At ZS, our people are always a selling point for why people join and stay at our firm.
Sameer, the new director of human resources for ZS’s Capability and Expertise Center in India, joined the firm late last year. In his role, he partners with regional and office managing principals in the Pune and New Delhi offices to establish and execute programs for ZSers.
While based in Pune, he’s really enjoyed his experience working with ZS people across our offices.
“For any new joiner, it wouldn’t take much to figure out that our culture espouses pride in ZSers and how we identity our workplace–highly collaborative, non-hierarchical and values-driven,” said Sameer. “A professional services company is as great as its people and to see such high-quality talent and depth of expertise all around ZS is a testament to the remarkable success that the firm has sustained over the years.”
Prior to joining ZS, he spent over 20 years working at leading companies in India and the UK. His last role was as the head of human resources for a top global credit card’s division in India.
One thing that stood out to him upon joining is that there is always something exciting happening in the office.
“The enthusiasm to contribute to projects and events beyond the regular scope of work is commendable,” said Sameer. “I’ve seen some great workplaces, but I can vouch that ZS is a notch above with an infectious youthful energy and buzz in the environment and a collective spirit and passion for client centricity that seeps across all the teams.”
When he’s not developing and furthering the career growth of our people in India, he enjoys movies, reading and spending time with his family.
What interested you in the role at ZS?
The opportunity to work in a growing organization alongside a talented group of people in an environment that is highly people-focused with a culture that lays emphasis on trust and collaboration was hard to pass. Everything that you need to enjoy working in an organization is offered by ZS.
What has been your favorite ZS experience so far?
Being part of the review discussions has been among my most pleasing experiences. The time and rigor the managers and the leadership team puts into the review process in discussing each individual’s progress is amazing. The review process in itself is very well-structured. Elimination of bell curve through competency-based progression, fairness in evaluation through multiple and 360 degree reviews, and the heathy discussion during rigorous calibration ensures a performance-based assessment, which is a fundamental requirement of the review process that most companies aspire for but are unable to achieve.
What is the best career advice you have ever received?
Some simple advice I received when I was leaving my first job has stood with me: Always keep learning, always give 100% and always smile—it helps to keep you happy on the job!