Fivetran brings together high-quality talent across the globe to drive the mission of making access to data as simple and reliable as electricity. Our global workforce allows us to manage and support over 30,000 managed monthly connectors and two trillion rows of data syncing per month while maintaining 99.9 percent guaranteed data pipeline uptime. Team members such as Surabhi Singh, Customer Support Engineer, Monica Dholwani, Software Engineer I, and Shruti Dhond, Software Engineer, all based in Bengaluru, have helped Fivetran grow from a small startup to a global enterprise that now serves thousands of customers worldwide.
According to 451 Research, women now make up 34 percent of the IT workforce in India. While this number is growing, it is still extremely important that companies, like Fivetran, support and provide ample opportunities for female talent to excel in their careers.
I sat down with Shruti, Monica and Surabhi to learn more about how Fivetran has supported them as professionals in a male-dominated industry and showcase how a career in technology can blossom once you’ve found your “home.”
How does Fivetran support women in a male-dominated field?
Surabhi: Fivetran has always bestowed me with responsibilities and opportunities based on how I have performed in my role. During my one year at this organization, I never felt that I was being overlooked because of my gender. In simplest terms: Fivetran considers merit over any other factors. I was promoted just six months after joining the company.
Monica: Fivetran never made me feel that I work in a place where there is a difference between a male worker or a female worker. Whether it is an idea or suggestion, my team members appreciate my point and view work, not because I’m a woman, but because I am just a hardworking employee like everyone else.
Shruti: What helped me grow as a professional during this early phase of my career was an amazing team along with an understanding and encouraging manager. I was a bit skeptical initially, but the people I worked with never made me feel out of place and I always felt heard. This gave me all the confidence I needed to believe that I can thrive in my career field, despite it being a male-dominated one.
What challenges have you faced and how have you overcome them?
Shruti: Just like any other young graduate, I was initially anxious about venturing into the professional world. It is easy to get dragged down by imposter syndrome, but I soon realized that the only way to tackle this was for me to believe in myself first. I started believing in myself more, participating in team discussions, voicing my opinions, owning up to my mistakes and not shying away from appreciation. Over time, I felt an increased sense of confidence in myself and my work.
How does your manager support you in your career goals and aspirations?
Surabhi: My managers have been helpful in analyzing my skill sets and areas of improvement. Weekly meetings provide me with feedback for my work in real time and support my adeptness to grow.
Shruti: My manager is extremely supportive of my career goals. We have regular 1:1 meetings which are utilized for discussing if I am on the right track with respect to my current role and the level above. He always hears out my career aspirations, and we work together in setting goals to align with my career ambitions. He also encourages me to participate in presentations and drive technical sessions for the team, which help develop my soft skills.
What is unique about how Fivetran sets you up for success?
Monica: It's the work culture that motivates me to give 100 percent in what I do. The people here are really friendly and helpful. I remember when I first started, I used to get stuck a lot in many things I did but my team always helped me with any of the queries that I had. With such a supportive environment, no one is left behind.
Shruti: Being a part of Fivetran’s engineering team provides a great exposure even at the fresher level. The work is dynamic and fast-paced. One gets to own modules, drive projects and actively take part in the decision-making process for key projects.
Do you participate in any of the Fivetran Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)? Tell me more about your involvement.
Surabhi: I have attended wonderful sessions that focus on women in our organization. These programs are so enlightening and interesting as they speak the voice that we as women have inside us. I have learned so much from these discussions regarding my place in this office and how my contribution is no way less than anyone else just because of my gender.
Shruti: I have attended some of the “Amplifying Women's Voices” panel discussions and “F is for Feminism” series organized by the Fivetran Women+ ERG. The panel discussions provide a great way to hear from female leaders and get insights from their experiences. I have also attended the FTW+ meetup at Camp Fivetran in Mexico, which provided a great opportunity to interact with other women across our global team and play fun trivia.
What advice would you give another woman who is interested in potentially joining Fivetran?
Surabhi: Fivetran is a great place to work where men and women are valued equally, with both sharing in appreciation and success. There is so much to learn here that it would be hard for one to not establish themselves as a better professional all around.
Shruti: Just go for it. Fivetran has a very inclusive and nurturing community that is open to hearing you out and providing a conducive environment to help you achieve your career goals.
Monica: “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” This is one of my favorite quotes from Michelle Obama. It doesn’t matter if you are a woman, if you have less experience than others or if you are an intern. If you are doing well, you are appreciated. It is a place where people listen to understand and not listen to reply. Join Fivetran and you’ll see yourself growing and being the best at what you do.
Fivetran is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging through attracting, recruiting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce, not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it helps us build a world-class company to better serve our customers, our people and our communities.