaw! [11]

There's no sister bank to Halifax here?

They wouldn't be able to help you.

Seeing that you are not a registered member of this forum, I assume you googled "bank card Poland" or something similar and found this forum.

Why didn't you google "Halifax Customer Service phone number" instead"?

I am not sure what you expect to get on this forum? We do not have magic glass balls that tell us what is wrong with your card or your account.

Best option is to contact Halifax to ask what is wrong. Only they can tell you exactly what the problem is.
JollyRomek   
15 Jul 2015
Work / What is deducted from a salary in Poland apart from Income tax? [155]

Asian engineer

You keep coming back talking about some engineers or senior financial expert.

The OP hasn't even mentioned his profession yet you are basing your arguments on what you believe the OP's profession might be,

I know of an Indian companiy in Poland which brings in "SME's" from India when they set up new projects. They normally bring them in for 6 months or a year. At home in India, in their normal work environment they are "simple" accountants, credit controllers or accounts payable clerks. But, because they have been with the company for a number of years, they know the environment and are being brought over to Poland on assignment to help with the new project / engagement set up.

There not engineers or senior financial experts but to make it attractive for them, they are being offered a higher compensation for their trouble.

All the posts that you have written in this thread are completely worthless because you base your arguments on assumptions, not on facts.

Quite poor and disappointing for someone who apparently studied hard to "beef up his salable qualifications" in order to retire early. As an educated person with apparently two patents that allowed you to retire early, you should know better than basing your arguments on assumptions.
JollyRomek   
13 Jul 2015
Classifieds / Flat in Krakow for German students for one semester [24]

Yes and extremely high finders fees. But seeing that the OP has mentioned these fees already, it would suggest that he is well aware of what he needs to look out for and what to avoid.
JollyRomek   
13 Jul 2015
Classifieds / Flat in Krakow for German students for one semester [24]

Lyzko is right. His advice is good.

Jon, come on now. Black market for apartments? Bribery? .......... Please. The Poland that Lyzko is trying to describe dates back to the 1990's early 2000's.

Far from reality these days.
JollyRomek   
12 Jul 2015
Classifieds / Flat in Krakow for German students for one semester [24]

how familiar with black-market bribery could a young German student be??

I am not sure what kind of picture of Poland you are trying to paint here but there is no black-market bribery involved in finding an apartment.

Things work in Eastern Europe differently from Germany!

And you do not seem to know how it works in either of the two regions. I have never had a problem finding an apartment or getting around in Poland. Nor will the OP have any problems.

To make it short for you, your suggestion to hire a certified translator (when the OP is clearly trying to avoid additional fees and costs) is ridiculous.
JollyRomek   
12 Jul 2015
Work / How to find work in Warsaw "if u don't speak Polish" ! [176]

Same almost as in Berlin! Only there, the Vietnamese during the late '90's, had a hammerlock on the newspaper kiosk concessions:-)
None whom I encoutered spoke as much as a syllable of GermanLOL Normally, someone who did was there in the stand along with them in order to facilitate the transaction. Otherwise, SIGN LANGUAGE - the ONLY truly "universal" language:-)

Once again you are talking "facts" about Germany which I as a German do not recognize. I am from Berlin and there most certainly was no Vietnamese "hammerlock" on news stands / kiosks in Berlin. And most likely there was no such thing as a seller who had a translator standing next to him to assist with the transaction. The only thing they controlled was the black market cigarette trade. Honestly Lyzko, I would really prefer it if you stop talking nonsense about my home country.

This thread needs to get back on track
JollyRomek   
12 Jul 2015
Classifieds / Flat in Krakow for German students for one semester [24]

I wasn't even hinting that Richi, for that matter anyone whosoever, ought not pay some professional for their services (particularly if certified/accredited)!!!

You have lost me here. The point was not to get a professional and then try not to pay them. The point was that there is no need to hire a professional / certified translator to find an apartment. Specially not when the idea was to avoid high agency fees.

Following your logic, in order to avoid high agency fees you are suggesting to hire a certified translator which in turn would charge a high fee?