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Moving back to Bangalore from the US might have delivered a culture shock to some. Sajida Farhana, our Senior Software Engineer, tells us how she felt right at home, because she was home.
I think the thing that’s always impressed me the most about Grab is that it’s enormously welcoming, both as a business and to the people who work there. There’s a lot of diversity everywhere you look and that’s not down to just numbers, but rather testament to the fact that Grab sees people for who they are, not what they are.
I’m an Indian through and through, born in Bangalore, but I spent a lot of my childhood in Chicago, before moving back to finish high school. To be honest it was less of a culture shock than I expected it to be, school was fantastic, the teachers were more than equal to those in Michigan – it was a really positive experience.
But I think my experiences growing up prepared me really well for life at Grab. It’s a place where I fit right in since the very beginning; everything about joining and working here has been smooth. Before I joined, I toyed with the idea of moving towards the fields of UI/UX, but from the moment I spoke to Grab my heart was set on joining here as a software engineer.
Just like moving back to India, I knew Grab is where I belonged!
It still feels that way and that’s down to the atmosphere at Grab. It feels like it’s still a start-up – but in the best way – we can swarm around issues or projects and everybody genuinely contributes, it’s a real buzz.
I recently worked on a project for loans in Thailand and it was such an amazingly positive experience. Sometimes when you’re working on things, it could feel as if you’re slightly distanced from them, but in this case we went to Thailand and saw the results of all our hard work in action – it was fantastic to experience it first-hand.
I love what I do, but what I love the most about it is that, at Grab, there’s a real understanding that nobody is at their best if they just work all the time. So that clear division between work and home life isn’t just nodded to, it’s encouraged. Sure, we all want to concentrate on doing our best work, on making sure our career is going the way we want it to, but it’s equally important to be able to step away, to go do what you love outside work.
For me that’s swimming. That’s when I can feel at my most relaxed. Steady strokes, still water. It doesn’t get much better than this.
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