Hi Sri! You’re one of our earliest members and have seen firsthand CUBE84’s growth. What brought you here in the first place?
Hello! So, the story of how I ended up at CUBE84 is fairly straightforward - I did my masters in Sweden and after my graduation, I was recruited to a startup. I spent a fair amount of time there, before moving to another startup in Sweden. When I decided to move back to India, I was very insistent on looking at startups for opportunities. I valued the flexibility and culture that came with smaller organizations, and didn’t want to pursue a career at a large multinational. I was looking for a place that would facilitate personal growth, both horizontally and vertically, and was also aligned with my professional goals. At the same time, Salesforce was booming and it was something that my background had prepared me to adopt. I decided to look for Salesforce companies in Chennai, which was when I decided to apply.
” In Europe, for instance, work relationships are cordial, courteous and polite, but it’s rare that you develop close, lifelong friendships through work. People were focused on their own goals and worked on their own time, so there wasn’t much interaction on a day-to-day basis. “
So, was it somewhat of a culture shock? What were your first days like at CUBE84?
Well, yes and no. On one hand, I was very specific on avoiding the corporate culture that came with a large multinational company. On the other hand, I was exposed to a different work environment in Sweden and so, was a little apprehensive about what things would be like in India. In Europe, for instance, work relationships are cordial, and polite. People focus on their own goals and work on their own time, so there wasn't much interaction on a day-to-day basis with my colleagues there. When I came to CUBE84, we were only five members and so, I didn’t have any problems adjusting to the work environment.
So when you were recruited, you were a very small team?
Yes! I believe I was the fourth employee when I joined the team back in 2016. This was really beneficial, as I got to build strong, functional and interpersonal relationships with the rest of the team and particularly, the leadership. It also gave me room for flexibility, which, like I said, was something I was very insistent on. I was able to choose my own work hours and work on my terms. All that mattered was that we reached our objective, with very little micromanagement on the way. This was crucial, as it let me grow into my shoes and prepared me for what I do today.
What do you do at CUBE84 today? Tell us a little bit about your own personal journey at the company.
I came into CUBE84 as a business analyst. I was kind of reserved and wasn’t the most talkative person on the team, but this is something that I’ve worked on. Today, I work as a project manager in the Business Improvements District vertical, so I oversee my own team. Apart from the solutioning and project management, a large part of what I do is to keep energy levels and motivation high amongst my members and so, working on relationships in the workplace was something that I actively tried to do. Other than that, I’ve grown leaps and bounds as a business analyst and now, have more than eight years of experience. I’d say that my journey at CUBE84 so far has let me add a variety of tools to my toolkit, which has made me more well-rounded and capable, both in a technical role, as well as in a managerial position.
What’s changed since the early days of CUBE84?
For starters, we’ve had a ton of new people come in through the years. Our client base has grown considerably, and work has become a lot more fast-paced than before. Managing my own team is also a constant challenge, as I’m responsible for a group, rather than just myself. That being said, one constant has been the freedom and flexibility that I found then. Even today, me and my team are given the freedom to work on our time and on our own terms. This is invaluable to me, as I’m able to prioritize and work through my tasks in a way that I determine. This applies to my team as well, as I’m given the platform to manage them in the way I see fit. So yeah, a lot has changed on the surface, but a lot of what brought me here in the first place is definitely still around.
” So yeah...the advice that I would give to people looking at CUBE84 is to look with an open mind and identify the areas where they need to improve. If they do that and remain true to that goal, they’ll find that this is an environment that will facilitate all the growth in the world. “
That’s great to hear. Do you have any advice to candidates who are considering applying to CUBE84?
First and foremost, I’d say it’s a great place to work but more importantly, a great place to grow. You’ll get the freedom and flexibility you need to learn and constantly add to your skillset. Being open to ideas and being a go-getter will make climbing the ladder, so to speak, much easier particularly at CUBE84. So yes...the advice that I would give to people looking at CUBE84 is to look with an open mind and identify the areas where they need to improve. If they do that and remain true to that goal, they’ll find that this is an environment that will facilitate all the growth in the world.