I've not known local Dutch companies well. As an IT engineer living in Amsterdam, I need to know local big companies.
At the beginning of the matter, I check their office location.
Where are the Local Heroes based?
Local heroes also have an office in Amsterdam. The view from the waterside office would be amazing.
I mixed and plotted BigTech and Local heroes. Blue is BigTech and Pink is Local heroes.
The office area around the Amsterdam central and Metro stations seems to be popular.
I'm an IT engineer and I come to the Netherlands recently. I don't know what kind of companies are in in the Netherlands. Thus, I'm going to researching IT companies in Amsterdam.
Firstly, I study about big IT company I've already known, famous in the world.
Where is the International BigTech locate?
Branch offices of International BigTech are in the center of Amsterdam. There are few big building in Amsterdam Central. Companies that require even larger buildings have offices in a business area just off Central.
Microsoft chose to have an office near the airport.
Cisco chose the area where the offices of ING and MERCK etc. are located.
Which is the best bank for me?
Yes, There are many banks in the Netherlands.
Of course, I want to choose a higher interest rate bank. In addition, My Dutch is not so good and I love to do anything on the internet. Therefore, banks with online banking and sophisticated UI are fit for me.
The diagram below is a Perceptual Map of Banks in Netherlands
I made a positioning map to know the difference in the interest rate, and I can also know they are specializing online or they valued services and relationship at the store (or both). We all have different ways of thinking, but In my case, it would be better to choose the top right hand box.
The Netherlands is a small country but there are many banks. I heard in the Netherlands that the financial industry is thriving, but there seems to be no doubt.
The Banks in the Netherlands
Amsterdam Trade Bank
Credit Europe Bank
So where is HQ?
After all, there are many HQ in Amsterdam. Amsterdam could be the best place for not only IT engineers but also bunkers.
When I came to the Netherlands, I had needed to make a new bank account.
So I had been interested in Bank in the Netherland.
The financial industry is developing in the Netherlands and There are many banks.
First of all, I checked 3 big banks. And I've known they have histories of many business mergers.
Their history is confusing for me, so I made a picture of the history of mergers at a glance.
I thought "AMRO" bank was the name of a man, so I was surprised to know it was Amsterdam-Rotterdam Bank. I thought it was good to find out before talking to someone about Mr. AMRO.
It is interesting that members of the ING group have a privatized Postbank.
I felt that making this blog page was the first step to becoming a Dutch culture specialist.