I joined TransData in 2008 starting with a very competitive position of Software Engineer. I am honored to state that I am the oldest employee of the company , after our founding partners of course. Here are some of my reflections on what I have learned as the oldest employee.
The best part of being an early employee of a startup is the exposure you get not only limited to your department but other departments as well. In early days , I remember we didn’t have the luxury of having separate teams of QA, BA and deployments . It gave me the luxury of hands-on experience of working in all departments and making sure that we deliver quality products . It was the time when I used to write a code , conduct unit testing, then functional testing, making sure we comply with all the business requirement and then finally client side’s deployment. It helped me to gain diverse knowledge which has helped me now to manage and lead this whole department.
Learning the corporate world
When I was working for my previous employers I used to think how they build these huge operations and business set ups. I came from a corporate environment with rules for everything i.e. dress code, expense submission, requisition etc .Working with a startup gives you this freedom to set your own direction with a greater cause to establish yourself as a good professional and help your company to grow. Over the years , I not only set my own directions but set up the rules and practices, helped in building different teams which helped us grow, and my earlier mystery of how they set up corporate culture and environment is solved for me now as I am a part of corporate environment. I can proudly state that I have set this up with help of others. I wanted to add that it’s scary to work with startup but the amount of exposure and freedom it gives you to fulfil your dreams I must say startups are the right place to give your energy and passion.
My job was built specifically for me.
The most important part of my career and life is that I always love to be treated the way I want to, i.e. with respect and it’s not me only everyone is like this in this company. What I have been doing over the years from the start till now is like my job was built specifically for me. I remember the time when in one of the team meetings about planning and covering different areas of the business and thinking about resources, I raised the hand and I was the first volunteer at that time to step in and start researching for marketing . To me software development is a boring job, I love getting connected and marketing is the right domain that I jumped in and started working in marketing department and since then I don’t even know what my real job is. The point is that My job is specifically for me and that’s what I love to do and deliver. It keeps me on my toes and helps me learn new things every day. Thanks to TransData for giving me this opportunity.
Employees, clients and even office spaces may change, but culture remains.
Knowing all of the trials and tribulations that we have been through as a company only makes me more excited to see where we go next. Looking back on what we’ve accomplished so far. We have done a lot of hard work to get here, and are set up for success now more than ever. Every once in a while I think back to those days in the beginning with nostalgia, but quickly realize that the team we have built today is much better suited to continue to move forward with success. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us!