Shalini came to Schlumberger with five years of IT experience, and is still learning and discovering more of her own potential.
Shalini joined Schlumberger in 2016 as an Information Technology (IT) professional with five years of experience in three different industries on her resume. At Schlumberger, she continued the pattern, gaining lots of exposure to new technologies and situations. Hired as a Test Analyst with Supply Chain, within six months Shalini was made Test Lead for a dozen applications with a team of 10. Two years later, she was IT Lead for a broader product portfolio, managing demand forecasting and inventory management applications with two scrum teams and six business analysts.
Shalini’s day begins with a team meeting to analyze the health of their various applications. “We decide on ticket resolution targets, discuss root causes and brainstorm on possible solutions.” Later she attends more scrums, drives special projects and addresses user queries.
Change is consistent at Schlumberger says Shalini, referring to her regular exposure to new tools, processes and people of different cultures and expertise. Gender has been a factor for her, she says—a neutral factor. “At one time I was leading a team full of women in a domain where the majority of stakeholders were male. During that time, we unwrapped the true potential of women’s intelligence and determination. We always felt equal, recognized, appreciated and respected for our work.”
Another consistent theme running through Shalini’s training and career at Schlumberger has been the trust and empowerment she’s received from her managers, she says. That has “allowed me to jump into deep waters and learn to swim. I have discovered my potential to deliver under stressful situations.”
Based on her successes so far, Shalini’s advice to potential recruits is to “dare and discover. I dared and discovered a lot about my potential and capabilities. I learned cutting edge tools and technology, and I’m still discovering new things every day.”