February 16, 2022
From stay-at-home mom to Senior Software Tester
Armed with a Master of Computer Applications, Sarika moved from India to the US, where she honed her skills at Walmart, Deloitte, and Nationwide Bank. After moving to Canada and taking a four-year hiatus to raise her two young children, she joined ThoughtExchange.
In the past two years, Sarika has grown personally and professionally. As a stay-at-home mom, she rarely spoke English, feared speaking in front of people, and lacked confidence. Now she’s sharing her expertise with industry professionals by presenting online and writing blog posts on Medium.
Supporting personal and professional growth
We know transitioning back to work is challenging, especially during a pandemic. That’s why we work diligently to support and nurture new hires throughout their onboarding and beyond. Sarika appreciates this approach and credits ThoughtExchange with giving employees the tools to ramp up quickly and effectively while making it easy to balance home and work life.
“The company gives us flexible working hours and there’s no micromanaging. They take all the pressure off the transition to work. And that makes me feel more responsible and productive in my work. Also, through ThoughtExchange’s emphasis on Anti-racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ADE&I), I have learned a lot and I can share this knowledge with my family and friends.”
She also appreciates that we’re always striving to improve our product— this includes making it more accessible. In fact, learning accessibility testing while on the job has been a highlight for Sarika. “For example, we make sure the product is available to people who are color blind or hearing impaired.”
What else does she love about the company? “Being able to work with ThoughtExchange’s in-house Life Coach is a huge bonus!” Sarika explains, “Our Life Coach is there to support us at any time. He really helped me to become who I am today. After two years, I feel so different. He helps me solve problems, whether they're related to home or work. Even with kids’ issues, he guides me through what they're going through and how we can help them.”
Meeting employee needs through the pandemic and beyond
Bringing her full self to work
Sarika feels empowered to bring her full self to work every day. She explains, “Because I can manage my house as per my needs and no one is checking up on me every two minutes, it takes the pressure off. Less stress means more accountability. It helps me to show up and be more productive."
The company’s focus on ADE&I has also allowed Sarika to shine. “It opened my eyes to how to treat others more kindly and look at others with sympathy and empathy. It’s made me a kinder person. Everybody shows each other extraordinary respect. That’s huge. Being a person of color, I don’t feel that often.”
She continues, “ThoughtExchange has spoiled us, and now it would be very difficult to go anywhere else to work.”
Why now is an amazing time to join ThoughtExchange
Sarika agrees that now is a great time to join ThoughtExchange! She says, “We are setting a high benchmark. And even at work, you can always be yourself. And our company is taking off like a rocket. So why not join ThoughtExchange?”
With our remote-first expertise, flexible work hours, commitment to employee growth, and ADE&I, we think ThoughtExchange is a pretty great place to work, too! In addition to all of that, Sarika says, “We are all together and we’re helping each other shine!”